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Seven arrested in Rs 18 lakh robbery case
Ludhiana, May 14
The Rs 18 lakh robbery case in which three members of the family of a money transfer trader were wounded last week was allegedly committed by a 10-member gang which had used hi-tech technique including pilot and cover up teams to make it a successful operation.
Gang members being presented before mediapersons by SSP Narinderpal Singh Gang members being presented before mediapersons by SSP Narinderpal Singh.— A Tribune photograph

Forum summons marriage palace owner for disobeying order
Ludhiana, May 14
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has summoned the owner of a marriage palace on the charge of not complying with the orders of the forum, “intentionally and wilfully.”


Ignored at function, Mayor leaves the venue in huff
Ludhiana, May 14
The contribution of city’s Mayor in the development of the city as well as maintenance of civic amenities was largely underplayed at a function organised by four Congress Councillors where accolades were showered in praise of Municipal Commissioner only here last evening.

5-year-old appears in court for ‘traffic violation’
Ludhiana, May 14
A five-year-old boy attended a court hearing in case of the impounding of a motorcycle that listed him as the offender of some unspecified traffic rule violation much to the chagrin of his family which claimed that they do not own any motorcycle. Jaspreet Singh Gujral, a student of Upper Kinder Garten (UKG) in Guru Nanak International school, Model Town here, a resident of 282-B, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar had to appear in the court of Judicial Magistrate Ravi Inder Kaur after taking special leave from his school.
His grandfather Daya Singh Gujral who is a retired sub-Inspector told The Ludhiana Tribune that he was shocked when the summons were received in the name of his grandson. 
Jaspreet with his grandfather and court summons in Ludhiana. — Photo by I.V.
Jaspreet with his grandfather and court summons in Ludhiana

Fire in hotel
Ludhiana, May 14
Rescue operation and fire fighting by staff of the Maharaja Regency hotel and the local fire brigade today averted a major tragedy when fire broke out in an AC ducts in the kitchen of the hotel today morning.


Rights panel seeks Vedanti’s resignation
Row over ‘Jo Bole So Nihal’
Ludhiana, May 14
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has flayed the state government for neutralising the protests of Sikh organisations at several places in the state against the screening of the controversial film “Jo Bole So Nihaal”. It has also asked Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti to resign from the post for hurting the sentiments of the Panth.

Who is bothered whether the water is clean or not
Who is bothered whether the water is clean or not? Buffaloes beat the heat in a canal near Goraya on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Punjabis get ‘inhuman’ treatment in Haryana jails
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 14
A Punjabi undertrial, who has returned recently from Haryana after spending one month there in a district jail, has alleged that despite the Supreme Court directions that an undertrial does not lose all his rights when in jail, Punjabis appearing in various cases, and lodged in the jails of Haryana continue to bear the brunt of official apathy and the hatred at the hands of more privileged Haryanvi inmates.

Taxation advisers discuss VAT
Ludhiana, May 14
The Taxation Advisers Association held a meeting to discuss provisions of the Value Added Tax (VAT) system. Addressing the meeting, Mr Satish Aggarwal, president of the association, said the audit provision in VAT would only result in washing time of traders and industrialists whereas the government would not derive any benefit out of it.

Tax lawyers deny Addl Commissioner’s statement
Mandi Gobindgarh, May 14
Members of the District Tax-Bar Association expressed surprise over the news item carried in some newspapers through Mr S.K. Ralhan, Additional Excise Taxation Commissioner, Punjab which stated that shortage of forms VAT 2 and VAT 16 is due to the fact that these forms were taken away by the advocates from the offices concerned.

“Song of Seasons” depicts divine beauty
Ludhiana, May 14
T P S Sandhu, a well-known photographer, is inspired by the wisdom that to be happy, healthy, holy, love and nature. Hence as a photographer , he finds divine beauty in the nature. He told Ludhiana Tribune, ‘I have been overwhelmed by the grandeur of nature my outlook towards nature is steeped in spiritualism.
Students of Guru Nanak release “Song of Seasons” at Sarabha Nagar Gurdwara, Ludhiana Students of Guru Nanak release “Song of Seasons” at Sarabha Nagar Gurdwara, Ludhiana, on Saturday. — A Tribune photo


Gangsters active in city?
Ludhiana, May 14
Gang wars between the Rana and Lalla groups in the city have once again come to the fore with the arrest of seven members of a 16-member gang announced by the city police today in several robbery incidents.

Old man hurt in mishap
Jagraon, May 14
Bhajan Singh (65) of Shakti Nagar Jagraon received serious injuries when an unknown vehicle hit him near Basant Palace on Jagraon Sidwanbet Road and fled away with the vehicle. The injured has been admitted in the local civil Hospital . police has started investigation. No arrest has been so far.


Lottery draw held
Ludhiana, May 14
The first prize of Rs 25 lakh of the Punjab State Monthly Lottery, May 2005, went to ticket number B-329322. The monthly draw was taken out here today in presence of the Director Lotteries, Mr A.S. Pannu, Ms Amrit Kaur Gill, SDM (East) and Mr Ajay Sood, Assistant Commissioner, GA, Ludhiana.



Panel to suggest steps on quality education: Gill
Ludhiana, May 14
The Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab, Mr Jai Singh Gill, yesterday said the state government was planning to develop an alternative delivery model to improve the standard of education and health services in the state.

Protest rally by teachers
Khanna, May 14
A protest rally by the Sanjha Adhayapak Front was organised in front of SDM’s office here today in protest against the privatisation of the government schools. The speakers who addressed the rally criticised the statement of political Secretary to CM Punjab, Harchand Singh Barsat in which he had said that Government was not going to privatise any department.

From Colleges
PCTE students win top positions in MBA exam

Ludhiana, May 14
Archana Verma, a student of Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), has secured the first position by scoring 88.75 per cent marks in MBA 1st semester. The PCTE students have secured six out of top 10 positions in the MBA 1st semester examinations held in December 2004 by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar.


Sports council to honour players, sports promoters
Ludhiana, May 14
The Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council (PRSPC) which mobilised different rural sports clubs at a meeting here last Sunday, resolved to organise a function during which awards will be given to players and sports promoters.

Ramgarhia school win softball title
Ludhiana, May 14
The final match (boys) of the seventh Ludhiana District Softball Championship played at the Ramgarhia Educational Complex, Miller Ganj here today between Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School and Teja Singh Swatantar Memorial School turned out to be a mis-match as the former came out triumphant without being challenged. Ramgarhia School lad won the match 11-0 to emerge champions. Gurmangat and Maninder chipped in with two scores each to help their team wrap up the issue comfortably.

Happy Club beat Bachan Singh Academy
Ludhiana, May 14
In the last tie of the three-match series played at the Bachan Singh Cricket ground at village Balloke near Haibowal Khurd here today, Happy Cricket Club of Delhi beat Sarpanch Bachan Singh Academy by 17 runs to salvage some pride. The visitors had lost the first two matches.


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