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Rain endangers wheat crop
Yield to suffer if it continues to rain: PAU scientist
Ludhiana, March 25
The intermittent rain along with strong winds that blew in the region during the past 24 hours, has again made farmers worried. According to experts in the meteorological department of Punjab Agricultural University, next 24 hours were again crucial as weather was expected to remain the same with rain and thundershowers at many places.

Double blow to farmers
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 25
Upset over the damage caused to the wheat crop by the recurrence of the rain accompanied by high velocity winds that lashed many parts of the state, farmers begged for clement weather from the almighty.
Farmers inspect their fields after rain lashed Mandi Ahmedgarh Farmers inspect their fields after rain lashed Mandi Ahmedgarh on Wednesday. Photo by writer



EARLIER STORIES



Passengers panic as train fails to stop
Khanna, March 25
Those travelling on 3050 (Duplicate Howrah) got panicky when the train instead of making its scheduled halt at the local railway station, didn't stop for those waiting to board or for getting down from it.

No one turns up for MC auction
Ludhiana, March 25
In a major impact of recession, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC) failed to get even a single bidder for its two auctions that were held here today. While the 1.31 acre land on the Ferozepur road, with a market price of around Rs 126 lakh, found no receiver, even a cycle stand parking at Sabzi Mandi, with a minimum price of Rs 1.21 crore at Salem Tabri, too, turned out to be a flop show.

35 nursing students have nowhere to go
Ludhiana, March 25
The future of as many as 35 nursing students of BSc (Basic) and (Post Basic) at Sigma Nursing College, Jaspal Bangar, in the district is uncertain after they left the college due to “incompetent” staff, inadequate infrastructure and lack of security in the college hostel.

Revenue officers complain against SDM
Ludhiana, March 25
Sub-Registrars of Ludhiana East, West and Central offices today protested against the alleged ‘‘high-handedness’’ of the SDM (W). They alleged that it had caused acute hypertension to a naib tehsildar.

Six injured in roof collapse
Ludhiana, March 25
Six persons were injured, one seriously, when the roof of a house collapsed in Street No. 18 at New Madhopuri here today. While Naresh (28), Nanak Chand (35), Kalpna (10), Alpna (7) and Sunny (4) sustained minor injuries, the condition of Soma (30) is stated to be critical.

An injured girl at the Civil Hospital at Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
An injured girl at the Civil Hospital at Ludhiana

Another proclaimed offender nabbed
Raikot, March 25
The Sudhar police has nabbed a proclaimed offender for cheating his nephew. The offender, Ranjit Singh, was accused of making a false will with the convenience of two others to grab the property of his father, Bhag Singh, and cheat his brother Pishora Singh of Rajowana Khurd village.

Youth found dead near roadside
Mullanpur Dakha, March 25
A youth was found dead at the roadside near Dakha village here today. The unidentified youth, around 28 years of age, was inflicted with grievous wounds around his chest.

View of the overcast sky; and (right) scooterists caught in the rain in Ludhiana
View of the overcast sky; and (right) scooterists caught in the rain in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photos: Rajesh Bhambi


COMMUNITY

Action games a hit with kids
But behavioural changes worry psychiatrists
Ludhiana, March 25
Is your kid hyperactive and jumps all the time? Caution! He might be a victim of a syndrome where machines rule the man. Believe it or not, no one ever thought that machines would rule a man, but it's true. The online game portals providing action games are affecting the behavioural pattern of kids these days.

Tewari chides Akalis for fielding Galib
Ludhiana, March 25
The Congress has already intensified its campaign for the coming parliamentary elections in the entire constituency with the party candidate and national spokesman of the AICC Manish Tewari today visiting different areas in the Gill assembly segment.

BJP campaigns for water conservation
Ludhiana, March 25
The underground water was being so badly exploited that the number of tubewells in the state had gone up to 14 lakh from two lakhs in 1970s. This was stated today by BJP leader, Avinash Rai Khanna, during an awareness campaign on water conservation launched by the party here today.

False Conviction: 11 yrs after, no cop held accountable for faux pas
Ludhiana, March 25
Three months after a case was registered against five innocent convicts of Tallewal village in Barnala, who had already served imprisonment for murdering a man who was never killed, came to light the police department is yet to fix the responsibility of the police officials who had falsely booked these persons.

N. Rly to upgrade safety, improve amenities
Ludhiana, March 25
The Northern Railway will lay special emphasis on revamping safety and bringing about qualitative improvement in passenger amenities at the railway stations. This was stated by General Manager of the Northern Railway, Vivek Sahay, who was here to inspect nearly 12 railway stations, including Amritsar, Beas, Jalandhar, Phagwara and Ludhiana today.
Northern Railway General Manager, Vivek Sahay, addresses mediapersons at the railway station
Northern Railway General Manager, Vivek Sahay, addresses mediapersons at the railway station on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Gate of Contention
Assn returns cheque to Dhanda
Ludhiana, March 25
The issue of installation of gate in a street in Kitchlu Nagar took a new turn yesterday with The Dr Kitchlu Nagar Residents Association returning a cheque for Rs 50,000 to Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda.

Inflation down by 0.44 per cent
Ludhiana, March 25
India's annual rate of inflation has fallen to a historic low of 0.44 per cent in over two decades, providing room for the Central Bank to cut interest rates for protecting the economy from the global recession. In the corresponding period last year, the rate of inflation was 7.78 per cent.

Biz Word
Organic rice launched
Ludhiana, March 25
Kohinoor, the makers of basmati rice have now introduced 100 per cent natural rice. Grown without the use of synthetic or petrochemical-based pesticides, fertilisers or genetically-engineered seeds or plant material, Kohinoor Organic Basmati Rice comes with certified approval from the IMO, the Institute for Marketecology, Switzerland.

Fee Hike
Parents submit memo to DC
Ludhiana, March 25
Resentment is growing among parents of the students studying in private schools affiliated to the CBSE. The school managements have raised the tuition and admission fee from this academic year.

From Schools & Colleges
PAU VC awards degrees
Ludhiana, March 25
Addressing the degree holders on the occasion of annual convocation here today on the premises of SDP College for Women, chief guest Dr MS Kang, Vice-Chancellor Punjab Agricultural University, said in present scenario, education had to be viewed as a dynamic force capable of generating goodwill and liberating masses from the bondage of old system and also from the tyranny of concepts, beliefs and ideologies.

Dr MS Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, gives away a degree; and (right) jubilant students during the convocation of SDP College of Women in Ludhiana
Dr MS Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, gives away a degree; and (right) jubilant students during the convocation of SDP College of Women in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Tips on financial management
Doraha, March 25
A seminar on “financial management and investments” was organised at Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology today. About 80 students of MBA, B.Tech and MCA participated in the seminar. Sanjeev Bhatia, a city-based businessman and financial planner spoke to the students on importance of mutual funds and equity.

KN Sharma to lead PAUTA executive
Ludhiana, March 25
The new executive of Punjab Agricultural University Teachers' Association (PAUTA) was announced during the annual general meeting here today. President Dr KN Sharma will lead the new executive. After taking the charge, Dr Sharma said the focus would be on the welfare of teachers.

Rajewal is education council chief
Samrala, March 25
On the last day of filling nominations for the president and other office-bearers of the Malwa Education Council at Malwa College, Bondli, BKU president Balbir Singh Rajewal was the only one to file his papers and was elected its president. Boycott of the poll process by Jasmel Singh Bondli, a former senior vice-president, thus paved the way for Rajewal’s unanimous election.

Emphasis laid on Punjabi culture
Mullanpur Dakha, March 25
The postgraduate department of Punjabi, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, conducted a national level one-day seminar on Punjabi language and its culture, current scenario in collaboration with Punjab University, Chandigarh.

City Concerns
Political dharma missing
Politics has been turned into a profession, but with no equity. Professional dharma is missing in politics, and politicians continue to thrive. They win the elections and forget what they had promised the voters.

Municipal union not to support Gagar
Ludhiana, March 25
The Municipal Worker Union today withdrew its support to the Sangharsh Committee being headed by Hansraj Gagar. In a press note issued here today, union's general secretary Ram Jatan Pawar stated that the decision was taken during a meeting held at the Gill Road under the leadership of Ram Gopal.

BKU demands subsidies for farmers
Ludhiana, March 25
Activists of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), Punjab, today termed the roll back of subsidies to farmers in view of code of conduct unjustified. Led by Avtar Singh Mehlon, BKU president, the farmers staged a protest in front of the mini secretariat stating that the subsidies on free power connections, seeds and farm machinery were rolled back under the garb of the poll code.

NGO honours Lajwanti
Ludhiana, March 25
Lajwanti, 105-year-old, who has been living at Swami Vivekananda Ashram since its inception in 1992, was honoured by NGO New Hope. Lajwanti was honoured with "Great Mother Award".

Inderpreet, Harpreet adjudged best athletes
Doraha, March 25
Doraha Public School organised its first annual athletics meet here today. Sukhpal Singh, chairman Doraha Group of Institutes, inaugurated the meet. The event began with march past and students participated in 400m race, 200m race, long jump, shot put, sack race, wheel and borrow race, skipping race and slow cycling etc.

 





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