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Youth enacts his own kidnapping
For making up loss in lottery trade
Ludhiana, February 18
Inspired by the recent spurt in kidnapping incidents, a local youth allegedly staged his own kidnapping to “pocket” nearly Rs 1.2 lakh of his employers. Sachin Kumar in police custody in Ludhiana
Sachin Kumar in police custody in Ludhiana on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph
Family, employer shocked

Three held for smuggling narcotics
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 18
The Dehlon police have nabbed three members of an interstate gang involved in smuggling of narcotics and illegal trafficking.

Bank seals premises of Virdi Shawls, Virdi Fabrics
Ludhiana, February 18
The State Bank of India (SBI) today sealed the premises of Virdi Shawls and Virdi Fabrics under the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act.


Chemists too decide to join strike
Ludhiana, February 18
Striking a note of warning to the Punjab Government, the Wholesale Chemists Association has announced that all chemists will down their shutters on February 21 and join the nationwide protest against the new tax regime.

Man jailed in cheque bounce case
Ludhiana, February 18
Dismissing the appeal filed by an accused in a cheque bounce case, the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Sukhdarshan Singh Khaira, sent the accused, Premjit Singh of Guru Nanak Colony, Gill Road, to the local central jail for undergoing the sentence.

Over 10,000 mutations attested
Ludhiana, February 18
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma has said during a special drive to attest the mutations relating to agriculture lands in the district conducted from February 1 to 15, 10,255 pending mutations have been attested by different revenue officers.

3 held; contraband, firearms seized
Ludhiana, February 18
The Mullanpur Dakha yesterday arrested three persons, including a man wanted for rape, when they were fleeing in a stolen car. The accused fired several shots at the police team, which was on their pursuit, but were later nabbed.


Inmates’ number in old-age homes on rise
Punjabis are not always warm-hearted. If data from old-age homes in the city, which shows a constant rise in the number of elderly people, is any indication, an increasing number of people are sending their parents, grandparents to old-age homes.

Inmates at the Red Cross Old-Age Home in Ludhiana. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Inmates at the Red Cross Old-Age Home in Ludhiana

Jawan cremated with honours
Munabarpura (Ahmedgarh), February 18
The body of an Army jawan, Inderjit Singh Tihara, who was killed in an ambush by terrorist in Meddar Sector in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, was cremated with full state honours here yesterday.

Dr D.J. Singh PPA Dy Dir to speak at seminar in UK
Ludhiana, February 18
Deputy Director (Social Science) at Punjab Police Academy, Dr D.J. Singh has been invited to speak at a seminar on International Marriages at University of Central England in Birmingham on February 23. He will present a paper on ‘Strengthening international marriages through multi-agency approach’ and would seek an enactment of International Marriages Act.

Protest rally by bank staff
Ludhiana, February 18
Bank employees held a protest rally against government’s decision to reduce government capital in banks, merge public sector banks, hike foreign direct investment and other policies here today.

Riat factory staff rally on Feb 20



Raise SSI limit for knitted garments: club
Ludhiana, February 18
In its pre-Budget recommendations, the Knitwear Club has stated that the small-scale industries (SSI) limit for knitted fabrics, knitted garments, shawls, mufflers and other items, should be increased from the existing Rs 5 crore to Rs 10 crore.

Traders show solidarity over bandh
Ludhiana, February 18
A large number of representative bodies of trade and industry have extended their support to the call given by the Akhil Bhartiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal for “Bharat bandh” on February 21 against proposed introduction of value added tax (VAT) from April 1.



PAUSA to take up vacant posts’ issue
Ludhiana, February 18
Outlining his priorities a day after taking over as the new Punjab Agricultural University Students Association (PAUSA), Sarwan Singh Boparai yesterday said that he would continue the union’s struggle for the filling of hundreds of posts lying vacant in the state’s agriculture and horticulture departments.

Award for PAU scientists
Ludhiana, February 18
Dr T.S. Thind, senior Plant Pathologist, Dr Chander Mohan, Plant Pathologist, Lakhvir Singh and Joginder Pal, research fellow of the department of plant Pathology, PAU, Ludhiana, have been awarded the Prof M.J. Narasimhan Commendation Medal by the Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi, for their research work published in Indian Phytopathology for 2003.

Expressions-2005 begins
Ludhiana, February 18

Expressions-2005, a two-day management techno fest, began at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus here today. The chief guest, Dr M.S. Grewal, Registrar, PTU, inaugurated the function. In his address, he emphasised the importance of such events for the overall development of students.
Folk singer Balbir Boparai perfoms at GNIMT’s Expressions-2005 in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photo
Folk singer Balbir Boparai perfoms at GNIMT’s Expressions-2005 in Ludhiana on Friday

Essay-writing contest held
Doraha, February 18

The English Literary Society of Guru Nanak National College Doraha organised an essay-writing competition. Members wrote on ‘Are we happier than our forefather’, ‘Cowards die many times before their death’, ‘Fruits of Lahore are sweeter than the gifts of fortune’, ‘Life is a tale told by an idiot’, ‘Sweet are the uses of adversity’ etc.
Students of English Literary Society of GNN College, Doraha, participate in essay-writing competition on Friday
Students of English Literary Society of GNN College, Doraha, participate in essay-writing competition on Friday.


Music recital by eminent artistes
Ludhiana, February 18
The Department of Music (instrumental) of Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, organised a music recital by percussionist Anandan Sivamani and sitarist Niladri Kumar today.


Health awareness day 
Ludhiana, February 18
A health awareness day was organised by Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, and Adult Education Department yesterday on the college premises. A series of extension lectures on topics of childcare and nutrition, gynecology, dental care and awareness were delivered to the girl students who attended the function.

6 kg tumour removed from woman’s abdomen


Punjab, Rajasthan cyclists win gold
Ludhiana, February 18
Cyclists from the hosts Punjab and Rajasthan circles dominated the proceedings, fetching one gold each which were at stake on the opening day of the 4th All-India BSNL Cycling Meet at the velodrome of Punjab Agricultural University here today.


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