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Gastroenteritis claims four lives in city
Ludhiana, July 24
The Municipal Corporation, as well as the district authorities and health administration swung into action as gastroenteritis struck Mauji Colony and New Aman Nagar localities on Daba Road in Ward No 27 in the city during past 24 hours.
Patients of gastroenteritis from Mauji Colony and New Aman Nagar under treatment at Civil Hospital in Ludhiana Patients of gastroenteritis from Mauji Colony and New Aman Nagar under treatment at Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

CBI arrests industrialist in LPG cylinder scam
Two ex-Army officers absconding
Ludhiana, July 24
CBI sleuths from New Delhi today arrested a city industrialist in an over three-decade-old LPG cylinder sale-purchase scandal, in which the Union Government is alleged to have suffered a loss of over Rs 1.10 crore.









EARLIER STORIES
 

Councillor of Mohali arrested in Khanna
Khanna, July 24
Mr Amrik Singh Councillor of Mohali, and retired Naib Tehsildar, was arrested by the Economic Offences wing Khanna on charges of committing a fraud in the revenue record here today. He was produced in a local court and was sent to judicial custody by the court.

Man held for selling fake certificates
Khanna, July 24
The Khanna police has arrested a man for selling fake certificates of Panjab University Chandigarh. The police had recovered a number of blank certificates from the possession of the accused.

These women seem to be telling this to one another as lensman Inderjit Verma captures the sunset at Gill village LET’S RUSH HOME BEFORE IT GETS DARK: These women seem to be telling this to one another as lensman Inderjit Verma captures the sunset at Gill village in Ludhiana on Saturday.

 
COMMUNITY

Tarlochan never espoused cause of Sikh youth: Mann
Ludhiana, July 24
Former MP and president of the SAD (A) Simranjit Singh Mann has hailed the decision of the Smithsonian Museum, USA, to open a section on Sikhs but has questioned the rationale behind invitation extended to Minorities Commission Chairman Tarlochan Singh to a function on its inauguration.

BSNL shielding guilty, rues father
Ludhiana, July 24
The struggle of a local resident to get justice for his son, who had committed suicide a year ago, seems to be leading to nowhere, if a response to his case in the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) by the authorities of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, (BSNL), is any indication.

Dawer assures uninterrupted power supply
Ludhiana, July 24
Parliamentary Secretary, Surinder Dawer today assured that the power situation will soon improve. Speaking at the meet-the-press programme for the first time after having been appointed parliamentary secretary, Mr Dawer said the state government was working overtime to ensure that power supply remained maximum. He pointed out that the state was purchasing lot of power from other states as well.

Seminar on Finance Bill
Ludhiana, July 24
The Taxation Bar Association organised a seminar on Finance Bill, 2004 here yesterday. Mr P.C. Jain, Senior Advocate, Chandigarh was the main speaker, while Mr Ajay Chaudhry, president Taxation Bar Association, presided over the meeting.

Kapoor criticises Majithia Committee
Ludhiana, July 24
Prof Prithipal Singh Kapoor, former pro-vice-chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University and president, Master Tara Singh Institute of Studies in Contemporary Sikh Politics, today took strong objection to the denial of the minority status to the SGPC - run medical and dental colleges in Amritsar.

 
CRIME

Two arrested for smuggling charas
Ludhiana, July 24
The Sarabha Nagar police today succeeded in busting an inter-state gang of drug peddlers with the arrest of two alleged smugglers who targeted labourers . The police has recovered 2.20 kg of charas from their possession.




DSP Ravcharan Singh Brar and SHO Pawanjit Singh with the charas recovered from the two accused (in the background) in Ludhiana on Saturday.
DSP Ravcharan Singh Brar and SHO Pawanjit Singh with the charas recovered from the two accused

Youth booked on rape charge
Ludhiana, July 24
The police booked Tinku Kumar from Bihar yesterday on the charge of raping a seven-year-old girl. According to Ms Meena Devi from Uttar Pradesh, living in Satpal da Vehra at Dhandari Kalan here, the accused raped her daughter around 12 noon last Sunday when she went to the terrace of the house to spread clothes.

Youth held on charge of bid to rape
Khanna, July 24
A youth was arrested on the charge of attempt to rape a minor girl in Galwadi village, 2 km from here, this morning It is learnt that the youth who was a relative of the four-year-old girl, took the girl to a house under construction near the village at about 11.30 am.

BUSINESS

Stock Exchange responds positively to finance proposals
Ludhiana, July 24
There was positive response to the new proposals of the finance minister by brokers and investors in the Ludhiana Stock Exchange today as the LSE Securities Ltd, a wholly subsidiary of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange, recorded a business of Rs 130 crores yesterday.

Steel consumers to stage dharna on July 28 
Ludhiana, July 24
In order to show their resentment against the rising prices of steel, various steel consumers, particularly in the small-scale sector, have decided to stage a dharna on July 28.

‘Decision on shop timings to hit business hard’
Ludhiana, July 24
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, while lambasting the government’s decision on new timings for shops and commercial establishments in the wake of a severe power crisis, has observed that closure of shops at 6 pm would hit trade and commerce hard, which were already passing through a tough time due to recessionary trends and other factors.

Plywood prices will go up, say producers

 
AGRICULTURE

Dr Malhi invited to World Rice Research Conference
Ludhiana, July 24
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan, and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Manila, have invited Dr Malwinder Singh Malhi of Syngenta India Ltd for the World Rice Research Conference to be held in Tokyo and Tsukuba, from November 4-7.

EDUCATION

Course on bioinformatics concludes
Ludhiana, July 24
A week-long course on “bioinformatics: principles, methods and applications for heath care” concluded at Guru Nanak Engineering College here yesterday. The course was organised by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Information Technology and sponsored by the AICTE-ISTE.

NIFD organises fashion show
Ludhiana, July 24
The National Institute of Fashion Design, Ludhiana, organised a fashion show here last night. Top models from across the country displayed various creations of the students of the institute. The students had prepared designer dresses which were appreciated by the audience.

Students of the National Institute of Fashion Design walk down the ramp during a fashion show in Ludhiana on Friday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Students of the National Institute of Fashion Design walk down the ramp during a fashion show in Ludhiana

School celebrates ‘Summer Week’
Ludhiana, July 24
The montessori section at Ryan International School observed ‘Summer Week’ here last week. The celebrations began with a rain dance. ‘Ice-Cream Day’ and ‘Yellow Day’ celebrations were also organised. Crowning of ‘Summer Prince’ and ‘Summer Princess’ marked the conclusion of the celebrations.

Students of Ryan International School in Ludhiana perform a rain dance during ‘Summer Week’ celebrations.  — A Tribune photograph
Students of Ryan International School in Ludhiana perform a rain dance during ‘Summer Week’

FJEI seminar on education
Ludhiana July 24
The Federation of Jain Education Institutes (FJEI) organised a seminar in USPC Jain Public School. Mr Kapil and Mr Anand, representatives of the federation, addressed the school management and staff and introduced their objectives such as teacher training programmes, need of moral and computer education in schools.

Vanamahotsava celebrated
Doraha, July 24
Vanamahotsava was celebrated at Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School here yesterday. A total of 150 saplings were planted on the school campus. The students and teachers participated in the drive with enthusiasm. The need to plant saplings and saving the environment was stressed upon.

 

HEALTH

Kapoor Hospital crisis resolved 
Staff to get salary within 15 days
Ludhiana, July 24
The fortnight long crisis in the Dr BL Kapoor Memorial Hospital ended here today after the management and the striking employees reached an agreement. The employees, mostly the doctors and nurses, who have not been paid salaries for so many months, will get the same within 15 days. 

Tackling mosquito bite
Rubbing alcohol ends the itching caused by mosquito bite. Dabbing vinegar within five minutes of the bite gives immediate relief. Applying lemon juice to mosquito bite will make it itch more for a few minutes, but then the sensation will disappear. If nothing is available, place something cold, like fresh mud, on the bite.

 
SPORTS


Subhash House wins in cricket
Ludhiana, July 24
To promote sports and physical activities of the students, an inter-house cricket tournament was organized by the Sports Department of Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School today. Knockout matches had started last week and Subhash and Tagore houses emerged as finalists.

Subhash House players in a jubilant mood after the inter-house cricket tournament at KVM School in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by I.V.
Subhash House players in a jubilant mood after the inter-house cricket tournament at KVM School

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