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Husband strangulates wife to death
Scene enacted to make it look like an accident

File photo of Mamta at the time of her weddingLudhiana, July 8
A resident of Qila Mohallah here almost enacted a perfect murder of his young wife but was outdone by simple medical science which he overlooked while cooking up the drama.

File photo of Mamta at the time of her wedding.

Lives of school students at risk
Building has partially collapsed roofs 
Ludhiana, July 8
Partially collapsed roofs, broken walls, damaged floors, heaps of debris, no toilets, no potable water and no doors. Anyone and everyone can walk in. This sums up the condition of Government Elementary School in Kutcha number 16 in Prem Nagar in the heart of probably the richest city in state, which is incidentally the hometown of state Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar. Thanks to an ongoing battle over possession of the building, let off by owner of a Janj Ghar to the Education Department, education for as many as 79 students has become a battle of sorts. 


Mourners vandalise school building
Ludhiana, July 8
People accompanying the procession carrying the body of Dixit Dhanda for cremation turned violent this afternoon when they vent their ire on the building of his school, Bharatiya Vidya Mandir, near the Rose Garden, by writing slogans against the management on walls, breaking flower pots and hurling stones at the building.

Father of Dixit Dhanda and other relatives write slogans on the walls of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir in Ludhiana on Friday.
Father of Dixit Dhanda and other relatives write slogans on the walls of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir in Ludhiana on Friday

Defence road to be recarpeted
Ludhiana, July 8
There is finally some relief for the commuters on Barnala road, connecting Mullanpur with Raikot, with the Punjab Works Department (PWD) taking up the project of recarpeting the road, which was waiting for repairs for the last many years.

ATMs give sleepless nights to residents
Ludhiana, July 8
Frequent snags in ATM machines of banks are giving city residents sleepless nights. An increasing number of complaints about excess debit on withdrawals are being received. While banks describe it as a technical snag, which, according to them, is automatically rectified, there are cases where the amount so debited has not been credited even after 10 days.

BKU seeks free power for all farmers
Ludhiana, July 8
The Bhartiya Kisan Union has called upon the Punjab government to provide the facility of free power and water for all farmers irrespective of their land-holdings.


Morcha accuses CM of doublespeak
Ludhiana, July 8
Mr Charan Singh Saraba, general secretary, government School Teachers Union, Punjab, and state committee member of the Anti-Privatisation Adhyapak Morcha, Punjab, in a press note issued here today, thanked those teachers who participated and supported the dharna held at Mini Secretariat yesterday despite the downpour.

People furious at cable TV services
Ludhiana, July 8
Even as the district administration continues to drag its feet in regulating the operations of cable TV companies and cable TV operators in the mega city in the absence of clearly defined powers, the residents are virtually being held to ransom by a majority of the cable TV operators.

Villagers resent lack of telephonic link with police
Sahnewal, July 8
Towns people and residents of several of villages falling under the Sahnewal jurisdiction seem to be haunted by the fear of miscreants striking at their place or they meeting with an accident in the absence of a direct telephonic link with the police.

Johar listens to public grievances
Ludhiana, July 8
Scores of people today turned up at the residence of the Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, with various grievances. Mr Johar said, he was perturbed over the problems being faced by the general public and assured them that these would be solved at the earliest.

Srinagar attracts city residents
Ludhiana, July 8
The increasing number of city residents visiting Srinagar seems to be an indication that normalcy is returning to the disturbed valley, may be at a slow pace.

Doorstep postal services in more areas from July 11
Ludhiana, July 8
After encouraging response to the endeavour of the Department of Posts in providing door step services for sale of postal stamps, stationery and booking of speed post and registered articles in some of the post offices here, the service was now being extended to several more post offices from July 11.

Flood situation improves
Ludhiana, July 8
With the water level in the Sutlej receding, the flood-like situation in the villages along the river has improved. As there have been no rains since yesterday the water level in the river has came down considerably.

MC poll process launched
Amloh, July 8
According to new delimitation of wards of municipal council Amloh, Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM, Amloh, has launched a campaign for enrolment of voters for the election of municipal council, Amloh.

At the Crossroads
The twosome of poetic literature

The other day I was reading the poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz in my free hours. This reminded me of my college days, during the mid-forties, when I recited the poems of Faiz and Sahir in the tutorial group meetings.

Meena Bazaar a nightmare for commuters
Ludhiana, July 8
The narrow Meena Bazaar, which runs parallel to the Chaura Bazaar, continues to be a nightmare for commuters and shoppers because of its perpetual congestion, courtesy extensions made by shopkeepers and the absence of any rules regulating the entry of wheel carts and four-wheeled transport vehicles.

Kisan bodies plan protests
Ludhiana, July 8
Five Kisan organisations namely Kul Hind Kirti Kisan Sabha, Jamhoor Kisan Sabha Punjab, Punjab Kisan Sabha, BIKU (Ekta-Sidhupur) and Khetibari Vikas Front, will hold protest demonstrations at various sub-divisional headquarters of Raikot, Payal, Samrala, Khanna, Jagraon and Ludhiana from July 14, 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20.

Vegetable prices soar due to rains
Ludhiana, July 8
Prices of vegetables are soaring due to short supply owing to the heavy rains in Punjab and its neighbouring states. And if the rainy trend continues in the days to come vegetables would be out of the reach of the common man.

New team of Rotary North installed
Ludhiana, July 8
Installation ceremony of Rotary Club of Ludhiana North was held at Basant Resorts here yesterday. Rotary presidential collar was passed on to Rtn. Jatinder Chawla for serving as President of Rotary Club Ludhiana North for the year 2005- 06.

Suvidha camp
Samrala, July 8
Under the community policying programme Suvidha camp was held here today in the local Saahi Palace, under the presidentship of Mr Jasvir Singh, DSP Samrala, in which Mr Prag Jain DIG Ludhiana and Mr Naunuhal Singh, SSP Khanna was also present.


Case registered for assault
Ludhiana, July 8
A man is alleged to have been assaulted by 5 persons, for having illicit relations with their married women. According to press release issued by Mr. Rajiv Ahir, SSP, Sukhdev Singh, his wife Mohinder Kaur, Avtar Singh Taril, Kaddu and Neka all of Manuke, assaulted and threatened Sukhwinder Singh (24) of Chak Bhaika police station.


PNB begins ‘dawn to dusk’ banking
Ludhiana, July 8
Mr Harwant Singh, General Manager, Punjab National Bank (PNB), Punjab zone, inaugurated the dawn to dusk banking, (8.00 am to 8 pm) at the Sarabha Nagar branch of the bank here today.

Mr Harwant Singh, General Manager, PNB, Punjab zone, inaugurates "dawn to dusk" banking at the Sarabha Nagar branch of the PNB in Ludhiana on Friday.
Mr Harwant Singh, General Manager, PNB, Punjab zone, inaugurates "dawn to dusk" banking at the Sarabha Nagar branch of the PNB in Ludhiana on Friday



From Colleges
Seminar on fashion trends

Ludhiana, July 8
The fashion faculty of the GN Institute of Design and Technology conducted a seminar on the forthcoming fashion trends in India here today.

Kids of Lovely Lotus learn about rainbow colours in a playful way in the school on Friday
Kids of Lovely Lotus learn about rainbow colours in a playful way in the school on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

PMET toppers honoured
Mandi Gobindgarh, July 8
The Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh, awarded Shri Lal Singh Memorial Award to Maranjot Kaur and Sukhampreet Kaur, who were placed first and third in the PMET merit list, respectively, at a function on its premises on Wednesday last.

GNIMT students do well
Ludhiana, July 8
PTU has declared the MCA VI semester results and students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology have done well. Hundred per cent students have scored above 70 per cent marks while 53 per cent scored above 80 per cent marks.

Orientation course
Ludhiana, July 8
Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle is organising an orientation course on July 10 in association with Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, New Model Town, Ludhiana.


Tips on hairstyling
Ludhiana, July 8
Sandra Bery, a Germany-based hairstylist, visited a saloon at Sarabha Nagar yesterday for the brand promotion of Loreal. She has visited many other cities of India. Giving tips about hair colour, Sandra said, “Many people have misconception about hair colour. They feel that it roughens hair, but it is not so. One must use hair colour of good product and go to an experienced person.”

Sandra Bery, a Germany-based hairstylist, in a saloon at Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, on Friday.  — A Tribune photograph
Sandra Bery, a Germany-based hairstylist, in a saloon at Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, on Friday


Chhabeels, langars a health hazard?
Ludhiana, July 8
The frequently organised chhabeels (sweetened water), langars and bhandaras in the city might be a boon for a large number of poor people, working classes, rickshaw and hand cart pullers, looking to quench their thirst in the scorching hot weather, but these welfare activities also wreak havoc on the roads, besides posing a threat to the health of the unsuspecting public.

Free medical camp on July 10
Ludhiana, July 8
A free medical camp would be organised by Jindal Hospital at Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar (Phase II) on Pakhowal road here on July 10.


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