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Arms, contraband reach city via govt buses
Ludhiana, February 2
A group of about 15 persons, including some burqa-clad women, are allegedly using a long route state roadways bus from Meerut to Jammu for transporting contraband and weapons packed in bags which are then transferred to already waiting rickshaws at select points between Rajpura and Ludhiana.

Students damage bus
Ludhiana, February 2
A group of students of different colleges damaged a minibus and beat up the driver and conductor opposite Preet Palace today afternoon after an argument over buying tickets to travel in the vehicle.

Bus driver Jatinder Singh, who was injured in an attack by students opposite Bus Stand, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma
Bus driver Jatinder Singh, who was injured in an attack by students opposite Bus Stand, Ludhiana, on Wednesday.


Parts of roads ‘given on rent’ to vendors
Ludhiana, February 2
An ambitious plan that had been drawn up by the Municipal Corporation here about five years ago to widen about a dozen roads in the old city leading to CMC Hospital is still gathering dust.

Fake NRI bride, relatives arrested for duping groom
Bhundri/Jagraon, February 2
Another case of duping villagers has come to light when a family of Bhundri village was duped by a group of eight persons, led by a woman Punjabi singer, who posed as an NRI bride and struck a deal to marry their son and taking him to Canada for a payment of Rs 21 lakh.


4 rickshaw-pullers held in murder cases
Ludhiana, February 2
The city police has arrested four members of an eight-member gang of rickshaw-pullers who were looting passengers and murdering them at isolated places and then dumping their bodies.

CBI raids IT Asst Commissioner’s house
Ludhiana, February 2
Sleuths from the CBI today raided the house of Assistant Commissioner (IT), Y.K. Saxena and have allegedly found several incriminating documents.

Damaged bridge across canal poses danger
Amloh, February 2
The Congress government in the state has badly failed on all fronts. Even urgent matters, get endangering life, asserted Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi a former minister today.

CPM’s criticism of CM: BJP leader for clarification
Ludhiana, February 2
Senior Bharatya Janata Party leader Lala Lajpat Rai today asked Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to reply to the charges levelled against him by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) at a conference recently. Mr Rai observed that the Chief Minister needed to clarify his stand on the charges otherwise it would be presumed that the CPM’s observations were right.

Rally against civic body members, chief
Khanna, February 2
More than 200 residents from different areas of the city held a protest rally against the inadequate arrangements for the disposal of sewerage water and repairs of roads in the Municipal Council office complex for more than three hours today.

Villagers told to hold ‘thikri pehra’
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 2
The district administration has taken a serious notice on the incidents of robberies and burglaries. Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner Sangrur, has directed residents of all villages to organise thikri pehra at nights.

Senior citizens demand concessions
Ludhiana, February 2
A meeting of representatives and office-bearers of the All-India Senior Citizens Organisation, Ludhiana was held under the chairmanship of Lt Col S.C. Dhillon, Senior Vice-President at Swarankar Bhavan, here today.

Seminar on excellence in governance
Ludhiana, February 2
The Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) organised a talk on the excellence in governance and the importance of leadership in a democracy here last evening. Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, was the chief guest and Ms Sukhi Turner, first woman Mayor of Dunedin, New Zealand, was the keynote speaker.

Protest against retrenchment
Ludhiana, February 2
Leaders of factory workers’ associations here blamed the administration and Labour Department officials for not resolving the problem being faced by workers of Riat Machine Tools factory.

Preserving tradition her mission
Ludhiana, February 2
Twenty-year-old Jishri seems to be very different from youngsters of her age. She is on a mission to teach the youth that western culture mindlessly should not be adopted. Sticking to their roots, the youngsters should respect elders and rich traditions of the country.
To make them understand this point of view in a friendly manner, Jishri recently formed ‘Save My Soul’ club with more than 150 youngsters as its members. Jishri, a student of MA English, talking to The Ludhiana Tribune said that she was disturbed to see western culture influencing the youth so much these days. “The youth has lost bearing.


Polio-afflicted youth waits for help

Ludhiana, February 2
He is a victim of red tapism and bureaucratic hassles. Two years after the direction of the President of All-India Congress Committee to Chief Minister, Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh to help this polio-afflicted 19-year-old youth, Pritpal from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, he is forced to knock at various doors but to no avail.

Pritpal and his mother in Ludhiana on Wednesday. —  Photo by Inderjit Verma

Pritpal and his mother in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Students explained significance of hair in Sikhism
Ludhiana, February 2
Under the “Kes Pyar Campaign,” started by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, a seminar was held at Guru Nanak Girls College, Mullanpur (Ludhiana) in which the girl students were explained about the importance keeping hair as emphasised in the Sikh religion.

Cold, dry weather likely to prevail
Ludhiana, February 2
Weather will mainly remain cold and dry all over Punjab in the next few days. According to the meteorogical experts in the Punjab Agricultural University, the maximum and minimum temperature is expected to range between 14-17 degree celsius and 5-7 degree celsius, respectively.

Beautification of Rose Garden: probe ordered
Ludhiana, February 2
The Municipal Corporation here has ordered a high-level probe into the alleged use of sub-standard material for the beautification of Rose Garden.


6 booked for stealing cash
Jagraon, February 2
Sher Singh, Balraj Singh, Kamal Singh of Talwandi Rai, Kartar Singh, Baldev Singh and Nachhattar Singh of Hans Kalan allegedly entered into the house of Hardial Singh of Hans Kalan and fired two shots from the pistol and also allegedly stole Rs 80780 previous night.

Car theft case registered after 5 months
Ludhiana, February 2
Setting news standards in policing, the Division No 2 police has registered a case of car theft 5, months after the vehicle was stolen and a day after it was recovered from Karnal in Haryana.



Course on plant breeding begins
Ludhiana, February 2
The Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Punjab Agricultural University, is organising a training course under the aegis of Centre of Advanced Studies in Genetics and Plant Breeding funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.

Special NCC honour for Ludhiana girl
Ludhiana, February 2
Applications continue to pour in for city girl Inayat Dhanda, who was adjudged the second best cadet of the National Cadet Corps at the Republic Day parade. Just two days after she was given a warm welcome in several functions by city residents, the NCC Directorate, North India, today announced to bestow special honours on her for bringing laurels to the unit and the NCC movement in the region.
Inayat Dhanda seen with Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat in New Delhi.
Inayat Dhanda (left) seen with Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat in New Delhi. 

Rationalise stamp duty: TCA
Ludhiana, February 2
The Tax Consultants Association (TCA) has urged the Union Government to rationaliseise the stamp duty charges by carrying out amendments in the transfer of Property Act. The government should reduce the rate of stamp duty and further make it mandatory for all states to bring uniformity in the rate of stamp duty it said.

Lathi charge on teachers decried
Amloh, February 2
Mr Davinder Singh Rehal, state chief of the ETT union, here today condemned the lathi charge on the peaceful protest of unemployed elementary teachers by the police.

Essay-writing competition held
Ludhiana, February 2
Oil industry and the Petroleum Conservation Research Association, Chandigarh organised a state and national essay-writing competition on ‘Petroleum Conservation’ in which Bharatiya Vidya Mandir School, Udham Singh Nagar won first position. Following won the prizes on the valedictory function held at Institution of Engineers, Chandigarh on January 31.

PCCTU call to boycott classes
Ludhiana, February 2
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) has given a call to its members to boycott classes on February 5 to protest against the government’s indifference to their demands.

Council’s nod to degrees for 167 students
Ludhiana, February 2
The Academic Council of the Punjab Agricultural University has approved the award of degrees to 167 postgraduates and graduates.


Bail denied in fake licences case
Ludhiana, February 2
Additional Sessions Judge, Sukhdarshan Singh Khaira has dismissed the bail application of Mohammed Qureshi of Noida, facing charges of cheating Vardhman Industries by selling fake DEPB (Duty Entitlement Pass Book) licences.

HC order to SSP
Ludhiana, February 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the SSP, Ludhiana to look into the matter personally and dispose of the representation immediately, preferably within one month, moved by Ram Saroop of Navi Sabzi Mandi seeking direction to SHO Kotwali/Division No:1 to present challan against the accused booked on the charge of committing fraud.



CMCH doc to speak at world conference
Ludhiana, February 2
Dr Tejinder Singh, vice-principal professor and a consultant, paediatrics, at the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), here, has been invited to deliver a lecture at an international conference on ‘quality health care’ in changing scenario, being organized by Leads University, UK and KEM, Mumbai.

Ludhiana IMA to hold ACADIMA
Ludhiana, February 2
The local chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) will host the 75th ACADIMA of the association in October.

ECTOPIA starts at DMCH
Ludhiana, February 2
A three-day cultural festival “ECTOPIA-05” started at Dumra Auditorium in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here today.

Students stage a play on the opening day of DMCH cultural function in Ludhiana. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Students stage a play on the opening day of DMCH cultural function


Piyush breaks records at KVM sports meet
Ludhiana, February 2
Piyush of Gandhi House established new records on the penlutimate day of the annual sports meet of the Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, here today. With a throw of 39.4 m he broke the previous record in javelin throw and later leaped 5.49 m to rewrite the record in long jump.

Students take part in 1500-metre race during the annual athletic meet of Kundan Vidya Mandir School in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by I.V.
Students take part in 1500-metre race


DC directs SDM to pull up 3 lambardars
Ludhiana, February 2
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma yesterday made a surprise inspection of three camps organised to clear pending mutations of lands on the first day of the fortnight-long special drive.


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