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Property worth lakhs destroyed in
two major fires

Ludhiana, April 20
Property worth lakhs was gutted in two major fires that broke out in a car accessory shop on Dugri road and another in a wollen mill near Samrala chowk this morning. The cause of fire in both the incidents could not be ascertained so far.

Thick smoke billows out of a shop on the Dugri road where a big fire broke out in Ludhiana on Thursday Thick smoke billows out of a shop on the Dugri road where a big fire broke out in Ludhiana on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

MC’s apathy leaves paralytic fuming
Ludhiana, April 20
The failure of the local Municipal Corporation to file a reply to the Punjab State Human Rights Commission in Rakesh Talwar’s case has left him fuming.


Industrial workers observe strike
Ludhiana, April 20
Thousands of workers today participated in the strike observed on a call given by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and the Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS) here today.

Industrial workers stage a dharna at Chhatar Singh Park in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Industrial workers stage a dharna at Chhatar Singh Park in Ludhiana on Thursday

Dera head held in sex racket
Ludhiana, April 20
A dera near Laddowal here, which claimed to take care of mentally challenged children and poor patients, allegedly turned out to be the scene of immoral activities of the dera head and his brother. The duo used to exploit women and mentally challenged minor girls, the police said last evening.

Girl killed in mishap


Family in land dispute provided security 
Ludhiana, April 20
Providing the much-awaited relief to the family members of Jhande village, who had been running from pillar to post fearing a threat to their lives, the Home Affairs Department and Justice of the Punjab Government has directed Additional Director-General of Police (Security) to ensure safety to the family.

Labourers quench their thirst from a water pipe near Sherpur Chowk as temperatures rise in Ludhiana on Thursday
Labourers quench their thirst from a water pipe near Sherpur Chowk as temperatures rise in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo by IV

Govt’s apathy to farmers’ suicides decried
Ludhiana, April 20
An emergency meeting of senior functionaries of the Shiromani Khalsa Dal (SKD) was held here today to take stock of the situation arising out of the increasing cases of suicides by farmers due to the unbearable burden of debt and humiliation at the hands of moneylenders.

Heavy traffic irks villagers
Ludhiana, April 20
The toll barrier at the Doraha canal has provided revenue to the Centre, but is a source of irritation for residents of villages near the toll barrier, especially Rampur. Hundreds of vehicles, mainly heavy vehicles, pass through the village to evade toll. The traffic is heavy in the daytime and heavier at night.

NOC to petrol pumps: BJP leader alleges scam
Ludhiana, April 20
Senior BJP leader and former Deputy Speaker of the state Assembly, Mr Satpal Gosain, has alleged a scam in the issuance of no objection certificates to the petrol pumps in the city. He has demanded a thorough probe into the matter.

J&K urged to lift ban on entry of birds
Ludhiana, April 20
The Chairperson of the National Egg Coordination Committee, Ms Anuradha J. Desai, has appealed to the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister to lift the ban on the entry of birds into the state.

Seminars to mark centenary of Guru Arjan Dev’s martyrdom
Ludhiana, April 20
While the Shiromini Akali Dal and Congress are gearing up for the February 2007 Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections, the Sikhs find themselves in a moribund situation due to the attitude adopted by the two major religious institutions – the SGPC and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

A novel way to preserve environment
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 20
The Eco Club here launched a narrative move to preserve the environment by presenting a novel gift consisting of saplings of five fruiting trees to a girl on the occasion of her marriage today.

Temple plans celebrations
Ludhiana, April 20
The Durga Mata Mandir Trust is planning anniversary celebrations of the temple on April 26. Celebrations will be preceded by religious and cultural progammes and conclude with a ‘mahayajna’ on April 26.



Canara Bank to hike home loan rates
Ludhiana, April 20
Canara Bank is planning to increase its interest rates on home loans shortly. The Chairman and Managing Director of the bank, Mr M.B.N. Rao, while talking to reporters here today said that following the recent credit policy of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), rates could firm up further.

Cotton in vogue this summer
Ludhiana, April 20

If the variety of cottons displayed at showrooms, boutiques and tailors’ shops is any indication, then cotton is really in this summer. No doubt, chiffon, crepe and georgette remain all-time favourites but most fashion savvy women in the city feel that these fabrics render a formal look while cottons could be worn both formally and informally. Ms Roma of Sai Creations, who has recently opened her boutique on Pakhowal Road, claimed that she had bought a new variety of cotton from Delhi and South India.
Shopkeepers display a variety of cotton fabric to customers in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo by I.V.
Shopkeepers display a variety of cotton fabric to customers in Ludhiana on Thursday



Pbi varsity, Jains to start science of living project 
Mandi Gobindgarh, April 20
Punjabi University, Patiala, will soon introduce special classes in science of living in collaboration with Jain devotees on the university campus to promote Punjabi culture. The university will provide one acre costing Rs 4 crore while Rs 4 crore for infrastructure will be provided by Acharya Shri Maha Prigya of the Jain organisation.

Technical symposium concludes
Ludhiana, April 20
A technical symposium “e-vision 2006” concluded today at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College with enthusiasm and innovations of bright technical minds. Mr Rajinder Singh, vice-president of Hutchison Essar and an alumnus of the institute, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Registrar’s appointment hailed
Ludhiana, April 20
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association has hailed the appointment of Dr P.L. Garg as the new Registrar of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences saying the Punjab Government had taken a right step in handing over reins of the university to such an experienced medical person.

Guru Nanak institute students excel
Ludhiana, April 20
Students of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, have exhibited excellent performance in academics. As per the results declared by Punjab Technical University recently, the students excelled in the odd-semester examinations that were held in December 2005.



CME on new neuro surgeries
Ludhiana, April 20
Experts in neurosciences focused on the latest developments in the field like minimally invasive image guided surgery, brain tumour surgery, cerebra-vascular surgery and stereo tactic surgery.

Nurses threaten agitation
Ludhiana, April 20
The Punjab Nursing Association has threatened to launch an agitation if the state government continues to be indifferent to their genuine and long-pending demands.

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