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No privatisation of govt schools, says Johar
Ludhiana, May 29
Setting at rest the controversy over the proposed privatisation of government schools in Punjab, the Punjab Education Minister, Mr Harnam Das Johar, stated that there was no such proposal and on the contrary, the government was making plans to improve the standard of education by bringing substantial changes in the system.

There seems to be no respite from scorching heat for the pair of tigers
There seems to be no respite from scorching heat for the pair of tigers in the tiger safari in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed


Students with low marks being discharged
Ludhiana, May 29
Apparently with a motive to join the mad race of flaunting the high-percentage results, some of the ‘reputed’ schools with endangered reputation have started discharging students for the reason that they have got lesser percentage in the Class X examinations.

Shuttling for 16 hours for treatment
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 29
A migrant labourer who was attacked by a friend at Boparai village in Ludhiana district last night received medical assistance 16 hours after the incident as the staff at various civil and private hospitals here and in Ludhiana kept on referring him to other hospitals.

Critically injured Parkash being shifted from the CMC to the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Critically injured Parkash being shifted from the CMC to the Civil Hospital

Kitchlu Nagar residents irked over gate’s closure
Ludhiana, May 29
Residents of the Kitchlu Nagar area here are irked over the closure of the Gate Number 6 of the Punjab Agricultural University Campus that opens towards the locality. While the authorities had stopped the entry of vehicles through this gate, but there was still a narrow entrance from where people could move in or out. But now the PAU authorities have closed even this entrance as well.

4 held with contraband
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 29
The Dehlon police has nabbed four persons involved in smuggling of drugs and narcotics and seized substantial quantity of contraband from them. According to Mr Rajiv Ahir, SSP, Jagraon, the arrests were made after Mr Harjit Singh Brar, DSP, Mullanpur received secret information about the gangsters involved in distribution of contraband among addicts in villages.

The police is always complaining about shortage of funds. It welcomes good Samaritans who donate things to a police station. Recently, one person donated a water cooler to the Kotwali police station but the police decided to make the contribution a big show.


Shiv Sena holds protest against govt policies
Ludhiana, May 29
Activists of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) today organised a protest at the Clock Tower chowk here against the anti-trade policies of the Congress government in Punjab. Later, they hanged his effigy from a pole.

Shiv Sena activists with the effigy of the Punjab Chief Minister holding demonstration near Clock Tower in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Tribune by photo Sayeed Ahmed.
Shiv Sena activists with the effigy of the Punjab Chief Minister holding demonstration near Clock Tower in Ludhiana on Sunday

Badal facing tough challenge
Ludhiana, May 29
All news emanating from the SGPC headquarters indicate that Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, is facing a tough time. This time not on account of heat generated by Captain Amarinder Singh but because of problems in the SGPC administration and also the Sikh issues in various parts of the world.

Sex determination goes on unabated
Ludhiana, May 29
Measures being taken by the state government to curb the practice of female foeticide in the wake of decline in female population in the region appear to have come to a naught with the Pre-natal Sex Determination Test (PNDT) Act in the city and elsewhere in the district being blatantly violated.

‘Debar Advani from visiting Pakistan’
Ludhiana, May 29
The US State Department has put the Bajrang Dal, a Hindu outfit on the terrorist list. This was stated here today by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, Akali Dal (Amritsar).

Ram Lila panel charged with misappropriation
Ludhiana, May 29
The local Shri Ram Lila Committee, which organises the annual Dasehra Mela at Daresi Grounds, is under fire from several residents’ committees for its various acts of omission and commission.


Bikes’ collision leads to attack on man
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 29
A tiff over collision between two bikes led to a clash in which five persons, including a woman attacked a farmer with crude weapons and threatened him of dire consequences.


Plea to exempt handmade shoes from VAT
Ludhiana, May 29
Nearly five lakh workers and self-employed persons engaged in the manufacture and trading of cheap handmade shoes in the state are at the brink of becoming unemployed due to the imposition of 12.5 per cent VAT on the shoes.

Industry irked by Taxation Laws Bill
Ludhiana, May 29
The industry appears to be upset over the frequent tax burden and regulatory mechanism imposed by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. The industry, which was already irked over the taxes like fringe benefit tax and cash withdrawal tax, has criticised the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2005.



Monica is PU topper in BCom I
Ludhiana, May 29
Monica Arora of Government College for Women has topped in B.Com 1 year Examination in the Panjab University. The results of the examination came in last evening.

Education should be need based: Dawar
Ludhiana, May 29
“Education should be according to the needs of the 21st century and prepare the children according to modern times so that they can find suitable jobs,” said Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary. He was addressing students of Jain Public School at the silver jubilee function held last evening at DD Jain College.

Principals’ association 
Ludhiana, May 29
A meeting of the Principals’ Association was held at Khalsa College for Women here recently. 


MC Club triumphs
Ludhiana, May 29
Anil Singla’s knock of 62 runs helped Municipal Corporation Club to register a five-wicket victory over Unique Club in a cricket match, played at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College ground here today.


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