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Commercial activity in residential area okayed
Pakhowal road to be test case

Ludhiana, September 22
Taking a cue from the local civic body, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) will now allow commercial activity in its residential areas along the Pakhowal road, from Bhai Bala Chowk to Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, by compounding the violations as a test case.

Suspect’s father rescued after 25-day illegal custody
Ludhiana, September 22
A 75-year-old former District Development and Panchayat Officer, was kept in 25-day illegal custody at the CIA headquarters by the local police in order to pressurise his son, wanted in Gill village murder case, to surrender before the police.

Calls worth Rs 3.5 lakh made from hacked No.
Ludhiana, September 22
The economic offences wing of the city police has detected a unique fraud committed by some agents of Connect Telecom who allegedly made international calls worth nearly Rs 3.5 lakh after hacking an electronic secret number (ESN) of an allegedly “dummy” subscriber and then using the number on two sets with the help of a software.


Veterinary students block traffic
Ludhiana, September 22
Traffic on the Ludhiana-Ferozepore highway was disrupted for more than three hours as veterinary students blocked the road in front of the PAU, here this morning. The students were protesting against the lack of employment opportunities in the state for graduates. 

Veterinary students stage a protest in front of the PAU in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Veterinary students stage a protest in front of the PAU in Ludhiana

GNEC deadlock continues
Ludhiana, September 22
As the tussle between the Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNEC) students and faculty continues there seems to be no end in sight to the ongoing strike by the students. A busload of GNEC students have gone to Amritsar to talk with Alwinder Pal Singh Pakhoke, acting president SGPC.
GNEC students on an indefinite fast along with their supporters outside the college in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
GNEC students on an indefinite fast along with their supporters outside the college in Ludhiana

Tension in village over dera fund use
Samrala, September 22
Social tensions are simmering in Ottalan village, on the outskirts of this sub-divisional town, for the past few days with the villagers almost vertically divided on the issue of use of money collected from the management of property of Dera Baba Bhai Dalbari. The dera has a lot of following among the people of the area.


Cong banner violates court directive
Ludhiana, September 22
A banner in support of the Congress that was put up months ago on a signpost on the Ferozpur Road, just short of the Jagraon bridge elevation, has remained there for months.

A banner of the Congress pasted on a signpost on the Ferozepur post.

A banner of the Congress pasted on a signpost on the Ferozepur post

200 cr to be spent on projects: Dawer
Ludhiana, September 22
Mr Surinder Dawer, Parliamentary Secretary, Power and Urban Development, has said that the state government had decided to accord a top priority to redress the grievances of the people. He said he would be available for the public at his residence in the morning, whenever in Ludhiana. Mr Dawer said this while addressing a meeting of traders and shopkeepers at Ghman Mandi here on Monday.

Frequent transfer of SHOs piques locals
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 22
The city police station has once again become headless with the transfer of the last incumbent to the Sadar police station. Local leaders have resented the district police move to transfer the SHOs frequently and leave the residents at the mercy of the anti-social elements.

Very few takers for Chhapar Mela stalls
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 22
While the regional and local leaders of various political parties have stepped up the preparations for holding conferences on the occasion of the historical Mela Chhapar, the residents of the area are worried over the success of the fair this year. There are very few takers for the prime lots near the main temple as they are not expecting brisk business this year.

Sabha to support Kashmiri Pandits
Samrala, September 22
The local Brahmin Sabha has supported the peaceful struggle launched by the Kashmiri Pandits for the restitution of their honour, homes and hearths at a meeting held here yesterday under the presidentship of Mr Devi Dayal Shastri, Chief Patron.

India Radio to help needy
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 22
India Radio, an autonomous body engaged in broadcasting of news and views regarding the welfare of the Indians settled in Canada, has decided to extend its services to the downtrodden in India, said sources in the organisation.

9,000 acres to be brought under hyola
Ludhiana, September 22
To enhance the income of farmers under the crop diversification programme in Punjab, more than 9,000 acres will be brought under hyola (gobhi sarson) during this season in Ludhiana district.


Girl missing, labourer booked
Khanna, September 22
A minor girl of Sohian village has been missing since September 20. Parents of the girl allege that their daughter has been abducted by a Bihari labourer, Raju, who works at a farm house in the same village.

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Oriental bank employees condemn merger
Ludhiana, September 22
Terming the merger of Global Trust Bank with the Oriental Bank of Commerce as a hasty decision of the RBI and the government, the employees of Oriental Bank of Commerce have demanded a parliamentary/judicial enquiry into "the criminal acts of the promoters of Global Trust Bank and their nexus through brokers in the stock market to heap losses on thousands of innocent investors by off loading a huge volume of shares just prior to the merger".

Bank employees threaten strike 
Ludhiana September 22
Dissatisfied with the Indian Bank Association's attitude towards the revision of pay scales of bank employees, the Punjab Bank Employees Federation (PBEF), Ludhiana unit, and the district committee of the All-India Bank Officers Association organised a demonstration in front of the State Bank of Patiala, Miller Ganj, here today.

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14 foreign delegates to attend kisan mela
Ludhiana, September 22
As many as 14 foreign delegates from different countries will visit the PAU kisan mela to be inaugurated on September 23. Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dairy Development and Tourism, will inaugurate the mela at 11 a.m. Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, will preside over the inaugural function. Mr Raghuveera Reddy, Minister for Agriculture, Andhra Pradesh, will be the guest of honour. He will be accompanied by MPs Vankat Rami Reddy and Kalnal Nizamuddin.


Colleges celebrate principals’ election as senators
Ludhiana, September 22
There were celebrations at Ramgarhia Girls College and Master Tara Singh Memorial College here today as the principals, Ms Harmit Kaur and Ms Madanjit Kaur Sahota, respectively, were elected to the Panjab University Senate from the principals’ constituency yesterday.

Cultural function held at management institute
Ludhiana, September 22
A talent hunt show is organised every Saturday at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Model Town, Ludhiana, in which various inter-class events are held.

Students of SD Girls Senior Secondary School perform garbha during the annual function of the school in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Students of SD Girls Senior Secondary School perform garbha during the annual function of the school in Ludhiana

IGNOU offers BSc, nautical science
Ludhiana, September 22
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in collaboration with the Directorate-General of Shipping (DGS) has developed a vocational training programme leading to B.Sc (nautical sciences).


Floorball camp at Sacred Heart
Mandi Gobindgarh, September 22
Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Mandi Gobindgarh, is the first school in the state to have introduced floorball. A training camp of the game was inaugurated by Mr J.P.S. Jolly, Managing Director of the school committee who himself is a sports person, today.

Baljinder bags silver in badminton
Ludhiana, September 22
Baljinder Singh of the Life Insurance Corporation of India, Unit I, Ludhiana, finished runner-up in the Northern Zonal Level Badminton Tournament held on September 10 and 11 at Jaipur.

City eves best Kapurthala
Ludhiana, September 22
Ludhiana women fought valiantly to tame their opponents from Kapurthala, whom they beat 77-69 to begin the campaign on a strong footing in the 10th Baba Farid Basketball Gold Cup Tournament, which started at Nehru Stadium of Faridkot today. Later in the day, the Ludhiana eves outclassed Hoshiarpur 81-55.


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