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Flag march held in city
Ludhiana, May 18
Security forces, including contingents of para-military forces and the local police, carried out a flag march through various areas of the city to instill a sense of security and confidence among the residents who are panic stricken due to the ongoing sectarian conflict. Earlier in the morning, activists of Sikh organisations, brandishing swords carried out a protest rally through the old city forcing shopkeepers to close shops in the area.
Security forces hold flag march in Ludhiana Security forces hold flag march in Ludhiana on Friday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed


150 PUDA employees face retrenchment, threaten stir
Ludhiana, May 18
As many as 150 employees of Punjab Urban Development and Planning Authority are fearing retrenchment following the dissolution of PUDA and formation of GLADA.

Industry dumps hazardous waste treatment plant’s proposal
Ludhiana, May 18
The hazardous waste treatment facility at Dera Bassi has got negative response in industrial circles even before becoming operational formally. Industry is opposed to the recent proposal of getting the existing hazardous waste tested in the laboratory before treatment.

Role Reversal
Harassed by bahu, saas kills herself

Ludhiana, May 18
Women committing suicide due to troublesome mothers-in-law is often heard, but an aged woman of Urban Estate, Dugri, today jumped to death before a running train allegedly due to harassment from daughter-in-law. The woman claimed in a suicide note that she could not bear the harassment at the hands of her daughter-in-law and her relatives any longer and hence was ending her life.

City youth drowns in Kurukshetra
Ludhiana, May 18
Just a month before his marriage, a resident of Barrewal, here, allegedly drowned under mysterious circumstances in a sarovar at Kurukshetra on May 15.

Relatives of Parminder Singh, alias Bittu, who drowned under mysterious cicumstances in Kurukshetra. — Tribune photo  by Sayeed Ahmed
Relatives of Parminder Singh, alias Bittu, who drowned under mysterious cicumstances in Kurukshetra.

Man sets room afire to kill ex-friend
Ludhiana, May 18
A plumber allegedly adopted an unusual way to murder two persons by setting the room, in which they were sleeping, on fire on Dabba road, Sherpur Kalan, this morning.

Looting case: Victims were raped too
Ludhiana, May 18
The armed robbery at Bonker Dogra village turned more gruesome today with the polcie claiming the accused robbers had allegedly raped two women also.


At the Crossroads
Trailing clouds of longings
The name of Sahir Ludhianvi or Prof Mohan Singh acts as a catalyst to rouse a person residing in Ludhiana from his deep slumber. Manjit Indira's free verse, ‘Taarean da Chhajj’ (A tray full of stars), has captured the true image of Prof Mohan Singh as a person as well as a poet during the last decade of his life. She came into his contact as a teenager in 1969, so as to learn the art of poetic composition, when the poet was 65 years old. He was at that time Professor Emeritus at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, whereas she was studying in Govt College for Women for her first degree.

Manjit Indira
Manjit Indira

Security tightened to keep dera trouble at bay
Raikot, May 18
Though the civil administration is claiming the return of normalcy to the town and its surrounding villages, the area close to Naam Charcha Ghar at Jalaldiwal, near here, has virtually turned into a cantonment.

Muslims pray for peace in state
Ludhiana, May 18
Members of the Muslim community here today prayed for peace and communal harmony in the state. Hundreds of Muslims, who offered the weekly Friday prayers under the leadership of Shahi Imam Maulana Habib-u-Rehman Ludhianvi, prayed for peace in the state in the wake of recent violent incidents.

The Shahi Imam of the Jama Majid along with other devotees holds a prayer in Ludhiana for peace in the state on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
The Shahi Imam of the Jama Majid along with other devotees holds a prayer in Ludhiana for peace in the state

Ex-servicemen call to maintain peace
Ludhiana, May 18
While the state is grappling with violence and arson arisen out of the Dera Sacha Sauda controversy, ex-servicemen of Ludhiana have appealed to the masses to maintain peace and harmony so that this “difficult time too passes away”.

Insurance officers observe strike
Ludhiana, May 18
In protest against the "anti-officer" policies of their management the General Insurance Officers All-India Association observed a strike today.

Expect fewer power cuts this summer, says Bath
Ludhiana, May 18
PSEB Chief Engineer P.S. Bath, who took charge a few days ago, said customer satisfaction was his top priority in addition to ensuring that minimum power cuts were imposed during the peak summer season.

Road repair begins
Ludhiana, May 18
The councillor of ward number 49, Rakesh Prashar, today got inaugurated a road repair project worth Rs 24 lakh in Lakkar Bazar and Machine Market, here, today.

Anti-graft forum to support govt
Ludhiana, May 18
The Pubalic Anti-Corruption Forum has welcomed the announcement of the Akali-BJP government in the state to root out corruption from the government offices in the state.

Sangat darshan on May 23
Ludhiana, May 18
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation would hold sangat darshan to redress the grievances of residents of Zone-D on May 23.

Tributes paid on bhog ceremony
Khamano, May 18
Tributes were paid to freedom fighter Dharmpal Verma, on his bhog ceremony at Mansooran road, Khamano. He had died a few days back.



2 assaulted due to old enmity, 10 booked 
Jagraon, May 18
In two separate incidents, Raikot and Dehlon police has booked ten persons on the charge of assault.



Withdrawal of subsidy scheme flayed
Ludhiana, May 18
The Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations today said that discontinuation of the centrally sponsored Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme by the government has come as a rude shock to the small-scale sector.

Industrialists meet Kalia
Ludhiana, May 18
An industrial delegation, under the banner of Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India, met Industries and Commerce Minister, Manoranjan Kalia, to discuss their problems.

‘Scientific temper can curb bankruptcy’
Ludhiana, May 18
Punjab is marching towards economic and social bankruptcy and this could be prevented only through scientific temper. These views were expressed by B.S. Ramoowalia during his one-day visit at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.


‘Global warming may redistribute rainfall’
Ludhiana, May 18
J.S.Samra, member of the PAU Board of Management and deputy director-general, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, who has been appointed chief executive officer (CEO), National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA), for a period of five years, has said that global warming, high frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and melting of glaciers will redistribute rainfall, water balance, rise in sea level and change the aquatic system.

J.S. Samra
J.S. Samra

Mealy bug appears in Bathinda area
Ludhiana, May 18
Mealy bug attack on tomatoes, desi cotton, jawar, congress weed and bukain tree has been reported from villages of Mirjeana, Kaureana and Gehle Wala in Talwandi Sabo block of district Bathinda. PAU scientists who surveyed the area have revealed that the stacks of cotton sticks in the fields especially near shady trees and water channels and pre-sowing irrigation of cotton may be acting as a source of this pest which is migrating to weeds and other crops including trees.

Expose wheat to sunlight to prevent smut, farmers told
Ludhiana, May 18
In a message to the farmers, Dr Satvinder Kaur Mann, head, Department of Plant Pathology and Dr D.P. Pannu have suggested controlling of loose smut in wheat through proper exposure to sunlight in the months of May and June.

Save water by using laser leveller: Expert
Ludhiana, May 18
"Water is precious and every drop should be used judiciously," said PAU the director of Extension Education, Dr N.S.Malhi, while speaking to farmers at a field day on laser levelling organised at Fatehgarh Sahib.


World Museum Day 
Jesus school students set up mini-museum

Ludhiana, May 18
Students of Jesus Sacred Heart School, South City, Ludhiana, celebrated World Museum Day here today by setting up a mini-museum depicting the rich cultural heritage of Punjab. It gave a vivid revelation of the customs and conventions, beauties and bounties, teachings and traditions of Punjab.

Students of Jesus Sacred Heart School set up a mini-museum exhibiting the rich heritage of Punjab on World Museum Day. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Students of Jesus Sacred Heart School set up a mini-museum exhibiting the rich heritage of Punjab on World Museum Day

NSS Camp
Art of tie and dye taught
Ludhiana, May 18
On the fifth day of 10-day special NSS camp being organised at Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, a practical demonstration on various techniques of tie and dye and flower making was given. Jasbir Kaur and Kamalpreet Kaur, lecturers in fashion designing, were the resource persons. They imparted knowledge regarding the preparation of fabric and dyes.

LCET celebrates Telecommunication Day
Ludhiana, May 18
The Institution of Engineers (India), Ludhiana centre, in collaboration with the Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET) (training and placement cell) celebrated the 39th World Telecommunication Day at the college campus. A.N Sachdeva, senior manager from Bharti Teletch Ltd, Hambran, was the chief guest and Parminder Rana, technical head, Bharti Airtel, was guest of honour and Dr J.S Sohi, LCET, Principal, presided over the function.



Designer studio
Ludhiana, May 18
Neelam's, a designer wear outlet, has opened a special designer studio in the city.


CMCH opens wound clinic in OPD
Ludhiana, May 18
The Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), here, has introduced several new services, while expanding some of the existing facilities for the benefit of public.

Doctors caution against morbid obesity
Ludhiana, May 18
Morbid obesity has become one of the significant causes of obesity-related diseases in the developed world that result either in significant physical disability and even death. The condition has a significant impact on cardiac risk factors, incidence of diabetes, sleep disorders, arthritis of weight bearing joints, infertility and various types of cancerous diseases.

Free medical check-up camp tomorrow
Doraha, May 18
The government’s Rural Health Mission programme has been in operation at Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, for more than four decades, this was stated by Dr Gursaran Kaur Sidhu, HOD of the medicine department at the hospital here today. She was interacting with mediapersons regarding the first speciality/ super speciality free medical check up camp to be organised on May 20 with the help of Rotary Club, Doraha.


BLBA lads win basketball tourney
Ludhiana, May 18
Players of the Baba Lodhiana Basketball Academy which is being run here by the Punjab Basketball Association with the help of the Punjab Sports Department, gave another splendid performance and won the title in the 58th Punjab Junior Basketball Championship held at Behman Diwana in Bathinda district from May 14 to 17.
Players of the Baba Lodhiana Academy, who won the 58th Punjab Junior Basketball Championship held at Behman Diwana in Bathinda on Thursday, are seen with the officials of the Punjab Basketball Association in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by IV
Players of the Baba Lodhiana Academy, who won the 58th Punjab Junior Basketball Championship held at Behman Diwana in Bathinda on Thursday, are seen with the officials of the Punjab Basketball Association in Ludhiana

U-19 Cricket trials on May 22
Ludhiana, May 18
Trials to select (u-19) Ludhiana cricket team for the Dhruve Pandove Trophy will be conducted here at the Arya College ground on May 22 at 4.45pm.



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