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Villagers rise in favour of accused
Dispute over 120 kanals in Jaspal Bangar village
Ludhiana, January 2
The controversy surrounding the possession of 120 kanals of agricultural land in Jaspal Bangar village, near here, has refused to die down with villagers rising in the favour of Sher Jung Singh’s family and writing to the Chief Minister for justice.

Near clash between Talwandi, 
Badungar supporters 
Ludhiana, January 2
Tension prevailed in Gurdwara Tahli Sahib, near Raikot, here today following deployment of armed supporters by rival Akali leaders Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, and the SGPC president Jathedar Kirpal Singh Badungar, to allegedly take possession of the ‘deewan’ stage tomorrow.

SAD infighting to the fore
Ludhiana, January 2
Reacting to reports about the issue of presidentship of the local unit of the SAD, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, has reiterated that he is the chief of the unit and not Mr Amarjit Singh Bhatia, as claimed by the latter.

WORK BECKONS: Residents brave morning fog. This picture was taken by Tribune lensman on Thursday.

Students brave cold to attend school
Ludhiana, January 2
As the New Year was about to dawn, rain caused the mercury to dip to as much as 7 degrees Celsius. Today most of the schools reopened after the winter vacation. Due to the cold and foggy weather some students living far away like Sahnewal, Doraha and Khanna had to leave for schools early.

No respite from cold yet
Ludhiana, January 2
As the sun keeps ducked behind clouds, it is going to be cool ahead for another few days. However, today there was a marginal increase in the night temperature from 3.6°C to about 6°C. But the day temperature was again quite low and people mostly preferred to remain indoors. Hundreds of bonfires could be seen during the night hours with people herding around to keep themselves warm. There was relatively less fog.

After Padamjeet, its Cheema’s turn
Ludhiana, January 2
After the transfer of Mr Padamjit Singh, non Chief Engineer (Enforcement), the Punjab State Electricity Board has witnessed a similar episode with Mr H.S. Cheema, Director, Mobile Meter Testing Squad, being posted at an unimportant post. Mr Cheema an SE rank officer is considered an upright and honest officer and known as terror among power thieves.


BJYM to observe 2003 as ‘anti-terrorism year’
Ludhiana, January 2
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) will observe the year 2003 as ‘anti-terrorism year’ throughout the country. This was announced by Mr Sukhminder Pal Singh Grewal, member of the national executive of the morcha, while addressing a workers’ meeting here today.

Guddu victim waits for justice, but ...
Ludhiana, January 2
Almost eight years ago, a city industrialist took up cudgels against the now suspended Inspector Shamsher Singh Guddu regarding his alleged involvement in a dacoity in his Industry.

Protest march against Machhiwara police
Machhiwara, January 2
Dalits of Powat village held a protest march against the Machhiwara police in protest against dispossessing them of the land they had held for the past 50 years and implicating them in false cases of theft. The left parties supported Dalits in organising the protest rally.

Mayor must be shown due respect: Lapran
Ludhiana, January 2
While the District Congress Committee president, Mr Gurdev Singh Lapran, and Dakha MLA, Mr Milkiat Singh Dakha, had alleged that they, along with the city Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, were humiliated at the new year function organised at the Satluj Club here on December 31 night, Mr Gill today denied anything of the sort and said he had left the function to meet other commitments.

Plan to beautify city
Ludhiana, January 2
The City Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh, has said the Municipal Corporation has chalked out a comprehensive plan for beautification of the city.

Mr Nahar Singh Gill, city Mayor, and Mr Surinder Dawar, MLA, at a function to mark commencement of work to provide sodium lights on the jail road, in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mr Nahar Singh Gill, city Mayor, and Mr Surinder Dawar, MLA, at a function to mark commencement of work to provide sodium lights on the jail road

‘Gaon chalo abhiyan’
Khamano, January 2
Under the BJP’s countrywide ‘Gaon chalo abhiyan’, a meeting of the BJP Mandal here was held at Khamano Mandi under the chairmanship of BJP working committee member Punjab Ran Singh Kalsi.

Crippled, yet unfazed
Ludhiana, January 2
Mr Balbir Singh Deol, a 73-year-old inmate of the Senior Citizen Home, Sarabha Nagar, has never had a cushy life. In spite of being physically challenged, Mr Deol has a fierce determination, a sunny nature and an optimistic outlook towards life. “My positive outlook has helped me to adjust in all circumstances, however, adverse they might have been.

LMA seminar
Ludhiana, January 2
LMA is organising a seminar on “The long road for India, to being a global player” tomorrow. This was stated by Mr Rajinder Gupta, president, and Mr V.K. Goyal, general secretary, LMA, in a press note issued here today.

Confrontation averted
Khamano, January 2
A confrontation was averted when people of ward no 2 here gheraoed the crane of a PWD contractor that was used for digging land illegally in the jurisdiction of the Market Committee adjoining houses of ward no 2 residents.

A prayer for 2003


Con man dupes lensman of video camera
Ludhiana, January 2
A conman travelling in a stolen car robbed a videographer of his camera near Vardhman Mills on the Chandigarh road last night. According to information, a man, who identified himself as Rajinder Kumar, arrived at the shop of Mr Satnam Singh in Jamalpur.

Stolen car traced to suspended ASI
Samrala, January 2
During nakabandi near the ITI today under Inspector Tejinder Singh Sandhu, a Maruti car (PB-10-R-1004) was traced by ASI Nachhattar Singh to a suspended ASI of the Police Department in Jalandhar. A woman sitting in the car has been challaned.

Minor crushed to death
Doraha, January 2
A 10-year-old girl was crushed to death by a truck on the Doraha-Neelon road, early this morning. The deceased has been identified as Salma, daughter of Pappu, a resident of Sapera Basti, Doraha.



Students of Master Tara Singh College welcome guests at their function
Students of Master Tara Singh College welcome guests at their function on Thursday.— Photo Pradeep Tewari

VC releases calendar
Ludhiana, January 2
Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University released the varsity calendar and the Punjab Agricultural Handbook for the year 2003, here today. 

Declamation contest on political leaders
Ludhiana, January 2
“Siberian cranes and some other migratory birds appeared before Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee in a dream.

Law Classes in Regional Centre from July
Ludhiana, January 2
The UGC’s 56th orientation course for college teachers being had in the local Ramgarhia Girls College, concluded yesterday.
Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, presided over the concluding day function. The 25-day course for college lecturers from different streams was organised by Academic Staff College, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Poet’s demise bemoaned
Ludhiana, January 2
Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, has expressed grief over the demise of popular Punjabi Poet Pritam Dass Thakur.
He recalled his fight against social evils like intoxicants, dowry and illiteracy through his poems which he used to recite regularly at kisan melas organised by the university. The deceased also played a significant role in inculcating values among school students through his poetry.

Mann is Dean
Ludhiana, January 2
Dr Amrit Pal Singh Mann took over as Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, PAU, Ludhiana, today.
A doctorate in Biochemistry, Dr Mann joined PAU in 1973 and worked in different capacities, including Head, Bio-Chemistry and Coordinator, Research.


Ultra-modern complex for lawyers 
Ludhiana, January 2
An ultra-modern Lawyers Chamber Complex, a long-cherished dream of the local Bar Association, will soon become functional. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Agarwal, here today.



All set for pulse polio campaign
Ludhiana, January 2
More than 4.75 lakh children will be administered polio drops in the district under a statewide pulse polio campaign on January 5 and February 9, said Dr Joginder Singh, Director, Health Services, Punjab, here today.


Lodhi Kabaddi Cup
Khamano, January 2
The International Lodhi Kabaddi Cup Tournament will be held on January 30 in Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana. Kabaddi teams from America, England, Germany, Canada and India will take part in the tournament.


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