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Kila Raipur games in controversy
PETA slaps notice on organisers

Ludhiana, February 13
The annual rural Olympics, to be held at Kila Raipur this weekend, has run into a controversy with an animal rights organisation, People for Ethical Treatment to Animals (PETA), raising an objection to the use of animals in sports.

Valentine’s excitement grips city
Ludhiana, February 13
Valentine’s Day fever is in the air as the whole city seems to be pulsating with excitement and activity in anticipation of this day. But pink, not red seems to be the colour of Valentine’s Day this year. Traditionally red is the colour associated with Valentine’s Day. Besides this several other new things are being tried this year.
Youngster prepare for V-Day celebrations at Footloose, a dance institute, in Ludhiana on Monday Youngster prepare for V-Day celebrations at Footloose, a dance institute, in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph


Party time as Valentine’s Day draws close
Ludhiana, February 13
Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate love in different ways, a day to give vent to your pent up emotions, brings with it a reason to party. The young people are agog with excitement, planning their outfits as the party time draws close.

Sena activists to film couples celebrating V-Day
Ludhiana, February 13
Activists of Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) have planned to instal video cameras at various places in the city on the occasion of Valentine’s Day tomorrow. This was claimed here by the office-bearers of the Sena, who said that they would prepare videos of youths celebrating Valentine’s Day tomorrow and pass on the footage to district administration demanding action against them.

Timely help can save this 6-year-old
Ludhiana, February 13
Six-year-old Sarwan, son of a migrant worker from Bihar, is fighting for his life after an almost fatal head injury. But given the seriousness of his condition it seems that he would not be able to continue his fight in the absence of help from kind-hearted Ludhianvis.
Paltan Sharma, father of the boy, lives with his wife and five children in a rented accommodation near Shingar Cinema in the city.

Six-year-old Sarwan undergoes treatment at CMCH in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Six-year-old Sarwan undergoes treatment at CMCH in Ludhiana

DC directs SSP to register rape case
Ludhiana, February 13
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, today directed the Jagraon police to register an FIRon the alleged Dalit woman's rape in Birmi village, which was allegedly covered up by the police and village panchayat.

Dalit’s death: NGO seeks action
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 13
Official apathy towards handling of accidental cases on railway tracks claimed the life of a Dalit youth who could have been saved had the authorities shown genuine concern for his life. The youth with a severed leg and ruptured skull had shuttled between one place and the other for hours instead of being taken to a suitable hospital near the accident site.


Akalis, too, as divided as Congress
State of political parties
Ludhiana, February 13
The Shiromani Akali Dal's Ludhiana unit is also sharply divided and the local leaders remain busy in having a tug of war. They do not leave any stone unturned to humiliate one another. Out of 12 Vidhan Sabha segments of Ludhiana district, four are held by the Akali Dal and the Congress has its hold over eight seats.

BKU to launch stir against wheat import
Ludhiana, February 13
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) has decided to launch a mass agitation in the state to block the government’s move to import wheat and seek an increase in the support price of wheat to Rs 900 per quintal. In the first phase of the agitation, the BKU would organise district level dharnas on February 22 and memoranda would be submitted to respective Deputy Commissioners for acceptance of demands of the farmers.

Chain fast by protesting Railway staff
Ludhiana, February 13
Activists of the Uttariya Railway Mazdoor Union (URMU) continued their chain fast against the repressive policies of Northern Railway authorities for the third day here today with seven workers resorting to hunger strike.

Activists of the Uttariya Railway Union protest against the policies of the Northern Railway authorities in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Activists of the Uttariya Railway Union protest against the policies of the Northern Railway authorities

Ravidas Jayanti celebrated
Ludhiana, February 13

Guru Ravidas jayanti was celebrated here today with fervour. Special prayers were offered during the day. Various shobha yatras by different organisations were also taken out in different parts of the city. Thousands of people, including women and children participated in these yatras.

Devotees at a langar organised on Ravidas Jayanti in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Devotees at a langar organised on Ravidas Jayanti in Ludhiana on Monday

Rotarians attend seminar
Ludhiana, February 13
“Leaders are mostly born but people can inculcate leadership qualities. Leaders do not claim that they are leaders, but they are like light houses and guide to others,” said Mr N.K. Arora, ex-Chief Secretary, Punjab, addressing Rotarians. 

Rotarians with past president Sanjiv Sethi (second from right), chairman of the district leadership training seminar, organised in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Rotarians with past president Sanjiv Sethi , chairman of the district leadership training seminar, organised in Ludhiana on Sunday

Ration distribution function
Ludhiana, February 13
Gyan Sthal Mandir, Subhani Building, held 102nd ration distribution function for 777 needy women here yesterday. On this occasion, a marriage of poor girl was performed. President Mr Jagdish Bajaj welcomed the guests.

“Shift industrial units from residential areas”
Ludhiana, February 13
The Environmental and Welfare Association has demanded that the small-scale industries should be shifted from residential areas as these are creating problems for residents.



Unscheduled power cuts plague industry
Ludhiana, February 13
The local industry is feeling the heat of prolonged unscheduled power cuts. Even as the electricity board has not declared official cuts for industry, unscheduled cuts ranging between one and four hours are being imposed in several areas.


A lot common between farm sectors of two Punjabs
Ludhiana, February 13
If politics divided the land of five rivers along religious lines, geography continues to keep the two parts alike in terms of economy and agriculture. This is what two agricultural economists of Punjab Agricultural University found during their extensive research on agriculture in two parts of Punjab.


Inter-college extravaganza on February 17
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 13
The Mandi Gobindgarh- based RIMT-Institute of Management and Computer Technology will organise a one-day inter-college extravaganza "RIMT Rhythmz '06" sponsored by Airtel on February17. This gala show will have 18 cultural, literary, management and IT events.

Annual sports day at Love Dale School
Ludhiana, February 13
Love Dale Montessori organised their annual sports day here. The children participated in competitions . Events like 50m race, banana race, 3-legged race, tricycle race and potato races were held. The children had fun. The events were followed by prize distribution. Refreshments were also served.



Ravinder Ravi releases album
Ludhiana, February 13
"After Indian Idol contest, my life took a U turn. I got name and fame and have made a place for myself in spite of the cut- throat competition.. The owners of Arjun Records have helped me to bring out my album 'Jat Lutiya Gaya' , and they are my godfathers", said Ravinder Ravi at the release of his album at Planet M in Sarabha Nagar here last evening.


Make medical treatment affordable, says Johar
Ludhiana, February 13
The Education Minister, Mr Harnam Das Johar, today asked the health institutions and medical professionals to make the treatment affordable for the poor so that more and more human lives could be saved.


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