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Admn to hold inquiry
Allotment of booths to riot victims
Ludhiana, December 10
The district administration has maintained that the allotment of booths and other sites to the '84 riot victims were strictly made in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the state government.

Rights panels oppose POTO

Ludhiana, December 10
Activists of the International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) and the Human Rights and Democracy Forum (HRDF) held a procession and staged a demonstration at the Mini Secretariat here today to protest against the promulgation of the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO).

Activists of the IHRO and the HRDF burn the effigy of POTO on International Human Rights Day in Ludhiana on Monday.
Activists of the IHRO and the HRDF burn the effigy of POTO on International Human Rights Day in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi




Exploitation of workers: YC threatens agitation
Ludhiana, December 10
The District Youth Congress (DYC) has expressed serious concern over increasing exploitation of workers in the private sector and has threatened to launch an agitation if the government fails to come to the rescue of the working class.

Admn, Army meticulous about marriage palaces
Ludhiana, December 10
Better late than never. The district administration and the local Army authorities seem to be taking the issue of marriage palaces too seriously to allow any laxity. Both have been maintaining a close liaison for some time to ensure that the court orders on the issue are not violated.

Substandard fertilisers may hit wheat crop
BKU plans to gherao minister
Ludhiana, December 10
The failure of samples of Oswal’s DAP fertiliser on a large-scale in the state, currently supplied by the Markfed through cooperative societies, has created fear among farmers about its adverse impact on the wheat crop. Officials of the Department of Agriculture and Markfed are reportedly trying to hush up the matter, but farmers’ bodies have decided to take up the matter at the state level.

December exams postponed till Jan
Ludhiana, December 10
While the Punjab Government seems unperturbed over the protest rallies being organised by teachers from aided and unaided colleges of the state, the joint action committee of the principals, members of college managements, teachers and non-teaching employees have decided to extend their strike till December 20 and further postpone the examinations till January.

SOS homes come to the rescue of orphaned kids
Ludhiana, December 10
SOS Homes care for abandoned and orphaned children all across the country. Many orphans have found warmth and security of real home at homes run by the SOS organisation. Many of its residents have received good education, got married, raised their families and come back to pay back their debts by working in SOS organisations.

Members of an SOS family with their mothers at one of the homes.

Members of an SOS family with their mothers at one of the homes.


Record participation in Lekhak Sabha poll
Ludhiana, December 10
The elections for 12 posts of the Kendri Lekhak Sabha were held last night at Punjabi Bhavan. This premier Punjabi literary organisation constitutes 93 literary organisations from the lower level. The Lekhak Sabha has a total strength of 2309 members and is the largest organisation of Punjabi writers.

‘It is humour that keeps us intact in jampacked Ludhiana’
UDHIANA is one of the greatest producers of noise. It is strictly local production for local consumption. No exports yet. If you so desire, you can record and play back in a sanctuary of silence for full effect. When one travels around the world, one comes across a good number of persons feeling homesick.

Dullo for clean admn in Punjab
Amloh, December 10
“The money sent by the Central Government for old-age pensions, scholarships to students, free travel concession to women above 60 years and similar other schemes are being diverted towards sangat darshan programmes by the state government.

Language policy of govt flayed
Ludhiana, December 10
Prominent Punjabi writer S. Tarsem criticised the Punjab Government’s languages policy. He was addressing a meeting of writers convened by the Sirjandhara and the Punjabi Sahit Sabhyacharak Manch, Punjab, in Punjabi Bhavan.

SSF resents failure to solve problems of youth
Ludhiana, December 10
The Sikh Students Federation (Mehta) would meet the Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and submit a memorandum to focus on the increasing problems of the youth and students. The demand for declaring Amritsar as a “holy city” would also be taken up with the government at the appropriate level.


14 bags of poppy husk seized
Ludhiana, December 10
The Jagraon police yesterday seized 14 bags of poppy husk weighing 315 kg and valued at Rs 1.40 lakh from a truck intercepted by a police party, according to a press release issued by the police today.

Woman alleges torture by in-laws
Doraha, December 10
A woman of Qila Raipur village in Ludhiana district has alleged physical and mental torture by her in-laws because “she failed to cater to their endless demands for dowry”. Pawandeep Kaur, wife of Jasjiwan Singh, complained that she was turned out of the house, and asked to spend the rest of her life at her parents’ house at Somal Kheri village. 

Car bazar dealer booked for fraud
Ludhiana, December 10
The Sarabha Nagar police has booked a car bazar dealer of Model Town for selling somebody's car and not making any payment to him.


Old garments as good as new
Ludhiana, December 10
High prices today do not leave much scope for buying new clothes for marriages or other festive occasions. But there is always a chance for a man with limited means to outfit himself in clothes, the likes of which are not found in India. These second-hand garments come from foreign countries and land in New Delhi from where they reach this city.

Fashion comes full circle
Ludhiana, December 10
The fashion always comes full circle as evidenced by the current trend in sarees, lehngas, salwar suits, parallel suits and miscellaneous dresses on display in the big showrooms and boutiques of the city. Most of the embroidery work popular in the 60s and even earlier is back with a vengeance.

The latest trends in fashion reveal heavy embroidery work in thread as well as coloured sequins.

The latest trends in fashion reveal heavy embroidery work in thread as well as coloured sequins.

Furniture showroom



Government teachers show resentment
Ludhiana, December 10
Resentment prevails among the unemployed ETT qualified youth against the alleged harassment by employees of the Chief Medical Office during the medical examination.

Denial of house tax exemption flayed
Ludhiana, December 10
The Recognised and Affiliated Schools Association (RASA) has condemned the local bodies for denial of house tax exemption to affiliated and recognised schools despite clear-cut instruction by the state government in this regard.


Forum penalises transport company
Ludhiana, December 10
In an ex-parte order, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed a local transport company, Delhi UP Madya Pradesh Transport Company, to pay Rs 14,800 on account of cost of goods not delivered to the Subhash Wool Centre, Mochpura Bazar.

Dhanda, Sikri join hands in Bar elections
Ludhiana, December 10
The election scenario of the District Bar Association took a dramatic turn on the last day of filing nomination papers, when opponents K.R. Sikri and Harish Rai Dhanda joined hands and stunned the lawyers’ community here.


Cultural fiesta tomorrow
Ludhiana, December 10
The Punjab Cultural Promotion Council would organise a cultural fiesta, “The heritage of Punjab” on December 12, in the Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Research Hospital, Sector 40, Urban Estate, Chandigarh Road , Ludhiana, in honour of NRIs and distinguished guests.


Silent stones removed from child’s kidney
Ludhiana, December 10
Children with silent stones in their kidneys (having no pain), if not treated at proper time, can face the most dangerous condition as the stones can cause kidney damage and in such a case except for kidney transplant, no other option remained viable for the patient.

Diabetes becoming common among Ludhianvis
Ludhiana, December 10
Around 30 to 40 per cent of the total patients suffer from diabetes in the city and the percentage is further expected to increase up to 45 in the next few years. Sedentary life-styles, food habits, side-effects of pesticides, genetic factor and viral infections to some extent are the major responsible factors of this increase.

New pacemaker a boon for heart patients
Ludhiana, December 10
A new technique has been evolved for the treatment of heart disease (cardiomyopathy). In this technique a special pacemaker is implanted. This stimulates heart by giving small currents at multiple sites so that the heart’s function and contraction improves. This is called Buiventricular pacemaker.


Farmtrac hockey cup from December 15
Ludhiana, December 10
Top hockey outfits of the country will be seen in action during the fifth All India Farmtrac Cup Hockey Tournament, to be organised by the Ramesh Chander Memorial Society for Sports at Burlton Park Stadium in Jalandhar from December 15

Sports festival concludes
Ludhiana, December 10
The Thapar Academy, Sansarpur, managed to get past Star Club, Jalandhar, 1-0 to win the hockey title in the 21st Captain Manjeet Singh Gill Memorial Tournament organised by the Gill Sports Club and Gram Panchayat that concluded at Dhamot village, near here, yesterday.


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