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SAD wins 17 SGPC seats
Ludhiana, July 12
It was a day marked by jubilation and celebrations by workers and leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, after the party registered an impressive victory in the (SGPC) elections yesterday in Ludhiana district, winning 17 of the 19 seats.

Mr Kamal Inder Singh Thekedar, along with his supporters, after being elected in the SGPC elections from the Ludhiana North constituency Mr Kamal Inder Singh Thekedar, along with his supporters, after being elected in the SGPC elections from the Ludhiana North constituency on Monday.
— Photo by IV

‘Last’ date leaves students fuming
Ludhiana, July 12
Hundreds of students with reappear cases in Classes X and XII board examinations thronged Punjabi Bhavan here to collect forms, presuming that it was the last day today. Their resentment became evident when they learnt that the last date for procuring forms had been extended to July 20.


SHO had kept extortion money in police station
Ludhiana, July 12
Former SHO, Hambran, Manmeet Singh and his two accomplices had kept Rs 1 lakh, allegedly extorted from a Ludhiana resident, in the police station itself. A Jagraon police party today recovered the amount.

Rain disappoints farmers
Ludhiana, July 12
The sharp showers that lashed the district in the morning, brought cheers for city residents, but failed to enthuse farmers who found it to be inadequate for quenching the thirst of their parched land.

Now watch time anti-clockwise
Ludhiana, July 12
Harpreet Singh Dang has sought to change the concept of time watching. He has created an “anti clock” which moves anti-clockwise and shows right time. Although there are not any special features of this watch, it has generated thrill and excitement among the people. Harpreet belongs to a family of watchmakers.

Harpreet Singh shows “anti clock” created by him. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Harpreet Singh shows "anti clock" created by him

Deep Nagar residents resent contaminated water supply
Ludhiana, July 12
Hundreds of residents of the Deep Nagar area today staged a demonstration against the supply of contaminated water in the area for the last two weeks. They alleged that despite having made repeated representations to the Municipal Corporation, no remedial measures had been taken.

Models showcase wedding costumes, jewellery
Ludhiana, July 12
Last night was a night to remember as models dressed in different bridal costumes walked down the ramp for “Vivah -2004”. The modelling show on the Indian wedding theme was organised by Yugam Creations and Diamond Card. The “brides” dazzled the audience with their glittering costumes with sequences and stones. The show began with the saree round, salwar kameez and lehnga round and was led by a “bridegroom” and “bride” dressed in traditional costumes. The costumes were designed by Ms Lovely Bhatia, a local designer.

Models dressed as brides in different costumes at ‘Vivah 2004’, held in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Models dressed as brides in different costumes at ‘Vivah 2004’


BJP protest march today
Ludhiana, July 12
The local unit of the BJP (urban) met here today to review preparations being made in connection with a demonstration targeting tainted ministers in the Central Government, led by the Congress, to be held here tomorrow.

Office demolition infuriates lawyer
Ludhiana, July 12
The demolition of an advocate’s office in the Old Courts Complex here late last evening by the Public Works Department (PWD) has evoked a protest from the advocate, who claims that the department had no right to raze his concrete structure, that too without issuing him a notice.

The demolished office of lawyer Dev Raj Sharma in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
The demolished office of lawyer Dev Raj Sharma

Will male chauvinism ever change?
Ludhiana, July 12
“Didi, can’t you put a button on the top of your shirt”, asks 9-year-old Siddarth to his 11-year-old sister Ridhima. This comes as a surprise as the neckline is not deep. The two have come from Canada for a holiday and this adds to the surprise. Is it natural for boys to be protective towards their families’ women folk.

Economist lays stress on human development
Ludhiana, July 12
Prof Pritam Gill, an Oxford-based economist who teaches at Oxford Brooks University in England, has suggested that the Indian economy needs to shift from the agriculture to the service sector. He said it holds equally true for the Punjab economy, as agriculture cannot be taken too far. At the same time, Professor Gill stressed the need for focus on human development. Professor Gill, who did his MA and MPhil in economics from Panjab University, Chandigarh moved to Oxford Brooks University in 1987, where he is teaching economics since then.
Pritam Gill

Book on environment released
Ludhiana, July 12
Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, released a book, “Environment and Pollution Education”, authored by Mr Pavitar Parkash Singh and Mr Sandhir Sharma, faculty members, Punjab College of Technical Education, yesterday.

Army man was crushed to death under another train
Ludhiana, July 12
The Army man who was thrown out of the Pooja Express by three other soldiers had not only received injuries suffered from the fall but was crushed under a train coming from the opposite direction.

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Stop violation of building bylaws
he increasing bylaw violations by the owners of houses in the old areas of the city and the lack of action by the civic authorities encourage others to follow suit. The violations become an accepted norm for the inspecting staff and silence on their part generates considerable illegal income for enforcement officials.


Three months on, police still awaits autopsy report
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 12
Even after three months of the disappearance of a Dalit farm labourer of Hungrana village near here and subsequent recovery of his body from a tube well, the Dehlon police still awaits the autopsy report to decide whether he was murdered or he died due to an accidental fall.

Girl commits suicide
Ludhiana, July 12
Not being able to come to terms with her failure in the BCom-I examination, a 20-year-old girl committed suicide in Abdullahpur Basti by consuming some poisonous substance on Saturday night.



Competitions mark World Population Day
Jagraon, July 12
The District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Jagraon (Ludhiana), organised competitions in essay writing, painting, singing, quiz and declamation to mark World Population Day yesterday.



Poor health services in Machhiwara block
Machhiwara, July 12
Punjab Health Systems Corporation, which was formed to provide better health services in the state has become a white elephant due to the poor working in many government hospitals.

Kapoor hospital doctors, nurses hold protest
Ludhiana, July 12
Hundreds of employees of B.L. Kapoor Memorial Hospital today staged a demonstration against the hospital management, the Medical Superintendent and the clerical staff, alleging that they had embezzled huge amounts of money while the doctors and nurses had not got salaries for the past several months.

An employee leader of Kapoor Hospital addresses the protesting staff in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
An employee leader of Kapoor Hospital addresses the protesting staff in Ludhiana

Medical camp for diabetic patients
Ludhiana, July 12
A free medical check-up camp for diabetic patients was organised at Gurdev Hospital here today. Dr S.S. Grewal, Director, Gurdev Hospital, inaugurated the camp and Dr Harkamal Sidhu, Head of the Medicine Department of the hospital and former head of GTB Hospital, examined the patients.


Tributes paid to hockey player
Ludhiana, July 12
Tributes were paid to Gurbhej Singh Dev, former hockey player and younger brother of national hockey coach and Deputy Director, Haryana Sports, Mr Baldev Singh, who died last Sunday.


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