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Gastro threat looms large as 36 mild cases reported
Ludhiana, April 19
With more than three dozen residents, including women and children, falling victim to a mild attack of gastroenteritis in several localities in the old city since Monday, the claims of the civic body on the supply of safe drinking water, as well as near-total failure of the health administration to take timely preventive steps, stand exposed.

Dairy farmers concerned over stray cattle
Ludhiana, April 19
Dairy farmers from across Punjab today expressed concern over the menace of stray cattle damaging their crops. They demanded legislative measures to check the entry of stray cattle into Punjab from neighbouring states.



BSNL employees hold rally
Ludhiana, April 19
Employees of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited organised a rally in front of the office of General Manager Telecom here today to protest against the non-refund of amount of the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme and the failure of the administration to make recruitment of compassionate grounds.

B. Com (II) question paper not as per pattern
Ludhiana, April 19
Second year students of B.Com, Panjab University, today complained that their business economics question paper was not according to the set pattern. The students since the paper, that was taken in the evening session, was not as per the prescribed pattern, they lost a lot of time and were unable to complete it.

Six shops gutted
Sahnewal, April 19
Six wooden shops on the Dehlon-Sahnewal road were gutted in fire last night, as a result of which the material stored in them was reduced to ashes.


CM to attend Birmi’s rally on April 30
Ludhiana, April 19
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Malkiat Singh Birmi has informed that the conference that was to be held on April 16 at New Sabzi Mandi, Salem Tabri, and was cancelled at the last moment, would now be held on April 30 at the same venue.

Riot victims get cheques for Rs 90 lakh as relief
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 19
Dr Indu, SDM, Malerkotla, today urged the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, who received compensation cheques from her, to focus on education of their wards.

Village forgets its saviour pilot
Promised memorial, road nowhere in sight 5 years later
Ludhiana, April 19
The Punjabi culture of remembering its heroes who have contributed in any manner in a part of the state has taken a beating in this village where the residents have not built a promised memorial for an Air Force pilot who had chosen to crash his MIG 21 in the fields and die in it than to eject and let the plane fall on the village four years ago.
A village resident, Amarjit Singh, shows the site where the foundation stone of a promised road named after the late pilot Ram Prakash was set up and had gone missing in Birdhana village
A village resident, Amarjit Singh, shows the site where the foundation stone of a promised road named after the late pilot Ram Prakash was set up and had gone missing in Birdhana village.
— Photo by Mahesh Sharma

Transparency top priority for new DC
Ludhiana, April 19
The newly-appointed Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, today asserted that he would accord top priority to provide transparent, efficient and effective administration in the district.

A scene of the recruitment rally of the Army in Ludhiana on Tuesday
A scene of the recruitment rally of the Army in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Mayor for weekly review of projects
Ludhiana, April 19
Emphasising on the need for a strategic weekly review of various development projects being carried out in the municipal corporation wards, Mayor Nahar Singh Gill today announced a campaign under which he along with MC officials would personally visit all wards in the coming months. He said under the campaign all councilors would be asked to prepare a detailed chart showing the status of various development projects that were initiated after the Congress assumed power in the state.

Child having hole in heart needs financial help
Ludhiana, April 19
Mr Bishnu Kumar and his wife Sangita, residents of Ram Nagar, Bhamian Kalan, Ludhiana district, are seeking the help of good Samaritans to come to the rescue of their six-year-old son Bikesh.

Marxists express solidarity with Nepalese people
Ludhiana, April 19
The Marxist Communist Party of India (United) has expressed solidarity with the democratic struggle being carried out by the people in Nepal.

Brahmin Sabha alleges bias
Samrala, April 19
A meeting of the Punjab Brahmin Sabha was held at local Durga Mandir, which was presided over by Mr Devi Dayal Prashar, state president of the sabha.

Heera’s book of drama released
Doraha, April19
A book of drama by Prof Sompal Heera entitled ‘Solo Natak Sompal Heera De’ was released at a function organised by the Punjabi Writers Association of Rampur at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, recently.

Majlis Ahrar holds rally
Ludhiana, April 19
The Majlis Ahrar, an organisation which has been preaching the concept of ‘khattam-i-nabwat’ (the end of prophethood in Islam), organised a rally here last night.



‘Credit policy will make exports less competitive’
Ludhiana, April 19
The Reserve Bank of India's credit policy has disappointed exporters who feel that a rise in ceiling on the interest rate on export credit will make Indian exports less competitive.

Thousands of Indians attend Chinese trade fair
Ludhiana, April 19
A number of entrepreneurs from Ludhiana have gone to China to attend the biennial Chinese Trade Fair which is held every year in the months of April and October.

Gold prices skyrocket despite poor demand
Ludhiana, April 19
As gold prices touched a new high today, retail consumers and jewellers remained a worried lot. According to retailers, there has been almost a 70 per cent decline in demand for the yellow metal in the past six months. Even marriage and festival seasons have failed to give a fillip to the market. A trend reversal, instead is being witnessed, wherein people are selling gold. In the local market, the price for 10 grams today was Rs 9,360 for 24 carat and Rs 8,900 for 22 carat.


Early sowing of paddy disapproved
Samrala, April 19
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samrala, organised a scientific advisory committee meeting on Monday at its centre. The meeting was presided over by Dr Sarjit Singh Gill, Director of Extension Education, PAU, Ludhiana.


Teachers seek redress of grievances
Plan rally on April 25
Ludhiana, April 19
"The Punjab Government is purposely creating unemployment for teachers and thus is not helping the youth of the state to develop their future,'' according to Mr Harbhajan Singh Dhindsa , president of North India Classical and Vernacular Teachers' Union. He made this statement at the meeting held here today.

Sacred Heart celebrates silver jubilee
Ludhiana, April 19
Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, organised its silver jubilee function here today. Dr Symphorian Keeprath, Bishop, Diocese of Jalandhar, was the chief guest on the occasion. The function was inaugurated by lighting the lamp and dedicating the emblem of the school to the teachers, students and parents.

Students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, sing the school song at its silver jubilee function in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, sing the school song at its silver jubilee function in Ludhiana on Wednesday

NRI concerned over fall in standard of teaching
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 19
Ms Ritambhara Jain, a US-based NRI and educationist, has shown concern over the declining standard of teaching in schools of the state.

GNIMT to hold seminar
Ludhiana, April 19
Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, will organise an ISTE approved and sponsored national level seminar on April 22. “Management Agenda 2010” is the key theme for the seminar.



Max to provide neurosciences through ‘teleconference’
Ludhiana, April 19
Max Healthcare, through its arm Max Institute of Neurosciences, will bring world-class treatment and consultation facilities for patients in this part of the country through “tele-medicines” and tie-ups with local hospitals in the near future.
Dr A.N. Jha, Director Neurosurgery, Max Institute of Neurosciences, flanked by Dr Sandeep Vaishya
Dr A.N. Jha, Director Neurosurgery, Max Institute of Neurosciences, flanked by Dr Sandeep Vaishya (L) and Dr Vipul gupta, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Blood donation camp held
Khamano, April 19
A blood donation camp was organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad at Gurdwara Sahib Khamano Mele wali. The camp was inaugurated by Nagar Panchayat president Harbhinder Singh and DSP Khamano Satinder Pal Singh.

Health awareness workshop
Ludhiana, April 19
The Good Health Education Forum organised a health awareness workshop for children at Guru Nanak International School, BRS Nagar, here today. The forum comprises Dr Suneet Arora, Dr Atamjeet Singh, Dr Prabhjot Kaur, Dr Preeti Arora and Dr Inderpreet Kaur.

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