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SSF for excommunication of Sikh convention organisers
Ludhiana, October 29
The Sikh Students Federation (SSF) has demanded the excommunication of the organisers of the World Sikh Convention “as they have denigrated the authority of Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs”. Terming the organisers as anti- panth, Mr Gurcharan Singh Grewal, president of the outfit, said they would give a befitting reply to the organisers, who have dared to challenge the authority of Akal Takht. 

Admn plans to tackle dengue
Ludhiana, October 29
The district administration has launched a comprehensive plan for the prevention and treatment of dengue in Ludhiana. To finalise the modalities, a high-level meeting was held here today under the chairmanship of Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, and Mr S. K. Sharma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation.

6 improvement trust employees, others arrested
Ludhiana, October 29
The Vigilance Bureau yesterday arrested six employees of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust and two others on charges of misappropriation, corruption, fraud and fabrication of documents.

8 remanded into police custody


Fee hike unjust, feel students
Ludhiana, October 29
Panjab University has decided to hike the tuition and admission fee in its 110 affiliated colleges by 20 per cent from the coming academic session. The decision was taken by a committee, which met at the university on behalf of the Senate yesterday.


A HELPING HAND: A scooterist gives a lift to a man whose cycle broke down in Ludhiana on the Ferozepore Road on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Sangh Parivar flayed for communal designs
Ludhiana, October 29
Activists of the Peoples Front for Defence of Secularism and Democracy today held a rally here to expose the ‘nefarious designs’ of the Sangh Parivar. Addressing protesters, Mr Mangat Ram Pasla said the Sangh Parivar, which is operating through several offshoots like the RSS, the VHP, the Bajrang Dal and the BJP, were spreading communal hatred against the minorities and were out to destroy the communal harmony and the basic social fabric of society. Other speakers pointed out that every field was being saffronised. 

Proposal to wind up post office flayed
Ludhiana, October 29
Residents of Kidwai Nagar and adjoining localities have expressed their resentment to a proposal of the postal authorities of Punjab circle to wind up the Kidwai Nagar post office, along with many others in the city as a part of the elaborate exercise by the department on all-India basis aimed at cutting expenditure.

Manju Bala Lone struggle for justice
Ludhiana, October 29
Manju Bala (25), who was allegedly burnt by her in-laws a few months back, has been running from pillar to post to seek justice. She alleges that the police, at the behest of a local counsellor refused to register the case.

Lecture on gender bias in society
Ludhiana, October 29
Ms Kiran Soni Gupta, a Rajasthan cadre IAS officer and an old student of the Government College for Women, Ludhiana, delivered a lecture on ‘Gender bias’ in the college auditorium yesterday. She said, “Although we are living in male dominated society, yet the women are playing an important role. India has advanced considerably in women liberation. It is hoped that in the times to come, women will become more self sufficient and liberated.”

SBI officers felicitate office-bearers
Ludhiana, October 29
A function was organised by SBI officers to felicitate the newly elected office-bearers of the Ludhiana zonal office unit of the State Bank of India Officers Association at Gill Road branch here today. Mr S.K. Kapoor, Chief Manager, presided over the function, which was attended by Mr G.P.S. Bakshi, treasurer, and Mr Chanchal Singh, regional secretary.

Subsidise mosquito coils
evers like malaria, dengue and filaria which are due to mosquito bite have proved fatal. All research done the world over has proved futile. It’s quite apparent that even the exceptionally powerful country like America has raised hands before this tiny but invincible enemy. Age- long researches have come to the conclusion that we can only have preventions and no remedy.

Goods train derailed
Ludhiana, October 29
The engine and a wagon of a goods train coming from Baprala, near Aligarh, and going to Jalandhar derailed at platform No.3 of the Ludhiana railway station around 2 am last night. No loss to life or property was reported.



Local developers keep  fingers crossed
Ludhiana, October 29
Though the Sahara Group has entered the real estate business in Punjab, it remains to be seen how much dint it makes in the final analysis into the local colonisers’ business.

Marginal increase in paddy arrival
Ludhiana, October 29
A marginal increase in arrival of paddy has been observed in the local grain market and associated purchase centres. Around 9,06,000 quintals of paddy has since been received against 8,74200 quintals during the similar period last year. No stocks of Basmati have arrived in local and surrounding grain markets.



Prize-winning science models  on display
Ludhiana, October 29
The prize winning models of seven sub-divisions of Ludhiana were put on display at the district-level science model making competition organised by the District Education Department at Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School for Boys, Millerganj, here today.

A student demonstrates the working of advanced agricultural machinery through his model at the exhibition. — A Tribune photograph
A student demonstrates the working of advanced agricultural machinery through his model at the exhibition

Seminar on agrometeorology begins
Ludhiana, October 29
A three-day seminar on ‘Agrometeorology in new millennium — prospects and challenges’, being organised by the Association of Agro-meteorologists of India, was inaugurated in the wheat auditorium of Punjab Agricultural University here today.
Dr K.S. Aulakh (second from right), Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, at the inauguration of national seminar on 'Agrometeorology in the New Millennium: prospectives and challenges' on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, at the inauguration of national seminar on 'Agrometeorology

Symposium on Hindi literature
Ludhiana, October 29
A discussion on the dynamics of changing value system vis-a-vis Hindi literature was held at a symposium organised at SCD Government College for Boys here yesterday.
Experts talked at length about the new and old values in the context of literature.

Flower arrangement demonstration
Ludhiana, October 29
The Home Science Department of Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, organised a lecture-cum-demonstration on different types of flower arrangement using fresh, dry and artificial flowers and foliage here yesterday.


Jalandhar girls win title
Ludhiana, October 29
Riders from Hans Raj Mahila Mahavidyala, Jalandhar, secured the first position in the Guru Nanak Dev University, Inter-College Cycling Championship for women at the velodrome of Punjab Agricultural University here on Tuesday.


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