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Induction furnaces, re-rolling industry face crisis
Ludhiana, December 13
The steel induction furnaces in the city and the steel town of Mandi Gobindgarh are facing a major crisis. Three furnace units have already downed their shutters during last one month and many more are about to follow suit. 

PFA blamed for sambhar’s death
Ludhiana, December 13
A sambhar, spotted near Chander Nagar in the morning today, died due to alleged negligence on part of an official of the People For Animals (PFA).

Residents of Chander Nagar pull a rope tied around the neck of a sambhar that strayed into the locality; and (right) carcass of the animal outside a house, in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photos Pradeep Tewari


Tackling vehicular pollution
Ludhiana, December 13
The decision of the district administration to rejuvenate the local bus service in the city with the introduction of more buses is a welcome step, but the problem of vehicular pollution is not as simple as is being perceived by the authorities. It is a multi-dimensional problem which ought to be tackled in more than one ways with a strong will, feel the city residents.

City parts to go without power tomorrow
Ludhiana, December 13
A major part of the city will remain without power, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday due to urgent maintenance work. According to sources, the work is being carried out following a directive from PSEB authorities. As a part of the exercise, repair of old transformers, overhead transmission wires and other allied works will be carried out.

Beware of foreclosing your loan account
Ludhiana, December 13
Fore closing your loan account may not be a gainful proposition. Not at least with the ICICI Bank. Even if you want to deposit the balance amount of your loan in one go, the bank will charge you the total interest you are supposed to pay along with the installments.

Tangri not released despite bail orders
Ludhiana, December 13
Shiv Sena Rashtrawadi’s chief Jagdish Tangri could not be released from jail today despite the grant of bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court and issuance of release warrants by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ludhiana, since the cops had submitted production warrants for him in another case.

Food Expo begins today
Ludhiana, December 13
Food Expo 2k2 is being organised at Hotel Maharaj Regency from December 14. According to Mr Maninder Singh Sethi, organiser of the expo, “It is a pioneering specialised exposition designed to provide the entire food industry and its associates with lavish platform to showcase their achievements, products and expertise”.


Growing disillusionment among Cong workers
Ludhiana, December 13
There seems to be growing disillusionment among the Congress workers in Ludhiana. While on the one hand there are growing expectations among the workers after the formation of their “own government”, on the other hand they feel that the grassroot workers are yet to be convinced that it is really a Congress government.

Machhiwara BDPO ‘misusing’ samiti funds
Machhiwara, December 13
How far has the anti-corruption drive launched by the state government been successful, can be easily assessed by allegations levelled against the Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO), Machhiwara Mr Rana Partap Singh, for misappropriation of samiti funds.

Sikh leaders join SAD
Amloh, December 13
A new strategy will be evolved and declared at the political conference to be organised on December 16 on Shaheedi Zor Mela at Fatehgarh Sahib, said Capt Kanwaljeet Singh, General Secretary SAD and a former Minister while addressing the activists of the party in Anaj Mandi here yesterday. 

Ban religious conversions: Shankaracharya
Ludhiana, December 13
Puri Peethadheeshwar Jagdaguru Shankaracharya Swami Nishchalanand Saraswati, who arrived here yesterday afternoon, said while addressing a press conference in Aggar Nagar here that the dominance of foreign companies in the domestic market must be checked if the unity and integrity of the country were to be safeguarded.

Govt employees await release of DA
Ludhiana, December 13
Widespread resentment prevails among the government employees over failure of the state government to release installment of dearness allowance (DA) despite assurance by the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh.

PIL to rehabilitate ‘fit’ beggars
Chandigarh, December 13
In a public interest litigation (PIL) filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the state of Punjab, the Chief Minister and other respondents seeking directions to ensure the implementation of the Punjab Prevention of Beggary Act "in all its aspects with necessary changes, amendments and improvements in consonance with the current situation".

Traders donate 100 blankets for war widows
Ludhiana, December 13
Members of the Link Road Traders Welfare Association and the Ludhiana Scooter Parts Traders Association jointly organised a function near Campa Cola Chowk on Gill Road in which 100 blankets were presented to the Army authorities. These blankets would be presented to war widows at a function to be held at Una in Himachal Pradesh on December 14. 


Six booked for abducting minor
Ludhiana, December 13
The Jodhewal police has registered a case under Sections 363,366 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Mohinder Pal, a resident of Mangat Colony, against Amarjit Singh, his father Gurdev Singh and four others, all residents of Bal Singh Nagar.


Connect launches services in Mandi Gobindgarh
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 13
HFCL Infotel Ltd launched its basic telephony service here under the brand name Connect — experience new worlds’ which is in the continuous process of building wireline and wireless local loop (WLL) access networks in the major towns of the state and 20 towns across the state.

PSIEC to reconsider price of industrial plots
Ludhiana, December 13
The Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) has agreed in principle to reconsider the issues related to allotment of undeveloped land in Industrial Focal Point here in Phase VIII and revision in the rates of industrial plots from Rs 600 to Rs 1033 per sq yd.



PAU soil scientists to be honoured
Ludhiana, December 13
As many as three soil scientists of Punjab Agricultural University, Dr G.S. Bahl, Dr M.S. Aulakh and Dr A.C. Vig, have been honoured with the prestigious IMPHOS-FAI award instituted by the World Phosphate Institute (Morocco), in India.

Workshop on environmental studies
Ludhiana, December 13
To update teachers about latest changes by the CBSE, Kundan Vidya Mandir has been organising seminars and workshops on various subjects. The CBSE had recently introduced environmental studies at the junior level. To introduce teachers to the subject the Principal, Ms Neena Khanna, yesterday organised a seminar-cum-workshop on environmental studies in the school.


Parminder, Savitri to lead basketball teams
Ludhiana, December 13
Parminder Singh Sr. and Savitri Guleria have been selected to lead the Punjab men’s and women’s basketball teams, respectively, in the 32nd National Games slated to be held at Hyderabad from December 13 to 22, according to Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association.
Dr S. Subramanian, coach of Punjab basketball team, with the cagers at a camp in Ludhiana prior to their participation in the National Games. — A Tribune photograph
Dr S. Subramanian, coach of Punjab basketball team, with the cagers at a camp


SDM’s directive to civic body
Khanna, December 13
The SDM, Khanna, Mr Manvesh Singh Sidhu, has directed the Municipal Council executive officer to take necessary steps to remove encroachments in the area. The SDM, in an order sent to the MC executive officer, Mr Lachhman Singh Saini, has directed to remove encroachments by rehri owners in Guru Amar Dass market area.


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