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Unsigned Class V certificates issued
Ludhiana, April 14
Nearly 44 students of Florence Public School, Hargobind Nagar, who appeared in Class V examination as private candidates last year, have received unstamped detailed marks certificates from the State Council of Education, Research and Training (SCERT).

Colours of Baisakhi
Ludhiana, April 14
Baptism ceremonies, kirtans and kathas, followed by chhabeels and guru ka langars marked Baisakhi celebrations at all gurdwaras here today. At Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran, over 80 persons were baptised.

Devotees take a dip in the sarovar of Gurudwara Alamgir Sahib, Ludhiana, on the occasion of Baisakhi on Wednesday.
— Photo Pardeep Tewari

Devotees take a dip in the sarovar of Gurudwara Alamgir Sahib




Hero heart centre CEO goes on leave
Ludhiana, April 14
Mr Narinder Singh, CEO of the Hero-DMC Heart Institute, has proceeded on a long leave following differences with the management. He has proceeded on the leave from April 1, according to sources.

Protests mar surgical update
Ludhiana, April 14
A four-day National Surgical Update 2004 by the International College of Surgeons (India section) started at Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation amidst protests by nurses and para-medical staff of the hospital. The agitating workers protested at the main gate for more than three hours against the alleged termination of some employees by the management.

Missing woman found
Ludhiana, April 14
A 70-year-old woman, who had gone missing from the Bus Stand here on April 5, was found unconscious in a field in Kamalpura village near Raikot town two days ago.

Rallies mark Ambedkar Jayanti
Ludhiana, April 14
The 113th birth anniversary of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar was observed with fervour by various social, political and religious organisations here today holding scooter rallies, prayer meetings and other functions.

BSP workers take out a scooter rally to mark Ambedkar Jayanti in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
— Tribune photograph Inderjit Verma

BSP workers take out a scooter rally to mark Ambedkar Jayanti in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Dhillon meets Punjabi singers; clarifies
Ludhiana, April 14

Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, president, All-India Youth Akali Dal and the Akali-BJP candidate from Ludhiana parliamentary constituency, today met Punjabi singers, comedians, lok gayaks and kalakars to clarify about a recent controversy attributed to him .

Punjabi singers address mediapersons in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Punjabi singers address mediapersons in Ludhiana on Wednesday.


Lalji Tandon’s prosecution sought
Ludhiana, April 14
Former president of the District Congress Committee (Urban) Krishan Kumar Bawa today demanded that senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon should be arrested and prosecuted for causing the death of 2 persons in a stampede during the distribution of free sarees at his birthday celebrations in Lucknow.

Tiwari’s roots are in Punjab, says mother

Doraha, April 14
Mrs Amrit Kaur, mother of Congress candidate for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat Manish Tiwari, said at her native village of Daburjee last evening that her son was not an ‘outsider’ rather he was very much the son of the soil of Punjab.

Cong candidate seeks votes in Ludhiana East

Ludhiana, April 14
The Congress candidate from the Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency, Mr Manish Tiwari, today did a padyatra of the Ludhiana East Assembly segment. He was accompanied by local municipal councillors and Congress leaders. A spokesman for the party claimed that Mr Tiwari received a warm response.

Manish Tewari, MP and Congress candidate from Ludhiana, being welcomed by residents of Field Ganj during his padyatra in Ludhiana on Wednesday morning. — A Tribune photograph

Manish Tewari, MP and Congress candidate from Ludhiana, being welcomed by residents of Field Ganj

Kidwai to visit city today
Ludhiana, April 14
Congress General Secretary Mohsina Kidwai, who is also in charge of Punjab affairs, will visit the city tomorrow to take stock of the situation. She is scheduled to address a workers meeting at the local party office in the afternoon.

Ramoowalia claims direct contest with SAD
Ludhiana, April 14
“The mounting response of the electorate to the party’s door-to-door election campaign has now turned the electoral battle in to a direct contest between the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) and the SAD, claimed the party chief and candidate for Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat, Mr B. S. Ramoowalia, while maintaining that the Congress candidate, Mr Manish Tiwari, was seemingly on a losing plank.

Teach us to live

Ludhiana, April 12
With the publication of “Khamoshi di Awaz” (The sound of silence) in 1998, Amar Jyoti had arrived on the scene. Earlier her collections of poems, such as “Maruthhal vich turde pair” (1985), “Mainu Sita na Kaho” (1988) and “Daropadi ton Durga” (1990), had made their mark in no uncertain terms.

Some memories of Lahore
A visit to Lahore before Partition used to give a sense of pride to a person. It was a city of learning fashion, aristocracy and above all a city of intellectuals. A person graduating from a Lahore college was considered superior to those from district colleges.

Frothy soaps satisfy little
Ludhiana, April 14
“How come the serial makers think that the audience is bereft of any intelligence? How else can they make us believe that Parvati’s face in “Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki”, badly burnt, is all healed up and a different face is created through plastic surgery only in a week. “Impossible,” says Mr Jaspal, a shopkeeper in Caliber Plaza.

Management tussle comes into the open
Khanna, April14
Tussle among office-bearers of the local A. S. High School Trust and Management Society came into the open today when two office-bearers of the management levelled allegations and counter-allegations against each other at separate press conferences here today.

Show of exotic thorny plants from April 17
THE National Cactus and Succulent Society of India (NCSSI) is all set to woo lovers of exotic thorny plants during the 27th annual show beginning April 17.



Reliance Infocom dealers protest
Ludhiana, April 14
A number of dealers of Reliance Infocom today alleged that they were taken for a ride by the company as they had not been paid any commission for the customers they enrolled for the past one and a half year. However, a company spokesman claimed that the company had been paying commission to the “channel partners” according to the agreed terms and conditions.

Straw pads for coolers
Ludhiana, April 14
The heat has come in too soon and the temperatures have shot up in rather a short time. The mercury is almost touching 400C and the people are trying to grapple with the heat. The first thing they turn to is changing the straw pads of coolers as last year’s pads have become dirty with dust. The adept workers making straw pads are bringing truckloads of straw cooler pads from Chandigarh. The most common sight in Ludhiana these days is the sight of people selling desert cooler pads.

A house of cooler pads in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

A house of cooler pads in Ludhiana

CICU elections likely to be stormy
Ludhiana, April 14
The forthcoming elections to the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU), scheduled to be held on April 23, may prove to be a stormy affair in view of some opposition in the industrial circles against the incumbent office-bearers. Taking the lead, the Fastener Manufacturers Association of India has decided to field its chairman, Mr Mohinder Paul Jain, for the post of the president.

Phase VIII units demand infrastructure
Ludhiana, April 14
Owners of units in the Focal Point Phase VIII, here have flayed the Punjab Government and the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) for not fulfilling the promise of building infrastructure and other facilities in the industrial pocket.



Health should get top priority, says PCMS Association
Ludhiana, April 14
The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association has put forward a health service agenda for all contesting candidates in the parliamentary elections. The association has demanded that health and education should be on top priority for the political parties, seeking votes of the lower and the middle classes.


HLL to sponsor cricket academy in city
Ludhiana, April 14
Here is a good news for the local cricketers as Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL) has chosen Ludhiana to sponsor a cricket academy. Mr Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA), said that he had received a communique in this regard from its parent body, Punjab Cricket Association.

Ludhiana beat Amritsar
Ludhiana, April 14
After surviving a scare, hosts Ludhiana managed to surpass Amritsar’s total of 180 runs and came out triumphant on the basis of their first innings lead in their inaugural match of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (under-15) for the Sushil Bali Trophy at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys ground here today.


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