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MC Budget Meeting
Who would lead Congress?
Ludhiana, February 27
The fund-crunched MC, which is already burdened with the Rs 40-crore loan handed over by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during sangat darshan, would be taking another loan worth Rs 44-crore from HUDCO, according to the proposed budget.

Fire Fighting Arrangements — IV
Police headquarters unsafe
Ludhiana, February 27
No fire-fighting equipment along the corridor at the police headquarters in the mini secretariat in Ludhiana. Hundreds of employees and people visiting the police headquarters at the mini secretariat every day are at risk if a major fire breaks out as there is no fire-fighting system in place.

No fire-fighting equipment along the corridor at the police headquarters in the mini secretariat in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Fire breaks out in building
The fire brigade tries to control a fire that broke out at Mahavir Colony, Sunder Nagar, Ludhiana, February 27
A fire broke out on the second floor of a building at Mahavir Colony in Sunder Nagar at around 3.45 pm here today. Three fire engines were pressed into service to control the fire. Within a few minutes, the fire spread to the third floor and people in nearby buildings were asked to vacate the buildings.

The fire brigade tries to control a fire that broke out at Mahavir Colony, Sunder Nagar, 
in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Day of Protests
College teachers strike work
Ludhiana, February 27
College and university teachers organised a strike and held a dharna here today in protest against the non-implementation of the UGC pay scales notification issued by the Ministry of Human Resources Development on December 31.

Passengers carry their luggage at the Ludhiana railway station. With no porters, passengers left to fend for themselves
Ludhiana, February 27
For the past several months, there has been acute shortage of licensed porters at the railway station here. With just a fraction of the required porters available, travellers are forced to carry their luggage themselves.

Passengers carry their luggage at the Ludhiana railway station. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

I am a Punjabi at heart, says Yash Chopra
Ludhiana, February 27
His talent on screen makes viewers glued to their seats. He is a man who gave a new dimension to Indian cinema and being a veteran in Bollywood loves to experiment with his work even today. Yash Chopra does not need an introduction. His films talk for him. The Tribune caught up with the producer-director today, who was in city to attend a wedding.

Film director Yash Raj Chopra who was in Ludhiana to attend a wedding ceremony. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

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.


Top cops clueless about Rajiv Raja’s escape
Even DG (Prisons) not aware that he was shifted to four jails
Ludhiana, February 27
The sensational escape of notorious criminal Rajiv Raja has left many question unanswered. He is, probably, the only criminal to have been shifted to four jails since he was arrested in 2006.

BSNL employees protest outside General Manager (Telecom) office in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Infighting within SAD a cause of concern
Ludhiana, February 27
SAD leaders might be happy over the induction of Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, a veteran Congress leader, into its fold and the announcement of his candidature as the party’s nominee for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat, but the intense infighting within the rank and file in the city should be a cause of concern for the high command.

APJ wins inter-college contest
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 27 Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences organised an inter-college programme, “Techminds -09”, yesterday.

Enact stringent law to check video piracy: Front
Ludhiana, February 27 Punjabi music and film industry has received a major setback thanks to the large-scale piracy of the same and lack of strong laws for checking piracy. The successive government’s in Punjab has failed to put an end to the piracy and the singers, film directors and actors and producers of the films have formed an organisation known as “Punjabi Front”. The front has set up a 13-member action committee for protecting the music and film industry.

Engg Expo-2009 begins
New industrial policy soon: Bir
Ludhiana, February 27
To boost the industry in Punjab and to generate more employment opportunities, the government would soon pass a new industrial policy, which would enable new entrepreneurs and the industry to take advantage of a single window clearance mechanism. There would also be a deemed approval clause, which would help budding entrepreneurs to carry on the business with ease in case necessary government proposal could not be administered within the stipulated time fame.

New cardiac care techniques discussed at CME
Ludhiana, February 27
The National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) organised a seminar on cardiac diseases and diabetes under the continuing medical education project here today. At least 100 NIMA doctors and local medical professionals attended the CME.

Auction of fancy nos. gets Rs 40 lakh
Ludhiana, February 27
There seems to be little impact of global meltdown on city residents. During the auction of fancy numbers by the district transport department at the Circuit House here today, a large number of people gathered to get numbers for their vehicles. Until the filing of the report, the department was able to generate a whopping Rs 40 lakh through the auction of special numbers.

Parents of MGM Public School students protest at Dugri bridge in Ludhiana on Friday. Fee Hike
Parents MGM standoff turns ugly
Ludhiana, February 27
The dispute between the parents of the students and management of MGM Public school, Dugri, took an ugly turn today when the parents allegedly threw stones and broke window panes of the school.

Parents of MGM Public School students protest at Dugri bridge in Ludhiana on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Intra-college contests at Doraha college
Experts taste salads and puddings during the intra-college competitions, organised at Doraha College of EducationDoraha, February 27
The Doraha College of Education organised a series of intra-college competitions today. Student and teachers showcased their talent in cooking, home science and fancy dress competitions.

Experts taste salads and puddings during the intra-college competitions, organised at Doraha College of Education. A Tribune photograph

Montessori education catches up
Ludhiana, February 27
Montessori education has witnessed success in Punjab. It is being replicated at various places through a tie-up with existing schools, educational institutes and entrepreneurs/individuals.

Pulse polio drive tomorrow
Ludhiana, February 27
The health department will undertake a campaign to vaccinate children between 0 and five years of age against polio on March 1. In order to create awareness among the public about the pulse polio drive, civil surgeon Dr Sat Pal Sharma flagged off a rally of publicity vehicles and three-wheelers today.

Extension lecture on history
Mullanpur Dakha, February 27
The postgraduate department of history today organised an extension lecture, wherein Dr Surinder Singh, professor at Punjab University, Chandigarh, presented a talk on “The state of medieval India”.

Seminar on climate change
Ludhiana, February 27
A seminar on climate change, under a project sanctioned by Punjab State Council for Science and Technology was organised by Government Senior Secondary Model School, PAU, here.

MC workers raise slogans against mayor
Ludhiana, February 27
Members of the Municipal Workers’ Union and the Municipal Safai Mazdoor Union staged dharna outside the corporation’s zone-A office from 12 noon to 1 pm here today.


Husband, kin booked for dowry death
Raikot, February 27
The police yesterday booked four persons on the allegation of dowry death. Those booked were Lakhvir Singh, husband of the deceased, his mother Malkiat Kaur, father Amar Singh and sister Gagandeep Kaur.

Dowry Case
Man trying to flee, arrested
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 27
The local police has arrested a proclaimed offender who along with his parents was booked under Sections 498 B, 406 and 120 B of the IPC and 3/4/5 of the Dowry Act about three years ago.

Attempt on life, three youths held
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 27
Three youths have been arrested after being booked under Sections 307, 450, 324, 323, 148 and 149 of the IPC for allegedly trying to kill a youth and injuring three others with sharp-edged weapons, after they entered into a Punjab State Lottery booth near a bus stand eight days ago. Weapons used in the crime were recovered from their possession.

Rs 2 lakh snatched
Ludhiana, February 27
Three motorcycle-borne youths allegedly snatched Rs 2 lakh from an employee at Kadwai Nagar in a broad daylight here today. Snatchers managed to disperse the crowd which tried to restrict them by firing a few shots in the air.

Inter-Varsity Cycling
Pbi university sweep titles
Ludhiana, February 27
Cyclists of Punjabi University, Patiala, proved their superiority over others to retain the titles in the men's and women's sections of the All-India Inter-University Cycling Championships that concluded at Punjab Agricultural University here today.

Jithin, Elizabeth win 100m race
Ludhiana, February 27
The two-day 26th Combined Institutional Annual Athletic Meet began at Chritian Medical College and Hospital here today in which participants from CMCH and Christian Dental College are taking part.

Girls take part in shotput during the athletics meet of the CMCH, Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph




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