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Suspected dengue claims 3 more lives
Toll goes up to six

Ludhiana, October 27
The claims of the health authorities notwithstanding, dengue, the disease caused by mosquitoes, was fast spreading its tentacles. Three more suspected patients of dengue had succumbed to it during the last two days, taking the death toll to six.

Admin curbs on fire crackers
Ludhiana, October 27
City residents will have a lot to cheer about following the decision of the administration to ban the bursting of high decibel fire crackers on Divali eve, especially between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Site for cracker shops poses hazard
Ludhiana, October 27
Posing a major fire hazard, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, (LIT), has rented out a site for fire cracker selling shops in BRS Nagar, where quintals of garbage is dumped everyday. The shopkeepers, who are paying Rs 6,000 for every stall in the area, are having a tough time as the garbage littered around poses a fire hazard and drives away the customers as there is a foul smell.


Restrain cracker manufacturers, say environmentalists
Ludhiana, October 27
Environmentalists in the city feel that awareness campaigns for a pollution-free Divali will not serve much purpose until certain guidelines for cracker-manufacturers are set by the government. They believe that the level of noise and air pollution could be reduced to an extent if crackers with less toxic fumes and gases were manufactured.

Specifications for paddy procurement tough, say farmers
Ludhiana, October 27
For the first time in the past three years farmers have found strict specifications for the paddy procurement very tough. Much against their expectations when they hoped that the procurement agencies would be farmer-friendly. For the past three years, they are being subjected to tough quality checks.
Paddy procurement in full swing at a grain market in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Paddy procurement in full swing at a grain market

CBI probe into ’84 riots eyewash, say victims
Ludhiana, October 27
Despair and anger is writ large on the faces of survivors of the 1984 riots in Delhi and elsewhere and even the orders of a CBI inquiry against the prime accused of the riots, issued by the Union Government today, have failed to enthuse them.

Fire breaks out in hosiery
Ludhiana, October 27
Hosiery material worth lakhs was gutted when a massive fire broke out in a godown of a hosiery in Mayapuri this afternoon. Nobody was injured in the incident. Sources in the Fire Department said the owner of the factory had gone out for some work leaving the workers inside when the fire broke out.

The godown of a hosiery that caught fire in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
The godown of a hosiery that caught fire in Ludhiana on Thursday


Road recarpeting needless: residents
Ludhiana, October 27
Residents of Kitchlu Nagar, Block-C, here today protested against the recarpeting of roads which were already in good condition and accused the area councillor of pleasing certain influential people by doing so.

A road being recarpeted in Kitchlu Nagar which has drawn the ire of local residents. — Photo by IV
A road being recarpeted in Kitchlu Nagar which has drawn the ire of local residents

Doraha MC sans President
Doraha, October 27 The local municipal council is without a chief for the past one and-a-half year, thanks to the indifferent attitude of some of the councillors in this regard. The post of the President of the council is a reserved seat for woman. As many as four meetings have been organised especially for the election of the President but everytime they had to be either cancelled or postponed on one pretext or the other. Mr Tejinder Singh Dhaliwal, SDM, Payal, appointed observer for the same, said that the next date for the conduct of election, was yet to be decided.

55 bidders turn up for PSIEC’s site auction
Ludhiana, October 27
The auction of commercial site at Partap Chowk by the Punjab State Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) got an encouraging response as 55 aspirants turned up for bidding.

MC employees hold protest
Ludhiana, October 27
Employees of Zone-D of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC) today staged a protest outside the office claiming that a councillor had threatened a house tax inspector after he had refused to oblige him for certain work.

Relief for quake victims to be flagged off
Mandi Gobindgarh, October 27
Baba Daljit Singh, chief of International Human Welfare Organisation (IHWO) said trucks of relief material for Jammu and Kashmir earthquake victims would be flagged off on October 29 from Fatehgarh Sahib.

Pensioners contribute for quake victims

At the Crossroads
Death of a modernist storyteller

The last time I met Nirmal Verma was in February 1999 when I went to receive my Sahitya Akademi Award at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. He was there with his long- time companion, Ms Gagan Gill. Earlier, we were together at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, where he had come with Gagan on a study tour from September 16 1998, to October 15, 1998.


Liquor seized
Jagraon, October 27
The Dehlon police allegedly arrested Gurdev Singh Hora of Brahampur from his village and recovered 5328.0 mls of illicit liquor from his possession. Gurdev Singh has been booked under Section 61,1,14 of the Excise Act.


Singer company defaulting on payment, allege entrepreneurs
Ex-MD says it is sick unit
Ludhiana, October 27
Small manufacturers of sewing machine and its parts have alleged default in payment to the tune of Rs 11 crore by a leading sewing machines manufacturing multinational company. Nearly 50 small scale industrialists from the city, who supplied sewing machine parts to the company, alleged that Singer India Ltd had failed to make their payment that was due on March 31, 2005.



Students hold rally against crackers
Ludhiana, October 27
The display of art and craft events and various performances by students marked the Divali celebration at Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School here today.

Students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, take out a rally against bursting of crackers on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, take out a rally against bursting of crackers

Divali celebrations at Kiddies Paradise
Ludhiana, October 27
Tiny tots of Kiddies Paradise celebrated Divali by dressing up as Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman. Students presented lively dances on the beats of popular songs. They wished each other joyous Diwali and exchanged gifts with each other.

Students of Kiddies Paradise dress up as characters from Ramayana as they celebrate Divali in school on Thursday.  — A Tribune photograph
Students of Kiddies Paradise dress up as characters from Ramayana as they celebrate Divali in school

BVM honours outstanding students
Ludhiana, October 27
Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Shishu Vatika, Kitchlu Nagar organised a prize distribution function here yesterday. Mr Mitter Sain, President, BVM trust, honoured the outstanding students who had excelled in co-curricular activities.

Vedic declamation contest held
Ludhiana, October 27
To celebrate Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati’s Nirwan Diwas, founder of the Arya Samaj, a declamation contest was organised here yesterday at the Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar. Principal Sunil Arora and president of the Arya Samaj, Mr Roahan Lal Arya, supervised the competition in which 15 schools participated.

Extension lecture delivered
Doraha, October 27
Dr S.P. Singh, former Chairman, Business School and Dean, Faculty of Business Management, Punjab University, Chandigarh, delivered an extension lecture on “The contemporary environment wonderland,” to the students of MBA, M.Sc. (IT) and BCA of the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT) Dr R.S. Gupta, Director, said in a press note issued yesterday.


Cop exonerated from power theft charges
Ludhiana, October 27
Exonerating a cop of the Punjab police from the charges of theft of energy, the District Consumer Forum has quashed the bill of Rs 17,011 raised by the Punjab State Electricity Board on electricity theft charges.



Role of higher antibiotics stressed in eye infections
Ludhiana, October 27
A distinguished scholar in the Western world of biosciences and Director, Anti-Infection Microbiology at Alcon Research Ltd, Fort Worth, Texas (USA), Dr David W. Stroman focussed on fourth generation quinolones and their role in treating ophthalmic infections.

Discipline pvt medical institutions, doctors tell govt
Ludhiana, October 27
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has hailed the decision of the state government in accepting the resignation of Dr J. S. Gujaral, Vice Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), and replacing him with Dr Ravinder Singh Ravi.


Sports festival from Jan 20
Samrala, October 27
A meeting of the Malwa Sports Association, Samrala, held here on Thursday in the local civil rest house under the presidentship of Mr Harbans Singh, the senior vice-president of the association in which international Kabaddi coach Devi Dayal, general secretary Jagtar Singh Bhatti, vice-president Bikramjit Bhanot and cashier Jagjiwan Singh Kheeernian, participated.


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