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Not enough girls to worship
ripti, 5-year-daughter of a rickshaw puller in BRS Nagar, was a happy person today. She had got Rs 50 — a princely sum for her — and enough puris and chanas to feed the entire family on the occasion of Ashtami when little girls are worshiped to get blessings of Goddess Durga.
Girls being worshipped at an Ashtami puja in Ludhiana Girls being worshipped at an Ashtami puja in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by Pradeep Tiwari

Three girls consume poison
Khanna, March 29
Three girls consumed poison at Isru village in Khanna Sub-Division on Sunday. One of them died on the spot while two others were admitted to hospital. Ms Charanjit Kaur, mother of Suman Preet Kaur, admitted to a Khanna nursing home, said the three girls, Suman Preet Kaur, Gurmeet Kaur and Tindo, were playing in the house on Sunday afternoon.


No headway in paper leak case
Ludhiana, March 29
In a bid to bring the guilty in a paper leak case to book, the local police has interrogated a large number of teachers, students and their kin during the past two days without making much headway into identifying the real culprits.

Traders buy wheat at Khanna Mandi
Khanna, March 29
Of 1,000 quintals 600 quintals of wheat was purchased by traders at Khanna Mandi here today. The wheat was purchased between Rs 645 and Rs 665. The minimum support price is Rs 630 per quintal. The wheat reaped by combines is being purchased between Rs 645 and Rs 650. 

Carrying of firearms, lethal weapons banned
Ludhiana, March 29
In view of the Lok Sabha elections, District Magistrate Anurag Verma today banned the carrying of firearms and lethal weapons, including gandasas, swords, lathis etc within the district.

Satluj Club office-bearers elected
Ludhiana, March 29
Mr Gurinderjit Singh Ladi has been elected general secretary of the Satluj Club for which elections were held yesterday. The results were declared late evening yesterday. Ladi defeated Mr Karan Singh Bal by a margin of 452 votes.

Mr Gurinderjit Singh Ladi (garlanded) general secretary of the Satluj Club Ludhiana flanked by other office-bearers of the club. The club elections were held on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Gurinderjit Singh Ladi general secretary of the Satluj Club Ludhiana flanked by other office-bearers of the club. The club elections were held


Parents of cerebral palsy children counselled
Ludhiana, March 29
Ashirwad, a school that trains children suffering from cerebral palsy, arranged a workshop in association with the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) for parents of such children yesterday at the Ludhiana Club here.

Patar determined to fight Akademi elections
Ludhiana, March 29
Putting speculations to a rest, Dr Surjit Patar, President of Punjabi Sahit Academy, yesterday declared that he will contest the elections for the post of President of Punjabi Sahitya Akedmi to be held on April 4. He said he and his entire team feels very strongly that they have worked a lot during their term of last two years and they should continue their good work.

Shobha yatra held on Ram Navami eve
Ludhiana, March 29
A large number of people took part in a shobha yatra taken out on the eve of Ram Navami in the city today. The main attraction of the yatra were tableaux depicting various scenes from the Ramayana. The yatra began from the Daresi Grounds and went through the main markets of the city. The whole route of the religious procession was decorated tastefully. Langar, tea, sweets and fruits were distributed among the devotees throughout the yatra route.
A tableaux depicting a scene from the Ramayana during a nagar kirtan on the eve of Ramnavmi in Ludhiana on Monday.  — A Tribune photograph
A tableaux depicting a scene from the Ramayana duirng a nagar kirtan on the eve of Ramnavmi


Cash and mobile set snatched by youths
Khanna, March 29
Two scooter-borne youths looted cash and a mobile set from a receptionist of Connect telephone company last night. Gurdeep Singh a receptionist with the telephone company at Mandi Gobindgarh, was coming to Khanna after duty on his scooter at about 10pm.


Local units to join in China Bicycle Show
Ludhiana, March 29
Faced with tough competition from China in pricing, the Ludhiana bicycle industry is pinning hopes on the China Bicycle Show being organised at Shanghai in China from April 14 to 17. The United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) has also been invited to the show.

Hoteliers’ meet at Lahore
Ludhiana, March 29
To promote tourism in East and West Punjab, a meeting of the Hotel and Restaurant Associations of both Punjabs will be held in the last week of April at Lahore. Giving the details of the event, Mr N S Nanda, president of the association of West Punjab, informed that during his recent visit to Pakistan during the World Punjabi Conference, he had a chance to meet and interact with some of the leading hoteliers at Lahore who were not averse to his suggestion for holding a joint meeting for development of tourism in both Punjabs.

Airtel open outlet
Ludhiana, March 29
Airtel opened Full Service Outlet (FSO) at Kamal Communications in the Focal Point area, here today. Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Mobiles, performed the opening ceremony. Among the guests were Mr Rakesh Pandey, Minister of State for Printing and Stationery, Punjab, Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, former Union Minister and Punjabi singer Harbhajan Mann.

LG scheme for Indo-Pak cricket series
Ludhiana, March 29
While the sun shines on the Indian cricket team, various consumer durable manufacturers are trying to make hay by giving fabulous offers to consumers. While the Samsung scored over its rival LG in getting the official sponsorship for the Indo-Pak cricket series, the latter has not taken it lying down.

NHDC dye depot shifted
Ludhiana, March 29
The National Handloom Development Corporation Limited (NHDC) has opened a dye and chemical depot where ready stock of dyes and chemicals of reputed companies are available on reasonable rates, especially for the small scale textile printers.



From Colleges
Farewell function at GGNK College
Ludhiana, March 29
The farewell function, “Adieu, Adieu,” of the Postgraduate Department of English of the local Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College was held today in Guru Nanak Hall. Dr T.S. Anand, Head of the Department, welcomed Principal Gurdip Singh and highlighted the achievements of the department.

Alpine school celebrates annual day
Ludhiana, March 29
Alpine International Senior Secondary School, Raja Gardens, here, celebrated its annual day function last evening. Mr A.K. Puri, Director General Police, Himachal Pradesh, was the chief guest Shikha Seth and Prabhdeep Matharoo presented classical music.

Prize winners of Alpine International School during the annual day function of the school on Sunday evening. — Photo by IV
Prize winners of Alpine International School during the annual day function

School holds contests for parents
Ludhiana, March 29
Ryan International School here was abuzz with activities for parents as it organised various competitions for them recently. There was a good turnout of parents, who had come to take part in the contests. Mothers participated in salad making, song competition and mimicry contests, while fathers could be seen participating in passing the parcel, song competition and on-the-spot advertisement making.

SDP School staff suspend agitation
Ludhiana, March 29
On the intervention of the District Education Officer (DEO), the agitating staff members of SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road, suspended their stir on the 10th day of their protest dharna here today.


Easy win for Bedi Club in cricket tourney
Ludhiana, March 29
Fine allround display by Sukhpaul (56 and 2 for 7) and Deepak (54 and 4 for 21) enabled the Bedi Cricket Club to trounce the FTI Club by 104 runs in the opening match of the 11th Veera Devi and First Madan Lal Memorial Cricket Tournament which began here at the Government School ground, Bambhian Kalan.

Amritpal Singh honoured
Ludhiana, March 29
Amripal Singh, during the recently held National Federation Athletics Championship at New Delhi from March 16 to 18, established a new record in the long jump event. He was felicitated by the District Amateur Athletic Association, Ludhiana (DAAA), here at a function organised recently.
Amritpal Singh with his family members after the felicitation function in Ludhiana on Saturday night. — Photo by IV

Amritpal Singh with his family members after the felicitation function in Ludhiana on Saturday night


MC parking site fetches Rs 78 lakh
Ludhiana, March 29
The Municipal Corporation today auctioned the parking site outside New Sabzi Mandi in Salem Tabri here for Rs 77.77 lakh for a period of one year. The parking site fetched nearly Rs 17 lakh more as against the amount of Rs 60.80 lakh collected for the same during last year.


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