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Canal tragedy shatters Moga families
Rara Sahib (Ludhiana), August 8
When Manjit Kaur, a 28-year-old woman of Moga, had accompanied pilgrims to Ananadpur Sahib alongwith her four children in a jiffy two days ago, little had she imagined that she would lose her two sons in the Bathinda feeder canal and would be left shattered for life.

Army and civil divers search for the bodies of children feared drowned when a truck fell into a canal near Rara Sahib on Tuesday morning Army and civil divers search for the bodies of children feared drowned when a truck fell into a canal near Rara Sahib on Tuesday morning.

Youths show exemplary courage, rescue 40
Rara Sahib, August 8
Many lives were saved at Rara Sahib, thanks to some brave youths of nearby village. Tragedies have victims, but there are heroes too, who risk their lives in rescue operations. Residents and social organisations of villages surrounding Gurdwara Karamsar (Rara Sahib), near here, showed extraordinary courage and coordination in rescuing at least 40 pilgrims.


The tragedy and after

The logs of eucalyptus trees which reportedly led to the accident in Rara Sahib village DIG Parag Jain pats Jaswant Singh of Katahri village on the back for saving a number of persons in the truck accident
The logs of eucalyptus trees which reportedly led to the accident in Rara Sahib village. DIG Parag Jain pats Jaswant Singh of Katahri village on the back for saving a number of persons in the truck accident. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Gurdwara volunteers, villagers lend helping hand
Rara Sahib, August 8
Hundreds of villagers strived hard to rescue the 40 pilgrims who belonged to Moga and its surrounding villages. Under the leadership by Baba Teja Singh of Karamsar gurdwara here, a well-organised team of volunteers from the gurdwara and its surrounding areas reached the spot within minutes of receiving the information from Darshan Singh of Gidri village, a passerby who had seen the truck carrying pilgrims fall into the canal.

Sister loses 2 brothers in mishap on Rakhi eve
Jagraon, August 8
Two persons were killed and about 10 injured when a tractor trailer overturned near the Nanaksar Sahib gurdwara here today. According to the information available, both deceased were brothers — Balwinder Singh (16) and Lakhwinder Singh (14) of Deharka and this has left their only sister Manjinder Kaur in deep anguish on the eve of Rakhi.


Will Gurdwara Reform Movement click?
Ludhiana, August 8
When Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra fell out in December, 1998, the events happened so quickly that Jathedar Tohra was eased out of the SGPC. Mr Badal humbled him with vengeance and chose not to accept his resignation but to out-vote him.

39 depts to be brought under panchayats’ control: Bhattal
Khamano, August 8
“The officials who will not implement government policies in the right way, will be dealt with sternly and action will be taken against them immediately.” This was stated by the Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal while addressing a gathering at Dana Mandi here under the mass contact programme.

Gill villagers promised drainage system
Ludhiana, August 8
Clearing the confusion created by the Sarpanch and some member panchayats of Gill village, officials of the Punjab Roads and Bridges Development Board (PRBDB) today assured the villagers that they would be compensated properly and a drainage system would be provided to them.

Auctioning of parking space opposed
Ludhiana, August 8
There is grave and widespread resentment among hoteliers, shopkeepers and newspaper managements against the reported auctioning of the parking space by Municipal Corporation, despite a assurance by the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Ludhiana, Mr Vikas Pratap, to a delegation from the market yesterday to the contrary.

Families familiarised with Vedic values
Ludhiana, August 8
The Ved Prachar Mandal organised an ‘Arya Parivar Milan Samaroh’ at the local Arya Samaj, Jawahar Nagar, here. Swami Brahmavesh Shastri and Pandit Balkrishan Shastri performed a ‘yajna’. Mr Rajneesh Gupta lit the sacrificial fire. Ms Ramesh Kumari, the chief guest, lit the lamp.

Tributes paid to prof
Ludhiana, August 8
The PAU faculty yesterday mourned the death of Dr A.K. Gupta, Professor in the Department of Processing and Food Engineering, who died on August 4 after a protracted illness.



Chahal’s relatives attacked in district court
Ludhiana, August 8
Putting a question mark on the security of litigants and advocates in the district court complex, a person opened fire at a rival group this afternoon. The accused Harwinder Singh allegedly fired once from his .30 Mosar pistol at his rivals Kartar Singh and Jagdish Singh, both relatives of Mr Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, Media Advisor to the Chief Minister.

The accused, who had fired in the district complex, being pinned down by cops in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
The accused, who had fired in the district complex, being pinned down by cops in Ludhiana on Tuesday

Man jumps to death from hospital



Industry resents hike in power theft penalty
Ludhiana, August 8
Local industrialists have condemned the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for its decision to increase penalty charges for theft tenfold. Representatives of industry said such a decision would only result in increased harassment to power consumers not only due to the increase in amount, but also due to the fact that disputes would be dealt with by the district administration and other authorities instead of the board.

Fixed fee based trading launched
Ludhiana, August 8
Kotak Securities, a leading stock broking house, today announced the launch of a fixed ‘fee based’ per trade brokerage charge for its customers. Claiming the service to have been launched for the first time n the country, Mr Narayan S.A., Managing Director, said: “We are happy to launch this service for the first time in the country, introducing a fixed fee based brokerage model for retail investors.

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PAU develops ‘no till’ drill
Ludhiana, August 8
Here is good news for farmers who have adopted the concept of zero or no tillage after harvesting paddy and before sowing wheat. A “no-till” drill has been developed by Associate Professor of agricultural engineering Dr Manjit Singh, PAU. This farm machine will now take care of fields studded with paddy stubble, straw and residues.


Students’ strike enters eighth day
Ludhiana, August 8
Students of the College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), here have been on strike for the past eight days.They said as long as their demands were not met, they would not call off the strike.

From Schools
Tiny tots celebrate rakhi

Ludhiana, August 8
“English Language Teaching” workshop was organised at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana, under the aegis of Oxford University Press, India, here today. This workshop was for senior and senior secondary teachers of CBSE schools in and around Ludhiana.

Students of Kiddies Paradise Playway School make rakhis. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Students of Kiddies Paradise Playway School make rakhis

College development plan
Ludhiana, August 8
SCD Government College here has prepared a development plan for infrastructure development. Stating this here, the Principal, Dr Malkiat Singh, said a proposal had been sent to the DPI (College), Punjab for a boys’ common room, computer labs and new classrooms on which Rs 82.97 lakh would be spent.

VC leaves for Bangkok
Ludhiana, August 8
Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Dr. K.S. Aulakh, leaves for Bangkok tomorrow to attend ‘EDUCON 2006’-Conference on Higher Education.’ This three-day conference has been organised by the Association of Indian Universities in collaboration with Sakal Newspapers Ltd.



Nursing workshop
Ludhiana, August 8
A workshop on “Nurses Leadership Programme” is being organised by Hero DMC Heart Institute on Friday at Dumra Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ms Robyn Kathleen Bullock from Indiana University, USA, will conduct the workshop.

Medical camp at MTS College
Ludhiana, August 8

A two-day medical camp for routine, dental and ENT checkup of students and staff began at Master Tara Singh College here yesterday. This camp is being organised in collaboration with the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana.

Doctors examine students of MTS College, Ludhiana, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Doctors examine students of MTS College, Ludhiana, on Saturday


Kartar Singh congratulated
Ludhiana, August 8
The sports fraternity here has congratulated Kartar Singh on his winning the World Veteran Wrestling Championship for a recod 11th time. Kartar Singh, former Director, Sports, Punjab and Commandant, Ist IRB, Patiala, gave a stunning performance winning a gold medal in the 15th World Veteran Wrestling Championship at Riga, Latvia, recently.

Greenland paddlers win titles
Ludhiana, August 8
Green Land Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, annexed titles in the boys U-17 and U-19 years sections of the Punjab Schools Zonal Games (PAU Zone) being held here today.

Olympian undergoes knee replacement surgery
Ludhiana, August 8
Hardyal Singh, Olympic gold medallist in hockey at the 1956 Melbourne Games, underwent a successful knee replacement surgery of both knee joints at a hospital here. The surgery was performed by Dr Harpreet S. Gill, consultant orthopedic surgeon.

GNPS cagers shine
Ludhiana, August 7
Eves of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, won titles in the u-17 and u-19 sections of basketball of the Punjab School Zonal Sports Tournament (Baddowal Zone) being conducted at different venues here today.



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