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Lok adalat settles 8,166 cases, awards Rs 27 cr
Ludhiana, March 17
It was a mela like scene in the districts courts complex here today as a large number of people thronged the lok adalat held here. Judges from across the state, including the special judge, CBI court, Patiala, were deputed in the lok adalat to hear more than 10,000 cases. 

Thousands throng PAU kisan mela
Ludhiana March 17 Seeds of new and improved varieties developed and released by PAU continue to be the star attraction of mela. Farmers were spotted carrying seed bags right from 8.30 in the morning.
 
Farmers evince keen interest at different stalls put up at the PAU Kisan Mela at Ludhiana on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Sayed Ahmed
Farmers evince keen interest at different stalls put up at the PAU Kisan Mela at Ludhiana


















Bankers recover 4 cr 
Ludhiana, March 17
Bankers literally laughed their way to banks from the state-level lok adalat after recovering Rs 4 crore from over 1000 loan defaulters without filing recovery suits in regular courts, as the matters were compromised through a pre-litigative section of the adalat today.

Agri clinics: Banks fail to meet targets
Ludhiana, March 17
spite constant endeavour to promote the setting up of agri-clinics, banks in the state have failed to meet the targets this year too. Till December 2006, only seven agri-clinics and agri-business centres were set up against the target of 180.

Leader’s b’day wish: Open forgotten college
Foundation stone was laid 27 years ago
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 17
On his birthday here, president of the local unit of BJP Ramesh Ghaie, has called upon various social and political parties to impress upon Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to initiate the process for opening a government degree college.




The foundation stone of the degree college laid in 1979. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma
The foundation stone of the degree college laid in 1979

Parties ignoring workers, promoting progeny: Johal
Ahmedgarh, March 17
Joginder Singh Johal, eldest son of the former Chief Minister Punjab Darbara Singh has accused senior leadership of all political parties of ignoring patriotic and selfless workers of their respective organisations and passing on the reins of the party to their sons. He accused that the parties like the Congress were not giving families of dedicated workers their due. Terming the trend as a degradation of values and norms he alleged that leaders in the Congress party had been ignoring families which, had contributed a lot during the freedom struggle and later in curbing terrorism in the border state.

Joginder Singh Johal
Joginder Singh Johal

Anti-Boparai voices get SAD support
Patiala, March 17
The race for the post of vice-chancellor of Punjabi University here has gained momentum with students and faculty members today holding a protest in front of the main gate of the university. They were demanding removal of the vice-chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai.

COMMUNITY


At the Crossroads

Storyteller as a roving ambassador 

This time again when he met me in Punjabi Bhawan (Ludhiana), I found myself guilty of omission and not commission. Such a great short story writer had remained unnoticed by me although he had earned kudos from litterateurs in India as well as Pakistan. He writes his stories in Punjabi in Urdu script, called Shahmukhi. He is instantly read in Pakistan, whereas in India some readers have to wait for the change of script, although the older generation is well conversant with the Shahmukhi script.


Khalid Hussain
Khalid Hussain 

Tata Sky World Cup offer 
Ludhiana, March 17
Tata Sky, a joint venture company of Tata and Star, has announced a promotional offer under which consumers, who purchase its connections by April 15, 2007, will get three months of free subscription on up to four televisions. In addition, 50 subscribers with their families will get a chance to watch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 final with superstar Hrithik Roshan on April 28 in Mumbai.

Live cricket on mobile handsets
Ludhiana, March 17
Subscribers of Spice Telecom will be able to view live matches during the Cricket World Cup 2007 on their handsets. Announcing this at a press conference held here yesterday, chief operating officer (COO) Man Mohan Nandwani said the service would be available for pre-paid as well as post paid customers.

Emotional adieu to outgoing DC
Ludhiana, March 17
The Deputy Commissioner's Office Employee's Association accorded a farewell to the outgoing Deputy Commissioner, Ashok Kumar Gupta at a function organised at Bachhat Bhawan here yesterday. The present incumbent, Sumer Singh Gurjar, was also warmly welcomed.

 

CRIME

Woman injured in attack
Jagraon, March 17
Darshan Singh, Paramjit Singh and Rajinder Singh, alias Mintu, of Sarabha allegedly entered the house of Charanjit Kaur of their village and assaulted her with a sharp-edged weapon and a baseball bat. Sudhar police has registered a case on a complaint by the victim. Charanjit Kaur has been admitted to the civil hospital, Pakhowal. No arrests have been made so far.

 

BUSINESS

Extension lecture on capital markets
Doraha, March 17
Managing director of the Ludhiana stock Exchange H.S. Sidhu delivered an extension lecture on capital markets at the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology, Doraha, today. This was stated by Dr R.K. Lekhi in a press note issued here today.

Exhibition inaugurated
Ludhiana, March 17
Knit World 2007, an exhibition on knitted garment allied machinery and accessories, was inaugurated here yesterday. The event that would continue till March 19 is approved by the India Trade Promotion Organisation and supported by various industry bodies like AEPC, Wool and Woollens Export Promotion Council, said a press note.

 
AGRICULTURE

Pashu palan mela a big draw
Ludhiana, March 17
Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Vijendra Kumar Jain inaugurated the two-day Pashu Palan Mela at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University here today. Justice Jain and Vice-Chancellor of the university Dr V.K. Taneja conferred the Chief Minister’s award in animal husbandry jointly to Balraj Singh Khaira, a progressive dairy farmer of Malsian village, and Ranjit Singh Sidhu, an innovative poultry farmer of Naudhrani village, from Jalandhar and Sangrur districts, respectively.

EDUCATION

New heads to join varsity departments
Ludhiana, March 17
Dr Hari Mohan Saxena, Dr Sushil Prabhakar and Dr Rajesh Jindal, College of Veterinary Sciences of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University(GADVASU),Ludhiana, have been appointed as heads of departments of veterinary microbiology, veterinary clinical services complex, and veterinary physiology, respectively.

Scientists from Moscow visit kisan mela
Ludhiana, March 17
Two scientists from Moscow State Agro Engineering University (MSAU), Dr Victor Shevchenko and Dr Andrei Kuznetsov, are on a visit to Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, to acquaint themselves with research of the PAU on crop agronomy and breeding. 

Seminar on writings of Indian diaspora
Ludhiana, March 17
The postgraduate department of English, GGN Khalsa College, will organise a UGC- sponsored national seminar on Indian diasporic writings in English on March 23 and 24. Twentyseven papers are listed to be presented on various facets of the writings of Indian diaspora during the two-day conclave of researchers and students of English literature.

3,000 students take part  in jobs mart
Ludhiana, March 17
The training and placement cell of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujjarkhan campus, in association with the ICFAI Flexible Education and naukri.com organised a ‘jobs mart’ to provide a common platform to job seekers and job providers.

Job seekers and job providers share a platform during a jobs mart at the the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by  Inderjit Verma
Job seekers and job providers share a platform during a jobs mart at the the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology in Ludhiana

Akanjeet wins ‘Best Smile' contest
Ludhiana, March 17
Department of Commerce of Ramgarhia Girls College organised a farewell party for B.Com final year students. Surnit won the 'Miss Farewell' title while the crown for 'Best Smile' went to Akanjeet Kaur. Jasmeen Kaur was declared the Best Dressed contestant.

Young Hussains at their best
Ludhiana March 17
To commemorate International Women's Day and platinum jubilee of Indian Air Force, an inter-class drawing competition was organised at M.G.M.Public School in which more than 600 students participated. Students showed a lot of enthusiasm and interest in the proceedings.

 

CULTURE

Exhibition inaugurated
Ludhiana, March 17
Knit World 2007, an exhibition on knitted garment allied machinery and accessories, was inaugurated here yesterday. The event that would continue till March 19 is approved by the India Trade Promotion Organisation and supported by various industry bodies like AEPC, Wool and Woollens Export Promotion Council, said a press note.

HEALTH

‘Breast care clinic’ launched
Ludhiana, March 17
SPS Apollo Hospital here has launched a dedicated "breast care clinic" to mark the International Women Day (March 8) which will provide much-needed service of breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for the affected women.

 
SPORTS

All-India hockey tourney from today
Ludhiana, March 17
Air India XI will take on EME, Jalandhar, in the opening match of the 4th All India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament to be organised by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association (LSWA) which begins at the Prithipal Singh Astro Turf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University campus here tomorrow.
Office-bearers of the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association giving details of the All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hocket Tournament to be held at PAU from March 18 to 22. A Tribune photograph
Office-bearers of the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association giving details of the All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hocket Tournament to be held at PAU

Jaspal, Sonika declared best athletes
Ludhiana, March 17
Jaspal Singh of the ETT and Sonika of B.Ed were adjudged best athletes at the annual sports meet held at Partap College of Education, Hambran road here today. Prof J P Singh, chairman, Partap Charitable Trust inaugurated the meet.

Jalandhar men, Chandigarh eves win titles
Ludhiana, March 17
Jalandhar district office and Chandigarh regional office bagged titles in the men and women's sections, respectively at the 7th FCI Inter-District Badminton Tournament held at Punjab Agricultural University campus on Friday.

BJS college sports meet ends
Ludhiana, March 17
The three-day annual sports meet at Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Hospital, Chandigarh road, concluded here today. Principal of the college Dr Rana V.K gave away prizes to the position holders. 


Students take part in carrom competiton during the annual sports meet of BJS Dental College and Hospital, Ludhiana, which concluded on Saturday. — Photo by I.V.
Students take part in carrom competiton during the annual sports meet of BJS Dental College and Hospital, Ludhiana

Sports meet ends
Jagraon, March 17
North Zone Ayurvedic Colleges Sports and Cultural Meet ‘Face to Face’, which began on March 14, concluded today at the premises of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Ayurvedic College at Sarabha. Dr Ravi Inder Singh vice chancellor Baba Farid University presided over the function and gave away trophies to the winners, Charu Lata, Shivani Sharma, Rakhi Chawla, Neha Sharma, Yogesh Bansal, Sonia Thakur and Raveena students of B.A.M.S.

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