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Marble dealers destroy green cover
Ludhiana, March 28
The leftover green cover along the Ferozepur Road is fast vanishing. While earlier most of the trees were felled by the owners of the marriage palaces spread all over the area, now marble dealers have shifted their business to the same place.
Vanishing green belt along the Ferozepur Road as marble dealers start setting up shops here.
Vanishing green belt along the Ferozepur Road as marble dealers start setting up shops here. Most of the green belt has been cleansed off already by the marriage palace owners, while the forest department remains a mute spectator. — A Tribune photograph


Rs 5,344-cr annual credit plan for dist
Ludhiana, March 28
The administration has launched the annual credit plan of Rs 5,344 crore for the district for 2007-08, which is Rs 905 crore more than the last year’s plan of Rs 4,439 crore. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar while chairing a special meeting of the senior bank and other officers here today.

MC Billing Centres
Staff shortage irritates residents 

Ludhiana, March 28
With the last date for the submission of water and sewerage bills just three days away, residents are at the receiving end as they will have to wait for hours together outside the billing centres of the local municipal corporation, thanks to the shortage of staff.

Trains erratic; enquiry service non-functional
Ludhiana, March 28
The path-breaking turnaround by Indian Railways under the stewardship of union minister Lalu Prasad Yadav not withstanding, most of the trains in this region continue to run in an erratic manner. Add to the woes of the people, the railway enquiry service (131) at Ludhiana virtually remains non-functional.

Great scope for Indo-Pak cooperation in agriculture
Ludhiana, March 28
A 51-member delegation from Pakistan, led by Rai Aziz Ullah Khan, member, National Assembly and chairman Tourism, Culture and Dairy Development Board, government of Pakistan visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana today.

Three arrested for daylight robbery
Ludhiana, March 28
The Model Town police has succeeded in nabbing three robbers who had allegedly committed a daylight robbery in a house on Bebe Nanki road on March 26.

Goods worth lakhs gutted
Ludhiana, March 28
A massive fire broke out in a book and a Karyana shop in New Model Town at about 4 am today gutting products worth lakhs.


Docs, cops in a fix over body’s gender
Ludhiana, March 28
Ascertaining the identity of a badly decomposed body found in an abandoned plot opposite Central Jail on March has become a tricky challenge for the police and the doctors with all scientific test in process have not been able to even pinpoint the gender of the body. The police has now gone for the DNA test to find out if the person was a male, female or a neuter.

Literary seminar marks World Theatre Day
Ludhiana, March 28
A literary seminar was organised by Sirjan Dhara in collaboration with the Ludhiana Kala Manch to mark the World Theatre Day at Punjabi Bhawan here yesterday.

Heads of police handcuffed!
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 28
Visitors to local police station were confounded to see heads of police circle Malerkotla, Sadar police and city police handcuffed to each other and a stranger one by one on Tuesday evening.

Bimal Kumar Sharma finds himself handcuffed by magician Mohammad Ishaq while DSP Malerkotla Rachhpal Singh Hara looks on at a police station in Ahmedgarh on Tuesday. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma 
Bimal Kumar Sharma finds himself handcuffed by magician Mohammad Ishaq while DSP Malerkotla Rachhpal Singh Hara looks on at a police station in Ahmedgarh



Dealer booked for selling fake brand
Ludhiana, March 28
The police today booked Amarjit Singh, owner of the Amarjit Cloth House, Karimpura Bazaar for allegedly selling clothes under the label of Raymonds brand.



Switch over to industry necessary, says Sidhu
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 28
To rehabilitate the trade and industry in the state, Punjab government will strive to provide the facilities enjoyed by the neighbouring states said Navjot Singh Sidhu, member of Parliament. He was addressing a first meeting after coming into power of SAD-BJP government in the state at RIMT-IET Complex here today.



ISTE chapters set up at Bhutta College
Doraha, March 28
The executive council of the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), New Delhi, has approved the formation of ISTE chapter and ISTE students’ chapter at BCET with all the privileges granted by constitution of the body. BCET is an institutional member of the ISTE and is entitled to all the perquisites allowed by its constitution and by-laws.

Teachers must stop being party to ‘organised cheating’: DEO
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 28
Accusing a section of the teaching community of promoting organised use of unfair means in examinations conducted by the Punjab School Education Board, Major Singh Sandhu, district education officer, Ludhiana, has said that educational standards must be maintained so as to reflect in the representation of Punjabis in the central administrative services by controlling the menace of cheating. He called upon erring teachers to stop being party to organised cheating.

Major Singh Sandhu
Major Singh Sandhu

Detained students resort to Gandhigiri for roll numbers
Ludhiana, March 28
More than 40 students of SCD Government College here detained as non-eligible for appearing in the annual exams by the college authorities for not attending the required number of lectures throughout the academic session have resorted to Gandhigiri, a la Munnabhai, to lobby for their roll numbers.
Detained students of SCD Government College hold a peaceful rally in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Detained students of SCD Government College hold a peaceful rally in Ludhiana

Lecture on self management
Ludhiana March 28
A lecture on ‘Personal management’ by Arun Rishi from Ujjain was held in the auditorium of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College under the aegis of 18th Chapter of the Institution here today.

Kiddies Paradise celebrates annual day 
Ludhiana, March 28
Students of Kiddies Paradise celebrated its annual day coupled with a farewell party. The function started with a welcome address given by the principal. The children presented a fancy dress show by posing as different kinds of fruits, vegetables, butterflies, bride-grooms, brides etc. They also danced to the tunes of hit songs. Chief guest gave away prizes to the children.

The students of Kiddies Paradise dress up in different fancy dress costumes at a farewell party. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
The students of Kiddies Paradise dress up in different fancy dress costumes at a farewell party.

RIMT celebrates ‘Shilp Masters-2007’ 
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 28
The RIMT College of Architecture celebrated its annual function ‘Shilp Masters-2007’ here today.



Anti-rabies camp held
Samrala, March 28
The 2nd annual free anti-rabies camp organised by the Animal Husbandry Department was held at Ottalan, 3 km from Samrala today. Punjab State Veterinary Council arranged for the vaccination of around 200 dogs under Dr Baljit Singh Sidhu, president, Veterinary Council and Dr Vinod Gupta, registrar, Punjab State Veterinary Council. The camp was held under the guidance of Dr Paramjit Singh, deputy director, Animal Husbandry, Ludhiana.

Information on nature cure at youth fest 
Ludhiana March 28
Nature Cure Education Trust distributed literature on nature cure remedies like wheat grass juice, organic wheat, earthworm fertiliser and other organic fertilisers at the three-day inter-college youth festival cum competition held at the Government Polytechnic College for Girls, Rishi Nagar, recently.

Function marks Tuberculosis Day
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 28
A panel discussion and poster-making competition was held on March 26, 2007 at Desh Bhagat School of Nursing, Mandi Gobindgarh under the guidance of Dr Zora Singh, chairman of Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes.

Health officials take samples of food items
Ludhiana, March 28
Under directions from civil surgeon and local health authority Yash Pal Singla, several teams of health staff took samples of milk, cheese and other food items at different places in the city today as a part of drive to check adulteration.

‘Create awareness about drug addiction’
Ludhiana, March 28
Speakers at a seminar on awareness of HIV, AIDS and drug abuse emphasised the need to wean away youth from drug addiction, which was the main factor of increasing incidence of HIV and AIDS in the region.




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