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Dowry victim retracts statement
Ludhiana, June 5
With an alleged dowry victim retracting the complaint, which she had submitted to the SSP, Jagraon, against her husband and in-laws, an ex-serviceman, who had taken up the case with the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, (PHRC), has been left in a lurch.

Bhuvnesh 9th in PMT
Ludhiana, June 5
Bhuvnesh Aggarwal, a local boy has made the city proud by securing ninth rank in the All-India Central Board of Secondary Education- PMT entrance test held recently. He achieved this position out of 2.40 lakh aspirants.

Bhuvnesh Aggarwal, who got 9th rank in the CBSE-PMT, is hugged by his father in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Bhuvnesh Aggarwal, who got 9th rank in the CBSE-PMT, is hugged by his father in Ludhiana


Murder case closed, but mystery remains
Ludhiana, June 5
The Khanna police has closed a year-old macabre murder case of a youth in Mandiala Kalan village near Doraha after the prime suspect died of cardiac arrest in a hospital in Uttaranchal. The suspect died when a police team went to arrest him.

SYL decision challenge for PM
Ludhiana, June 5
The Supreme Court’s decision has thrown a big challenge before Ms Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh which will have to be solved at the earliest. In case things are allowed to drift, the Centre will have to face a situation similar to pre - Bluestar era when a morcha was launched to stop the digging of the SYL Canal at Kapuri village in 1982.
BKU workers protest against the Supreme Court's decision on SYL Canal in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
BKU workers protest against the Supreme Court's decision on SYL Canal

CMCH staff protest against privatisation
Seek removal of Director
Ludhiana, June 5
Para-medical staff and employees of Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) today organised a two-hour long protest on the hospital premises against the privatisation of various departments and demanded removal of the CMCH Director, Dr Silas Charles, for hurting the sentiments of the Christian community.

8 members of Kalandar gang nabbed
Ludhiana, June 5
The Ludhiana police has nabbed eight members of the notorious Kalandar gang, who were allegedly involved in dozens of robberies and murders in various parts of the state, especially Patiala, Sunam, Mansa, Sirhind, Batala, Kapurthala and Amritsar.


Councillors’ role in LS poll under scanner
Ludhiana, June 5
The recent development in which a section of Congress councillors in the city adopted aggressive postures against the civic administration and the political leadership in the municipal corporation is being seen as a form of defence against the ongoing probe by the party leadership into their dubious role in the Lok Sabha elections in which the Congress nominee, Mr Manish Tiwari, was humbled by Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal).

PUDA flats: A haven for  anti-social elements
Ludhiana, June 5
The case of high income group flats at Urban Estate, Phase I, is yet another example of wastage of resources of the government as well as of the hard earned money of a number of people as the colony wears a deserted look even after more than four years of construction.

Encroachments in Sahnewal a traffic hazard
Sahnewal, June 5
The main market of Sahnewal remains congested due to encroachments, which are not only a headache for the pedestrians but also traffic hazard. With the installation of traffic lights on the Grand Trunk road on one side and the frequently closed level crossing on the other side.

‘Aghoris’ or impersonators?
Ludhiana, June 5
We are living in the 21st century but it does not matter to most of the people. The world of science and information technology holds no significance for a large number of people in the city, including a pen seller. The worry on his face clearly reveals that he is in some trouble. That was enough for “aghoris” roaming in the city. These people roam alone or in groups and harass people on the pretext of reading their palms.

Pensioners exchange blows
Ludhiana, June 5
Exchange of angry words and scuffles were witnessed during a general body meeting of the Punjab State Pensioners’ Confederation at Pensioners Bhavan in Mini Secretariat here today.

Members of the Punjab State Pensioners Confederation come to blows during the election of  office-bearers in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Members of the Punjab State Pensioners Confederation come to blows during the election of  office-bearers in Ludhiana

Steps to check menace of stray dogs
Ludhiana, June 5
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma on Thursday said that a comprehensive plan had been prepared to check the menace of stray dogs. A meeting in this regard was held by him which was attended by Deputy Director, Local Government, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, District Development and Panchayats Officer, officers of the Department of Animal Husbandry and representatives of People for Animals.

Power cuts irk residents
Ludhiana, June 5
It is a sizzling summer for the local residents. While the mercury is going up consistently, the electricity supply is also erratic. In all areas of the city, people have been complaining of regular power cuts.

Pace of  development to be stepped up
Ludhiana, June 5
The councillor of ward No 56, Ms Malkiat Kaur has promised to accelerate the pace of development works in the ward. During an interaction in the office of Block Congress Committee, with residents of several colonies in the area represented by her, the councillor called in officials of O and M wing of the Municipal Corporation on the spot to attend to the problems of the residents regarding sewerage and water supply.

Students of New S.M.D. Senior Secondary School dance at a summer camp in their school
Students of New S.M.D. Senior Secondary School dance at a summer camp in their school in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photo

The meeting that never took place!
Ludhiana, June 5
Contrary to the reports in a section of the press, the Principal Secretary, Local Government, Punjab Mr A.K. Dubey, who was in the city on Thursday did not hold any formal meeting with the officials of the Municipal Corporation, nor were any discussions held on encroachments or regularisation of undeclared colonies in the city.

Uniforms distributed by Inner Wheel Club
Ludhiana, June 5
Members of the Inner Wheel Club at a small function arranged at Arya Senior Secondary School, Sabzi Mandi, yesterday donated shoes and uniforms to the 42 students of school for the labourers’ children. The shoes and uniforms were specially stitched according to the size of the students. ADC Sumer Singh distributed these two articles among the students.

Lebanese food festival
Ludhiana, June 5
After lip-smacking fare from the Wild West sometime back, Hotel Maharaja Regency has now brought the taste of Lebanon to the city. The two-day food extravaganza which began today unfurls the grandeur and mystique of the dessert and reminds one of the sumptuous spread of a Sheikh from the Arabian Nights. 

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Bank ‘cheats’ schoolchildren
n December, 2002, representatives of ICICI Bank, Feroze Gandhi Market, Ludhiana, visited DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, and gave a lecture on opening a bank account and the need to save money.


Poppy husk seized, 2 held
Ludhiana, June 5
ASI Jaswant Singh from the Dehlon police station has arrested Bhupinder Singh of Narangwal on the Gujjarwal-Dehlon road and seized 30 kg of poppy husk from his possession.


Panic among industrialists after Vij arrest
Ludhiana, June 5
Panic has gripped local industrialists and exporters after the arrest of the Jalandhar- based blanket king Sheetal Vij by officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence. Mr Vij is currently in DRI's custody. His bail plea was rejected by the lower court yesterday.

BSNL to install 9 lakh mobile lines in Punjab
Samrala, June 5
BSNL has decided to install nine lakh additional mobile lines in Punjab and give more improved services in its communications network. One lakh lines will be added in Ludhiana SSA. This was disclosed by Mr G S Julka, GMT, Ludhiana, in an Open House Session (OHS) held at Samrala yesterday.



Admission tougher, students suffer
Ludhiana, June 5
With most of the reputed schools here having fixed the cut-off percentage at 75, the students who have not been able to cross this mark are in a fix. The local politicians, bureaucrats and police officers are being approached by residents for admission of their wards.



World Environment Day
Take steps to check pollution: Civil Surgeon
Ludhiana, June 5
The Civil Surgeon, Dr S.N. Tiwari, and other speakers emphasised on the need to take effective steps to check the rise of air and water pollution at a function organised here today to mark the 'World Environment Day'.

Members of the Ludhiana Seva Sangh distribute pamphlets that warn against the pollution on the occasion of the World Environment Day on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Members of the Ludhiana Seva Sangh distribute pamphlets that warn against the pollution on the occasion of the World Environment Day

Health Dept cracks whip against quacks
Ludhiana, June 5
In its drive to curb quackery, officials of Health Department conducted surprise raids on clinics and shops of unqualified doctors or those using allopathic drugs without proper authorisation. 


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