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10-year old dies in accidental firing
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 7
Wedding celebrations turned tragic at the Jassowal village, near here, when a youth shot a boy after opening fire with a licensed .12-bore gun of the bride’s father.

Grieving mother of the victim (inset in father’s lap) with relatives on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

‘Who should be blamed?’
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 7
Waiting for their son’s body to arrive, Baljit Singh Balli, a labourer from Jassowal village, and his wife Kulwant Kaur, are cursing the time when they allowed their younger son Gagandeep to join the wedding celebrations of a daughter of their neighbours last night.


Sterlisation of stray dogs
Doubts cast over firm
Ludhiana, February 7
While the Doggie Lane, appointed by the municipal corporation, is ready to start the sterlisation of stray dogs in the city from Wednesday after securing a tender for Rs 3.2 crore, a section of society, including veterinary doctors, animal experts and residents, have expressed doubt over the company’s profile and feel that the company has no experience of managing such a big project.

Thieves’ Ingenuity: Target road premix
Ludhiana, February 7
Have you ever heard of a road being stolen? The answer is obviously no. This strange incident has come to light at the dry port area of the Focal Point here. Shopkeepers have alleged that some miscreants have stolen a portion of the road.

A stretch where road premix is missing in the dry port area of the Focal Point, Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

IMA rejects Clinical Establishment Bill
Ludhiana, February 7
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has rejected the proposed Clinical Establishment Bill in its present form, which is slated to be presented before the Parliament in the next session.

Police vehicles gather rust
Ludhiana, February 7
If problems have been ailing the ongoing scheme of PCR personnel patrolling in motorcycles and mini-buses, the police have no one else but themselves to blame. Over 50 motorcycles, a majority of which are Hero Honda CBZ models gifted by an industrialist nearly eight years ago, have been gathering rust at the Police Lines. Nearly 10 mini-buses are being used as a garbage dump.

Motorcycles with the police lying in disuse. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Sarpanch booked for locking up excise sleuths
Jagraon, February 7
The Sidhwan Bet police has booked three residents of Ramgarh Bhullar village, including the Akali sarpanch of the village, for locking up a team of excise sleuths who had raided the house of the accused last evening.

Rs 20 lakh seized from firm owner
Ludhiana, February 7
The owner of a tobacco company, Rakesh Kumar Gupta of Jalandhar Cantonment, was detained for possessing Rs 20 lakh here today. Giving details, Division No. 4 SHO Dharampal said the car was stopped at a police barricade near the Jalandhar bypass during routine checking of vehicles.


Pulse Polio Drive — Day 1
Over 55 pc eligible kids immunised
Ludhiana, February 7
Over 55 percent of the targeted children between the age of 0-5 years were immunised against polio on the first day of the three-day pulse polio drive, which got under way in the city and elsewhere in the district today.

A child gets polio drops on the first day of the three-day pulse polio drive in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Workshop on aesthetic dentistry
Ludhiana, February 7
An advanced CDE programme and hands-on training workshop on "Aesthetic Dentistry - A clinical approach to techniques and materials" by Dr Deepak Mehta, reader, department of conservative and endodontics, KLE Institute of Dental Sciences, Bangalore, was conducted at Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College, Hospital and Research Institute here today.

Training course on feed manufacturing
Ludhiana, February 7
To manufacture economical, balanced and quality feed for milch animals, a refresher course on feed manufacturing will be held at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana (GADVASU), in collaboration with the Dairy Development Department, Punjab, from February 8 to 10.

Indians being ‘maltreated’ in Saudi jails
Jagraon, February 7
“Scores of Punjabis languishing in Saudi Arabia jails for petty offences are being subjected to maltreatment by jail authorities there,” claimed Ranjit Singh Johal (25) of Rasulpur Jandi village, who arrived here with the efforts of the Indian Ex-servicemen League of Punjab and Chandigarh.

A ‘model’ school, indeed
Mullanpur, February 7
Following the mantra of three ‘R’s — reduce, recycle and reuse — Government Girls’ High School, Dakha, near Ludhiana, is indeed a “model” school. With its own biogas plant, rainwater harvesting and vermin compost pits, waste management pits, herbal and bio-diversity gardens and four well-tended lawns, the school is not only creating world-class citizens out of its students but is also responsible for educating their families and other villagers about environmental issues.

Students tend to flowers at Government Girls’ High School, Dhaka. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Commissionerate system raises misgivings among police
Ludhiana, February 7
With the police commissionerate system set to come into force in Punjab any time soon, political as well as bureaucratic concerns are coming to the fore. Police officers as well as politicians are debating its likely ramifications while intellectuals are wondering if it is in the public interest or just another political gimmick.

MC Commissioner to hear RTI cases
Ludhiana, February 7
Following the Punjab State Information Commission directions and taking plea of RTI activists seriously that the Municipal Commissioner is the first appellant authority under the RTI Act and has no right to delegate powers, so Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha has decided to hear cases himself on every Wednesday.

Continue fight against price hike, Bhandari to activists
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 7
Accusing the UPA government of destabilising the economy of the nation in general and border states in particular by adopting defective polices, Prof Rajinder Bhandari, former state president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, called upon activists of saffron outfits to continue coordinated struggle against price hike under the leadership of his (Bhandari’s) successor Ashwani Sharma.

Former state BJP president Rajinder Bhandari addresses activists at Ahmedgarh on Sunday. Photo: Mahesh Sharma

Massacre of Sikhs by Abdali’s army
Proposed memorial in doldrums
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 7
A pennant erected on a mound amidst ruins of a site at Rohira village, where 35,000 Sikhs were massacred by Ahmed Shah Abdali’s army on February 5, 1762, is all that stands as a testament to the brutality.

VAT Refund
Resentment among traders, industrialists
Ludhiana, February 7
While the trade and industry in Punjab is getting restive on the issue of hike in VAT by one per cent and surcharge of 10 per cent, the Punjab government has allowed the same to file their VAT refund application by giving an affidavit that they will complete the formalities of filling forms “H” and “C” later.

Punjab global folk fest ends
Ludhiana, February 7
Punjab International Folk Festival concluded here yesterday. A function to mark the end of the festival was held at the Lodhi Club. Outstanding performances by folk artistes of Argentina, Poland and Thailand grabbed every ones’ attention. The multicultural extravaganza, featuring folkloric traditions of four nations, including Poland, Argentina, Thailand and India was worth remembering.

Artistes from Thailand perform at Lodhi Club in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Polio campaign by NSS students
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 7
As many as100 NSS volunteers of RIMT-Institute of Engineering and Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, participated in a pulse polio immunisation campaign. Prof Dalwinder Singh Dhaliwal, faculty member and NSS programme co-ordinator of the institute said students went to different colonies in the town and visited house-to-house to spread awareness and benefits of polio.

NSS volunteers during a pulse polio camp at Mandi Gobindgarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Tips to memorise faster
Ludhiana, February 7
Come exam time and students struggle to memorise things on the last moment. In order to help students, world-renowned Biswaroop Roy Chowdhary, who is known for his fast memorisation shared some tips with the students here today.

Security tightened at Ravidas Gurdwara
Ludhiana, February 7
In the wake of tension in Jalandhar following the announcement of founding of a new religion, tight security arrangements were made outside Ravidas Gurdwara at Jodhewal Basti Chowk here today.

BKU hails relief to farmers
Ludhiana, February 7
The Bharti Kisan Union, Punjab, has welcomed the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s announcement to compensate farmers from Punjab and Haryana who have been victims of lack of rainfall last year.

Education fair draws crowd
Ludhiana, February 7
The Australian Education Fair, organised by Kangaroo Studies (KSPL), here yesterday, drew huge crowd.

230 attend de-addiction camp
Mullanpur Dakha, February 7
A fifteen-day de-addiction camp, a joint effort of the Art of Living and Mata Kaushalaya Devi Pahawa Hospital Humbran concluded here today.


3 booked for duping man of Rs 7.5 lakh
Raikot, February 7
The police has booked three persons, including a woman, for duping a local resident of Rs 7.5 lakh. The accused had allegedly taken the money from the complainant for purportedly bribing a judge to get a judgement in his favour.


428 cases disposed of at lok adalat
Jagraon, February 7
A lok adalat was conducted by three benches of Justice Mandeep Kaur Bedi, Justice Ranjeev Kumar Vashist and Justice Ravi Inder Singh at the local courts here yesterday. In all, 700 cases were taken up before the benches, out of which 428 cases were disposed of amicably.

All-India Guru Gobind Singh Hockey Meet
Haryana, CR Mumbai eves set up title clash
Ludhiana, February 7
Haryana XI and Central Railway, Mumbai, came out triumphant in their last league encounters in the women’s section, while Namdhari XI, Bhaini Sahib, along with Punjab Police XI wrapped up semifinal matches to settle for the summit clash in the men’s section on the penultimate day of the sixth edition of the All-India Guru Gobind Singh Hockey Tournament at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University here today.

Players of Haryana XI and Chandigarh XI in action during the 6th All-India GGS Hockey Tournament at the PAU, Ludhiana, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Media prevail over Police
Ludhiana, February 7
A hurricane innings of 55 runs by skipper Mohit Khanna and an equally useful contribution with the ball by Tarsem Deogan, who chipped in with four wickets, helped Media XI beat Ludhiana Police XI by 40 runs in a friendly Twenty20 cricket match played at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College ground, here today.




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