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Fruit and vegetable arhtiyas observe bandh, vegetable prices rise
Ludhiana, March 28
Fruit and vegetable wholesale markets here remained closed today as commission agents observed bandh in protest against the government’s decision of privatisation of recovery of market fee by the Mandi board.

Fruit and vegetable sellers protest outside the Mandi Board office in Grain Market Fruit and vegetable sellers protest outside the Mandi Board office in Grain Market in Ludhiana on Monday. —Photo by Inderjit Verma



Ramanand (in track suit), was re-arrested by the police in Ludhiana on Monday. Escapee re-arrested
Ludhiana, March 28
The police here today claimed to have arrested an undertrial, who had escaped from the custody of Focal Point police with two others a week ago. The police is now on the lookout for the other two absconding undertrials.

Ramanand (in track suit), was re-arrested by the police in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

He pays for MC’s negligence
Ludhiana, March 28
He became paralytic after falling in an open manhole seven years ago. Since then, 50-year-old Rakesh Talwar is trying to gather the scattered bits and pieces of his life, which has become a sordid tale for him.

Probe into privatisation of bus stands sought
Jagraon, March 28
Workers of the Punjab Government Transport Workers’ Union, here today organised a gate rally in front of the Punjab Roadways depot. They demanded a CBI inquiry into the construction of bus stands as the work had been given to kin of a Punjab minister.

PAU budget approved
Ludhiana, Mar 28
The PAU budget estimates amounting to Rs 182.96 crores for the year 2005-2006 as against Rs 165.73 of the previous year was approved by the Board of Management in its meeting held at Chandigarh today.


Punjab govt criticised for not acting against police officers
Ludhiana, March 28
The International Human Rights Organisation has criticised the Captain Amarinder Singh government for not taking action against the police officers, facing trial in the case of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, for issuing threats to Paramjit Kaur Khalra’s counsel in the CBI court at Patiala.

Cong activists meet Mayor, MC officials on bad roads
Ludhiana, March 28
A delegation of several social welfare organisations and representative bodies of area residents of Urban Estate Dugri and other nearby colonies, led by Dr Ajay Shahi, president Ward (40) Congress Committee met Commissioner of Municipal Corporation S.K. Sharma and mayor Nahar Singh Gill and apprised them of bad condition of roads and slow development works.

Dawar blocks water supply disconnection of defaulters
Ludhiana, March 28
In another setback to a recovery team of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation told to disconnect water supply of the residents who had not paid the bills in Amarpura area falling under ward number 55, the team had to reconnect the supply following intervention by a Parliamentary Secretary.

Tractor hits wall, two injured
Ludhiana, March 28
In an accident, a tractor broke a wall of deaf and dumb school in Kitchlu Nagar area as the driver lost control of the tractor.

Pensioners for early release of DA
Ludhiana, March 28
The Centre’s decision to hike 3 per cent DA from January 1, 2005, for its employees and pensioners is a welcome step. It will raise the quantum of DA from 14 to 17 per cent of the basic pay pension, according to a press note by the Punjab Govt Pensioners Association.

‘Sirhind Fateh Divas’ to be observed on May 12
Ludhiana, March 28
The Bairagi Mahan Mandal, Punjab would observe the tercentenary of victory over Sirhind by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur on May 12, 2010 as an international level function.

A war memorial in Ferozepore cantonment commemorates the sacrifices of Brownlow’s Punjabis during the World War I.Fauji Beat
Defence forces need separate pay commission
IN most other countries there is a separate pay commission for the armed forces because their terms and conditions of service are different from those of the other services. In India, the government has always been turning down the requests of the defence forces for a separate pay commission. All pay commissions convened so far have ignored the fact that a military man is retired much earlier than his civilian counterpart.

A war memorial in Ferozepore cantonment commemorates the sacrifices of Brownlow’s Punjabis during the World War I.

‘People turning to astrologers’
Ludhiana, March 28
Shani Sadhika and astrologer Dr Vibha Shri was in the city. Addressing a gathering in Gita Mandir, here last evening, she said that religion was commercialised these days.

BKU decries cess on diesel
Samrala, March 28
The union as well as state Budget of Punjab has nothing for farmers instead rupee one per litre cess on diesel by Punjab Government will ruin the farm economy of Punjab since it is not reflected in cost calculated to fix MSP of wheat etc. 

Lawyers organise Akhand Path
Ludhiana, March 28
Bhog of Shri Akhand Path and the Ramayana was held for well being of the legal freternity in the newly furnished bar room and library hall of the District Bar Association at judicial complex, here today.

BJP decries propaganda against RSS
Ludhiana, March 28
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has reacted to the campaign by the Congress and its allies against the SAD-BJP alliance on the issue of release of Sikh youths, detained under TADA long back.


Bid to loot bank; case registered
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 28
The Sudhar police has registered an FIR under Sections 457, 380 and 511 of the IPC against some unidentified persons who reportedly made an attempt to loot a branch of Oriental Bank of Commerce at Mohi village on Friday night.

Stolen truck found abandoned
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 28
The truck which was taken away by some unidentified persons after drugging and beating up its occupants on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road on Wednesday, was found abandoned near Bhullath village in Kapurthala district on Friday night.


100 procurement centres to be set up
Ludhiana, March 28
DCAnurag Verma today directed heads of all procurement agencies to gear up for the coming procurement season. He said as per the report of the Agriculture Department, the yield per hectare this year was expected to be about 2 quintals more than last year.


Inter-school declamation contest held
Ludhiana, March 28
Inter-school Declamation Contest was held at Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar here today. 

Students’ date with nature
Ludhiana, March 28
Students of Department of Computer Science and Applications, Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana visited Sandhu Farms and Sandhu Forgings and interacted with Mr Preet Pal Singh Sandhu, Managing Director, Sandhu Forgings.


Staging of plays marks World Theatre Day
Ludhiana, March 28
World Theatre Day was celebrated by Rang Manch Sansthan, Ludhiana, at the open air theatre of Punjabi Bhavan last evening. The function was dedicated to Arthur Miller, great American dramatist, who passed away recently.


Apollo hospital starts OPD
Baba Jagjit Singh, head of the Naamdhari Sect, inaugurates OPD of Apollo hospital in Ludhiana on Monday. Ludhiana, March 28
Multi-speciality Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospital today started its out patient department (OPD) and diagnostic services here while 200 beds, out of the total capacity of 350 beds, will be operational by May.

Baba Jagjit Singh, head of the Naamdhari Sect, inaugurates OPD of Apollo hospital in Ludhiana on Monday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Pulse polio campaign on April 10, May 15
Ludhiana, March 28
The District Immunisation Officer, Dr Kuldip Kaur Sahni, today asked health and para-medical staff to gear up for the coming pulse polio campaign in the district on April 10 and May 15.


Club organises fast walk
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 28
The Gobindgarh Walkers Club organised Fast-Walking Competition on Sunday. As many as 150 men and women of different age groups participated.

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