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Poppy husk worth Rs 24 lakh seized
Jagraon, February 12
The police today seized 60 kg of poppy husk (worth Rs 24 lakh) during a naka near Kila Raipur. The naka was laid by a police party headed by Mr Harjit Singh Brar, DSP, Dakha.

The Jagraon police team with poppy husk smugglers at a naka at Kila Raipur on Sunday The Jagraon police team with poppy husk smugglers at a naka at Kila Raipur on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Shiv Sena burns Valentine's Day cards
Ludhiana, February 12
The Shiv Sena held a protest against Valentine's Day celebrations. They burnt 'vulgar cards' at Baba Than Singh Chowk here today. They marched from Shingar Cinema to Baba Than Singh Chowk. The protest rally was led by Mr Anil Sahni Monu.


Booked under Noise Control Act
Ludhiana, February 12
Finally launching a crackdown on violators of the Supreme Court directive on noise pollution, the city police booked a resident for playing music after 10 pm yesterday. The division number 7 police arrested Varun Sood, a resident of Phase-I, Urban Estate, Dugri, for flouting the SC directive and District Magistrate's orders. He was released on bail.

Civil Surgeon saves injured owl
Ludhiana, February 12
The Civil Surgeon of Ludhiana, Dr Rajinder Kaur, saved an adult barn owl, which had developed injuries after its wings were entangled in a kite string. The owl was found hanging on a tree with wings injured badly. The doctor offered water to the owl and then reported about it to the local chapter of the People for Animals (PFA).

The Indo-Pak cricket series always give rise to strong emotions. But this time, viewers are just taking it as another cricket match. Gone are the days when restaurants and hotel owners presented waiters in cricket dress and menu and crockery in the cricket gear to attract customers.


Lajpat Rai questions PM’s stand on Iran
Ludhiana, February 12
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Rajya Sabha member Lala Lajpat Rai today questioned the Prime Minister’s stand on the issues like Bihar and voting against Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meet.

Social security cards issued to employees
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 12
The office of Employees Provident Fund Organisation, Bathinda, finished the first phase of issuing the National Social Security Number cards (NSSN) to thousands of employees from seven districts falling under the circle, claimed Mr P.R. Mitra, Commissioner of the organisation. He distributed documents among heads of various industrial units of the area at a function organised at Gillanders Arbuthnot and Company Ltd at Akbarpur, near here, on Friday.

VAT refunds now within three weeks
Ludhiana, February 12
The Excise and Taxation Department will clear all VAT refunds in the state within three weeks. The department has already disbursed refunds to the tune of Rs 41.65 crore, said Mr D.P. Reddy, Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Punjab, here recently.

Need to preserve water 
Ludhiana, February 12
Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute, PAU, has organised a six-day national training programme on “Efficient management and use of water resources for sustainable agriculture”. It was sponsored by the Ministry of Water Resources.

Dalits to join SAD’s chetna rally
Amloh, February 12
People of the Dalit community are fed up with the false promises of the Congress government in the state and they will participate in the chetna rally to be organised by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) at Kartarpur on February 18, said Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi, former minister and member of the SAD advisory committee to mediapersons. Earlier in the day he addressed a meeting of Akali workers on the compound of the Canal Rest House.

Class IV employees to hold meeting 
Ludhiana, February 12
In a meeting held by office bearers of the Sikhya Vibhag Class IV Government Employees Union here today, the body president, Mr Harbhajan Singh, said they had decided to hold a protest meeting on February 14.



Ectopia-2006 concludes at DMCH
Ludhiana, February 12
Ectopia-2006, a three-day cultural festival organised at Dumra Auditorium of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) concluded here last evening. On the third and final day, performances of the participants added flavour to the event.

Science fair at DAV school
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 12
The Science Club of the local Dyanand Adarsh Vidyalya High School organised a science fair on the school premises yesterday. The inaugural function of the fair was presided over by Ms Kusam Meddireta , Principal, while Mr Vijay Hind, Director, Hind Hospital, was the chief guest.

Johar gives grant to govt school
Ludhiana, February 12
Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister, has asserted that to check the menace of copying during the Punjab School Education Board examinations strict vigilance would be exercised.



Free artificial limbs given away
Ludhiana, February 12

More than 70 physically handicapped persons were provided artificial Limbs by the Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust at a camp organised in coordination with all its Ludhiana branches here today.

Physically challenged persons with artificial limbs given by the Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust at a function held in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Physically challenged persons with artificial limbs given by the Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust at a function held in Ludhiana on Sunday

Don’t sleep over sleep disorders, warn experts
Ludhiana, February 12
In India about 200 million people of all ages have sleep problems and more than 80 sleep-related disorders have been identified. These interfere with quality of life and contribute to many types of accidents.


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