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Three students of A.S. College rusticated
Bid to kidnap girl

Khanna, February 19
Three students of M.A. (1st year) of A.S. College Khanna were rusticated from the college on the charges of involvement in kidnapping of a college Girl.

2 booked for abducting girl
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 19
The police has registered a case against two persons for abducting a girl on the pretext of marriage. The car used in abduction has been impounded along with one of the accused.

MCPI criticises kidnappings

1 held, fake currency seized
Ludhiana, February 19
The Haibowal Police today busted a fake currency racket being run from Nepal.

Ramjas Prasad in the custody of Haibowal police on Saturday. — Photo by I.V.
Ramjas Prasad in the custody of Haibowal police on Saturday


One held, 7 booked in a case of cheating
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 19
The police here booked seven persons including two revenue employees under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 120B of the IPC for transferring legal rights of a piece of a land in Rohira village. The police arrested one of the accused.

4 shops burgled
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 19
Unidentified burglars broke shutters of at least four shops here but owners of the shops reported no major loss. Sources revealed that a group of burglars had broken the shutters of some shops near Bhagat Singh Chowk, Railway Road and Gandhi Chowk. The exact loss of the owners could not be assessed.

Birmi denies charges, alleges conspiracy
Ludhiana, February 19
Reacting to the allegations of corruption levelled against him by a suspended jail superintendent, the Chief Parliamentary Secretary Jails, Mr Milkiat Singh Birmi, today said he was prepared to face any inquiry on this charge. He said that he was being falsely implicated under a conspiracy by his political opponents.

Court discharges one in narcotics case
Ludhiana, February 19
Special Judge Inderjit Kaushik has discharged Satpal Singh of Kulgehna village of Sidhwan Bet in NDPS Act. The Dehlon police had registered a case under Sections 15/25/29/61/85 of the NDPS Act against Kallu and Mohammad Bhura of Saharnpur (U.P). The police had recovered 25 bags of poppy-husk each weighing 40 kg from a truck, in the presence of DSP Dakha-Jatinder Singh Khaira, as per chargesheet filed in the court.


Sinha’s transfer, a message to bureaucracy
Ludhiana, February 19
The unceremonious exit of senior bureaucrat Sanjit Sinha from the all important Home Department has sent shivers down the spine of the bureaucracy in the state. The common refrain remains that if it can happen with Mr Sinha, considered to be a close confidant of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, it can happen with others also.

At the Crossroads
Vagaries of Shimla’s snowfall
During winter in Shimla, the greatest attraction is snowfall. It sometimes falls unannounced as it did on November 25 in 1951. It was windy the previous evening and at nightfall it started raining. Nobody could imagine that there would be snowfall at that time of the year. But the next morning witnessed heavy snowfall that had covered trees, roofs, and ground all around. Tracking all way from Summer Hill to the Ridge and then to look at the Jakhu Hill, clad in a thick mantle of snow, was a sight, unimaginable.

Move on power tariff hike decried
Ludhiana, February 19
The proposal by the Punjab State Electricity (PSEB) to hike power tariff and monthly minimum charges of all categories of industrial connections, has come under attack from industry representatives.

Complaint redressal scheme launched
Ludhiana, February 19
Suvidha, a complaint redressal mechanism, has been launched in the Ludhiana police range to sort out grievances of the people and build their confidence in the police administration. Under this new initiative, attempts have been made to redress the complaints of people in a one-day camp in a focused manner. The brain behind this novel scheme is Mr Prag Jain, DIG, Ludhiana Range, who has started this scheme in the police districts of Ludhiana, Jagraon, Khanna and Ropar.

Councillors demand security
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 19
A group of councillors opposing the chief of the local civic body has urged the Punjab Chief Minister and The DGP to provide security to the 11 councillors who had announced that they will support the no-confidence motion against the president.

Nirvan Divas of Dyal Puri Ji celebrated
Kila Raipur, February 19
Twentysecond Nirvan Divas of Swami Dyal Puri Ji Maharaj was celebrated with fervour here. Devotees from all over the state thronged Dera Harisar on the outskirts of this village to participate. Rain, continued throughout the day, but a bhajan-singing was held in the hall.

Sant Singh Maskeen’s death mourned
Ludhiana, February 19
“The sudden demise of Sant Singh Maskeen has shocked the sangat and the constructive thinkers world over. Maskeen’s daily discourses, telecast on ETC Channel Punjabi, had a significant impact on the psyche of the masses.

Farm officers’ boycott of workshop flayed
Ludhiana, February 19
The Punjab Agricultural Engineers Services Association has condemned the slogan shouting, uncivilised protest and boycott of a workshop held at PAU, Ludhiana, by Agriculture Technocrats and the Plant Doctors Association (PDSA) against the appointment of Director (Agriculture) B S Sidhu.

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.

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.


1 arrested for burglary
Ludhiana, February 19
A night-patrolling team of the police caught red-handed an alleged burglar who was decamping with jewellery after burgling a shop near Tajpur road at about 3.30 a.m. today.

5 arrested for thefts
Phillaur, February 19
The Phillaur Police has nabbed five persons who had allegedly burgled 13 shops in Apra village. DSP Kamaljit Singh Dhillon said here today that the arrested burglars were identified as Parvesh Kumar of Khanna, Balli, Sonu, Bhupinder and Kulwinder of Apra, while their three accomplices were still at large.


‘VAT will push up prices’
Ludhiana, February 19

Mr Shyam Bihari Misra, president, Akhil Bharatiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal, today said the traders would observe bandh on February 21 to express their resentment against the “highhanded attitude” of the government.

Mr Shyam Behari Mishra, president, Akhil Bharatiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal, and Mr Amrit Lal Jain, president, Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, at a news conference in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo I.V.
Mr Shyam Behari Mishra, president, Akhil Bharatiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal, and Mr Amrit Lal Jain, president, Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, at a news conference
Traders to observe bandh

VDS for small units soon
Ludhiana, February 19
To regularise the extra load in the tiny and small-scale sector, the PSEB is learnt to be coming out with a new Voluntary Disclosure Scheme (VDS). Sources in the PSEB said the finishing touches were being given to the draft resolution which was likely to be implemented in the beginning of the next financial year.

Industrial exhibition opens
Ludhiana, February 19
Mr Inderjit Singh Pradhan, president, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU), inaugurated Industrial Expo 2005 here yesterday. Over 125 companies are participating in the three-day exhibition that involves participation from various industries — machine tools, pollution control, water treatment, electricals and electronics etc.

Programme on computer repair from Feb 22
Ludhiana, February 19
The Small Industries Development Institute will organise a month-long entrepreneurship development programme on computer repair, servicing and assembly. The inaugural function for the programme will be held on February 22 and Mr R. C. Chopra, director, SISI, will be the chief guest.


Uncertain weather: farmers keep fingers crossed
Ludhiana, February 19
With weather being uncertain for past three weeks, farmers are keeping their fingers crossed. Although they maintain that cold weather now is good for standing wheat crop, but the rains accompanied by hailstorm at times is cause of concern. Potato crop has suffered the worst due to the continuous rain for past few days.

Training course for farmers organised
Ludhiana, February 19
The Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, in collaboration with Indian Farmers Fertilizers Co-op Ltd (IFFCO), Patiala, and ICDS Block, Sidhwan Bet, organised a four-day training course at Kairon Kisan Ghar, PAU, in which nearly 100 farmers participated.


Teachers allege interference by parents
Dullo Khurd, February 19
Jagdeep Singh, a sixth standard student of Government Primary Middle School, Dullo Khurd fails to write his name, his teachers’ name or his headmaster’s name when asked. His motive of coming school is different, he is here to pass his time, play with friends and not to study. His is not an isolated case, several other students from different classes are sailing in the same boat.

Students at Government Primary and Middle School, Dullo Khurd. — Photo by IV
Students at Government Primary and Middle School, Dullo Khurd

Farewell function held
Ludhiana, February 19

New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, held a farewell function for the outgoing students of Class X and XII. The function was hosted by students of Class IX and XI. It was presided over by the Deputy Director-Principal, Mr H.C. Gupta.

Students of New Senior Secondary School Ludhiana present a cultural item on 
Saturday. — Photo by I.V.
Students of New Senior Secondary School Ludhiana present a cultural item on

Girls ready to present giddha at Expressions-2005 in Ludhiana Expressions 2005 concludes
Ludhiana, February 19
Expressions 2005 at GNIMT concluded here today.The chief guest, Mr J.S. Khangura, Chairman Majestic Hotels, gave away prizes to winners.

Girls ready to present giddha at Expressions-2005 in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by I.V.


Niladari enthrals at musical evening
Ludhiana, February 19
Louis Banks, Niladari Kumar and Shivamani wove the magic and everybody around felt spell bound last night at a musical evening at a hotel. It was organised by the Seagrams 100 Pipers. Programme started little late, yet audience waited with all patience.
People were compensated for the delay in the programme. 
Sitarist Niladri Kumar performs at a show in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph.

Sitarist Niladri Kumar performs at a show in Ludhiana


Tsunami victims need counselling: doctors
Ludhiana, February 19
“A large number of tsunami victims are suffering from respiratory tract infections and malnutrition which is common after such calamity. A few cases of malaria, typhoid and gastroenteritis have also been reported.”

Lecture on healthy, living organised
Ludhiana, February 19
A presentation on ‘healthy living and drugless way’ was made at Devki Devi Jain College for Women in Kidwai Nagar here today by Mr S.R. Mittal, trustee, Nature Cure Education Trust. College principal Ms Prem Singla presided over the function.

300 examined at medical camp held
Ludhiana, February 19
Punjab National Bank organised a medical camp at Krishna Charitable Hospital here today. Mr Harwant Singh, General Manager, Punjab Zone, inaugurated the camp. Dr Vikas Loomba, Dr Sanjiv Gupta and Dr Sandeep Sharma examined 300 patients medicines free of cost were given to patients.


Punjab circle win two golds in cycling
Ludhiana, February 19
Hosts Punjab circle proved their supremacy winning two gold medals while MTNL, Mumbai, secured one gold on the concluding day of the 4th All-India BSNL Cycling Meet at the velodrome of Punjab Agricultural University here today.

The Punjab circle contingent receives trophy at the 4th All-India BSNL Cycling Meet in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by IV
The Punjab circle contingent receives trophy at the 4th All-India BSNL Cycling Meet in Ludhiana on Saturday

Ajitpal Singh IHF one-man show, says Ajitpal Singh
Ludhiana, February 19
To improve the standard of hockey in the country, a concrete plan should be evolved which include picking up budding players at the school level and involving the Olympians to run the show. This was stated by Ajit Pal Singh, captain of the hockey team which had won the World Cup in 1975. The stalwart speaking to the media at the Grewal Stadium, Kila Raipur, near here today where he had come to watch the games being played there.


MC warning on irregular water connections
Ludhiana, February 19
The Municipal Corporation today issued a warning to the city residents who had unauthorised water supply and sewerage connections to get the connection regularised in a week or face heavy penalties.


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