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SGPC poll ‘undemocratic’
Ludhiana, October 25
Declaring the SGPC presidential poll for the SGPC to be held on November 12, 2002, as undemocratic and against the natural law of Justice, the national president of the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation (SSF), Dr P.S. Ranu condemned the actions and statements made by the different factions of the Akali leadership.

Land fraud unearthed
Ludhiana, October 25
After three months of announcing that action would be taken against land-grabbers, the Ludhiana district administration has unearthed a land scam under which a piece of prime land was grabbed by a private person allegedly in connivance with municipal corporation officials.

FAITH AND FINERY FAITH AND FINERY: Dressed in their best, married women perform evening puja on the occasion of Karva Chauth in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari 


Durga JasrajDurga to promote classical music
Ludhiana, October 25
Durga Jasraj, daughter of renowned classical singer Pandit Jasraj feels that Indians still like the classical form of singing but it is because of lack of media support that this traditional form of singing is vanishing from the country. Durga Jasraj was accompanying her father, Pandit Jasraj, who had come to the city to give a performance.

Strange ways of education board!
Ludhiana, October 25
It looks like a typical comedy of errors enacted by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). And the unfortunate victim is a matriculate student, who was asked to reappear for one of the papers despite his possessing the marksheet of the board duly certifying his success in all the subjects.

4 hurt in roof collapse
Ludhiana, October 25
At least four migrants were injured in the wee hours today after a part of the roof they were sleeping under collapsed in the Lakkar Bazar area here. According to one of the injured, five of them were sleeping in the rented accommodation when the roof came crashing down.
Three of the four persons, who were injured in a roof collapse, recuperate at Civil Hospital

Three of the four persons, who were injured in a roof collapse, recuperate at Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Friday.— A Tribune photograph


YC men burn Togadia’s effigy
Ludhiana, October 25
Activists of the youth Congress led by the senior vice president of the Pradesh Youth Congress, Mr Pawan Dewan and the District Congress Committee, president, Mr K K Bawa today burnt the effigy of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad general secretary, Mr Praveen Togadia, for his alleged derogatory remarks against the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi.

A cold drink with ‘telling’ effects
Ludhiana, October 25
Contrary to refreshing and soothing, what it promises to do, a bottle of ‘Sprite’, a popular brand of cold drink, proved to be a shocking and frustrating experience for Mr T.S. Sood, a lawyer of the city.

Public fairs, mandis in rural areas
Ludhiana, October 25
To provide proper facilities for direct marketing of the products of rural small scale units and vegetables, the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat has decided to hold public fairs-cum-apni mandis at the rural focal points at regular intervals.

Defacement of property continues unabated
Ludhiana, October 25
Notwithstanding the stern warnings issued by the district administration to discourage the defacement of public property here, the practice continues unabated by various political parties and public. Not only private and government buildings, even statues of martyrs have not been spared by overzealous advertisers who have made it a point to fix posters in every nook and corner of the city.

Motor cycles more popular in South
Ludhiana, October 25
Contrary to the popular belief that Punjabi males like to portray a macho image, motor cycle sales are much higher in South India, with Punjab biting into only a fraction of motor cycle sales in the country.

Jagannath Rath yatra route
Ludhiana, October 25
The ISKCON- sponsored Bhagwan Jagannath Rath yatra will start tomorrow afternoon at around 2 from the Durga Mata Mandir near the Jagraon bridge. The yatra will not, however, pass by the Clock Tower this time owing to the ongoing elevated road project.



BSNL mobile services from tomorrow
Ludhiana, October 25
The much awaited mobile services of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will be launched in Ludhiana on October 27 by the Chairman-cum- Managing Director of the BSNL, Mr Prithipal Singh. Although no official information is available about the tariff, it Is learnt that it will be more or less the same as announced by the BSNL on October 19 at the launch of the nationwide services.

Beopar mandal’s plea against  VAT implementation
Ludhiana, October 25
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM) has cautioned the state government against hasty implementation of ‘value added tax’ (VAT) from April 1, 2003 before a national consensus is arrived at and all pros and cons were evaluated and remedial measures planned in advance.

SSI problems discussed
Ludhiana, October 25
A meeting of the Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India and its affiliated associations was held here under the chairmanship of Mr Joginder Kumar to take stock of problems confronting the small scale sector particularly in the state of Punjab such as power tariff, Exim form, entry tax, sales tax exemption, sales tax number, verification of investment incentives and interest subsidy cases etc.

Vardhman’s Divali mela tomorrow
Ludhiana, October 25
Vardhman Group will organise a Divali mela for its employees and their families here on October 27. This is for the first time that such a function is being organized in the workers’ colony of the company. The management feels that the function will rejuvenate the members of Vardhman Group and their families.



World Forestry Day celebrated
Ludhiana, October 25
The Department of Forests in coordination with Department of Education celebrated World Forestry Day 2002 at Government High School Kheri-Jhameri here to create awareness in the minds of school children, teachers and public in general. Dr Rajinder Pal Singh Aulakh, Agriculture Officer, Ludhiana, was the chief guest.

Age for refresher courses relaxed
Ludhiana October 25
The relaxation for doing refresher courses shall be extended up to 31, 2004 as per UGC letter dated October 17, 2002. This assurance was given by Mr N.S. Rattan, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Punjab to a delegation of Punjab, GCTA, (Govt College Teachers’ Association) invited by him for talks on teachers’ demands. 


Special Lok Adalat on Nov 9
Ludhiana, October 25
A special Lok Adalat and eye camp will be organised on the eve of ‘Legal Services Day’ on November 9. This was stated here yesterday by Mr V.B. Handa, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman, Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana.


Nature through camera’s eye
Ludhiana, October 25
An exhibition of photographs of two very sensitive photographers, T.P.S. Sandhu and Ranjodh Singh began on at the Satluj Club here today. The exhibition will be on till October 27.

Visitors go around an exhibition of photographs of T.P.S Sandhu and Ranjodh Singh inaugurated at the Satluj Club on Friday. — IV
Visitors go around an exhibition of photographs of T.P.S Sandhu and Ranjodh Singh inaugurated at the Satluj Club


Protest rally by health workers
Ludhiana, October 25
Class IV Government Employees and Workers’ Union, Ludhiana, has decided to organise a protest rally against the state government’s anti-employee policies, on October 29.


Annual athletic meet concludes
Doraha, October 25
The annual athletic meet of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, organised at the Guru Nanak Stadium , concluded here yesterday. The meet was inaugurated by Dr Gursaran Sidhu, of Sidhu Hospital while the guests of honour were Dr Ishwar Singh and Mr Tarlok Singh Jaggi, president and secretary of the school management committee.


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