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Residents resent PUDA eviction notices
Block traffic against decision
Ludhiana, November 10
Hundreds of residents of Dhandhari Kalan, Phase-IV flats, today blocked traffic on the busy Chandigarh-Ludhiana highway in protest against the notices served by the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) to close down the commercial establishments in the residential area.
Residents of HIG/MIG flats in Dhandhari Kalan, Phase-IV, protest against eviction notices served by PUDA Residents of HIG/MIG flats in Dhandhari Kalan, Phase-IV, protest against eviction notices served by PUDA in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

DC’s directive to book ex-sarpanch
Ludhiana, November 10
The Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Mr Anurag Verma, has written to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Jagraon, to register a case of embezzlement of gram panchayat funds against the former sarpanch of Bassian village in Raikot subdivision.


SAD coterie has sidelined me: Tohra
Ludhiana, November 10
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President of the SGPC, has held the “coterie” in the Shiromani Akali Dal responsible for not allowing him to come up in the political arena. He said it had confined him to a religious body (SGPC) under a conspiracy.

High court moved against closure of post office
Ludhiana, November 10
Sore at the move of the Department of Posts under the Union Ministry of Communications to close down the post office in the Kidwai Nagar locality along with four others in different parts of the city, Public Cause, a representative body of residents, has approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court to strike down this decision.

Study finds 50 pc of jail inmates sick
Ludhiana, November 10
Revealing startling information about the health of jail inmates, a six-day long study-cum-medical camp conducted by a team of 12 doctors in the Central Jail here has found nearly 50 per cent of the inmates suffering from various ailments. As many as 400 inmates have been found suffering from various skin diseases, particularly scabies which is threatening to become a major headache for the jail authorities. 
Doctors examine inmates of Central Jail, Ludhiana, on Monday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma 
Doctors examine inmates of Central Jail, Ludhiana, on Monday


Panels to probe lawyer chambers scam
Ludhiana, November 10
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) today constituted two committees of lawyers and building experts to investigate the local lawyers chambers construction scam and to pursue the matter with the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s Construction Committee and the Punjab Government as they have already taken cognisance of the matter.

Labour laws being violated, says union
Ludhiana, November 10
Taking a strong note of the violation of labour laws and reign of terror let loose against the industrial workers under the garb of new industrial and economic policies by the government, the Moulder and Steel Workers Union gave a call to the working classes to launch a concerted fight to achieve their rights.

Marxists decry bid to muzzle freedom of press
Ludhiana, November 10
The Marxists Communist Party of India (MCPI) has expressed concern about attempts by the Tamil Nadu Government to muzzle the freedom of the Press through its authoritarian action against journalists of The Hindu and another publication.

Lack of communication behind drug abuse, says psychiatrist
Ludhiana, November 10
Ratish (name changed), a Class X student, took money from his parents to go for his tuition class but instead spent the time and money doing drugs with his friends. Only when he became abusive and aggressive towards his parents that they sat up and took notice. On the advice of their family doctor, Ratish was taken to Dr Rajeev Gupta, a city-based psychiatrist.

Her hair make her proud
Ludhiana, November 10
She feels proud when people on the road stop to have a glimpse of her long hair. “I feel happy for this asset of mine when people, especially women, appreciate my long, bouncy hair, she giggles. A resident of Durga Puri, Haibowal Kalan, 24-year-old Alka Rani is proud of her six-feet-long black hair. When five-feet-two inches tall Alka, opens her hair after a wash, they touch the ground. “I cannot leave these in open regularly. I let these loose for two to three hours after a wash or when I go to attend a family function or party, she said. Alka runs a beauty parlour in her locality. “Though I have done post-graduation in Hindi, but I was always inclined to open a beauty parlour. I have taken thorough training in it also. My clients often ask me the secret of long, bouncy black hair”.
Alka Rani

Wine shops annoy pilgrims
Machhiwara, November 10
Pilgrims from the far-flung areas visit this town to pay obeisance in Gurdwaras where Guru Gobind Singh had stopped after coming from Chamkaur Di Garhi, but they are disappointed to see wine shops on either side of the road leading to the holy place.

Aggarwal re-elected dharamshala  panel chief
Ludhiana, November 10
Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal has been re-elected president of the Ludhiana Dharamshala Committee, Chintpurni (Himachal Pradesh) with its head office in Ludhiana here yesterday. Mr Aggarwal, a former director of the Ludhiana Aggarwala Cooperative Housing Society, has been heading the body for the past over 25 years.

SHO sent to Police Lines
Ludhiana, November 10
Sub-Inspector Randhir Singh, SHO, (Division 7) was sent to the Police Lines yesterday following a controversy involving a cable operator of the city. No police official has replaced him so far.



Lean season for hosiery manufacturers
Ludhiana, November 10
Hosiery manufacturers here are awaiting winter. With the day temperature still hovering around 30°C, they are desperately waiting for the winter to arrive. They feel, if the day temperature did not fall, it may spell doom for them. The huge stocks piling up in godowns may have to be disposed of at throwaway prices.



National integration camp opens at PAU
Ludhiana, November 10
Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, has advocated six Cs namely compassion, commitment, courage, competitiveness, consistency and creativity to counter the problems being faced by the country today. 

PU Zonal Youth Festival begins
Ludhiana, November 10
A three-day Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival, 2003, Zone A, for education colleges started at BCM College for Education here today. Nine education colleges from Punjab are participating in the festival.

Participants in the rangoli competition show their skills at the Panjab University Zonal Festival (Zone A), which began at BCM College of Education, Ludhiana, on Monday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Participants in the rangoli competition show their skills at the Panjab University Zonal Festival, which began at BCM College of Education

Theatre workshop for students
Ludhiana, November 10
It was an experience with a difference for students of 10 schools of the district who are taking part in a two-day workshop on theatre and dance by the artistes of the National School of Drama, New Delhi, being organised by Ryan International School at Guru Nanak Dev Bhavan here today.

Over 100 students take part in talent hunt
Ludhiana, November 10
As part of the Children’s Day celebrations, the Love Dale Club organised a talent search competition at Ludhiana Gardens here last evening. More than 100 students who are members of the kiddies’ club participated. They regaled the audience with their performances.
Students take part in a talent hunt contest organised by the Love Dale Club Students take part in a talent hunt contest organised by the Love Dale Club in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Tribune photographs

Computer carnival begins
Ludhiana, November 10
Students from 17 schools of the district participated in a three-day computer carnival that began at Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, here today.

A student takes part in a cyber painting competition at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
A student takes part in a cyber painting competition at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana

Linki Verma excels in M.Com exam
Ludhiana, November 10
Students of Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College, Daresi Road, here have topped in M.Com (IInd semester) examination of Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Linki Verma stood first in Ludhiana district and bagged the second position in Panjab University by securing 916 marks (83.3 per cent) out of 1100.

Retired teachers’ conference today
Ludhiana, November 10
A state-level conference of retired teachers (DPIs, Principals, Professors) of the Government Colleges of Punjab will be held tomorrow at the local Government College in Sahir Auditorium at 10.30 am, according to a press note issued by Dr S.D. Joshi, Convener.


ITI ex-Principal gets 2-year RI
Ludhiana, November 10
The Special Judge, Mr Inderjit Kaushik, has convicted former Principal of the Samrala ITI, Hardial Singh, and storekeeper Kuldip Singh on the charges of misappropriating machinery worth over Rs 1 lakh by forging the official record.



Check sale of spurious drugs, says union
Ludhiana, November 10
The General body meeting of the Punjab and Chandigarh Medical and Sales Representatives Union was held at Harnam Nagar today under the guidance of Mr D.P. Dubey, general secretary of the Federation of Medical and Sales Representatives of India.


Punjab basketball teams announced
Ludhiana, November 10
Teams for the All-India Nachchttar Singh F. Gill Memorial Basketball Tournament to be held from November 11 to November 15 have been announced . Snehpal Singh of PAP, Jalandhar, and Paramjit Kaur of Faridkot will lead the Punjab teams in the men and women section, respectively.


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