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Eighteen more booked in Kuliewal land scandal
Admn closing in on key players
Ludhiana, November 23
After booking some property dealers who had allegedly sold off government land in the infamous Kuliewal land scandal, the Basti Jodhewal police has booked another 18 persons, including some property dealers of the city, on same charges.
Sources in the administration said they were closing in on key players in the scandal. These included several influential persons close to politicians.

SHO’s involvement in land grab case
DC suspends cop, DIG asks him to stay
Ludhiana, November 23
A piquant situation has arisen here over the issue of suspension of SHO, Koomkalan, Dogar Ram by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, in the Bhupana landgrabbing case with the cop continuing in his official position even two days after his suspension was ordered.


KEEPING HIS CARDS CLOSE TO THE CHEST: Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, plays an exhibition match at the 44th Winter National Bridge Championship in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Bhupana land grab case
PHRC records statements of affected families
Bhupana (Ludhiana), November 23
A team of the Punjab Human Rights Commission today recorded the statements of the affected families in the Bhupana land grab case even as senior police officers visited Bhupana and re-examined the documents in possession of the 24 affected families that are said to clearly establish that they were the owners of the land and not lessees, as claimed by the village panchayat.

Residents seek DC’s intervention
Ludhiana, November 23
Members of the Gurdwara Shri Guru Singh Sabha and residents of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar are upset with police failure to identify, leave alone nabbing the four persons, who allegedly kidnapped and trimmed the beard of an ex-secretary of the Gurdwara management committee early morning on November 16.


Where should the beggars go?
Ludhiana, November 23
For a common man begging may appear to be the growing menace. But where should all these beggars go? That question is being raised by the People for Peoples Society, a non-government organisation working for the uplift of the poor and downtrodden, particularly the beggars.

35-km rail track by 2003-end
Ludhiana, November 23
Preliminary work on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh rail link was on and 35 km of rail track would be in place by the end of next year. This was revealed by Mr R.K. Singh, General Manager, Northern Railways, in a chat with newsman here this afternoon.

Tragedy averted
Ludhiana, November 23
It was a providential escape for residents of Sarabha Nagar, shopkeepers on the Malhar road and three persons travelling in a truck, when the vehicle loaded with filled gas cylinders turned turtle after losing balance due to the breaking down of its axle.

The truck that overturned at the Malhar road, Ludhiana, on Saturday. — IV

The truck that overturned at the Malhar road, Ludhiana, on Saturday

Tourism staff join issue with CM
Ludhiana, November 23
The Punjab Tourism Employees Union has taken strong exception to the remarks made by the Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, on the disinvestment of Punjab Tourism Development Corporation.

Campaign against privatisation intensified
Ludhiana, November 23
As part of the nationwide signature campaign on the health of banking industry, the local unit of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation has collected over 2 lakh signatures from city residents.

Seminar on quality systems
Ludhiana, November 23
The Ludhiana Management Association will organise a one-day workshop on “Quality systems” on November 26. This was stated by Mr Mahesh Munjal, vice-president, and Mr V.K Goyal, general secretary, LMA, here today.

Annual function of Pir Baba
Ludhiana, November 23
On the second day of the Sixth Annual Lakh Data Lalan Pir and Baba Balaknath Ji Fair being celebrated at Dera Pir Nigahan, Chawni Mohalla, several artistes sang devotional songs.



India, S. Africa to ink free-trade pact
Ludhiana, November 23
India and South Africa will sign a free-trade agreement soon. This was stated by Ms M.E. Nkoana Mashabane, South African High Commissioner, at an interactive meeting with industry representatives from Punjab organised by the PHDCCI here today.



KVM team wins declamation contest
Ludhiana, November 23
“India is not crumbling under modernisation and modernisation is not westernisation as commonly believed,” thundered a passionate voice of a young participant in the 22nd Inter-School Reena Simmi Memorial Declamation Contest held in KVM today. The young speakers were well prepared and spoke with great conviction.

Two PAU scientists selected
Ludhiana, November 23
The PAU scientists, Dr K.S. Dhillon, Senior Radiation Soil Chemist, and Dr B.D. Sharma, Senior Soil Scientist, have been selected as Fellows of the National Academy of Agricultural Scientists in recognition of their research work in soil science.

Orientation week ends
Ludhiana, November 23
The ‘orientation programme towards corporate environment’ that commenced at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, on November 9, 2002, concluded here yesterday.

PU Zonal Youth Fest results
Ludhiana, November 23
The third day of the Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival here was marked by the presentation of various items related to instrumental music, orchestra, Indian classical music, ghazal, folk songs, giddha and creative writing at Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women , Kamalpura.

Chetna yatra for social cause
Ludhiana, November 23
“We should allow the girls to study, treat women as equals, not encourage child marriages were the messages conveyed to the school children of DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, through a play titled “Ishwar Kya Hai” based on the teachings of Swami Dayanand.

Students of DAV Public School carry banners during the “Jan chetna yatra”, taken out by them on Saturday in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Students of DAV Public School carry banners during the "Jan chetna yatra", taken out by them on Saturday in Ludhiana


‘Akh da Ishara’ released
Ludhiana, November 23
“Akh da Ishara”, the maiden cassette of Rimpi, was released by Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal, Chairperson of Prof Mohan Singh Foundation, at Basant Resorts here today. The cassette has brought out under the banner of T Series.

Chacha Raunki Ram sings at Dera Peer during the sixth annual Lakhdata Lalan Wale Pir celebrations in Ludhiana on Saturday. — IV

Chacha Raunki Ram sings at Dera Peer during the sixth annual Lakhdata Lalan Wale Pir celebrations in Ludhiana


Dr L.H. Lobo memorial oration at CMC
Ludhiana, November 23
The 20th Dr L.H. Lobo memorial oration and a symposium on total knee replacement with a lot of free interaction with experts was organised by the Department of Orthopaedics Surgery, Christian Medical College and Hospital, in association with Dr L.H. Lobo memorial trust here today.

Prof O.N. Nagi from the PGI, Chandigarh, inaugurates the 20th Dr L.M. Lobo Memorial symposium at the CMC in Ludhiana on Saturday. — IV
Prof O.N. Nagi from the PGI, Chandigarh, inaugurates the 20th Dr L.M. Lobo Memorial symposium at the CMC in Ludhiana

Child healthcare week concludes
Ludhiana, November 23
The district branch of the Indian Academy of Peadiatrics celebrated ‘child health care week’ from November 14 to 21 here. During the celebrations, various lectures and other activities were organised at different places.


National Bridge Championship begins
Ludhiana, November 23
More than 1200 participants from all over the country are taking part in the 44th Winter National Bridge Championship which began at the Sutlej Club here today. The competition during this championship, which will continue till December 3, will be held accordance with international standards and bidding boxes and screen tables will be used from pre-quarter finals onwards.

Snooker tourney
Ludhiana, November 23
As many as 100 participants in the junior as well senior section are expected to take part in the Punjab State Snooker Tournament slated to be held at Sutlej Club here from November 26 to 29, according to Mr Achint Verma, secretary, Punjab Billiards and Snooker Association.

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