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BKU flays govt decision to import wheat
Ludhiana, February 8
The Bhartiya Kisan Union has criticised the government decision to import wheat, saying it will have disastrous effect on the farm economy of the country. It pleaded that rather than going for import of food grains, the government should immediately take necessary steps to link the prices of farm produce with the wholesale price index because non-remunerative prices had led to acute shortage of wheat, sugar and other commodities in the country.

Fake degrees, licences for Rs 5,000
Jagraon, February 8
A large number of fake matriculation certificates of the Punjab School Education Board have been circulated in the market in the town by a two-member gang, which used computers and the scanner technology to produce such degrees. Besides the degrees, the accused also sold fake registration certificates of vehicles and driving licences.


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Politicians hamper law implementation
Ludhiana, February 8
Political interference has been marring the implementation of the law of the land in the city. Elected representatives, entrusted with the task of fair governance for enforcing the law, have been helping law-breakers, considering the recent incidents of stalling of official action against such people.

Revenue shortfall: IT sleuths conduct survey
Ludhiana, February 8
In the wake of yawning gap between the targeted revenue collection for the year and actual tax collection till date, senior officials of four ranges in the Chief Commissionerate of Income Tax today launched survey operations simultaneously at nearly 12 business premises of six firms in the city and another in Mandi Ahmedgarh.

Wheat import policy anti-farmer : IHRO
Ludhiana, February 8
The International Human Rights Organisation today termed as anti-farmer the wheat import policy of the UPA government and announced its support and solidarity with the five kisan organisations led by the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) to oppose the policy.

Strengthen ties between Punjab, Canada: Jong
Samrala, February 8
The Canadian delegation led by Michaal De Jong, Minister for Labour and Citizen Services and House Leader, Government of British Columbia, Canada, left for Canada today after meeting Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University etc to explore the possibilities of agreement in the fields of education, investment and labour between Punjab and British Columbia.

Youth commits suicide
Ludhiana, February 8
Fed up with the alleged exorbitant interest charged by a Tibba road based financier, a youth allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the hook of a roof in Lakkar Bazar here today afternoon.

 
COMMUNITY

NRIs urged to contribute for development
Ludhiana, February 8
Non-resident Indians have been urged to contribute for development projects at their native villages in the district and avail themselves of a 50 per cent matching grant from the Punjab Government.

Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma lays the foundation stone of a self-financed community development project at Kakowal village, 10 km from Ludhiana, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma lays the foundation stone of a self-financed community development project at Kakowal village, 10 km from Ludhiana

State of Political Parties
Ludhianvis ready to teach Congress a lesson
Ludhiana, February 8
As the elections to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha are approaching political parties have started gearing up for the same and the process for the reorganisation of the parties has started.

Get a unique gift for your Valentine
Ludhiana, February 8
Romance is in the air as Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. All romantics at heart, both young and old, married and singles, students and working men and women, are looking for special gifts to give it to their loved ones on Valentine — a day reserved to celebrate love. Nitika is very excited to have found a unique gift this year for her loved one. As she is fond of flowers while she was at a nursery, she discovered that the nursery had stocked a very unusual plant.

Handpainted designer pots are getting popular as Valentine gift this year. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Handpainted designer pots are getting popular as Valentine gift this year

She plans to serve the aged
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 8
Ms Paramjit Kaur, one of the four daughters of a retired school headmaster of Pohir village, feels proud of her father, who instead of adopting a boy, has brought her up as a son.

Foundation stone of temple laid
Ludhiana, February 8
The foundation stone of the Nav Greh Shanti Temple at GK Estate here was today laid by Mr Gulshan Kumar, the builder of the estate. Talking to the media, Mr Kumar said, “My family is building the temple.


Mr Gulshan Kumar, builder of GK Estate, lays the foundation stone of a temple in the colony in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mr Gulshan Kumar, builder of GK Estate, lays the foundation stone of a temple in the colony in Ludhiana

BDO staff observe strike
Samrala, February 8
On the call given by the Joint Action Committee of the Panchayati Raj Institutions, the BDO staff here proceeded on strike against the alleged atrocities committed by the Vigilance Department.

Irked over VB raids, Panchayat Dept staff go on strike
Ludhiana, February 8
The recent Vigilance action against a number of government officials seemed to have ruffled many a feathers with the Panchayati Raj Institution Union of Ludhiana district deciding to stop all development work till the Vigilance was reined in.


 
CRIME

Nickel thefts give industry sleepless nights
Ludhiana, February 8
Rise in number of nickel theft cases is giving the local industry sleepless nights. Blaming the police for inaction, industry representatives have demanded that security cover be increased in focal points and industrial areas and a CBI inquiry be conducted in the previous theft cases.

Newborn girl found
Ludhiana, February 8
A newly born baby girl was found abandoned near a drain on the Mullanpur-Humbran road near Bhattian village, 4 km from Mullanpur Dakha, today raising once again the issue of unwanted female children in the state. The child was admitted to the DMC hospital here.

Two killed in road mishap
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 8
Two persons, including a migrant labourer, died when their motor cycle was hit by a speeding car near Kup Kalan village here last night. The police has registered a case under Section 279 and 304A of the IPC against the unidentified driver of the car.

Motor cycle thief nabbed
Ludhiana, February 8
The CIA Wing-II has claimed to have nabbed a youth who has been stealing vehicles to buy drugs. Two stolen motorcycles have been recovered from his possession. Sub-Inspector Balbir Singh Tiwana, incharge CIA Wing-II told media-persons that the youth Pardeep Singh Grewal was a resident of Gill village.

Man convicted for possessing unlicensed pistol
Ludhiana, February 8
The Judicial Magistrate, Mr K. K. Singla, sentenced Ajmer Singh of Hambran village to one and a half year rigorous imprisonment on the charge of possessing an unlicensed country-made pistol. He was also directed to pay fine of Rs 500.

1 killed, two hurt in road mishap
Ludhiana, February 8
Tejinder Singh of Agwar Gujjran village, Jagraon, was killed and his brother-in-law Charanjit Singh and Amardeep Singh, a resident of Jagraon, were injured last night when a truck without registration number hit the motor cycle they were riding near Nanaksar, near here.

BUSINESS


‘Spare industrial feeders for industry’
Ludhiana, February 8
Representatives of industry operating in industrial areas A and B and the Industrial Estate said today they were facing electricity shortage as power supply to these areas was being diverted for residential purposes.


Mr Joginder Kumar, president, The Ludhiana Electroplaters Association, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Mr Joginder Kumar, president, The Ludhiana Electroplaters Association, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana
 
AGRICULTURE

Farmers can recover losses: PAU experts
Ludhiana, February 8
The farmers who have suffered damage to the potato crop due to frost in January need not lose heart as agronomists at Punjab Agricultural University have come up with solutions.

EDUCATION

‘India got nothing from WTO negotiations
Ludhiana, February 8
WTO negotiations were a sign of victory of the developed nations. Developing countries, including India, had failed to get any thing out of these negotiations. It was the weak negotiating power of the developing countries, which failed to give them desired concessions.
Prof P. K. Vasudeva addresses the gathering at Government College for Women Prof P. K. Vasudeva addresses the gathering at Government College for Women on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

Study circle to celebrate Holla Mohalla
Ludhiana, February 8
Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Ludhiana zone, has decided to celebrate Holla Mohalla on March 15. This was announced at a meeting of the circle here today. Chief Secretary Dr Charan Kamal Singh said the study circle would celebrate at Baba Isher Singh Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar.

Farewell party
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 8
Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a farewell party on Tuesday for its class XII students. Various games were organised at the party. Jaswinder Tiwana and Yamini Bansal were chosen as Mr and Miss Sacred Heart 06 respectively.

Annual convocation
Khanna, February 8
Two lecturers of A. S. College received their PhD degrees at 55th annual convocation of Panjab University held at the university campus. Justice Y. K. Sabharwal, Chief Justice of India, was the chief guest.

 

HEALTH

Dermatology “most popular” speciality
Ludhiana, February 8
‘The sea changes that have taken place in the field of dermatology of late have virtually negated the traditional saying — the patient never dies, and never gets well.”

Cultural bonanza at DMCH
Ludhiana, February 8
The cultural festivities of ‘DMCH-Ectopia 2006’ were kicked off with the release of ‘Ectopia Times’ by the Dr Daljit Singh, Principal, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, the host institution here yesterday.

‘Lifestyle diseases on the rise in rural Punjab’
Ludhiana, February 8
“Contrary to popular belief, a large segment of rural population has been suffering from lifestyle diseases like diabetes and kidney disorder, both of which lead to heart problems,” said senior super-specialists after a heart and kidney disease check-up camp at the gurdwara of Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi at Mansooran village in the district on February 6, at which at least 250 patients were examined.


 
SPORTS

Kuljotvir, Balinder best athletes
Ludhiana, February 8
Balinder Kaur of the College of Agriculture and Kuljotvir Singh of the College of Veterinary Sciences were adjudged best athletes among girls and boys, respectively, at the 40th annual athletics meet of Punjab Agricultural University, which concluded here today.

National handball meet from today
Ludhiana, February 8
With a couple of internationals in their ranks, the hosts Punjab start as favourites in the 34th Senior National Handball Championship for men which begins at the indoor multipurpose hall of Guru Nanak Sports Complex here on February 9.
Members of the Punjab handball team with officials after the practice session in Ludhiana
Members of the Punjab handball team with officials after the practice session in Ludhiana. International Raghu Gurang will lead the team in the 34th Senior National Handball Championship to be held here from February 9 to 15. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Wushu players honoured
Ludhiana, February 8
Wushu players of GAD Public School, New Shimlapuri, who won medals in the 51st National School Games held at DAV Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, from February 3 to 6, were honoured here.

Wushu players of GAD Public School, New Shimlapuri, who won medals in recently concluded National School Games, in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Wushu players of GAD Public School, New Shimlapuri, who won medals in recently concluded National School Games, in Ludhiana

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