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Hosiery goods worth lakhs
destroyed in fire
Ludhiana, December 24
Hosiery goods worth lakhs were destroyed in a fire that broke out in the Civil Lines area early this morning. It took about three hours for the firemen to douse the flames. No loss of life was reported in the incident.

Clouds of smoke emanate from the Sanjay Apparel Corporation, a hosiery manufacturing unit at the Civil Lines in Ludhiana, on Wednesday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari 
Clouds of smoke emanate from the Sanjay Apparel Corporation

No political support for
anti-encroachment drive
Ludhiana, December 24
A move by the civic administration to garner political support for the removal of encroachments on the municipal and government land in the city, following directions by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to accomplish the task within two months, has come a cropper.


Auction fetches Rs 1.1 cr for Improvement Trust
Ludhiana, December 24
The auction of residential and commercial properties by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) here today evoked a mixed response with 16 properties, out of a total 37 offered for sale through open auction, fetching Rs 1.11 crore.

3 of family held for abetment to suicide
Ludhiana, December 24
The city police has arrested the main accused Amar Singh, his wife Rachhpal Kaur and daughter Paramjit Kaur, all residents of the New Vijay Nagar locality, for allegedly humiliating Ram Bilas Sharma, which led to the victim committing suicide.

Sarpanch removed from office
Ludhiana, December 24
The Punjab Government has ordered the removal of Ms Hanso, Sarpanch of village panchayat, Raur, in block Ludhiana-II with immediate effect. Further, the Block Development and Panchayat Officer of the block concerned have been directed to take possession of any official record of property of the panchayat from the Sarpanch and hand over the same to one of the duly elected panchayat members.


Celebrations ahead for city residents
Ludhiana, December 24
Various clubs and hotels have organised programmes in connection with Christmas and the New Year. The Sutlej Club authorities have invited famous Bollywood singer Kumar Sanu along with actress Pooja Batra. Mr Sunil Jain, general secretary of the club, said for Ludhiana people, New Year’s eve was a much-awaited event.

He gifts smile to every face
Ludhiana, December 24
Just as Christmas trees start making an appearance heralding the birth of Christ, it is time for middle-aged, pot-bellied Ranjit Singh, to don a Santa Claus dress in the evenings and spread some happiness around.

An uprooted traffic light pole obstructs the traffic on the busy Lakshmi Cinema Chowk on the Old GT Road
An uprooted traffic light pole obstructs the traffic on the busy Lakshmi Cinema Chowk on the Old GT Road. Repeated complaints by shopkeepers have failed to move the Municipal Corporation to repair or remove the pole.
— Photo IV

Amarinder should quit,
says BJP
Ludhiana, December 24
Governance in the state has suffered in the wake of stepped up activities of dissidents and loyalists of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and owing moral responsibility for the administrative mess, the Congress government should quit.

Readers Write
Hazardous electricity poles
We the inhabitants of the Tagore Nagar ‘A’ a prime and posh locality of Ludhiana city, would like to bring to your notice that there are six electricity poles in the middle of the main postal colony leading to New Dayanand Hospital as well as Tagore Nagar ‘A’, Civil Lines, Ludhiana. On this road thousands vehicles pass daily. 

Review committee meeting held
Ludhiana, December 24
A district-level review committee meeting was held at the Bachat Bhavan under the chairmanship of its president, Mr Sumer Singh Gurjar, ADC (Development). The meeting was attended by Mr R.P. Jain Assistant General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Mr Dev Raj Assistant General Manager, NABARD, Mr Harbans Singh, General Manager, DIC, and representatives of commercial banks and government agencies.

Police-public meeting
Samrala, December 24
A “sadbhavna” meeting of the public and the police of Samrala subdivision was held here today under the chairmanship of Mr Jasvir Singh, DSP, Samrala. The municipal councellors, panches and sarpanches of gram panchayats and lambardars of the subdivision participated.

Camp for scouts, guides concludes
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 24
A five-day camp was organised by Bharat Scouts and Guides from December 19 to December 23 in Sounti village near here. It was inaugurated by former sarpanch Nirbhey Singh. Ms Laxmi Devi and Mr Mukesh Kumar were the camp leader and the assistant leader, respectively.


Boy kidnapped, ransom sought
Ludhiana, December 24
The Koom Kalan police yesterday registered a case under sections 364-A and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr. Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Chaunta village, against two unknown scooter-borne youths.

Fake VCDs, DVDs seized
Ludhiana, December 24
The police here today seized over 10,000 VCDs, DVDs and audio discs from three shops at Bhadaur House. The CDs were alleged to be fake and duplicate. Three persons have also been arrested in this connection.


Small units cry for relief
Ludhiana, December 24
Thousands of small and tiny industrial units in the industrial hub of Punjab are facing many problems and struggling to survive. They have urged the government to initiate remedial measures, failing which, they say the economy of the state will suffer an irreparable damage. 

Manufacturers make hay while the sun plays hide and seek
Ludhiana, December 24
Continuous cold wave that has engulfed the entire north has brought cheer to thousands of hosiery manufacturers in Ludhiana. It is not only the severe cold this time, but the increased duration of the winter which has increased hosiery sales. If hosiery manufacturers are to be believed it is after a decade that such a prosperous season has come.
With an increase in demand, workers put in extra hours during the night to give finishing touches to hosiery products
With an increase in demand, workers put in extra hours during the night to give finishing touches to hosiery products. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Seminar on insurance protection to medical professionals
Ludhiana, December 24
National Insurance Company Limited, the second largest General Insurance Company in India organised a seminar for the Indian Medical Association, Ludhiana, on the subject “Insurance protection available to medical professionals, nursing homes, hospitals, diagnostic centres, technicians, nursing staff and other paramedical staff’” here.

Hotel industry opposes move on tariff hike
Ludhiana, December 24
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab has criticised the proposed hike of 33 per cent in power tariff made by Punjab State Electricity Board. In a statement, Mr N.S. Nanda, president of the association said the hotel industry would be adversely affected with this hike and it would be quite unjustified.

Corporation Bank, IndusInd Bank tie-up over ATM
Ludhiana, December 24
Corporation Bank, a premier Government of India enterprise, and IndusInd Bank Limited, the first new generation private sector bank have signed an agreement facilitating mutual sharing of their automative teller machine network.

Dry cleaners oppose service tax
Ludhiana, December 24
The Punjab Dry Cleaners and Dyers Association has opposed service tax, imposed by the union government, saying that it was adversely affecting the viability of the trade.



From Schools
A day of celebrations
at schools
Ludhiana, December 24
A musical play, Vision 2020, based on President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s book of the same name, was staged by students of Shefaly Public School and Helianthus Day Boarding School at Laxmi Palace here today.

Students of Swiss International Public School (SIPS) participate in a fancy dress competition in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Students of Swiss International Public School (SIPS) participate in a fancy dress competition in Ludhiana

PAU students’ demands conceded
Ludhiana, December 24
The demands of striking PAU students were accepted by Dean, Post Graduate Studies and Registrar, here this evening. This was stated by Mr Gurbir Singh Bhullar, spokesperson of the PAU Students Union.

Govt college commerce alumni meet today
Ludhiana, December 24
The Government College Commerce Alumni Association, formed to promote interaction amongst old students of the Commerce Department, is celebrating its fourth get together tomorrow.

Workshop begins at TAC art gallery
Ludhiana, December 24
A two-day workshop on various techniques of painting started at the TAC art gallery here today. About 40 participants, including teachers and students from different colleges and schools, were participating in the workshop.

Participants try different techniques of painting at a workshop in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
— Photo IV
Participants try different techniques of painting at a workshop in Ludhiana

Annual function of school
Amloh, December 24
Teacher should work for the all-round development of students so that they can compete in today's world, said Mr Daya Singh, DEO (S), while addressing the annual prize distribution function of Amloh Public School here yesterday.

Lecture on AIDS
Doraha, December 24
Dr Kiran Soni, a civil surgeon, delivered a lecture on AIDS at the local Guru Nanak National College.
The NSS volunteers were told about the causes and symptoms of the disease and necessary precautions to be taken to prevent AIDS.



Programme on Punjabi culture tomorrow
Ludhiana, December 24
The Punjabi Culture Study Circle International and the Punjab Majlis International are organising a literary programme on December 26 at the Punjabi Bhavan here to felicitate Mr Safir Rammah, coordinator of America-based Academy of Punjab in North America.

Cultural fair organised
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 24
The Second Dilshad Akhtar Memorial Cultural Fair was organised jointly by the CB Welfare Association and the Helpline Youth Club at the main yard of the local grain market on Sunday.


Dr Lokesh KumarAesthetic surgery picks up, says doctor
Ludhiana, December 24
Aesthetic Surgery, which was earlier confined to actresses and models, has now become common among youngsters. Today, people do not mind spending money to have better looks, enhance their personality and bring back their lost confidence.

Re-register docs’ names, demands PCMSA
Ludhiana, December 24
All 26,500 registered doctors, are facing the threat of legal objection to clinical practice, without being re-registered by the Punjab Medical Council. The Punjab Civil Medical Services cadre has alleged that the names of the doctors had been illegally erased from the register of the council by previous officials of the medical council.

City doc attends conference of acupuncture assn
Ludhiana, December 24
Dr Inderjit Singh, Principal of Ludhiana Acupuncture Medical College and Hospital along with Dr Harpreet Kaur, attended the 10th National Conference of Acupuncture Association of India at Indore in which 328 acupuncture doctors participated.

100 persons examined at medical camp
Ludhiana, December 24
The Ludhiana City Jaycees organised a free medical camp at Public Hospital, Urban Estate, Jamalpur, yesterday. Dr Avinash Bajaj and Dr Pawan Aggarwal checked patients and gave medicines free of cost to them. More than 100 patients were checked in the camp.

Mohan Dai hospital to start new centre
Ludhiana, December 24
Mohan Dai Oswal Memorial Hospital, Ludhiana, will open another centre in the city at Purana Bazar, near Daresi Ground. The centre will start functioning in January, 2004.


Manmeet Kaur, Japni Sethi are best athletes
Ludhiana, December 24
Manmeet Kaur and Japni Sethi were declared the best athletes among the girls and boys’ sections, respectively in the Fifth Annual Sports Meet of the Darshan Academy, Bhamian Kalan, Chandigarh Road, near here yesterday.

Girls receive medals from Mr Parveen Aggarwal during the annual sports meet of the Darshan Academy in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photo

Girls receive medals from Mr Parveen Aggarwal during the annual sports meet of the Darshan Academy in Ludhiana

Kabaddi tourney organised
Amloh, December 24
The Nirmal Singh Nimma Memorial Kabaddi Tournament was organised at Ram Singh Nau (Bhadson) village near here yesterday. Mr Harchand Singh Barsat, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, was the chief guest at the concluding function.

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