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12 held as village groups clash
Aligarh (Jagraon), March 17
The Jagraon civil and police administration today formed a 12-member peace committee in this village to maintain law and order as fresh violence erupted between two groups, who pelted each other with stones, resulting in injuries to a woman and bruises to another.

Oppn parties match govt hoardings with posters
Ludhiana, March 17
Strict Election Commission (EC) directions to all state governments for the removal of hoardings put up at public cost notwithstanding, such boards continue to stand in this constituency, much to the annoyance of Opposition parties.
A hoarding over a busy Ludhiana road on Wednesday.  — A Tribune photograph
A hoarding over a busy Ludhiana road on Wednesday


Bogus vet caught with protected animal
Ludhiana, March 17
Ludhiana Range Wildlife officials and the police have caught a fake veterinarian for possessing civet, a protected animal. The secretions of this hill animal is used for making perfume. The Chinese Government had recently ordered the mass killing of the animal as it was found to be the main carrier of the deadly SARS virus.

The civet that was found in the possession of a bogus veterinarian in Ludhiana. — Photo by IV
The civet that was found in the possession of a bogus veterinarian

Dehlon police washes its hands of paper-leak case
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 17
Washing its hands off the paper leak controversy, the Dehlon police today referred the complaint of the District Education Officer (DEO), Ludhiana, about the leak of Class X maths paper to the Sangrur police for action.

Exam officials shifted
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 17
The District Education Officer Ludhiana, Mr Avinash Chander Sethi, detailed a Superintendent and Deputy superintendent for an examination centre at Government Senior Secondary School here.


A flower in full bloom in Ludhiana
GIFT OF SPRING: A flower in full bloom in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Akalis join Lok Bhalai Party
Ludhiana, March 17
The campaign of Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, chief of the Lok Bhalai Party, got a shot in the arm after a large number of Akali leaders and workers joined his party at a function held at Khoom Kalan today. The SAD (Longowal) and the Akali Dal led by Mr Ravi Inder Singh have decided to support his candidature for the Ludhiana seat.

Women express concern over diversity issues
Ludhiana, March 17
A public hearing was held here today under the banner of the National Commission for Women, the National Alliance of Women for Food and Water Rights, and Diverse Women for Diversity in coordination with the Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha and the Punjab Istri Sabha.

“Virsa Punjab Da” released
Ludhiana, March 17
The book ‘Virsa Punjab Da’ (Heritage of Punjab) was released at a function organised under the aegis of the Punjab Agricultural University Sahit Sabha in the Vice-Chancellor’s committee room here today.

Sutlej Club poll


4 injured in attacks
Khanna, March 17
Four persons were injured in two attacks here yesterday. Some persons beat up Ajay Kumar when he said that India could lose the cricket match being played in Rawalpindi. He said eight to 10 persons attacked him, besides injuring Amrish Kumar Ashu and Amrit Pal Monty.


Muthoot Group services launched
Ludhiana, March 17
The Muthoot Group, a major player in the private banking and financial services sector, today launched its services in Ludhiana. Mr M.G. George Muthoot, chairman of the group, inaugurated the branch by lighting the lamp.



Jyoti of SDP College, who won the Miss Farewell title
Jyoti of SDP College, who won the Miss Farewell title on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

PAU alumni meet
Ludhiana, March 17
It was a day of annual reunion for a dozen-odd students of 1951 batch of Punjab Agricultural University at the Parker House this morning. Of the 12 members who were present at the meeting, three had come from overseas. Prof Beant S. Ahloowalia a technology consultant from Vienna. He retired as a scientist from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Prior to this, he was with the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Rome.

Juniors bid adieu to final-year students
Ludhiana, March 17
MA Departments of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, here hosted a farewell function. The highlight was a modeling contest for MA final-year students. Amandeep was declared Miss Farewell, while Sumandeep and Simarjot were the first and second runners-up. Gurpreet won the title of best-dressed student.

Students given roll of honour
Ludhiana, March 17
Nine students received roll of honour at the annual convocation held at the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, here today. Dr S.S. Johl, Vice-Chairman of the Punjab State Planning Board was the chief guest.

The Principal of the Khalsa College for Women confers degrees on students in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
The Principal of the Khalsa College for Women confers degrees on students

Children take part in colouring contest
Ludhiana, March 17
A total of 120 children participated in a colouring contest at Cherryfields Nursery School, Atam Nagar, here today. The participants were given sheets from HDFC bank on which outlines of animals and flowers had been printed.

Children take part in a colouring contest at Cherryfields Nursery School in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Children take part in a colouring contest at Cherryfields Nursery School



101 units of blood donated



25 MC officials transferred
Ludhiana, March 17
The Local Government Department has shifted two Assistant Commissioners, 6 Executive Engineers, the Municipal Town Planner, an Assistant Town Planner and 15 Assistant Engineers in the municipal corporation here with the approval of the Chief Election Officer.


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