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Abandoned briefcases spread panic
Police clueless; no explosive found
Ludhiana, July 31
The city has been witnessing incidents of abandoned briefcases since Thursday. As many as four unclaimed briefcases have been found from different crowded places in the past three days. The incidents are spreading panic due to rumours of a bomb being planted by some terrorist organisation.
The bomb disposal squad of the city police examines an abandoned briefcase found near the old district courts in Ludhiana The bomb disposal squad of the city police examines an abandoned briefcase found near the old district courts in Ludhiana on Saturday. - Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Trust vows to set up Udham Singh memorial
Lion’s Club denies land earmarked for it
Ludhiana, July 31
While paying rich tributes and vowing to preserve the memory of Shaheed-e-Azam, Udham Singh for posterity on his 64th martyrdom day today, the city-based Shaheed Udham Singh Trust resolved to set up a memorial and a library in the city.








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Snag leaves BSNL card subscribers in lurch
Ludhiana, July 31
Nearly 50,000 subscribers of Indian Telephone Cards of the BSNL in the city were left high and dry owing to a major snag in a computer of the department yesterday. Outgoing calls of the existing subscribers were barred as the computer showed their balance as zero. Those who had purchased the cards in the past two days could not get the connection activated.

A silver lining in the dark clouds, which hung over Ludhiana on Saturday A silver lining in the dark clouds, which hung over Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

 
COMMUNITY

No backtracking on SYL issue: Badal
Macchiwara, July 31
SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal has reiterated that the party will launch a morcha in case Amarinder Singh backtracks on the abrogation of river waters Bill and the canal is completed by the Centre.

Rights panel seeks report on upkeep of parks
Ludhiana, July 31
Expressing its dissatisfaction over the upkeep city parks on the basis material available on record, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought a detailed report from the Deputy Commissioner on the current state of parks and green belts.

Today is Friendship Day
Friends inspire and enrich life
Ludhiana, July 31
“We are nine friends studying in a college and have been friends for the past five years. Of course, we have tiffs, but we make up fast. Our college mates have tried to break our friendship, but have not succeeded. We are very fortunate to have such deep friendship. Our friendship is the mainstay of life and is based on trust and respect for each other.


FRIENDS FOREVER: Taruna and Tajinder swear by their friendship in Ludhiana on the eve of Friendship Day. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
 Taruna and Tajinder swear by their friendship in Ludhiana on the eve of Friendship Day

New Rotary team installed
Ludhiana, July 31
The Rotary Club, Ludhiana North, at its meeting held on Thursday installed a new team headed by president Gurjit Singh and secretary Rajan Narang. Mr S.P. Singh Dua, president (2003-2004), welcomed the guests. He thanked all members for extending cooperation during his tenure. Secretary R.S. Behal read out the activity report of last year. Mr G.S. Bawa was the guest of honour. He gave away awards to Rotarians, who contributed towards the community last year.

Stone of truck parking site laid
Ludhiana, July 31
The Punjab Government was committed to all round development of both rural and urban areas in the state and a number of development schemes for the creation of better infrastructure facilities in major towns was on the anvil.

Clubs insensitive to state’s crisis
Ludhiana, July 31
Social scientists of Punjab Agricultural University has taken a serious view of news published in a section of the Press about the Teej celebrations by various women clubs.

 
CRIME

Upset with employer, 2 cook up kidnapping story
Ludhiana, July 31
Believe it or not, two employees of a tractor mechanic cooked up the kidnapping story of one of them to pocket a paltry sum of Rs 850 from their employer. They allegedly spent the money on watching three movies and enjoying a sumptuous dinner.

Neighbour foils robbery bid, nabs intruder
Ludhiana, July 31
A Bihari migrant, who entered a house in Gobind Nagar at Mundian Kalan village on Thursday and tried to rob the lonely housewife at knife-point, was nabbed by an alert neighbour who rushed to the rescue of the woman when she raised an alarm.

 

EDUCATION

Tributes paid to Premchand
Ludhiana, July 31
Tributes were paid to renowned Hindi writer Munshi Premchand at a function organised by the Punjab Hindi Parishad to mark his 125th birth anniversary at Rajindra Model School, Haibowal, here today. Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, presided over the function

COURTS

Arshia case: doctor’s arrest stayed
Ludhiana, July 31
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Sukhdarshan Singh Khaira, today stayed the arrest of Dr Vandna Bhambri of Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Hospital, involved in a case of alleged medical negligence which led to the death of a baby, Arshia.

 
CULTURE

Festivities mark Teej 
Ludhiana, July 31
“Punjabi videos showing obscene scenes are like sweet poison that is being given to our youngsters in large doses and are corrupting their tastes as far as culture is concerned,” said Pammi Bai, a very well known Punjabi folk singer. He was in the city to participate in the Teej Function organised by the Principal and the staff of Master Tara Singh Memorial College this morning.
Students of Master Tara Singh Memorial College dance while well-known singer Pammi Bai sings at the Teej celebration function organised in the college on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of Master Tara Singh Memorial College dance while well-known singer Pammi Bai sings at the Teej celebration function organised in the college

An actor of great promise
Doraha, July 31
Rajinder Singh, a graduate of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, has proved his prowess in acting through great devotion and hard work. He has been doing acting since childhood and has achieved various awards and honours for different roles he has performed from time to time. In 1996, he secured the second position for participating in a district-level poetry competition while he was a student of Government Senior Secondary School Doraha. He stood first in a poetic symposium organised at Sant Isher Singh Memorial Public School, Karamsar, in 1990.


Rajinder Singh enacts the role of a soldier in a play staged at GNN College, Doraha, recently. — Photo by writer
Rajinder Singh enacts the role of a soldier in a play staged at GNN College

HEALTH

Stress on mother's milk for infants
Ludhiana, July 31
The World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1 to 7 with a new theme to mobilise work on breast feeding throughout the country. The theme for this year is Exclusive Breastfeeding : the gold standard — safe, sound and sustainable.

CMCH to train Uttaranchal doctors
Ludhiana, July 31
The Uttranchal Health System Development Project (UAHSDP) and Christian Medical College and Hospital here have joined hands to train specialists for the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Uttaranchal Pradesh.

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