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Gang of robbers busted
Suspects used to drug and loot victims
Ludhiana, October 9
The city police has busted a three- member gang of robbers, who used to loot people after tricking them into consuming drug-laced tea or food. Three persons who used to drug and rob people were arrested
Three persons who used to drug and rob people were arrested on Saturday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Private ITIs being promoted at the cost of government ones
Ludhiana, October 9
The state government is allegedly promoting private industrial training institutes at the cost of the government-run ITIs despite tall claims of strengthening the industrial training infrastructure in Punjab. The claims of the government in this context have proved to be a mere lip service to convey an impression that the government was serious about creating an atmosphere where the students, who pass out from various industrial training institutes in the state, will be able to stand on their own feet.


Explosives are here, whither experts?
Ludhiana, October 9
The huge quantity of war debris being imported by furnace owners may be a powder keg. Customs officials have reportedly been cautioning against the unchecked import of war debris. The officials are reportedly sore over the attitude of the local police in not paying heed to its requests of checking the steel scrap that comes here everyday.

Sealed containers at the Ludhiana dry port. — A Tribune photograph
Sealed containers at the Ludhiana dry port

Students get ‘bogus’ degrees
Jagraon, October 9
Many students of Baba Nand Singh Paramedical Technology Institution on Sidhwan Bet road here complained in writing against the authorities of the institute to the SSP today. Demanding the immediate registration of a case, they alleged that they had been deprived of big amounts and had been awarded bogus degrees and certificates. Dr Parminder Singh, a local resident, had been running the institute for the past three years.

Youth pays with life for objecting to music
Machhiwara, October 9
A youth of a small village, Iraq, on the Machhiwara-Kohara road, had to pay with his life on asking for the volume of music to be lowered. Daljeet (27), a son of a poor farmer, was yesterday killed by a barber, Jasbir, alias Raju. He had asked Jasbir to turn down the volume of music.

Models display designer wear at a fashion show held in Ludhiana Models sizzle in designer wear
Ludhiana, October 9
Models sashayed down the stage set up at Sterling Resorts yesterday displaying creations of Shantanu, Nikhil and Aparna. The fashion show was a perfect blend of elegance, style and glamour and was organised by Seagram's Blenders Pride.

Models display designer wear at a fashion show held in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph


Kartar Singh Gill He received Vir Chakra twice in the same year
Amloh, October 9
Late Risaldar (Honorary Lieutenant) Kartar Singh Gill is among the few to have received the Vir Chakra twice in the same year. He had celebrated his 90th birthday at Padni, his native village, near here, on October 5 last year. Thereafter, he died on November 27, 2003.

BKU leaders visit grain markets
Samrala, October 9
Some BKU (Lakhwal) leaders visited grain markets in Samrala subdivision today and inspected the paddy purchase process. They also listened to the complaints of the farmers.

Colours cheer mentally challenged
Ludhiana, October 9
Colour can add charm to everyone’s life, even the mentally challenged. This was apparent at a painting exhibition in which mentally challenged children presented their work, which reflected their fascination for colour.


One held with smack
Ludhiana, October 9
The Division Number 3 police yesterday arrested Joginder Singh, a resident of Beant Pura mohalla, and recovered 45 grams of contraband ‘smack’ from his possession and registered a case against him under the NDPS Act.

480 bottles of liquor seized


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New storage technology launched
Ludhiana, October 9
An evaporative cooled room designed and developed by the Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), Ludhiana, has been transferred to two tomato growers of the district.

Aulakh stresses food processing
Ludhiana, Oct 9
Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Kirpal Singh Aulakh has said that 77 lakh people can get direct employment while 3 crore can benefit indirectly through an investment of Rs 100 crore in the food-processing industry. Yet, we are reluctant to tread this path.


Students participate in debate
Ludhiana, October 9

An Aao Bune Inter-School Debate Contest was held at Kundan Vidya Mandir today. he topic was: “Is emotional quotient more important than intelligence quotient”.

Ms Shewta Tiwari, brand ambassador of Vardhman Mills, gives away the first prize to the winner of a debate in Ludhiana on Saturday. A Tribune photograph
Ms Shewta Tiwari, brand ambassador of Vardhman Mills, gives away the first prize to the winner of a debate


10-year jail for two
Ludhiana, October 9
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Baldev Singh Sodhi, has sentenced Jaswant Singh of Nawan Pind, Jalandhar, and Sukhdev Singh of Jaffarwal village, Jalandhar, to 10 years’ imprisonment for possessing a huge quantity of poppy husk.



Eradicating polio
Today is Pulse Polio Day
In May 1988, the World Health Assembly, governing body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), resolved to eradicate polio from the world. Eradication of the disease involves both halting the incidence of the disease and the eradication of the virus that causes it. The Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme was launched in India in 1995. Under this, every child under the age of five years is given oral polio drops.

Seven-year-old thalassaemia patient needs help
Ludhiana, October 9
Seven-year-old Alisha weighs only 11 kgs. Suffering from thalassaemia major he is unable to even sit or eat as his spleen has become oversized, capturing his entire abdomen. And to make the matters worse the paucity of funds is a big hindrance in his treatment. “He has stopped growing and requires blood transfusion every week," said Mr Kewal Malhotra, president, Punjab Thalassaemics' Welfare Society, a registered society of the parents of thalassaemic children.
Seven-year-old Alisha with his mother
Seven-year-old Alisha with his mother. — A Tribune photograph

Workshop on critical care monitoring
Ludhiana, October 9
The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, organised the third Frank Prior Oration and the live workshop on critical care monitoring today.


Body-building title for Manmeet Grewal
Doraha, October 9
Eighteen-year-old Manmeet Grewal has won the above-90-kg title at the North India Open Body-Building Championship in his first attempt. He is a final-year BCom student of Guru Nanak National College here. Manmeet had been doing body-building exercises regularly. He had failed to convince his mother to pursue it as his hobby. When he met his friend and coach Navdeep Sharma last week, he was told about the competition being organised by the All-India Hitashi Sports Educational Association. 
Manmeet Grewal 
Manmeet Grewal

Six-a-side hockey league
Ludhiana, October 9
Eight teams have confirmed their participation in the Second Bibi Surjit Kaur Memorial Six-a-Side Hockey League Tournament being organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club at Jarkhar village, near here, from October 15 to 18, according to Mr Jagroop Singh Jarkhar, a spokesman for the club.


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