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Land dispute leaves 4-year-old boy dead
Ludhiana, September 11
A land dispute in Mallipur village, near Payal police station, Khanna, today led to the brutal murder of a four-year-old boy, Ramnik, son of Sandeep Singh. According to information, Sandeep Singh, son of Pritam Singh, a resident of Mallipur village, had been having some dispute with his relatives over a piece of land, measuring around 28 kanals.

BSNL opens single-window booking counter
Ludhiana, September 11
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, public sector telecom giant, has opened a single-window new telephone booking counter at its customer service centre in Bharat Nagar Telephone Exchange, here, for the booking of new telephone connections. The single window facility would be available for both mobile and landline connections.
Mr S.K. Nigam, GMT, inaugurates the single-window booking counter at the BSNL telephone exchange in Ludhiana on Monday Mr S.K. Nigam, GMT, inaugurates the single-window booking counter at the BSNL telephone exchange in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by  Inderjit Verma


Delay in results harasses students
Ludhiana, September 11
Due to the delay in the declaration of results of various classes by Panjab University, a number of students from almost all colleges in the city have been making rounds to the university, but to no avail. The students feel disturbed because of being harassed by the university authorities.

Distributors warn of LPG shortage
Ludhiana, September 11
LPG distributors today said this winters consumers might have to suffer on account of shortage of gas if the oil companies did not increase the supply. Mr K.J.S. Buttar, president, All-India LPG Distributor Federation (North Western Region), said at a press conference held here today that demand in winters is almost one and a half times more in comparison to summers. By now, the supply should have increased accordingly but so far the same has not happened.

Chicken glut hits farmers hard
Ludhiana, September 11
Thanks to bulk production, chicken prices have hit an all-time low with farm lifting rate of broiler declining to Rs 23 per kg. In retail market, however, the rate hovers around Rs 70 for dressed chicken.


Hope for settlement of dispute over maintenance of parks
Ludhiana, September 11
The dispute between the Federation of Pollution and Parks Management Committees over the maintenance of the parks in the town with the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation may be resolved with the arrival of the new commissioner.

A herd of cows lase around on the semi-constructed elevated road with Clock Tower in the backdrop in Ludhiana
A herd of cows lase around on the semi-constructed elevated road with Clock Tower in the backdrop in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Mud-slinging by Cong, SAD assailed
Ludhiana, September 11
The propaganda resorted to by political parties in the runup to the elections to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha has been assailed by people from various quarters. Former Pro Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, and Peoples Awareness Forum president Prof Prithipal Singh Kapoor and forum general secretary Prof Gurcharan Singh have taken strong exception to the propaganda being resorted to by two main political parties in the state.

SAD(A) to protest visit of Kuldip Nayar to city today
Ludhiana, September 11
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) will hold a symbolic protest against writer and journalist Kuldip Nayar for his alleged “anti-Sikh writings”. Mr Nayar is scheduled to address a seminar on “Student-Teacher Relationship” at Ramgarhia College, here, tomorrow.

SAD delegation meets DC
Ludhiana, September 11
A delegation of the Shiromani Akali Dal led by its Ludhiana district president, Mr Hira Singh Gabria, today met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Gupta, on the issue of registration of an FIR against the senior party leader and former minister, Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, under the SC/ST Act.

Survey on Punjab not based on facts, says Kainth
Ludhiana, September 11
We will strive for motivating the Dalits, workers and the poor of Punjab to oust the Congress and the Akali party as they have done nothing for the people except exploiting them, said Satnam Singh Kainth, former MP and president of Bahujan Samaj Morcha, while addressing a press conference at a massive rally here yesterday.

Training programme for clerical staff inaugurated
Ludhiana, September 11
A three-day training programme on personnel management for clerical staff of various departments of the administration was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Ashok Gupta here today.
Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana, presides over the inaugural session of special training for staff being conducted by the MGSIPA at Mini Secretariat on Monday. — A Tribune photograph.
Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana, presides over the inaugural session of special training for staff being conducted by the MGSIPA at Mini Secretariat on Monday

Bairagi mandal sets up Rajasthan unit
Ludhiana, September 11
Mr Sewa Ram Bairagi and Mr Seesh Ram Rao have been nominated Chairman and president, respectively, of the Rajasthan unit of the All-India Bairagi Maha Mandal. Announcing this here today, national president of the body, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, Chairman, Punjab Housefed, said the Rajasthan state unit was formally set up at a well attended meeting of members of Bairagi community in Jaipur last week.

Foundation to honour SHO who tried to save girl
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 11
Dr Harjinder Singh Walia, chairman, Global Punjab Foundation, has called upon leaders of various social and religious organisations of the area to join hands with the foundation in a move launched to curb the menace of female foeticide.

Pensioners submit memo to Bhattal
Ludhiana, September 11
A communique, listing the pensioners’ long-pending demands, has been shot off to the Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, who is heading the Cabinet sub-committee formed to examine the employees’ demands.

Refresher workshop for engineers
Ludhiana, September 11
A concrete refresher workshop was today organised by Ambuja Cement in Ludhiana. “Durability criteria should be on top of the mind while designing and executing any civil project and carrying out any type of construction,” said Mr Ajay Pathik, Deputy General Manager, Technical Services of Ambuja Cement.
Engineer and architects attend a refresher workshop in Ludhiana on Monday
Engineer and architects attend a refresher workshop in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Kerala Kalavedi celebrates Onam
Ludhiana, September 11
Around 1,000 members of the Kerala Kalavedi celebrated Onam with religious fervour here today. The PHB Colony, Jamalpur, was tastefully decorated and lent an ambience of Kerala. Members of the community were dressed in customary attires.



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Hughes to open 300 centres
Ludhiana, September 11
Hughes, engaged in broadband satellite networks and services, today said it would open 300 centres in Punjab, including 15 in Ludhiana, by the end of year 2006. The stores by the company will offer multiple broadband-based services like online education programmes, airline ticketing, online purchase of books, music, DVDs, prepaid recharge, games and international call.



PCTE improves its rank
Ludhiana, September 11
The Punjab College of Technical Education has been ranked 36th among top 50 private B-Schools of India and best B-School of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and Rajasthan by the Outlook survey 2006. PCTE has scored 455.3 marks in the survey. This is consecutively for the third year in a row when the PCTE has been declared best in Punjab, HP, Jand K with Rajasthan joining the list, this year.

Quiz contest on commerce at GNN College 
Doraha, September 11
The commerce and Economics Association of GNN College organised a quiz contest for commerce and economics students here today. A preliminary written test was conducted for the selection of participants for the contest. Nearly 100 students appeared in the test, out of whom 12 were selected for the contest. The students were divided into four teams — A, B, C and D.

Education staff rally at Patiala today
Ludhiana, September 11
The Joint Action Committee of Punjab and Chandigarh will hold a protest rally at Patiala tomorrow. Mr D.P. Mour, president of the PAU Employees' Union, and a senior leader of the Universities and Education Board Employees Federation, Punjab and Chandigarh, while appealing to the employees of Punjab to join in large number, said the Congress government had not fulfilled its promises which were made during the last election in February 2002 and there was unrest among the employees.

From Schools and Colleges 
Problems of adolescents discussed

Ludhiana, September 11
The psychology and sociology departments of Khalsa College held a discussion on “Problems of adolescence” here today. Students presented papers on various social, psychological and emotional problems being faced by adolescents.

College students examined
Ludhiana, September 11
Nearly 400 students of the Khalsa College for Women were examined for dental and eye diseases by a team of doctors and supporting staff from Gurdev Hospital at a medical check-up camp on the college campus here yesterday.

18 girls attend mehandi course
Samrala, September 11
A five-day training course on mehandi application, organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samrala, of Punjab Agricultural University, concluded here today. Dr J.S. Chandi, Deputy Director (Training), said 18 girls were trained on different styles of mehandi.


Mobile dealer told to compensate consumer
Ludhiana, September 11
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the owner of Mobile Super Market, Malhar Cinema Road, here to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation on account of deficiency in services, along with Rs 1,000 as costs to the aggrieved consumer.



Need to screen people for hepatitis C felt
Ludhiana, September 11
An estimated 150-200 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis C. There is no vaccine available against this viral disease caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV) and prevention is the only solution. The need for screening the general population to detect cases of hepatitis C is important.

35 units blood collected for thalassaemics
Ludhiana, September 11
The JCI Ludhiana Central organised a blood donation camp for thalassemic patients at Nav Durga Charitable Hospital here on Sunday in which a team of doctors from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital collected 35 units of blood.




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