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2 more die of diarrhoea
MC washes its hands of blame

Ludhiana, September 23
Even as the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and the district Health Department have claimed that there are no cases of diarrhoea in Jawahar Nagar and Labour Colony, residents of the area claim that two more children died of the disease in these colonies here yesterday.

Rajesh Kumar, who is down with diarrhoea, recuperates at a hospital in Ludhiana on Friday Insanitary conditions prevail in Jawahar Nagar, Ludhiana

Rajesh Kumar, who is down with diarrhoea, recuperates at a hospital in Ludhiana on Friday; (right) Insanitary conditions prevail in Jawahar Nagar, Ludhiana. — Tribune photographs


Con man dupes car driver of Rs 1.10 lakh
Ludhiana, September 23
Tight police security in the city in view of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit could not deter a con man from stealing a bag containing Rs 1.10 lakh belonging to a New Delhi-based cloth merchant outside a bank in Feroze Gandhi market this afternoon.

Pressure mounts for action against quacks
Ludhiana, September 23
Even as functionaries of the ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are trading charges over the death of three children in the Prem Nagar locality near Islam Ganj in the city earlier this week, city residents are demanding, in one voice, stringent action against quacks and curbs on unlawful medical practice.

When VVIP sister came calling
Ludhiana, September 23

A tight security cordon was thrown all around the house of Mr M.S. Sabharwal in Maya Nagar here today as his sister-in-law, Ms Gursharan Kaur, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s wife, came to meet her two elder sisters, Ms Thanter Kaur and Ms Sawinder Kaur, in the evening.
A family reunion: Ms Gursharan Kaur, wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, with her two sisters at Maya Nagar, Ludhiana, on Friday
A family reunion: Ms Gursharan Kaur, wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, with her two sisters at Maya Nagar, Ludhiana, on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

PM’s food habits no chef’s delight
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is not a fussy eater. Both he and his wife Gursharan Kaur have spartan eating habits. So it seems from the eating habits of the Prime Minister that have been conveyed by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to the Chandigarh Administration and Punjab Raj Bhavan that will host him during his overnight stay in the city.

Bomb scare
Ludhiana, September 23
An unclaimed briefcase found abandoned in a car parking of the Feroze Gandhi market caused quite a scare with fears that it could be a bomb. The recovery startled the security agencies with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visiting the city in the evening. The briefcase, however, contained some clothes only, but there was no clue about its owner.

Passing Thru


SAD-BJP men hold meeting
Amloh, September 23
After elections to 13 wards of the Amloh Municipal Council, the race for the post of president has gained momentum. Keeping in view the coming Vidhan Sabha elections, political parties have intensified their efforts to bring councillors under their umbrella.

Faith moves him to arduous paths
Ludhiana, September 23
Looking at a shirt frail, Rajinder Gupta , one would not believe that he cycles 60-70 km a day to go to shrines and temples. He has vowed to visit Vaishno Devi shrine and various other religious places on his bicycle. So he started his lone journey on August 27 this year, from Bhatinda, where he lives. Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, he said he had already cycled 1,520 km since he visited Baba Ramdev in Jaiselmer. He went via Bikaner. In all these days, he spent only Rs 700 as he does not work and gets monetary help from his brother and a few other people of Bhatinda.

Rajinder Gupta with his cycle on his journey to Vaishno Devi. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Rajinder Gupta with his cycle on his journey to Vaishno Devi

IT, Bar officials dwell on legal aspects
Ludhiana, September 23
“During search and seizure operations, all officials of the Income Tax Department will work with humane approach, sympathetic behaviour and friendly attitude so that there is no harassment or undue pressure on the assessee concerned.

Disconnection of telephones resented
Ludhiana, September 23
Resentment prevails among residents of Rajguru Nagar Colony against the contractor of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust who has been given the contract for repair work of the roads in the area.



BSNL rebukes propaganda by private players
Ludhiana, September 23
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has sought to set the record straight over pulse rate of local and other calls in the face of what it terms as a misleading campaign launched by private telecom operators in the region.


Insure crops, Aulakh asks farmers
Ludhiana, September 23
Addressing a large gathering of farmers from Haryana, Rajasthan and adjoining areas attending the Kisan Mela on the second day, Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab Agricultural University, said farmers of Punjab should get their crops insured because climatic disasters left crops damaged almost every year.

Stress laid on science-based farming
Ludhiana, September 23
Presiding over the question-answer session of the Kisan Mela organised by Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Mr Mohinder Singh Grewal, Member, Agriculture Cost and Price Commission, said farmers from different parts of Punjab had shown interest in scientific agriculture.


UK keen to woo local students
Ludhiana, September 23
Mr Rod Pryde, British Council’s new Director for India and Sri Lanka, feels that there has been a growing demand for quality education, programmes and products from the UK for Indians. Mr Pryde was in the city today to promote the UK’s education programmes through various roadshows to be organised in the city on September 26 and 27. In an exclusive interview to Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Pryde said though education system in India was fantastic but if the UK collaborates with India in this sector, the results will be excellent, thus accelerating the economy.

Mr Rod Pryde, British Council’s new Director
Rod Pryde, British Council’s new Director

PCTE MBA seats increased
Ludhiana, September 23
Under the partial modification of Punjab Government notification No. 13/20/2004-ITE-2/1551 issued on June 10, 2005, seats of Master in Business Administration (MBA) two-year course for the Punjab College of Technical Education have been increased to 120.

Integration camp from today
Ludhiana, September 23

Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women will organise a national integration camp in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (Government of India ) from September 24-30 on the college campus.

Ms Madanjit Kaur Sahota, Principal, M.T.S. College, gives details about the national integration camp starting from Saturday.
— Photo by Inderjit Verma
Ms Madanjit Kaur Sahota, Principal, M.T.S. College, gives details about the national integration camp starting from Saturday

From Schools
Parents, experts interact at KVM

Ludhiana, September 23
An interactive session was organised among parents and experts at KVM School to discuss “Generation gap and the role of parents”. The panelists included Dr I.J.S Jaiswal, Department of Human Development, PAU, Dr Lajpat Rai, eye surgeon, Mr S.C. Saxena, Principal of KVM School, Lieut-Col R.K. Sharma, Ms Indu, representative, and Dr Sushma and Mr Yashpaul Gupta of the Bharat Vikas Parishad.

Essay writing contest organised
Ludhiana, September 23
The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Vichar Manch organised a state-level essay writing competition for college students recently. In all, 179 students from 45 institutions participated in the competition.


Notice to Improvement Trust chief
Ludhiana, September 23
The Court of Civil Judge(Junior Division), Mr Jaspal Verma, has issued notice to the Chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, Mr Paramjit Singh Sibia, Executive Officer D.C. Garg, Senior Engineer Manmohan Singh and Junior Engineer Buta Ram in a petition seeking action against them on the charge of wilful disobedience of court orders.

Addl Sessions Judge bereaved


Mangal Dhillon screens documentary on turban
Ludhiana, September 23
“The inseparable — a Sikh and his turban”, a documentary, was screened for Sikh scholars, intellectuals and the media at Punjabi Bhavan yesterday. The documentary has been written, produced and directed by Mangal Singh Dhillon, a popular actor.


City doc to deliver lecture in Kolkata
Ludhiana, September 23
Noted physician Dr R.S. Bhatia has been invited to deliver a lecture on “AIDS and Lungs” at NAPCON 2005, a joint conference of National College of Chest Physicians and the Indian Chest Society, to be held in Kolkata on November 15.


Improving performance top priority, says Pargat
Ludhiana, September 23
There is always a scope of enhancement of human performance and I will call a meeting of sports officers of all districts, shortly and try to identify the areas which require an immediate focus to further improve the standard of games in the state.
Pargat Singh, Sports Director, Punjab, with sports officers of Ludhiana during a meeting on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Pargat Singh, Sports Director, Punjab, with sports officers of Ludhiana during a meeting

Volleyball meet from Sept 26
Ludhiana, September 23
As many as 12 teams in girl's section and more than 16 teams in boy's section and six teams each in the men and women sections are expected to take part in the Ludhiana District Volleyball Championship to be held at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys here on September 26 and 27.


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