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PAU seeks Rs 100 cr for ICAR projects
Ludhiana, February 23
To tide over the persistent perennial financial constraints, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has sought an additional Rs 100 crore from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for its ongoing research projects in the university.

Controversy over naming shopping complex
Khanna, February 23
Naming a shopping complex became the bone of contention for the Khanna Improvement Trust after it came under protest from various Hindu organisations. After naming the earlier complexes as Guru Amar Dass market, Guru Teg Bahadur Market and Narotam Nagar, the chairman of the trust, Mr Ashok Jindal, got the idea to please Hindus and named the fourth complex as Bhagwan Shiv Shoping Complex.
The board bearing the name of the complex as Bhawgan Shiv Shopping Complex fitted at the site The board bearing the name of the complex as Bhawgan Shiv Shopping Complex fitted at the site. — A Tribune photograph


‘Chicken langar’ organised to dispel fear of bird flu
Ludhiana, February 23
Distressed over the glut of chicken in the market after the bird flu scare, meat-sellers distributed quintals of chicken delicacies free of cost to residents at a specially put up shamiana in Murga Mandi here this afternoon.

Move to impose service tax on docs draws flak
Ludhiana, February 23
The indication that the medical fraternity might be brought under the ambit of service tax has evoked protests from medical professionals and public alike. They apprehended that the tax would further push up the cost of treatment, thereby hitting the weaker sections and the under-privileged people, the hardest.

Bureaucrats justify saying no to politicians
Ludhiana, February 23
The recent outburst of legislators against bureaucrats has evoked sharp reaction from the officers. Several senior officers have regretted that the legislators have been feeling aggrieved without any valid reason.

Write-up shows Micky’s hatred for Reema Jain
Ludhiana, February 22
The Jagraon police has got an opportunity to peep into the mind of Micky Jain, prime accused in the sensational Reema Jain murder case, when it found a page of the Oberoi Hotel writing pad on which the accused had reflected his hatred for the business woman and expressed the earnest desire to take revenge.


Residents resent verdict in Jessica case
Ludhiana, February 23
The fact that Manu Sharma and other eight co-accused in the Jessica Lal murder case were let off has created a sense of resentment among all sections of the society. Most of the people have flayed the Delhi Sessions Court’s verdict of acquitting prime accused Manu, son of a Haryana minister Vinod Sharma, in the blatant murder of Jessica at a crowded South Delhi bar seven years ago.

Mann writes to SGPC chief
Ludhiana, February 23
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), has opposed any fresh construction in the Harmander Sahib complex and has suggested that the SGPC acquire another 100 acres for the additional infrastructure needs, including administrative blocks, staff quarters, parking lot, lodging facility for pilgrims and museums and educational institutions.

Farmers stage dharna
Ludhiana, February 23

Activists of five farmers’ organisations — the All-India Kirti Kisan Sabha, the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, the Punjab Kisan Sabha, the Bharti Kisan Union Ekta and the Khetibari Vikas Front — staged a dharna in front of the Mini-Secretariat here today to protest against the import of wheat and inadequate power supply.
Farmers stage a dharna in front of the Mini-Secretariat in Ludhiana on Thursday
Farmers stage a dharna in front of the Mini-Secretariat in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Roshani Fair from today


Nickel worth Rs 4.5 lakh stolen
Ludhiana, February 23
In yet another incident of nickel theft in the city, a gang of 10 to 12 persons stole nickel worth Rs 4.5 lakh, besides Rs 50,000 from Jain Manufacturing unit in the Division No. 6 police station area around 2 am today.


Six crop varieties okayed
Ludhiana, February 23
The Punjab State Variety Approval Committee today approved and recommended for release four Bt cotton hybrids, one maize and one bajra hybrid varieties for cultivation in the state.

More land to be brought under wheat cultivation
Ludhiana, February 23
The Punjab State Seed Certification Authority will certify 93,302 quintals of paddy seed during the forthcoming kharif season. According to officials, during rabi season there will be an increase of about 1,900 hectares under wheat as compared to last season. For kharif, the authority certified 94,445 quintals of seed and out of which 90,275 quintals was of paddy.


Electron microscope at PAU
Ludhiana, February 23
An electron microscope, first of its kind in the north has been installed at College of Agriculture, Punjab agriculture University (PAU). This latest state-of-the-art Rs 3.5 crore Electron Cryoultramicrotomy Microscope has been purchased out of funds made available by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

NCC examinations conducted
Ludhiana, February 23
No 4 Punjab Air Sqn NCC conducted ‘B’ and ‘C’ certificate examinations for the second and third year senior division cadets at Arya College here today. More than 70 NCC Air Wing cadets, including 25 girl cadets, from different colleges took the exam.

From Schools
Diet clinic at BCM Arya School

Ludhiana, February 23
A diet clinic was inaugurated at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, here, today. The clinic is a step towards health programme which will create awareness among the children as well as parents to take measures regarding nutritional and well-balanced diet. Dr R.K. Chaddha was the chief guest on the occasion.

Folk artistes to perform


Sessions Judge puts off interviews
Ludhiana, February 23
Following the receipt of more than 10,000 applications for 33 posts of clerks, steno-typists, orderly, peons and chowkidars in the District Courts here, the District and Sessions Judge, Mr Harbans Lal, has indefinitely postponed the test and interviews scheduled for March 3.



Exhibition of Tamil Nadu handicrafts begins
Ludhiana, February 23
The 10-day exhibition of craft items organised by the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited began at the Nehru Sidhant Kendra here today. The items included bronze, brass, stone, sandalwood and rosewood carvings, lamps, sculptures, wall brackets, door handles, tableware and lamp shades.
Visitors look at artifacts at an exhibition organised by the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Visitors look at artifacts at an exhibition organised by the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited in Ludhiana on Thursday


5.39 lakh children to get polio drops on Feb 26
Ludhiana, February 23
The stage is set for the third round of the mop up pulse polio campaign here on February 26. More than 5.39 lakh children from 0-5 years of age would be immunised and some 2,100 polio booths would be put up in the city and rural areas of the district for this purpose. In order to ensure a complete coverage of eligible children, teams of volunteers would go from house to house on February 27 and 28.

UK volunteers add colour to walls at CMCH
Ludhiana, February 23
Fifteen volunteers from central London have given a reason to the children visiting the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here to be cheerful. The 12 women and three men from Amersham Free Church in the UK have painted and redecorated the paediatrics OPD walls with cartoons during their 14-day visit.


Satnam best athlete
Ludhiana, February 23
Ramandeep Kaur in the girls’ section and Satnam Singh in the boys’ section were declared best athletes in the two-day 59th annual athletics meet of the Arya College, which concluded here today.

Shamsher wins two titles
Ludhiana, February 23
Shamsher Singh won the discus throw and hammer throw titles on the opening day of the 46th annual athletics meet of the Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College here today.


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