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54 Shiv Sainiks arrested on way to Mohali
Ludhiana, March 8
The police today succeeded in preventing Shiv Sainiks from reaching Mohali for protesting against the first cricket Test match between India and Pakistan by arresting 54 activist of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) near Ramgarh on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road.
Activists of the Shiv Sena at the Ludhiana railway station on Tuesday

Activists of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) at the Ludhiana railway station on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Poor response to distance education programme
Ludhiana, March 8
If the data procured by Association of Indian Universities (AIU) is any indication, then the Distance Education Programme (DEP) seems to have failed to evoke response of the public. The programme aimed at a particular section, has failed to generate response and popularity.


Life does not change for this labourer as the world celebrates International Women’s Day
Life does not change for this labourer as the world celebrates International Women’s Day. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Fraud in Khatra Cooperative Society unearthed, 2 held 
Ludhiana, March 8
The Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau today claimed to have unearthed a fraud of Rs 1.46 lakh in the Khatra Co-operative Society Ltd. near Samrala and arrested its president and a salesman on the charges of fraudulently selling fertilisers and non-depositing of a loan amount returned by a farmer in the society account.

MC told to provide clean water to
Ludhiana, March 6
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, today asked Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, to take necessary steps to ensure that clean and potable drinking water was made available in the Kila Mohalla area.

Concern over declining sex ratio
Ludhiana, March 8
The Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today vouched to take strict action against those who promote female foeticide. Seeking to improve the financial condition of women, she said the women should excel in their respective fields.

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Broken canal bridge leads to traffic chaos
Ludhiana, March 8
The ex-servicemen cell of the BJP has flayed the state government and the civic administration for their indifference over the broken canal bridge on Gill Road here. The bridge had caved in more than 6 months ago. As a result, the entire load of vehicular traffic had to be shifted to the adjoining single-lane bridge.

Amir shoots for ‘Rang De Basanti’
Khanna, March 8
Bollywood star Amir Khan shot scenes for ‘Rang De Basanti’ amidst tight security at an inn, near here, yesterday. Hundreds of fans waited for hours together to take a glimpse of the actor.

BSNL staff flay anti-employee policies
Ludhiana, March 8
The three-day central executive committee meeting of the BSNL Employees Union, which commenced here yesterday, lambasted the government policies like the FDI hike in the telecom sector, reduction of access deficit charges and several other core issues, which it said, were adversely affecting the employees.



BSNL opens on-line cash counter
Ludhiana, March 8
The General Manager of Ludhiana telecom district of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Mr G.S. Julka, has said that the department is making allout efforts to provide better and efficient services to its subscribers.

SBI launches centre for loan processing
Ludhiana, March 8
Mr Akhilesh Mohan, Deputy General Manager, State Bank of India, zonal office, launched a Retail Assets Central Processing Centre (RACPC) of the bank here yesterday.



233 students get merit certificates
Ludhiana, March 8
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, said today that the state government was laying more stress on improving the quality of education in all government intuitions and all-round development of students.

Students of SCD Government College after receiving degrees from Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, during the annual convocation here on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of SCD Government College after receiving degrees from Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, during the annual convocation here on Tuesday

Teachers to hold protest rally
Doraha, March 8
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union will participate in a protest rally in Delhi on March 10. Prof Kuldip Singh, executive committee member and Prof Parminder Singh, area secretary, Panjab University in a press release here said that the protest rally was being organised at the regional office of the UGC. The union leaders asked the unit members to reach the venue to press for their genuine and long-pending demands.



200 students examined at camp
Ludhiana, March 8
A team of doctors from Preet Hospital, led by Dr Darshan Singh, organised a free medical check up camp at New Green Valley Model School in Karnail Singh Nagar, Phase III, here today. Over 200 schoolchildren and a large number of other persons were examined for medical, orthopaedic and eye ailments. The patients were also given free medicines, besides providing them the facility of free clinical tests.


Prayers, bhajans mark Shivratri
Ludhiana, March 8
Shivratri was celebrated with religious fervour at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women here today. The chief guest on this occasion was Mr Surjit Singh Ahluwalia, Director Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), Patiala. The president of the managing committee of the college. Mr Swaran Singh, also took part in the celebrations. A cultural programme was presented by the students.

Annual athletics meet
Khanna, March 8
The 27th annual athletics meet of the A.S. College for Women, Khanna, was held on the college campus yesterday. The chief guest Mr Jaspal Mittal, SDM Khanna, declared the meet open.


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