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Villagers go wild at forest-land acquisition
Injure three guards after man’s death
Gaur Sianh Khan Mohammad (Ludhiana), December 14
The attempt of the Divisional Forest Department to acquire hundreds of acres along the Sutlej from some farmers took a violent turn late yesterday when at least three forest guards were attacked and injured at Kot Umra village.

Buffalo in court!
Ludhiana, December 14
A rather unusual scene was witnessed at the District Courts today when a buffalo was produced before the judge on the request of defence counsel, in a theft case.
This happens only in India This happens only in India: Amanveer Singh, owner of a buffalo, goes to produce his buffalo in the district court for recording evidence, in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph


Tangri remanded in police custody
Ludhiana, December 14
Mr Jagdish Tangri, accused of supplying arms which were allegedly used in Godhra riots, was remanded in police custody for one day by a court here today. Angry supporters of Mr Tangri raised slogans outside the court. The police used force to stop them and also arrested one person.

Police personnel use force to disperse supporters of Jagdish Tangri, who were protesting against the registration of a new case against him. — IV
Police personnel use force to disperse supporters of Jagdish Tangri

Regulatory authority for private hospitals soon: minister
Ludhiana, December 14
The Punjab Government will soon be constituting a regulatory authority for monitoring the functioning of private hospitals and nursing homes in the state. This was disclosed here today by the Health Minister, Mr R.C. Dogra, while talking to reporters after inaugurating the Food Expo-2002. He said it was high time that such an authority was set up to monitor the functioning of private hospitals and nursing homes.

Democratic rights’ body rejects PHRC probe
Ludhiana, December 14
The Punjab Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into the alleged police high-handedness on DMCH employees suffered a big setback today when the Association for Democratic Rights, Punjab, decided to boycott the inquiry being conducted by a DSP on the plea that it did not expect any justice from an inquiry conducted by the police against the police.

Management and employees of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital hold a meeting in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Management and employees of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital hold a meeting


FCI management asked to end discrimination
Ludhiana, December 14
The All India FCI Mazdoor Federation, Punjab, has urged the management of Food Corporation of India (FCI) to bring about uniformity in employing labour at its depots and put an end to discrimination. In a high-level meeting with the officials of Punjab region office of the FCI, the federation representatives also discussed pending demands of ‘palledars’.

Residents demand free water supply
Ludhiana, December 14
Activists of the Ludhiana Sewa Sangh, led by its president, Mr Suresh Gupta, held a demonstration against the Congress government for what they termed as backing out from the poll promise of providing free water supply and sewerage facility to the urban people in Punjab.

BKU seeks compensation for killed UP farmers
Ludhiana, December 14
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), while criticising the killing of sugarcane growers in Uttar Pradesh, who were agitating to press their demand for remunerative price of the produce, has called upon the government to grant adequate compensation to the families of the victims and to take stern action against the erring police officers.

Ex-servicemen’s rally to mark Vijay Divas
Ludhiana, December 14
A state-level rally of ex-servicemen would be organised here on December 16 to observe Vijay Divas which marks the 31st anniversary of victory of Indian Armed forces on Pakistan. Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Punjab Minister for Transport, and many other dignitaries will pay homage to war heroes and honour the family members of martyrs.


Bank manager, son held for selling drugs
Ahmedgarh, December 14
The Punjab Police has nabbed a Cooperative Bank Manager and his son along with a huge quantity of narcotics and drugs, including more than seven lakh capsules, tablets and injections. The youngest son of the manager was earlier caught with similar materials and is still facing a case under the NDPS Act.

Blind murder case solved; two arrested
Ludhiana, December 14
The Basti Jodhewal police yesterday claimed to have solved the mystery of a human skeleton that was found in a vacant plot in Gaunsgarh village about two and a half month ago with the arrest of two persons from the same village.

No clue of the missing boy
Ludhiana, December 14
Even 25 days after a 10-year-old boy went missing from his house in Upkar Nagar, there is no clue about the whereabouts of the boy. Surya Parkash had left his house 25 days ago to play with his friends as he used to do everyday. But he did not return till late in the evening.


20,000 visit Food Expo on day one
Ludhiana, December 14
The Food Expo-2002 is proving to be a big draw with hundreds of people visiting the venue at hotel Maharaja Regency on the first day today. The expo was inaugurated by the Health Minister, Mr R.C. Dogra. Mr Virgil D. Miedema, Regional Director (South Asia) of the American Soyabean Association (ASA), was the chief guest on the occasion.

Visitors have a nice time at Food Expo-2002, in Ludhiana on Saturday. A Tribune photograph
Visitors have a nice time at Food Expo-2002

Bank’s crackdown on defaulters
Ludhiana, December 14
Punjab and Sind Bank, Salem Tabri branch, Ludhiana, has cracked down on defaulters under the new Act on NPAs. To enforce recoveries under the new law six cases for Rs 36.10 lakh in the branch have been covered and properties worth lakhs of rupees are being processed for attachment. The process of acquisition and possession of properties has been initiated in the cases where notice has expired.


Seminar on advances in harvesting cereal crops 
Ludhiana, December 14
The Department of Farm Power and Machinery organised a national seminar on recent advances in harvesting and threshing of cereal crops in collaboration with the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) at the College of Agricultural Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

PNB distributes Krishi Cards
Ludhiana, December 14
To comply with the announcement made by the Finance Minister of India in his last Budget speech regarding issuance of Kisan Credit Cards to each and every farmer in India, Punjab National Bank, Raikot (Ludhiana) branch, in association with Gondwal, Boparai, Mallah, Mandi Mullanpur and Jagraon branches of the bank organised a Krishi Card distribution camp at Raikot (Ludhiana).


School’s annual function
Ludhiana, December 14
The eleventh annual prize distribution function of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Ludhiana, was held on the school premises. The chief guest Mr A. Siddiqui (ADGP), Punjab, was welcomed by the chairman-cum-director of the school, Mr Rajesh Rudhra and other members of the Management.

Students of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School present a cultural programme at their annual function in Ludhiana on Saturday evening . — A Tribune photograph
Students of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School present a cultural programme at their annual function

English oration competition at KVM
Ludhiana, December 14
An English oration competition was organised for the students of Classes I and II of KVM today. This was stated by Neena Khanna’ Principal of the school. Two students from each section took part in the competition. 


Sur Tal contest from Dec 20
Ludhiana, December 14
In order to make the younger generation aware of the culture and tradition of Punjab, the state government’s Cultural Affairs Directorate has decided to hold ‘Sur - Tal Competitions 2002’.

An evening of songs
Ludhiana, December 14
Punjab Bhavan resounded with the soulful melodies of yesteryears last evening. The ‘hits’ like ‘Dil jalta hai to jalne do ( Pehli Nazar), ‘Puchoo na kaise maine rain bityee ( Meri Surat teri ankhen) and many such songs evoked nostalgia.


CMCH clarifies stand
Ludhiana, December 14
The management and staff of Christian Medical College and Hospital (CCH) has condemned the statement of Mr Charles Reynolds, former member of the governing body of CMCH, saying that he was not associated with the CMCH anymore and the views expressed by him were nothing but his personal opinion.


Kabaddi tourney on Jan 4, 5
Ludhiana, December 14
Ten teams have been finalised for the Canada Cup Kabaddi Tournament to be organised by the Malwa Sports Club here at the Guru Nanak Stadium on January 4 and 5. These teams, comprising top players of the country are America XI, Punjab, India Red, India Blue, Doaba Club, Germany, England, Malwa Club of Canada and Australia XI.

8 villages selected for basketball promotion
Ludhiana, December 14
To promote the game of basketball in the rural areas of the state, the Punjab Basketball Association (PBA) has drawn out a programme. Office-bearers of the PBA held a meeting here in this connection with sarpanches of 25 villages. The meeting was chaired by Mr J P Singh, secretary, Zila Parishad.


Paid-parking lots: sites identified
Ludhiana, December 14
Increasing vehicular traffic here and a shortage of parking space, particularly in downtown commercial areas and congested localities of the old city, has made the Municipal Corporation start identifying new sites that can be developed into paid-parking lots.

Income tax surveys yield Rs 10 crore
Ludhiana, December 14
Surveys undertaken by the Income Tax Department have resulted in disclosure of a sum of about Rs 10 crore of unaccounted money. Three commissioners of the Income Tax department at Ludhiana conducted surveys on premises of local businessmen, including hosiery unit owners, plywood manufacturers, steel furnace owners and others during the past few days to unearth concealed income.


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