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Ramoowalia helping Cong, says Dhillon
Ludhiana, March 16
The SAD-BJP nominee from this Lok Sabha seat, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, today claimed that the masses were disgruntled with the Congress government in Punjab, which had done practically nothing for the welfare of the common man.

Sukhdev’s house has memorial, at last
Ludhiana, March 16
Even as the government machinery has failed to preserve the ancestral house of martyr Sukhdev in the local Nau Ghara area, the initiative taken by certain city residents has made this dream project a reality by constructing a memorial in his house within two months. The memorial will be opened to the public on March 22, a day before Sukhdev’s martyrdom day.

Time to brace up for power cuts
Ludhiana, March 16
The entire state, including this industrial hub, may be in for "powerless" days and nights if the current situation is any indication. While the temperature has gone up marginally over the past fortnight, urban feeders are already having one or more power cuts of half hour each early in the morning or late at night.

A student of Guru Nanak Girls College whistles during the farewell function at the college B.Sc examinees take a hurried look at their notes
A student of Guru Nanak Girls College whistles during the farewell function at the college in Ludhiana on Tuesday.  B.Sc examinees take a hurried look at their notes. — Tribune photos by Pradeep Tewari

WELL, the romance of the cool winds of Phagun is over. With the onset of Chet on Sunday, an appreciable rise in the day temperature was felt by everyone. The summer has finally arrived.
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Major Kokri cremated

Ludhiana, March 16
Vir Chakra Major Jagir Singh Kokri, hero of the 1948 Kashmir war, was cremated with state honours at the Barewal crematorium here today.

Major Kokri’s body being carried by Army jawans for cremation in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Major Kokri’s body being carried by Army jawans for cremation in Ludhiana

‘Chatti lassi’ clicking with urban folk
Ludhiana, March 16
It must have been far-fetched to imagine a few years ago that “chatti lassi”, a popular drink in rural areas, fed even to cattle, would become a commodity. Urban people, who did not go for this highly nutritious drink in the past, are now hankering for it. No wonder this “lassi” has arrived in the city with a bang. Devoid of any fat content, this “lassi” is rich in proteins and minerals, is anti-acidic and good for digestion. 

Seven in race for club secy’s post
Ludhiana, March 16
There is a virtual scramble for the post of general secretary of Sutlaj Club here with seven persons filing their nominations here last night. Some senior club members representing different groups held a meeting at Park Plaza yesterday to unanimously elect the executive body, but no concrete outcome came out of it.

Readers write
Woes of pensioners

n his letter published in these columns on 7.3.2004, Mr R.N. Sehgal has stated that the state government pensioners are availing more benefits like medical allowance, old-age increase in pension etc as compared to Central Government Pensioners. Our association, too, through its president, Mr Sher Singh, approached the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensioners Departments of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare for bringing Central Government pensioners at par with the state government pensioners.

Director’s bona fides questioned 


Guard booked on assault charge
Ludhiana, March 16
Balwinder Singh, a security guard at a cycle manufacturing unit in Focal Point, on Sunday assaulted his boss Sham Lal, security in charge of the factory, and three others, including an ASI who reached the spot after receiving information that the irate guard was beating up everyone.

Complaint against in-laws
Khanna, March 16
Ms Amandeep Kaur, a local resident, has lodged a complaint at Sadar police station against her in-laws that they had beaten her up, threatened to kill her and demanded dowry.


Hotels cash in on cricket fever
Ludhiana, March 16
Cricket fever continues unabated in the city, with more restaurants, clubs and theatres screening the live telecast of the match between India and Pakistan. After a sensational victory in the first one-day international at Karachi, Indian fans seem to have more reasons to watch the match.

A waiter in the dress of the Indian cricket team at a restaurant in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
A waiter in the dress of the Indian cricket team at a restaurant in Ludhiana

Hero Cycles strike continues
Ludhiana, March 16
Hundreds of workers of the Hero group of industries here today continued their strike in protest against the suspension of four of their colleagues and the show-cause notice issued to 21 others.



A honeybee at work in a PAU garden
A honeybee at work in a PAU garden in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Exams over, coaching centres on
Ludhiana, March 16
With senior secondary examinations soon to be over, the students preparing for admission to various medical and engineering colleges have started getting themselves registered for crash courses and test series being conducted by scores of coaching centres in the city.

Student caught cheating  in examination
Ludhiana, March 16
One case of cheating was reported from the district in the Class X Punjabi examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board here today. A student of SAN Jain Senior Secondary School, near Daresi, was caught copying from a slip that he had brought with him in the examination centre.

Practical exams begin
Ludhiana, March 16
The final practical examination for various BA and BSc classes began at all affiliated colleges of Panjab University here today. First-year BA students appeared for practical examination of computer science, home science, music (instrumental) and psychology. For BSc first-year students, practical examination for zoology, botany and computer science were held.



Australian surgeon for exchange of faculty
Ludhiana, March 16
Dr Jim Young, a colorectal surgeon from Adelaide, Australia, who is on a visit to Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) these days, feels that close liaison between Australia and the CMCH in terms of exchange of faculty, nursing professionals and students of health sciences is must for updating knowledge of all, working in the field.

Dr Jim Young and Dr Rajeev Kapoor address a press conference at the CMCH in Ludhiana on Monday.
Dr Jim Young and Dr Rajeev Kapoor address a press conference at the CMCH in Ludhiana

Men hesitant to get infertility treatment, says expert
Ludhiana, March 16
The true incidence of infertility is difficult to ascertain but evidence so far indicates that it is common and increasing at the rate of 10-30 per cent with many causes. A study carried by Dr Vineeta Munjal, consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital (GTB), for over a period of 10 years with patients from Ludhiana, Jaipur and Delhi etc suggests that a majority of these people could not have child because of some problem in egg formation or a low sperm count.


Kulbir adjudged best athlete
Ludhiana, March 16
Kulbir Kaur annexed five titles (long jump, 50 m race, 100 m race, 200 m race and 400 m race) and was adjudged the best athlete in the annual sports day meet of the local Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Sabzi Mandi, here today.

PAU athletics meet today


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