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Land dispute: SSP questions villagers
Jaspal Bangar (Ludhiana), January 16
The controversy regarding the possession of 120 kanals of agricultural land in Jaspal Bangar village near here continuing, the district police chief has initiated a fresh inquiry into the case. Villagers say that the land was given to their ancestors by Guru Tegh Bahadur.

Six of family injured in attack
Ludhiana, January 16
A minor argument between families of two neighbours at New Janta Nagar on Lohri evening took a serious turn late last night when a group of about 25 persons attacked the family of a scrap dealer and left at least six persons injured besides damaging the house and looting away some gold jewellery and a mobile phone.
Injured relatives of a scrap dealer, Rattan Pal Maudgil, who were beaten up by a group of 25 persons Injured relatives of a scrap dealer, Rattan Pal Maudgil, who were beaten up by a group of 25 persons on Wednesday night at their houses in New Janta Nagar, Shimla Puri, Ludhiana. IV


PF scam: MC men to face action
Ludhiana, January 16
The charge of embezzlement of Rs 6.18 lakh in the provident fund (PF) account of the Municipal Corporation employees here, having been prima facie established in an inquiry conducted by the Assistant Commissioner, the MC Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, has taken up the matter with the Examiner Local Fund Account of Punjab, seeking the mandatory sanction for the registration of a case against Mr Sanjay Lekhi, the prime accused.

Shopkeepers’ ultimatum to govt
Ludhiana, January 16
The Luxmi Shopkeepers Union and various political parties, which are supporting shopkeepers’ stir, today issued a two-week ultimatum to the state government to do justice with the shopkeepers and order a CBI inquiry into the alleged land scam of Rs 40 crore, failing which the agitation would be intensified.

Shopkeepers of Luxmi Market and prominent political leaders sit on a chain fast in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Shopkeepers of Luxmi Market and prominent political leaders sit on a chain fast

Missing society secy reappears
Ludhiana, January 16
Lachman Singh, a secretary of the Dehlon Co-operative Society today reappeared as mysteriously as he had disappeared on January 11 early morning, allegedly with Rs 50,000 of the society.


Special session on SYL welcomed
Ludhiana, January 16
The convening of a special session of the Punjab Assembly on the sensitive SYL Canal issue has been welcomed by various outfits even as the International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) — on behalf of the Opposition parties — will file a separate petition before the Supreme Court (SC) soon.

PMCs’ panel rejects MC appeal
Seeks immediate release of dues

Ludhiana, January 16
A panel of representatives of park management committees (PMCs) today rejected the appeal of the Municipal Commissioner to revive the committees by changing the agreement signed at the time of constitution of the committees.

A park in a state of neglect in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
A park in a state of neglect

Delimitation of MC wards
Khanna, January 16
Delimitation of municipal wards in Khanna Municipal Council area was finalised at a meeting of the Delimitation Board members at Municipal Office today. The meeting was chaired by the SDM, Mr Manvesh Singh Sidhu, who is also the Chairman of the board. The delimitation of wards was finalised despite strong opposition by four associate members belonging to the opposition.

I will remain Indian to the core: Dosanjh
Ludhiana, January 16
Mr Ujjal Dosanjh, a former premier of the Canadian province of British Columbia, has a deep sense of guilt for having left India and not fighting the battle against the ills that still plague the country.

Mr Ujjal Dosanjh, former premier of the Canadian province of British Columbia, at a reception hosted in his honour, in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Ujjal Dosanjh, former premier of the Canadian province of British Columbia, at a reception hosted in his honour

Rally by Class IV employees
Mandi Gobindgarh, January 16
The Class IV Government Employees Union Fatehgarh Sahib held a rally in front of the municipal council complex and organised a protest march here yesterday in support of its demands. This was stated by Mr Hari Chand, District president of the association, in a press release here today.


Truck cleaner’s death: police conducts probe
Ludhiana, January 16
Following a secret information that the report of a post-mortem examination conducted on the body of a Morinda resident, who worked as a cleaner with a truck driver and was allegedly killed yesterday by the truck driver, could have been tampered with, the district police launched an impromptu inquiry to establish the facts.

Eight cases of assault registered in city
Ludhiana, January 16
Several persons were booked in eight cases of beating that occurred in the past 24 hours. The Division No 4 police has registered a case under Sections 452, 323, 148, 149 and 427 of the IPC on the statement of Ms Jaswinder Kaur, a resident of Pink Vihar, against Parveen Kumar, Renu Bhatia, Mani Bhatia, Rinku and around 10 others, all residents of Chhawni mohalla. 


Consolidated stock exchange proposed
Ludhiana, January 16
The Mayya Committee has recommended that the Indian Stock Exchange be consolidated and called ‘Indonext’ on the pattern of Euro next or the ‘Consolidated stock exchange of India’ of the lines of Australian Stock Exchange.

‘Markfed to recover losses by year-end’
Ludhiana, January 16
Mr Gurbinder Singh Atwal, Parliamentary Secretary Cooperation of Punjab has said that Markfed, with the restricting of existing plants, rationalisation of work force and fast movement of food grains, is all set to wipe out annual losses and register profit by the end of the current financial year.

Permission to set up overseas office
Ludhiana, January 16
IndusInd Bank has received the permission of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to set up its first overseas office through representative offices in Dubai and London, the Manager Operations of the bank has said here today.

CAs to hold seminar
Ludhiana, January 16
The Ludhiana Chartered Accountants Society (regd.) (ICAS) will organise the first Punjab State Conference of Chartered Accountants in the city on January 18. The members of the Central Council and the Regional Council of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India will address this conference.



Testing time for parents
Ludhiana, January 16
Twenty-three-year-old Sunita has developed insomnia. She has lost appetite and is full of anxiety. Sunita, who was known for her sweet nature, is generally short tempered these days. She is not suffering from any disease.

Orders on school timings cause chaos
Ludhiana, January 16
The New Year has brought with it low temperatures, icy cold winds, fog leading to unprecedented cold. Keeping these conditions in mind, the district administration had changed the school timings. According to the DC’s orders, the schools were to start at 10 a.m. Subsequently, the schools were directed to remain closed till January 15.

Primary exams from Feb 23
Ludhiana, January 16
The examinations of primary classes, to be conducted by the State Council of Educational Research and Training, will begin on February 23. Mr Bachittar Singh, District Education Officer (DEO), said the datesheet had been released. The examinations will conclude on February 28.


6-month RI for bootlegger
Ludhiana, January 16
Balwinder Singh ‘Binder’, a man of Bhaini Gujjran, was convicted by the court of Magistrate H.S. Grewal at Jagraon today for keeping in possession 52.5 litres of illicit liquor. He was sentenced to six-month rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1,000 was also imposed on him.



Stoma and wound-care workshop begins
Ludhiana, January 16
A four-day-long Stoma and Wound care workshop, being organised as part of the golden jubilee celebrations, began at the Christian Medical College and Hospital here today. The workshop has been organised in collaboration with D-3 Hollister, a US-based firm manufacturing ostomy products. Dr T.M. Jaison, Acting Director, CMCH inaugurated the workshop.

IMA to hold rally today
Ludhiana, January 16
The local unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has decided to hold a rally at Mini Secretariat here tomorrow in protest against the arrest of two doctors allegedly involved in the kidney scam. This was decided at a meeting of the executive committee of the association held last evening. As many as 25 doctors participated.

PCMS doctors seek CBI probe
Ludhiana, January 16
Reacting to the arrest of doctors involved in the kidney racket in Amritsar, the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter so that culprits can be brought to justice.


Sports meet at Jarkhar from Feb 7
Ludhiana, January 16
The 17th edition of the annual rural sports, organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club, will be held at Jarkhar village, 15 km from here, from February 7 to 9. This was informed by Mr Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Chairman of the organising club.

Kila Raipur sports meet from January 30
Ludhiana, January 16
The annual sports festival at Kila Raipur, near here, popularly known as mini Olympics, will be held at the Grewal Sports Stadium from January 30 to February 2. Mr Paramjit Singh Grewal, general secretary, Grewal Sports Association, said this year the games would be dedicated to Joginder Singh, one of the pioneers of these sports.


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