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Rain spells doom for Baniawal village
Hundred acres under pond water, paddy crop destroyed

Baniawal (Ludhiana), August 7
Faulty laying of a road connecting Ranka with Baniawal has led to inundation of 100 acres of agricultural land in Baniawal village. Farmers may face losses as the paddy crop has been damaged due to flooding of fields. The fodder crop is already damaged.
Pond water inundates fields in Baniawal village, destroying paddy and fodder crops Pond water inundates fields in Baniawal village, destroying paddy and fodder crops. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Two migrant labourers held in murder case
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 7
The Dehlon police has arrested two migrant labourers who murdered another labourer employed at a local dairy a week ago. The deceased was killed for demanding back a sum of Rs 6,000 that he had sent to his parents through the assailants. He was murdered at a brickkiln, near Latala village on July 30.


Health employees on warpath, issue stir threat
Ludhiana, August 7
The Punjab Health Department Subordinate Offices Clerical Association has served a 15-day ultimatum to the directorate for the acceptance of pending demands its employees, failing which the employees would hold district-level demonstrations at offices of civil surgeons followed by gherao of Director and Health and Family Welfare at Chandigarh.

Sarpanch booked for opening fire
Jagraon, August 7
Piara Singh, sarpanch of Gagkalan, Gurmukh Singh, Gurnam Singh, Magh Singh, Pritam Singh and Nirmal Singh of the village, are alleged to have quarrelled with Atma Singh and Piara Singh. The sarpanch allegedly fired two shots from his 12 bore gun during the incident. The Sidhwanbet police has registered a case. No arrest has been made.

Passing Thru

Life for residents of BRS Nagar is becoming a virtual hell as Air Tel has dug almost all small and big roads here to put in wires. It has dug deep pits, causing great inconvenience. The roads are also narrowed and driving is very difficult. The parking of cars is becoming a major feat. It is time the municipal corporation puts a ban on such activities, especially the rainy season.


Governments ‘ready’ to ban tobacco products
Ludhiana, August 7
Acting on a long -pending demand of the local Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle (GGSSC) to ban the sale of tobacco and pan masala in the region, the state governments of Punjab, Haryana and the Chandigarh Administration have given their assent to the Punjab and Haryana High Court to ban such products.
A press conference of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle in progress in Ludhiana on Sunday
A press conference of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle in progress in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Evolution of Consciousness
Patriotism and truth

TWO statements in recent times had led to stormy discussions in public and the media: Advani’s statement on Jinnah’s secularism and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s good word for the British for the benefits conferred on this country by their rule.

Inter-grid transmission of power sought
Mandi Gobindgarh, August 7
The Steel Re-rolling Mills Association of India has pressed upon the Union Government to take steps for the inter-grid transmission of power with minimum losses for the industries for proper industrialisation and increasing employment opportunities in the country.

Tributes paid to Mukhtiar Singh
Ludhiana, August 7
Tributes were paid to Mr Mukhtiar Singh Shankar (83), father of the District Public Relations Officer (DPRO), Ludhiana, Mr Darshan Singh, who passed away after a brief illness.

Tributes paid to former Soil Conservator
Ludhiana, August 7
The Soil Conservation Officers’ Association has condoled the death of former Conservator of Soils Gurbachan Singh, who was settled in Canada. A meeting of the association, presided over by Mr Balwinder Singh Buthari and attended by senior officers of the association here today said that Mr Gurbachan Singh had served the department for almost three decades.

Pensioners see hope in Dullo’s charge
Ludhiana, August 7
Pensioners in the state have lauded the statement of the PPCC chief, Mr S.S. Dullo, that all promises made in the Congress election manifesto during the Assembly elections in February, 2002, will be fulfilled. The promises include house rent for pensioners and simplification of the medical re-imbursement procedure.

Social activist dead
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 7
Mr Prit Pal Thaman, a social activist of Mansuran village, died due to postoperative complications at a private hospital in Ludhiana. Office-bearers of various political and social organisations of the area have mourned his death.



Parents meet Jagir Kaur
Ludhiana, August 7
A meeting of Parents Committee of Nankana Sahib School was held with Bibi Jagir Kaur, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee, this morning at Guru Nanak Engineering College.

From Schools & Colleges
Workshop on composition ends

Ludhiana, August 7
A two-day workshop on composition organised by the PG Department of Fine Arts, Khalsa College for Women, concluded here yesterday. Dr Baldev Gambhir, former Head of the PG Department of Drawing and Painting, BBK DAV College for Women, Amritsar, inaugurated the workshop. Principal Dr (Ms) Varinder Kaur Thind, Ms Kiran Kapoor, Head, PG Department of Fine Arts, staff members and students were present at the workshop.

Trust honours school toppers
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 7
Students of Government High School, Jartoli village, who had secured top positions in the board exam were felicitated by the Lambardar Sampuran Singh Memorial Trust at a function chaired by Dr Maghar Singh Kalia, Circle Education Officer, Nabha.


Play holds audience spellbound
Ludhiana, August 7

Tulsi and Savita of “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” fame stole the hearts of city residents last evening. They and the other cast like Feroz Bhagat, Pranav Tripathi, Nirmit Vaishnav, and Amish Tanna put in a brilliant performance in the play “Kuchh Tum Kaho Kuchh Hum Kahein”.
Apara Mehta and Smriti Irani in the play “Kuchh Tum Kaho, Kuchh Hum Kahein” staged at Guru Nanak Bhavan, Ludhiana, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Apara Mehta and Smriti Irani in the play “Kuchh Tum Kaho, Kuchh Hum Kahein” staged at Guru Nanak Bhavan, Ludhiana


Medical fraternity upbeat over SC ruling
Ludhiana, August 7
The SC verdict over prosecution of doctors for alleged instances of negligence in procedures done on patients, has brought relief and jubilation among the medical fraternity. The Apex Court has upheld the judgement of a double Bench that unless in case of ‘gross negligence’, the doctors can not be held liable to criminal action.


Kabaddi player’s cremation today
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 7
Kabaadi players and sports lovers in the area will throng Hathur village in Ludhiana district tomorrow to pay tributes to Amarjit Singh Ambi, a kabaddi player who died in Canada during a tournament after playing a match for the Calgary Sports Club, Canada.

PAU Zone lads emerge champions
Ludhiana, August 7
PAU Zone scored a 64 runs victory over Gill Zone in the finals to emerge champions in the Ludhiana District Schools Inter-Zonal Cricket Tournament (u-19) played at Government Model Senior Secondary School ground of Punjab Agricultural University here today.


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