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Agencies ready to buy paddy
Ludhiana, September 13
The Heads of the procurement agencies in Ludhiana district have procured sufficient gunny bags and made arrangements for the storage of the procured paddy in shellers. The heads of procurement agencies told the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, here yesterday.

Security beefed up at Thein dam
Ludhiana, September 13
Security has been beefed up at Thein Dam, Pathankot, in view of the intelligence reports indicating that certain militant outfits were trying to target it. Mr A.A. Siddiqui, Director-General of Police, Punjab, stated here today that there was no militant threat in the state but some agencies had indicated that militants were trying to blow up the dam.

Railways revokes suspension of union members
Ludhiana, September 13
The agitating Northern Railway Men’s Union (NRMU) members and the railway authorities worked out a compromise over the issue of allowing drivers of other Railway Divisions to take trains beyond their respective divisions here yesterday following a protest rally by the agitating NRMU members.


Gang of narcotic smugglers busted
Ludhiana, September 13
The city police, Jagraon, claims to have busted a well-organised inter-state gang of narcotic smugglers, after seven persons, three of them hailing from Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh, were nabbed and 25 bags of poppy husk were recovered from their possession.

Baring hearts through love letters
Ludhiana, September 13
“Love Letters”, a play staged yesterday at Guru Nanak Bhavan, revolved round letters written to each other by the protagonists, Andy Ladd III and Melissa Gardener. The letters, written over 50 years, starting at the age of six, covered every phase of their lives from childhood to old age.

Rajit Kapur and Shernaz Patel read out ‘Love Letters’ on stage in Ludhiana on Friday night. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari
Rajit Kapur and Shernaz Patel read out ‘Love Letters’ on stage

Motorcyclist killed
Ludhiana, September 13
Traffic movement was disrupted for well over an hour after a truck hit a motor cycle, killing one of the two riders on the spot on Samrala Chowk today. The deceased was identified as Satnam Singh, a resident of Pabba in Gurdaspur district. The pillion rider on the bike, Rajwant Singh alias Pinki, residing in Baba Jiwan Singh Nagar on Tajpur Road sustained minor injuries.


SGPC misleading Home Ministry: Sehajdharis
Ludhiana, September 13
The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation, which is spearheading the drive for voting right in the SGPC as per the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, has written to Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani that the SGPC leadership is “misleading” the Union Home Ministry on the issue. The outfit claims that a survey by it shows that hundreds of Sehajdharis have been enrolled across the state as Keshdharis.

Move to privatise park maintenance opposed
Ludhiana, September 13
Park management committees (PMCs) are sore over the move initiated by the Municipal Corporation to hand over maintenance work to private contractors, even as resentment prevails among them over the non-payment of arrears.

Sub-station without machinery  for one year
Machhiwara, September 13
It seems that the development works started by the previous SAD-BJP government in Koomkalan segment have come to a halt due to negative political approach of the present state government.

Accidents on rise despite  traffic lights
Sahnewal, September 13
The Kaddon chow of Doraha is regarded as an accident prone area. A number of accidents there have resulted in deaths. After repeated requests, the administration gave a nod to the installation of traffic lights at the place and the task was accomplished a few months back.
Who cares for traffic lights?: Vehicles jump the red lights on the Sahnewal-Doraha road. — A Tribune photograph
Who cares for traffic lights?

Bar body’s plea  forwarded to CM
Ludhiana, September 13
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has forwarded a representation of the local Bar association to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, urging him to provide succour to them by taking some remedial measures and mark a vigilance inquiry into what the IHRO calls “a clandestine scam” relating to the construction of lawyers’ chambers and the disposal of government’s prime land on which district courts were situated.

Honour for scribe
Ludhiana, September 13
Name of the Ludhiana - based journalist, Harbir Singh Bhanwer has been included in the ‘Asian/American Who’s Who” (volume III) just published by the Rifacimento International. He received his copy of this directory on Friday.

Wall breached to ‘take over’ shop
Sahnewal, September 13
A shop owner allegedly breached the wall of a neighbouring shop with the intention of taking possession of it even as the latter’s owner, had returned home after having locked his shop on Wednesday night.


Cheating case registered on NRI’s plea
Ludhiana, September 13
On the statement of Mr Raj Malhotra, a resident of London, the Haibowal police on Thursday registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC against Abu Bhalla, Piyush Bhalla and Y.S.Bhalla, residents of South City. The NRI had alleged that he had purchased a plot in the city from the accused and he had paid some amount for it. But the suspects neither got the plot transferred in his name nor returned the money.

Shopkeeper attacked, cash stolen
Ludhiana, September 13
As many as eight youths armed with swords and hockey sticks attacked a grocery shop in Islam Ganj late last night, injured the shop owner and decamped with some cash.

Scooterist dies in road mishap
Machhiwara, September 13
Harbans Singh (18), a scooter mechanic, was killed last evening after his scooter rammed into a tractor-trailer. He used to work at a scooter workshop along the Rahon road.


Shahnawaz to visit hosiery units
Ludhiana, September 13
The Union Textile Minister, Mr Shahnawaz Hussain, is likely to visit Ludhiana in the last week of September to have an on-the-spot assessment of the hosiery industry here. He was talking to a group of hosiery manufacturers at the Circuit House after returning from Chhapar Mela.

Industry hails cut in TCS rates
Ludhiana, September 12
The Union Government has slashed the rates of tax collection at source (TCS) for various items like liquor, timber, scrap, etc. through an ordinance which became effective from September 8. Liquor and scrap, which earlier attracted a TCS at the rate of 10 per cent, would now be taxed at source at the rate of 1 per cent.


Implement MSPs, Preneet asks Centre
Ludhiana, September 13
Thousands of farmers converged on the premises of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Rauni in Patiala district on the occasion of Kisan Mela organised here yesterday. While addressing a large gathering of farmers after inaugurating the mela, Mrs Preneet Kaur, MP, called upon the Centre to announce and effectively implement the minimum support price for pulses, oilseed, maize, etc. to save Punjab agriculture.


PAU to develop garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan
Ludhiana, September 13
Punjab Agricultural University has been given the task of developing a model garden for the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. This honour comes on the heels of the visit of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to the campus on September 4.

Journey to South Pole
Ludhiana, September 13
A book penned by the first Indian to have ever visited the bottom of the world aims at unfolding the mystery of the South Pole and Antarctica. Dr Parmjit Singh Sehra, Professor of Agrometeorology, Punjab Agricultural University, had gone down South in December 1971 as a part of a Russian expedition for his PhD research on the topic ‘Structure of upper atmosphere in the South Pole’. At that time, he was a student of Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad.

Extension lectures at college
Ludhiana, September 13
A series of extension lectures were organised at Guru Nanak Girls College by different departments yesterday. The first lecture was organised by the Department of Physics under the guidance of Ms Rashmi Arora (Head the Department of Physics), Resource person Dr S.S. Bedi, Senior Physicist (Department of Physics, PAU, Ludhiana), delivered a lecture on ‘Environment Pollution’.

Cultural contests from Sept 23
Ludhiana, September 13
Owing to several complaints made by schools regarding the delayed release of schedule or participation forms by the block education officers last year, no tehsil-level cultural contest will be organised by Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) this year. But the cultural events will begin for the students of government, recognised and affiliated schools at the district level from September 23 to 25 .

Students of Guru Nanak Girls College make merry during the old students meet on the campus Old students’ reunion
Ludhiana, September 13
An old students’ meet was organised at Guru Nanak Girls College here today.

Students of Guru Nanak Girls College make merry during the old students meet on the campus in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph


ASI convicted



Health minister visits city  hospitals
Ludhiana, September 13
A five-day 2nd Dental Health Mela launched by Christian Dental College, Ludhiana concluded here today. The Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab Mr Romesh Chander Dogra was the chief guest on the occasion.


Richa, Amrinder win TT titles
Ludhiana, September 13
Richa Sharma, an MCA-III student, and Amrinder Singh, a BCA-I student, prevailed over their opponents to clinch the table tennis titles in the girls’ and boys’ sections, respectively, at the annual summer sports festival of Guru Nanak Institute and Management, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, here today.
The Nankana Sahib Public School team, Kila Raipur, which won the inter-zonal hockey tournament
The Nankana Sahib Public School team, Kila Raipur, which won the inter-zonal hockey tournament (under 17), organised by the Education Department in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph


Clarification sought on exim form issue
Ludhiana, September 13
The District Taxation Bar Association has sought an explanation from the government on the exim form introduced by it from September 1. A special meeting of the association was held here on Thursday under the chairmanship of its president, Mr P.C Garg.


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