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Financier owing over Rs 20 cr claims insolvency
Financial empire crumbles
Ludhiana, December 2
In a sensational case a city financier owing liabilities worth over Rs 20 crore has declared himself insolvent, leaving many people in lurch. The financier has been claiming that he has himself been duped by the people as he had further invested the money in the market which could not be recovered.

Canine distemper could have killed lions: experts
Ludhiana, December 2
Investigations into the death of some lions at Chatt Bir Zoo recently have narrowed down on the possibility of the spread of canine distemper disease or massive inbreeding among lions.

Servant’s death: murder case registered against employers
Ludhiana, December 2
The mysterious death of an 11-year-old domestic help at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here yesterday took a new turn with the Sarabha Nagar police registering a case of murder against his employers this morning.


UGC proposal evokes mixed response
Ludhiana, December 2
The recent proposal of the Union Grants Commission (UGC) to appoint college teachers on a contract basis has evoked a mixed response from local educationists. While college managements have favoured the proposal, teachers and principals have opposed it.

Liquor contractors ‘creating nuisance’
Ludhiana, December 2
District Youth Congress president, Mr Parminder Mehta today alleged that liquor contractors in the city were holding people to ransom. In a representation to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, Mr Mehta alleged that only yesterday some liquor contractors assisted by some goons barged into a marriage palace and tried to disrupt a party.

World Disabled Day today
Ludhiana, December 2
The recent directions issued by the district administration to all the district heads of different departments to ensure facilities to the disabled persons in their offices, though, have provided respite to the disabled persons, still a lot has to be done for providing them equal opportunities in society.

Surjeet Singh, a physically challenged boy, comes out after attending college in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Surjeet Singh, a physically challenged boy

City lecturer’s brush with glamour
Ludhiana, December 2
Ms Rashmi Gangwani has done the city proud by reaching the finals of Mrs India Contest held in Mumbai recently. Incidentally, she was the only participant from Ludhiana and from North Zone, a Delhi model, she led the zone whereas there were a total of 21 contestants from three other zones.


Training centre for rural artisans opened
Ludhiana, December 2
The first training centre of the state to facilitate and encourage the use of modern equipment by traditional artisans in the rural areas was inaugurated at Bet Sidhwan in the office of the BDPO office by Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, today.

Drug awareness campaign
Ludhiana, December 2
The state government, in collaboration with social, educational and sports associations, will launch a drug awareness campaign to motivate the youth to come to the playgrounds and channelise their energy for constructive purposes.

Contaminated water supply irks residents
Jagraon, December 2
Residents of Mohalla Soodan Jagraon have been forced to use contaminated drinking water for the past 10 months in spite of protests lodged with the Executive Officer and president of the Municipal Council. Leakage in the underground sewerage has led to the mixing of sewage with the drinking water, allege residents.

Seven baptised
Ludhiana, December 2
Seven teenagers, including three girls, were baptised at a function organised by the SN Jain Biradari, Rupa Mistri Street, here today. Samrat Shri Shiv Muni Jainji Maharaj and Shri Ratan Muniji gave ‘deeksha’ to them and made them ‘sadhus’ and ‘sadhvis’, according to Mr Vinod Jain.

Seven youths who were baptised at a function held in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Seven youths who were baptised



Thailand keen on forming rice cartel with India
Ludhiana, December 2
Thailand and Australia have sought formation of rice and wheat cartels with India in order to promote export of rice and wheat to various countries. Stating this in an exclusive interview, Mr S.S. Channy, Managing Director, Punjab Markfed, said Thailand was the biggest exporter of rice in the world and had requested India to have rice cartel. The Australian ambassador also had discussions on the subject for having wheat cartel with India, he added.

Tiny units’ ultimatum to govt
Ludhiana, December 2
The Federation of Tiny and Small Industries has given a month’s ultimatum to Capt Amarinder Singh to either solve its long pending problems or face an agitation. Mr Joginder Kumar, President of the federation, Mr R.C. Singla, President, Trade and Industry Forum and Daljeet Singh Sohanpur, Vice-President, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings told TNS here today that Punjab was considered the Mecca of small industries in India.

‘Upgrade bicycle research centre’
Ludhiana, December 2
The need to upgrade the technology at Bicycle and Parts Research and Development Centre was emphasised at the governing council meeting of the centre held here yesterday.



Cultural bonanza for students
Ludhiana, December 2
A cultural test, “Expressions — 2002” was organised yesterday at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana. The Chief Guest Mr S.K. Sharma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, was welcomed by Rev.
A dance being performed during Xpression-2002, a cultural festival, at Sacred Heart Senior School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
A dance being performed during Xpression-2002, a cultural festival

Students regale audience
Doraha, December 2
The annual day and prize distribution function of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, was held here yesterday. Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Minister for Transport, was the chief guest and Ms Narinder Kaur (Controller of Examinations, Punjab School Education Board) presided over the function.

PAU college convocation
Ludhiana, December 2
The 10th convocation of the College of Agriculture, PAU, will be held on December 5. Dr J.S. Katyal, Deputy Director-General (Education), ICAR, will be the chief guest. He will also address the convocation.


Jaspal Chugh appointed RO for Bar Council poll
Ludhiana, December 2
Activities for the annual elections of District Bar Association started today formally with the appointment of Advocate-Jaspal Singh Chugh as Returning Officer for conducting the free and fair elections, scheduled to be held on December 20.


Contest winners to promote Punjabi culture
Ludhiana, December 2
The winners of the Ms World Punjaban Contest spoke of their experiences before the media here this afternoon. Ms Ratti Brar, who was crowned Ms World Punjaban yesterday at the final round of the contest, said she felt exhilarated at winning the title. She said,” I had come from Patiala where I am doing masters in computers.


Regulations for punishing defaulting doctors
Ludhiana, December 2
No person other than a doctor having qualifications recognised by the Medical Council of India and registered with the MCI and the State Medical Councils is allowed to practice modern system of medicine or surgery. A person obtaining qualifications in any other system of medicine is not allowed to practice modern system of medicine in any form.


Annual sports meet
Ludhiana, December 2
The annual sports meet of Alpine International Senior Secondary School was held at Raja Gardens, Ferozepore road, here yesterday. Students of nursery section took part in more than 10 events.

Village sports fest concludes
Samrala, December 2
The 14th village sports festival at Shamspur village, 5 km from here, organised by the Youth Sports Club and gram panchayat, concluded here yesterday. The tournament was inaugurated by Sant Madan Dass.


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