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Poor quality of seeds ruins crops
Farmers allege shopkeeper duped them
Ludhiana, October 19
Farmers of Lohat-Baddi village in Raikot tehsil are running from pillar to post trying to show the authorities in the administration how poor quality of seeds ruined a full season of crop in their fields.

Dengue, diarrhoea cause alarm
Ludhiana, October 19
With the drop in mercury, the incidence of various tropical diseases has increased in the region. With a change in weather, diseases like malaria and dengue fever have become more common which calls for immediate attention. In particular, vigorous action is needed against mosquito-borne diseases, which tend to take an epidemic form almost every year during these weather conditions.


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Where are the little girls they worship?
Little girls going for kanjak poojan have become a rare sight in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, October 19
Gathering sufficient number of little girls (kanjaks) for the Navratra puja appears to have become the toughest task of the nine-day sacred period. The problem stares people in the face on this day when they want little girls, preferably below the age of 5, for the puja. As many people performed the puja to mark the conclusion of Navratras on asthmi today, many could be seen waiting in queues outside houses where little girls went in groups.

Little girls going for kanjak poojan have become a rare sight in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo bySayeed Ahmed

City Centre Scam
Sandhu denied bail

Ludhiana, October 19
Additional Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh today dismissed the regular bail application filed by former Additional Advocate General of Punjab Harpreet Sandhu, a co-accused in the infamous City Centre scam case.

COMMUNITY

Pak delegates visit PAU
Ludhiana, October 19
A delegation from Pakistan with PAU vice-chancellor M .S. Kang on the university campus in Ludhiana A group of Pakistani lawyers and journalists visited Punjab Agricultural University today.




A delegation from Pakistan with PAU vice-chancellor M .S. Kang on the university campus in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Truck union agrees to lift paddy at govt rate
dditional deputy commissioner Indu restarts the paddy procurement at Kup near Ahmedgarh Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 19
Timely intervention by the civil and police administration not only averted the clash between activists of the truck operators union, Kup, but the lifting and the procurement of the paddy also started at the two purchase centres.

Additional deputy commissioner Indu restarts the paddy procurement at Kup near Ahmedgarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Post-blast: CPI asks people to donate blood 
Ludhiana, October 19
The Communist Party of India (CPI) has made a fervent appeal to city residents to come forward and donate blood for the victims of the cinema hall bomb blast, who were being treated at Christian Medical College and Hospital here.

Teachers, employees and students at an exhibition of handicrafts prepared by special children of Ek Prayas at Ludhiana
Teachers, employees and students at an exhibition of handicrafts prepared by special children of Ek Prayas at Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

Blast victims get Rs 2 lakh ex gratia
Ludhiana, October 19
Cheques for ex gratia grants among families of the six persons killed and 37 injured in the bomb in Shingar Cinema,as announced by the Chief Minister, were distributed among the victims at CMCH today. Minister for tourism and cultural affairs Hira Singh Gabria , MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and deputy commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar handed over the cheques to the affected persons.

Pedestrian killed
Jagraon,October 19
A major tragedy was averted when a truck driver who had lost control over his vehicle, speeding truck that gone out of control of the driver, screeched to a halt after jumping over a road divider near a bus stand on the GT Road at local town today evening. However, a pedestrian who was about to cross the road, was killed in the incident.The victim has been identified as Harpal Singh, son of Gurbachan Singh of Sidhwan Kalan village.

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CRIME

Five booked for committing fraud 
Jagraon,October 19
Satnam Singh of Akalgarh, Jarnail Singh of Ludhiana, Inderjit Singh Agent of Delhi and Jaswant Singh Sidhu of Delhi have been booked by the Sudhar police under Sections 420, 120-B of the IPC for defrauding a man. As per an information,these four persons received Rs 33,000 in cash from Hakem Singh of Hans Kalan in 2003 for sending Sidhu’s son to the United Kingdom. But,they neither send him to the United Kingdom nor returned the money and cheated the complainant.

Tantrik arrested; missing girl found
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 19
The district police yesterday found a 17-year-old girl, abducted by a ‘tantrik’, in Nandpur Kalour village near Bassi Pathana. The 62-year-old ‘tantrik’ has been arrested. The godman had sought shelter in the house of the girl’s parents in Kotla Fazal on October 3, saying there was an evil spirit in the house that he would get rid of.

 

BUSINESS

Speed up VAT refunds: Industry
Ludhiana, October 19
In a meeting with the financial commissioner taxation S.S. Brar and excise and taxation commissioner, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said delay in VAT refunds was a critical issue that needed to be addressed urgently.

 
AGRICULTURE

Farmers get tips on wheat sowing 
Ludhiana, October 19
Last year the wheat was affected by karnal bunt and flag smut in the various parts of State. Karnal bunt had appeared due to cloudy weather and rains particularly during the earring stage of wheat crop. As a result, the developing wheat grains were infected and got partially or wholly converted into black powdery mass of spores. The disease was severe in areas of Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Jalandhar. According to the head, department of plant pathology, Dr H S Rewal, the farmers are advised not to sow the infected seed and replace the seed for sowing of wheat in the coming Rabi season.

4-day agri workshop ends
Ludhiana, October 19
Addressing the concluding function of 4-day workshop of KVK’s of Zone-I at PAU, the director of extension education, Dr N S Malhi said KVK’s have to play a pivotal role in the agricultural development in the country because of the new emerging multi-faceted challenges in the changing face of our agriculture.He emphasised that besides technology testing more emphasis needs to be given on pulses, oilseeds and field crops that are important for the food and nutritional security of India.

Late blight hits potato seed
Ludhiana, October 19
During recent visits to cold stores and adjoining fields in the areas of Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Jalandhar districts, a team of PAU plant pathologists has observed that diseased seed potato tubers are being thrown outside after sorting out. These diseased tubers not only emit bad odours but also serve as a source for the spread of late blight of potato in the adjoining fields.

EDUCATION

From Schools & Colleges
KVM celebrates its founder’s day 

Ludhiana, October 19
Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, organised its Founder’s Day celebrations on the school premises yesterday. MD of Abhishek Industries Ltd Rajinder Gupta was the chief guest. After the ceremonial lighting of a lamp tributes were paid to the school’s founder Late Rai Sahib Kundan Lal ji.
Victorious students of Arya College, who won various events in PU Youth Festival held at SCD Government College Students of Maple Bear Canadian Play Way Nursery School celebrate Dussehra in Ludhiana
Victorious students of Arya College, who won various events in PU Youth Festival held at SCD Government College. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma Students of Maple Bear Canadian Play Way Nursery School celebrate Dussehra in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

Automation need of the hour, says Kang 
Ludhiana October 19
Addressing a gathering of deans, directors and officers of the university yesterday, PAU vice-chancellor Manjit Singh Kang said modernization through automation, digitization and electronic data processing was the need of the hour to keep pace with the developments taking place in the world. He asked officials to keep themselves abreast with the state-of-the-art facilities available in the country so that these could be utilised in the administrative and scientific spheres of the university.
Children of Love Dale School perform dandia during a Navratra function in Ludhiana
Children of Love Dale School perform dandia during a Navratra function in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Special kids hold Diwali exhibition 
Ludhiana, October 19
A two-day exhibition-cum-sale of Diwali handicrafts prepared by the students of 'Ek Parayas', a school for mentally challenged children, and organised by the Child Development Society concluded today at PAU in the College of Home Science.

Placement drive
Khanna, October 19
The ICICI prudential held a placement drive on the campus of the Desh Bhagat institute of management and computer sciences in which 20 students of the college were short-listed. These students were selected for placement as PRO’s and sales and marketing executives, (trainees) with a pay package of Rs 2 lakhs per annum. 

 

CULTURE

Om of ‘Kahani...’ has no time to watch TV
Ludhiana, October 19
Kiran Karmarkar along with other actors addresses a press conference in Ludhiana “Saas-bahu” serials might have shot him to fame but Kiran Karmarkar, Om of “Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki”, has little time to watch television serials. Shuttling between shootings for his serials and theatre, Kiran says he could not sleep for over 12 nights due to the tight schedules. And now that Om is back in “Kahani...”, the actor is even busier.

Kiran Karmarkar along with other actors addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

HEALTH

250 vasectomies conducted 
Ludhiana, October 19
A two-day non-scalpel (without stiches) vasectomy camp, organised by the district health administration at Civil Hospital here today evoked huge response with 250 males coming forward for sterilisation.

 
SPORTS

Sangrur Academy clinch hockey title
Ludhiana, October 19
Sangrur Academy players who won Punjab Schools Hockey League held at Jarkhar Sangrur Academy beat Rail Coach Factory Sports Wing of Kapurthala 5-2 to clinch title in the eighth Rakshak Punjab Schools Hockey League at Mata Sahib Kaur Memorial Stadium of Jarkhar village, near here, yesterday.

Sangrur Academy players who won Punjab Schools Hockey League held at Jarkhar on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Thapar polytech college enter final
Ludhiana, October 19
Thapar Polytechnic College, Patiala, recored 3-0 win over BIS Polytechnic College, Kot Ise Khan, Moga. Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Polytechnic College, Ajitwal, Moga, defeated CTR, Ludhiana, 3-2, to enter the final of the Punjab State Technical Education Board Zonal Inter-polytechnic Table Tennis Tournament being played at the Government Institute of Textile Chemistry and Knitting Technology, Rishi Nagar, here, today.

Football Tournament
LCET beat Chitkara institute

Ludhiana, October 19
The Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, Katani Kalan, defeated Chitkara Engineering Institute, Rajpura, 2-1, in the opening match of the Punjab Technical University Inter-College Football Tournament which began at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College ground, Gill road, here today.

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