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Ex-MLA expelled from school management
Ludhiana, March 25
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President, Mr Avtar Singh, today expelled former Health Minister and MLA Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal from the management committee of Nankana Sahib Senior Secondary School here.

Allotment of liquor vends ends monopoly
Ludhiana, March 25
In stark contrast to previous years when the auction of liquor vends witnessed high drama and manipulative tactics by the liquor cartel to hold on to Rs 1400-crore liquor trade all over the state, the allotment of vends by the draw of lots under the revised license policy here today turned out to be a tame affair.


A boy takes out a slip during the draw of lots for the allotment of liquor vends in Ludhiana on Saturday A boy takes out a slip during the draw of lots for the allotment of liquor vends in Ludhiana on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed.




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2 big commercial projects on LIT anvil
Ludhiana, March 25
After a gap of 18 long years, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust is taking up two major development projects across Sidhwan Canal on Gill village side and on Tajpur Road, which would be exploited commercially.

 
COMMUNITY

BJP under fire over Sonia’s resignation
Ludhiana, March 25
The Bhartiya Janata Party and its allies continued to be under sharp attack from Congress functionaries here after All-India Congress Committee chief Sonia Gandhi was made to quit her Lok Sabha seat for occupying the seat of president of the National Advisory Committee, considered an office of profit.

A nihang carts his family and household goods in Ludhiana
SELF RELIANCE: A nihang carts his family and household goods in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Khurana’s suspension upsets workers
Ludhiana, March 25

The recent developments in the Bhartiya Janata Party which led to the expulsion of senior leader and former Delhi Chief Minister, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, has upset the party rank and file here. Moreover, Mr Khurana's influence and rapport with Punjab and party workers here is the added cause of their concern.

SGPC takes battle to Sarna’s turf
Ludhiana, March 25
Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhik Committee chief Avtar Singh Makkar is learnt to have decided to take the battle of his mentor and SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal against his arch rival Paramjit Singh Sarna to Delhi, Sarna’s own turf.

Dharamsot highlights Cong achievements
Amloh, March 25
“Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh have succeeded in creating a peaceful atmosphere with neighbouring countries and promoting trade with them,” said Parliamentary Secretary (Home, Justice and PWD), and member of the All-India Congress Committee, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot.

Forgery by sarpanch: Admin begins probe
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 25
The Sangrur administration has started a probe into an alleged forgery by the sarpanch of Kalyan village near here. The SDM Malerkotla submitted a detailed report to Mr Hussan Lal ,DC ,Sangrur.

Workshop focuses on development of children
Ludhiana, March 25
Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, here conducting a five-day “Art excel workshop” for primary kids in collaboration with The Art of Living. It concluded yesterday.

Simplify income tax laws: expert
Ludhiana, March 25
Highlighting the salient features of the Budget in relation to income tax related issues and new amendments, taxation expert Girish Ahuja made a plea for simplification of income tax laws to improve compliance and effectively tackle evasion of taxes.
Chief Commissioner of Income Tax R.S. Mathoda addresses a seminar on “Union Budget-2006” organised by the Taxation Bar Association in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Chief Commissioner of Income Tax R.S. Mathoda addresses a seminar on “Union Budget-2006” organised by the Taxation Bar Association in Ludhiana on Saturday

Sutlej Club poll today
Ludhiana, March 25
Sutlej Club goes to the polls tomorrow to elect its office-bearers for a term of two years. Known as the officers’ club, it has Deputy Commissioner as the ex officio president, who is assisted by a team of elected office-bearers and executive committee to run the club on day-to-day basis.

These women collect unwanted bricks from roads in Ludhiana. Besides clearing roads of the debris that often leads to accidents, they make money for themselves by selling the material
Gleamers of Roads: These women collect unwanted bricks from roads in Ludhiana. Besides clearing roads of the debris that often leads to accidents, they make money for themselves by selling the material. — Photo by I.V.

Women of a family seek protection
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 25 
Women of a family of Dhulkot village have sought protection for their lives and property from some miscreants who had assaulted their male members and threatened to eliminate them. They have accused the Latala police of inaction.

Pension adalat hailed
Ludhiana, March 25
The Punjab Government Pensioners’ Association appreciated the Accountant-General, Punjab, for making an effort to sort out various problems relating to pensioners at the pension adalat held in the city here recently. A large number of pensioners attended the adalat.

 
CRIME

Rs 60,000 snatched from cyclist
Amloh, March 25
Two motor cycle-borne youths snatched Rs 60,000 from a cyclist, Harchand Singh (60) of Annian village, on the Amloh-Annian road, this afternoon. According to Harchand Singh, he had withdrawn the money from a State Bank of Patiala branch here.

Cash stolen from gurdwaras
Jagraon, March 25
Thieves broke open the 'Golaks' of two gurdwaras. They stole Rs 4000 from the ' golak ' of Gurdwara Kotmana and s 500 from the golak of the gurdwara Kohi . A case under Section 457 and 380, IPC, has been registered at Humbran and Sidhwanbet police station.

BUSINESS

Premium car prices set to rise
Ludhiana, March 25
The beginning of the next financial year is all set to witness a rise in prices of premium car segment. Companies site "cost adjustments" as the reason for the hike.




Mr Rajeev Chaba, president and managing director, General Motors India, with company officials at the launch of Chevrolet Aveo in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Rajeev Chaba, president and managing director, General Motors India, with company officials at the launch of Chevrolet Aveo

 

EDUCATION

Educationists condemn varsity Bill
Ludhiana, March 25
A seminar titled “Privatisation of higher education — a compromise with the quality” was held in the Khalsa College for Women here today.


Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, Punjab, addresses the audience at a seminar on “Privatisation of Education — a compromise with quality” organised by the Punjab Educationists Forum at Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, on Saturday. — Photo by I.V.
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, Punjab, addresses the audience at a seminar on “Privatisation of Education — a compromise with quality” organised by the Punjab Educationists Forum at Khalsa College for Wome

Farewell parties — a hollow affair 
Ludhiana: The ides of March brings in its wake a host of farewell parties in all city colleges. Each college wants to be the first with a farewell party and outdo the other. In fact, these days each department in a college arranges a separte farewell party.

From Colleges
550 get degrees at GCW

Ludhiana, March 25
“I am very happy to know that students of the local Government College for Women have done exceedingly well in different fields and I want that the girls should continue to excel in the fields in spite of all odds,” said Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.


Students of Government College for Women pose with their degrees in Ludhiana on Saturday Students of GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, are all smiles after receiving their degrees at a convocation on Saturday
Students of Government College for Women pose with their degrees in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Tribune photo b ySayeed Ahmed Students of GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, are all smiles after receiving their degrees at a convocation on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed 

Warm send-off to seniors
Doraha, March 25
Students of MCom (final year) and BCom (final year) were given a warm send-off by their juniors at Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall of Guru Nanak National College, here today.

COURTS

SDM records statements
Suicide by student
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 25
Acting on the directions of Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, Hussan Lal, SDM, Malerkotla, Dr Indu recorded statements of over 40 persons, including students appearing in Class XII examination at the local MGMN Senior Secondary School, into circumstances that led to suicide by one of the students taking the examination, Sarabjit Singh.

 

CULTURE

Makrand works in films to earn for plays
Ludhiana, March 25
Makrand Deshpande, stage, screen and television actor and director, is in the city to act in his play “Ek Kadam Aage” that is being staged in the evening at Guru Nanak Bhavan. This is the 65th presentation by the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam.

HEALTH

Heart check-up camp today
Ludhiana, March 25
The Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) will organise a free cardiac check-up camp at Mandi Ahmedgarh tomorrow. Dr G.S. Wander, chief cardiologist, Dr Naved Aslam, cardiologist and Dr Rahit Tandon, senior resident at the HDHI, along with a team comprising dieticians and technicians, would examine the patients and give advice on dietetics, ECG and blood sugar .

Donation gives sight to two
Ludhiana, March 25
A city resident, Mr Joginder Singh, and Mr Nagar Singh of Sehbazpura village, near Raikot, have regained their sight, thanks to Inder Singh Tatla, a resident of Gorsian Makhan village in this district, who had pledged to donate his eyes after his death.

 
SPORTS

Sports meet at dental college concludes
Ludhiana, March 25
The week-long sports meet at the Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College Hospital and Research Institute, Chandigarh road, here concluded yesterday. Young aspiring dentists and faculty members took part in the regular and fun games. They displayed spirit of sportsmanship team work.
Winners of the annual sports meet of Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College Hospital and Research Institute, Ludhiana, pose with the chief guest after the prize distribution function on Friday
Winners of the annual sports meet of Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College Hospital and Research Institute, Ludhiana, pose with the chief guest after the prize distribution function on Friday.  — A Tribune photograph

Punjab softball squads to be honoured
Ludhiana, March 25
The Punjab Softball Association has decided to felicitate the members of the Punjab softball teams (men and women) who have won in the 27th Senior National Softball Championship held at Puri recently.

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