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PHRC directive to MC Commissioner
Ludhiana, January 28

Taking a serious note of the failure of Commissioner of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC) to appear before the commission, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has once again directed him to do so personally in connection with a case filed by a local resident claiming that the city residents were deprived of clean environment by the local body.

Parents allege harassment
Non-refund of admission fee
Ludhiana, January 28
Several parents in the city have alleged harassment at the hands of managing committees of different schools here over non-refund of admission fees of their wards.

Plan to develop urban areas
Ludhiana, January 28
Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary, Power and Housing Punjab, has stated that the state government has chalked out a special plan for fast pace of development of urban areas. The government has embarked upon an ambitious program to provide drinking water to 117 towns and sewerage in 37 towns of the state under the municipal development fund at a cost of Rs 991 crore by March 31, 2007.


Neha, Somansh win student entrepreneur award
Ludhiana, January 28
Neha Agarwal, B.Com III student of Government College for Women here, and Somansh Bansal, 3rd year, Agricultural Engineering, declared first and second for ''Student Entrepreneur of the year'' award from the Ludhiana zone here today. The Top Careers & You had organised the final round of its ongoing inter-college competition ''Student Entrepreneur of the Year'' at Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology.
Neha and Somansh, who won the student entrepreneur award in Ludhiana on Saturday
Neha and Somansh, who won the student entrepreneur award in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Bus staff rob sales officer
Ludhiana, January 28
Staff of a private bus allegedly robbed a sales officer with a Departmental Store in Ansal Plaza here of cash and valuables while he was travelling in a private transport bus from Ludhiana to Phagwara on January 25 evening.

Politics over anniversary of martyr
Issewal, January 28
Petty politics held sway over the observation of the martyrdom anniversary of a Paramvir Chakra winner, Flt-Lt Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, in his native village here. After failing to force the village residents for adding names of certain Congress leaders on a foundation stone of a development work in the village, a group of the party workers, led by MLA Malkit Singh Dakha, laid the foundation stone prepared overnight with all necessary names.

Immolation threat; one arrested
Ludhiana, January 28
Even as dust is yet to settle on the immolation committed by a rehri unionist-cum-Congress worker in Patiala, the city police has arrested a resident of Kashmir Nagar here for allegedly threatening to immolate himself opposite the residence of Commissioner, Municipal Corporation (MC) on the Republic Day.


Mal Singh Ghuman — a Taksali Akali
Ludhiana, January 28
Mal Singh Ghuman was a true Taksali Akali and was a veteran freedom fighter. Ghuman, who was general secretary of the SGPC for more than six years, was at the helm of affairs of the august Sikh body when Punjab was passing through a period of turmoil and had witnessed Operation Blue atar.

At the Crossroads
Poet as interpreter of myths

I t took a long time for B.S. Bir to preen his wings before taking a flight into the sphere of creative writing. He started writing poems when he was in class VIII. His first short story was published in “Pritam”, a monthly magazine, in 1965. He was 18 at that time.

Chamber flays govt on VAT
Ludhiana, January 28
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry today said that the Punjab Government is showing apathy on the issue of VAT refunds. “Initially the government committed to give refunds without producing forms ‘C’ and ‘H’. Later, it made obligatory to produce these forms.


2 held with stolen motorcycle


K Lall opens centre for applied research
Ludhiana, January 28
K Lall Overseas, a Rs 150 crore group, opened its corporate office with a centre for applied research here today. The research centre will cater to small-scale textile units that had to rely on other states for such research.

Security awareness week by PNB
Ludhiana, January 28
The security awareness week conducted by the Punjab National Bank (PNB) concluded here today. With a view to enhance security consciousness amongst all employees and public, the bank organised security awareness week from January 23.



Annual prize distribution function
Ludhiana, January 28
The annual prize distribution function of Gobindgarh Public College, was held today at Kanhaiya Lal Badeja Hall on Gobindgarh Public School campus. Prof S.S. Bari, Registrar, Punjab University, was the chief guest.

Exhibition on social studies
Ludhiana, January 28
Students of Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, organised a social studies exhibition on the school premises. Over 30 models depicting evolution of civilisation, evolution of wheel and the Kargil War were put on display. The civics section focussed on the functioning of gram panchayats, block samitis etc. The geography section dealt with the subject of soil and water conversation.

Students honoured at convocation
Ludhiana, January 28
The Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a convocation ceremony to award degrees to the pass-out students here today. Dr S.K.Salwan, Vice-Chancellor, PTU, was the chief guest.

Students of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology at the convocation in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology at the convocation in Ludhiana on Saturday

Declamation contest at AS College
Khanna, January 28
The Lala Hans Raj Memorial Inter-College Declamation Contest was organised at the AS College for Women, Khanna, on Saturday. Students from 11 colleges in Ludhiana, Khanna and Mandi Gobindgarh participated in it.


Accident case: 2-year jail for accused
Ludhiana, January 28
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr S.P. Bangarh, has sentenced Amrik Singh (35 years) of Dhandarikalan, Ludhiana, to two years imprisonment in an accident case. A fine of Rs 3,000 was also imposed upon him.



Dental conference begins
Ludhiana, January 28

The four-day 59th Indian Dental Conference was inaugurated by the President of the Dental Council of India, Dr Anil Kohli, at Guru Nanak Bhavan here last evening. Lieut-Col Paramjit Singh from Delhi was the guest of honour.

Dental expo being organised as part of the 59th Indian Dental Conference at Guru Nanak Bhavan in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Dental expo being organised as part of the 59th Indian Dental Conference at Guru Nanak Bhavan in Ludhiana

IMA for better health care for people
Ludhiana, January 28
The Indian Medical Association has demanded that a substantial portion of the GDP should be allocated to the health sector to provide better medical care to the people, particularly those who cannot afford it.

Eye check-up camp begins
Mandi Gobindgarh, January 28
A two-day free eye check-up and cataract surgery camp was organised by Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh today. Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM, Amloh, inaugurated the camp. Dr Sanjeev Kumar and Dr Prabhakar Vardhan, along with their team, examined and operated patients. Dr Zora Singh, Chairman, Desh Bhagat group of institutes, welcomed the chief guest and doctors. 


Bharat, Sachin fashion Bhavadas Club win
Ludhiana, January 28
Fine batting by Bharat Malhotra (59), Sachin Sharma (51) and an equally useful allround performance of Pardeep Atwal (41 runs and 3 for 24) helped the Bhavadas Club to register a comfortable victory by 58 runs against the Aditya Club in the first Shaheed Ramesh Chander Memorial Cricket Tournament being organised by the Shaheed Ramesh Chander Memorial Welfare Society on the Daresi ground here today.

GGN Public School athletics meet
Ludhiana, January 28
More than 400 students took part in the two-day the XXth annual athletics meet of GGN Public School, Rose Garden, Civil Lines which concluded here today. Mr Prithpal Singh Kapur, former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar was the chief guest during the prize distribution function.


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