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DMCH officials gheraoed 
Ludhiana, March 3
Members of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) Union gheraoed members of the management and allegedly manhandled the Secretary, DMCH Managing Society, Mr Amrit Nagpal, here today.

Mr Amrit Nagpal, secretary, DMCH managing society, being gheraoed by employees of the DMCH
Mr Amrit Nagpal, secretary, DMCH managing society, (extreme left) being gheraoed by employees of the DMCH, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Great rush for Indo-Pak matches
Ludhiana, March 3
With the long awaited Indo-Pak cricket series only a few days away, there is a great rush for the tickets for various one-day international and Test matches.

Discrepancies in voter’s ID cards
Ludhiana, March 3
Some residents of the Gurdev Nagar area here, who had got themselves photographed for a voter's identity card on February 23, are in a fix as the slips for the card issued to them show their place of residence as Sarabha Nagar, instead of Gurdev Nagar.


Date extended for paying water, sewerage arrears
Ludhiana, March 3
The Punjab government has extended the date for one-time facility of interest free payment of water and sewerage charges to March 31. Earlier, through an order issued by the Department of Local Government, the interest free payment of arrears was permitted as a one-time measure till February 29, 2004. The interest rate on accrued arrears was slashed from 18 per cent to 9 per cent.

Students of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College protest in Ludhiana on Wednesday
Students of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College protest in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Body found at Khattra village
Khanna, March 3
The body of a middle-aged man, Sat Pal, was found in a pond of Khattra village this morning. Sat Pal was said to be mentally upset. According to information, Sat Pal, a resident of the Samrala road area, Khanna, was mentally upset. He had been missing since Monday. Some residents of the village saw the body lying in the pond. They informed the sarpanch of the village, who later informed the police. The son of the deceased, Sanjiv Kumar, identified the body.

Contractor clubbed to death
Ludhiana, March 3
Two labourers clubbed a contractor to death at Mullanpur yesterday. The accused Ganga Chowdhry and Kailash had an altercation with the victim Montu Kumar Mandal over raising their salary while wages were being paid to labourers late last evening.

Campaign against female foeticide
Ludhiana, March 3
An 80-member team of the Shaheed Memorial Seva Society has started a campaign against female foeticide. The team has got 10,000 posters printed. The members have distributed the posters to schools, colleges, government offices and hospitals.


Implement policy for street vendors, says union
Ludhiana, March 3
The rehri-farri union, affiliated to the National Alliance of Street Vendors, asserting the right of vendors to employment, has called upon the government to implement the proposed national policy for street vendors.

At the Crossroads
Not a voice in the wilderness
rom across the border Dr Wazir Agha, a litterateur of great renown, has asserted that literature created in any language in the land of five rivers is a part of Punjab’s heritage. In view of this Kirti Kesar’s Hindi poems hold a mirror to the changing patterns of life in this part of the land. She depicts in her poems the passions, conflicts and contradictions in human life. For this she employs soothing undertones, lyrical sensibilities and befitting terminology. The hidden emotional pattern gives her poems the form that has aesthetic appeal. The images she creates in her poems convey different shades of feeling.

Curing dogs of diabetes
Dogs too suffer from diabetes. Like in humans, it involves inability of the body to handle sugar levels. Normally the pancreas, a gland in the body, produces two hormones, including insulin, that regulate the glucose level. In diabetes, there is either no insulin or not enough of it. Sugar cannot be used by muscles so the body thinks it is starving and breaks itself down to produce more sugar. This increases the sugar level of the body, which increases excretion of glucose in urine and also the urine production.



Steel prices will come down, claims BJP
Ludhiana, March 3
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is alive to the problems being faced by the trade and industry. The BJP state president, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, has taken up the issue of hike in steel prices with the Union Government.

Yellow Pages directory in June
Ludhiana, March 3
GETIT Infomediary Limited, the pioneer of Yellow Page directories in India, is now launching its quality services in Ludhiana. These will include its printed yellow pages directories, its 24-hour teleinformation service, its CD ROMs and website. The first edition of the yellow pages for Ludhiana will be brought out by June 2004.


PAU to sell 4 new seed varieties
Ludhiana, March 3
Seeds of ‘‘Pusa sugandha’’ which can yield 18.5 quintals of fine rice per acre, ‘‘Moti,’’ a male sterile, wilt-resistant hybrid cotton seed, and COJ-89 and SG-99, new varieties of sugarcane and groundnut, respectively, will be on sale at a two-day kisan mela starting here tomorrow.


Science, ethics go hand in hand, says Prof Menon
Ludhiana, March 3
Of $30 billion spent on health research every year in the world, only 5 per cent goes to the developing countries, said Prof M.G.K. Menon, Dr Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor of the Indian Space Research Organisation, here today.

From Colleges
Crescendo concludes

Students take part in a fashion show at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, right, participants at the Ms Farewell Contest
Students take part in a fashion show at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, right, participants at the Ms Farewell Contest at Government College for Women, in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Tribune photos Pradeep Tiwari

From Schools
School fails to provide bus for exam centre
Ludhiana, March 3
About 100 students of Class X of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (BVM) School were left in the lurch today when the school management failed to provide them transport for reaching the examination centre, which was about 6 km from the school. Some of the parents told The Tribune that since the examination centre was located at Shamrock Public School, the students were asked by the management to reach the school (BVM) from where they would be provided the school transport. However, the students kept on waiting but there was no arrangement for the transport.

Students of Class X after their first exam in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Tribune photograph by Pradeep Tewari
Students of Class X after their first exam in Ludhiana


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