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Waive interest on tax arrears: MC
Mr Satpal Puri, a councillor, protests against the non-availability of funds, while on way to the MC meetingLudhiana, July 3
The general house of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today once again recommended to the Punjab government to waive off the interest on the arrears of water and house tax.

Mr Satpal Puri, a councillor, protests against the non-availability of funds, while on way to the MC meeting in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

VB raids school
Ludhiana, July 3
Vigilance sleuths raided SDP Senior Secondary School on the Hazoori Road here today and seized some documents pertaining to the alleged overcharging of fee and certain irregularities in the admission process. The Vigilance officials descended on the school premises in the morning and questioned the Principal, Mr R.C. Kalia, and a social studies teacher, Ms Monika Jain.


What Reliance phone subscribers should know!
Ludhiana, July 3
A majority of those queuing up for a Reliance phone for Rs 501 under the Monsoon Hungama may be in for a shock as none of them have actually bothered to see the fine print in the agreement between Reliance and its subscribers binding them to the service for a period of three years.

New technique for heart patients
Ludhiana, July 3
A new technique devised by Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, Chief Cardiac Surgeon and Chairman Cardio-vascular Surgery, at the Metro Heart Institute of NCR, Delhi, has been endorsed by the medical world. This technique was used by Dr Bedi on a very sick and unstable patient of Punjab.

School admission: birth certificate not must
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 3
The schools in the state have been directed not to insist for the birth certificate of a student at the time of admission. This has been done in view of cumbersome procedure to get the certificate from the local offices concerned.


BJP to meet PM on anti-Badal drive
Ludhiana, July 3
A deputation of BJP leaders will soon call on the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Finance Minister to appraise them of the grim ground realities in Punjab following the alleged persecution of SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal and his family members.

Unity of hearts still awaited among Akalis
Ludhiana, July 3
Notwithstanding the formal announcement made by former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and former SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra declaring unity between the two respective Akali factions led by them, the unity of hearts among the Akalis still appears to be distant. 

J&K poll duty staff get dues 
Ludhiana, July 3
There is something to cheer at last for the 180 government employees of Ludhiana, who had gone to Jammu and Kashmir for duty in the J&K Assembly elections in September last year.

BKU rejects APC suggestions
Ludhiana, July 3
The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Punjab, today rejected the recommendations of the Agricultural Prices Commission favouring no increase in the price of paddy which was fixed last year.

Trees axed in Civil Hospital
Ludhiana, July 3
Resentment prevailed among patients and their relatives over the felling of some trees in the local Civil Hospital today, following the orders of the hospital authorities. Visitors to the hospital said the trees helped in maintaining cool and fresh environment in the hospital and the authorities should have concentrated on planting more trees instead of cutting them.

Felled trees in the Civil Hospital, in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari 
Felled trees in the Civil Hospital

Gurdwara poll: list of voters displayed
Ludhiana, July 3
The district administration has prepared the lists of preliminary voters for conducting elections in 13 gurdwara board election constituencies in the district. The lists have been displayed on notice boards in the Mini Secretariat, here.

Be a part of chaos on Kachehri road
Ludhiana, July 3
The stretch of road between Clock Tower and the now dismantled Lakkar bridge, known as the Kachehri road, presents a picture of chaos due to encroachments by shopkeepers and roadside vendors.

Encroachments on the Kacheri road, near Clock Tower, in Ludhiana.  — A Tribune photograph
Encroachments on the Kacheri road, near Clock Tower

Ensure implementation of Punjabi: Johar
Ludhiana, July 3
Higher Education and Languages Minister Harnam Das Johar has said that the district languages officer will make frequent checks in different government departments to ensure implementation of the Punjabi language in official work.

Senior citizens laud Garcha's appointment
Ludhiana, July 3
A group of senior citizens has extended support to the Chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust(LIT), Mr Ashok Singh Garcha, in his decision to fight against corruption in LIT.

125 children learn gurmat kirtan
Ludhiana, July 3
The Guru Govind Singh Study Circle, Ludhiana zone, and Guru Singh Gurdwara, Sarabha Nagar, organised a camp to bring forth the personality of the children by giving them gurmat teachings. The main aim of the gurmat teaching camp was to make the students aware of Sikh history. Moreover, the students were taught the importance of “kirtan”.

New Rotary office-bearers
Ludhiana, July 3
The new office-bearers of the Rotary Club, Ludhiana Midtown. took charge yesterday during a meet at Lodhi Club. Mr Mahesh Munjal, leading industrialist, took over as the president and Dr Rajeev Gupta, consultant psychiatrist, as secretary of the club.

Ishwar Singh cremated
Doraha, July 3
A pall of gloom descended on Doraha town when the body of Dr Ishwar Singh, a renowned educationist, politician and social worker, was taken for cremation at noon today.

Protest over yatra


Bihari migrant held with pistol 
Ludhiana, July 3
On a tip-off, the Jodhewal police yesterday arrested a Bihari migrant with an unlicensed pistol and booked him under the Arms Act. The police said today that Chander Shekhar, son of Gore Lal, a resident of Bhagalpur district of Bihar, who had been living in Meharban village, near here, for some time, was caught by Mr Jagroop Singh, Assistant Sub Inspector, who reportedly recovered a .315-bore pistol and two live cartridges from the possession of the accused.


Project to boost hosiery, bicycle units
Ludhiana, July 3
The Government of India has envisaged an ambitious project for the development of the hosiery and cycle industry in the country. Ludhiana is likely to benefit from this project. The project has widely been hailed in the local industrial circles.



Re-evaluation fee hike irks students
Ludhiana, July 3
A large number of students have failed in some subjects of different examinations conducted by Panjab University this year. They will have to appear in the supplementary examination to clear the subject in order to get a degree.

Admission rush in Govt College
Ludhiana, July 3
MA I (English) students of Government College for Boys have set a new record of pass percentage of 90.2 per cent against the 33 per cent of the overall Punjab University result. As many as 40 students have secured the second division, with 12 scoring above 55 per cent marks. Out of the total 114 students, 103 have qualified the exam.
Students and their parents in the waiting hall during the admissions Students check the admission lists in the Government College for Boys
Students and their parents in the waiting hall during the admissions in the Government College for Boys, in Ludhiana on Thursday. Students check the admission lists in the Government College for Boys, in Ludhiana on Thursday.  Tribune photographs

280 seats filled in GNEC
Ludhiana, July 3
With 13 days still left for admission to B.Tech in engineering colleges of Punjab, 280 out of 380 seats have been filled in Guru Nanak Engineering College (GNEC), here.
Officials of the Punjab Technical University said majority of these seats were in electronics and communication engineering branches.

GNIMT students among  toppers in MCA-I


Court comes to rescue of aggrieved father
Ludhiana, July 3
An 80-year-old resident of Jassowal, Jagir Singh, heaved a sigh of relief when a local court ordered the S.H.O., Dehlon, to conduct an enquiry into the allegations of cheating and misappropriating Rs 3.50 lakh by the son and daughter-in-law of the complainant and to submit the report on July 19. The old man was running from pillar to post to get justice.


Plays and communal harmony
Ludhiana, July 3
His commitment towards conveying the message of communal harmony through his plays had brought him an invitation from a theatre group in Ayodhya to perform and bring in communal harmony before the Babri masjid demolition.

Balram motivates students at a theatre workshop held in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Balram motivates students at a theatre workshop



Talk on health awareness
Ludhiana, July 3
A talk on health awareness, specially concerning heart diseases, was organised by Paryavarn Vahini, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India at Bachatt Bhavan, Mini Secretariat, Ludhiana, yesterday. Dr Nitin Sood, former consultant and physician and heart specialist of Escort Hospital, spoke on the causes of the common heart ailments and their prevention.


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