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Rice watered to increase weight
Food Corporation of India orders inquiry
Ludhiana, May 6
The Food Corporation of India is learnt to have found stocks of rice lying at the Kailpur godown of the Punjab Warehousing Corporation near Mulapanpur watered. Since rice absorbs water, it gains weight. However, it gets rotten within a short span of time and is rendered useless.

Police harassing migrants over identity cards: CPM
Ludhiana, May 6
The drive by the Ludhiana Police to identify migrant labourers and issue them temporary identity cards, in a bid to control rising crime by this section of the society, has failed to find favour with labour unions and the CPM here.


These birds find solace in puddles of water in Chattar Singh Park, Ludhiana, on a hot day
Highfliers grounded: These birds find solace in puddles of water in Chattar Singh Park, Ludhiana, on a hot day.
— Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Three arrested for bid to murder sarpanch
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 6
The Sudhar police has arrested three persons out of 10 booked under section 307, 294, 455, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC for allegedly intimidating and attempting to murder sarpanch of Sarabha village after entering his house forcibly last Saturday. The accused were nabbed by the police from Pakhowal village last night.

Biofertilisers of no use in wheat, rice
Ludhiana, May 6
Too much euphoria created about the use of biofertilisers seems to be little misplaced as all crops cannot benefit from their use. The application of biofertilisers to enhance yields of wheat and rice is of no consequence. The experts at Punjab Agricultural University here have a word of caution for the farmers: "Do not waste money on these cultures, which are palmed off by private trade".


Scorching heat makes swimming popular
Ludhiana, May 6
As the temperature has recorded an increase in recent days, the residents have started frequenting swimming pools in the city for a cool splash. A majority of pools at clubs and hotels are witnessing huge rush where people of all age groups pour in to get respite from scorching heat.

Children splash around in one of the swimming pools in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Children splash around in one of the swimming pools in Ludhiana

Decision on 50 pc DA merger hailed
Samrala, May 6
The decision of the Punjab Cabinet to grant the benefit of 50 per cent DA merger with their basic pay to the employees of affiliated aided colleges of the state has been widely welcomed.

Unnecessary mention, says N.K. Aggarwal
Ludhiana, May 6
Reacting to a news-item "Land row: Jt Director's authority questioned" carried in these columns on May 5, Mr N.K. Aggarwal of N.K. Aggarwal and Co., Ludhiana, has claimed that he was not "an interested party in any land transaction".


Rape case registered after 12 days
Jagraon, May 6
A woman of Bhundri village was allegedly raped on April 24 but the Sidhwan Bet police has registered a case after 12 days of the offense. According to the complaint made by Paramjit Kaur of Bhundri, a 21-year-old woman was raped by Raja Singh of Bharowal Kalan.


Industrialists discuss challenges of economy
Ludhiana, May 6
Integrated business management approach has helped value-focussed organisations to emerge competitive amid the unprecedented uncertainties of the new economy, said Mr Suresh Rajpal, co-founder and president, Tecnova India, while delivering the key-note address during a seminar on “Creating Business Excellence”.



From Schools
Pranayam key to success, says Swami Ramdev
Ludhiana, May 6
The yoga guru, Swami Ramdev, received a warm welcome from the managing committee, Principal, staff members and students of DAV Public School on his arrival in the school here today. The school campus resounded with the sound of “om”.

Swami Ramdev interacts with students of DAV Public School in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by I.V.

Swami Ramdev interacts with students of DAV Public School in Ludhiana



Play highlights problems of workers, farmers
Ludhiana, May 6
After a silence of almost three decades, theatre has once again come to the fore to highlight problems of industrial workers. The activity, that is gaining momentum, feel those involved with theatre and also industry, would have a deep and long-lasting impact on society.


World AIDS Orphans' Day today
Ludhiana, May 6
Due to the increasing number of AIDS patients, the deaths related to the disease will also rise leaving more orphans worldwide. The Association Francois-Xavier Bagnoud, an international organisation, is working in 18 countries, including India, to focus on control and prevention of HIV/AIDS among vulnerable section of society.                                   Monica Gupta
Monica Gupta

International Red Cross Day tomorrow
Ludhiana, May 6
The shortage of blood is particularly acute in developing countries, where majority of the world’s population lives. Dr Hitish Narang, in charge, Transfusion Medicine, SPS Apollo, said to ensure that its citizens have access to safe blood, every country needs voluntary blood donors, who donate blood regularly.


Arun is tae kwon do association chief
Ludhiana, May 6
Mr Arun Atri of Ludhiana has been elected the chairman of the newly formed World Punjabi Tae kwon do Association. According to a press note issued here today by the association, the black belt holder and national referee, Amit Devgan, has been unanimously elected president while Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, and Mr Chander Shekhar, ADGP, Punjab, have been made patrons.

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