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Petrol dealers up the ante with near-total strike
Plan to intensify agitation

Ludhiana, April 18
City residents had a tough time today as majority of the petrol stations in the city remained closed on account of a nationwide strike by petroleum dealers. While most of the petrol pumps remained closed on account of the strike, a few company-owned pumps were open.
Petrol stations remained closed on account of petroleum dealers' strike in Ludhiana on Monday Petrol stations remained closed on account of petroleum dealers' strike in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Man sets wife on fire
Ludhiana, April 18
A two-and-half-year-old love marriage went wrong when a man torched his wife over some dispute in Tagore Nagar here today. The woman was admitted in critical condition to the DMC Hospital with about 90 per cent burn injuries . The police has booked Rajneesh, employed as branch manager with Ebony stores, under Section 307 of the IPC for setting her on fire after pouring kerosene on her at their house last night. 


Abandoned baby finds new home
Ludhiana, April 18
This is not a scene from a Hindi blockbuster, it is a reality. When the biological parents of a new born baby girl had thrown her near Budda Nullah about two months ago, little did they know that the Almighty had stored for her a bright future as today, she is being legally adopted by a city-based issueless couple.

The baby waits to leave for her new home at the Niskham Shishu Ashram in Ludhiana on Monday.— Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
The baby waits to leave for her new home at the Niskham Shishu Ashram in Ludhiana on Monday

BSc physics paper C riddled with mistakes
Ludhiana, April 18
Students writing the B.Sc physics, paper C were horrified when they found that the question paper was full of mistakes and was very ambiguous. Prof Jaipal, Head Department of Physics, Govt College for Boys, said usually this paper on electricity and magnetism has numericals up to 30 per cent of the total paper. But today’s paper had 90 per cent numericals.

A tale of deceit and love
Ludhiana, April 18
Maltreated by her husband, allegedly sold off by her paramour and finally held captive by her second husband. This is the sordid tale of a 29-year-old woman, whose quest for love and sense of belonging has brought her to this juncture of her life. The woman, a mother of two minor sons, was recovered by a team of local police from her husband’s house in Chhoochak village near Ferozepore yesterday. Her husband, Jaswant Singh and his mother, Rani were also arrested.
The main accused and her paramour, Ranjeet Singh and Jaswant Singh’s uncle Harnek Singh, who had allegedly felicitated the trafficking of the woman.

The woman, who was allegedly sold off and finally recovered by the police in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
The woman, who was allegedly sold off and finally recovered by the police in Ludhiana on Monday

Strike at Hero Cycles called off
Ludhiana, April 18
Workers resumed work at Hero Cycles this morning as the strike was called off last night. The matter was settled by the Labour Department, the legal adviser of Hero Cycles, Mr B.D.Arora said.

Doc told to pay 80,000 as relief
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 18
A doctor who had negligently left a forceps in the abdomen of an old man of Chhapar village during an operation at the Civil Hospital of Sudhar village 10 years ago and was told to pay Rs 40,000 as compensation earlier, has now been asked to pay Rs 80,000.

30 booked for burning down school
Ludhiana, April 18
Three days after a mob had set a school on fire in Kot Mangal Singh Colony, Shimla Puri here, the city police has registered a case of rioting and violence 25 - 30 persons of which two have been identified.

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Muslims urge PM to simplify visa process for Pak nationals
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 18
Muslims of the area have urged the Indian Prime Minister and the Pakistan President to take forward and sustain the bilateral talks so that the visa process for Pak nationals visiting Punjab could be simplified.

MP promises Rs 2 lakh annually to his alma mater
Ludhiana, April 18
A meeting of the Old Students Association of Arya College for Boys was held under the chairmanship of Dr S.M. Sharma Patron of the Association and Principal, Arya College, Ludhiana in the college premises here yesterday to honour the old brilliant students .

SAD to issue ‘white paper’ against govt
Ludhiana, April 18
The SAD will issue a white paper against the alleged anti-people policies of the Congress government in Punjab on May 15 followed by an agitation to focus on the problems of the people which would commence from Ludhiana on May 20.

Afghan cops to undergo training at PPA
Phillaur, April 18
A batch of cops from Afghanistan has begun undergoing a month-long training in fingerprints at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur. This is the second time when cops from that country have come for training here. Earlier, a batch had taken training in a different course in 2003.
Cops from Afghanistan with police officers at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur
Cops from Afghanistan with police officers at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur. — A Tribune photograph

Employees’ unions to protest against privatisation
Ludhiana, April 18
The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF), associations of teachers and employees’ unions of several institutions held a special meeting recently at its union office here. The agenda was to discuss the preparations of a rally being organised in Mini Secretariat on April 19.

Installation of idols on April 23
Ludhiana, April 18
The annual installation ceremony of idols in Shri Durga Mandir Urban Estate, Dugri, will be performed by Swami Chinmayanand Bapu ji. A week-long bhagwad katha and gyan yagya has been arranged .

Gayatri Club celebrates Baisakhi
Ludhiana, April 18
The Gayatri Ladies Club celebrated Baisakhi in a city hotel here today. The members danced merrily on the beats of bhangra and giddha. Members of the governing board of the club thanked the participants for making the function a success and lending great charm to Baisakhi.

Members of the Gayatri Ladies Club celebrate Baisakhi. — Photo by I.V.
Members of the Gayatri Ladies Club celebrate Baisakhi



200 poor students get books
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 18
To commemorate the contributions of Mr Rajinder Sethi, founder of the local unit of the Ram Sharnam Ashram, organised an education promotion programme.


‘Dhukdey Kaleeray’ uncover miseries of girl’s life
Ludhiana, April 18
Well-known theatre director Nirmal Rishi directed another play, “Dhukdey Kaleeray”, revolving around the helplessness of a woman. The play was presented on Sunday night at Balraj Sahni open air auditorium, Punjabi Bhavan by the Alive Artist Group supported by the Punjabi Sahit Akademi.

A scene from the play Dhukdey Kaleeray. — A Tribune photograph

A scene from the play Dhukdey Kaleeray


Dental, medical camps organised in city
Ludhiana, April 18
Nearly 1,000 persons were examined at free dental check-up camps organised in different parts of the city by local branch of Indian Dental Association (IDA), in collaboration with Colgate India on Sunday.


Football trials on April 20
Ludhiana, April 18
Trails to select the Ludhiana football team (boys u-19 years) will be conducted at Guru Nanak Stadium here on April 20 from 9.30 am. According to Mr Tara Singh Lotey, honorary secretary, District Football Association, Ludhiana, players born on or after January 1, 1986, are eligible for the trials.


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