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4 children of bonded labourer rescued
Ludhiana, July 23
Activists of the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan (DDVA) got four children of a bonded labourer released from the custody of a landlord of Muktsar district after a warrant officer of the Punjab and Haryana High Court raided the farmhouse today and found that the children had been detained in lieu of their father.
National coordinator of the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan Jai Singh along with Balkar Singh and his children, who were released from the custody of a landlord by a warrant officer of the high court National coordinator of the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan Jai Singh along with Balkar Singh and his children, who were released from the custody of a landlord by a warrant officer of the high court on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

2 held on robbery charge
Ludhiana, July 23
Stressing upon the need for verification of antecedents of a person before employing him or her, the police today said two persons, accused of robbery in a house in Sham Nagar here on July 20, had been arrested.









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Students protest against form shortage
Ludhiana, July 23
Students of various colleges affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh, who had visited the PU Extension Library today to buy forms for supplementary examination had to return disappointed due to shortage of forms.





Students protest against the shortage of forms in front of the Panjab University Extension Library in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo by I.V.
Students protest against the shortage of forms in front of the Panjab University Extension Library

Hospital staff strike work
Ludhiana, July 23
Employees of the local B.L. Kapoor Memorial Hospital today went on a pen-down strike and refused to admit new patients in protest against the alleged embezzlement of funds by the hospital management leading to non-payment of salaries of the doctors and para-medical staff for the past many months.

DCC (Rural) vice-chief resigns
Doraha, July 23
Mr Sudarshan Sharma, vice-president, District Congress Committee (Rural), and former president of the Doraha Municipal Council, has sent his resignation to the Chief Minister in protest against the dropping of Mr Tej Parkash Singh, a son of Beant Singh, from the ministry.

Abduction suspects in police custody
Ludhiana, July 23
Judicial Magistrate Anshul Berry today remanded in police remand till July 26 the suspects in the abduction of seven-year-old boy Chirag from his house in Tagore Nagar here.

 
COMMUNITY

Here vehicles idle more than they move
Ludhiana, July 23
Traffic jams in this prosperous city have become the bane of residents while the authorities nonchalantly look the other way. Although the city boasts of most modern technologies, it seems to belong to the pre-historic age as far as traffic management is concerned.  



A typical rush-hour scene near the railway station in Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
A typical rush-hour scene near the railway station

Kargil Vijay Divas organised
Ludhiana, July 23
To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Kargil War, the local unit of All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) organised Kargil Vijay Divas here today. Paying rich tributes to the martyrs and their families, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, national chairperson of the outfit, said the soldiers had sacrificed their lives while evicting the enemy.

Pandhi credits Badal  for waters Act
Mandi Gobindgarh, July 23
It is an achievement of SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal in getting Punjab’s river waters agreements, which were against the interests of the state, annulled by prevailing upon Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, said Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi, a former minister, here yesterday.

At the Crossroads
English as an Indian language
E
nglish is no longer considered a foreign language as it has acquired the status of an Indian language. Sahitya Akademi (national academy of letters) awards are given to an Indian writer in English alongwith the other litterateurs of 22 Indian languages. This language no longer poses a threat to the study of the other Indian languages.

Harassment of VRTC employees alleged
Ludhiana, July 23
The Handicapped Institution Employees Federation today alleged that the employees of the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre (VRTC) for Blind and Handicapped were being harassed by the management and the director Dr E.M. Johnson. However, Dr Johnson denied the allegation and claimed that the employees were trying to blackmail the management.

Hyderabadi food festival begins 
Ludhiana, July 23
In order to have the taste of world famous Hyderabadi biryani and other mouth watering non vegetarian delicacies one can stop over at hotel Majestic Park Plaza which is organising the ‘Nizam Ka Piagaam, Lodi ke Naam,’ an exclusive food festival of Hyderabadi cuisine from July 23 to August 1 at Lodi Ruwayat, the Indian Restaurant of the hotel.

Sawan Sensation at Niharika Ladies Club
Ludhiana, July 23
Niharika Ladies Club organised Sawan Sensation, a function to mark the beginning of monsoon, here today. Though the participants at the function were in a celebratory mood, the rain gods did not oblige them even today.



Winners of the Sawan Queen contest organised at Niharika Ladies Club in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photo
Winners of the Sawan Queen contest organised at Niharika Ladies Club

 
CRIME

Spate of thefts in Shimlapuri
Ludhiana, July 23
Three houses were burgled in the Shimlapuri police station area on Tuesday night creating panic and residents are questioning the efficiency of the police. The house of Mr Ravinder Kumar, who lives in Gobindsar mohalla, was ransacked by thieves while he was away to attend a jagran along with his family. 

Poppy husk seized, 1 held
Ludhiana, July 23
In a raid conducted by the Focal Point police yesterday in Jagdish Colony at Dhandari Khurd village, the police arrested Parmod Kumar, a Bihari migrant and seized 16 sacks of poppy husk weighing more than 500 kg. A case Under the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.

BUSINESS

Banks told to double farm credit
Ludhiana, July 23
All leading nationalised banks have been directed to double farm credit this year to ensure that farmers do not face shortage of funds. The banks have also been told to promote agro-based industries.

 

AGRICULTURE

Scanty rainfall hits kharif crop
Ludhiana, July 23
Scanty rainfall during the current kharif season so far has aggravated the irrigation problem for kharif crops in Punjab affecting crops like rice, cotton, maize and sugarcane.

EDUCATION

Christian associations seek end to sponsorship system
Ludhiana, July 23
Various Christian associations in the state have demanded preparation of a common merit list of all Christian students. The demand was made by the representatives of these associations during a meeting of a high level committee headed by former Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice J.R. Majithia, at Chandigarh recently.

300 participate in painting contest
Ludhiana, July 23
A painting competition was held at New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, in association with the Bharat Vikas Parishad, here today. Nearly 300 students took part.

Children learn aspects of rural life
Ludhiana, July 23
Firsteps Playway School organised ‘At the farm’ programme on the school premises to introduce the urban children to various aspects of rural life. The programme included various activities in the rural areas and even showed various types of animals and plants to the children.




A child tries to milk a model of a cow on the occasion of the ‘At the farm’ organised at Firsteps school in Ludhiana on Friday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
A child tries to milk a model of a cow on the occasion of the ‘At the farm’ organised at Firsteps school

B.Sc (Home Science) gets positive response
Ludhiana, July 23
The B.Sc. (Hons.) Home Science 4-year programme run by the College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, got a positive response. Against the total 40 seats, 127 candidates had applied.

 
SPORTS

Green Land boys win title
Ludhiana, July 23
On the concluding day of the Sahodaya School Table Tennis Tournament, hosts Green Land Senior Secondary Public School clinched the U-17 and U-19 Ludhiana Sahodaya School complex table tennis titles in the boys section. In the final, Green Land Senior Secondary Public School (U-19) boys team beat Sacred Heart School Sarabha Nagar. In the U-17 boys section Green Land beat Sacred Heart.

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