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SAD gen secy Bhatia kidnapped, assaulted
Masked men leave him with shorn beard
Gurbax Bhatia
Ludhiana, November 16
Mr Gurbax Bhatia, general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal and a former secretary of the management committee of the Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar gurdwara, was, reportedly, kidnapped by four youths from outside the gurdwara early here today.

100 structures demolished in Kuliewal
Property dealers booked
Ludhiana, November 16
The district administration today demolished at least 100 ‘illegal’ constructions in Kuliewal village, where around 80 acres of government land had allegedly been encroached upon and sold by certain private persons during the last one decade.
A bulldozer demolishes an illegal construction in the New Puneet Nagar area in Ludhiana A bulldozer demolishes an illegal construction in the New Puneet Nagar area in Ludhiana
on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph


Demolition leaves residents shattered
Ludhiana, November 16
Despair and anger were writ large on the faces of residents of Puneet Nagar and Baba Jiwan Singh Nagar here today following the demolition of their constructions in some colonies of Kuliewal village.

BKU gives ultimatum to Punjab Government
Ludhiana, November 16
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) has threatened to launch a mass agitation in Punjab if the government failed to address the crucial issues concerning the farming community by November 27. A special meeting of the state executive would be convened here on November 28 to take stock of the situation and chalk out the modalities of the stir.


WB team shown MC-online
Ludhiana, November 16
The Municipal Corporation has become the first civic body in the state to have computerisation for calculating house tax, water tariff, cash collection, octroi, rents and lease and monitoring purchase, store counting, licensing and mail.
Mr Vikram K. Chand, team leader of the Economic Mission of the World Bank, and Mr Sarvesh Kaushal, Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, listen, while Mr S.K. Sharma, MC Commissioner, talks about computerisation in the Municipal Corporation, in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Vikram K. Chand, team leader of the Economic Mission of the World Bank, and Mr Sarvesh Kaushal, Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, listen, while Mr S.K. Sharma, MC Commissioner

Sarabha’s village to be model village
Ludhiana, November 16
Mr Lal Singh, Finance Minister, Punjab, has announced that Sarabha village, the native village of great martyr of freedom movement Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha would be developed as a model village in the state and sufficient funds for the completion of the work on the museum in the memory of Shaheed Sarabha would be released shortly.

Ahimsa yatra special train leaves for Ahmedabad
Ludhiana, November 16
The ahimsa yatra special train was jointly flagged off by Lala Lajpat Rai, MP, and Dr Harbans Lal, Forest Minister, and Minister In-Charge of Food and Civil Supplies, Punjab, from the local railway station amid great fanfare here this evening.

No ban on carrying kirpan on flights
Ludhiana, November 16
There is no ban on carrying of kirpan by Sikhs on planes on domestic flights. This has been stated by Mr R. K. Singh, Additional Commissioner of Security, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, Ministry of Civil Aviation, in a letter to Mr Tarlochan Singh, Vice-Chairman, National Commission for Minorities.

Seminar on Ghadar movement
Ludhiana, November 16
To celebrate the martyrdom day of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha and Ganesh Pingle, a seminar on the legacy of Ghadar movement and its relevance today was organised by the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Vichar Manch at Punjabi Bhavan this afternoon.Three documentaries that had captured the communal riots in Gujarat by Gaurav Raza were also shown on the occasion.

Talk on ‘making work as meditation’
Ludhiana,, November 16
The Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) is organising a lecture on November 16 on “Making work as meditation”, Mr Rajinder Gupta, president, and Mr V K Goyal, general secretary, LMA, said in a joint statement here.



A girl has a look at ornaments displayed at Swaran Sambandh, a jewellery exhibitionDiamonds dazzle Ludhianvis
Ludhiana, November 16
The glitter, the sparkle, the brilliance, the splendour of hundreds of finely-crafted pieces of diamond jewellery — rings, earrings, pendants, collar set — under one roof really were awe inspiring in their sheer volume and huge variety. The four-day Sawarn Sambandh exhibition started at Park Plaza yesterday. The exhibition is organised by Sercon India Private Limited, India’s largest business event management. company.

A girl has a look at ornaments displayed at Swaran Sambandh, a jewellery exhibition under way in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph



Furniture for all primary schools
Ludhiana, November 16
The district administration has decided to provide furniture to the students in all government primary schools in the district. The scheme would soon be implemented in 331 villages, where the annual income of the panchayat is more than Rs 50,000 and the schools would be provided with benches.

Seminar on corporate leadership
Ludhiana, November 16
Dr S.B. Singh, Head of Department-Mechanical Engineering, GNE College, Ludhiana was amidst the students at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, in a seminar on “corporate leadership” today. Dr S.B. Singh addressed the students of MBA-I and BBA-V. 

Students ‘not informed’ of change in syllabus
Ludhiana, November 16
Students of BBA (second year) have alleged that they were not informed about certain changes in their syllabus till last week. They said the information about the changed syllabus reached them only when one of their teachers sought a clarification from the university authorities. According to the students, of the seven subjects, only two remain unchanged.


Dept of Posts pulled up for deficient service
Ludhiana, November 16
The District Consumers Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Department of Posts to make payment of the balance of maturity amount of a recurring deposit (RD) account, interest for delayed payment and costs to the account holder.



Epileptic disorders and ways to check
Ludhiana, November 16
About 1 per cent of the total Indian population, i.e. an estimated 10 million Indians, suffer from epilepsy and about 50 million Indians would have experienced a seizure at some point of time in their life.

Residents get tips on epilepsy
Ludhiana, November 16
The Department of Neurology of Christian Medical College, here organised a function on the eve of National Epilepsy Day, which falls on November 17. Nearby 75 children from 12 schools of the city participated in a painting competition held on this occasion.


Neeraj Malhotra causes upset
Ludhiana, November 16
Neeraj Malhotra caused a flutter when he defeated former national star and state champion Achint Verma by two frames to one in snooker during the ongoing annual sports carnival being organised for the members and their dependants of Satluj Club here today.


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