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6-yr-old kidnapped, rescued
It was in the family; uncle had sought Rs 5 lakh ransom

Ludhiana, April 17
Jealousy and lure of easy money drove a close relative to kidnap six-year-old son of a Makkar Colony-based well-settled migrant labourer family here. Ranjan was kidnapped yesterday by a relative who later demanded Rs 5 lakh as ransom from the boy’s family.

Road repair: Preferential for some, patchy for others 
Ludhiana, April 17
Some people are more equal than others for the local Municipal Corporation if discrimination in repairing roads is any indication.

Left: Patchwork being carried out on Pakhowal Road while (right) a road connecting an Akali leader’s hospital is completely recarpeted till the hospital in Ludhiana
Left: Patchwork being carried out on Pakhowal Road while (right) a road connecting an Akali leader’s hospital is completely recarpeted till the hospital in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed 




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Who needs an AC: A rickshaw puller enjoys afternoon siesta unmindful of heat in Ludhiana
Who needs an AC: A rickshaw puller enjoys afternoon siesta unmindful of heat in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Power Woes
Residents doubtful but PSEB hopeful of better supply

Ludhiana, April 17
Come summers and power begins playing truant. The situation is not much different this time. However, unlike earlier, this time the industry and Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) officials are hopeful of an improvement in the situation.

Dhanda, Khalsa get their due, finally
Ludhiana April 17
After having been virtually sidelined during the allocation of Cabinet berths, the Ludhiana district seems to have been compensated by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal with the appointment of two Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS), Harish Rai Dhanda from Ludhiana West and Bikramjit Singh Khalsa from Khanna. Both had strong claims and credentials for the different reasons. Dhanda happens to be an outstanding lawyer and a legal luminary. Besides, he had defeated Congress veteran Harnam Dass Johar by a huge margin and that too in a constituency that was considered traditionally to be a Congress stronghold. Moreover, he is a brilliant orator and an articulate spokesman, who can always and certainly does, defend the government and the party effectively when it comes to arguments

COMMUNITY

Widows of terror victims threaten stir
Ludhiana, April 17
Dissatisfied over the existing policies of the state government, widows of those killed by terrorists today threatened to resort to agitation if they were not granted the relief amount of Rs 4 lakh each, at the earliest.


Widows of terrorists attacks relate their tale of woes at a sangat darshan programme held at the Bachat Bhawan in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Widows of terrorists attacks relate their tale of woes at a sangat darshan programme held at the Bachat Bhawan in Ludhiana

24 complaints redressed at sangat darshan
Ludhiana, April 17
The first district-level sangat darshan programme, to hear complaints of people in the presence of government department heads took place at Bachat Bhawan, here, today.

Study circle holds blood donation camp
Ludhiana, April 17
The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle organised a blood donation camp, a medical check up camp and a tree plantation drive at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNEC) here today. A seminar on the topic of “science on living” was also held on the occasion.



A volunteer donates blood at the blood donation camp organised by the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
A volunteer donates blood at the blood donation camp organised by the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle in Ludhiana

Biography of VRTC founder released
Ludhiana, April 17
Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, released the biography of Dr E.M. Johnson, founder director, Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre for Blind (VRTC), at the centre’s auditorium here today. Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliament secretary, presided over the function.

Protest against TV channel 
Ludhiana, April 17
Activists of the Bharatiya Valmiki Dharm Samaj today took out a procession against a private television news channel for allegedly showing ‘disrespect’ to Mahirishi Valmiki.


Activists of the Bharatiya Valmiki Dharm Samaj take out a procession against a television news channel in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma 
Activists of the Bharatiya Valmiki Dharm Samaj take out a procession against a television news channel in Ludhiana


 

BUSINESS

‘RBI policy killing SME business’
Ludhiana, April 17
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry today said that the small and medium sector enterprises were in doldrums and their business had been adversely affected. Giving reasons for this president of the chamber P.D Sharma said, “The cost of raw material is rising, working capital requirement is increasing. On the other hand there is liquidity crunch in the market and the banking sector. This is mainly due to the wrong monetary policy of RBI to control inflation.”

 
AGRICULTURE

Poultry conference to focus on rural employment
Ludhiana, April 17
The Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, will host the 14th conference and national symposium of the Indian Poultry Science Association (IPSA) from April 25 to 27. As many as 300 scientists from state veterinary universities, veterinary colleges and institutes related to poultry production and health from all over the country will participate in the conference.

EDUCATION

Chefs in demand Down Under, says Randhawa
Ludhiana, April 17
“There has been a great demand of chefs in Australia and this is perhaps the major reason why Indian students were opting for hospitality industry”, Param Randhawa, a manager of International Business Development, Box Hill Institute, Melbourne, Australia, said here today.


Param Randhawa, manager, International Business Development, Box Hill Institute, Australia. — A Tribune photograph
Param Randhawa, manager, International Business Development, Box Hill Institute, Australia

Decades-old feud ends; parcharak sabha reconstituted
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 17
The unanimous reconstitution of the management committee of the Ahmedgarh Vidya Parcharak Sabha today, running three major educational institutes in the town, brought an end to a decades-old political rivalry among two factions.
SAD leader Mann Singh Garcha addresses a meeting of the Ahmedgarh Vidya Parcharak Sabha at Ahmedgarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
SAD leader Mann Singh Garcha addresses a meeting of the Ahmedgarh Vidya Parcharak Sabha at Ahmedgarh

From Schools
Sacred Heart students win prizes

Ludhiana, April 17
Students of Jesus Sacred Heart School, south city, bagged the consolation prize and the best costume prize at the inter-school bhangra and giddha competitions held in Mohali recently. This added colour to the Baisakhi celebrations held in the school yesterday. Displaying talent, the students depicted the rich cultural heritage of Punjab, spreading the message of universal love and brotherhood. All participated with great zeal and fervour.

 

HEALTH

Non-payment of salary sparks protest
Ludhiana, April 17
Led by activists of the coordination committee of para-medical and health employees, Punjab, the health staff today staged a rally outside the office of the civil surgeon here to protest against the non-payment of salary for the month of March.

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