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Two labourers killed in blast in industrial unit
Ludhiana, January 10
At least two labourers were killed and two injured, when a huge steam machine installed at a dyeing unit at Dhandari in Focal Point exploded today early morning.
The damaged interiors of an industrial unit where a steam machine exploded in the early hours of Friday
The damaged interiors of an industrial unit where a steam machine exploded in the early hours of Friday in Ludhiana. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Experts work on various theories
Ludhiana, January 10
While mystery shrouds the death of some Asiatic lions at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhat Bir, Punjab Agricultural University scientists are working on three theories to identify the disease prevalent in other sick lions, including canine distemper, worm infestation or pitfalls of inbreeding.


Cold wave curse for migrant workers
Ludhiana, January 10
The intense cold wave has fallen like a curse upon thousands of migrant workers in Punjab in the hope of better livelihood that will keep the fires in their kitchens burning, besides tucking their children in warmth of security. The cold wave sweeping the region has not only rendered many such people jobless, but has taken 15 lives during the past one week in Punjab and Haryana.

Blueprint for smooth traffic flow
Ludhiana, January 10
Alarmed at the increasing incidents of traffic snarls in the city, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation will chalk out an elaborate blueprint to ensure the smooth flow of traffic in various parts of the city. In this context, the help of the traffic police, the transport department and NGOs has been solicited.

Nine awarded at Lohri mela
Ludhiana, January 10
Weather gods smiled at the large boisterous crowd that assembled today at the Punjabi Bhavan for the 10th Lohri mela organised by the Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch. Kites of different colours added to the spirit of Lohri.

Some of the persons honoured in Ludhiana on Friday (from left): Nakul Khullar, Sunita Rani, Harbhajan Mann, Giani Gurdit Singh, Sarabhjit Singh Cheema and Dr B.C. Gupta.— A Tribune photograph
Some of the persons honoured in Ludhiana

Giani Gurdit Sigh A prolific writer — Giani Gurdit Singh
Ludhiana, January 10
A Punjabi writer of repute, Giani Gurdit Sigh was in the city recently to receive an award. A Padma Shree winner, Gurdit Singh’s enthusiasm for writing has not waned. In his eighties and still walking upright, he has lucid thoughts and a great longing to restart his favourite magazine ‘Singh Sabha Patrika’.


Seminar on drug addiction among Sikh youths
Ludhiana, January 10
Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht, said here today that he would extend unconditional support to any Panthic front against Mr Parkash Singh Badal as he (Mr Badal) had done maximum harm to the Sikhs during his five-year of term as the Chief Minister of Punjab.

Power shutdown
Ludhiana, January 10
Power supply to 11KV Preet Nagar feeder, 11KV(W) feeder, Chimney Road, Preet Nagar, Basant Road, Bhagwan Chowk, street No. 1 to 9, SAS Nagar street No. 1 to 7, Janta Nagar (Bhagwan Chowk) street No. 1 to 6, Vishwakarma Colony street No. 1 to 5 will remain suspended from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday.

LPG shortage in city
Ludhiana, January 10
The city is facing an acute shortage of cooking gas these days, thanks largely to the recent crackdown by the district administration on gas vendors in which 110 cylinders were found to be underweight.

Shopkeepers intensify struggle


1 booked for buying stolen iron
Ludhiana, January 10
The Focal Point police has booked an alleged fence living in Anandpur village, near Sahnewal, on the charge of buying iron from thieves who had stolen the same from a factory in Janakpuri some time ago.


Industrialists rue delay in policy
Ludhiana, January 10
The delay in the finalisation and announcement of the much-awaited new industrial policy has caused resentment among the industrialists. They maintain that for the past four months they are being told that the policy was ready and could be announced any time. But nothing has come out so far.



CFC school takes part in knitting contest
Ludhiana, January 10
Students of CFC Public School, BRS Nagar, participated in a knitting contest. More than 120 students part in it. About two lakh students took from 1100 schools will take part in the contest.

Swami Vivekanand’s birthday celebrated
Ludhiana, January 10
The SDP College for Women, celebrated the birthday of Swami Vivekanand as National Youth Day here today by organising a function on the college campus. Ms Surinder Kaur, Head, Department of Music (Vocal) was the chief guest. The students expressed their views through very inspiring speeches and self-composed poems.

KVM student clears Maths Olympiad
Ludhiana, January 10
Varun Jindal of the KVM is one of the 30 candidates from all over Punjab who have cleared the Mathematics Olympiad examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education on December 1, 2002.


Teacher gets bail
A government teacher accused of doing private tuitions was on Friday granted bail. He was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau on Monday, following the registration of an FIR against him under Sections 13(1) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.


Green Land shuttlers win u-14 title
Ludhiana, January 10
The fourth CBSE National Badminton Tournament was held in New Delhi from January 2 to 6. Shuttlers of Green Land won the first prize in the under-14 category. It was for the first time that a team from Punjab won the championship at the national level.

Students of Green Land School in a jubilant mood after winning the CBSE national championship in badminton, in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Students of Green Land School in a jubilant mood after winning the CBSE national championship in badminton


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