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SC allows medical college to fill seats
Ludhiana, August 9
In a significant decision the Supreme Court has permitted the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) to fill the seats of undergraduate courses on its own and from the merit list drawn from the entrance test conducted by the institution on all-India basis.

Tibet lake triggers panic in city
Ludhiana, August 9
Following the reports of the formation of an artificial lake in Tibet, panic has gripped the residents of the city, who fear that flood water might flow through the Sutlej into the city.

Railways grapples with heavy rush
Ludhiana, August 9
With most of the trains still remaining cancelled, the Railways is finding it difficult to cope with the massive rush of passengers that has piled up during the last one week.

Rainwater enters admn offices
Ludhiana, August 9
Rainwater collected in the office of Naib Tehsildar, Mr Parmjit Singh and Tehsildar (West) in the Mini Secretariat here today following a downpour that lashed the city in the morning hours today.









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A view of the record room of the district administration that was flooded with rainwater in Ludhiana A view of the office of Tehsildar that was flooded with rainwater in Ludhiana
A view of the record room of the district administration that was flooded with
rainwater in Ludhiana on Monday.
A view of the office of Tehsildar (West) that was flooded with rainwater in Ludhiana on Monday.
ó Tribune photographs

Town deluged after rain
Ahmedgarh, August 9
Just about 90 minutes of downpour at 6 this morning deluged the town as streets of various localities remained water-logged for hours, throwing life out of gear. The worst-hit were schoolchildren. Several had to miss their classes .

Baba Poohla in police remand
Ludhiana, August 9
Controversial Nihang chief of the Tarna Dal, Baba Ajit Singh Poohla, was today remanded to police custody till August 11. He was declared proclaimed offender in this case in July, 1980. Judicial Magistrate Anshul Berry passed orders to send the accused in police custody after hearing the prosecution and defence counsel. He was produced in the court amidst tight security.
Ajit Singh Poohla before mediapersons in Ludhiana on Monday. ó Photo by IV
Ajit Singh Poohla before mediapersons in Ludhiana

Itís political conspiracy, says Poohla
Ludhiana, August 9
The controversial Tarna Dal chief, Ajit Singh Poohla, today said that he had been falsely implicated in various criminal cases as part of a deep-rooted political conspiracy. He said that as he had waged a war against terrorism in the state and some terrorist organisations were also involved in this conspiracy.

Bar meeting sees ugly scenes
Ludhiana, August 9
The District Bar Association's (DBA) general house meeting today witnessed ugly scenes when two lawyers manhandled each other. It all happened when Sandeep Kapoor reportedly misbehaved with the former DBA president, Mr Harish Rai Dhanda. One member even sought the resignation of the DBA president.

Man buried under debris, dies
Ludhiana, August 9
A 25-year-old man died after he got buried under the debris of his house, that came crashing down following a downpour in the early hours today. Kuldip Singh, a resident of Vishwakarma Colony, was sleeping on the first floor of his three storied house, when the roof of the first floor fell on him, killing him on the spot.

Mourning relatives of the man who died in a roof collapse in Ludhiana on Monday. ó A Tribune photograph
Mourning relatives of the man who died in a roof collapse in Ludhiana

 
COMMUNITY

Trust adamant on reducing road width
Ludhiana, August 9
The stay order issued by a lower court and subsequently confirmed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, notwithstanding, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust appears adamant on going ahead with reducing the width of the main road in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Pakhowal Road here.

Woman needs Rs1.5 lakh to save her son
Ludhiana, August 9
For Raj Dulari there seems to be no end to tragedies. While she lost one of her son in a road accident last Divali , her another son has a hole in his heart and needs a valve replacement. She cannot afford his treatment which costs around Rs 1.5 lakh. Vinod Kumar has been admitted to the Sigma Heart Centre. Though the hospital authorities have offered to provide substantial concession to him, Dulari cannot afford to pay even the minimum amount required by the hospital. Vinod Kumar used to earn his livelihood by fixing seat covers in cars, while his mother stitched them.


Waiting for help: Vinod Kumar admitted to Sigma Heart Centre, Ludhiana, waiting for a good Samaritan to come to his aid. ó Photo by Inderjeet Verma
 Vinod Kumar admitted to Sigma Heart Centre, Ludhiana, waiting for a good Samaritan to come to his aid

Women not protected against domestic violence, says NCW chief
Ludhiana, August 9
The Dowry Act is not being "misused" rather it is being "overused", as the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has failed to provide respite to women, who are subjected to domestic violence and are being harassed by their in-laws. This was stated by the Chairperson of National Commission for Women(NCW), Ms Poornima Advani, while joining the debate over the "misuse" of the Dowry Act.

Ms Poornima Advani, Chairperson, National Commission for Women, being honoured with a Phulkari at Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, on Monday. ó Photo by Sayeed Ahmed 
Ms Poornima Advani, Chairperson, National Commission for Women, being honoured with a Phulkari at Ramgarhia Girls College

Few lent their ears
Ludhiana, August 9
Ironically, when a charged Ms Poornima Advani, Chairperson, NCW, was speaking at the seminar, womenfolk gathered in the seminar hall were busy talking to each other. Though there was a loud applause when she was thanked by a teacher of the college who recited some couplets in her honour, few listened to her lecture on status of women in Punjab.

Horticulture Dept officials honour Rinwa
Ludhiana, August 9
Officials of the Horticulture Department today honoured former Parliamentary Secretary Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa for helping implement various programmes. The event was attended by the top brass of the department.

Chicken festival at Park Plaza
Ludhiana, August 9
Hotel Majestic Park Plaza is hosting the 'Chick n Chick', chicken festival from August 9 to August 22. The two- week festival will bring in the best chicken dishes of the world to Ludhiana. The festival will be open between 1 p.m to 10 p.m on all days.

New block of Ludhiana Dharamshala opened
Ludhiana, August 9
The new block of the Yatri Nivas was thrown open to devotees at the Ludhiana Dharamshala in Chintpurni (Himachal Pradesh) at a well- attended function by Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal, president of the managing committee of the dharamshala, yesterday.

Sahit Akademiís tribute to Bhanwr
Ludhiana, August 9
The Punjabi Sahit Akademi has expressed grief on the demise of Jaswant Bhanwra, a prominent ustad, at a meeting here today. Mr Gurbhajan Gill and Prof Ravinder Bhattal, senior vice-president and general secretary, said the Sangeet Martand awardee not only preserved folk music but also worked for Gurmat Sangeet.

Jagjit is bee board chief
Ludhiana, August 9
Mr Jagjit Singh, Managing Director of Kashmir Apiaries, has been elected Chairman of the National Bee Board at a meeting of the board held in New Delhi recently. He has earlier worked on the post of Vice-Chairman of the board for two years.

Not paid for poll duty

 

BUSINESS

Re-rolling industry seeks relief
Mandi Gobindgarh, August 9
Mr K.P.S Rana, Parliamentary Secretary and Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM, Amloh, today held a meeting with the representatives of the All India Steel Re-Rollers Association here to discuss the problems facing the industry.

 

EDUCATION

Dharna by teachers continues
Ludhiana, August 9
Teachers belonging to the Unemployed Teachers' Union, Punjab unit, Ludhiana, took out a protest rally this afternoon . They were demanding proper employment. The protest rally started from the main bus stand and ended at the Mini Secretariat.


Members of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union on a dharna outside the DCís office in Ludhiana on Monday. ó A Tribune photograph
Members of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union on a dharna outside the DCís office in Ludhiana

Estimates panel to visit PAU
Ludhiana, August 9
An eleven-member team of Punjab legislators, who represent the Estimates Committee of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, will visit Punjab Agricultural University tomorrow to hold discussions on Budget estimates and allocation of funds to the university.

Desh Bhagat College bags top 4 positions in BAMS
Mandi Gobindgarh, August 9
Four students of BAMS course at the local Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic Medical College have bagged the first four positions in BAMS, second prof. (Batch 2001-02) examination conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, this year.

Seminar on strategic management 
August 9, Ludhiana
A seminar on 'Strategic Management and Management Thought' was organised by the Postgraduate Department of Commerce of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women (Gujarkhan Campus), Model Town, Ludhiana, today.

Preparations for R-Day in full swing
Ludhiana, August 9
The preparations for the district level Independence Day function to be held on August 15 at Government College for Boys are on in full swing and the rehearsal for the march past, cultural programme and PT show started from today onward. Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, will be the chief guest and unfurl the National Flag at the function.

 
CULTURE


City singer strikes gold in Zee Antakshari
Ludhiana, August 9
When dreams turn into reality, one is overwhelmed with joy and a feeling of happiness fills one's mind. Haneet Taneja, a fan of Annu Kapur host of Zee TVís popular programme ĎAntaksharií, could not believe his luck when he got a chance to participate in the programme that would pair a celebrity with a common person.

Haneet Taneja with Ms India Universe, Tanushree.
Haneet Taneja with Ms India Universe, Tanushree

HEALTH

ORS key to treatment of diarrhoea, says doctor
Ludhiana, August 9
For more than 25 years the WHO and UNICEF have recommended a single formulation of glucose-based oral rehydration salts (ORS) to prevent or treat dehydration from diarrhoea, irrespective of the cause or age group affected.

 
SPORTS

Phillaur Academy shooters shine
Phillaur, August 9
Shooters of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, displayed remarkable skill and form by winning 13 medals, including eight gold, four silver and one bronze, in the 40th Punjab State Shooting Meet at Mohali Shooting Ranges.

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