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3 robberies, 2 snatchings in city
Robbery victim Prem Lata at the DMCH hospital in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, February 27
Three robberies and a snatching incident have yet again rocked the city. In the first incident, armed robbers targeted a nut-bolt factory unit in Kanganwal. According to Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Model Town and owner of K Hi-tech Engineers Limited, nearly 15 armed assailants trespassed into the factor unit at midnight and held the 12 workers and two security guards hostage.

Robbery victim Prem Lata at the DMCH hospital in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Banks to suffer Rs 500-cr loss
All-India strike call given by trade unions for today
Ludhiana, February 27
Banks will suffer loss worth more than Rs 500 crore due to the all-India strike call given by the trade unions. If bank officials are to be believed it will take two to three days to clear the backlog.


PSPCL braces itself for strike
Officials, police to man sub-stations
Ludhiana, February 27
In the wake of the call for a daylong strike given by the Central trade unions tomorrow, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has braced itself for maintaining uninterrupted power supply and keeping its sub-stations and other infrastructure operational.

Delhi-city flight lands after a week
Ludhiana, February 27
After a gap of almost a week, the Delhi-Ludhiana flight “finally” landed at the Ludhiana airport today. Even though the flight was late by over an hour, the Air India officials said they were still getting a good response from residents.

Disabled 70-yr-old gets shelter in ashram
Ludhiana, February 27
A 70-year-old disabled destitute, Karnail Singh, who spent sleepless nights on footpaths for the past more than a year and begged alms to fill his empty stomach, heaved a sigh of relief when an NGO "Guru Amar Das Apahaj Ashram" providing him shelter at the ashram.

'Test based on caste dividing school children'
Ludhiana, February 27
I am from this particular caste and I know castes of all my classmates! Surprisingly, these words are not from college or university students who were protesting on the issue of caste-based reservation a few years ago.



Delegates attend CII, DIS meet
Ludhiana, February 27
More than 50 delegates attended an interaction programme on "Beneficial Schemes for Industry Promotion", jointly organised by the CII Ludhiana and District Industry Centre (DIC), Ludhiana, here recently.

An illegal encroachment by the shopkeeper of the Old Grain Market at Jagraon. Encroachments dot Old Grain Market in Jagraon
Jagraon, February 27
The Old Grain Market of Jagraon has become a synonyms of encroachments with a large number of illegal encroachments, mushrooming in the market, for the past some years. There are several shopkeepers and traders of the market who have illegally encroached upon the Municipal Council land in front of their respective shops.

An illegal encroachment by the shopkeeper of the Old Grain Market at Jagraon. A Tribune photograph

DGSE order: Confusion prevails
Ludhiana, February 27
Confusion prevailed among the teachers and the students over compartment examination for first semester of Class XI of the schools being run under the Punjab education department.

Rail overbridges: Irked by traffic jams, people urge admn to approach railway ministry
Mandi Ahmedgarh, Feb 27
Having lost all hopes of seeing railway overbridges at certain crucial level crossings on the Ludhiana-Dhuri line, residents of the area have now urged the administration to approach the Union Ministry for Railways for getting their long-pending demand accepted.

It’s getting hot:
As the wintry chill gives way to sunnier days, birds find water to quench their thirst. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana scan
PAU staff protest
The dharna by PAU Employees Union against the non-release of grants and consequently erratic payment of salaries to the employees, continued for the 25th day on the PAU campus. President of the union, Paramjit Singh Gill, said the employees working under the ICAR schemes were yet to receive salaries for January 2012 and 40 per cent arrears of revised pay scales.

Harassed migrants protest
Ludhiana, February 27
A few migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, led by the Director of the Migrant Welfare Board, staged a dharna against railway authorities and Government Railway Police (GR) outside the railway station recently.

Coventry mayor meets Giaspura
Ludhiana, February 27
Keiran Mulhall, Mayor of Coventry, an industrial city in central England, stopped in the city on way to Jalandhar. He met Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura at his camp office today.

2-day exhibition at agricultural varsity
Ludhiana, February 27
A two-day farmer-scientist interface will be jointly organised by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) on February 28 at Borlaug Wheat Auditorium of the university.

Schools notes
Grandparents day
Ludhiana: Pre-primary section of Sarswati Modren School celebrated Grand Parents day here on Monday. Children's grand parents had reached the school and played different kinds of games. The children performed dance on the occasion. Those grandparents, who won the games, were given with the prizes.

Decreasing bats cause of concern
Samrala February 27
The number of bats has been decreasing day-by-day due to some unknown reasons for some years now. It is feared that several bats were killed by hunters for different purposes. Some years ago, a number of bats were witnessed on the trees falling between Garhi up to Katana Sahib on the banks of Sirhand Canal. These birds were seen hanging with big trees during the day and at night; these birds were seen flying near the canal water in a large number. But with the passing time, their number has decreased. At present these can be witnessed on only some trees.

Missing boy found, sodomy suspected
Ludhiana, February 27
The seven-year-old boy, who was abducted from Moti Nagar here on Saturday night, was found in an unconscious state at a park in Moti Nagar.

Dental check-up in mobile van
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 27
A dental check-up camp was organised at Gurdwara Singh Sabha Dhulkot village near here on Sunday.

Lecture on ‘World Order Model Project’
Doraha, February 27
The postgraduate department of political science, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised an extension lecture on ‘World Order Model Project’ (WOMP) delivered by Dr Rajesh Kumar, associate professor, School of Social Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, here today.

Battle of kings, queens
Ludhiana, February 27
Playing cards have been a way of recreation for many of the residents in various elite clubs in the city. The trembling hands have cards up their sleeves. Some of them are little old but their spirits are young. The game of cards keeps them going.


Thieves decamp with gold, money
Jagraon, February 27
Some unidentified thieves broke into a house at Rauwal village near Sidhwan Bet last night and decamped with gold ornaments and cash worth 2 lakh. As per the information, the theft took place at the house of Boota Singh of Rauwal village. The family members came to know about the theft when they woke up today morning.

Poppy husk seized, three arrested
Jagraon, February 27
The Raikot police has arrested three drug peddlers and seized 15 kilogram poppy husk from their possession. The Raikot police seized the contraband from the Tungaheri-Barundi road near Raikot during a routine search operation.

Car stolen
Ludhiana, February 27
Parking a car outside the house proved costly for a resident of Rajguru Nagar here.

Man held with charas
Ludhiana, February 27
The city police nabbed a migrant from Bihar in a drug peddling case and recovered 2.2 gm charas from his possession today.

Hockey fans celebrate as India qualify for Olympics
Ludhiana, February 27
The sports enthusiasts in general and hockey fans in particular have hailed India’s victory over France in the Olympic Qualifying Championship held in Delhi last evening. Representatives of various sports associations have congratulated the members of the team on this outstanding achievement. In his message to the team players, Rajdeep Singh Gill, former DGP, Punjab, and president, Basketball Federation of India, hailed the team’s victory. “India will play in the Olympics after a gap of eight years. It is indeed a matter of pride not only for the players but also for the country,” Gill said.

Their hearts are leap(ing) with joy, ecstasy
Ludhiana, February 27
Do you know why Olympics are the most looked forward to? Would the FIFA World Cup have been such a rage if it were held every year? Or for that matter our Cricket World Cup? In the same vein, their birthdays are indeed “super” and anniversaries of the rare couples are no less than jubilee anniversaries.

Ludhiana drub Bathinda
Win Dhruve Pandove Cricket Tournament by two wickets
Ludhiana, February 27
A player plays a shot during a match between Ludhiana and Bathinda at the PAU in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan Hosts Ludhiana survived many anxious moments before managing to sneak past Bathinda by 2 wickets on the penultimate day of the final match against Bathinda in the Dhruve Pandove Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-19) played at Punjab Agricultural University here today.

A player plays a shot during a match between Ludhiana and Bathinda at the PAU in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

LBA cagers outwit Hoshiarpur
Tall order: A match in progress during the Punjab Basketball Championship for Men at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Monday.Ludhiana, February 27
The Ludhiana Basketball Academy (LBA) began its campaign in a style with an emphatic 75-27 win over the Hoshiarpur district in the men’s section on the opening day of the 62nd Punjab State Basketball Championship (men and women) being played at Guru Nanak Sports Complex here today. Players of the Hoshiarpur district appeared to be pale shadow of themselves as the academy boys faced a little challenge from the former and came out triumphant comfortably.

Tall order: A match in progress during the Punjab Basketball Championship for Men at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan.

City lad wins bronze in kurash
Ludhiana, February 27
Baljinder Singh won bronze medal in junior national kurash championship that was held in Jammu recently.






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