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‘Rail roko’ disrupts train services, leaves passengers stranded
Ludhiana, November 6
Close on the heels of the Punjab bandh called by radical Sikh organisations on November 3 when the movement of trains in the entire region was dislocated, rail traffic was once again thrown out of gear today as victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots held a ‘rail roko’ agitation at the behest of the Sikh Migrants Association.
Riot victims pelt stones at a goods train carrying oil near Gyaspura in Ludhiana on Friday.
Frustrated passengers stranded at the Ludhiana railway station
Frustrated passengers stranded at the Ludhiana railway station. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan


Speeding engine sends protesters scrambling
Protesters bring down the engine driver.Ludhiana, November 6
A major tragedy was averted today morning when a speeding railway locomotive approaching the city from Khanna made the protesting 1984 riot victims squatting on the track run for their lives at the Gyaspura crossing. The incident took place at around 7:00am when nearly 70 to 80 riot victims, young and old, were staging a ‘rail roko’ protest to press the government to take action against the perpetrators of the 1984 riots in which hundreds of innocent Sikhs were killed others left homeless.

Protesters bring down the engine driver.

MC gears up for major drive against encroachments
Ludhiana, November 6
Following a severe rap from the high court yesterday during a hearing of the contempt petition for not removing encroachments dotting the city, the municipal corporation has shifted into a proactive mode.

Dense fog slows commuters
Doraha, November 6
A thick blanket of fog today suddenly engulfed the region posing problems for commuters, especially those on the national highway and the ones taking the canal road.


Procurement Mismanagement
Paddy being packed in torn B-grade gunny bags

Mullanpur Dakha, November 6
Procuring agencies may term it mismanagement but it’s very unfortunate that once its procured its deterioration starts. Countries like India that can’t afford to waste even a single grain, billions of tons of food grain is getting destroyed either due to the improper storage facilities or negligence on the part of its custodians. Reports regarding the food grains getting decomposed are being published daily in newspapers but to no avail.

The torn gunny bags being supplied by sheller owners at Mullanpur Dakha. Photo: Rakesh Gupta 

Rs 50 bonus on paddy meager: MCPI (U)
Ludhiana, November 6
The MCPI (U) has expressed concern over the price rise, especially after Dusehra and Diwali.

Inadequate space paralyses MC’s audit branch
Ludhiana, November 6
Their pleas of not displacing them from their office near the Clock Tower were overlooked by a few senior officials, including the assistant commissioner.

1984 riots: NRI Sikhs seek Obama’s intervention
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 6
Taking advantage of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s forthcoming visit to Washington on November 24, NRI Sikhs have urged the US President to impress upon Manmohan Singh to get those who were responsible for 1984 massacre booked.

Learner's licence now within a week
Ludhiana, November 6
The procedure of getting a learner's driving license has been made easier with the district administration making the arrangements to get these issued from the Suvidha Centre here.

From Schools & Colleges
Protest by non-teaching staff

Ludhiana, November 6
In response to a call given by the Private Colleges Non-Teaching Employees Union, Punjab, the non-teaching employees of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College staged a dharna in front of principal’s office to press their demands.

Despite kitchens, food still cooked in classrooms
Khamano, November 6
The permanent kitchens recently constructed in various government schools of the district serve no purpose in preparation of midday meal as the food is either prepared in open or in the classrooms.

Students forced to double as labourers
Jagraon, November 6
Class X students of Government Secondary School, Jassowal, forced to drive a bullock cart loaded with crusher to their school in Jagraon. Government schools, especially in rural areas, are not doing very well as far as results are concerned. Moreover, news of students forced to do menial jobs for teachers are also a regular feature here.

Class X students of Government Secondary School, Jassowal, forced to drive a bullock cart loaded with crusher to their school in Jagraon. Photo by writer

Arshnoor excels in debate contest
Doraha, November 6
An English debate competition was held at Green Grove Public School today.

Human development fest at GTB College
Mullanpur Dakha, November 6
Students take part in a poster-making contest at GTB College, Dakha, A human development festival was celebrated today at GTB National College, Dakha. The festival was celebrated under “strengthening state plans for human development project” which is jointly sponsored by United Development Programme and Planning Commission, Government of India, and implemented by Human Development Research and Coordination Unit, Economic and Stastical Organisation, Government of Punjab.

Students take part in a poster-making contest at GTB College, Dakha, on Friday. Photo:  Rakesh Gupta

PAU beneficiaries irked over delay
Ludhiana, November 6
PAU pensioners’ rued that they were not been given the revised pension, DA and travel concessions on time.

‘Union chief failed to meet promises’
Ludhiana, November 6
A meeting of PAU Employees Forum was held here today which was attended by workers of the forum, PAU Employees Federation and PAU Employees Sewa Dal.


Model Town: Theft planned, main accused still at large 
Ludhiana, November 6
Accused in police custody The grandson, who had stolen cash and gold from his grandparent’s house in Model Town, wanted to settle a score with his grandfather, who had refused to give anything to his family. This was reveled by the police yesterday after Vikramdeep Singh, who claimed that the conspiracy was hatched at Amritsar jail, where father of one of his friends, Amandeep Singh was lodged.

Accused in police custody. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Two motorcycles seized, four held 
Jagraon, November 6
The CIA wing of Ludhiana (Rural) along with the local police yesterday arrested four youths and seized an unlicensed pistol and a knife. Two motorcycles they were riding were also seized. Later, it was that these were stolen ones.


Man gets 5-yr RI for abduction
Ludhiana, November 6
The court of Additional Sessions Judge Mohd Gulzar has sentenced Cheeju of Gurnam Nagar, Salem Tabri, to five years of rigorous imprisonment for abducting a five-year-old girl. A fine of Rs 2,000 has also been imposed on the accused.

Jaspreet, Arpinder bag golds
A girl (u-17) hurls a disc on the second day of the 56th Punjab School Games at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana,Ludhiana, November 6
Hosts Ludhiana district opened their account by winning two titles, while Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts too managed to make their presence felt, clinching two and one title, respectively, on the second day of the 56th Punjab School Games at Guru Nanak Stadium, here today.

A girl (u-17) hurls a disc on the second day of the 56th Punjab School Games at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan 

GNPS swimmers hog limelight
Ludhiana, November 6
Kawalpreet Kaur and Suhapanpreet Kaur, both students of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, hogged limelight in different swimming meets held recently.

Police DAV, Apeejay net basketball trophy
Mullanpur Dakha, November 6
Police DAV Public School, Amritsar, boys and Apeejay Public School, Jalandhar, girls clinched the CBSE Cluster XVI Basketball Trophy at Guru Nanak Public School here today.




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