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Drug-laced ‘pedas’ leave NRI dead in train
Cash, jewellery looted
Ludhiana, October 11
An NRI died and three other members of his family, including two women, were left unconscious after they were drugged and looted on board the Kolkata-Amritsar Punjab Mail this morning.
Harbans Kaur under treatment at the Civil Hospital Harbans Kaur under treatment at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

VIP sons versus police row
Minister demands cop’s dismissal
Ludhiana, October 11
The “VIPs' sons versus police” row intensified today when Congress Minister Malkiat Singh Birmi claimed that he had independent witnesses of the incident and stated the nothing short of the dismissal of the police officer would be acceptable to him.


Smog suffocates residents
Ludhiana, October 11
While the district administration is yet to take action against the farmers resorting to burning of paddy stubble in the district, the ill effects of the practice have already started showing in the city especially in the evenings and mornings. Owing to the burning, the city and rural areas of the district are engulfed by smog.

Jassi decries singers’ role in immigration racket
Ludhiana, October 11
“It is really shocking that singers like Shamsher Mehndi are taking hefty sums of money from people and taking them abroad illegally. I was quite confident that Daler Mehndi was not involved in it but reports to the contrary are appearing. I feel that all singers who indulge in human trafficking should be severely punished for their crimes,” said Jasbir Jassi, renowned pop singer, at a press conference held here today at Park Plaza. Jassi is in the city to perform for Seagram's Imperial Blue at Magnet Resort tonight.

Pop singer Jasbir Jassi addresses mediapersons during a press conference in Ludhiana on Saturday. — IV
Pop singer Jasbir Jassi addresses mediapersons during a press conference

Man held on charge of killing father
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 11
Jagdeep Singh, a resident of Ghudani village, near here, has been arrested on the charge of murdering his father, Saudagar Singh. Earlier, in a statement to the police, Jagdeep Singh had said that his father, a farmer, had left for his fields on October 9 and his body had been found near the village the next day.


MC launches Rs 19.32-cr road development programme
Ludhiana, October 11
The Municipal Corporation has envisaged a comprehensive road development programme for the city. A substantive part of the Rs 19.32-crore project is slated to be completed by the end of this year under which premix carpeting of roads would be done and depending on the site situation, the roads would also be widened and strengthened.

Recarpeting causes chaos at Neelon
Neelon, October 11
Hundreds of commuters were stranded as the authorities chose to undertake the recarpeting of the bridge over the canal at Neelon during daytime. Long queues of vehicles could be seen on both sides of the main Chandigarh - Ludhiana highway till late in the evening. The bridge intersection also caters to traffic on the Doraha - Ropar stretch.

Commuters sore over  late running of train
Ludhiana, October 11
Daily rail travellers between Moga and Ludhiana are a harassed lot owing to unnecessary delay in the running of trains between the two stations. Several complaints to the Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepore, have failed to elicit any positive response.

Prof Mohan Singh Mela from Oct 19
Ludhiana, October 11
The names of distinguished persons to be honoured during Prof Mohan Singh Mela were decided today at a meeting organised by members of the Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation at Punjabi Bhavan, along with a member of the Punjabi Sahitya Akademi.

City Scan
Rich history of institutional progress
n Dasehra day, the foundation stone for the Institute of Laws was laid by Justice O.P. Verma, Governor of Punjab. It was a rare event of academic nature, much-awaited and much-needed since Partition.

An honest deed
Ludhiana, October 11
“Men with a true soul are the real stars and the ones who have kept honesty alive,” says Mr Balkar Singh, a Marketing Manager with a local company, who did not expect that he would ever find the money and jewellery his wife had lost when she misplaced her purse.

Non-release of DA irks employees
Ludhiana, October 11
Punjab Government employees and pensioners are demanding the release of the DA instalment which has become due from July this year. They have submitted a number of communications demanding the DA release to the Punjab Government but the government is dilly-dallying on the ground of financial crunch. This has caused widespread resentment among employees. The Central Government and some other state governments have already released the DA instalment.

Bairagi mandal hails move on holiday
Ludhiana, October 11
The Punjab Bairagi Maha Mandal has welcomed the move of the state government to declare October 16 as a public holiday in memory of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

Shop gutted in LPG blast


Gang of robbers busted, 4 held
Ludhiana, October 11
Four members of a gang of robbers were arrested at a police naka at Gias Pura yesterday after a loaded and unlicensed revolver of .32 bore and the uniform of a Punjab Police havildar were recovered from their possession.


Slackness of banks causes fraud, says Chamber
Ludhiana, October 11
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry has cited slackness of banks in handling cheques as a major cause of bank fraud. Pointing out that a recent detection of a case of fraud had established that most banks did not have a sealed box for depositing cheques, the Chamber said these could easily be stolen by unscrupulous persons and encashed fraudulently.

Threats a must for growth, LMA delegates told
Ludhiana, October 11
“Assured long life reduces the instinct to nurture the next generation”, as once Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote “The love of posterity is the consequence of the necessity of death. If a man were sure of living forever, he would not take care of his offspring.”

Designer shawls in market
Ludhiana, October 11
With little time left for the winter to arrive, several shopkeepers have started displaying woollen wear in their showrooms. On top of the list for most of them are the shawls in an altogether new, elegant and designer style, available in smaller sizes, with bold colour schemes and embroidery patterns to go with all kinds of Western as well as traditional outfits.
Salesmen display new patterns of double-shaded and machine-embroidered shawls that have arrived in markets in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Salesmen display new patterns of double-shaded and machine-embroidered shawls

Exhibition compliments festive season
Ludhiana, October 11
‘The Outburst of Colour and Light’, a two-day exhibition of paintings and candles, was inaugurated at Sundial, Sutlej Club, here today. The murals, oil paintings, mix media and tile paintings on display have been made by students of the Rekha’s School of Art.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, and his wife go around an exhibition of paintings and ornamental candles at the Sutlej Club in Ludhiana, on Saturday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, and his wife go around an exhibition of paintings and ornamental candles



Workshop on functional English
Ludhiana, October 11
Nearly 78 teachers from CBSE schools of the district attended a workshop on functional English organised at Guru Nanak International Public School, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, here today.

DMC Principal from within faculty
Ludhiana, October 11
The management of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital has decided to have the new Principal of the DMC from within the faculty.
A decision to this effect was taken at the general body meeting of the managing society of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital held under the chairmanship Mr Brijmohan Munjal, president.

BBA toppers applauded
Ludhiana, October 11
Kawalpreet Kaur, Richa Jain and Gautam Garg of the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) have bagged the first, fourth and seventh positions, respectively, in the BBA second semester examination declared by Punjab Technical University this year.


NZCC holds cultural mela

Ludhiana, October 11
Roman tribal dancers led by Bain Sidhi with their wild but synchronised movements enthralled the audience at the inauguration of a cultural mela organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) in collaboration with the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) at Hotel Amaltas last evening.
Tribesmen perform a demonic dance at the cultural mela organised by the NZCC at Hotel Amaltas in Ludhiana on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Tribesmen perform a demonic dance at the cultural mela organised by the NZCC at Hotel Amaltas

Bhajan-singing contest today
Ludhiana, October 11
The Shri Mandir Committee, Panjab, will hold its 17th inter-college competition in bhajan-singing and chorus-singing tomorrow at Shri Durga Mata Mandir in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, according to a press note issued here today.


Dr Mohan is MCI Inspector
Ludhiana, October 11
Dr V. Mohan, Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana, has been appointed as whole time Inspector in the Medical Council of India (MCI). Dr Mohan is the first one to be appointed to this prestigious post from Punjab and this region of the country (Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir).

City doc attends international  conference
Ludhiana, October 11
Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, Urologist and Head of the Kidney Transplant Unit at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, has brought laurels to the institute by presenting his papers (based on his work) at the International Conference of Asian Society of Transplantation held recently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was invited to present his papers in the presence of 500 eminent surgeons from all over the world.

20 fresh dengue patients admitted
Ludhiana, October 11
About 20 patients suffering from dengue-like symptoms have been admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here during the past 24 hours. A majority of the patients are from Aggar Nagar, Church Road, Civil Lines, Prem Nagar, Janata Nagar, Vishva Karma Colony, Rishi Nagar, bus stand etc in Ludhiana.


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