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IHRO: cops used excessive force
Girl students were primary victims

Ludhiana, September 23
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO), while condemning Punjab Chief Minister's for giving a clean chit to the Ludhiana police's onslaught on the agitating Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) students, accused the police force for using excessive force and censured the Veterinary University V-C, Mr D S Bains, for his inability to place the students' cause before the government.

Surya Kiran sets the sky ablaze
Halwara, September 23
A spectacular display of intrepid manoeuvres by nine aircraft of the Indian Air Force’s Surya Kiran kept spectators at their feet at Halwara recently. The daredevils created various formations in the sky at speeds touching 500 plus per hour.
An Indian Air Force aircraft and its ammunition on display at an air show at Halwara Air Station, Ludhiana An Indian Air Force aircraft and its ammunition on display at an air show at Halwara Air Station, Ludhiana. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed


Navratras draw shoppers to markets
Ludhiana, September 23
The first day of Navratras brought a spur of activity in local markets, as happy traders expected sales to pick up with the season. From jewellers who have been witnessing a slump for over a year now to shopkeepers, all have geared up to cater to expected rise in supply.

Farmer, scientist, politician network necessary, says expert
Ludhiana, September 23
The two-day Kisan Mela at Punjab Agricultural University concluded here yesterday with emphasis being laid on for productive networking between the scientists, farmers and politicians. Dr G.K. Chadha, a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, presided over the function.

Taxpayers face problems as computers develop fault
Ludhiana, September 23
Taxpayers are complaining of great inconvenience in submitting their returns due to problems in computer systems of the Income Tax department. "People have to visit the department several times to submit their returns due to some technical fault in computers of the department. This is causing a lot of inconvenience to people," said Mr Jatinder Khurana, president, Taxation Young Lawyers Association.


IHRO seeks CBI probe into Budha Nullah menace
Ludhiana, September 23
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has sought a CBI inquiry into the failure of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to take steps to clean Budha Nullah.

SAD to ensure cancellation of city centre project
Ludhiana, September 23
The SAD would ensure that the Ludhiana City Centre project was cancelled. Addressing workers of the Youth Akali Dal at Alamgir, near here, the party general secretary, Mr Sukhbir Badal, said even while in the Opposition his party would ensure that the project would be cancelled and the money refunded to the investors.

The SAD general secretary, Mr Sukhbir Badal, being honoured by activists of the Youth Akali Dal at Alamgir on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
The SAD general secretary, Mr Sukhbir Badal, being honoured by activists of the Youth Akali Dal at Alamgir

Declare this year as Bhagat Singh’s centenary: society
Ludhiana, September 23
The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial Society presented a memorandum to the Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, here last night. The society president, Mr Neel Kamal, and a Congress leader, Mr Parminder Mehta, requested that the state government should commemorate Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s birth centenary beginning September 28. A portrait of Bhagat Singh was also presented to her.

"Neon Jarh" staged at function against social evils
Amloh, September 23
Child development and Project officer (CDPO)Satish Kumar in association with Maghi Memorial College, organised a function against social evils at the sub-divisional level here.

Major computerisation drive in Income Tax Department
Ludhiana, September 23
The Income Tax Department has embarked upon a major computerisation drive to achieve transparency and efficiency in dealing with the tax payers. In a bid to bring about transparency and do  away with direct contact of the assessees, income tax refunds were being issued within four months of filing of returns and a mechanism was being evolved for direct credit of refund orders to the bank accounts of the assessees to cut down instances of frauds.



Woman jumps into canal with infant, saved
Jagraon, September 23
Parmjit Kaur of Kothe Khazuran, Jagraon, along with her three-month infant jumped into the Akhara canal today, but Lakhbir Singh of Lakha and Bhinder Fauji, who were passing by, rescued them both. They took them to the nearby Guru Nanak Charitable Hospital where the child was given oxygen being in a semi-conscious state.

One nabbed with 35 kg poppy husk
Ludhiana, September 23
In its ongoing drive against anti-social elements, the police has nabbed a smuggler and recovered 35 kg of poppy husk from his possession. According to information, a police party led by ASI Kuldeep Singh of CIA staff was on a routine naka duty at the distributary near Libra village on Thursday evening. They stopped a scooterist, who was later identified as Pal Singh of Ikolahi village. A search led to recovery of narcotics which was concealed in a jute bag.



PM urged to announce package for industry
Ludhiana, September 23
City industrialists have urged the Prime Minister to announce a special package for industry during his visit to Ludhiana next week. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the president of the Knitwear Club, Mr Vinod K. Thapar, said: “Industry has been particularly waiting for his visit for a long time....we see a ray of hope that you would relax certain ‘draconian’ laws acting as irritants to industry.

Sunil Mittal to address LMA
Ludhiana, September 23
Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman and group managing director of Bharti Airtel, will address the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) here on September 25. An alumnus of the local Arya College, Mr Mittal will also visit the college for shooting of ‘Walk the Talk’ television show with Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta.



PCTE honours teachers
Ludhiana, September 23
The Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) has honoured eight school teachers at Koshish — 2006, the three-day 7th Inter-Class Literary-cum-Cultural Festival, being held on the PCTE campus here today.

Manpreet tops BPT exam
Ludhiana, September 23
Students of the All Saints Institute of Medical Sciences and Research here made a clean sweep in the BPT first year examination conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences. They claimed all five top ranks in the university with seventh, 9th and 10th positions also going to the students of this institution.

Test on Punjab history at GNN College
Doraha, September 23
The History Society of GNN College held a written test on the history of Punjab (from 15th to 19th century) in the seminar hall of the college yesterday. The test was dedicated to the 300 years of the completion of Guru Granth Sahib. Sixty-five students participated in the test.

Lecture on “Tribal sociology”
Ludhiana, September 23
Dr Harinder Kaur, senior lecturer in the Department of Correspondence Courses, delivered an extension lecture on “Tribal sociology” on Guru Nanak National College campus here yesterday. It was organised by the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of the college.


70 cases settled at lok adalat
Ludhiana, September 23
The Samrala Sub-Divisional Legal Services Authority today held a lok adalat under the supervision of its chairperson and Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division) Navjot Kaur Sohal to dispose of pending cases.



DMCH doctor attends dermatology summit
Ludhiana, September 23
Dr Alka Dogra, Professor and Head, Department of Dermatology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, attended the Asia Dermatology Summit held in Bangkok (Thailand) from September 15 to 17.

Medical camp
Ludhiana, September 23
The Krishna Breast Cancer Care Trust will organise a free check up camp at Vishvakarma Temple, Near Adda Raikot Chowk, Jagraon on September 24. A team of prominent oncologists from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, comprising Dr J.S. Sekhon, Dr Sandhu and Dr G.S. Brar will examine the patients and render follow up advice. Mr R.K. Jaiswal, SSP, Jagraon, will inaugurate the camp.



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