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A packet of death
Girl dies, 5 kids fall ill after having powder

Ludhiana, February 17
A two-year-old girl died while five children, all aged between 2 and 8 years, were taken ill after they consumed some poisonous substance in Kashmir Nagar, near Shingaar Cinema, this morning.
Three children under treatment at the Civil Hospital and Sachdeva Hospital in Ludhiana; and (right) relatives console Noorjahan, mother of two-year-old Nazrana, who died after consuming poison on Saturday. — Photos by Inderjit Verma



EARLIER STORIES


Cultural bonanza in the offing for Ludhianvis
Ludhiana, February 17
Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam entered its eighth year with three mega programmes — Zila Khan live concert on February 23, Shatranj Ke Mohre, comedy play performed by Rakesh Bedi, Rajeshwari Sachdev (Nach Baliye fame), Anjjan Srivastav, Raman Kumar, Bharat Kapoor and Avtar Gill on March 10, 2007, and thereafter, the biggest programme of LSS, Amjad Ali with Amaan and Ayaan in April, 2007.

DEATH TRAP: An open manhole near the Friends Regency hotel, opposite Mini Secretariat in Ludhiana
DEATH TRAP: An open manhole near the Friends Regency hotel, opposite Mini Secretariat in Ludhiana. Three more manholes are also lying open on the same road. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Social bodies threaten stir over poll campaign costs
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 17
Accusing Congress and SAD candidates of wooing voters by allegedly “buying” a section of the vernacular Press and electronic media, leaders of various social and political organisations have threatened to launch a movement in case the administration failed to include the expenses incurred on advertisements in expenditure accounts of respective candidates.

Forgery case: Police inaction alleged
Ludhiana, February 17
Seven days after the registration of a fraud case against a former employee of Munjal Gases, the focal police has been unable to arrest the two accused, even though one of them was reportedly handed over to the police by the complainant.

Ansal Plaza director, manager booked
Ludhiana, February 17
Director and the manager of the popular shopping mall, Ansal Plaza have been booked on the charges of allegedly forging a rent-lease agreement document. The Division No. 5 police today, booked the Director, Parvan Ansal and the manager Deepak Sachdeva under sections 420, 468 of the IPC for allegedly forging the lease agreement of 11 months with the complainant, Major (retd.) Balbir Singh.

COMMUNITY

Children need protection, not exploitation: study
Ludhiana, February 17
"Child labour is cheap, easily available, passive, can be made to work long hours, has no unions, is unlikely to change jobs. Therefore, millions of children are forced to grow up to be stunted adults suffering from life threatening diseases," says a study on Research on Child Labour in Small Scale Industries in Punjab by Pratibha Goyal, university lecturer at PAU.

Mr K.R. Lakhanpal (second from right), Chief Secretary and president, Punjab Bridge Association, take part in a bridge tournament at the Satluj Club in Ludhiana
Mr K.R. Lakhanpal (second from right), Chief Secretary and president, Punjab Bridge Association, take part in a bridge tournament at the Satluj Club in Ludhiana on Saturday. The tournament started on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

At the Crossroads
The charm of snowflakes
Snowfall gladdens many hearts but the icy winds that blow afterwards dampen the spirits. Walking on the road, freshly covered with snow, is like venturing forth to discover a new world. In 1957, I chanced upon visiting Kufri in February to witness winter sports.

Potato being stored
Ludhiana, February 17
Due to reduction in the prices of potatoes, the farmers are storing their crop in cold storage. Talking to reporters they said, “now we are getting Rs 300 per bag but after one month it is estimated that the price would be double in the market”.

 

BUSINESS


Diamond jewellery exhibition glitters city
Ludhiana, February 17
A two-day diamond jewellery exhibition by Ms Vandana Munjal was inaugurated here yesterday. The exhibition introduced “Couture Jewels- Spring 07” collection and also an international spring summer collection by Ms Punam Zaveri.


Customers at a diamond jewellery exhibition by Vandana Munjal in Ludhiana on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph

Customers at a diamond jewellery exhibition by Vandana Munjal in Ludhiana

Roaming on Hutch sans rental
Ludhiana, February 17
Hutch today announced national roaming without monthly rentals. The mobile phone service provider also announced a drop in national roaming rates by up to 56 per cent. Subscribers will not have to pay any security deposit for national roaming.

 

EDUCATION

KIMT organises seminar on careers
Ludhiana, February 17
The Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology for Women, Civil Lines, organised a seminar on careers and courses available for students after graduation at Khalsa College for Women here today.

Faculty development programme at DIMT
Doraha, February 17
Doraha Institute of Management and Technology, Doraha, organised a day long Faculty Development Program titled "Marketing Skills in Current Economic Environment", for teaching faculty in collaboration with PCMA, said Dr R.K.Lekhi in a press release issued here.

Audience at a DIMT seminar; (right) a speaker.
— Tribune photographs

Exam-related stress on rise
Ludhiana, February 17
Examination-related stress among the school and college-going students is increasing day by day. The parents having knowledge of the reason of stress try to help their wards come out of tension.


Students feel stressed as examinations draw near. — A Tribune photograph


Students feel stressed as examinations draw near

PAU pensioners resent non-payment of LTC, DA
Ludhiana, February 17
The pensioners of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, have expressed grave resentment over the denial of the latest installments of the travel concession, dearness allowance (DA) and interim relief announced w.e.f 1-7-2006 and 1-11-06, respectively.

Varsity students appear for NCC B-certificate exam
Ludhiana, February 17
The NCC cadets of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University appeared for the B-certificate exam here recently on the campus premises. The exam is mandatory for getting C certificate which will subsequently open gates for their direct entry into the Army.

NSS volunteers get tips on reducing stress
Ludhiana, February 17
To help students improve personality, a one-day NSS camp was organised at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Katani Kalan, under the supervision of Mr Kulpreet Singh, programme officer. Fifty volunteers participated in it. The main aim of the camp was to train volunteers to reduce stress levels in life.

Ludhiana girls flying high
Ludhiana, February 17
The centre head of the Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training, Ms Savita, felicitated the institute students selected by different airlines at a function held here yesterday at Nagpal Regency.

Students of the Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training who have been selected by three different airlines. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Students of the Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training who have been selected by three different airlines

Animal welfare camp
Ludhiana, February 17
The Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension, College of Veterinary Sciences, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, organised an animal welfare camp at Nagra village (Sangrur) here recently. The camp was organised in collaboration with the KVK Kheri, Sangrur.

COURTS

Cheque-bounce case accused gets 1-yr jail
Ludhiana, February 17
Mr K.K. Bansal, Judicial Magistrate, has sentenced Krishan Lal of South Amarkali, New Delhi, to one-year imprisonment in a cheque-bounce case. A fine of Rs 5,000 was also imposed upon him.

Permanent lok adalat evokes good response
Ludhiana, February 17
The permanent Lok Adalat established under the Legal Services Authority Act is proving useful for city residents due to its wide scope that includes matters involving public directly.





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