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14 shops gutted, goods worth lakhs destroyed
Ludhiana, June 13
Garments and shoes worth lakhs were reduced to ashes when a massive fire broke in the congested Chaura Bazar, destroying 14 shops this morning here today. The fire started from a shop near the Kotwali police station at around 7.15 am and soon engulfed 14 shops, reducing the goods to ashes. Fortunately, the fire did not spread further as a street separated other shops.
Smoke billows from shops which caught fire in Ludhiana’s Chaura Bazar on Monday Firemen try to control the flames
Smoke billows from shops which caught fire in Ludhiana’s Chaura Bazar on Monday; and (right) firemen try to control the flames. — Tribune photos by Sayeed Ahmed

BKU asks govt to fulfil promise on free power
Ludhiana, June 13
The Bhartia Kisan Union (BKU) has lambasted the Congress government in Punjab for its failure to provide free water and power to farmers as had been promised during the Assembly elections in the state.


Power cuts leave farmers high and dry
Jagraon, June 13
Paddy-sowing is either complete in some of the villages or is in full swing in others. The farmers, thus, are in need of electricity to run their electric motors to irrigate the paddy crop which faces ruin if water is not made available.

Erratic power supply irks residents, industrialists
Ludhiana, June 13
Despite tall claims of ensuring regular power supply, the state government has so far failed to deal with the ongoing power crisis. Residents, industry and agricultural consumers are complaining of unscheduled power cuts daily stretching as long as 8-10 hours.

Power cuts hit furnace units hard
Ludhiana, June 13
Power cuts have not only hit industrial production, but prices of ingots and MS rounds have also registered an increase as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to supply power on alternate days only to the arc and furnace units in the state.

City woman delivers triplets
Ludhiana, June 13
Balwinder Kaur (29) a local resident, delivered triplets on June 11 at City Nursing Home here. The triplets, two boys and a girl, born premature are normal and two of them are being kept in an incubator.

Ms Balwinder Kaur in a cheerful mood with her newborn triplets at City Nursing Home in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Ms Balwinder Kaur in a cheerful mood with her newborn triplets at City Nursing Home in Ludhiana

Sarabha’s sister cremated with honours
Ludhiana, June 13
The mortal remains of Bibi Jagdish Kaur (96), sister of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha, member of the freedom movement, were cremated with full state honors at Sarabha village, 20 km from here, today. She expired late last night.

Sarabha memorial, her unrealised dream

Ludhiana, June 13
Her cherished dream of setting up a befitting memorial of her cousin, Kartar Singh Sarabha, a “gadar” martyr could not be realised during her life time. Bibi Jagdish Kaur, a life committed to keep the memories of her beloved martyr cousin alive, finally died at Sarabha village late last night.

3 brokers robbed of Rs 16.5 lakh
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 13
In a daylight robbery, three robbers snatched Rs 16.5 lakh from three insurance brokers at gunpoint near Dehlon here today. At 2 pm the Qualis-borne robbers stopped the car of the brokers by breaking the windscreen with a stone.


Bassian fire incident: 4 Cong leaders quit panel in protest
Raikot, June 13
The Bassian fire incident took a U-turn, when four local Congress leaders resigned from police public committees constituted by the Jagraon police as a protest against the arrest of an accused who later escaped from police custody.

Massive rally against privatisation
Ludhiana, June 13
Government employees held a massive rally against the move of privatise schools, health services. PSEB, IIT’s, sugar mills etc and burnt the effigy of the Punjab Govt at Mini-Secretariat, here, this afternoon.

Government employees burn an effigy of the Punjab Government at Mini-Secretariat in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Government employees burn an effigy of the Punjab Government at Mini-Secretariat in Ludhiana on Monday

Bitta advocates stringent anti-terrorism laws
Ludhiana, June 13
The All-India Anti-Terrorists Front (AIATF) chief, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, today pleaded for more stringent laws than POTA and special anti-terrorist courts to effectively deal with terrorism attempts to revive militancy in Punjab and elsewhere in India. He also made a strong point against the proposed scrapping of blacklist and release of anti-national elements from jails.

Gen Aurora was votary of Hindu-Sikh unity
Ludhiana, June 13
The late Lt-General Jagjit Singh Aurora, hero of the 1971 India-Pakistan war, was very much concerned about the Punjab situation after Operation Bluestar and was also keen that the Hindu-Sikh unity in the state did not suffer any setback. General Aurora who visited some cities of Punjab after Operation Bluestar on an invitation from the Punjab Kalyan Forum which had the backing of the RSS ensured that his visit would not in any way disturb the communal harmony.

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Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well

It is essential that everyone must work to earn his livelihood. Sir Walter Scott known for his industrious nature wrote to his son Charles when at School: I cannot too much impress upon your mind that labour is a condition which God has imposed on us in every station of life; there is nothing worth having that can be had without it, from the bread which the peasant wins with the sweat of his brow, to the sports by which the rich man gets rid of his ennui.

Peaches flood city markets
Ludhiana, June 13

Fruits of varied kinds are available in abundance during the summer. One can see a variety of fruits like mangoes, plums, apricots, litchis, grapes. and carts full of pink and golden- coloured peaches. Girls often crave for milk and peachs complexion and will do anything to get it.

A cart loaded with peaches in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
A cart loaded with peaches in Ludhiana

701 widows get relief
Ludhiana, June 13
Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha held its 94th monthly widow pension function here yesterday at which relief in the form of ration and items of daily use was disbursed among 701 widows.

3 kids, 4 others sustain burn injuries
Mandi Gobindgarh, June 13
Seven persons, including 3 children, were charred due to a gas leak fire in a house behind Krishna Mandir here today. Mrs Kanta Rani, a tenant in the house of Mrs Asha Rani, was using a gas cylinder which was leaking and it led to fire.

Rice millers seek Saini’s re-election
Machhiwara, June 13
A meeting of rice millers from Machhiwara, Khanna, Samral, Chawa and Payal was held in the local Indian Rice and General Mills. In this meeting, which was presided over by district president Gurdyal Singh, it was unanimously resolved that Mr Tarsem Saini (former president) be elected president again.

Lodhi Club to conduct summer camp
Ludhiana, June 13
The executive members of Lodhi Club, including the general secretary Mr K.L. Chabbra, held a press meet in the club premises today. Mr Sanjeev Dhanda, cultural secretary of Sutlej Club also participated in the meeting


Women thieves active in city
Ludhiana, June 13
Mr Paramjit Singh, who retired as a senior clerk in the Moga Municipal Committee, withdrew Rs 1.5 lakh from a bank in Moga on Friday and kept Rs 5,000 at home. The rest of the money he put in a bag as he had to deliver the money to his son at Jamalpur. He reached Ludhiana at around 1 pm and took an autorickshaw to Jamalpur.



Robert Gordon varsity holds interviews
Ludhiana, June 13
Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, has consistently been rated as one of the top UK universities by the Times newspaper over the past couple of years. The university’s branch had been functional in north India in collaboration with British Counselling and Educational Services (BCES) for over two years. Over 30 students from Haryana and Punjab are currently studying at university.

GGNIVS students excel
Ludhiana, June 13
Running successfully for the fourth year, Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Vocational Studies (GGNIVS) has emerged as a hub of education seekers in different areas like IT, management, media, library science and other routine graduate and post-graduate courses.

Shemrock kids revel at summer camp
Ludhiana, June 13
Shemrock Kindergarten, Model Town Extension Branch, conducted a summer Camp which started from June 1 for the children falling in age group 2 to 12 yrs.

Children of Little Leaders have fun at a summer camp Students of Shemrock Kindergarten enjoy dancing during summer camp organised
Children of Little Leaders have fun at a summer camp. — A Tribune photograph Students of Shemrock Kindergarten enjoy dancing during summer camp organised in the school. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

300 appear for MBA
Ludhiana, June 13
More than 300 students appeared for group discussion and interview at Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) here today to get admission in MBA. The students came from Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh.


Forum asks PSEB to refund money
Ludhiana, June 13
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed the demand of Rs 17,882 raised by the PSEB from a consumer with the observation that the pending dues of a account cannot be debited or recovered from the other account-holder.


Finding perfection in imperfection
Ludhiana, June 13

Does a perfect husband or a wife or a couple exist or is it a myth? The famous Hindi comedy by Yatri, “The Perfect Husband”, was staged at Guru Nanak Bhavan last night. The play opened with a couple squabbling over minor things. The humour is quick. The role of the wife is played with aplomb by Poonam Dhillon and that of the husband by Suraj Thapar. The husband has to go on a trip to Japan for a fortnight, much to the relief of the couple.

Poonam Dhillon and Suraj Thapar in the play, “The Perfect Husband”, that was staged at Guru Nanak Bhavan in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Poonam Dhillon and Suraj Thapar in the play, “The Perfect Husband”, that was staged at Guru Nanak Bhavan in Ludhiana on Sunday


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