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Four Akali activists injured
Tension over foundation stone
Lohara (Ludhiana), November 24
Tension prevails in this village since last night over the issue of laying of a foundation stone by Mayor Nahar Singh Gill and Congress MLA, Malkiat Singh Dakha, which was being opposed by activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar).
Ms Jal Kaur (centre), who was reportedly beaten up by the police Ms Jal Kaur (centre), who was reportedly beaten up by the police, narrates her tale of woe to mediapersons in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Cong has used its last weapon, says SAD
Ludhiana, November 24
In the backdrop of claims and counter-claims regarding the success and failure of yesterday’s “chakka jam” by the SAD its leadership today claimed that it would not be cowed down by “state repression” and would take the agitation to its logical conclusion and force the government to withdraw the charge sheet against Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Panthers Party hails chargesheet against Badal 
Ludhiana, November 24
The Punjab Pradesh Panthers Party has hailed the filing of a chargesheet against former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, saying it would expose corruption and amassing of wealth by persons at the highest level.

MC saves 8.89 cr on development works
Ludhiana, November 24
The municipal corporation (MC) has been able to save Rs 8.89 crore from the expenditure on development works carried out in the city during the last year due to transparency and stiff competition between contractors. At the same time, stringent quality control has been ensured.


Devotees partake langar at a gurdwara in connection with Martyrdom Day of Guru Teg Bahadur
Devotees partake langar at a gurdwara in connection with Martyrdom Day of Guru Teg Bahadur in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma


Residents decry encroachments, lack of amenities
Ludhiana, November 24
Encroachments on green belts and other vacant sites and extreme insanitary conditions, created by hundreds of unauthorised settlers, jhuggi dwellers and stray animals in every nook and corner of E-Block in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Pakhowal road here is the bane of residents. Repeated pleas by the residents with the authorities of Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) have failed to evoke any positive response till date.

Lovebirds irk cinegoers
Ludhiana, November 24
Next time, you want to watch a movie, give it a thought or be prepared to be embarrassed at the hands of lovebirds in the theatre. A number of couples can be seen sitting in compromising positions even while watching a decent movie in the cinema hall. And what is more disturbing is that all this happens in connivance with the cinema owners and the ticket checkers.

Man nabbed with 35 kg poppy husk
Ludhiana, November 24
Amarjit Singh of Sabdal Pur village falling in Rajpura tehsil of Patiala district was nabbed by the police yesterday and 35 kg of contraband poppy husk was allegedly seized from his possession. He was booked under Sections 15,61 and 85 of the NDPS Act at the Shimla Puri police station.


BKU warns govt on procurement
Ludhiana, November 24
The BKU has warned the government against any move to stop procurement of food grain. It threatened to go on an agitation if the government went ahead with the proposal. The farmers’ body made it clear that the purchase by the government agencies would not be allowed to be discontinued at any cost.

80 pc of disabled in rural areas, says SDM
Ludhiana, November 24
“There are about 500 million persons with disabilities in the world of whom one-tenth are in India. According to a sample estimate submitted in the Lok Sabha, there are nine million persons with visual disability — both curable and incurable, — 14 million with loco-motor disabilities, 20 million with hearing and speech deficiency and another 20 million with mental disabilities,” said Mr Prem Chand Arora SDM, while inaugurating a three-day national workshop on community based rehabilitation of governmental and non- governmental organisations.

Withdraw ban on recruitment, demands INTUC
Ludhiana, November 24
The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has called upon the government to withdraw the ban on recruitment in government departments, remove all obstacles in the way of appointments on compassionate grounds and regularise all ad hoc employees.


Three cases of theft registered
Ludhiana, November 24
The police yesterday registered a case under Section 380, IPC, on the statement of Harjit Singh, of Mohalla Isher Nagar against Jatinder Singh, of the same locality. The complainant had alleged that of we had come to his shop on Saturday and took away his mobile.


CRISIL criticised for rating 
Ludhiana, November 24
Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Punjab, has criticised Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL) for providing higher credit rating to the steel manufacturers. It said, the steel producers were taking undue advantage of the situation to hike prices and were “taking shelter of the credit rating agency at the cost of the consumers”.

Central sales tax on oil resented
Ludhiana, November 24
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Punjab, has objected to the alleged discrimination against Punjab and has urged the Centre not to burden the state with sales tax for the benefit of a particular oil company.

Think before buying home theatre system
Ludhiana, November 24
The craze for home theatres is gaining ground. According to Mr Vikas Raikhy, it is better to buy one after giving it a deep thought. Home theatre systems support the DVD format, which is multi-channel. The DVD records movie tracks and the sound reproduced is mostly of car crashes, bomb explosions and effects, which go to make the on- screen drama more real.



Neha ‘colours’ her future to win scholarship
Ludhiana, November 24
It was a dream come true for Neha Ghai, a Class VIII student from the local BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, who has been declared the North Zone winner in a painting contest organised by Hindustan Lever Limited. While the contest was held three months ago and the results were declared in New Delhi recently, she was felicitated at a function organised by the company held at her residence in Gurdev Nagar here today. Neha was awarded a scholarship worth Rs 1 lakh for studying abroad.


Ludhiana belle is Gladrags Mrs India
Ludhiana, November 24
Naina Dhaliwal, a belle born and brought up in Ludhiana, has been crowned the Gladrags Mrs India 2004, the final contest for which was held in Mumbai on Saturday night.Mrs Dhaliwal told The Tribune from Mumbai that she was extremely happy over this honour. “It is not just me, but my entire family as well as the state that should feel proud”, “jubilant Naina said. Earlier also, another Ludhiana lady, Rashmi Gangwani had made it to the finals but missed the crown by a few points only.
Naina Dhaliwal

Sarabjit MangatGiddha queen’s saga of triumphs
Doraha, November 24
Sarabjit Mangat, the Giddha queen, anchor and poetess, hails from Phullonwal village. With an indomitable spirit to explore new horizons, Sarabjit has been pursuing a passion for long. Coming from a rural background, she has Punjabiat in her spirit. Her career got a kickstart with Dr Prabhacharan Sidhu’s telefilm, “Vehra Shagana Da”.  It is for this reason that most systems, whether home theatre or music, do not operate as well at home as they do at the shop.

Ghazal writers awarded
Ludhiana, November 24
An annual function was organised by Punjabi Ghazal Academy at Punjabi Bhavan here yesterday. The Punjabi Sahitya Akademi and the Languages Department collaborated to make the function a success. A large number of ghazal writers were present.

Ajaib Chitarkar and Gurdev Singh Nirdhan are presented with the Ghazal Shiromani Award in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Ajaib Chitarkar and Gurdev Singh Nirdhan are presented with the Ghazal Shiromani Award


MCI team inspects DMCH
Ludhiana, Novemeber 24
A team from the Medical Council of India (MCI) visited Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here today to review the arrangements for extending the recognition to the institute. The team led by senior doctors acting on behalf of the MCI, went through various teaching departments of the hospital and made observations which will be conveyed to the college through the MCI, it is learnt.


GNIMT spikers are PTU champs
Ludhiana, November 24
Spikers of the local Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Model Town, won the Punjab Technical University Inter-College Volley-ball Championship for Women held at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, on November 22 and 23.

The GNIMT spikers who won the title in the PTU Inter-College Volleyball Championship at Fatehgarh Sahib. — A Tribune photo
The GNIMT spikers who won the title in the PTU Inter-College Volleyball Championship at Fatehgarh Sahib


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