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A first in state: Traffic training in village school
Mohanpur (Khanna), April 18
A private school situated on the GT road near this village, around 7 km before Khanna, has set up an example of imparting road safety education by setting up a traffic training centre on the school premises for the use of students, town residents as well as the nearby villagers.

Rain brings respite...and woes
Ludhiana, April 18
Thundershowers experienced in the city last night provided a much-needed respite from the blistering heat, dipping the mercury to a considerable low and reducing pressure on electricity and water.



Traffic jam on the Ferozepore road during the rain in Ludhiana on Tuesday night. — Tribune photos by Sayeed Ahmed
Traffic jam on the Ferozepore road during the rain in Ludhiana






EARLIER STORIES


Wheat procurement halted
Ludhiana April 18
After the rains lashed Ludhiana last night and in the morning today, people heaved a sigh of relief. The day temperature fell by eleven degrees, giving them much-needed reprieve from the intense heat. While the day temperature yesterday was 40 degrees C, today it came down to 29 degrees C.


A farmer covers bags of wheat to prevent them from the rains that lashed Ludhiana on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
A farmer covers bags of wheat to prevent them from the rains that lashed Ludhiana

Exporters lose as rupee gains
Ludhiana, April 18
Small-scale units are feeling the heat of the strengthening rupee against dollar. While the performance of rupee is on its peak in the past around a decade, those engaged in dealing with export units are complaining of delayed payments. Market experts have warned that losses on account of the present situation could be as high as Rs 1,200 crore for small units across the state.

Kidnapping case
Co-accused was also known to parents
Ludhiana, April 18
The parents of kidnapped child Ranjan, who was recovered by the police yesterday, were further shocked when they realised that the co-accused in the case was also an old acquaintance.



Ranjan with his mother. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Ranjan with his mother.

PUDA gives plots for a song
Ludhiana, April 18
In a city where every inch of land is sold at skyrocketing prices, the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) gave 244 plots of different measurements on almost half the market prices at Dugri, phase II and III, in a draw of lots held here today.

COMMUNITY

Acid attack: Women’s panel points a finger at soap operas
Ludhiana, April 18
Critics of the K-serials have got a strong supporter in the Punjab State Commission for Women (PSCW), which has come down heavily on domestic violence shown in the soap operas. The commission felt the accused in the recent acid attack on four girls here might have taken a cue from such serials.

Ludhianvis make a splash
Ludhiana, April 18
The rising mercury in the recent days has forced the city residents to frequent various swimming pools for a respite from scorching heat. Many of these swimming pools in clubs and hotels are witnessing a huge rush where people from different age groups are pouring in to get the cool feeling.


Children enjoy in the swimming pool at the Sutlej Club in Ludhiana on Wednesday evening. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Children enjoy in the swimming pool at the Sutlej Club in Ludhiana

‘Tarot cards make 99% right predictions’
Ludhiana, April 18
Famous Delhi-based tarot card reader, Poonam Sethi, is in the city for three days in Hotel Majestic Park Plaza. Few years ago, she met an old Greek tarot card reader who told her that she would become tarot card reader. Now, she has been practicing it for the last 18 years and has travelled across the world.
Poonam Sethi , Tarot Consultant and Karmic Healer is in the city and talks to media all about the different aspects of tarot cards. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed 
Poonam Sethi

Grateway founder Dumra dead
Ludhiana, April 18
Hari Dutt Dumra, founder of the Grateway Limited and Eveline Hosiery, passed away, here, last evening. Dumra (92), was credited with making hosiery industry globally competitive.

 

CRIME

Rs 55,000, gold jewellery stolen
Jagraon, April 18
Some persons entered the house of Charnjit Behal at Agwar Ladhai in Jagraon and decamped with Rs 55,000 and gold ornaments worth Rs 55,000 last evening. According to information, Charnjit Behal is a book seller and his wife Pinky had gone to see her husband at their shop when the incident took place. The local police has registered a case under Sections 457, 380, IPC. No arrest has been so far.

 
AGRICULTURE

Workers, farmers hold protest rally
Ludhiana, April 18
Protesting against the alleged "anti-labour" policies of the government, high inflation and unemployment, the Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) Kul Hind Kisan Sabha and All-India Farm Workers Union today held a protest rally at the Mini Secretariat here.



Industrial workers and farmers hold a protest rally at Mini Secretariat in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Industrial workers and farmers hold a protest rally at Mini Secretariat in Ludhiana



EDUCATION

From Colleges
9 engg students shortlisted at job drive

Ludhiana, April 18
A team of Hero Cycles visited the Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET), Katani Kalan, under the campus recruitment drive for mechanical engineers of the college recently and selected four students. Michael Sawney, Sahij Paul, Sumir Sharma and Jaspreet Singh Dhillon were selected in the final round of interviews.

Technical education to be job-oriented: Minister
Ludhiana April 18
Minister for Technical Education, Industrial Training and Social Security Chaudhary Swarna Ram has disclosed that the technical education system in the state would be completely revamped to make it relevant to the needs of the fast advancing technology in the industrial sector

Students of Tech Education and Industrial Training Punjab performs giddha on prize distribution of the sport meet and cultural function at Guru Nanak Dev Bhavan held in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

Students of Tech Education and Industrial Training Punjab performs giddha on prize distribution of the sport meet and cultural function at Guru Nanak Dev Bhavan held in Ludhiana.
The pitch at Government College is covered as the tie between Ludhiana and Ropar in the Punjab State Inter-District Tournament
The pitch at Government College is covered as the tie between Ludhiana and Ropar in the Punjab State Inter-District Tournament (under -15) could not be held due to the rain on Wednesday. — Photo byInderjeet Verma

Student debarred from exam due to PU fault
Ludhiana, April 18
Kulbir Kaur, a private student of MA (I) history could not take her first examination, here, last evening. She was shocked to hear from the centre superviser that her roll number was not in the cut-list sent by Panjab University, Chandigarh, so she could not sit for the paper.

95 students donate blood
Ludhiana, April 18
Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle organized a blood donation, medical check up and tree plantation camp at the Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, here, on Tuesday. In this camp 95 students donated blood under the team of Red Cross Society, Ludhiana, whereas, as many as 265 students had undergone medical check up. The leading team of doctors, included Dr. H.S. Bedi Medicuty, Ludhiana, Dr. Urvesh Singh and Dr. Darshan Singh, Preet Hospital, Model Town Ludhiana and doctors of Krishana Hospital including many doctors of the city.

 

CULTURE

Punjabi recitation contest held
Ludhiana, April 18
Intra-class Punjabi Recitation Competition for class VI and VII were conducted in the school auditorium of Guru Nank Public School on April 16th and 17th, respectively. The topics for the poem recitation were - Mere Gudiyan-Patoley, Bhrun Hatya, Mein Kuj Banana Chaundi Haan etc.

HEALTH

Blood to be screened to avoid transfusion reactions
Ludhiana, April 18
The Punjab Thalassaemics Welfare Society in collaboration with the Department of Transfusion Medicine of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, organised a blood donation camp yesterday. As many as 162 volunteers came forward to donate blood. Secretary of the DMCH managing society Prem Gupta inaugurated the camp.

350 poor patients examined
Ludhiana, April 18
A medical, eye and ENT camp was organised by the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) at Rauwal village yesterday in which more than 350 patients were examined free of cost.

Orthopaedic conference opens tomorrow
Ludhiana, April 18
The 26th annual conference of the north zone chapter of the Indian Orthopedic Association will be organised by the department of orthopaedics, Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), here, from April 20 to 22.

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