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Dharna by Dalits forces police to arrest main accused
Raikot, August 14
An over five-hour long dharna was staged by about 200 Dalits and activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal, labour unions and the CPM (Pasla group) in front of the Tehsil office here today to protest against favour shown to certain accused in a Dalit murder case by the local police and the increasing anti-social activities in the town. The dharna was lifted in the evening following the arrest of four of the five accused of the murder of Dalit Surjit Singh.
Dalits protest against police inaction in the Surjit Singh murder case at Raikot Dalits protest against police inaction in the Surjit Singh murder case at Raikot on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph


Law-enforcers turn into lawbreakers
Ludhiana, August 14
In a typical case of law enforcers turning into law breakers, representatives of the state government are themselves violating the Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, if the posters outside Government College for Boys, venue for the Independence Day function, are any indication.

Posters of the Chief Minister and a martyr pasted on a wall of Government College for Boys in Ludhiana. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
Posters of the Chief Minister and a martyr pasted on a wall of Government College for Boys

Independence spirit in schools
Ludhiana, August 14
Flag hoisting, speeches, choreography, poetry recitation, poster-making and fancy dress contests marked the Independence Day celebrations in city schools here today. Kids of Pearls Nursery School, Gurdev Nagar, celebrated the day by dressing up in Tricolour attire.

A playway schoolteacher just before she distributes the Tricolour among children during Independence Day celebrations on Thursday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma
A playway schoolteacher just before she distributes the Tricolour among children during Independence Day celebrations

Traffic snarls a common sight
Ludhiana, August 14
Residents of Block-B of Shanti Nagar, opposite Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, are up in arms against encroachers. Repeated pleas to the administration and the police have fallen on deaf ears, they have alleged.

Haphazard parking: The entrance to the main road in B-Block of Shanti Nagar, Ludhiana, that has been encroached upon by vendors and shopkeepers. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Haphazard parking

Tailor forced out of shop
Ludhiana, August 14
A tailor was forcibly evicted from his shop by the landlord on Kanganwal Road in Jugiana village near here on the evening of August 4. But to make it appear that the tailor had moved out on his own, photographs were taken showing him loading his goods on a Tempo and locking the “vacated” shop.

Teej in club

Ludhiana, August 14
The members of Sarabha Club honoured Ms Ratti Brar, Miss World Punjaban and Mr Jasmer Singh Dhatt, Chairman, Sabhyacharak Sath, Punjab, on the occasion of Teej function on Thursday. OC


BKU demands quota for Jats
Ludhiana, August 14
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) has made a plea to the state government to give reservation jobs to Jats in Punjab and include them in the ‘other backward classes’ (OBCs) list as had been done in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

Maintaining Leisure Valley
esidents of Sarabha Nagar have launched a signature campaign for the maintenance of the Leisure Valley in their locality. After having failed to evoke the interest of the Municipal Corporation or the Mayor, more than 400 residents have signed a memorandum asking the Zonal Commissioner, D-Zone, to have some concern for the welfare of the residents, who have to wade through filth for a refreshing walk.

Honour for Dr E.M. Johnson
Ludhiana, August 14
Dr E. M. Johnson, a visually disabled, is the Executive Director, Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre for Blind, Ludhiana. He is also the Chairman of the Rehabilitation Council of India-Zonal Committee (North Zone) comprising six states of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttaranchal and Union Territory of Chandigarh.

Akhand Bharat Divas celebrated
Ludhiana, August 14
Akhand Bharat Divas was celebrated today at Kamla Lotia S.D. College.The function was organised by the local unit of (Akhil Bharat Vikas Parishad). The chief guest Mr Mahesh Sharma, vice-chairman, Nehru Yuvak Kendra, Government of India, New Delhi, addressed ABVP members and students of the college.

Radha-Krishna fare at Shishu Vatika Janmashtmi celebrations Janmashtami celebrated 
Ludhiana, August 14
Tiny tots from nursery and KG sections of Shishu Vatika, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, celebrated Janmashtami here today.

Radha-Krishna fare at Shishu Vatika Janmashtmi celebrations on Thursday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


Suspended  principal held
Samrala, August 14
The Samrala police has arrested the suspended Principal of Malwa College Bondli-Samrala Jasbir Singh Dhillon under Sections 420 and 466 IPC (FIR No. 85 dated August 12). The DSP Mr Jasbir Singh, and SHO Rashpal Singh said here on Wednesday.

2 die in hit and run cases
Ludhiana, August 14
On the statement of Ms Sumita Madan, a resident of Madhur Vihar in Arya Nagar, Jawala Pur near Hardwar, the Sadar police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279, 337, 304-A and 427 of the IPC against a driver of Tata-407 vehicle (PB-10-D-0497).

Boutique owner stabbed
Ludhiana, August 14
A 36-year-old woman, Vineeta Gupta, owner of a boutique shop in Model Town was stabbed by a former employee in her house today early morning. She has been admitted to the DMC hospital here.

Four booked for theft power
Ludhiana, August 14
The local police has booked four persons for stealing power in the city through kundi connections. The cases have been registered on the complaint of Superintending Engineer, Punjab State Electricity Board, Focal Point area, here.


Tender specifications by CRPF resented
Ludhiana, August 14
The Northern Indian Hosiery and Textile Manufacturers Association, a representative body of manufacturers and suppliers of woollen items to defence and para-military forces, is up in arms against certain “irrational and whimsical” changes in the procurement policy of woollen items by the armed forces.

Light engineering units feel the heat of steel giants
Ludhiana, August 14
The light engineering industry, particularly the small and tiny units, is facing an unprecedented crisis due to persistent hike in prices of the raw material over past 15 months with the government watching the situation like a mute spectator. As a result, the units manufacturing bicycles, motor parts, hardware and hand tools had been rendered uncompetitive both in the domestic and global markets.

Advisory panel constituted
Ludhiana, August 14
The Commissioner, Central Excise, Mr H.K. Mittal, has constituted the Regional Advisory Committee comprising 20 members. Giving the information, Mr Mittal claimed that the committee would provide a forum for interaction between senior officers of the department and the industry representatives to enable the department to take necessary remedial measures to remove the grievances brought to the notice of the department.



Confusion rules at counselling session
Ludhiana, August 14
Students who had come from Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana to seek admission to the two-year D- Pharmcy Course run by the State Board for Technical Education & Industrial Training, Chandigarh were a discontented lot as they waited outside the hall of GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, where the counselling was going on this morning.

2 scientists to be felicitated today
Ludhiana, August 14
Dr O.S. Parmar, Head of the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, PAU, and Dr Sadhu Singh Malhi, Associate Director (Training), Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Patiala, will be awarded the Punjab Sarkar Parman Pattara at a state-level Independence Day function to be held at Kapurthala tomorrow.

Fun, frolick on the swing
Ludhiana, August 14
The Arya College for Women and the Khalsa College for Women organised Teej celebrations here today. The Mai Bhago College for Women, Ramgarh, also celebrated Teej this morning. The idea was to bring out the Punjabi culture to the forefront. Stages were set with charkha, “jhajj,” string cots, traditional fans, and phulkaris.

Girls of Khalsa College for Women enjoy a swing on Thursday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
Girls of Khalsa College for Women enjoy a swing

Axed school board employees hold dharna
SAS Nagar, August 14
Employees working as daily wage workers, on ad hoc basis and on contract with the Punjab School Education Board, who had been removed from service some time ago, sat in dharna in protest against the move of the board here yesterday.


Man, woman get life term for murder 
Ludhiana, August 14
Mr S.M.S Mahal, Additional Sessions Judge, has convicted Shiv Chand, father of five children, of Kot Mangal Singh and his other woman Maya of Dhandari Khurd for murdering Shiv Chand’s wife, Indrawati.



Postgraduate doctors float association
Ludhiana, August 14
The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association suffered a major setback last night when postgraduate PCMS doctors decided not to support the association on the issue of the non-practicing allowance (NPA) and formed a parallel PGPCMS Association.

Say goodbye to fat
Ludhiana, August 14
Are you taking too much fat in your diet? To avoid diseases cut fat in your diet. Fat would mean butter, cream, oil, margarine, mayonnaise and grease in food.

Tips to ward off conjunctivitis
Ludhiana, August 14
After gastroenteritis and cholera, city residents are in the grip of conjunctivitis now. The number of patients suffering from conjunctivitis has increased manifold in the recent days. To make people aware of the disease, the district health department has suggested precautionary measures.


SDP boys lift trophy
Ludhiana, August 14
Fine knocks by Bhupinder (27) and Balwinder (15) and accurate bowling by Rishu (3 for 7 runs) and Hemant ( 2 for 16 runs) helped SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazoori Road, record a comfortable five-wicket victory over Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, to emerge as champions in the Inter-School (PAU zone) Cricket Tournament (u-16) that concluded at the SDP College for Women ground here today.


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