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Bharti Teletech plans to invest Rs 4.5 crore
Ludhiana, January 12
Bharti Teletech, a manufacturer of fixed line phones, is planning an investment of Rs 4.50 crore during 2006-07 on manufacturing and R&D. Its production facilities are located in Hambran village in Ludhiana and in Goa.

Blast at tea stall claims one life
Mandi Gobindgarh, January 12
One person was killed and four were injured in a blast at a tea stall, near S.K. Weighing Bridge on the G.T. Road, here today.
The tea stall near S.K. Weighing Bridge on the G.T. Road in Mandi Gobindgarh where a blast took place on Thursday
The tea stall near S.K. Weighing Bridge on the G.T. Road in Mandi Gobindgarh where a blast took place on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph


Weekly power cuts on industry put on hold
Ludhiana, January 12
Endeavoring to tackle the ongoing power crisis by purchasing power from other states, the Punjab State Electricity Board has held the decision to impose weekly off on industry in abeyance.

Chickenpox cases create scare in city
Ludhiana, January 12
Detection of around 20 cases of chickenpox in slum areas along the Pakhowal road here during the course of a free medical check-up camp yesterday has created a scare in the city. The camp was organised by an NGO with the assistance of Chhabra Hospital.

Kashipur: rights forum stir on Jan 17
Ludhiana, January 12
The Punjab Rights Forum, a joint platform of various organisations, today announced a statewide agitation programme against several Sikhs families being rendered homeless in Kashipur. A meeting of the forum was held here and it was presided over by Justice A.S. Bains.

Anganwari workers block traffic
Samrala, January 12
Anganwari workers blocked traffic for around 30 minutes on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road in front of the court complex today. They were protesting against the non-implementation of their already accepted demands.

CITU protest against EPF interest reduction
Ludhiana, January 12
Strongly condemning the decision to reduce interest rate on Employees Provident Fund, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions today said it would hold protest rallies and dharnas in various districts across the state on January 20.

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Siahar thath row: factions hold parallel functions
Siahar/Dhepai, January 12
Even as the deadlock over the headship of Nanaksar thath continues and the administration has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC, the warring factions have begun celebrations to mark the birth centenary of Baba Meehan Singh, founder of the trust, at two different places.

DSP under scanner in extortion case
Ludhiana, January 12
With the Punjab Vigilance Bureau impleading another former SHO of the city police in the infamous ‘extortion by cops’ case, the heat has now turned to a DSP of the city, who was allegedly ‘supporting’ the accused cops in the scandal.

Protest against hike in water, sewerage bills
Ludhiana, January 12
Activists of the BJP today staged a protest rally against the hike in water and sewerage bills and later staged a dharna outside the Municipal Corporation office. The rallyists also flayed the state government for allowing such "anti-public" policies.

BJP leaders’ remarks malicious: CPI
Ludhiana, January 12
Communist leaders have strongly reacted to the statement of some BJP leaders accusing them of working into the hands of multinational companies.

Police probes loss in burglary bid at showroom
Ludhiana, January 12
The police is still investigating if there was any loss to the owner in the attempted burglary at the Bluemount showroom on the GT Road in December. It has maintained that in the complaint filed by owner of the showroom Sanjiv Jain there had been no mention of loss suffered in the attempted burglary.

Sales tax officials raid 2 food units
Ludhiana, January 12
Officials of the Excise and Taxation Department raided two food and confectionary units, owned by a group, in Manna Singh Nagar, Near Chhawni Mohalla, here yesterday as part of the ongoing drive against tax evaders.

Dharna staged
Khamano, January 12
A two-hour long dharna was organised near Civil Hospital here to provide the status of CMC to the hospital and deputation of four doctors on regular basis. The dharna was organised by the local unit of the BJP under the chairmanship of district general secretary Kuldip Madaan. They raised slogans against the Punjab Government.

Tributes paid to industrialist
Ludhiana, January 12
Rich tributes were paid to Rattan Paul Bhatia, doyen of the steel industry of Mandi Gobindgarh, at his kirya ceremony yesterday. Mr Bhatia (75) died away 10 days ago.


One held for stealing engine
Jagraon, January 12
The Humbran police arrested Devinder Singh of Salempura and recovered Peter Engine from his possession. According to the information, the Peter Engine belonged to Karam Singh of Salempura and was allegedly stolen by Devinder Singh and his father Jagtar Singh of the village about 12 days ago.

Two teenage robbers caught
Ludhiana, January 12
Two teenagers studying in Class-12 were caught by the city police minutes after they had snatched a purse containing Rs 90,000 from a Delhi-based woman, who had come to meet her daughter and son-in-law working as doctors in the DMC Hospital here.

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PAU tips for farmers
Ludhiana, January 12
Expecting mainly dry weather in Punjab for the next two-three days, PAU agrometeorologists have issued tips for various farm operations. According to a PAU press note the maximum temperature is expected to range between 15°C and 17°C and the minimum temperature between 2°C and 4°C.

Dry turmeric before processing, say scientists
Ludhiana, January 12
Punjab Agricultural University scientists, Dr Sadhana Arora of the Department of Processing and Food Engineering, and Dr Swaran Singh Saini, senior agronomist, who have carried out intensive studies on turmeric cultivation, processing and grinding, have advised farmers to let the harvested turmeric first dry before processing it.


Scholarship test for MBA students
Ludhiana, January 12
A leading organisation for Common Aptitude Test, Top Careers and You, will hold a scholarship test, namely 'TCY - the IIM's way', on Sunday at its Ludhiana and Chandigarh centres.

Students exhorted to follow Vivekananda teachings
Ludhiana, January 12
Swami Vivekananda Study Circle celebrated National Youth Day at Government College for Women, here on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda today.

Students present a song during National Youth Day celebrations at Government College for Women in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo by I.V.
Students present a song during National Youth Day celebrations at Government College for Women in Ludhiana on Thursday

From Colleges
Lohri celebrations at Arya College

Ludhiana, January 12
Lohri was celebrated at Arya College here today under the guidance of teachers of the Department of Punjabi. Students presented a cultural show on the occasion. The ambience of the venue was in tune with Punjabi culture.

From Schools
Students take out street march

Ludhiana, January 12
Dressed as Spiderman, disco dancers, fairies, batman, with all types of flowers, along with the school band and staff members, students of Shivalikwala Doon School walked in the streets here today.


Ludhiana school games on Jan 16, 17
Ludhiana, January 12
The local office of the Punjab Sports Department will organise a two-day Ludhiana District Inter-School Tournament at Guru Nanak Sports Complex and Punjab Agricultural University here on January 16 and 17.


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