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Tension after clashes between two groups
Ludhiana, March 3
Tension gripped New Kundan Puri and Naali Mohalla this evening following fresh outbreak of violence between two groups of youths having a history of violent rivalry over oneupmanship.

The police clears a blockade set up by one of the groups in the New Kundan Puri area where clashes between two groups took place on Thursday evening The police clears a blockade set up by one of the groups in the New Kundan Puri area where clashes between two groups took place on Thursday evening. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Kisan Mela begins today
Ludhiana, March 3
Punjab Agricultural University will organise a two-day Kisan Mela from tomorrow on the campus.
Workers gear up for the annual Kisan Mela, which begins in Ludhiana on Friday
Workers gear up for the annual Kisan Mela, which begins in Ludhiana on Friday.— A Tribune photograph


Progressive farmers to be honoured
Ludhiana, March 3
Three progressive farmers, Mr Mohinder Singh Sidhu, Mr Daljit Singh Gill and Mr Harbans Singh will be honoured on the occasion of annual PAU Kisan Mela here tomorrow.

Police fails to locate investigation record
Re-appearance of Army ‘deserter’ after 20 years
Tugal (Sudhar), March 3
Police investigation into the mysterious re-appearance of a soldier who had reportedly deserted the Army, over two decades ago, has hit a stumbling block as the old police record of investigation into the case has gone missing.

Decks cleared for railway overbridges in city
Ludhiana, March 3
The long-awaited railway overbridges in the city will soon be completed with the Railways agreeing to provide the necessary support needed from it.

Release funds, say councillors 
Khanna, March 3
As many as 23 councillors of Khanna Municipal Council along with the local MLA Ms Harbans Kaur Dullo, today presented a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at his residence in Chandigarh.


Dismiss Jharkhand Governor, demands BJP
Ludhiana, March 3
Hundreds of the BJP activists today took out a demonstration in protest against the “unconstitutional move” of the Jharkhand Governor to invite JMM chief Shibu Soren to form the government without having the majority. They also burnt an effigy of the Governor at Clock Tower.

BJP activists burn Jharkhand Governor’s effigy in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
BJP activists burn Jharkhand Governor’s effigy in Ludhiana on Thursday

Two-third of rape victims are aged 15 or younger
Ludhiana, March 3
The problems of adolescents are multi-dimensional in nature and require a holistic approach. This was the consensus which emerged during a one-day workshop on “adolescent health issues — challenges and promotion”, organised by the postgraduate students of the College of Nursing of Christian Medical College and Hospital with an objective to promote awareness.

Police shielding accused: family
Ludhiana, March 3
More than a month after the local Focal Point police had booked seven members of a family, a contractor of the Municipal Corporation and some officials of a nationalised bank for allegedly cheating a widow and trying to grab her share of property, the widow has alleged that the police was shielding the accused.

CM sends Rs 2.15 crore grant for War Museum
Ludhiana, March 3
It was a day of mixed feelings for those managing War Museum, near Amaltas, here. While the staff was once again disappointed at the postponement of the Chief Minister’s visit to formally dedicate the museum to the state, they rejoiced at receiving grant of Rs 2.15 crore from the Punjab Government for creating more galleries and adding more attractions to the place.

A painting on Kargil war at War Museum in Ludhiana A view of a gallery in War Museum
A painting on Kargil war at War Museum in Ludhiana.  A view of a gallery in War Museum. — Photos by Inderjeet Verma

BSNL staff stage dharna
Ludhiana, March 3

Led by activists of the joint action committee of the United Forum of Executive Associations, employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd today staged a dharna in front of the General Manager’s office here in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands.
BSNL employees stage a dharna in front of their office in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
BSNL employees stage a dharna in front of their office in Ludhiana

Hostesses in the sky
Ludhiana, March 3
Excitement was writ large on the faces of city-based Inderpreet , Soni and Kretki who have been selected by Yemen Airlines and would be flying all over Europe by the end of March. All the three young women , two of them in their teens, would soon be flying to Sana in Yemen.

Awareness programme for women inaugurated
Ludhiana, March 3
A five-day awareness programme on women education, rights and empowerment organised by Jagraon Citizens’ Welfare Council, was inaugurated at Baba Namdev Public School, Chaukiman, here today by Mr Jarnail Singh Dhaliwal, SP, Jagraon. Nearly 100 women attended the programme.


Cash, goods worth 1.5 lakh stolen from shop
Ludhiana, March 3
The Bhadaur House market remained panic-stricken today following the theft of cash and valuables worth nearly Rs 1.5 lakh from the Empire Trading Agency, a wholesale dealer of Fevicol products and locks.


Industry flays fixed charges clause by PSEB
Ludhiana, March 3
“The Punjab State Electricity Board, while submitting its annual revenue report for 2005-06 to the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission has added an additional clause of fixed charges per kilowatt of the sanctioned load per month for all categories of consumers.

Diesel auto-rickshaw launched
Ludhiana, March 3
Bajaj Auto Ltd launched a diesel-run auto-rickshaw here today. With the launch of this vehicle, Bajaj Auto plans to consolidate its position further in the auto-rickshaw market which is currently growing at an average annual rate of 10 per cent, said the area manager, Mr Piyush Mitra, while addressing mediapersons.



College honours 250 students
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 3
More than 250 students were honoured at the annual prize distribution function at Shanti Tara College, here, yesterday. Professor Rajinder Bhandari, a senator of Panjab University and a BJP leader, presided over the function and Mr Kesho Ram, an industrialist of Ludhiana, was the chief guest.

IGNOU convocation
Khanna, March 3
The 16th convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University is being organised at Regional Centre, Bulepur, Khanna, on March 5.


Bail denied to 2 in case of fraud
Ludhiana, March 3
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr J.S. Bhatia, has dismissed the bail applications filed by Rakesh Jain and Raju of Aggar Nagar. They were allegedly involved in duping a businessman, Kuldip Singh Ghai, of Ghai Estates, Feroze Gandhi Market, Ludhiana.


Spiritual leanings reflect in his paintings
Doraha, March 3
Ramvinder, a B.A. final year student of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, is bound to make a breakthrough with his exemplary artistic quality of a painter. His paintings seem to be a highly spiritual endeavour to discover the best in mankind. The portraits of Ramvinder, most of which are more or less an imitation of Sobha Singh's works, are in no way less expressive and outstanding.



Medical reps’ plea to government
Ludhiana, March 3
The Punjab Medical Representatives Association has called for security of service by covering them under minimum wages Act and the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act so that they could be saved from the exploitation at the hands of pharmaceutical companies.

Apollo to open hospital in city
Ludhiana, March 3

Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospitals, a joint venture of Apollo Hospitals and SJS Holdings Ltd, will commence the out patient department, laboratories and diagnostic facilities in the city on March 28. The 350-bedded multi-speciality hospital will open admissions to 175 beds in the initial phase.
Mr Jugdiep Singh, Director, Apollo Hospitals, addresses mediapersons in  Ludhiana
Mr Jugdiep Singh (centre), Director, Apollo Hospitals, addresses mediapersons in  Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph


Unity XI win by 196 runs
Ludhiana, March 3
The match played between Unity XI and Gaurav XI turned out to be a mismatch as the former came out triumphant by a margin of 196 runs in the fourth match of the 9th Rajeev Gandhi Memorial Cricket Tournament being organised by the Shastri Young Society at the Daresi ground here today.


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