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Fuel scam tip of iceberg, says VB
Ludhiana, February 26
The unravelling of the sensational multi-crore ‘fuel scam’ in the Municipal Corporation by the Vigilance Bureau seems to be just a tip of the iceberg of the alleged widespread corruption in the civic body. Investigations are already on in 11 other cases of misappropriation of funds. Sources in the Vigilance Bureau said the estimated figure of Rs 7 crore loss to the public exchequer in the fuel scam was ‘nothing’ in comparison to the amount involved in other frauds. 

Street brawl turns communal
Ludhiana, February 26
Tension engulfed Basti Jodhewal area today evening, following a street brawl between two youths belonging to different communities.
Policemen pacify agitators near Basti Jodhewal in Ludhiana
Policemen pacify agitators near Basti Jodhewal in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photo


Love triangle claims youth’s life
Ludhiana, February 26
Alleged rivalry between two youths over a girl led to the murder of one of them at New Ashok Nagar Colony, Salem Tabri, here today. The victim, Jyoti, was stabbed several times in the neck and abdomen allegedly by Deepu, alias Ganju, a barber, in a busy street of the colony. A large number of people, including bystanders and passers-by, were mute spectators to the murder.
Mourning family members of a youth, Jyoti, who was allegedly murdered in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Mourning family members of a youth, Jyoti, who was allegedly murdered

Man booked for bid to inject HIV +ve blood
Khanna, February 26
The police has booked a man who tried to inject HIV positive blood into a woman on Wednesday. The case has been registered on the statement given by the victim, Swarnjit Kaur, of Kotla village, according to DSP Samrala here today.

Chicken rates slashed
Ludhiana, February 26
In view of the fall in the demand of poultry products due to the bird flu scare, poultry retailers of the city today decided to slash the rates of chicken. The decision was taken at a meeting of the poultry farmers and retailers held here today. The revised rates would come into effect from tomorrow and continue till the Holi festival.


Cong to focus on employment 
Ludhiana, February 26
The Congress will provide sustainable and meaningful employment to the Indian youth based on new development-oriented programmes. ‘Disha 2004 Shiksha and Rozgar’ is the new initiative launched by the party’s youth leaders to focus on imparting quality education and providing sustainable employment to the Indian youth. Stating this here today, party spokesperson and Youth Congress leader Ragini Nayak said, “The Congress, in consultation with youth leaders form all sections of society and renowned economists, is working on a programme that will impart quality education designed to turn the Indian youth into skilled human resources.”

Youth Congress spokesperson Ragini Nayak addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Youth Congress spokesperson Ragini Nayak addresses a press conference in Ludhiana

Birmi promises 24-hr power to villages
Ludhiana, February 26
Minister of State for Jails, Housing and Urban Development Malkit Singh Birmi today said the government would provide uninterrupted power supply to all villages from June 30. A sum of Rs 260 crore had been sanctioned for this purpose and directions in this connection had been given to the PSEB.

MLA distributes pension cheques
Amloh, February 26
Mr Sadhu Singh, Dharamsot MLA, has distributed of development and pension cheques for Rs 35 lakh and Rs 21 lakh among the 94 village panchayats for development works and old age pensions, respectively.


Striking mill workers booked 
Ludhiana, February 26
The Focal Point police yesterday registered a case under various sections of the IPC against Ranjeet Parshad, Khushia, Rajesh Kumar, Vinod Kumar, Haninder Kumar and Parsu Ram, all of whom are striking employees of Ralson Factory on the GT Road.



Pak delegation honoured
Ludhiana, February 26
The visiting delegation of agricultural scientists and teachers from Pakistan has expressed its happiness over the strengthening of relations between India and Pakistan and is all praise for the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, for his pivotal role in this direction during the SAARC Summit at Islamabad last month.

CBSE cancels 2 exam centres
Ludhiana, February 26
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has cancelled DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, and Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, as examination centres this year.

315 students get prizes
Ludhiana, February 26
The annual prize distribution function of the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, was organised here this morning. Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister for Higher Education and Language, presided over the function. The function began with ‘shabad’ rendering by the college choir. Mr Johar was welcomed by the Principal and members of the managing committee.

College alumni’s meeting held
Ludhiana, February 26
The annual meeting of the Alumni Association of the College of Agriculture, PAU, for 2003-04 concluded with its annual report read by Dr R.K. Mahey, secretary of the executive committee of the association. He highlighted the activities of the inaugural session of the meeting like honouring distinguished alumni, holding of a technical session, sports events, a poetic symposium and a cultural programme.

Lovepreet SinghNCC cadet brings laurels to city
Ludhiana, February 26
A local NCC cadet has brought laurels to the city by becoming the only cadet from Punjab to participate in the special post-Republic Day Guard of Honour function and the Prime Minister’s rally held in New Delhi besides participating in the Republic Day parade.



PMC meets today after 30 years
Ludhiana, February 26
A meeting of the Punjab Medical Council (PMC), which has been lying defunct for the past 30 years, would be held at South End, Chandigarh tomorrow. The seven members of the council, including three elected and three nominated members and the president of the council, are expected to bring several amendments in the Act under which it was registered earlier.


GNIMT sports fest ends
Ludhiana, February 26
The winter sports festival at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, concluded here yesterday. During the two-week-long festival, competition in cricket (men), kho-kho (women) and athletics (men and women) were organised.

Students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology take part in the annual athletics meet in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology take part in the annual athletics meet in Ludhiana


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