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MC draws flak for poor supply of water 
Ludhiana, January 12
The general house of the Urban Estate Phase 11 Dhandari Kalan Residents Welfare Society has expressed its disappointment over the poor supply of water by the local Municipal Corporation despite repeated complaints lodged with the authorities concerned in this regard.

CM faking concern on SYL: Badal
Ludhiana, January 12
The former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has dubbed the state Chief Minister’s concern at the Satluj-Yamuna Link Canal (SYL) issue as a political gimmick. “Capt Amarinder Singh was merely playing a political game and is not at all serious about watching the interests of Punjab”, Mr Parkash Singh Badal said during a visit to the city today.

All set for kite-flying contests
Ludhiana, January 12
Kites have been dotting the city skyline for past many days. And with Lohri round the corner, the Daresi road shops are so crowded with kite-flying enthusiast that it has caused a traffic jam in the bazaar.


A festival full of joie de vivre
Ludhiana, January 12
Shops in the city are decked up for Lohri festival, which falls tomorrow. Shopkeepers have stocked large quantities of groundnuts, rewaris, gajaks, bhuggas for the occasion. The sale of kites of different shops and sizes has also greatly picked up .Lohri is an extremely popular Punjabi festival and is celebrated by people with great gusto and enthusiasm by lighting bonfires.
Gachak being sold aplenty on the eve of Lohri in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

Gachak being sold aplenty on the eve of Lohri

Industry opposes power tariff hike
Ludhiana, January 12
Various industrial associations have opposed the move of the government to revise power tariff in the state and increase it by about 25 per cent. The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) and the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations in separate statements said the tariff hike would further add to the woes of the industry.

Shiv Sena burns effigy of Jethmalani 
Ludhiana, January 12
The Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) unit of Ludhiana burnt an effigy of Ram Jethmalani at the Clock Tower chowk here this morning. The Shiv Sena unit is protesting against Mr Jethmalani for being the defence lawyer of the terrorists who had attacked Parliament last year.

Shiv Sena activists burn an effigy of Ram Jethmalani, who has decided to fight the case of terrorists involved in the December 13 attack on Parliament. — Photo Inderjeet Verma
Shiv Sena activists burn an effigy of Ram Jethmalani, who has decided to fight the case of terrorists

Shiv Sena chief gets bail
Ludhiana, January 12
Shiv Sena Rashtrawadi chief Jagdish Tangri was granted bail by a local court yesterday. He was facing charges of supplying arms for Godhra riots. Tangri has already got bail in five other criminal cases.


Bet belt poverty-stricken, cries for attention
Machhiwara, January 12
In the Bet belt adjoining the Sutlej, residents are longing for basic necessities even after 54 years of Independence. Though the outgoing SAD-BJP government had constructed all pucca roads leading to these villages, buses are yet to be seen on the newly built roads.

RLD, SHSAD form united front
Amloh, January 12
The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) have formed a joint front to fight the “anti-people” policies of the state and central governments, stated Mr Avtar Singh Janjua, state President, Rashtriya Lok Dal, Punjab, in a press note here today after a meeting of office-bearers of both parties. 

Facilities in villages top priority
Mandi Gobindgarh, January 12
Punjab Government has declared 2003 as development year during which Rs 80 lakh and Rs 1 crore would be spent on providing facilities in each village with a population of upto 2,000 and above. Priority would be given to those villages already covered under the water supply scheme, said Mr Jasjeet Singh Randhawa, Minister for Public Health and Rural Development, in an interview here last evening the first instalment of Rs 101 crore would be released on January 15 under the Integrated Rural Development Scheme.

Poetry flows at meeting
Mandi Gobindgarh, January 12
A meeting of the Punjabi Sahit Sabha chaired by Mr Mehar Singh Raiwal was held at the local Government Senior School last evening, as stated in a press note. Master Ishar Singh recited his poem “Nawen vareh to zindgi de saz te geet gai jaange.”


Two robbers arrested
Ludhiana, January 12
The Jagraon police claims to have busted a gang responsible for a spate of robberies and thefts in the city. According to the Jagraon police, the CIA staff nabbed two persons who have confessed their involvement in several cases of theft and robbery.


Bank claims success
Ludhiana, January 11
Punjab National Bank has the highest credit-debit ratio among all public-sector banks operating in Punjab — 67.92 — which includes food credit. According to Mr U.S. Bhargava, General Manager of the PNB, Punjab Zone, the CD ratio of the bank was 48.57 on March 1999, when the deposits of the PNB in Punjab Zone were Rs 7,314 crore and advances Rs 3,553 crore.

Knitting machinery exhibition
Ludhiana, January 12
Notwithstanding the much-claimed slump in the hosiery industry, the two exhibitions, displaying knitting machines, have claimed to have done a good business. While one exhibition organised by Mr Satish Sharma at Welkom Palace concluded today, the other being organised at Maharaja Palace will conclude tomorrow.

Admn’s decision annoys traders
Ludhiana, January 12
Resentment prevails among small businessmen of the city over the decision of the district administration of not allowing the holding of “Sunday bazaar”. The administration has cited “law and order” as the reason for the decision keeping in view the security requirement for the Republic Day on January 26.



From humble beginning to a school of repute
Government Model Senior Secondary School, the only model school started in Ludhiana in 1956, has the privilege of producing many a fine personality. It proves that no ostentatious buildings are necessary to churn great men. Great men can be produced in humble surroundings too.

A view of the building of Govt Model Senior Secondary School, Cemetary Road, Ludhiana
A view of the building of Govt Model Senior Secondary School, Cemetary Road

Nationality is the biggest religion
s Harminder Kaur is the officiating principal. Earlier, she had been teaching in the school for the past many years. She says that the government upgraded the school from High to Senior Secondary School in October, 2001.

Employees, teachers announce stir
Ahmedgarh, January 12
The SCBC Employees Coordination Committee and the SCBC Teachers Union (Punjab) have announced a state-wide stir from January 16 to impress upon the government to implement the 85th constitutional amendment and meet other pending demands.



POs told to check Gurdev’s accounts


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