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Alarm bells go off in district
Ludhiana, February 26
The Punjab State Aids Control Society has sounded an alarm bell in the districts of Ludhiana and Amritsar that have the maximum number of HIV/AIDS cases in the state and have been put under Category A.

Highway Mishaps
State has only one speed-reading Gypsy
Ludhiana, February 26
Though the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, has claimed to “change the face of Punjab, but the reality is different.

The only vehicle in the state that checks overspeeding on highways. A Tribune photograph


No water in Kila Raipur as panchayat fails to pay power bill
Ludhiana, February 26
For thousands of residents of Kila Raipur, in this district, known in the entire world for its annual "Mini Rural Olympics", the going has become tough for the past one week as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has disconnected the power supply to the village tube well for the non-payment of power bills worth more than Rs 9 lakh by the village panchayat.

PAU gets art gallery
Ludhiana, February 26
Dr MS Randhawa’s dream to open an art gallery on the Panjab Agricultural University campus was realised here today. MS Randhawa Art Gallery was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor MS Kang and Dr Randhawa’s wife, Iqbal Kaur, today. The art gallery has been opened as part of Dr Randhawa’s birth centenary celebrations.

Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal visits the PAU art gallery in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Illegal Construction
Vigilance team inspects buildings
Ludhiana, February 26
Following various complaints regarding the illegal construction received by the vigilance department of the local bodies, a team of officials visited the city today and inspected some buildings.

Budget talk at MC
Ludhiana, February 26
The core committee of the MC met here today to discuss the proposed budget for the coming financial year.

Post offices to offer rly reservation facility
Ludhiana, February 26
The head post offices in six major towns of Punjab, including Ludhiana, will soon offer the facility of online railway reservation.

Three booked for loan fraud
Ludhiana, February 26
Banks that are already grappling with recession have witnessed a steep increase in the number of home loan fraud.

City Concerns
Regular religious processions, mainly shobha yatras, on city roads continue to inconvenience travellers. Traffic on Jagraon Bridge, Ferozepur road, Ghumar Mandi and a majority of old city roads continues to be bad and there seems no respite in sight.


Promotion Policy
UGC to decide after consulting teachers
Ludhiana, February 26
The University Grants Commission has decided to separate the implementation of pay scales from implementation of regulations. It has assured that wherever ambiguity was found, the Ministry of Human Resource Development notification will be applied.

Quick reaction team not so quick
Most cops are potbellied; on the verge of retirement
Ludhiana, February 26
The much-hyped quick reaction team established to handle any kind of eventuality in the light of Mumbai terror attacks is struggling for existence.

Ramandeep Kaur

In death, she gives vision to others
Mullanpur Dakha, February 26
Showing rare courage, a father donated the eyes of her daughter who died at the age of 20. He was willing to donate other organs but the doctors did not advise him to do so. Jasbir Singh Jassi, a businessman by profession, dealing in electrical goods at Mullanpur Dakha is himself uneducated but he wanted his children to do higher studies. His son is studying in Canada. His only daughter Ramandeep Kaur was a student of Class 12 at Sacred Heart Convent School, Ludhiana.

Govt staff hold rally, seek pay panel’s benefits
Ludhiana, February 26
Led by state president Sukhwinder Singh and district president Vijay Marjara, government employees held a protest rally to press for their demands under the aegis of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union at mini secretariat here today. The protest was organised against the failure of the government to adopt the recommendations of 5th Pay Commission and implement other accepted demands.

At the Crossroads
People too busy to smile
According to Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, Humour is a quality of the mind- “The ability to laugh at things that are amusing”. There is subtlety in its expression, aiming at highlighting inconsistency in a situation. There is no scope in it for being satirical or sarcastic. It is generally gentle and benign.

Woman succumbs to burn injuries
Family blocks highway for 4 hours
Raikot, February 26
The woman who sustained burn injuries succumbed to her injuries at the DMC&H yesterday night. She was stated to have set herself over a minor altercation with her husband on February 24. Jaspreet Kaur got married with Lakhvir Singh for more than seven years and had two sons. At the time of incident her husband and a mason with a few labours that were doing some construction at home tried to extinguish the fire and in this attempt Lakhvir Singh also suffered some burn injuries.

From Schools & Colleges
Tips on interview preparation
Ludhiana, February 26
Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) Student’s Chapter and Training and Placement Cell of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) organised a seminar by former professor in the mechanical and industrial engineering department, Roorkee University, Dr Bhupinder Singh, here today.

Kindergarten students at their graduation ceremony in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

‘Punjab needs another Dr Randhawa’
Ludhiana, February 26
Randhawa’s Punjab came alive during the Dr MS Randhawa’s birth centenary celebrations at Punjabi Bhavan here today. Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal inaugurated an art gallery on the premises of Punjabi Bhavan. The maiden show at the gallery included the paintings from the life of Dr Randhawa.

Iqbal Kaur, wife of Dr MS Randhawa, with officials at the PAU art gallery in Ludhiana 
on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Punjabi culture moves international artistes
Ludhiana, February 26
Impressed with Punjabi style of living and hospitality, international folk artists and students from Poland and Greece declared to work for Punjabi heritage and let the other cultures and communities know about the society, peace and prosperity of Punjab, particularly historic traditions, during a function here yesterday.

Sukhbir Singh Badal looks at his laptop before meeting members of Hotel and Resorts Association in Ludhiana. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Power situation to worsen in summer
Ludhiana, February 26
In the wake of the ongoing power crisis in the state inspite of several assurances given by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in this regard, the industrial sector fears that things will only get worse in the summers.

Agricultural marketing must, says VC
Ludhiana, February 26
“Agriculture sector is the prime source of livelihood for nearly 2/3rd Indian population contributing about 18 per cent to the gross domestic product,” stated Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice- Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), while inaugurating the 22nd National conference on Agricultural Marketing here yesterday.

Ex-Army officer with a mission
Ludhiana, February 26
In yet another endeavour to reach out to the people with a 'never say die' attitude, Lt Col DB Sharma (retd), the acclaimed educationists conceptualised Senior Citizens Conclave. The conclave with its 143 members from the elites includes doctors, engineers, bureaucrats, educationists, industrialists and ex-military officers.

DMCH starts bone-marrow transplant
Ludhiana, February 26
DMCH today started the regular bone marrow transplant services, which will be a boon for the patients suffering from blood cancer and many other diseases, including thalassemia, aplastic anemia and in-born metabolic error.

Pay panel recommendations
Parents condemn fee hike in schools
Ludhiana, February 26
The parents of students studying in private schools demonstrated at MGM Public school, Dugri, against the fee hike. A strong resentment prevails among the parents of children studying in public schools over the fee hike with the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations.

Rs 5-lakh grant for college
Ludhiana, February 26
Manpreet Singh Badal, state Finance Minister, presented a grant of Rs 5 lakh to Khalsa College for Women here today. He was presiding over the annual prize distribution function of the college.

Panchayati Raj chief seeks grants for members
Amloh, February 26
Rajiv Gandhi Panchayati Raj Sangathan's, Amloh block chairman, Baljit Singh Anian, has urged the Chief Minister Punjab to introduce allowances on the pattern of civic bodies for the member panchayats, sarpanches, members of block samitis and the zila parishad which comes to roughly Rs 3,000, Rs 5,000, Rs 7,000 and Rs 10,000 per month, respectively, so that they could work more effectively for the development of their respective areas.

Gastroenterology panel formed
Ludhiana, February 26
On the eve of “International Endoscopy Conference” held at Hyderabad, the gastroenterologists and hepatologists of Punjab and surrounding regions formed the “Punjab Gastroenterology Forum”.

Nationwide strike by lawyers today
Ludhiana, February 26
The lawyers were all set to observe nationwide strike tommorrow, in order to show their resentment against the cops of Tamil Nadu, who had allegedly exceeded their limits in clash with lawyers on the premises of the Madras High Court.

Raghvir Toor joins SAD
Ludhiana, February 26
Raghvir Singh Toor, Councillor of Ward No. 33, joined the SAD in the presence of Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, along with his supporters here today.


Two snatchers arrested
Ludhiana, February 26
The Division No. 8 police has arrested two youths for allegedly snatching a mobile phone from a pedestrian at Guru Nanak Pura. According to the police, the two accused had spread panic in Upkar Nagar and surrounding areas by going on a snatching spree.

Cycling Meet
Pbi varsity cyclists rule the track
Ludhiana, February 26
On the second day of the All-India Inter-Varsity Cycling Championship being held at the Punjab Agricultural University velodrome, riders from Punjabi University, Patiala, proved their mettle winning two out of four titles here today.

Students take part in the cycling championship at PAU in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan




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