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Bid to grab public land worth Rs 100 crore
Revenue officials’ involvement alleged

Ludhiana, March 10
A piece of 8 acres of land worth Rs 100 crore in Bhaura village, originally belonging to Public Works Department, is being allegedly grabbed by some private persons in connivance with some officials of the Revenue Department as the land has been mutated in the name of a tenant in violation of rules.

The controversial land in Bhaura village, the foundation structure of which was demolished by MC on Wednesday The controversial land in Bhaura village, the foundation structure of which was demolished by MC on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

A nostalgic get-together
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 10
Muslims of the area had to reach nearby Dhano village, the most distant village of Malerkotla police station, where a group of Pakistani guests had arrived to visit their friends and relatives. These guests had arrived in India for the Mohali Cricket Test match.


Contract killing: man paid Rs 30,000 to kill another
Ludhiana, March 10
The Jagraon district police today claimed to have solved a case of contract killing by arresting the main accused and four of his accomplices in the murder case of Jarnail Singh of Chakkar village.

4 booked in double murder case
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 10
With the arrest of 10 accused, the police claims to have solved the mystery behind the blind murder of two persons of the focal point area, Mandi Gobindgarh, on the night of February 12. The bodies were found lying in a pool of blood, which bore wounds.


Cong leadership under fire from workers
Ludhiana, March 10
In the run-up to the organisational elections from the grassroots level to the district unit of the Congress, the president of the District Congress Committee (Urban), Mr Jagmohan Sharma, had a tough time when his supporters engaged in fisticuffs with dissenting party functionaries at a meeting here on Monday in which a party observer Mr Harbhajan Singh was also present.

Resident rues faulty printing of Rs 100 note
Ludhiana, March 10
Ruing the bad printing of notes by the Reserve Bank of India, a local resident today said that he had received a Rs 100 note which looked like a duplicate note.

Railway pensioners flay Budget
Ludhiana, March 10
Railway pensioners are sore for there have been no concessions to pensioners and senior citizens in the Budget. Mr Sher Singh, president, North Railway Pensioners’ Association, said income tax exemption on the income up to Rs 1.5 lakh was already there and nothing more was added.

Doctors call for nuclear-free world 
Ludhiana, March 10
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development has called for complete abolition of nuclear weapons, end to arms trade, declaring South Asia as nuclear free zone and diversion of funds to provide healthcare to all.

Bus operators seek fare hike
Ludhiana, March 10
The Ludhiana Mini Bus Owners Association has sought a hike in the bus fares in the wake of heavy losses being suffered by them on account of increase in the cost of bus chassis, body fabrication and diesel.

Tension grips Dhakki again
Doraha, March 10
Tension gripped Maksoodra village once again when the two rival groups came in clash over the celebration of “Amavas” by the supporters of Darshan Singh at Dhakki, today.


Weapons used in murder recovered
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 10
The police has recovered a sum of Rs 3.5 lakh and the weapons used by a driver to allegedly kill his master. This has substantiated the claim of the police that the case had been solved within hours after the crime was reported.

Train dacoity accused held
Khanna, March 10
The Khanna police has arrested the kingpin of the gang involved in a train dacoity here. A person was killed and two others were injured by seven armed robbers in a Jalandhar-Delhi bound super fast train on February 26.



PAU asked to pay arrears
Ludhiana, March 10
Punjab Roadways has slapped a bill of more than Rs 65 lakh on Punjab Agricultural University as arrears of the free and concessional travel facilities availed by students of the university. The bills pertain to the period 1996 to 2003.

Solved CBSE maths paper on net
Ludhiana, March 10
Students desirous of seeing how many marks they would secure in mathematics paper of X CBSE Board examination can see the solved paper on the net.

Ruckus at college council meeting
Ludhiana, March 10
Ruckus and unruly scenes marred the meeting of the College Development Council of Guru Nanak Girls College held to select the new heads of Punjabi and English departments. It was attended by faculty members as well as heads of various departments.

Class X physical education paper on March 19
Ludhiana, March 10
The physical education paper of Class X will now be held on March 19 instead of March 12 as the question papers of physical education were inserted falsely in the packet of Punjabi papers.


A tete-e-tete with Satinder Satti
Satinder Satti Ludhiana, March 10
“A stage anchor should be very versatile, intelligent person who possesses a good sense of humour , is youthful looking but has a mature mind to understand the tastes of the audience of varied ages and tastes present," said Ms Satinder Satti, a well-known Punjabi anchor. She was in the city to interact with the winners of a contest held by Shanti Amla. 

Aashnay — a dance prodigy
Ludhiana, March 10

A dance performer, an actress, a home loving person and an avid TV buff is Aashnay Saraf, whose videos “Leena O Leena”, “Dil Tune Chhina” and “Lady Bichaua and Mr Papi” have catapulted her to the top. Her dance performance at the launch of a new car last evening pleased the audience. Born of a South Indian mother and a Marwari father, Aashnay feels that dancing is in her genes as it is a gift from her mother.

Aashnay Saraf performs in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Aashnay Saraf performs in Ludhiana on Wednesday


50 dental carnivals in April
Ludhiana, March 10
The Indian Dental Association (IDA) will hold dental carnivals all over the country as a part of its ambitious plans to create oral health awareness and the first of the series of 50 carnivals will be held in Ludhiana for three consecutive weekends in April 2005.
Dr J.S. Judge, Dr Bhagwant Singh, president, Indian Dental Association, and Dr Vivek Saggar at a press conference in Ludhiana on Thursday
(From left) Dr J.S. Judge, Dr Bhagwant Singh, president, Indian Dental Association, and Dr Vivek Saggar at a press conference in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph


Indoor sports meet at DMCH
Ludhiana, March 10
The exhibition matches between the teams, comprising faculty members and students of the host Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, was the main attraction of the three-day North Zone Inter-Medical Indoor Games Tournament-NOZIT 2005 which began at the Dumra Auditorium of the hospital, here today.


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