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12 years on, militant held, but terror remains
Ghaloti (Mandi Ahemdgarh) August 16
The recent arrest of a dreaded terrorist, accused of killing 50 persons during the terrorism era, by the Fathehgarh Sahib police after 12 years has once again highlighted the sense of loss, fear and helplessness of two of his victims’ families in Ghaloti and Kalihans villages.

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Semi-nude dances on I-Day irk residents
Ludhiana, August 16
Tall claims of patriotism by political parties, notwithstanding, the trend of dances by scantily clad females at functions organised by them on all occasions still continues. And Independence Day celebrated in the city yesterday was no exception.

Freedom fighters feel insulted
Ludhiana, August 16
Even as Independence Day was being celebrated on the campus of Government Senior Secondary School, Jagraon, where Dr Harbans Lal, Parliamentary Secretary, unfurled the National Flag and appreciated the role of freedom fighters, some of them had to face insult as they were first allowed to occupy seats on the stage but were later asked to vacate these for political leaders by the local administration.


Uneasy calm in Punjab
Ludhiana, August 16
There is uneasy calm in Punjab and all the political parties seem to have gone dormant. After the passage of the Termination of Water Sharing Agreements-2004, Capt Amarinder Singh is feeling upbeat that he has been able to tide over the crisis created by the order of the Supreme Court on the construction of the SYL Canal for the time being.

Normal train traffic resumes
Ludhiana, August 16
Normal train traffic on the Ambala-Ludhiana railway line resumed after about two weeks with all trains running according to the schedule today. Barring a few most of the trains (up and down) passing through Ludhiana were on time.

Neha has no regrets about ‘Julie’
Ludhiana, August 16
Film star Neha Dhupia, known for her role in “Julie”, says she has no regrets for acting in the movie. She says there is nothing unusual in her role in the film and all the hue and cry raised about the movie is not justified. She says her role perfectly fitted into the script and the theme of the story. Neha was here as the brand ambassador of the LG Electronics. She observed that the stereotype role of the traditional Indian heroine had seen a metamorphosis over the years. She said there were so many bold movies doing pretty well at the box office.

Neha Dhupia at a press conference in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by I.V
Neha Dhupia at a press conference in Ludhiana


Govt examining legal aspects of IPS-PPS row
Isru (Ludhiana), August 16
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said yesterday that the government was examining various legal aspects of the IPS-PPS row. He said the government wanted an amicable solution to the issue which would be acceptable to everybody concerned.

Tiny tots of Sunshine Pre-Nursery School in the city plant saplings in the school premises
Tiny tots of Sunshine Pre-Nursery School in the city plant saplings in the school premises in Ludhiana on Monday. I.V.

Transporters seek mini-bus policy
Ludhiana, August 16
The Punjab Mini Bus Operators Association has urged the government to come to its rescue in view of the problems being faced by the sector. A meeting of executive members and office-bearers of the association from the state deliberated on the various issues plaguing them at Leisure Valley, Sarabha Nagar, here today. Mr Harinder Sharma, president of the association, informed all members about future problems and said they should urge the state government to solve their problems at the earliest.

Probe sought into bungling in PSTC office
Ludhiana, August 16
A former associate of a contractor working with the PSTC has sought a high-level inquiry and appropriate action against erring officials in an office of the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation (PSTC) here for a large-scale bungling and financial irregularities.

Drain diverted, villagers heave a sigh of relief
Ludhiana, August 16
Residents of Jangpur village in the Kila Raipur Assembly segment are feeling relieved after the Punjab Mandi Board decided to divert the route of the drain bypassing the village. The villagers thanked a senior Congress leader of the area, Mr Jagpal Singh Khangura, for raising the issue with the authorities.

Sehaj Path contests from August 22
Ludhiana, August 16
The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle here will organise competitions in connection with the coming celebrations of the fourth centenary of the installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, scheduled to be observed on September 1, 2004.

Kirtan darbars to mark 'Parkash Utsav' of Guru Granth Sahib
Ludhiana, August 16
Several kirtan darbars and samagams began at various gurdwaras of the city yesterday in connection with the celebrations of the 400th “Parkash Utsav” of Guru Granth Sahib.

Religious meeting at Police Lines
Jagraon, August 16
A special meeting was organised in the Police Lines here for its employees in which Jain Vishav Bharti of Lalru (Rajasthan) preached about the true science of life.

Club celebrates I-Day, Teej festival
Ludhiana, August 16
Members of the Gayatri Ladies Club held a function here today to celebrate Janamashatmi, the Independence Day and Teej. Songs and dances were presented by various club members. The highlights of the function included an item on Kargil which was presented by Ravneet and Lovely Chadha. Shelley and Rimpy performed a dance depicting Yashoda and Kanahya.

Members of the Gayatri Ladies Club perform a dance at a function at Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Members of the Gayatri Ladies Club perform a dance at a function


Driver killed in mishap
Ludhiana , August 16
The Sahnewal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279, 304-A, 337 and 427 of the IPC on a statement of Mr Joga Singh, a resident of Pakka Balibeg Mohalla at Machhiwara village, against an unknown driver of a truck ( DL-IG-1994).



Caged bird set free on I-Day
Ludhiana, August 16
While most schools in the city celebrated the Independence Day in advance, the authorities of Sparkle Nursery School, Sarabha Nagar, has set an example for others to follow.

Students being taught the essence of freedom by way of a caged bird, which was released on Sunday.
Students being taught the essence of freedom by way of a caged bird

From Colleges
Girls motivated to join NCC

Ludhiana, August 16
In order to motivate students of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, to join the NCC, a lecture was conducted by 3 Punjab Girls Bn, NCC, under the guidance of Principal Charanjit Mahal and Lt Jatinder Kaur, Associate NCC Officer.

Students of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, at an orientation lecture organised by the NCC on the college campus on Monday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Students of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, at an orientation lecture organised by the NCC

Badal inaugurates nursing school
Ludhiana, August 16
The SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, inaugurated the Kular School of Nursing at Biza village on the outskirts of the city yesterday. The school is the initiative of the management of Kular Hospital.


Bar chief ‘trying’ to curb freedom of members
Ludhiana, August 16
Former president of District Bar Association Harish Rai Dhanda today criticised the reported move of Bar president Balwinder Goel to gag the freedom of expression of members of the association at a press conference.

Mr Harish Rai Dhanda (fourth from left), a former District Bar Association president, addresses mediapersons in Ludhiana on Monday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Mr Harish Rai Dhanda, a former District Bar Association president


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