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MC not to bow to union pressure
Ludhiana, August 20
In the wake of the agitation by the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, affiliated to the BJP, against the suspension of “delinquent’’ employees of the municipal corporation, the top brass of the civic body has decided to act tough and not bow to any pressure.

CM mourns death of Johar’s wife
Ludhiana, August 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Mrs Leela Wati, wife of Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister, Punjab, who died last night at the PGI, Chandigarh, after a brief illness. She was 70 and is survived by two sons and two daughters.

People gather to console Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister, Punjab, as his wife’s body arrives in Ludhiana People gather to console Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister, Punjab, as his wife’s body arrives in Ludhiana on Friday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed









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Tantrik, woman sentenced to life imprisonment
Ludhiana, August 20
A city court has sentenced a woman, a tantrik and their accomplice to rigorous life imprisonment for the murder of a five-year-old boy, who was hacked to death by the tantrik in connivance with the other accused.

Red Cross to fund treatment of accident victims
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 20
The treatment of those who were injured when a truck in which nearly 36 persons of Jalaldiwal and surrounding villages were travelling had overturned near Rurka village yesterday would be supplemented by the District Red Cross Society, Ludhiana, sources in the district administration have claimed.

Two killed in factory blast
Mandi Gobindgarh, August 20
Two persons were killed on the spot when a sudden blast occurred in Bhiwani Casting at Ambey Majra village, 2 km from here, today. A police party led by Mr Hans Raj, SHO, reached the place and registered a case under Section 174 CrPC.

 
COMMUNITY

Capt recalls time spent with Rajiv in school
Ludhiana, August 20
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today fondly recalled the times he spent with a former Prime Minister, the late Rajiv Gandhi, as his classmate in Doon School in the early 1950s. 



The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at a blood donation camp organised to mark the 60th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at a state-level function at Guru Nanak Bhavan, Ludhiana, on Friday. — Photo by I.V
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at a blood donation camp organised to mark the 60th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at a state-level function

Rajiv-Longowal accord a fraud, says Dal Khalsa
Ludhiana, August 20
The Dal Khalsa today termed the Rajiv-Longowal accord signed two decades ago as a "fraud and a sham." A function was organised to release a document published by the Dal Khalsa highlighting the “dubious role” as well as “misdeeds” of the past and present Punjab leadership here today.
Dal Khalsa general secretary Kanwarpal Singh addresses participants at a seminar on the river waters issue in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Dal Khalsa general secretary Kanwarpal Singh addresses participants at a seminar on the river waters issue in Ludhiana

Longowal remembered

Mithu confesses to crime 
Kaunke Kalan, August 20
While Sukhwinder Singh alias Mithu has been claiming innocence in a recent rape case registered against him, the Jagraon police today claimed that he had confessed to his crime in the police custody.

Corruption in PSEB highlighted
Ludhiana, August 20
A meeting of the executive committee of the Samrala block unit of the BKU (Lakhowal) was held at the grain market here under the presidentship of Mr Jagir Chabilan. Mr Sher Singh Mushkabad, member of the committee, drew the attention of the members towards corruption in the PSEB.

Villagers to pay tributes to Flying Officer Johal today
Saharan Majra, (Ludhiana) August 20
It was 34 years ago when a Flying Officer had embraced death to save Saharan Majra village. All these years gone by, the grateful villagers of this small hamlet near Mandi Ahmedgarh have never forgotten their hero-Flying Officer Shaheed Kuldip Singh Johal, who had laid down his life to save the villagers.

Rakhis get trendier, costlier
Ludhiana, August 20
All bazars in the city, whether it's the old city bazaar, Chaura Bazar or other big air conditioned stores, are displaying the latest and humongous variety of rakhis and associated things required for this North Indian festival. Raksha Bandhan signifies strong bond between sisters and brothers.



Rakhis on display at a shop in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by IV
Rakhis on display at a shop in Ludhiana on Friday

Step up tax collection, IT Dept told
Ludhiana, August 20
The Department of Income Tax has been directed by the Union Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, to step up the collection of tax and at the same time accord priority to the recovery of arrears of income tax, which have mounted to a whopping Rs 87,000 crore.

SBP employees stage dharna
Ludhiana, August 20
The local unit of the All-India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation staged a dharna in support of its demands in front of the regional office of the bank in Miller Ganj here today.



State Bank of Patiala employees raise slogans in support of their demands in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
State Bank of Patiala employees raise slogans in support of their demands

Railway employees hold protest rally
Ludhiana, August 20
The first phase of five days agitation by railway workers to press for acceptance of their demands and cut wasteful expenditure concluded here today with the workers holding a protest rally and observing indefinite fast.


Activists of the Uttariya Railway Mazdoor Union hold a protest rally in support of their demands in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Activists of the Uttariya Railway Mazdoor Union hold a protest rally in support of their demands in Ludhiana

 
CRIME

Boy sodomised, killed by dhaba owner
Ludhiana, August 20
A dhaba owner has been booked by the police for allegedly sodomising and brutally murdering a 15-year-old boy, belonging to Nepal. The decomposed body of Raja Bahadur, victim and employee at the dhaba, was found today by the police.

BUSINESS

Auto parts manufacturers for check on steel prices
Ludhiana, August 20
The auto part manufacturers here have called for immediate step to bring the sky-rocketing prices of iron and steel under check and setting up of an effective mechanism like steel prices regulatory authority to curb the arbitrary pricing policy of major producers.

 

EDUCATION

From Schools & Colleges
Workshops to sensitise teachers
Ludhiana, August 20
A series of workshops on the sensitisation of teachers were held at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar. These were conducted by the counsellor, Ms Sulakshana Mehta. The aim was to sensitise teachers' approach and make it more positive and student friendly.

COURTS

 

HEALTH

Concern over poor healthcare
Ludhiana, August 20
The Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha , Ludhiana, has expressed concern over the deteriorating health standards , particularly over the deaths of several persons due to gastroenteritis and malaria. This, it said, had happened because of lack of concern over the public healthcare delivery system.

 
SPORTS

Ritu, Sanjiv bag badminton titles
Ludhiana, August 20
Ritu Abaan and Sanjiv Kalia bagged titles in the women’s and men’s sections, respectively, in the Life Insurance Corporation of India Divisional Level Badminton Tournament organised at the Shastri Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Smile of BVM School in limelight
Ludhiana, August 20
Smile, a student of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, was in the limelight winning two gold medals on the opening day of the swimming competition in the Ludhiana District Inter-Zone Games which began at AS Senior Secondary School, Khanna, near here, today.

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