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Dacoits strike at Rajjowal dera; kill one, loot cash, jewellery
Relatives of dacoity victims wail in a hospital in LudhianaRajjowal Mour, Ludhiana September 26
Dacoits struck at a house outside this village. They killed one person and injured five others before decamping with cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees in the wee hours today. They were eight and suspected members of a Kalekachewale gang.

Relatives of dacoity victims wail in a hospital in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Spate of robberies cause panic in city
Ludhiana, September 26
With three robberies taking place in the city within a week, a sense of insecurity is prevailing among the people, even as the police is claiming to have taken corrective measures to avoid any such incident in the future.


175 gastroenteritis cases detected
Ludhiana, September 26
Gastroenteritis is threatening to reach epidemic proportions in Giaspura locality on the outskirts of the city and surrounding areas as about 175 cases have been detected by the team of doctors camping in the affected area since on Wednesday.
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Pop singers ‘threat’ to Sikh tenets
Ludhiana, September 26
The International Human Rights Organisation has said that the Punjab culture and Sikh tenets have been adversely affected by Punjabi pop singers, who are being promoted by certain TV channels and cassette companies for their commercial gains.

Video and audio cassettes and posters of Chhankatta-2003 were burnt by members of the Panthic Action CommitteeProtectors of faith burn fun cassettes
Ludhiana, September 26
Video and audio cassettes and posters of Chhankatta-2003 sung by Jaswinder Bhalla were burnt by members of the Panthic Action Committee and other organisations at Clock Tower here this morning. Around 150 persons shouted slogans against Jaswinder Bhalla. He has made fun of kirtan singers Bhai Harbans Singh, Ragi Jagadhari Wale and Gurcharan Singh Rasia in his cassette, alleged the protectors of faith.

Video and audio cassettes and posters of Chhankatta-2003 were burnt by members of the Panthic Action Committee at Clock Tower in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Do-gooders prepare  for poll
Ludhiana, September26
The Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) took stock of farmers’ plight, especially during the paddy procurement season, and also charted out its strategy to fight the next Parliamentary elections in Punjab.

Encroachments obstruct traffic flow
Ludhiana, September 26
Traffic situation in the city is going from bad to worse, with prolonged traffic jams on busy roads becoming the order of the day. The biggest culprit in the way of smooth traffic movement are the encroachments, both temporary and permanent, along major roads. In the absence of designated rehri markets in city, vendors occupy spots of their choice.

RSS chief meets Namdhari head
Ludhiana, September 26
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief K.S. Sudershan today met Namdhari head Satguru Jagjeet Singh at Bheni Sahib village, about 30 kms from here. Mr Sudershan said Namdharis had made a great contribution to the country’s freedom struggle and many of them had sacrificed their lives in pursuit of freedom.



Two held with poppy husk
Ludhiana, September 26
The Salem Tabri police arrested Angrez Singh, alias Geja, a resident of Jamalpur village, and Kuldeep Singh, alias Pappu, a resident of Bajra village, from near Kaddian village and seized 8 kg of poppy husk from their possession yesterday evening. The accused were booked under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Man found murdered
Ludhiana, September 26
An unidentified man was found brutally murdered in fields in the Aman Nagar colony today morning. The deceased appeared to be a migrant labourer. The face was completely distorted as his head had been smashed against a wall. The deceased had deep wounds near an eye and on the head.


PNB disburses Rs 11 crore
Ludhiana, September 26
Punjab National Bank, Ludhiana region, organised a retail lending function here today and disbursed Rs 11 crore under its various schemes. These included car, housing and consumer loan schemes. About 200 customers and representatives of all branches in the city attended the function.
Mr V.K. Gupta, Deputy General manager, PNB, distributes loan cheques among customers at a function in Ludhiana on Friday. - Photo by Inderjit Verma
Mr V.K. Gupta, Deputy General Managar, PNB, distributes loan cheques among customers at a function



Principal forces examination on students
Ludhiana, September 26
Students of plus two (commerce) in DAV Public School, Sarabha Nagar, are a frustrated lot as their examinations have been advanced. Earlier, the students had got circular from the Principal, Mr R.S. Patial, saying that the half yearly examination of plus two (commerce) will not be conducted due to unavoidable circumstances.

No interview for head teachers’ post
Ludhiana, September 26
The lack of proper sitting arrangements at the venue of interviews for the promotion of teachers has caused a lot of resentment among elderly teachers. Government teachers, who appeared for interviews for the post of 400 Head Teachers in Government Senior Secondary School (Boys), Jawahar Nagar here yesterday.

School board competitions over
Ludhiana, September 26
The three-day district-level competitions, organised by the Punjab School Education Board, concluded yesterday. Competitions for the third category, classes IX to XII, were held in four schools in Ludhiana and one in Khanna and Bhaini Sahib.

Bhagat Singh Manch to honour students
Ludhiana, September 26
A meeting of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Manch was held on Wednesday to review the arrangements of the birth anniversary celebrations of Shaheed Bhagat Singh tomorrow. The manch is organising an inter-school declamation contest titled “Shaheed Bhagat Singh — his life and contribution to the freedom struggle.”

Sixth day of Koshish-2003
Ludhiana, September 26
Koshish-2003, the fourth inter-class literary-cum-cultural festival of Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) entered the sixth day today. Wg-Cdr H.S. Gill, Chairman, Punjab Management Education Trust, Ludhiana, inaugurated today’s function.

Tiny tots wait for their turn to perform dandia, organised by Love Dale School School  celebrates Navratras
Ludhiana, September 26
Finally the first Navratra has dawned today much to the delight of people as now they can rejoice and splurge on shopping.

Tiny tots wait for their turn to perform dandia, organised by Love Dale School, on the occasion of the first navratra in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo by Pradeep Tewari


Sober musical treat today
Ludhiana, September 26
“People of Punjab are more modern than people of London. We tell our children to watch Indian channels, but the way Punjabi videos are shot these days, with girls wearing skimpy dresses, we feel embarrassed,” said Malkit Singh while talking to mediapersons here today.

Malkit Singh addresses a press conference at Basant Resorts in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Malkit Singh addresses a press conference at Basant Resorts


7 more dengue cases at DMCH
Ludhiana, September 26
Seven more suspected dengue patients were admitted to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here during the past 24 hours taking the total the number of cases in the hospital to 87. As many as 29 of them have already tested positive, the doctors at the DMCH said.

Dengue: precautions and remedies
HE number of patients suffering from dengue is increasing as the city is in grip of this fever. It affects persons of all age groups. It is a disease of tropical and sub-tropical regions.

Free heart check-up camp
Ludhiana, September 26
World Heart Day which falls on September 28 will be celebrated at Gee Ess Heart Centre by organising a free heart check-up camp. In the camp, Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander and Dr Naved Aslam of Hero DMC Heart Centre and Dr Gursharan Singh of Gee Ess Heart Centre will examine patients from 9 am to 3 pm. Various tests for diagnosing heart diseases will be done free of cost.

CMCH union submits memorandum
Ludhiana, September 26
Upset over the policy of commercialisation and privatisation of Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), the Hospital Employees Union has demanded the sacking of top administrators and their replacement with other deserving persons, who could serve the institution with devotion and missionary spirit.


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