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Close shave for 3 students
Auto catches fire from an effigy burnt by Sena men
An auto that caught fire after it passed near a burning effigy in Ludhiana on Thursday. Ludhiana, May 1
Concern over burning effigies on roads proved right today when an autorickshaw, carrying three schoolchildren, caught fire after passing through near an effigy put on fire by activists of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackrey) to protest against inflation.

An auto that caught fire after it passed near a burning effigy in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Metro rail in city soon
Ludhiana, May 1
Ludhiana is all set to get its metro rail project shortly. A team of officials from the Metro Rail Corporation, New Delhi, today visited the city and surveyed different areas to study the viability of the project.


2 held for financier’s murder
Accused owed Rs 33,000 to victim
Ludhiana, May 1
Inability to repay a loan had allegedly led two persons to murder a septuagenarian financier and saw mill owner whose body was found on a bank of a canal near Sahnewal on April 8 late night.

Drug addicts stab gym owner
Rob him of Rs 55,000
Ludhiana, May 1
Four youths, including a drug addict, allegedly snatched Rs 55,000 from a health club owner and left him to die after stabbing him with a dagger thrice this afternoon.

Panchayat Poll
Election duties rag teachers
Ludhiana, May 1
Lecturers in government colleges here have asked the district administration not to put them on panchayat election duties. Many senior as well as junior lecturers, who have been asked to perform duties, said they were already giving duties as invigilators and superintendents at various examination centres. If they were put on "non-educational" duties, the university examination work will suffer and students will be the ultimate sufferers.

Power plays truant in city
Ludhiana, May 1
In the wake of persistent rise in temperature and heat wave-like conditions prevailing in the region, the drastic power cuts, being imposed both in scheduled and unscheduled manner on the urban feeders in the city, have thrown life in the city out of gear.

Husband gets 7 years for dowry death
Ludhiana, May 1
Court of additional sessions judge M. S. Virdi has convicted Sahib Singh of Gandhi Colony, Tibba Road, Ludhiana, in a dowry death case. He was sentenced to undergo seven years imprisonment and fined Rs 5,000.


Employees hold rallies on May Day
Ludhiana, May 1
Employees of various departments and industries held rallies to mark May Day here today. The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Employees Union, Punjab circle, staged a rally in the Bharat Nagar telephone exchange complex.

Construction hit as sand rates double
Ludhiana, May 1
Construction activity here got a blow as sand prices have doubled within the last one month. Thanks to the auction of quarries this time at prices many times higher than the last auctions, coupled with low arrival of sand in the market with trolley operators refusing to continue their work, the rise in prices is continuing.

MC swimming pool without lifeguard
Ludhiana, May 1
Beating the heat with a dip in the municipal corporation run swimming pool in Rakh Bagh here could prove dangerous for amateurs with no lifeguard presently posted there.

Sachdeva to head mass media officers’ body
Ludhiana, May 1
Satish Sachdeva, district mass media officer in the office of the civil surgeon here, has been elected president of the Punjab Health Department Mass Media Officers Association at the general body meeting held here today. Gurmeet Singh (Patiala) will be the new general secretary of the association.

Lakhowal chief of state unit of BKU
Alamgir, May 1
Ajmer Singh Lakhowal was unanimously elected as the president of the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) here today. The elections were held after a gap of four years and the sitting president was re-elected.

Wheat crop burnt
Mullanpur Dakha, May 1
Ripened wheat crop in 3 acres was reduced to ashes in Gahaur village near Mullanpur here today. Sparks from a tranformer installed in the fields reportedly caused the fire. Villagers rushed to the fields to douse the fire.

Food fest to tickle your taste buds
Zaika-e-Lahore, the ongoing food fest, at a hotel in Ludhiana offers mouth-watering delicacies to city folks. Ludhiana, May 1
Place a premium on things but cuisines that tickle your taste buds can not be measured in dollars, as Zaika -e- Lahore, the ongoing food festival at hotel Fortune Klassik, has given the Ludhianvis every reason to rejoice. Mouth-watering delicacies from yakhani shorba, pistey wala doodh and murg malmali kabab as starters to masaledaar jangari biryani followed by tikhi macchi in assorted salads leave a glint in the eyes of diners at Fortune Klassik.

Zaika-e-Lahore, the ongoing food fest, at a hotel in Ludhiana offers mouth-watering delicacies to city folks. — A Tribune photograph

Jyoti wins cotton sari contest
Ludhiana, May 1
Astha Ladies club organised a ‘Cotton Sari Competition’ at Hotel Friends Regency today. Making a ceremonial announcement of summer season, the club members walked down the ramp in style.



One dead, 3 hurt as bus rams into car
Mullanpur Dakha, May 1
A minor boy was killed and three others, including two women, were injured when a speeding private bus rammed into a Maruti car at the crossing of Shekupura village near Mullanpur around noon today. All the victims were relatives.

Unidentified body found
Mullanpur Dakha, May 1
A decomposed body of an unidentified person was recovered from the agriculture fields of Raqba village near Mullanpur.


Transplant paddy after June 15: PAU director
Ludhiana, May 1
Punjab Agricultural University’s director of extension education, Dr N.S. Malhi has appealed to Punjab farmers on judicious use of water. While appreciating the initiative taken by Punjab agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah to launch an awareness campaign for saving water, Dr Malhi said the campaign could only be successful if farmers started saving water.


PTU students threaten stir
Want authorities to declare results early
Mandi Ahmedgarh May 1
Accusing authorities of Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, of harassing students of various streams by not declaring their results, a group of students, who appeared in examinations two years ago, have threatened to stage dharna on the campus premises if the authorities fail to do so at the earliest.

Teacher’s Transfer
DEO overstepping authority: Front
Director intervenes, passes relieving order
Ludhiana, May 1
Members of the democratic teachers’ front (DTF) have accused the district education department for deliberately transferring a mathematics teacher without informing the director, education department, Punjab.

New courses at PCTE
Ludhiana, May 1
PCTE group of Institutes is starting two new courses, BSc (bio-technology) and BSc (media, entertainment and film technology), from the current session 2008-09.

Scholarship announced
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 1
Shashi Pal, a lecturer, Gobind National Khalsa College, instituted scholarships for meritorious students in memory of his father at a farewell party organised on his retirement day today.




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