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Pirated CDs of ‘Khalsa’ seized
Ludhiana, February 23
The police today conducted simultaneous raids on several shops selling pirated CDs of film ‘Khalsa’. The Director of the film, Mangal Dhillon, accompanied the raiding teams at several places. About a hundred CDs were seized during the raids.

Policemen conduct a raid on a shop in connection with pirated CDs of the film, “Khalsa”, in Ludhiana Policemen conduct a raid on a shop in connection with pirated CDs of the film, “Khalsa”, in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

  He feels blessed to have presented Sikhism rationally
Mangal Dhillon with pirated CDs of Khalsa seized during raids in Ludhiana on Wednesday Ludhiana, February 23
Noted theatre and film personality Mangal Dhillon feels that he is the “blessed and the chosen one” for having been able to present to the world the Sikh religion in most rational and scientific way. Taking a seven-year sabbatical from the active film and television career, Dhillon took up the first missionary venture, “Khalsa”, a film on Sikh religion and history, in 1999.

Mangal Dhillon with pirated CDs of ‘Khalsa’ seized during raids in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by I.V.

Shops being constructed in violation of bylaws
Ludhiana, February 23
The violation of building bylaws continues with impunity in the city and the powerful lobby of builders is carrying out construction of commercial complexes, shops and other buildings without even slightest hesitation or fear of law.

Seventy shops that are under construction in Pavittar Nagar in Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Seventy shops that are under construction in Pavittar Nagar in Ludhiana

Traders vow to intensify stir against VAT
Ludhiana, February 23
After a nationwide strike on February 21 against unilateral introduction of
value-added tax in Punjab and elsewhere, the bodies of trading community have vowed to intensify their stir against the new tax regime in the coming days.

10-yr RI under NDPS Act
Ludhiana, February 23
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Baldev Singh Sodhi, has sentenced Gurmail Singh of Sunet village to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment for possessing a large quantity of opium. A fine of Rs 1 lakh was also imposed on the accused.

One caretaker for 48 Bal Bhavan inmates
Ludhiana, February 23
Children at Red Cross Bal Bhavan are a neglected lot in the absence of a proper gate, security or caretaker at night. There are about 48 inmates in the bhavan. Out of these, 15 are deaf and dumb, two are orphans and the remaining comprise leprosy-afflicted children and those from poor families.

A caretaker with inmates of Bal Bhavan in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

A caretaker with inmates of Bal Bhavan in Ludhiana

Students protest against ‘Shabd’
Ludhiana, February 23
The Punjab Agricultural University Students Association today protested against “mockery” of Sikhs in the recently released Hindi film, “Shabd ”. Students gathered on the university campus in the morning, holding placards.

PAUSA members hold a protest against “Shabd” on the PAU campus on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

PAUSA members hold a protest against Shabd on the PAU campus


Plots for Apparel Park yet to be allotted
Ludhiana, February 23
Plots for the Rs 350-crore project of Apparel Park, that is being envisaged as a milestone in the development of apparel industry, are yet to be allotted, thanks to the government delay in sanctions.

Akalis to submit memo to MC before Bains’ protest
Ludhiana, February 23
In an apparent bid to preempt the show of the district youth wing president of the Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal, Mr Simranjit Singh Bains, the senior Akali leadership of the district comprising the party vice-president, Mr Amarjit Singh Bhatia, and the district president, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, will be submitting a memorandum to the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, tomorrow, ahead of his (Mr Bain's) demonstration.

Bus permit seekers resent delay
Ludhiana, February 23
Aspirants for bus permits under the Sonia Gandhi Golden Rozgar Bus Service have expressed their resentment against private bus operators, who they allege are responsible for the delay in granting them the special route permits by the Director of Transport, Punjab.

Construct missing link of Dugri bypass, urge citizens’ bodies
Ludhiana, February 23
The Citizens For Public Causes and the Ludhiana Citizen Council have urged the state government to construct the missing link of bypass road from Pakhowal Road to Urban Estate Phase III, Dugri, and linking with the G T Road.

Shun vulgarity in music videos, says Pammi Bai
Ludhiana, February 23
Pammi Bai has acquainted the world with Punjabi "sabhyachar" and has emerged as a trendsetter on the Punjabi music scene. He was in the city today to promote his new album, "Nachde Punjabi."

Singer Pammi Bai (second from right) along with poet Gurbhajan Gill at the release of the latest cassette of his songs in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Singer Pammi Bai along with poet Gurbhajan Gill at the release of the latest cassette of his songs in Ludhiana

Workers’ dharna: management seeks police help
Ludhiana, February 23
The dharna by workers of the Farm Parts Company continued for the third day here today. The workers alleged compulsory retrenchment by the management and said the factory owners had barred them from entering factory premises.



Industry recommends textile cluster
Ludhiana, February 23
Infrastructural development, which includes purchase of land on the outskirts of the city, is a must for the development of the local textile industry.


Opt for hybrid rice technology, says expert
Ludhiana, February 23
Hybrid rice technology has better water use efficiency and it can provide a viable option to Punjab whose water table is depleting, Dr S. S. Virmani of International Rice Research Institute said after delivering a lecture on “Heterosis in rice for increasing yield production, efficiency, and rural employment opportunities” at the PAU.

PAU to hold 5 kisan melas
Amloh, February 23
To create awareness among farmers about the deterioration of soil health, environment pollution, sinking water table, crop diversification and new techniques in agriculture Punjab Agriculture University has decided to organise five kisan melas, asserted Dr M.S. Tiwana, Dean, College of Agriculture, PAU.
PAU experts at a mustard field at Dharamgarh village
PAU experts at a mustard field at Dharamgarh village on Tuesday. — Photo by Bhushan Sood


Gurmat Samagam at Master Tara Singh College
Ludhiana, February 23
As part of tercentenary of the martyrdom of Mata Gujri and four Sahibzadas, a gurmat samagam was organised on the college campus of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women here today.



PCMS doctors sore over victimisation
Ludhiana, February 23
Resentment prevails among the cadre of the Punjab Civil Medical Services against endless financial victimisation of doctors who were selected during the tenure of a former Chairman of the PPSC, Mr Ravi Sidhu.

Do tonics help sharpen memory?
Ludhiana, February 23
Now that the examination time is approaching, students and their parents have started getting jittery. Tension is mounting as students are developing examination phobia and suffering from frequent lapses of memory.

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