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13 premis booked for murder, arson
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 28
Possibility of violent protests by Dera Sacha Sauda supporters here, kept the police on its toes today. This region has a sizeable population of both Dera Sacha Sauda and activists of a few radical Sikh organisations. As two of the four ‘naam charcha ghars’ in the area are situated on the link roads leading to Mansa and Bathinda, the epicenters of yesterday’s rampage by agitated ‘premis’, the police had to deploy extra force to avoid any untoward incident.

Getting NoC for industry now easy
Ludhiana, February 28
Coming to the rescue of the industry, Vishav Bandhu, general manager, District Industries Centre, Ludhiana, would now issue immediate “deemed consent” to the industry if the department concerned fails to issue it within the stipulated time. Red tape in government departments causes delay and getting an NoC becomes difficult in the present system.


A boy shows his gatka skills during Hola Mohalla celebrations in Ludhiana on Sunday
A boy shows his gatka skills during Hola Mohalla celebrations in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Shopkeepers’ parking woes set to end
Ludhiana, February 28
Parking hassles plaguing the city’s shopkeepers at Bhadaur House are likely to be over soon. Traffic SP Rupinder Singh, who visited the Ludhiana Improvement Trust building today to address their problems, reportedly warned shopkeepers at the Caliber Plaza market not to park their vehicles on LIT land allotted for shops cum offices.

Artistes say they were tricked into performing at college event
Ludhiana, February 28
Striking a sour note at a colourful function organised by the Guru Nanak Girls' College, Model Town yesterday, noted Punjabi singers Nachhattar Gill and Inderjeet Nikku alleged had been “fooled into performing at a function that was much below their standard" after being kept in the dark about the event.

Traffic cops sore over having to buy new uniform
Ludhiana, February 28
The change of the Punjab traffic police uniform from tomorrow has put the cops in a spot of bother as not only would they have to spend money for the new uniforms from their own pockets but would also have to travel to Chandigarh to provide the tailor their measurements.

Free OPD at DMCH
Ludhiana, February 28
The DMCH would start free OPD consultation services for the poor from March 1 from 2 pm to 4 pm in various specialities, including general medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, eye, ENT, psychiatry, orthopaedics and dermatology.


Students visit Sanghol
Doraha, February 28
Neraly 90 students of the History Society of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, today familiarised themselves with the archaeological sites in Sanghol village, popularly known as Uchha Pind.  Prof Williamjit Singh, in charge of the society, said the archaeological exploration and regular excavations were carried out from 1968 to 1990 by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Archaelogy and Museums, Punjab, at significant intervals of time.

From Schools and Colleges
Hemant, Neha are Mr and Miss SDP
Ludhiana, February 28
A physically challenged student being honoured during the annual prize distribution function of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, Ludhiana, on Sunday A farewell party was organised for the outgoing Class X and XII students at SDP Senior Secondary School yesterday. Students participated in a cultural programme, including modelling, bhangra, group dance and one-minute show and entertained all. Mr and Miss SDP titles went to Hemant and Neha respectively. Principal Ashok Kumar Verma presided over the function. Sanjeev Bindra and Jasbir Singh Chauhan were also present.
A physically challenged student being honoured during the annual prize distribution function of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, Ludhiana, on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Students, teachers from Moscow visit PAU
Ludhiana, February 28
A four-member group of students and teachers from Moscow State Agro-Engineering University (MSAU) held discussions with PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang and other officials of various departments.

Students in jubilant mood after receiving awards at the annual prize distribution function of KCW in Ludhiana
Students in jubilant mood after receiving awards at the annual prize distribution function of KCW in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Farewell party at Green Grove School
Doraha, February 28
The management, staff and students of Class XI of Green Grove School gathered at Greenland Hotel to bid adieu to the outgoing students of Class XII. Oshin Sethi and Jaspreet Singh of Class XI anchored the show and recalled the golden times they had shared with their seniors. After the cake cutting ceremony, the girls of Class XI performed on a western dance, followed by one-minute games, tongue twister and compliments for Class XII students. Sandeep Singh, head boy, gave an emotional speech. Satinderjit Jolly felicitated the students who won various coveted titles.

Blossoms Convent celebrates annual day
Students perform a folk dance on the annual day of Blossom Convent School in LudhianaJagraon, February 28
The annual function of Blossoms Convent School, Leelan Megh Singh, near here, was held today in which Dr Onkar Singh Parmar, director, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University, Ludhiana, was the chief guest and Sant Baba Lakha Singh of Nanaksar, Sant Balbir Singh Nanaksar, MLA Darshan Singh, Chairman Tersem Singh Ratia were the guests of honour.
Students perform a folk dance on the annual day of Blossom Convent School in Ludhiana. Photo: Rakesh Gupta

Mega job fair draws crowds
Ludhiana, February 28
Quest Infosys Group organised a mega job fest for students of IT and management courses in Ludhiana region here yesterday. The purpose of the fest was to provide students job opportunities on their doorstep.

Kisan Mela from March 18
Amloh, February 28
Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, is going to hold its annual Kisan Mela on March 18 and March 19 at the university campus to create awareness among farmers about the new techniques in the farm sector, Director, Extension Services,Dr Mukhtiar Singh Gill told this to mediapersons at the farm of Balbir Singh Jaria of Dharmgarh village today.

Delegates review TB programme
Ludhiana, February 28
More than 200 delegates from all over Punjab attended a two-day state-level workshop on revised national tuberculosis programme (RNTCP) which concluded here today. The workshop was attended by officials from the department of health and family welfare, Punjab, and private doctors from all over Punjab for reviewing the progress of DOT (directly observed therapy) for the treatment of tuberculosis. Dr Narotam Dewan, president of the local IMA, said the problem of tuberculosis was gigantic in Ludhiana and at least 30 per cent of the population comprising migrant labourers was undernourished and living in crowded, unhygienic conditions.

Law and order problem
Congress MP asks Sukhbir Badal to resign
Ludhiana, February 28
Congress MP from Gurdaspur and former Punjab minister Partap Singh Bajwa today asked Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who also holds the portfolio of the Home Affairs, to quit the office for the failure to maintain peace and rule of the law in Punjab.

Party to name its leader in MC
Ludhiana,February 28
Local Congress councillors had a busy day today-having one-to-one meeting with party MP and former minister Partap Singh Bajwa in Circuit House on the issue of nomination of a group leader in the municipal corporation.

Youth wing to highlight ‘poor’ civic governance
Ludhiana, February 28
As a part of its national-level “aam admi ka sipahi” programme, the District Youth Congress (DYC) has now shifted its focus to poor civic governance in the city saying it is in dire straits. District Youth Congress president Dimple Rana has said that the party rank and file has been directed to highlight the pathetic state of civic amenities, and especially the insensitivity of the municipal corporation towards delivery of services and providing reasonably good infrastructures.

Roshni fair loses its charm
Jagraon, February 28
Though the Roshni fair is of much importance for the local populace, it is loosing its sheen due to the apathetic attitude of various departments. There wasn’t any check on the sale of eatables that were being sold in unhygienic manner in the mela. Children were seen eating things from stalls erected over the stinking nullah. The tattoo makers were not sterlising the needles of their instruments before using it on different persons.

Village land encroached upon by SAD worker
Jagraon, February 28
The land of Roomi village has been encroached by a sarpanch Amandeep Kaur, who happens to be a SAD activist. Panchayat members Jaswinder Singh, Gurcharan Singh, Surinder Kaur and Jagdeep Singh, who were against the decision taken by Amandeep Kaur, has lodged a former complaint with SSP Ludhiana (Rural) Harinder Singh Chahal and a local BDPO.

Sutra dance troupe in city
Ludhiana, February 28
“The world is in love with India and Indian classical dancers take the credit for globalisation of Indian ethos”, said Ramli Ibrahim, the Odissi dancer of Malaysian origin, as he recounted his proximity with Indian classical dances. Ramli Ibrahim, the artiste behind the Sutra Dance Theatre Troupe is in the city to perform Odissi dance under the theme “Spellbound”.
Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Stray cattle menace
Insurance cos should take steps to avoid mishaps
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 28
Stray cows roam on the Ludhiana-Khanna road near Ahmedgarh Identifying insurance companies as biggest sufferers of consequences of stray cattle menace on roads and highways, residents of the area have suggested that instead of paying huge compensations to insured victims, these companies should undertake preventive steps to avoid vehicular accidents, possibly caused due to sudden appearance of stray dogs in front of the speeding vehicles.
Stray cows roam on the Ludhiana-Khanna road near Ahmedgarh. Photo by writer

Martyr’s village gets Rs 31 lakh grant
Sarabha (Raikot), February 28
In a gesture of gratitude toward martyrs of Punjab, Sarabha village has been handed over Rs 31 lakh grant for its overall development. The Chief Minister had visited the native village of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha on November 15 last year to pay tributes to the martyr. He had promised to sanction as much grant as required by the villagers as a token of gratitude towards the martyr.

Marxist leader dead
Ludhiana, February 28
A well-known trade union leader and senior leader of the MCPI Amarjeet Singh expired here at the age of 80. He has been associated with the trade unions and the Left movement since 1948. He was one of the founder members of the Marxist forum in Punjab and remained the Central committee member of the MCPI.

Seminar on RTI awareness
Ludhiana, February 28
The local chapter of the NRI Sabha organised a seminar on the RTI Act -2005 at Raj Guru Nagar here yesterday. Advocate HC Arora, a noted RTI activist, presided over the seminar. He made NRIs and retired Army personnel aware of the benefits of the Act.

Organic Vegetables
Farmers seek admn help to sell produce
Amloh/Khamano, February 28
A section of farmers growing organic crops for the past many years have approached the district administration to help them sell their produce. “We grow healthy vegetables and fruits without using chemicals. The quantity of our produce is not much compared to the ones grown using chemical sprays,” said Ripudman, a farmer of Haripur village.

Principal Sujan Singh’s contribution to Punjabi literature recalled
Ludhiana, February 28
Kuldeep Puri addresses a seminar on “Principal Sujan Singh centenary”, organised by the Punjabi Sahit Akademi, in Ludhiana on Sunday Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Minister for Public Relations, NRI Affairs and Welfare of Armed Forces, Punjab, recalled the contribution made by eminent Punjabi writer Principal Sujan Singh to the Punjabi literature and society as a whole. Presiding over a seminar on “Principal Sujan Singh centenary”, organised by the Punjabi Sahit Akademi here today, he said the communities that remembered their elders lived forever.
Kuldeep Puri addresses a seminar on “Principal Sujan Singh centenary”, organised by the Punjabi Sahit Akademi, in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

GNI old students go down memory lane
Ludhiana, February 28
Old students of GNI Senior Secondary Public School look at photographs of their school days in Ludhiana on Sunday It was a day to recall those demanding PT classes, sneak visits to the staff room to check marks and other nostalgic moments. For over 300 students, last evening took them back to their old school days. At the first ever alumni reunion at GN International Senior Secondary Public School, Model Town, former students exchanged a lot of "do you remember" anecdotes as their teachers stood smiling. School director P Kahlon and principal Gurmant Kaur Gill welcomed the pupils.
Old students of GNI Senior Secondary Public School look at photographs of their school days in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

14-year-old girl dies in mishap
Mullanpur Dakha, February 28
A 14-year-old girl was killed after being hit by a Tata Safari. The deceased has bee identified as Roopan, a student of Government Primary School, Humbran. She was on her way back from school when a black colour Safari hit her near the main chowk. The driver of the vehicle sped away after the mishap.

Shopkeeper hangs himself
Sahnewal, February 28
A cloth merchant reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a fan in his shop here yesterday. The reason for the suicide is yet to be ascertained. According to the police, Sushil Kumar (45) hanged himself after the salesmen and his children went away.


Man booked for axing trees
Jagraon, February 28
The Sidhwan Bet police has booked a resident of Sowaddi village, Tehal Singh, for cutting trees illegally. The accused lives at the house of his in-laws at Sowaddi village. He has been booked on a statement of district forest officer (DFO) Vishal Chauhan. In his application to SSP (Ludhiana Rural), the DFO accused that Tehal Singh had cut many trees owned by the forest department from the banks of a canal at Thothad village.




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