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Spurned, boy throws acid on girl
Khanna, March 25
Enraged at the refusal of his friendship proposal by a girl, a boy threw acid on her in the local Shivpuri Mohalla today. She had been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Khanna, with 20 per cent burns but was later taken to a Ludhiana hospital. The police has registered a case against Karan Maheshwari, his brother Sunny and two other youths in this connection.

Acid rubbed on boy’s head
Ludhiana, March 25
The festival of colours brought trouble for 16-year-old Sahil Sodhi when the grandson of a councillor allegedly rubbed acid on his hair along with gulal in Rari Mohalla here today. Sahil, whose hair came off after the incident, was rushed to the Civil Hospital where the doctors referred him to the CMC. Doctors at the CMC said his condition was not serious.

Sahil Sodhi shows his head after a boy allegedly rubbed acid on his hair in Ludhiana on Friday.— A Tribune photograph
Sahil Sodhi shows his head after a boy allegedly rubbed acid on his hair

Holi brings no colours to these families
Ludhiana, March 25

For Kiran Devi and Bimla Devi, Holi brings no colours. Instead it brings back the horror which they find difficult to forget. Their husbands were gunned down on Holi 13 years ago by terrorists. After Mr Beant Singh took over as the Chief Minister of Punjab and started getting popular among the masses, terrorists struck in desperation on the Holi eve in the Field Ganj area, killing 17 people. They included Jaipal, husband of Kiran Devi, and Amar Singh, husband of Bimla Devi. Both were in shoe business and hailed from Rajasthan.

Kiran Devi with her daughter Pooja. Kiran Devi’s husband Jaipal was killed by militants on Holi in 1992 along with 18 persons in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Kiran Devi with her daughter Pooja. Kiran Devi’s husband Jaipal was killed by militants on Holi in 1992 along with 18 persons

Hues of Holi colour the city
Ludhiana, March 25

Shouts of ‘Holi hai’, pulsating beat of dhol, accompanying shrieks of unsuspecting victims being forcibly applied gulal on their cheeks and groups of boys riding their two-wheelers was the common sight in the city today.

Boys celebrate Holi in Ludhiana on Friday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Boys celebrate Holi in Ludhiana on Friday

Swindler dupes residents by selling mortgaged property
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 25
A swindler allegedly duped some residents of the town and surrounding villages by selling them property worth millions that had already been mortgaged with a bank. The residents have threatened to launch a stir in case they were forced to dispossess their respective properties.

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Illegal construction issue echoes in Assembly
Ludhiana, March 25
The Local Bodies Department has sought a reply from the local Municipal Corporation on the issue of “illegal” shops constructed by the councillor of Ward number 32 in the city.

Tension in Transport Nagar over cremation at religious place
Ludhiana, March 25
Tension prevailed in the Transport Nagar area here today following the death of a nihang, head of a chawni, a religious place of Nihangs, when his followers tried to cremate him in the premises of the chawni itself. The head of Akal Bugha Sahib Dashmi Chawni, Nihang Ranjodh Singh, had died at his residence in Salim Tabri following a heart attack last midnight.
Police posted outside the religious place following tension in Transport Nagar in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Police posted outside the religious place following tension in Transport Nagar

MC told to change the course of proposed drain 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 25
The civil authorities have been told to change the course of the 7-km main line of a drain that is to be set up from main disposal tank to the Maherna drain. Heads of civic bodies of nearby Chhapar and Hargobindpura villages had locked horns over the construction of the main line.

SAD condemns Budget proposals
Ludhiana, March 25
Mr Amrik Singh Aliwal, former MP and national general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal, yesterday said the Punjab Budget was the most hopeless Budget presented so far and would result in only worsening the economic condition of the state.

Good Friday observed with religious fervour
Ludhiana, March 25
“Good Friday is the day of prayers, fasting and penance for the Christians. Since morning, they visit churches located in their parish like Sarabha Nagar, Kitchlu Nagar, Tajpur Road and other places to attend Mass . Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Christians sing hymns during a prayer service in Kalvari Church on Good Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Christians sing hymns during a prayer service in Kalvari Church on Good Friday

BKU flays hike in diesel prices
Ludhiana, March 25
The Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union has criticised the Punjab government for increasing the price of diesel at the rate of Re 1 per litre. The BKU leaders, Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal and Mr Manjit Singh Kadyan, observed that this would hit the farmers who have to use diesel in various farm operations.

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Holi celebrates the warmth and beauty of spring

Spring is here. So too Holi. Bright sunny mornings and boisterous children going around with their water-filled balloons are the first sign of this festival of joy and mirth.

Rajvinder, Tej Partap get MS Randhawa award
Sahnewal, March 25
Germany-based ‘poet-laureaute’ Rajvinder Singh was conferred Dr Mohinder Singh Randhawa Award while Tej Partap Singh Sandhu, photographer, was honoured with Randhawa Memorial Award at a programme organised by the National Literary and Art Parishad at Swaran Hotel here yesterday.

Rajvinder Singh and Tej Partap Singh Sandhu being given Dr Mohinder Singh Randhawa Award at Sahnewal on Thursday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Rajvinder Singh and Tej Partap Singh Sandhu being given Dr Mohinder Singh Randhawa Award at Sahnewal

Kehar Singh Roopa awards presented
Ludhiana, March 25
A function was organised in the Pal Auditorium of Punjab Agricultural University yesterday to distribute Mr Kehar Singh Roopa memorial awards among the students.

Ex-servicemen to hold rally at Jagraon
Ludhiana, March 25
The Indian Ex-services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, will hold a rally at Jagraon to disburse financial help to Second World War veterans and widows which has been secured from Royal Commonwealth League, London.

Indian docs on peace mission to Pakistan
Ludhiana, March 25
To strengthen the ongoing peace process and ensuring cordial relations between India and Pakistan, a padyatra is being organised from Delhi to Multan.

Record octroi collection
Ludhiana, March 25
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has recorded the highest-ever collection of octroi duty of 119.18 crore for the current fiscal year. The amount is likely to increase as the recorded collection is up to March 22 only.


Iron broker’s murder; arrest warrant issued
Ludhiana, March 25
The court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr G.C. Garg, has issued an arrest warrant against Narinder Kapoor, a resident of Tagore Nagar, who was allegedly involved in the murder of iron broker Vipin Jindal.

Proclaimed offenders nabbed
Ludhiana, March 25
The Ludhiana police today claimed to have nabbed a proclaimed offender who was evading arrest since 1978. Dharampal, an accused under the Narcotics Act case, was declared a proclaimed offender by a local court.

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Bank’s move to take over properties stalled
Ludhiana, March 25
The process to take physical possession of the properties in the name of Mr Pritam Singh Deol, who is the president of the NRI Sabha here, by the Oriental Bank of Commerce was stalled late last evening.

Industry blames migrant labour for problems
Ludhiana, March 25
In a memorandum to the Inspector General Police, Mr Rajinder Singh, industry representatives said they were facing problems due to increasing number of migrant labour in the city.



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UK police officials visit Khalsa College

Ludhiana, March 25
A team of three British police officers visited the Khalsa College for Women, here yesterday as part of an awareness programme regarding international marriages and education exchange programmes.


High Court stays Chitkara’s arrest
Ludhiana, March 25
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the arrest of honorary general secretary of the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA), Vinod Chitkara, and his son Varun Chitkara in a criminal case registered against them at the Division No 8 police station on February 25.

Litigants seek restoration of court
Jagraon, March 25
With the transfer of Mr B. S. Deol, Civil Judge, to Ferozepore his court has been withdrawn and all pending cases have been transferred to the court of Ms Jitender Walia, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Jagraon, now the only court here.



‘Attitude and way of life can overcome stress’
Ludhiana, March 25
Indian people are prone to depression and stress due to a change in life style over the years and increasing leanings towards the Western culture. This was stated by Dr Harish K. Malhotra, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, USA.


Punjab wrestling team for national meet
Ludhiana, March 25
The following wrestlers have been selected to represent Punjab in the 39th National Wrestling Championship to be held at Bhai Nagahiya Singh Memorial College at Alamgir village near here from March 29.


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