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Measurement of auctioned PUDA land put off
Ludhiana, November 28
The process of fresh measurement to identify the boundaries of the old Government Knitting Institute site near the local bus stand on Old G.T. Road in the city could not be completed and was put off to a later date after the district and revenue officials concerned were convinced by the civic administration to first thoroughly go through the relevant revenue records, made available by senior MC officials.
Mr B.K. Gupta, Assistant Commissioner, MC, Mr Kuldip Singh, Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, and Mr Ajoy Sharma, SDM, hold consultations over the measurement of land auctioned by PUDA Mr B.K. Gupta, Assistant Commissioner, MC, Mr Kuldip Singh, Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, and Mr Ajoy Sharma, SDM, hold consultations over the measurement of land auctioned by PUDA near the local bus stand in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

‘Religion fire and politics petrol shouldn’t be mixed’
Ludhiana, November 28
Mixing religion with politics is often criticised, but generally condoned in case of Sikh politics, in view of the principles of ‘Miri’ and ‘Piri’.


Govt team holds inspection in PTU colleges
Ludhiana, November 28
With a view to probe into the functioning and infrastructural facilities available with the colleges affiliated to Punjab Technical University, a team of the Punjab Government visited several local colleges here yesterday.

Cricket meets pop, students in a frenzy
Ludhiana, November 28
Cricketer Virender Sehwag and Punjabi singer-actor Harbhajan Mann set the city on fire today with their charms. They received wide adulation wherever they went. Sehwag took the excitement to a crescendo by announcing what everyone wanted to hear in the run-up to the World Cup.

Cricketer Virender Sehwag and singer Harbhajan Mann acknowledge the greetings of students at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Ludhiana, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Cricketer Virender Sehwag and singer Harbhajan Mann acknowledge the greetings of students at Kundan Vidya Mandir

Duplicate leaves Sehwag stumped
Ludhiana, November 28
It was a cherished moment for Jeewan Sharma, a Virender Sehwag look-alike, when he got a chance to meet his idol and share some moments with him during his visit to the city here today. A Tribune team met the original and look-alike duo in Sarabha Nagar market today when both came face to face for the first time.

Who is the original? Virender Sehwag (right) and his duplicate, Jeewan Sharma (left), share a happy moment in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Who is the original?

2 poor men end their lives
Ludhiana, November 28
Ravinder Singh, 25, an unemployed casual labourer under debt, reportedly, committed suicide in his New Shimla Puri house here yesterday when his wife was at her parents’ house in Lohara village with her eight-month-old baby.


BJP leader hails Bhattal’s acquittal
Ludhiana, November 28
In a dramatic political development, a senior BJP leader and former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Sat Pal Gosain, today hailed the acquittal of Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Agriculture Minister, Punjab, in a corruption case. He described the verdict as a victory for nationalist and patriotic persons, whom the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was trying to frame and involve in false cases.

Land-grab charge denied
Ludhiana, November 28
The alleged land grab case of Pakhowal village, where two villagers were alleged to have tried to occupy a piece of land forcefully, has taken a new turn with the accused claiming that they had not visited the spot and had not even demolished the wall of the house.

Bairagi Mandal flays SGPC chief
Ludhiana, November 28
The Bairagi Maha Mandal, Punjab, criticised the president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, for courting arrest during “jail bharo” agitation by the SAD. “Courting arrest by Mr Badungar against anti-corruption drive of the Congress government is an act of misconduct because he heads the SGPC.”

Govt condemned
Ludhiana, November 28
The local unit of the SAD, while thanking its rank and file for the impressive show yesterday, has condemned the state government for not arresting them and transporting hundreds of rounded up workers to far-off places in the district, causing a lot of hardship to the agitators.

A poet with a mission
Ludhiana, November 28
It is a common complaint that modern Punjabi poetry has become so obscure that readers cannot find meaning, but Swaran Singh Parwana’s poetry is clear like crystal water. His poetry gives the message of unity and urges people to serve humanity. He has been living for the last 32 years in Denmark but still has deep Indian roots.

All that glitters is not gold
udhiana is a city of contrasts — on one hand, every businessman complains of market recession and on the other, city roads are flooded with expensive luxury cars.

Tourism staff condemn Chief Minister’s statement
Ludhiana, November 28
The members of the Punjab Tourism Employees Union has condemned the statement of the Chief Minister wherein he has stated that the corporation was incurring losses of Rs 4 crore and the matter has been referred to the Disinvestment Board.

Special abhinandan samaroh on Jan 5
Ludhiana, November 28
The SS Jain Sabha, Ahmedgarh, is organising a special abhinandan samaroh in the honour of Tap Chakreshwari Mahasadhvi Shubhji Maharaj on January 5 next at Jain Sthanak, near Gandhi Chowk, according to Mr Sardari Lal Jain, president of the sabha.

One person injured
Ludhiana, November 28
One person sustained injuries after some students picked up a fight with a bus driver outside Arya College here today over a minor issue. At around 1.30 pm, some students boarded the bus and refused to buy the tickets from the conductor stating that they were allowed to travel free. The bus driver stopped the bus.


Two men killed in road mishaps
Machhiwara, November 28
In two road accidents near Machhiwara, two persons are reported to have lost their lives. Daljeet Singh of Behlolpur village was killed when his scooter collided with a moped near Shatabgarh. The police has impounded the moped, but its owner has absconded.


‘Hosiery exporters face marketing glitches’
Ludhiana, November 28
“Around 80 per cent of the entrepreneur exporters face marketing problem when they start their business. The main problems faced is selecting the appropriate market for exports. Some of the entrepreneurs have suffered huge losses due to selection of inappropriate markets multiplied by distribution problems and high cost of promotion.” 


Workshop on AEZ for basmati
Ludhiana, November 28
To ensure the success of proposed agricultural export zone (AEZ), suitable mills should be either identified or established for the processing of commodities like basmati, potato, wheat and honey in the respective zones. These mills along with the stores and silos for storage should be declared as market yards so that the farmers may bring their produce directly to these centres.


Art, craft exhibition in GNEC
Ludhiana, November 28
In an effort to hon the aesthetic talents of students of Guru Nanak Engineering College, the Photographic and Fine Arts Society has been making effort by holding exhibitions in art and craft on regular basis.

Youth festival at Sidhwan Kalan
Ludhiana, November 28
The Directorate of Youth Services, Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, organised a youth festival in Sidhwan Kalan here yesterday. Students from at least 24 schools participated in various competitions, including declamation, speech and slogan writing in the festival.


2 clerks remanded in police custody
Kharar, November 28
Two clerks, one under suspension, were today remanded to police custody till November 30 by a local court in a corruption and forgery case pertaining to the issuance of alleged fake arms licenses, many of which were issued to the suspected criminals of Amritsar district.


Ms World Punjaban contest nearing final stage
Ludhiana, November 28
With just two days to go for final round of Miss World Punjaban contest, excitement was quite palpable at the completion of final of the first round held at Magnet Resorts today. Seventeen beauties have been shortlisted for this title. 

Punjabi belles attired in traditional dresses during a round of the Miss World Punjaban-2002 contest in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
Punjabi belles attired in traditional dresses during a round of the Miss World Punjaban-2002 contest


AIDS among pregnant women on rise
Ludhiana, November 28
Over 7 per cent of AIDS patients are females in the child-bearing age group and if the same trend continues, this number is likely to increase in the near future. Dr Vineeta Munjal, Consultant Gynaecology and Obstetrics Services, Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital, gave this information based on a study done by her.

Asthma cases on rise in city
Ludhiana, November 28
Overall degradation in the environment, post-harvest season, dryness in the weather and suspended particles in the air have caused sudden spurt in the number of asthma patients. The doctors in the city confirm that with the onset of winters, the asthmatic patients are complaining of more attacks.


LDCA denies bungling in funds
Ludhiana, November 28
Mr Vinod Chitkara, general secretary, Ludhiana District Cricket Association, in a press note issued here today, denied any bungling in funds of the association as alleged by some employees and office-bearers of LDCA, in news reports recently.


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