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Police strikes big
Busts three gangs of criminals, arrests 10; Each member made Rs 2 lakh a month
Ludhiana, December 19
Seven gang members in police custody in Ludhiana on Monday. In a major success, the police has arrested 10 notorious criminals on charges of murder, extortion and attempted murder.

Seven gang members in police custody in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Cold bites as mercury dips to 2.2 °C
Ludhiana, December 19
Cold wave has gripped the region with the minimum temperature plummeting to 2.2 °C in the past 24 hours. This is the lowest temperature recorded in the city in December this year. Last year, mercury had touched 2.6 °C. The temperature is four degrees below normal.


LPG a hot commodity
Ludhiana, December 19
If you want to get a refilled domestic LPG cylinder, you will have to wait for 21 days to get it booked. And even after the booking, it will take between nine and 12 days to get a cylinder. But if you are ready to shell out a few more bucks, you may get a cylinder at that very moment or within five to six hours. All this, thanks to callousness on part of authorities concerned, which have failed to ensure regular supply of domestic gas cylinders to the consumers in the city.

Rail traffic goes off track
Ludhiana, December 19
With poor visibility and thick cover of fog engulfing the northern region, the rail traffic has gone completely off the track and most of the trains passing through the city are running behind schedule by two to seven hours.

Man’s defaced body found
Ludhiana, December 19
Panic gripped Pink City in the Kakowal area after the body of a middle-aged man, done to death with bricks, was found lying on the roadside here this morning.

New campus lingo — English with a dash of Punjabi
Ludhiana, December 19
A file photo of students at a college in Ludhiana. Campuses are reverberating with the noise and chirps of young boys and girls these days. Listen closely, and you’ll be amused to hear the new language that is emerging out of city colleges. Ask Harpreet about his friends and he introduces them as his “yaar anmulle”. Jasmeet Kaur, pursuing MA (English), says speaking in English is cool but Punjabi is our “maa boli” and comes directly from my “dil”.

A file photo of students at a college in Ludhiana.

Dowry Death Case
Husband gets 8-yr RI
Ludhiana, December 19
The court of Additional Sessions Judge Karamjit Singh Kang has convicted Navdeep Singh of Mansura village in a dowry death case. His wife Neelam died due to burn injuries just five months after the marriage. He was ordered to undergo rigorous imprisonment (RI) for eight years. A fine of Rs 8,000 was also imposed upon the accused.

Building misuse
MC seals four shops
Ludhiana, December 19
A team of the building branch of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) today sealed four commercial premises, including a bank in a posh residential locality of Model Town Extension, for violation of land use.


Ludhiana scan
Braille stationery donated
Ludhiana: Chief general manager of State Bank of India, NK Chari, Chandigarh circle, visited the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre for the blind and disabled on the Haibowal road, here. He met all the staff and students of the institute and also donated braille stationery and books to the students through the community service banking. The visually and physically handicapped students presented a cultural programme at the occasion.

Right to Education
Act implemented, public unaware
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 19
21 months after formal implementation of the Right to Education Act 2009 in all schools of the state, the state government is yet to take organised steps to aware masses about the privileges for children hailing from the downtrodden families.

Education department norms
Woman accuses school of violation
Teacher ‘terminated’ from service for seeking dues
Payal, December 19
A 41-year-old woman of Madnipur village has accused the authorities of a private school at Sehora village of violating the norms of the education department. The woman Navkiran Kaur, whose husband died three years ago, lives with her parents along with her two children. Navkiran has alleged that the school paid her lower than she was entitled to.

Lab technicians resume work, patients throng hospital
Phillaur, December 19
Dozens of patients thronged Phagwara Civil Hospital after the work resumed at the laboratory in all the government hospitals of the state today. The Tribune correspondent visited the local civil hospital on Monday morning and talked with a few patients.

e-banking scheme gets thumbs up
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 19
Recognising concern of the State Bank of India (SBI) towards conservation of environment through eliminating use of paper in financial transactions, a large number of educational institutes have shown a warm response to the bank’s e-banking scheme launched recently.

Former roadways employees meet SDM, put forth demands
Jagraon, December 19
A delegation of the Punjab Roadways Retired Employees Association held a meeting with Jagraon SDM Isha Kalia in her office on Sunday and submitted a demand letter containing various demands of the retired employees to her.

Staff negligence
Infant suffers burns
Dehlon hospital doctors ‘throw’ family out
Ludhiana, December 19
When Amrik Ali, a resident of Doburji village took his six-month-old baby Rukhsana for treatment of a chest congestion to a private hospital at Dehlon on December 17, he had no idea that the turn of events would come as a nightmare for him and a traumatic journey for the infant girl.

Workshop on research methodology begins
Ludhiana, December 19
A seven-day research workshop began at BCM College of Education, Sector 32-A, Chandigarh Road, on Sunday. Prof DN Sansanwal, chairman, northern regional committee NCTE, Jaipur, is the resource person. The title of the workshop is “Research methodology, applied statistics and use of SPSS”. Dr SS Sangha (dean faculty of education, PU) was the chief guest. All technicalities and peculiarities related to the field of research will be discussed in detail at the workshop.

From schools
Gurjot wins laurels in 800m race
Ludhiana, December 19
Sports meet concluded at MGM Public School here on Sunday. Students from classes IV to XII participated in the sports events such as sack race, spoon race, shoe race, 100 metre, 200 metre, 400 metre and 800 metre races. Director academics, Ashok Kumar Setia and school principal Poonam Sharma gave away prizes to the winners and appreciated their spirit.

A teacher performs a dance during the parents’ thanksgiving day at Sat Paul Mittal School in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Students evaluation
Separate notifications have teachers flummoxed
Ludhiana, December 19
Teachers of government schools are in a fix over receiving contradictory notifications from the Punjab education department and the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). The authorities of the departments concerned have issued separate instructions to follow different criteria to evaluate students. The teachers are confused as to who they should obey - the PSEB or the education department?

CICU demands reduction in tax rates
Ludhiana, December 19
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) has asked the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, to include certain pre-union budget proposals for the Union Budget 2012-2013 for the benefit of industry.

chill pill
Residents work out to keep going
Ludhiana, December 19
With the onset of winter, some city residents have started working out to beat the chill rather than snuggle beneath quilts and multi-layered winter clothes. Some of them have stated going to gyms to sweat it out rather than shiver at home. Owner of a gym on the Ferozepur Road says the number of people joining their gym has gone up with the onset of winter.

Jaggi takes over as new MC chief
Ludhiana, December 19
Malwinder Singh Jaggi, a 1992-batch PCS officer, today took over as the new Commissioner of the municipal corporation (MC) here after AK Sinha was promoted and posted as director, local government, Punjab.

90 donate blood at camp
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 19
A function was organised by Sheed Bhagat Singh Naujwan Sabha, Italy, and the Azad Hind Welfare Assocation, Amloh, held at Bhadhal Thuha village. The two-day function concluded here today. As many as 90 volunteers donated blood to the team of doctors from Gian Sagar Hospital, Rajpura. Over 400 needy students were given woolen pull-overs by the welfare society.

Gurjot elected president
Samrala, December 19
Gurjot Singh Dhindsa, a Youth Congress leader from Bassi Pathana, was elected president of the Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha constituency in the elections that concluded on Saturday.

PAU scientist awarded
Ludhiana, December 19
The Indian International Friendship Society (IIFS) of New Delhi bestowed the Bhart Jyoti Award and certificate of excellence upon Dr Sunil Garg, a research engineer, department of soil and water engineering (SWE), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), in recognition of his meritorious services and outstanding performance in the field of SWE.


Haul of intoxicants, man held
Machhiwara, December 19
The Machhiwara police today arrested a person with a haul of intoxicants. According to SHO Amardeep Singh, a police party laid a naka near the Dusehra grounds.

School games
Ludhiana athletes dominate on concluding day
Ludhiana, December 19
Athletes from Ludhiana dominated the proceedings on the fifth and final day of the 57th Punjab State School Athletics Championship held at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

(From left) Athletes take part in a 1,500m race; a student jumps a hurdle; and a boy hits the ground during a triple jump event on the concluding day of the 57th Punjab State School Athletics Championship in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan
(Left) Athletes take part in a 1,500m race; a student jumps a hurdle. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Cricket meet
Deepak Builders XI romp home
Ludhiana, December 19
A scintillating batting display by Arjun Puri who remained unconquered on 67 runs steered Deepak Builders XI, Ludhiana, to record a facile 79-run victory over Chak De Cricket Club from United Kingdom to romp home in the Chak De Cricket Cup Tournament that concluded at Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.

Badminton meet
Pranav, Akshay hog limelight
Ludhiana, December 19
The word “consistency” appears to be synonymous with the local shuttler, Pranav Chopra, who continues to excel at the international-level badminton tournaments and adding titles after title in his kitty.

Malkit clinches gold in javelin throw
Ludhiana, December 19
Malkit Singh, a javelin thrower, clinched a gold medal in the state-level Punjab School Games. Malkit participated in the under-19 javelin throw event with the determination to break the last record. But unluckily he was not able to achieve his target.

Malkit Singh throws a javelin at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

PAU notes
Experts dwell on honey production
Ludhiana, December 19
"In India, there are about 7.17 lakh honey-bee colonies. These colonies of Italian honey bee are producing 2,65,500-quintal honey with an average of over 37.06kg/colony/year. This was stated by scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Muktsar.

Athletics is in Harmilan’s blood
Ludhiana, December 19
Harmilan Kaur secured first position in the 600 metres race in the under-14 category of the state-level Punjab School Games. Although, it is not the first achievement for Harmilan Kaur, she was glad to wear another gold medal around her neck. A student of class VIII and just entered her teenage, Harmilan practices one hour in the morning and two hours in the evening everyday to make it big in the sports. Talking about her ultimate goal, she said, “To make a record in the Olympics or Asian Games is my aim. I am thriving hard to make a place in the Olympics at one point of time.”

Resident helps save calf
Ludhiana, December 19
A city resident saved the life of a calf that was stuck in a quagmire located on the Hambra-Ladhowal road. Inder Bhan, alias Kakka, a resident of Haibowal, said he saw the male calf stuck neck deep in a quagmire here this morning.





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