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Dhand seriously hurt in attack
Inter-gang rivalry suspected
Ludhiana, July 13
In an apparent inter-gang rivalry, a former Youth Congress leader and allegedly notorious criminal, Nirdosh Dhand, was seriously wounded in an attack by two persons in front of his house in New Kundan Puri last midnight.
Former vice-president of the Youth Congress Nirdosh Dhand under treatment at DMC Hospita Former vice-president of the Youth Congress Nirdosh Dhand under treatment at DMC Hospital in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

New English book for BA (I) sub-standard: teachers
Ludhiana, July 13
The recent move of Panjab University to change the syllabus of English for BA (I) has drawn flak from the staff of its affiliated colleges here.


Insecticides pose threat
Poisoning cases among farmers on rise
Ludhiana, July 13
Despite several warnings by experts to handle insecticides carefully, a large number of farmers and labourers, who spray insecticides to control various pests on paddy, are complaining of suffocation, nausea and blurred vision at several hospitals and private clinics.

Former PAU professor arrested
Ludhiana, July 13
The Sarabha Nagar police arrested a former PAU professor and convener of the kisan cell of the National Congress Party, Dr Balwant Singh, on the charges of making insulting remarks against Mr Gopal Dass, Comptroller, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

Fake sales tax inspector caught
Ludhiana, July 13
The Division No. 2 police arrested a resident of Ambala today on the charges of duping several transporters and their employees by posing as a sales tax inspector. Ranjit Singh, a resident of 2324/34, Gandhi Colony, Baldev Nagar, Ambala, has been booked on the complaint of a local resident, Massi Bhushan, under Sections 170,171 and 420, IPC.

Bhisham Sahni, National Fellow at IIAS
consider myself lucky to have met Bhisham Sahni twice when he was National Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. It was in June 1992 that I paid a casual visit to Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla, more to have a look at the monument than to meet someone there.

THE FALLING DUSK THE FALLING DUSK: Two young women on the bank of the Sutlej on the outskirts of Ludhiana and watch the sunset on Sunday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


Akali Dal conference a big success
Ludhiana, July 13
The district conference organised by the Shiromani Akali Dal at Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Alamgir, in this district yesterday was a big success as there was a tremendous response for the same from the Akali workers.

Fake currency in circulation
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 13
Reports of fake currency worth crores of rupees being in circulation in the state and failure of government agencies to check its circulation have started giving sleepless nights to the big establishments and have resulted in harassment to the common man.

A manager of a firm examines a currency note while the customer waits for the counting process to complete.
A manager of a firm examines a currency note while the customer waits for the counting process to complete

Transporters list problems
Ludhiana, July 13
The Ludhiana Bus Operators Association today said that the bus transport industry was on the verge of closure, thanks to the plying of unauthorised buses and the illegal taxis.

Tributes paid to Dr Ishwar Singh
Doraha, July 13
Prominent party leaders, educationists, physicians and social workers offered their tributes to Dr Ishwar Singh at Guru Nanak National College here today. The first and the foremost tribute came from the principal of the college, Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, who said the death of Dr Ishwar Singh, the founder president of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, was an irreparable loss to the institution.

621 widows given relief
Ludhiana, July 13
The Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha held its 71st monthly relief distribution camp on the temple premises here today at which relief in the form of ration and items of daily use was disbursed to 621 widows of the town.

Mr Raghunandan Lal Bhatia, MP, distributes relief at the 71st relief camp held by Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Mr Raghunandan Lal Bhatia, MP, distributes relief at the 71st relief camp held by Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir

Mystery over missing child
Ludhiana, July 13
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of a two-year-old boy who went missing after his parents met with an accident with a car near Kalisadak in Salemtabri this morning.

Fountain opposed
Ludhiana, July 13
The Shri Durga Ram Lila Dramatic Club, which stages Ramlila in a public park in Jawahar Nagar every year, has opposed the proposed construction of a fountain in the park alleging that the area councillor, Ms Santosh Mehra, was intent on preventing the club from performing Ramlila in the park.

Guru Purnima celebrated


Man selling spurious kerosene held
Ludhiana, July 13
The division No 6 police yesterday arrested Ravinder Kumar, an employee of Oil Carrier Bihar, New Delhi, and booked him under section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act. The police said the man was preparing spurious kerosene and selling it in the market.

Booked on forgery charge
Ludhiana, July 13
The Sahnewal police has booked a resident of Gill village on the charges of forgery by collecting payment from Bisllery consumers on fake documents. Gian Singh, driver of the complainant and owner of Bisllery factory, Davinder Singh in Jandiali village, near Sahnewal, has been booked under Sections 406, 468, 420, 467 and 471, IPC.


‘Spicy’ laser show
Ludhiana, July 13
Spice Telecom for the first time presented a colourful “laser show” for its subscribers at Sarabha Nagar last evening. The laser theme show depicted the evolution of man and his subsequent transformation from the stone age to today's wire free mobile world. Besides, it also depicted the reach of the Spice network, spanning across India and the world by virtue of its tie-ups with nearly 300 operators in over 155 countries.


Farmers take to moong cultivation
Ludhiana, July 13
Moong cultivation, which was on decline in Punjab due to susceptibility of Moong varieties to 'yellow mosaic virus', registered an increase with the release of a new short duration moong variety SML-668, by Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana. The variety can be grown in both rabi (60-day maturity) and kharif (75-days maturity) seasons.


Compensate consumer, forum tells PSEB
Ludhiana, July 13
Non-compliance of rules proved dear to the Punjab State Electricity Board, when the Consumer Forum quashed its demand of Rs 74,436 raised on the ground of theft of energy. The forum also ordered that the board should refund the amount to the aggrieved consumer along with 12 per cent interest per annum from the date of deposit till payment.



DMC employees hold protest rally
Ludhiana, July 13
The DMC and Hospital Employees Union organised a protest rally to mark ”black day” here today. The members wore black badges and raised slogans against the management.

Members of the DMC and Hospital Employees Union observe “black day” as a protest rally in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the DMC and Hospital Employees Union observe "black day"


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