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Medicos continue anti-quota stir
Ludhiana, May 20
The students of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) were today joined by the senior and junior residents in their anti-quota stir today. The senior residents also observed fast to voice their resentment against the special quota for the OBCs.

Students of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital hold a dharna outside the hospital in Ludhiana on Saturday Students of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital hold a dharna outside the hospital in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Chairman SC ST panel advocates debate on reservation
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 20
Mr Niranjan Singh, Chairman SC ST Commission Punjab, talking to the mediapersons here said there should be an open debate on the issue of reservation in prestigious educational institutions and termed the recent violence by certain section of society as unfortunate.


10-month-old murder case solved
Ludhiana, May 20
The suspicion about the criminal background of gangsters arrested in connection with the Rajesh jeweller murder case has come true with the city police claiming that the gang kingpin Rajiv, alias Raja, had connived with three other persons to kill another jeweller in the city in July last.

Thapar accuses Sarna of misappropriation of funds

Ludhiana, May 20
The Delhi-based general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mr Omkar Singh Thapar, today alleged that the offerings made to the golden “palki sahib”  that was taken to Pakistan had not been deposited with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee by Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, former president of the committee.

SAD general secretary Omkar Singh Thapar addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

SAD general secretary Omkar Singh Thapar addresses a press conference

Wheat godown looted
Khanna, May 20
A wheat godown of a Mumbai-based company was looted by around 10 armed robbers at Rasulra village near here last night. NCMSL company had stored wheat in a godown near Rasulra and had posted Jaswant Singh of Bhao Majra for the security.


Tiwari lauds Muslims’ contribution in nation building
Ludhiana, May 20
The secretary, All India Congress Committee, Mr Manish Tiwari, today lauded the contribution of the Muslims towards nation building. He said the Muslims had made an immense contribution in building up a strong India.

Sewer choked at Rani Jhansi Road
Ludhiana, May 20
A sewerage pipe is overflowing at Rani Jhansi Road for the last couple of days but it has not been repaired so far. Residents of the area said that the situation has worsened due to rains and various complaints to civic authorities did not yield anything. ‘‘The water is collecting near an electricity pole. It poses threats to commuters on the road. Anytime a tragedy can happen as wire carrying current can come in contact with the water. Perhaps the MC is waiting for some tragedy to happen.

An overflowing sewerage pipe at Rani Jhansi Road, Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

An overflowing sewerage pipe at Rani Jhansi Road, Ludhiana

Ex-sailor fighting for disability pension for 33 years
Ludhiana, May 20
Declared invalidated by the Indian Naval Services 36 years ago, on account of his ill mental health, a resident of Ludhiana, is fighting a long battle for getting disability pension for the last 33 years but to no avail.

Kanwaljit flays govt policies
Amloh, May 20
The Punjab Government has failed to fulfill the promise to abolish octroi in its election manifesto but now to mislead the people in the coming elections it is going to impose new taxes of Rs 700 crore under the garb of octroi abolition. This was stated here today by Capt Kanwaljit Singh, general secretary, SAD and former Finance Minister, Punjab.

World peace march on May 28
Ludhiana, May 20
Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle is organising a world peace march on May 28. The march will commence from the head office of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Model Town Extension, at 7.30am and will culminate at Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Amritsar, at 3 pm on the same day.

Ex-MC chief dead
Mandi Gobindgarh, May 20
Former MC chief Nand Kumar Gupta, who headed the Mandi Gobindgarh civic body for over 26 years, died here today after a brief illness. He was discharged from Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana, only a few days ago.


Undertrial escapes after drugging cops
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 20
The Jagraon police is yet to initiate action in a case where an undertrial prisoner, lodged in the Central Jail at Ludhiana, escaped from custody of two constables somewhere between Barnala town and Halwara village yesterday. The cops had reportedly become unconscious after drinking drug-laced soft drink. The undertrial then fled from their custody.
Constables Kulbeer Singh Ram Lal
Constables Kulbeer Singh (left) and Ram Lal under treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photographs

Remand for two in rape case
Jagraon, May 20
Two persons arrested in connection with a three-month-old rape case were produced in a local court here today. Ms Jitender Walia, SDJM, remanded them in judicial custody till June 2.


Wool export promotion council sets up $ 500m target
Ludhiana, May 20
The Wool and Woollen Export Promotion Council has set a target of US $500 million for exports in 2006-07. Mr Ashok Jaidka, chairman of the council, said an encouraging trend in exports was witnessed last year which has led to the setting up of an ambitious target for this year.



Johar stresses on vocational training for blind
Ludhiana, May 20
Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar has called upon the managements of the institutions engaged in providing vocational education to the blind and the disabled to concentrate on the rehabilitation of this underprivileged section of society so that they could stand on their own feet.
Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar garlands a statue of Dr E.M. Johnson, founder of the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre for the Blind and Disabled, in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by I.V.
Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar garlands a statue of Dr E.M. Johnson, founder of the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre for the Blind and Disabled

PTU VC favours autonomy for engg college
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 20
The Indian Society of Technical Education (ISTE) College chapter of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College (BBSBEC), Fatehgarh Sahib, organised a one-day workshop on technical education on “present scenario and future challenges to technical education

10-day NSS camp at GNN College
Doraha, May 20
A 10-day NSS camp held at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, concluded today. The volunteers presented a cultural programme on the occasion. They also participated in various competitions such as pot painting, fabric painting, mehandi applying, rangoli making etc.
NSS volunteers engaged in pot painting and fabric painting During an NSS camp at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, on Saturday
NSS volunteers engaged in pot painting and fabric painting (right) during an NSS camp at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, on Saturday. — Tribune photos

From Schools & Colleges
NSS volunteers hold rally

Ludhiana, May 20
NSS volunteers of Guru Nanak Girls College held a rally to mark the"Save Environment'' here today. Students passed through the streets of Jawaddi village and raised slogans like "Save Environment for Healthy Life." Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal flagged off the rally.

College teachers welcome DA merger
Samrala, May 20
Members of the local unit of the Panjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union today welcomed the merger of 50 per cent DA with the basic salary of the college teachers.



Music companies have exploited me : Jaswinder
Doraha, May 20
Jaswinder Bhalla, having gained instant success under the pen-name of Lali Dorahawala, contends that the creativity of a writer is lost in oblivion when the companies and singers safely pocket the popularity gained out of the writer’s piece and refuse to pay him his right due.


All set for pulse polio drive
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 20
The district administration will launch a pulse polio campaign in the district with enthusiasm on May 21 and 74,341 children between the 0-5 age group will administer polio drops, said Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over a meeting of district officials, representatives of social organisations, elected representatives called to make arrangements for the campaign here yesterday.


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