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1971 war martyrs remembered
Ludhiana, December 16
Tributes were paid to Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon and other martyrs, who laid down their lives while guarding the borders of the country during 1971 Indo-Pak War, at a function organised to observe the ‘Vijay Divas’ at Mini Secretariat here today.
NCC cadets of the air wing salute the statue of Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon on Vijay Divas NCC cadets of the air wing salute the statue of Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon on Vijay Divas in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

War veterans allege politicking
‘Award ceremony a mere eyewash’
Ludhiana, December 16
The Vijay Divas celebrations here ran into a controversy today when a few war veterans alleged that politicians had also not spared such functions from politicking.


IHRO: Punjab has absolute riparian rights
Ludhiana, December 16
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO), which has been authorised by the Opposition to pursue the issue of the Satluj-Yamuna Link Canal (SYL), has submitted its observations to the state government. The apex court has already given its verdict against the State of Punjab on a suit filed by the State of Haryana requiring the Punjab Government to complete construction by January 10, 2003.

Few takers for woollens make sellers jittery
Ludhiana, December 15
Despite the onset of winter, a lot of people here are yet to switch over to woollens. And this is not good news for thousands of manufacturers of Ludhiana dealing in the woollens and other kinds of knitwear. Market sources pointed out that with the first half of December already over, people have still not started wearing woollens.

It’s winter and still no woollens on. — A Tribune photograph
It’s winter and still no woollens on

DMCH Union threatens stir
Ludhiana, December 16
The stalemate between the management and union of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital continued for the second day today with both sides remaining adamant on their stands. The management is adamant that it will not take back the sacked Law Officer, while the union wants the officer reinstated.

Mr Chander Mohan Kalia, president, DMCH Union, on his way for holding talks with the management on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Chander Mohan Kalia, president, DMCH Union, on his way for holding talks with the management

Book for kids on Sikh Gurus released
Ludhiana, December 16
Local Punjabi writer, film songwriter and director Inderjit Hasanpuri’s book of poems for children, “Guru Darshan”, was released by the famous actor Dharmendra in Mumbai on December 11. Hasanpuri, on his return from Mumbai yesterday, told Ludhiana Tribune today that the book was released at the residence of Dharmendra, where his two sons, Sunny and Bobby, were also present along with their mother, Parkash Kaur.


Cops challan women drivers without helmet in Ludhiana
Cops challan women drivers without helmet in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

BJP mood upbeat after win
Ludhiana, December 16
While the mood is upbeat in the BJP camp over the outcome of the Gujarat Assembly elections, it is quiet and sombre in the Congress camp.

Govt flayed for not keeping poll promises
Ludhiana, December 16
Activists of the Ludhiana Sewa Sangh, led by its President Mr Suresh Gupta, held demonstration against the Congress Government for what they termed as backing out from the poll promises of providing free water supply and sewerage facility in urban areas in the state.

Panchayat Secys in a fix
Ahmedgarh, December 16
Mrs Soma Devi (55), mother of a sacked Panchayat Secretary, Parveen Kumar, is in grief as her hopes of marrying her only son have been dashed again. After a process running for seven years, her son had been selected for the post, only to be relieved.

Rehabilitation of beggars sought
Ludhiana, December 16
The People for People Society has sought the rehabilitation of all the beggars and urged people not to encourage beggary by offering them alms. In a statement, the chairman of the society, Mr D.P. Grover said instead of offering alms to beggars, people should donate to various NGOs working for the settlement and rehabilitation of the beggars.

Ban cow slaughter, says seer
Ludhiana, December 16
Shrimajagadguru Shankaracharya Jyotishpeethadhishvar Anantshree today demanded that the Union Government should enforce a law banning the slaughter of cows in the country.

Mayor releases directory
Ludhiana, December 16
The Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, reiterated the commitment of the civic administration to provide better civic amenities to the residents. He said the Municipal Corporation would soon receive another instalment of the loan for the Rs 150 crore sewerage project and on the completion of the project, the facility would be extended to several new localities.

Advocating women’s rights
Ludhiana, December 16
The ghazals of Amarjit Kaur Naz, a city-based educationist, designer and poetess, advocate the rights of women in a male-dominated society. She has departed from the current trend of penning romantic verses and has touched upon issues like female infanticide, foeticide, uplift of the poor and the downtrodden, and love for the homeland.

Dalits’ body backs minister
Ludhiana, December 16
Taking exception to protest against Punjab Social Welfare Minister Choudhry Santokh Singh by the General Categories Welfare Federation in Phillaur, the Ambedkar Youth Federation has threatened to retaliate if such protests continued against the minister. Members said the minister was merely trying to give the Dalit community its due.

Virender Yaadgari Mela from Dec 21
Ludhiana, December 16
Virender Yaadgari Mela will be held at Mullanpur on December 21. The mela is organised by the Virender Yadgari Sabhyacharak Welfare Council every year in the memory of renowned Punjabi film actor Virender.


One booked for abducting minor
Ludhiana, December 16
The Kotwali police has registered a case of alleged abduction of a 15-year-old girl under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC and started investigations. According to information, Ms Bala Rani, a resident of Naali Mohalla near Deepak Cinema, had complained to the police that Bunty, a resident of the same locality, had abducted her minor daughter and had taken her to an undisclosed place.

6-yr-old crushed to death
Ludhiana, December 16
Sahil (6), son of Mr Naresh, a resident of Shimla Puri, was knocked down by a motorcycle on Bareta Road in the locality yesterday morning. He was rushed to the CMC Hospital in a serious condition where he breathed his last.


Industries oppose security deposit clause
Ludhiana, December 16
The Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association (FOPSIA) has flayed the condition of a mandatory security deposit under the self-certification scheme, recently notified by the Punjab Government to ensure compliance of 12 labour laws by the industrial sector.

Food Expo concludes
Ludhiana, December 16
The Food Expo 2k2 concluded here on a grand note with about 50,000 people visiting it. About 40 companies, both domestic as well as multinationals, had set up their pavilions offering a wide range of products mostly related to the food or its processing.

Bicycle industry seeks excise exemption
Ludhiana, December 16
The bicycle industry has demanded the abolition of excise duty on bicycles. At its meeting held here today, the cycle manufacturers unanimously demanded that the government should exempt the bicycle industry from excise duty keeping in view its survival in exports as well as in the domestic market.

Loan mela by bank
Ludhiana, December 16
The Bank of Punjab, one of the leading private sector banks, organised an auto loan festival which lasted three days. The festival was aimed at creating awareness among customers about various customer-friendly schemes. 

INTUC seeks social security
Ludhiana, December 16
The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) demanded social security for workers in private factories from the Punjab Government at a meeting held here today.



School functions pinch parents’ pocket
Ludhiana, December 16
“My daughter had to dress like a young belle of rural Punjab in order to participate in her school’s annual function. Every parent wants over-all development of their child. Both me and my husband are happy that she will be on stage. Similarly, my son is to play Santa Claus.

Refresher course
Ludhiana, December 16
The Department of Extension Education, PAU, organised a two-day refresher course on canopy management of deciduous fruit plants for horticultural development officers of the state department of horticulture here.



Health Minister’s statement flayed
Ludhiana, December 16
The state unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) at its executive meeting held here today opposed the statement of Health Minister R.C. Dogra regarding constituting a regulatory authority to monitor the functioning of private hospitals and nursing homes in the state.


Sports tournament ends
Amloh, December 16
Sports clubs formed in villages not only prepare players for state-level and national-level competitions but also play an important part to channelise energies of the youth, said Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, MLA, Amloh, during the prize distribution function of a sports tournament at Tibbi village, near here, yesterday.

Hockey meet from Jan 1
Ludhiana, December 16
To revive hockey activities in the state after a gap of almost 15 years the Punjab Hockey Association has decided to host a state-level tournament from January 1 to 5 here at the astroturf on Punjab Agricultural University campus.


Six jhuggis demolished
Ludhiana, December 16
The district administration today demolished at least six jhuggis at Baba Jiwan Singh Nagar. A team of four patwaris, a kanungo and policemen asked the owners to remove the jhuggis themselves or face a case of criminal trespass.


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