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Cong men try to disrupt CM’s sangat darshan
Ludhiana, November 6
A number of Congress workers were arrested today by the police when they tried to force their way to Mullanpur, where the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, was presiding over a special sangat darshan programme of the Dhaka assembly segment. 
The Chairman of the IYC (Urban Development Cell), Mr Pawan Dewan, tries to move past policemen.
The Chairman of the IYC (Urban Development Cell), Mr Pawan Dewan, tries to move past policemen. 
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Beopar Mandal alleges harassment
Ludhiana, November 6
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal has lodged a strong protest against uncalled for and avoidable harassment of the traders and industrialists by officials of the Sales Tax Department and Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).

Ethiopian national found dead in hotel room
Ludhiana, November 6
Mystery shrouds the death of an Ethiopian national, who was on a visit to the city industries as a member of an African delegation. His body was found in a room in Maharaja Regency Hotel here today morning.





Marriage palaces: report submitted to HC
Ludhiana, November 6
The Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr N.K. Arora, has submitted his inquiry report on construction and demolition of marriage palaces on the Ferozepore road, along the field ammunition depot of the Army near Badowal, to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Jain’s bail bond cancelled
Ludhiana, November 6
The Additional Sessions Judge today cancelled the bail bond of Anil Jain, facing trial for the murder of his brother Sunil Jain and ordered the accused to be summoned through warrants of arrest for December 4, the next date of hearing.
Earlier, Mr Jaswinder Singh, counsel for the accused, moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance for his client, as he was pursuing his bail matter in Delhi.

Dark Divali awaits Panchayat staff
Ludhiana, November 6
Employees of the Panchayat Samitis here are fearing that they may have to celebrate Divali without any money in their pockets as the state government has not released the salary of these employees for the past two months. The salary has been delayed as the Finance Department has reportedly not released grant for the purpose.

Like previous years, city residents will spend crores on firecrackers on this Divali, too, wasting money unnecessarily besides creating noise and air pollution. While some schools and NGOs in Delhi, Chandigarh and other cities have launched campaigns for noiseless and pollution-free Divali celebrations, no such effort has been made in the city so far.
  • Fancy dress shows
  • Apni mandis
  • Coin business
  • Overzealous officer
  • ‘Flying’ on the roads


Divali revellers, beware...
Ludhiana, November 6
With the festival of Divali round the corner, people, especially children, have started purchasing a variety of crackers to celebrate the festival, unaware of the fact that the fire-works can cause many lifelong injuries.
Ludhiana Tribune spoke to a number of doctors to know the repercussions caused due to bursting of crackers in a careless manner.

What’s the truth about BT cotton
Ludhiana, November 6
The Punjab Government has failed to order an inquiry into the illegal sowing of BT cotton, that is , genetically modified cotton which is claimed to be resistant to bollworm, in the state. The Union Government has already asked the Gujarat Government to burn the BT cotton, illegally sown over 11,000 acre as it has not been cleared for commercial purposes.

Ice-cream vendor murdered
Ludhiana, November 6
No clue has been found as to the identity of four persons, who allegedly stabbed an ice-cream vendor to death in Issanagar colony of the city late last night. The Division No. 2 police launched the investigation last night only, but no headway has been made in the case till today evening.

Corruption charges against Telecom Dept
Ludhiana, November 6
The National Sulabh, a non-profitable voluntary social organisation from Sri Ganganagar, levelled corruption charges against the Telecom Department, Ludhiana, alleging that five out of the six tenders for the maintenance of the Ludhiana Secondary Service Area (SSA) were rejected on the basis of “minor errors” found in the technical bid by officials without opening the financial bid. 

Construction of overbridge begins
Khanna, November 6
The construction of an overbridge on the level crossing on Khanna-Samrala road has been started. Gammu India Private Limited, the company which has started the work, has closed the road for heavy traffic on the GT Road and Samrala Road crossing and on the other hand near Arti Industries. 


‘Use computers for agri statistics’
Ludhiana, November 6
The 13th National Conference of Agricultural Research Statisticians with a significant theme of “Research in Agricultural Statistics and Computer Applications — Status and Challenges Ahead” started at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today.
As many as 250 scientists, statisticians, researchers, technologists, economists and planners from all over the country are participating in the conference.
Vice-Chancellor of PAU
The Vice-Chancellor of PAU, Dr K.S. Aulakh, inaugurates a conference of agricultural research scientists in Ludhiana on Tuesday. 
— Photo Inderjeet Verma


Scientists attend media workshop
Ludhiana, November 6
“The modern communication technology consisting of computers, Internet, satellites etc cannot replace but supplement the traditional media for the popularisation of schemes and technologies among the masses in India.”
These were the views of Dr K.S. Sekhon, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), while inaugurating an advanced state-level training workshop on ‘Enhancing science coverage in mass media’.

Election scene hots up at PAU
Ludhiana, November 6
The campaign for elections to the Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union reached its peak today, when both the contesting parties including Maur-Amrit team and Deol team held rallies in front of the Thapar Hall and Veterinary College, PAU, respectively here today.
Thousands of employees came to attend the rallies in groups shouting slogans in favour of their parties.

Declamation contest
Ludhiana, November 6
An inter-school Vedic declamation contest was organised at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, here today. Nearly 25 students from 13 schools participated in the contest. Topics in English included ‘Role of Arya Samaj in the field of women education’, and ‘Women stepping ahead of men’. Topics for Hindi speakers were ‘Nar se badhkar nari’, ‘Vedon mein nari ka sthan’, ‘Nari shiksha ke keshetra mein Arya Samaj ka yogdaan’, ‘Ved shikshit nari’ and Shanti ka punj — Ved shikshit nari’.

36 govt model schools to be set up
Ludhiana, November 6
In an effort to boost educational facilities in the state, the State Education Department has decided to set up as many as 36 model schools in the district by the next session. While Ludhiana is the first district to acquire the project, other districts are likely to follow the pattern.


Improvement Trust’s plea rejected
Ludhiana, November 6
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Improvement Trust, Ludhiana, to deliver the possession of Plot No 722-F to Mr Baljinder Singh, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, and to execute its sale deed within 15 days of the receipt of the order. The forum has also directed the trust to pay Rs 500 as cost of litigation to the complainant.


Wadalis enthral audience
Ludhiana, November 6
It was a journey of ecstasy that took the audience along in the auditorium of GRD where Puran Chand Wadali and his brother Pyare Lal Wadali, popularly known brothers, performed for about two hours. They had come to perform under the on -going series of performing arts by famous artistes arranged by SPIC MACAY. The society aims to promote Indian classical music, art, and culture among the youth.


Health Dept staff hold rally
Ludhiana, November 6
The Punjab Health Department Employees’ Action Committee staged a dharna and protest rally at the Civil Surgeon office, here today, to protest against the “callous” attitude of the state government towards them.
Mr Sukhwinder Singh, district coordinator of the action committee who led the protest rally said the government was not implementing the long-pending demands of the employees. 

Members of the Punjab Health Department Employees Action Committee hold a rally in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

DMC claim challenged
Ludhiana, November 6
Doctors at Arora Neuro Centre have challenged the claims by the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital that micro neurosurgeries were being performed only at DMCH and said the centre had been doing the same for over the past five years.


Ek Prayaas’ efforts bear fruit
Ludhiana, November 6
Students of Ek Prayaas, an institute run by ‘Social Action Group’ excelled at the fourth Punjab State Special Olympics for mentally-challenged children held on November 2 and November 3 at PAP Stadium, Jalandhar. According to a press note of the school, the students bagged 33 medals including three gold, five silver, seven bronze and 18 consolation medals.

  • Sports festival concludes


Quality control irks MC contractors
Ludhiana, November 6
The deadlock between contractors and civic administration continues here with no immediate signs of compromise even after a series of meetings between the representatives of contractors and senior MC officials, including the newly appointed Commissioner, Mr R.L. Kalsia, during the past few days.


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