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Couple murder: four ‘confess’ to crime
Ludhiana, January 12
Four of the five accused, including a retired police Sub-Inspector, in the shocking honour killing of a couple case have confessed to hiring professional killers for the job.

BSP to monitor probe into ‘honour killing’

PNB acts tough against defaulter, takes possession of property
Ludhiana, January 12
Aiming to curb its non-performing assets, Punjab National Bank took possession of the property of an alleged defaulter. The bank officials sealed the property of Gautam Enterprises and Gautam Textiles in Bagh Wali Gali here today.

Suspected case of infanticide
Ludhiana, January 12
While Punjab is facing the serious problem of declining female population, a suspected case infanticide has rocked the city. The body of a girl child was found dumped in a garbage heap in the Suraj Nagar area of New Shimla Puri late last evening. Stray dogs were pulling the body when some passersby spotted it and called the police.


Four hurt in mishap
Sahnewal, January 12
Four members of a family, including two children, were injured when a Maruti van in which they were travelling hit a bus ahead of it, near Gurdwara Attar Sar Sahib, 3 km from here, today.

‘Spurious’ fertiliser being prepared on farm land
Doraha, January 12
A part of the panchayat land, meant for agricultural purposes, is being allegedly used for preparing a duplicate ‘fertiliser’ — ferrous sulphate, for the past three months, at Sultanpur village, 7 km from here.

‘Spurious’ fertiliser being prepared on agriculture land at Sultanpur village. — Photo by Lovleen Bains
‘Spurious’ fertiliser being prepared on agriculture land at Sultanpur village.

South African minister lauds PAU role in farm research
Ludhiana, January 12
Mr Narend Singh, a minister in the Kwaazulu Natal province of South Africa, today said there was a great scope for mutual cooperation between India and South Africa and Punjab Agricultural University could play a pivotal role in it.

The PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, presents a traditional Punjabi phulkari to Mr Narend Singh, a minister in the South African province of Kwaazulu Natal, during his visit to the university in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
The PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, presents a traditional Punjabi phulkari to Mr Narend Singh, a minister in the South African province of Kwaazulu Natal, during his visit to the university in Ludhiana on Wednesday.


Ravinder Ravi Will Ravinder Ravi become ‘Indian Idol’?
Ludhiana, January 12
Will it be a rags-to-riches story? It seems so, with the way Ravinder Ravi, a city-based painter, is clearing each round and is now among the top eight contestants in the country vying for the Indian Idol title. Ravinder, never trained in singing, is competing with singers from across the country and has cleared several rounds and is now among the top eight.

City cries for parking spaces
Ludhiana, January 12
Officials of the Tehbazari Department of the Municipal Corporation came this morning to the Post Office road and carted away 13 scooters and two motor cycles which were parked along the road outside the branch of Bharat Overseas Bank.

A view of the Post Office road in Ludhiana.
— Photo by Inderjit Verma
A view of the Post Office road in Ludhiana.

PAUTA charges disputed
Ludhiana, January 12
Dr Balwant Singh, convener of the PAU Employees and Teachers Joint Action Committee, today disputed charges of the PAU Teachers Association president, Dr Hari Singh Brar, that he (Dr Balwant Singh) was maligning the image of the university.

Exotic plant comes to town
Ludhiana, January 12
In keeping with Ludhiana city’s constant desire to keep abreast with the latest in fashion and trends, Europe’s latest fad in horticulture, the flaming poinsettia’s dwarf varieties, is available at a local nursery. The Poinsettias though a perennial plant blooms in the winters to become the most beautiful flower in the garden. The plant comes in a variety of colours which add colour to the garden, especially in the winters.

Poinsettias in different flaming colours add colour to the winter garden. — A Tribune photo

Poinsettias in different flaming colours add colour to the winter garden.

Chetna March to be taken out on January 16
Ludhiana, January 12
A press conference was held in Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib here today to discuss the forthcoming Chetna March which is to be taken out on January 16.

Lohri being celebrated in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Lohri being celebrated in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

BJP leader’s security withdrawn
Ludhiana, January 12
Just a month after the BJP leaders have launched an agitation against the Punjab police, the police has withdrawn the security cover from senior BJP leader and former Deputy Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha Satpal Gosain here today.

Pathankot man cycles to Delhi for tsunami relief
Ludhiana, January 12
The tsunami tragedy has moved several people to contribute in their own ways for immediate relief for the victims as well as for rebuilding process of the devastated cities, towns and villages.


Two held for snatching purse
Jagraon, January 12
Two scooterists were caught red-handed when they tried to flee after snatching a purse from a woman in Guru Teg Bahadur mohalla. They were later handed over to the police.


Trade, industry up in arms over VAT, service tax
Ludhiana, January 12
Even as trade and industry were yet to come to terms with the widening of the service tax net, with the threat of forthcoming value added tax (VAT) looming large over them the Department of Excise and Taxation was learnt to have started an elaborate exercise to prepare its officials and supporting staff for the VAT regime, scheduled to become operative from April 2005.



From Schools
Sweets, peanuts, bonfire mark Lohri celebrations

Ludhiana, January 12
The students of Gupta Model High School, Club road, celebrated the festival of Lohri here today. The students distributed the sweets and peanuts and sang songs while sitting around the bonfire. The participation was full and the teachers too joined the celebration.

Camps to identify children with special needs
Ludhiana, January 12
The District Education Development Committee and the District Education Office (Elementary and Secondary) in collaboration with the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India will hold tehsilwise assessment camps for identifying children with special needs units under the Sarb Sikhya Abhiyan from January 27 to February 3.

National Youth Day celebrated
Ludhiana, January 12
The Ludhiana chapter of Swami Vivekanand Study Circle today celebrated the National Youth Day at the Arya College for Boys in which 16 students from different colleges of Ludhiana, Dasuha, Nawanshahr, Khanna, Abohar, Chandigarh and Jalandhar were honoured with the “Role Model Award” on the basis of their academic performance, qualities, moral values, self-confidence and sincerity etc.
Students present a cultural item during the National Youth Day celebrations at Arya
Students present a cultural item during the National Youth Day celebrations at Arya 
College for Boys on Wednesday. — Photo: I.V.

College celebrates Lohri
Ludhiana, January 12
Lohri was celebrated at Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, in a unique way. As a mark of tribute to the thousands of people, who had lost their lives in the recent tsunami disaster, Sukhamni Sahib path was organised in the college.

Lohri celebrated at girls college
Ludhiana, January 12
Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, celebrated Lohri here today with fun and frolic. The president of the Guru Nanak Education Trust, Mr Gurbir Singh, presided over the function. The Principal, Dr Charanjit Mahal, congratulated the staff and students on the occasion.


Deepak Dildar A singing prodigy
Ludhiana, January 12
At the tender age of five, when children of his age spend time playing and watching cartoons on the television, Deepak Dildar writes and practices bhajans and sufiana kalam. A student of class I at Master Tara Singh Public School, Deepak has showcased his talent at more than 25 jagrans.

International artistes to work for tsunami relief
Ludhiana, January 12
Renowned choreographer Ivan Dimitrov and Mr Davinder Singh Chhina have jointly appealed to all world folk groups, dance ensembles, folk ensembles, choreographers and folk singers to come forward to work for tsunami-hit and arrange such programmes which could help the affected humanity.


ICOI fellowship for Ludhiana dentist
Ludhiana, January 12
A leading dentist from Ludhiana, specialising in cosmetic and implant dentistry, Dr Vivek Saggar has been conferred the distinguished fellowship of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) at the 3rd International Conference of Indian Academy of Osteointegration held in Mumbai last week.

Health workers not paid salary for two months
Machhiwara, January 12
A meeting of para-medical staff and health workers union of the Machhiwara block was held yesterday under the presidentship of block president Mr Harjinder Pal Singh. The meeting resented the casual approach of the Health Department for not releasing the salary of ANMs working in PHU, Machhiwara, for the past two months.

Lohri celebrations ‘gender biased’
Ludhiana, January 12
“Lohri celebrations for a male child is the reflection of discrimination against the female child, which is the major obstacle for awareness campaign against the social evil of female foeticide.”


Athletics meet at USPC school
Ludhiana, January 12
The three-day annual athletics meet of Upadhya Shri Phool Chander Jain Public School, Chandigarh Road, Jamalpur, here today.


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