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Selective demolitions by district administration?
Ludhiana, November 30
Even as the state government claims of acting tough on the encroachers in Kulliewal land scam there are instances that the demolitions undertaken on the land were selective and action taken against some ‘influential owners’ was stopped for reasons other than merit.
An agricultural field in New Puneet Nagar which was ploughed by the district administration during the An agricultural field in New Puneet Nagar which was ploughed by the district administration during the demolition drive but was left halfway. — IV

IG begins inquiry against DGP’s kin
Ludhiana, November 30
The Inspector-General of Police (Crime), Mr Chander Shekhar, today afternoon conducted an on-the-spot verification in the controversial case of alleged grabbing of 1.75-acre stretch of land at Barrewal and Awana villages, near here, by DSP (Samrala) Gurtej Singh Aulakh, son-in-law of the DGP, Punjab, Mr M.S. Bhullar.


4 m infected with HIV in India: report
Ludhiana, November 30
It is a well established fact that the scourge of AIDS is alarming the country. According to a report by UNAIDS, more than 4 million people in India are infected with HIV. At this time, $ 10 crore (about Rs 500 crore) of donation announced by Bill Gates to the Government of India for the prevention and control of AIDS, is indeed a respite.

AIDS awareness and counselling cell at CMC
Ludhiana, November 30
An AIDS awareness and counselling cell was inaugurated at the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here today by Mr Surinder Dawar, MLA. Dr Rajeev Kapoor, Deputy Medical Superintendent, said in a press note that Mr Dawar congratulated and appreciated the efforts put in by the hospital and assured full support for promoting AIDS awareness in the district.

Seminar on AIDS organised
Ludhiana, November 30
The NSS unit of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, organized a seminar on AIDS awareness here today. Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, chairman of the management committee of the college, inaugurated the seminar.

Youths beat up 5 of family
Ludhiana, November 30
A Model Town-based family was allegedly beaten up mercilessly by four drunken youths late last night. Parminder Singh along with his wife and three children, was returning home from a hotel when he saw four youths near the Durgi road, standing near a car on the road and blocking the way.


‘Let no rapist go scot-free’ 
Ludhiana, November 30
The debate over the issue of awarding death penalty to rapists has gathered momentum in the city. Most of the people feel that the current laws to deal with the crime are inadequate and there is an immediate need to formulate a legislation to deal with such cases more effectively.

Punjab staff demand  release of DA
Ludhiana, November 30
More than seven lakh employees of the Punjab Government, various boards and corporations are agitated over the inordinate delay in the release of DA installment, due from July this year. The Union Government, Chandigarh Administration and some other state governments had already released DA installments to their employees.

Services of Baba Jaswant lauded
Ludhiana, November 30
“It is not about making a patriotic statement, we actually feel passionately about being able to serve our homeland and make a potential contribution towards conceptual, infrastructure and technological improvisations in various spheres. There’s a lot that can be achieved with active role and participation of non-resident Indians, provided the government policies and laws are more flexible and favourable towards the noble cause being taken up.”

Cop apologises, claims youth
Ludhiana, November 30
An official of Sarabha Nagar Police Station today apologised to Tanvir Singh, a local youth, for allegedly beating him up here on Thursday evening. Speaking to the Tribune today, Tanvir Singh, a son of a doctor and resident of Rajguru Nagar, claimed that an official of the police station telephoned him this morning and apologised for his unreasonable behaviour.

Man crushed under train
Ludhiana, November 30
In yet another accident at the infamous ‘Khooni Pathak’ at Rajguru Nagar-Thrike village unmanned railway crossing, an unidentified man was runover by a train and killed today.

Martyr remembered
Jagraon, November 30
Death anniversary of Capt Bhag Singh Thind, a Freedom Fighter, was observed near Malak Road here. Captain Thind belonged to Malak village. He joined the Indian Army’s Sikh Regiment in 1939 and his regiment was deputed to Malaysia, where they were attacked by Japanese which ultimately resulted in the beginning of Second World War.


City resident beaten up by lawyer
Ludhiana, November 30
Mr Pawan Gupta, a resident of Aggar Nagar, was allegedly beaten up and kept in confinement at Gobindgarh on Thursday by a city-based lawyer and his accomplices when he had gone to the town to see his wife.



Awareness exercise for workers
Ludhiana, November 30
Vardhaman Spinning and General Mills Ltd and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) conducted an extensive awareness exercise for industrial workers to motivate and sensitise them about the opportunities of higher education available at the Vardhman workers colony here today.

Teachers get teaching tips
Ludhiana, November 30
“If you give a student reading skills early in his academic life, you can help the students to be self taught for the rest of his life,” said Mr John Mason, Headmaster, Doon School, Dehra Dun. He was the resource person of the seminar organised for the teachers of various schools in English language teaching today. The seminar was organised by the Oxford University Press.
Mr John Mason, Principal, Doon School, addresses teachers at a seminar organised by Oxford University Press
Mr John Mason, Principal, Doon School, addresses teachers at a seminar organised by Oxford University Press in Ludhiana on Saturday. — IV

Cultural extravaganza at GCW
Ludhiana, November 30
The Old Students’ Association of Government College for Women, Ludhiana, organised a cultural function. A fabulous show of dance and music was put up on the ongoing celebrations of diamond jubilee of the college. The association has planned a number of events and today’s event was second in line.

Students of the Government College for Women create a village scene at an exhibition on Punjabi culture in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
Students of the Government College for Women create a village scene

Management students organise cultural fete
Mandi Gobindgarh, November 30
Xclusive-Xpression, a cultural fete, which was organised in Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, culminated here today. The events included rangoli, debate, clay modelling, painting, face painting, fancy dress competition, skits, volleyball match and bhangra. Akshay, a student of MBA-1, entertained the audience with a song ‘khat tukde kar dena’ and a dance number by Pawan, Chetan and Yashma was lauded by the audience.

Panel discussion on communalism
Ludhiana, November 30
“Nationalism is becoming a weapon in the hands of the majority groups to capture power. Communalism has become a shield in the hands of the minorities to defend and safeguard their interests. The basic cause of religious communalism is not the religion-cultural differences but the intolerance amongst the people for each other’s religion.”
Dr Ravinder Kochhar, Principal, Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic College
Dr Ravinder Kochhar, Principal, Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic College, presents mementoes to participants during a panel discussion to celebrate communal harmony week, in Ludhiana.

Sahir Ludhianvi remembered
Ludhiana, November 30
There was dance, histrionics, drama, and different shades of music. One could witness explosion of talent of students of SCD, Government College yesterday in a cultural programme, Kahkashan. 

Students of Government College render a song at a cultural evening, Kahkashan, in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of Government College render a song at a cultural evening, Kahkashan


CJM deputes Duty Magistrates 
Ludhiana, November 30
The Chief Judicial Magistrate; Mr Arunvir Vashisht, has deputed Duty Magistrates at Khanna, Samrala, Jagraon and Ludhiana to do the duty work during December. Mr Balwinder Kumar, Judicial Magistrate (class 1) Ludhiana, will work as Duty Magistrate from December 1 to 4; Mr R.K. Sharma, Judicial Magistrate (class 1) from December 5 to 7, Mrs Anshul Berry, JMIC, from December 8 to 11, Mr D.P. Singh, JMIC, from December 12 to 15, Mr Sanjay Agnihotri, JMIC, from December 16 to 19 shall remain on duty.



IMA urged to clarify stance
Ludhiana, November 30
The National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA), has criticised the statement issued by the Punjab unit of the IMA to curb quackery. Questioning the IMA on this issue, Dr Satinder Kakar, former state president of NIMA said,” Leaving aside the integrated graduates, who governs the right to practise allopathic medicines for dental and veterinary graduates”.


Sahodaya schools skating meet
Ludhiana, November 30
Guru Nanak Public School, Model Town, and Guru Nanak International Public School, Sarabha Nagar, won overall trophy in the girls and boys sections, respectively, in the VIth Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Speed Roller Skating Meet which concluded on the GNP School campus here today.

Snooker titles for Dhruv, Dharminder
Ludhiana, November 30
Top seeded Dhruv Verma of Ludhiana remained unconquered in the league matches to win the title (junior section) of the Punjab State Snooker Championship which concluded at Sutlej Club here on Friday.


MC to get tough with dairy owners
Ludhiana, November 30
Under immense pressure from thousands of affected residents in various localities in the city, the Municipal Corporation has decided to get tough with the dairy owners. A team has been set up in Zone B to mount pressure on dairy owners to shift their business out of residential areas.


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