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Forest land villagers "won’t return"
Tension along the Sutlej
Machhiwara, January 5
The forest department order to dispossess cultivators from 750 acres in the villages of Mand Jodhewal, Rurewal, Mand Chauradhi, Daulatpur, Milkwal, Sensowal Khurd and Jodhwal, located along the Sutlej, have put in jeopardy the future of more than 500 families living here.
The soon to be displaced villagers of the Bet area chalk out the future course of action The soon to be displaced villagers of the Bet area chalk out the future course of action. — A Tribune photograph

Cheating case: ex-vice chief of Bar panel booked 
Ludhiana, January 5
The Model Town police has registered a case against a hotel owner and former vice-president of the District Bar Association, Ludhiana for allegedly encroaching upon a piece of land meant for a park belonging to the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) in the Dugri area.


Killing polio drop by drop
Ludhiana, January 5
As many as 4.75 lakh children in the age group 0-5 in the district were vaccinated against polio during the first phase of the National Pulse Polio Programme today. The Health Department had set up more than 1,963 booths in the district for the purpose.

Dr A.S. Chawla and Dr Nelam Bassi administer polio drops to a child at Canal Dispensary in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Dr A.S. Chawla and Dr Nelam Bassi administer polio drops to a child at Canal Dispensary

Jail guards unguarded against cold
Ludhiana, January 5
While the entire northern region is shivering due to the persistent cold wave, jail guards in the state are discharging their duties without the comfort of winter uniforms. They have not been provided the winter uniforms for the past five years by the authorities.

Local girl brings laurels
Khanna, January 5
A student of the local A.S. College for Women , Simmi Batta, has brought laurels for the college as well as the city by winning a gold medal in the 7th National Karate Championship organised at Gaziabad from December 26 to 28.


J&K officials study local MC working
Ludhiana, January 5
A team of the Jammu and Kashmir Government, comprising the Chairman and the Secretary of the state Finance Commission and the Financial Adviser to the state government, was in the city to study in detail the functioning of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation so that its salient features could form the basis of the civic set up in Jammu and Srinagar. 

New roads develop big potholes
Khanna, January 5
Roads in Khanna area , specially in the Municipal Limits , are in a pitiable condition, resulting in inconvenience to residents and cause of accidents. but the council is least concerned.

Jain sadhvi felicitated
Ahmedgarh, January 5
Tapochakeshwari Shubh Ji Maharaj, a Jain sadhvi, was felicitated by the S.S. Jain Sabha, at a function organised at the local Grain Market today, in which a large number of Jain devotees from North India participated.

Tapochakeshwari Shubh Ji Maharaj with members of the S.S. Jain Sabha in Grain Market, Ahmedgarh, on Sunday.
Tapochakeshwari Shubh Ji Maharaj with members of the S.S. Jain Sabha in Grain Market

Cold wave continues
Ludhiana, January 5
It is extremely intense cold prevailing in Ludhiana for last five days with the day temperature touching all time low at 11. 4° C yesterday and today and the night temperature also remaining at 3.6°C. Even the mild sunshine during the day did not bring any relief from the cold.

Badal claim on loan waiver ‘stunt’
Phagwara, January 5
A water treatment plant will come up at Ludhiana on January 17 at a cost of Rs 85 crore under the Sutlej Action Plan while a solid waste project will be set up at Jalandhar at a cost of Rs 8 crore, benefiting a 60-km-radius belt.


Thugs target Armymen
Ludhiana, January 5
Thugs, who deprive people of their belongings after drugging them, are operating freely on trains, buses and taxis running between Ludhiana and Delhi. Even though announcements are frequently made on the public address system at the local railway station warning the passengers against accepting any eatables or drinks from strangers, incidents involving drugged passengers at various railway stations of the region continue unabated.


Small-scale units appeal for cut in interest rates
Ludhiana, January 5
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Punjab) has complained to the Secretary, Small-Scale Industry, Union Government, Mr S.K. Tuteja, that the banks were charging higher rate of interest, up to 15 per cent, from small-scale units against the PLR of 10.5 to 11 per cent. Contrary to this, the banks were lending money to the large scale units at the rate of 7 per cent forcing the small-scale units to become sick.

Punjab losing crores
Delay in online lottery
Ludhiana, January 5
Punjab has been losing crores of rupees for its delay in taking a final decision about the introduction of online lottery in the state. Other states like Sikkim, Karnataka and Maharashtra are learnt to have already earned crores by introducing it ahead of others.

PNB begins acquiring defaulters’ property 
Ludhiana, January 5
Armed with the latest legislation on debt recovery, Punjab National Bank (PNB) yesterday started the process of acquiring the property of defaulting units. In this connection, the PNB took over the possession of the property mortgaged in the account of M/s Chincky Garments, dealing with branch office Basti Jodhewal, Ludhiana.

Yarn traders sore at taxes
Ludhiana, January 5
The Punjab Pradesh Beopal Mandal said here today that the state government had not fulfilled any of its promises, so far. In a letter to the Chief Minister, the general secretary of the mandal, Mr Mohinder Aggarwal, said there had been no improvement in the trade and industry scenario in the state. He urged the Chief Minister to revise its trade and industry policy.

LMA organises seminar
Ludhiana, January 5
“We have already paid a price of being a protected economy for longer than was warranted. Our share of world trade has reduced form 5 per cent in 1947 to 0.5 per cent today. We have over 2,000 brands in India, the largest in Asia after Japan. And yet we have the dubious distinction of not having a single brand that is truly ‘international’.” 



A temple of learning in the real sense
Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School is a temple of learning in the real sense. This alma-mater has always been successful in achieving its goal of providing a complete education. Its success story lies in the tradition of converting challenges into opportunity by initiating change. The institution has been trying to imbibe the best possible to its future progeny to enable them to be befitting citizens.

A view of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar.
A view of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar

Teachers have to be counsellors, too
teacher for 11 years in BVM, Mr Rajesh Prashar was appointed Principal in January, 2002. Familiar with the school set up, Mr Prashars’s first priority was to maintain the high standard of the school that had been set up by his predecessors.

PAU holds NSS camp in Bhundari
Ludhiana, January 5
A 10-day NSS camp organised by the College of Agriculture, the College of Agricultural Engineering and Home Science College, Punjab Agricultural University, was inaugurated at Bhundari village yesterday.

Problems of businesswomen
Ludhiana, January 5
Demand for devoting more time to family and for managing household jobs are the major problems faced by businesswomen from their families in Ludhiana. These are the key findings of a research study “A study of problems of businesswomen in Ludhiana”, conducted by MBA final year students of the Punjab College of Technical Education under the guidance of Mr Anuresh Garg, Assistant Professor, Business Management.


Punjabi poets hold kavi darbar
Ludhiana, January 5
A new genre of Punjabi poets under the umbrella of Pratham Parvas along with Punjab Sahitya Akademi organised a kavi darbar at Punjabi Bhavan late last evening. The new generation Punjabi poets under the banner of Pankati were being encouraged by senior poets.


Trident’s blood donation camp
Ludhiana, January 5
Trident Industries, Barnala, yesterday celebrated its foundation day by organising a blood donation camp. As many as 108 members of the staff and senior executives of the company donated blood on the occasion.


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