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WTC iron making new homes
Mandi Gobindgarh, November 18
Setting aside all superstitions, the furnace owners of this “Tata Nagar of Punjab,” who had bought the scrap of the World Trade Centre (WTC) after the September 11 attacks, have melted the scrap and sold it to the iron dealers. The remoulded iron has already made its way into thousands of homes across the region.

200 CPM workers court arrest, released
Ludhiana, November 18
Nearly 200 workers of the CPM courted arrest at Mini Secretariat today to mark the beginning of the jail bharo agitation launched by the party in the state against the lopsided policies of the Congress government and for fulfilment of the genuine demands of people.
Activists of the CPM court arrest inside Mini Secretariat in Ludhiana Activists of the CPM court arrest inside Mini Secretariat in Ludhiana on Monday. — IV


Crackdown on beggars
Ludhiana, November 18
In a massive crackdown on the ever-increasing menace of beggars in the city, the city police has arrested around 75 beggars from different parts of the city. This follows the arrest of around 50 beggars arrested under the Prevention of Begging Act, 1971.

Nagar kirtan marks Gurpurb celebrations
Ludhiana, November 18
Several nagar kirtan and parbhat pheris were taken out with religious fervour in different parts of the city yesterday in connection with the celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev’s birthday.

SATNAM WAHEGURU: Little devotees of Love Dale School recite Satnam Waheguru on the eve of Guru Nanak Dev’s birthday celebrations at Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Spiritual tourism to be encouraged: Vinod Khanna
Ludhiana, November 18
“We are going to concentrate on spiritual tourism to bring tourists to India,” said Mr Vinod Khanna, Union Minister for Tourism and Culture. Mr Vinod Khanna was in the city as a chief guest for the play “Bajat Anahad Naad”, presented by the Osho Friends Club.

Marriage party shown the door
Ludhiana, November 18
Refusing to succumb to the pressure of the family of the bridegroom and putting aside fear of social backlash, parents of the bride turned away the ‘baraat’ at Kumra Palace yesterday to oppose the exorbitant demands of dowry being made by the bridegroom’s family.


Demolitions illegal: BJP
Ludhiana, November 18
The local unit of the BJP yesterday came out in support of people whose houses were demolished by the district administration yesterday. It claimed that the demolitions were illegal as the previous government had already passed an order in this regard. It also criticised the arrest of a lecturer of the local Arya College saying he could not be arrested as he was on leave without pay.

Congress convention a damp squib
Ludhiana, November 18
The much-talked-about Congress workers’ convention here today proved to be a damp squib as most of the workers failed to turn up at the venue. The organisers of the convention said the workers were held up in the outskirts of the city as receptions were organised in the honour of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president at different places.
Empty chairs at the Congress convention in Ludhiana on Monday. IV
Empty chairs at the Congress convention in Ludhiana on Monday

INTUC flays Kelkar recommendations
Ludhiana, November 18
The National Organisation of Government Employees and the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) have criticised the recommendations of Dr Vijay Kelkar, Chairman, Task Force and Adviser, Finance Minister, for abolishing all exemptions under the Income Tax Act for dividends, bank interest and interest on National Saving Certificates.


Trader drugged, robbed
Ludhiana, November 18
A city trader was drugged and robbed of cash and jewellery by two car-borne youths near Mandi Gobindgarh when he was on way to the city from Delhi late last evening.

Body found
Khanna, November 18
The body of an unidentified youth was found on the GT road, near Libra village, 4km from here on Monday. According to the police, the Sikh youth, about 30 years old, was apparently hit by a vehicle.


Dhanda promises to raise engineering exports
Ludhiana, November 18
The newly elected chairman of the Engineering Export Promotion Council of India, Mr Satish Dhanda, has said he will ensure that the engineering exports of the country go up by initiating various export-friendly measures.

Rationalise IT, pleads chamber
Ludhiana, November 18
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) has made a fervent plea for slashing the maximum rate of income tax to a reasonable level of 20 per cent, which will bring in more assessees and a substantial increase in revenue.


Buffalo swallows spoon, operated upon
Ludhiana, November 18
A team of veterinary surgeons of Punjab Agricultural University have removed a spoon from the chest of a buffalo after performing a surgery for 45 minutes. The surgeons namely Dr N.S. Saini, Dr Arun Anand, Dr S.K. Mahajan and Dr Mandeep Chowdhary removed the spoon after operating through ribs and sternum bones.


Minister denounces corporal punishment
Ludhiana, November 18
A free check-up and concessional surgery camp was inaugurated by the Education Minister, Mr Khushal Bahl, at Dewan Hospital, Sangat Road, Civil Lines here yesterday. After the inauguration of the camp, school and college students spoke eloquently on burning issues of the day.

Impressive show by schoolchildren
Ludhiana, November 18
New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, held the school’s prize distribution function-cum-cultural programme here on Sunday. Mr S.K. Sharma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, was the chief guest. Mr Sunil Maria, president, school managing committee, presided over the function. 
Students of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Public School present cultural programme
Students of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Public School present cultural programme at the 16th annual day celebrations on Monday.— A Tribune photograph



Free epilepsy camp held at DMCH
Ludhiana, November 18
To mark World Epilepsy Day, the Neurology Department of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital organised a free epilepsy camp at the Neurology OPD in the Medical OPD Complex today.


Triple crown for Pranav
Ludhiana, November 18
Pranav Chopra hogged the limelight by winning three titles in badminton in the four-day annual sports carnival organised for members and their dependents of the Sutlej Club, which concluded here yesterday. Nearly 500 participants took part in the carnival during which competitions in squash, badminton, lawn tennis and snooker.


MC drive to check dengue outbreak
Ludhiana, November 18
The Municipal Corporation has launched a massive drive to check dengue fever in view of the fact that the prevailing weather conditions were conducive to the breeding of mosquitoes that carried the causative organism of the deadly viral disease.


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