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Fourth fatal accident in 4 days
Doctor among two killed, 4 hurt
Ludhiana, March 25
People gather at the scene of the accident in Ludhiana on Thursday. Two persons, including a doctor, were killed and four injured in a pileup caused by a speeding truck that rammed into a vehicle on the Salem Tabri road here this morning.

People gather at the scene of the accident in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

1 killed, 14 hurt in accident
Doraha, March 25
One person was killed and 15 others were injured in an accident that took place near here late yesterday evening. The accident took place after a tyre of the Qualis (PB BH 6865) suddenly burst, turning the vehicle turtle.


Rape, murder of girl
Ramesh Kumar
Acquaintance arrested
Ludhiana, March 25
The uncle of a nine-year-old minor has been arrested for raping and killing her on Tuesday night. Behind the soft face of Ramesh Kumar, a friend of the girl’s family for years, was a brute who executed the most foul deed. Ramesh’s newly wed wife and mother were shocked at his disclosure and reportedly told him to backtrack from his statement.

‘Overburdened’ MC engineers go on casual leave
Ludhiana, March 25
The MC office wears a deserted look in Ludhiana on Thursday. Protesting against the state government’s "callousness" in filling vacant posts of junior engineers in the municipal corporation, 47 engineers including XENs, SDOs and JEs besides the supervisory staff of the municipal corporation’s B&R department went on “mass” casual leave for four days beginning today. The engineers said their pleas had been ignored by the government during the past several years.

The MC office wears a deserted look in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Tax refunds to be cleared soon
Ludhiana, March 25
The income tax department’s decision to clear the backlog of pending refunds has come as a relief to all those tax payers whose refunds have been pending with the department for two years.


Problem of plenty for Punjab
Bumper crop creates space shortage

Ludhiana, March 25
Even as Union Agriculture Minister, Sharad Pawar, has said no to exports of wheat, Punjab is all set to face the problem of plenty this harvesting season as the shortage of space for storing 31.39 lakh tonnes is staring on its face.

Councillors ‘mislead’ residents on encroachments
Ludhiana, March 25
While the municipal corporation is doing its bit to remove unauthorised encroachments in the city following a high court directive, a few councillors, motivated by petty politics, are reportedly misinforming residents and even encouraging them to flout regulations.

Rein in private institutions, students’ body urges govt
Ludhiana, March 25
Expressing concern over mental and economic exploitation of students by private educational institutions in Punjab, the Sikh Students Federation- Mehta (SSF-M) has urged the state government to initiate effective steps to discipline the institutions and go in for harsh measures if these fail to mend themselves.

From Schools & Colleges
Inderdeep gets gold medal
Ludhiana, March 25
Inderdeep Kaur, a student of the Government College for Women here, was presented a gold medal by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee during the convocation of Panjab University at Chandigarh. Inderdeep had topped the university’s Punjabi honours examination in April last, scoring 77 per cent.

Farmers turn to turmeric for better returns
Khamano, March 25
Expecting high prices for turmeric, some farmers from Fatehgarh Sahib and adjoining Khanna villages are busy preparing their fields for cultivating the crop by mid-April. Agriculture department officials in Khanna said they had received queries from nearby farmers seeking information on turmeric cultivation. Even those who are already growing the crop are busy responding to enquiries from their colleagues.

City to get swine flu vaccine soon
Ludhiana, March 25
Ludhiana, having witnessed 100 positive cases of swine flu followed by 30 deaths in the last year’s pandemic, will shortly receive preventive vaccine to be administered to high-risk patients.

Rs 115-cr GADVASU budget passed
Ludhiana, March 25
The board of management of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) today passed the annual budget for 2010-11 with an outlay of Rs 115.57 crore and a deficit of Rs 38.85 crore.

Road repair ongoing process in city
Ludhiana, March 25
The repair of roads has become a norm in the city. The absence of follow-up procedures by the Ludhiana municipal corporation and substandard material used by contractors are primarily responsible for roads getting damaged so early here.

Laddowal bypass a road less tread
Ludhiana, March 25
Over a year after the Laddowal bypass connecting the city with Laddowal was developed by the Public Works Department (B&R), it has failed to catch the attention of motorists in spite of being a shorter and traffic-free route.

Lok Bhalai Party to get farmers’ land freed
Ludhiana, March 25
The Lok Bhalai Party will launch a movement to get agricultural land, belonging to peasants, freed from the illegal possession of land mafia, which is allegedly flourishing under the umbrella of ruling party leaders.

14 leaders arrested
Jagraon, March 25
The Ludhiana Rural police is bent upon sabotaging the farmers’ protest rally at the behest of ruling SAD-BJP alliance. The government has directed all district police chiefs to round up all trade union, labourer and farmers’ leaders.

PSEB staff stage dharna against junior engineer’s arrest
Jagraon, March 25
The vigilance team of Ludhiana today nabbed a junior engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) red handed while taking a bribe from a resident of Galib village.

PSEB employees stage dharna against the arrest of a junior engineer in a graft case. Photo: Rakesh Gupta

Sutlej Club
Expensive gifts, money to woo voters
Ludhiana, March 25
The election fever at the Sutlej Club has reached its pitch Members are leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters. Be it throwing lavish parties or giving expensive gifts everything is going inside the club unabated. Lakhs of rupees would be spent on these parties, which will be held at resorts on the Ferozepur Road.

Congress leader accused of land grab
Mullanpur Dakha, March 25
An NRI women has accused a senior Congress leader of grabbing a piece of land owned by her and her sister here.

Ram Navami celebrated with fervour
Ludhiana, March 25
Ram Navami was celebrated at ISKCON temple with religious fervour here. The festival started in the evening with “sankirtan” by devotees. Devotees from Delhi and Kurukshetra were specially invited for the “sankirtan”. Temple president Rajsuya Das gave a sermon on the life of Lord Ram and said the festival commemorated the birth of Lord Ram who was worshiped for his prosperous and righteous reign.

A devotee attends Ram Navami celebrations at ISKCON temple in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Preneet stresses on moral values
Ludhiana, March 25
Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur today asked students of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujjarkhan campus, to have strong moral values along with educational qualifications to lead a respectable life.

Girls in a jubilant mood after the convocation at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Accident victim dies in hospital
Khanna, March 25
An accident victim undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Ludhiana succumbed to his injuries late last night.


HC Judge inspects courts
Ludhiana, March 25
Justice Ashutosh Mohantta, Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court-cum-Administrative Judge for Ludhiana Sessions Division, inspected the working of the local courts here today.




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