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20 vehicles with hi-tech gadgets to monitor highways
Phillaur, July 8
Road accidents claim more lives in Punjab each year than all murders, homicides and fatal diseases put together.
Dr A.A. Siddiqui, DGP, flags off highway patrol vehicles at the Police Academy
Dr A.A. Siddiqui, DGP, flags off highway patrol vehicles at the Police Academy in Phillaur on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph.

Budget evokes positive response
Ludhiana, July 8
The 2004-2005 budget proposals presented by the Union Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram in Parliament today has evoked a positive response from various cross-sections of society. 

Rail tracks haven for drug peddlers
Ludhiana, July 8
Since all roadsides in the city, particularly within the old city limits, are already bursting at the seams with regard to encroachments, vacant space along the railway tracks is getting 'occupied' by a host of roadside business-makers with impunity.


Three killed as car rams into truck
Ludhiana, July 8
Three members of an orchestra were killed and three injured, one of them seriously, when the car in which they were travelling rammed into a parked truck near the Dhandari Kalan railway station this morning. The orchestra, Raja Musical Group, including young girls, was returning from a marriage function in Patiala when the accident took place. The driver of the car apparently dozed off and lost control.
Policemen inspect the badly damaged car that met with an accident near Ludhiana on Thursday
Policemen inspect the badly damaged car that met with an accident

Excise evasion worth lakhs detected
Ludhiana, July 8
The central excise preventive wing of the Central Excise Commission has detected a case of evasion of central excise duty worth Rs 21.11 lakh by M/s Kripal Exports, a textile unit.


Remove civic body chief, demand councillors
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 8
Ten councillors of the local Municipal Council have urged the Chief Minister to impress upon the authorities to appoint an administrator to run the local administration and remove Mr Rajnish Sharma from the office of president as a majority of councillors had already voted in favour of no-confidence motion on June 29.

Panthic Morcha leaders Cong agents, says Badal
Ludhiana, July 8
The SAD supremo, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said that the Panthic Morcha was the biggest threat to the Sikh Panth as its leaders were actually agents of the Congress. He was addressing a gathering in favour of SAD candidates Bhupinder Kaur Mahlo and Ranjit Singh Mangli for the SGPC poll at Koom Kalan today.

Plea for certificates to backward classes
Ludhiana, July 8
The Bairagi Maha Mandal, Punjab (BMM) has pleaded with the state government for issuing certificates of belonging to backward classes (BC’s) without any consideration of the income ceiling.

Brahmin sabha seeks ban on drama 
Ludhiana, July 8
The All-India Brahmin Mahasabha and Bhagwan Parshram Brahmin Sabha, Punjab, has protested against blasphemy pertaining to Hindu gods and goddess in the Haryanvi drama “Aaj ki Ramayan”, produced and directed by Kuldip Vats. The play is available on CDs.

Worm flows out of tap
Ludhiana, July 8
Mr Jagdev Singh Grewal, a resident of Block A in Model Town Extension colony here, got the shock of his life when a centipede-like crawling worm came out of the municipal tap in his house yesterday evening. Mr Grewal said he had lodged complaints about poor quality of water supply in the area with officials of Municipal Corporation many times. 

A worm that came out of a municipal tap in Model Town Extension, Block A, in Ludhiana.
A worm that came out of a municipal tap in Model Town Extension, Block A


Woman’s body found
Khanna, July 8
A woman of nearby village Bhamadi was found murdered at the Khanna railway track this morning. According to the police, the woman, Parmjit Kaur, wife of Kulwant Singh of Bhamadi village, came to Khanna yesterday. GRP personnel found the body lying on the track. The arms of the victim were tied with a cloth and a broken bottle of liquor was lying near the body.

Burn victim dies
Ludhiana, July 8
After struggling for life for five days, the 27-year-old daughter of a Haibowal-based cycle mechanic, who had sustained 97 per cent burns in a suicide bid, succumbed to her injuries at the DMC Hospital, here today.

Robbers arrested
Ludhiana, July 8
The police today claimed to have busted a gang of highway robbers and vehicle thieves who had allegedly committed about a dozen crime of robbery, snatching and theft. Four members of the gang have been arrested while the police is conducting raids to nab two others.

Members of the gang of vehicle thieves who were arrested on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the gang of vehicle thieves who were arrested



Exciting career options for students
Ludhiana, July 8
Gone are the days when students went in for courses like Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences. The more intelligent ones would opt for medical or engineering courses and the most intelligent would take a shot at IAS.

Panjab University gives interview schedule
Ludhiana, July 8
Panjab University, for the convenience of students, has provided a schedule for interviewing the candidates depositing fees on different dates. Dept of Physics PU Campus M.Sc. (two-year course) 1st year July 12, 2004 at 9.30 am. M.Sc (two-year course) 1st year NRI category July 16, 2004 at 9.30 am.

Teachers allege delay in salary
Ludhiana, July 8
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union General Secretary Jaswant Singh and co-president R.S. Brar, have alleged that the SGPC-run colleges have salary in arrears.



Christian Medical Hospital sets up heart valve bank
Ludhiana, July 8
Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), a 110-year old organisation, has added another feather in its cap with the opening of the new heart valve bank. The CMCH has set up a heart valve bank which would provide underprivileged heart valve patients with prosthetic heart valve, free of cost.

Ayurvedic doctors hail govt decision
Ludhiana, July 8
The International Council of Ayurveda (ICA) has welcomed the decision of the Punjab Government for permitting ayurvedic practitioners to practice gynaecology and obstetrics as well as diagnostic ultrasonography.


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