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“Abandoned” girls wait for parents
January 30

Kirpal Nagar residents Tarwinder Verma and his wife Reeta are in a fix. Their former neighbour, who left two children (both girls) with them three days ago, has failed to turn up.
Seven-year-old Pooja and three-year-old Shabnam with Rita in Kirpal Nagar, Gali No. 4, Ludhiana, on Monday
Seven-year-old Pooja and three-year-old Shabnam with Rita in Kirpal Nagar, Gali No. 4, Ludhiana, on Monday. — Photo by IV

Sick of second wife, elderly man kills self
Ludhiana, January 30
Differences with his second wife forced a 65-year-old man to commit suicide by consuming a poisonous substance at his residence in New Prem Nagar here today. Bal Kishan, president of Geeta Mandir Dharamshala, was found dead by his son, Narinder Kumar, in the morning. Narinder had gone to check on his father after he did not wake up on his usual time.

ESI Hospital staff protest against change in working hours
Ludhiana, January 30
Led by activists of the Coordination Committee of Para-medical and Health Employees, Punjab, staff members of ESI Model Hospital here protested against the hospital management today for, what they described as, the whimsical decision of changing working hours of both the para-medical as well as the clerical staff.
Paramedical and clerical staff of ESI Model Hospital hold a protest against the hospital authorities in Ludhiana on Monday Paramedical and clerical staff of ESI Model Hospital hold a protest against the hospital authorities in Ludhiana on Monday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Mr Charanjit Singh Gill of Sudhar village gets award from Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for his role in diversification in agriculture
Mr Charanjit Singh Gill of Sudhar village gets award from Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for his role in diversification in agriculture.


Surgical way to lose fat
Ludhiana, January 30
Kamaljeet (name changed), a 22-year-old city resident with a body weight of 110 kg and height of 5’-5”, overweighs by nearly 45 kg. Carrying the extra body weight and under great mental stress, she tried everything to have that slim-trim figure, but to no avail.

Buffaloes die after consuming pesticide-laced fodder
Ludhiana, January 30
A farmer of Kotla village in Fatehgarh Sahib got a rude shock when his eight buffaloes died one after another after suspectedly consuming pesticide-laced fodder some days ago.

Russian students on PAU tour
Ludhiana, January 30
Under the exchange programme between the Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering and Punjab Agricultural University, the second batch of six students, including two girls, are here for training till February 12. The first batch had undergone training last year.

Kisan Mela from March 2
Ludhiana, January 30
The annual two-day Kisan Mela will be held on the PAU campus on March 2 and 3. This year the theme is: “Save water, save Punjab”. The Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, today approved the schedule for holding regional Kisan Melas in March.


Sukhbir comes to people’s doorstep
Ludhiana, January 30
In a bid to expand base in urban areas, particularly among traders and industrialists, the Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary and son of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Sukhbir Badal, today walked across the city to learn about their problems that had been “ignored” by the Congress government. In the process, he also spelt out his political agenda.

Istri Sabha for empowerment of women
Ludhiana, January 30
The Punjab Istri Sabha has said that ensuring 33 per cent reservation for women in decision-making bodies of the country is not charity but their legitimate right, which has been denied to them for ages.

Forum to work for Dalit, Muslim uplift
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 30
The All-India Majlis-e-Ahrar has decided to launch a movement to mobilise members of Muslim and Dalit populations to join hands against separatist and anti-national forces. Mr Mohamad Yaseen, a local councillor and general secretary, state body of the Ahrar, claimed that the organisation that had played an active role in the freedom struggle of the nation was equipped to aid Dalits and members of the lower strata. “Besides enrolling members from the Muslim community, we would register constituents from Dalits and the downtrodden so that more people are benefited from our association,” claimed Mr Yaseen while talking to Ludhiana Tribune.

Mohamad Yaseen, state general secretary, All-India Majlis-E-Ahrar.
Mohamad Yaseen, state general secretary, All-India Majlis-E-Ahrar

Tributes paid to Mahatma
Ludhiana, January 30
Tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi and other martyrs of the country at a special function organised to commemorate his martyrdom at the Mini Secretariat here today. Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the function which was attended by the secretariat staff and other people. 

Officers of various government offices of Ahmedgarh pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School on Monday. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma.
Officers of various government offices of Ahmedgarh pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School on Monday

Employee unions hold dharna
Jagraon, January 30
Hundreds of members of various employee unions today held a dharna in protest against the economic policies of the Centre and the state government and privatisation.

Vibhuti Jain brings laurels to city
Ludhiana, January 30
Vibhuti Jain of the 19 Punjab NCC Battalion, Ludhiana, won the Bronze Medal at the Best Cadet competition at the Republic Day Camp in New Delhi. Vibhuti bagged the third position at the All-India Level in Senior Girls category where cadets from all directorates in the country participated.



Sehwag’s Favourites restaurant opens
Ludhiana, January 30
Cricketer Virender Sehwag would delight Ludhianavi taste-buds now. Sehwag’s Favourites, his first restaurant in Punjab, which is a unit of Creative Stride, opened at Ansals Plaza here today. The restaurant would offer traditional Indian vegetarian cuisine.

Residents beeline for sales
Ludhiana, January 30

Flat 50 per cent off on woollens, 30-50 per cent off on jackets, cardigans, sale banners are put everywhere in the city and residents make a beeline for it. Maximum discounts are being offered by the owners dealing with woollens. Besides, 20-40 per cent discounts are being given on shoes, ready-made garments, unstitched ladies suits, sleep wear for men, women and kids, clothing and accessories, etc. The “buy one get one free” offer is also attracting the city residents.
Residents prefer to buy everything on sale. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Residents prefer to buy everything on sale

Industrialists air grievances
Ludhiana, January 30
Disappointed with the government’s functioning, local industrialists are leaving no stone unturned to voice their grievances. A large number of memorandums regarding their demands and problems were submitted to the SAD General Secretary, Mr Sukhbir Badal, during his visit here today.



PAU to net-link research stations
Ludhiana, January 30
Punjab Agricultural University has decided to uplink its 15 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) to create awareness and educate farmers about the latest research methodologies in field crops, vegetables and horticulture.

Students take to memory tonics
Ludhiana, January 30
Now that both college and school boards examinations are approaching, students as well as parents are getting jittery. Tension often leads to lapses of memory. There are plenty of advertisements on tonics that claim to strengthen memory. Parents as well as students are rushing to buy these.

From Schools and Colleges
English language laboratory opened
Ludhiana, January 30
Prof Manju Jadika, Chairperson, Department of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh, has inaugurated the English language laboratory at GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar. Prof Jadika was accompanied by Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh, a Senator and Syndic of Panjab University.
Moms and kids participate in the competition “Mom, Tum Aur Hum” organised at Cherrylane Play School, Ludhiana on Monday
Moms and kids participate in the competition “Mom, Tum Aur Hum” organised at Cherrylane Play School, Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma


Businessman convicted in cheque-bounce case
Ludhiana, January 30
Mr Jaspal Verma, Judicial Magistrate, has convicted Balbir Singh owner of M/s Natraj Industries, Janta Nagar, here in a cheque-bounce case of Rs 4 lakh. He was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for one year. Fine of Rs 5,000 was also imposed upon the accused.



Radiotherapy facility at DMCH
Ludhiana, January 30
Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will soon have the radiotherapy facility which would strengthen treatment of cancer patients. The managing society of the college has approved the proposal of Dr Hukku of Roentogen Oncologic Solutions Ltd, New Delhi for the radiotherapy facility at the hospital. The company will spend Rs 9 crore on the same.

Awareness rally on leprosy
Ludhiana, January 30
An awareness rally was taken out from the Civil Hospital here today to observe martyrdom day of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, as National Anti-Leprosy Day. An exhibition was also put up by the health administration to educate lepers and other visitors about leprosy and its treatment.

Dr GPI Singh honoured
Ludhiana, January 30
Dr GPI Singh, Professor and Head of the Department of Community Medicine at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, here was honoured at the Joint National Congress of the Indian Public Health Association (IPHA) and the Indian Association of  Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) held at Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh,) from January 21 to 24. The conclave coincided with the golden jubilee celebrations of the IPHA.

German doc visits HDHI
Ludhiana, January 30
A leading cardiologist from Germany, Dr Thomas Isshinger visited Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) here on Saturday. According to Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander, Director, HDHI, the visiting doctor accompanied the cardiology team of HDHI. Dr Isshinger was impressed with the overall facilities at HDHI.

253 examined at eye camp


Baljeet Kaur wins six medals
Ludhiana, January 30
Baljeet Kaur won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals and was declared the best athlete in the one-day 36th Annual Athletics Meet of Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, held here today. Baljeet grabbed top honours in high jump, long jump and 100m sprint.

Machhiwara girl clinches Batalvi medal
Machhiwara, January 30
Lovleen Kaur, a student of the local National College for Women, brought laurels to this town, clinching the ‘Shiv Kumar Batalvi’ Gold medal for her Punjabi poem ‘Ik Tarfi Preet’ which was declared the best poem of the year, 2004, by Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Sports Centre to take on PSEB in cricket final
Ludhiana, January 30
Sports Centre, Ludhiana, scored thrilling one-wicket win over Bhavadhas Club in the second semifinal of the first Shaheed Ramesh Chander Memorial Cricket Tournament being organised by the Shaheed Ramesh Chander Memorial Welfare Society at the Daresi ground here today.

Kulbir is best athlete
Ludhiana, January 30
Kulbir Kaur, student of BA III, added another medal to her kitty today emerging the fastest runner among the participants and was adjudged the best athlete at the annual athletics meet of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, which concluded here today.

Cricket tourney concludes
Amloh, January 30
The five-day cricket tournament organised by the Youth Sports and Welfare Club, Amloh, concluded last evening. The matches were played on the grounds of the local Government Secondary School. The tournament was inaugurated by Mr Jagmit Singh Sahota, president, municipal council, Mandi Gobindgarh, on January 25. He gave Rs 10,000 to the club.


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