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Ephedrine worth 4.6 cr seized from two NRIs
Ludhiana, March 11
The first-ever haul of 230 kg of ephedrine worth Rs 4.60 crore in the international market was seized from two NRIs here yesterday. While drugs like heroin or smack were seized off and on, it is for the first time that ephedrine, popularly known as the ecstasy drug in Canada, the USA and the UK, has been seized.

Rising temp damages wheat crop
Ludhiana, March 11
The increase in temperature has started affecting crops in the region. Farmers are worried about the wheat crop which is being damaged because of the rise in mercury. If the temperature does not come down, the grain will mature early and the production as well as quality will be affected.


Residents ignore order on marriage processions
Ludhiana, March 11
Despite the district magistrate banning marriage processions on main roads due to traffic constraints, residents are flouting the orders. The DM had banned marriage processions on main roads to ease out traffic during the marriage season.
A marriage procession being taken out of the Ferozepur road against the orders of the district magistrate in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
A marriage procession being taken out of the Ferozepur road against the orders of the district magistrate in Ludhiana

2 months gone, but no sewers
Ludhiana, March 11
Residents of Haibowal Kalan are a harassed lot as the water supply and sewerage board has not laid the sewer pipes in their area although the roads were dug about two months ago. As a result the area has turned into a virtual death trap.

Uncle ‘kidnaps’ niece for land
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 11
“If the land I have inherited from my mother puts my life at risk, I am ready to forego it, but please ask my maternal uncle to let me live peacefully with my paternal aunt who has sacrificed her joys for my future,” says Ripandeep Kaur (11) of Alamwala village near Muktsar.

Draw for liquor vends today
Ludhiana, March 11
Stage is set for tomorrow’s draw of lots for the allotment of liquor vends in Ludhiana. The excise department, that has already earned Rs 6.67 crore by way of applications, against Rs 4.58 crore last year, is expecting to rake in a revenue of over Rs 254 crore this year.

Pensioners hold protest rally
Ludhiana, March 11
The pensioners of Punjab Agricultural University held a protest rally from gate No. 1 to gate No. 2 of the university today. Some of the pensioners even sat on a relay-fast opposite Thapar Hall. Those who sat on dharna included Dr Harpreet Singh from PAUTA, Darshan Singh, Meham Singh, Mohan Lal, Shamsher Singh and S.K. Verma.
PAU pensioners hold a protest rally in Ludhiana
PAU pensioners hold a protest rally in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Edible oil samples sent for test
Ludhiana, March 11
Health officials led by food inspector Manoj Khosla took samples of 16 refined oil bands from edible oil manufacturers’ depots located at the Bhattian road and Hussainpura here last evening.

Fresh cases of gastro reported
Ludhiana, March 11
About half a dozen fresh cases of gastroenteritis were reported in medical camps put up by the health department today. More than 100 persons were examined at the OPDs and no fresh case of jaundice has been reported, the district health officer, Dr S.S. Dhir, said.


SAD to protest against steel price hike
Ludhiana, March 11
MP Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon said yesterday that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) would organise protests all over the state against the hike in steel prices. Ram Vilas Paswan had on February 14 assured industrialists that steel prices would not be hiked and the budgetary support for reducing the prices would also be incorporated.



False Complaint
Police to book Manpreet’s parents
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 11
Finding them guilty of misguiding the administration and social organisations of the area regarding disappearance of their daughter from her in-laws house at Taz Pur Chowk, Raekot, over two months ago, the Ludhiana (Rural) police has initiated process to book parents of Manpreet Kaur.

Bid to sodomise, seven booked
Jagraon, March 11
Some Nath, Sukhdev Singh, Hari Singh, Darshan Singh of Indira colony, Jagraon, Raju of Leelan Meghsingh, Ravinder of Khawaja Baju and Kashmir Singh of Kabir Nagar allegedly kidnapped Sukhwinder Singh, alias Sohi of Mai Jeena mohalla, and tried to sodomise the victim.

Attempt to rape minor, migrant booked
Ludhiana, March 11
The Focal Point police has booked a migrant labourer for attempting to rape a minor girl. Accused Parvinder Kumar had allegedly tried to rape a five-year old girl, who lived in his neighbourhood in Sherpur Kalan, on the evening of March 9.



Banks record 16 pc rise in deposits
Ludhiana, March 11
Banks in the district recorded 16 per cent increase in deposits between March 2007 and December 2007. This was disclosed by Jeet Singh, district manager, Punjab and Sind Bank, during the credit review meeting of the banks held here today.

Extra freight charges unwarranted, say rice shellers
Amloh, March 11
President, rice shellers’ assocation, Randhir Singh Gill, in an association’s meeting held here yesterday said, “Imposition of extra freight charges from the local depot (beyond 8 kms) for delivering rice at railhead depots from this year onward is unwarranted.”



DMCH Convocation
54 graduates awarded degrees
Ludhiana, March 11
“Medical profession has always been considered to be one of the noblest professions. Basic aim is to alleviate human suffering, both physical as well as mental that come from infirmity, disease, injury or otherwise.

Medical graduates take oath during the DMCH annual convocation in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Medical graduates take oath during the DMCH annual convocation in Ludhiana

Bhoomica crowned Miss Farewell

Ludhiana, March 11
BA and BCom students of SDP College for Women bid farewell to their seniors on the college premises here today. Principal of the college Dr Geeta Bhandari presided over the function.

WINSOME SMILE: The winners of Miss Farewell contest at SDP College for Women in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

The winners of Miss Farewell contest at SDP College for Women in Ludhiana

Sristhi crowned Ms Cherryfields
Ludhiana, March 11
It was like a fairytale when tiny tots of Cherryfields Nursery School participated in a fashion show here today. The children were trained by Sonia of Mumbai who had specially prepared the little ones for catwalk. Costume of each child had been carefully selected according to the event.

Tiny tots of Cherryfields Nursery School during a fashion show on the school premises in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma
Tiny tots of Cherryfields Nursery School during a fashion show on the school premises in Ludhiana

UK delegation visits PCTE
Ludhiana, March 11
A two-member delegation from South Birmingham College, UK, visited Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) for academic collaboration in different courses here today. The delegation discussed various options of collaboration, including students exchange, faculty exchange, combined research and curriculum development, with the PCTE institutes.

Animal fair at GADVASU from tomorrow
Ludhiana, March 11
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) will organise a two-day pashu palan mela on March 13 and 14 on the theme "Pashu palan dhanda apnao, Punjab nu khushhal banao" (adopt dairy farming and make Punjab prosper).

Spare private college teachers from poll duties: Union
Ludhiana, March 11
Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) area secretary Dr Manjit Singh Komal, in a press note today, urged the district administration to spare private college teachers from panchayat election duties in view of their engagements in university examinations.

Workshop on interior designing
Ludhiana, March 11
Department of family resource management of Punjab Agricultural University organised a two-day workshop on interior designing here today. Sukhdeep Dhillon explained various concepts related to interior designing to diploma and MSc students of the department who had chosen the subject as an elective.

Plant saplings to save environment: Expert
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 11
A plantation camp was organised today on the campus of Desh Bhagat College of Education here by NSS volunteers under the supervision of programme officer prof Gurinder Singh.


Man convicted of selling adulterated spices
Ludhiana, March 11
The court of Ludhiana CJM Rajinder Aggarwal has convicted shopkeeper Mulkh Raj of Karimpura Bazaar on the charges of selling adulterated, misbranded garam masala, unfit for human consumption, to its customers. He was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and fine of Rs 1,000 was also imposed on him.



Hotel staff donate blood

Ludhiana, March 11
The staff of Hotel Majestic Park Plaza, in collaboration of Christian Medical College and Hospital, organised a blood donation camp on the hotel premises wherein 91 employees of the hotel came forward to donate blood.

Volunteers donate blood at a camp organised by the CMCH in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Volunteers donate blood at a camp organised by the CMCH in Ludhiana



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