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Kidnap bid foiled; five nabbed
Ludhiana, August 2
The Ludhiana police today busted a six-member gang of criminals engaged in various criminal activities. The gang leader, who was a former employee with a Doraha-based company was allegedly planning to kidnap a two-and-half year old son of the family when he landed in the police net.
Mr Gurpreet Singh Toor, SP, with members of the gang busted in Ludhiana Mr Gurpreet Singh Toor, SP (D), with members of the gang busted in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

SC notice to Centre, states on SYL cheers CM’s supporters
Ludhiana, August 2
Today’s order of the apex court on the SYL canal issue has cheered supporters of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. They have started describing it as a vindication of the stand taken by Capt Amarinder Singh in the interest of the people of the state.

School students returning home through waterlogged streets in Ludhiana
School students returning home through waterlogged streets in Ludhiana on Monday. — PTI

Churches divided on CMC issue
Ludhiana, August 2
With the Supreme Court deferring the hearing of a petition on admissions to undergraduate medical and dental courses of the local Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) to August 9, the admission process, which was to start today, has been postponed till then.

Blocking roads to please gods
Among the various factors causing traffic jams on the busy city roads, religious events stand out as the most prominent. The city has no dearth of shobha yatras, nagar kirtans and other similar processions organised by a variety of religious and charity organisations.

Farmers’ dharna at Ahmedgarh station
Ludhiana, August 2
On a statewide call given by the Bhartiya Kisan Union, (EKTA) and Kisan Sangarsh Committee to stop the rail traffic, leaders of the Ludhiana chapter of the union supported by some farmers staged a dharna on the tracks at Mandi Ahmedgarh railway station today.

Policemen at Model Town railway station in view of the ‘rail roko’ call given by certain farmers’ organisations in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Policemen at Model Town railway station in view of the ‘rail roko’ call given by certain farmers’ organisations

Traffic jam near Sabzi Mandi
Ludhiana, August 2
There was a traffic jam near Sabzi Mandi on the Jalandhar road for nearly two hours last evening. The cause of this hold-up was a religious procession moving from the Mata Rani temple near the municipal corporation headquarters to the other side of the Buddha Nullah, where a pooja was to be held.

A traffic jam near Sabzi Mandi in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
A traffic jam near Sabzi Mandi in Ludhiana on Sunday


Faith makes them perform daring feats
Ludhiana, August 2
Even if one has left his native place, he continues to perform ritualistic practices at his present living place. South Indians settled in Ludhiana yesterday observed Mariamma's festival. They take out procession in sawan’ and they fast before performing daring feats.

Bhog ceremony for gastro victims
Ludhiana, August 2
Residents of several colonies on the Daba road here performed a bhog ceremony in the memory of victims of gastroenteritis, which had broken out in the Mauji Colony and some surrounding areas in the city.

Anthology of poems released
Ludhiana, August 2
Prof N.S. Tasneem released a collection of poems, "Dil da Karvan," by Davinder Dilroop at Punjabi Bhavan here yesterday. Dilroop is an Assistant Professor in zoology in Punjab Agricultural University. Prof Tasneem, commenting on the book, said, "Her anthology contains love poems, and love poetry written by women should be viewed differently.
Davinder Dilroop's anthology of poems, "Dil da Karvan," being released at Punjabi Bhavan in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Davinder Dilroop's anthology of poems, Dil da Karvan, being released at Punjab


Labourer dies as earth caves in
Jagraon, August 2
Kuldip Singh, 23, a labourer of Bajurg village, 6 km from here, was killed when he along with Rana Singh of the same village was working on a centrifugal pump. Kuldip Singh was killed when the earth caved in. People who were nearby, reached the scene to save them.



HS Pahwa Award for Dr AS Sandhu
Ludhiana, August 2
Dr Amrik Singh Sandhu, an outstanding scientist in the discipline of pamology and former Director of Extension Education will be awarded the Hans Raj Pahwa Award at the university convocation.

PCCTU meeting at Doraha
Doraha, August 2
A meeting of the executive committee of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union was organised at Guru Nanak National College here. Many significant decisions were taken at the meeting. The union has taken a serious note of the shifting of 10+1 and 10+2 classes from colleges to schools and the consequent threat of retrenchment of about 100 teachers.

Science exhibition at Saraswati Model School
Doraha, August 2
An inter-house quiz contest and science exhibition was organised by Saraswati Model High School, Doraha, which concluded yesterday. Four houses including Jyoti House, Jagriti House, Pragati House and Kranti House participated in the contest.

Students display their models at a science exhibition organised at Saraswati Model High School, Doraha.
Students display their models at a science exhibition organised at Saraswati Model High School

Pratap college students shine
Ludhiana, August 2
Students of the Pratap College of Education here have secured four of the top five positions in the BEd examination conducted by Panjab University. Madhu Bala bagged first position by obtaining 800 marks out of 1000.


Two get life term for murder
Ludhiana, August 2
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Inderjit Kaushik, has sentenced Jasbir Singh, alias Jassa (40), of Manki village, Malerkotla, and Devinder Pal Singh(20) of Ganga Nagar to rigorous life imprisonment on the charge of murdering a youth, Parminder Singh, alias Tinku, near Mai Nand Kaur Gurdwara, Ghumar Mandi, on May 17, 2001.


Miss World Punjaban pageant in Oct-Nov
Ludhiana, August 2
The Miss World Punjaban beauty pageant will be held at Chandigarh and Ludhiana in October and November. This has been stated by Jasmer Singh Dhatt, founder-chairman-director, Sabhyacharak Sathh Punjab.


Breast-feeding week being observed
Ludhiana, August 2
The Civil Surgeon, Dr S.N. Tiwari, emphasised on the importance of breast-feeding the new-born babies, saying mother’s milk is a good beginning for toddlers. Speaking at a function organised by the health department at the Government College for Women to mark the breast-feeding week from August 1 to 7 here, he said the mother’s milk provided vitamins, minerals and nutrition to the children and also built up resistance to diseases. 

Breast-feeding does wonders for baby, mother
reast-feeding is natural. It helps the mother physically. When the baby nurses, the muscle wall of the uterus contracts vigorously. This hastens its return to normal size and position.

IMA criticises bullying of doctor
Ludhiana, August 2
The Ludhiana chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has criticised the “ruckus” created by the attendants of a patient at the Arora Neuro Centre. The IMA said such acts of intimidation could not be tolerated and urged the people to ensure that such mischievous elements were identified and marginalised.

400 examined at medical camp


Cricket fans disappointed over India’s defeat
Ludhiana, August 2
The Indian cricket team once again failed to break the jinx yesterday which left thousands of fans disappointed. Once again, India fumbled at the last hurdle losing 10 out of 13 finals with two tied matches.


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