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Farmers pay the price for being early birds
Low procurement prices force them to take back paddy from mandis
A labourer winnows paddy at the Mullanpur Mandi main yardMullanpur Dakha, September 28
Unwilling to bow under the pressure exerted by commission agents to sell their paddy at throwaway prices, farmers of the district have started taking their produce back home and try their luck after October 1, when the procurement will start officially.

A labourer winnows paddy at the Mullanpur Mandi main yard, near Ludhiana, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Need for another vehicle registration office in city
Ludhiana, September 28
The District Transport Office here is one of the most overburdened government offices in Ludhiana. With just 15 regular employees, the office has to cope up with massive crowd every day.

Innovative burglars!
Ludhiana, September 28
As the menace of ‘kale-kachhewale’ has suddenly reappeared in the countryside around the city, thieves and thugs operating in the city itself are also getting bolder with each passing day. And innovative too.

Dasehra mela begins

Ludhiana, September 28
Rajguru Nagar, located on Ferozepore Road, is all set to hold its maiden Dasehra following the formation of a Dasehra committee by the area residents. A “Ganesh poojan” ceremony was held today to mark the beginning of a Dasehra mela. The mela would conclude on October 5 with the burning of effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Meghnath.
A craftsman paints Ravana at the Dresi Ground in Ludhiana. Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

A craftsman paints Ravana at the Dresi Ground

Begging menace irritates residents
Ludhiana, September 28
A few months after the district police had launched a crackdown on beggars in the city to clean the place of the problem, the latter are back in business. They have swarmed city roads with policemen remaining mute spectators. The police had arrested around 300 beggars from different places of the city in December last year and had booked them under the Prevention of Begging Act, 1971. 
BEGGAR BACK IN BUSINESS: A boy seeks alms at a traffic light point in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

Park named after Bhagat Singh
Mandi Gobindgarh, September 28
“We should always remember the sacrifices made by our martyrs to attain freedom and should strive towards making our country prosperous,” said the Municipal Council Chief, Mr Joginder Pal Singla. He was addressing a function organised by the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Club to celebrate the 96th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at municipal park, Model Town, here today.

Workers’ strike ends
Ludhiana, September 28
The 14-day-long strike by workers of Hero Cycles was called off today following an agreement between striking workers and the management. The management had earlier suspended 15 workers for alleged indiscipline and striking workers were demanding their reinstatement.


Inter-state gang of robbers busted
Ludhiana, September 28
The Division No. 6 police has busted an inter-state gang of robbers by arresting its six members. Police sources said the gang was active in the region and had stolen or highjacked a large number of vehicles besides committing robberies all over the state. Three members of the gang were from Amritsar district, two from Bihar and another from West Bengal.

Man, wife murdered
Phillaur, September 28
Madan (35), a resident of Raipur-Araian village, and his wife Rajee were reportedly murdered with sharp-edged weapons by another villager Makhan and his accomplices at the village on the Phillaur-Nawanshahr road yesterday afternoon, according to a report received here.

Cop booked for assault
Ludhiana, September 28
Constable Jora Singh, attached with Mr Harnam Das Johar, Minister for Higher Education, was booked under Sections 341, 323 and 506 of the IPC by the Model Town police yesterday.


Traders to burn effigy of exim forms
Ludhiana, September 28
Members of trade and industry would burn an effigy of exim forms on Dasehra to mark their defiance of the alleged ill-conceived decision. The protest would mark the commencement of a ‘decisive and extended’ battle against the alleged anti-trade policies of the government. On October 11, traders will hold a state-level rally and dharna to mobilise people for agitation.



Scholars address college students 
Ludhiana, September 28
The Department of Public Administration, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, organised a function here yesterday. Principal G.S. Barara (retd) spoke on the topic “Corruption in public administration”. He said corruption was there in India even during ‘golden era’, but the punishment was certain and as a result general civic life was prosperous.

‘Koshish-2003’  concludes
Ludhiana, September 28
MBA (final year) students lifted the overall trophy at the fourth Intra-College Literary-cum-Cultural Festival of the PCTE, “Koshish-2003”, which culminated after the completion of 30 events spanning over a week. A glittering closing ceremony and the distribution of awards to the winners marked the final evening. Ms Parminder K. Gill, vice-president of Punjab Management Education Trust, gave away the prizes.


A star-studded tribute to Bhagat Singh
Ludhiana, September 28
“Rang de basanti chola” echoed the venue of a Saturday night programme, “Punjabi Spice Live”, at South City here. The programme was dedicated to Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

Popular singers Surjit Bindrakhia and Shankar Sahni (right) perform at a programme in memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Popular singers Surjit Bindrakhia and Shankar Sahni perform at a programme in memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

Malkit Singh to be honoured
Ludhiana, September 28
The International Punjabi Cultural Club has decided to honour Punjabi pop singer Malkit Singh of ‘Tutak-Tutian’ fame with the Punjab Virasat award for this year. The award will be presented to the singer here in November.


114 patients examined
Ludhiana, September 28
As many as 114 patients were examined at a free medical check-up camp organised by the local branch of Bharat Overseas Bank Limited at Dr D.N. Kotnis Health and Education Centre, Salem Tabri, here yesterday. Medicines were distributed free of cost among patients.

A patient being examined during a free medical check-up camp organised by Bharat Overseas Bank Limited in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo by IV
A patient being examined during a free medical check-up camp organised by Bharat Overseas Bank Limited


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