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3 of family run over by truck
Woman hurt; truck driver flees, cleaner held
Grieving relatives of the deceased at the accident site. Ludhiana, March 31
Three out of four scooter riders, including a child, were crushed to death by a truck when the scooter had skided after it rammed into a handcart parked on the road here today.

Grieving relatives of the deceased at the accident site. A Tribune photograph


Indiabulls mega store shuts down
Meltdown’s first big local casualty
Ludhiana, March 31
Global economic meltdown seems to have claimed its first prominent victim here, with retail chain Indiabulls Mega Store, one of the biggest and oldest retail outlets in the state, shutting shop in the city. Situated on the premises of the city’s first shopping mall Ansal Plaza, the retail chain shut operations, leaving almost its entire strength of employees’ jobless. Sources revealed mounting losses had led to the closure of the store.

‘Haphazard buying’ to avoid fund lapse
Ludhiana, March 31
As the financial year closed today, purchases worth several crores of rupees were being made in the past 3-4 days by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here to avoid lapse of funds/grants. If officials with the audit department here are to be believed, "unwanted purchases" were being made by several departments.

Man killed for opposing kundi connection
Jagraon, March 31
A man was done to death after he objected to his neighbour’s attempt to put a kundi connection. The man has been identified as Daljit Singh (40) of Malshhan village near Sidhwan Bet.

11-yr RI for possessing charas
Ludhiana, March 31
A drug peddler, Chanda Singh, from Hisar, Haryana, has been convicted on the charges of possessing huge quantity of charas by a local court. Holding him guilty, Additional Sessions Judge Ashok Kumar ordered him to undergo rigorous imprisonment of 11 years.

Default on power bills
Govt offices may lose power today
Ludhiana, March 31
If the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) with regard to government departments defaulting in payment of their energy bills are followed, many departments here will have power cut tomorrow.

End of Financial Year
Heavy rush at I-T offices
Ludhiana, March 31
The last day of the financial year saw heavy rush at income tax offices and bank branches as assessees made a beeline to deposit service tax and furnish income tax returns here today.

MC staff on toes
Ludhiana, March 31
Being the last date of the 2008-09 fiscal, a large number of residents, taking advantage of the municipal corporation’s scheme of waiving off the interests, made a beeline for various offices for submitting their water, sewerage and house-tax bills. According to officials, they have been busy collecting revenue from the residents since morning. 


300 surrender arms; 21 polling stations declared sensitive
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 31
The district administration has chalked out a comprehensive plan for holding free and fair elections to the Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur and Ludhiana parliamentary constituencies in this part of Malwa.

Mass copying allegations in school
Raikot, March 31
The situation at SGG Senior Secondary School, Gondwal, took an ugly turn when vice-principal and controller of examinations levelled allegation of mass copying against the management of school.

Symposium on bronchial asthma
Ludhiana, March 31
The Department of Physiology, DMCH, organised a symposium on “bronchial asthma” today. Dr Daljit Singh, Principal, DMCH, said bronchial asthma is the most common chronic condition of childhood adding that the prevalence and severity of childhood asthma has increased substantially in the recent years.

Doctors condemn Lahore incident
Ludhiana, March 31
Dr LS Chawla, vice-president, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) South Asia, has condemned the recent incident in Lahore.

Vegetarian food in demand during Navratras
Liquor consumption declines
Ludhiana, March 31
Many elite city clubs here, referred to as epicentres of lavish lifestyle, have witnessed a steep decline in the consumption of liquor and non-vegetarian food during Navratras.

Workshop on health programmes
Ludhiana, March 31
The district health authorities conducted a workshop on the promotion of various health programmes under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) here today.

Priests at a premium
As the Navratras are going on, pujas are being performed religiously in almost every household as well as workplace as the current few days are considered to be pious and an opportune time for the goddess worship. A friend recently went to at least half a dozen priests to get havan performed at her place. "But all of them were already preoccupied with the rituals. At most houses, rituals are being performed by priests already booked for all the nine days. My worries ended only when a senior priest at a temple asked one of his assistants to perform havan at my place on ashtmi. The next time, I will seek a prior appointment from some panditji for the Navratras," she said.

Medical negligence
Docs rebut mother’s allegations
Ludhiana, March 31
Dr Naresh Bassi and Dr Omi Jindal of AIMC Bassi Hospital have refuted allegations levelled by Dr Sonia Uppal, mother of a two-month-old, of medical negligence while operating the child.

Compartment students fail to sit in exam
Ludhiana, March 31
Students sitting for compartment examination in English were a confused lot today. Thanks to the callous attitude of Panjab University, Chandigarh, due to which the students had to move from one college to another for locating their centres. A few of them were allowed to appear in the new centres whereas many others were told to again sit in examination to be held on April 2 with the regular students. Confusion prevailed among students as to how could they give the compartment examination along with those appearing as regulars? They were told to appear at the centres, which were not holding any compartment examinations.

256 examined at camp
Raikot, March 31
The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Blood Donation and Welfare Society organised a blood donation and medical examination camp at Gurdwara Bagichi Sahib here yesterday.

Malwa college convocation
Ludhiana, March 31
The Malwa Central College of Education for Women organised its 52nd annual convocation today. About 250 B.Ed and 25 M.Ed students were awarded the degrees. Dr SK Aulakh, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, presided over the ceremony and addressed the degree holders.

Workshop on Art of Living
Ludhiana, March 31
A workshop on “Art of Living” was organised by Swami Anand, an internationally renowned teacher of the subject, at Badowal village today. The opening address was given by Amber Talwar. He mentioned his indebtedness to the sect for directing his life towards a great mission.

Stone of auditorium laid
Ludhiana, March 31
The earth-breaking ceremony of new auditorium at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, was held here yesterday, which was attended by Dr Anil Jose Thomas Couto, Bishop of Jalandhar and Dr Symphorian Keeprath, Bishop Emeritus. — TNS

Cardiac surgeon honoured
Ludhiana, March 31
Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, head of cardio-vascular surgery, CMCH, was conferred with lifetime achievement award by Dr AR Kidwai, Governor, Haryana, at New Delhi recently.

Panthers Party to contest all seats in Punjab
Ludhiana, March 31
The National Panthers Party will contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and national chairman of the party Bhim Singh has authorised state president of the NPP Gurinder Sood to finalise candidates for all Lok Sabha constituencies.

Learning tricks of trade despite ban

Despite tall claims of the government regarding strict laws and initiatives towards removing child labour, the practice continues in many parts of the city. These pictures were clicked by Himanshu Mahajan in Kumhar Mandi alone.
Despite tall claims of the government regarding strict laws and initiatives towards removing child labour, the practice continues in many parts of the city. These pictures were clicked by Himanshu Mahajan in Kumhar Mandi alone.

Public grievances
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Youth dies of burns, 2 booked
Bickering over ownership of pigeons
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 31
Two youth of Chhapar village have been booked under sections 302 and 34 of the IPC for allegedly setting afire another youth of the same village. Bickering over the pigeon flying competition was reported to be reason behind the rivalry that ended up in ruining the life of at least three peasant families.

Woman accuses octogenarian of molestation
Raikot, March 31
A woman has accused an octogenarian of attempt to molest her. In her complaint lodged with the SSP Ludhiana (Rural), a 26-year-old resident of Pherurahin village, alleged that Gurcharan Singh (82) of the same village illegally entered her house and tried to molest her on March 27.

Patwari booked for cheating
Raikot, March 31
A patwari along with two other persons of Andlu village near here has been booked for cheating with a motive to grab the land of a man of the village.




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