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Sekhon’s hamlet to be ‘adarsh village’
Issewal (Ludhiana), January 29
This village, which has a distinction of giving 54 war heroes to the nation including the only highest decorated martyr of the Indian Air Force, Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, who was awarded the Param Vir Chakra posthumously- would be developed as an ‘‘adarsh village.’’
Air Marshal Manjit Singh Sekhon pays tributes to Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, PVC, and Sarup Singh Sekhon Villagers at the Martyrdom Day of Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon at Issewal village
Air Marshal Manjit Singh Sekhon (retd) pays tributes to Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, PVC, and Sarup Singh Sekhon at Issewal village in Ludhiana on Wednesday.  Villagers at the Martyrdom Day of Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon at Issewal village in Ludhiana on Wednesday. —
Photos Inderjit Verma

Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon
he sublime heroism, supreme gallantry, flying skill and determination above and beyond the call of duty displayed by Flying Officer Sekhon in the face of certain death had set new heights in the Air Force traditions.


DCC seeks action against local MLAs
Ludhiana, January 29
The urban and rural units of the District Congress Committee have recommended action against Mr Harnam Dass Johar and Mr Milkiat Singh Birmi for abstaining from the official function of the party on the Republic Day which was organised here at Vishwakarma Chowk.

Impounded scooter given to fake owner
Ludhiana, January 29
A man took away a scooter belonging to some other person from the Atam Park police post, where it had been kept as a case property by the traffic police. The vehicle had been impounded last month after the driver had violated traffic rules.

Once model village, now hell hole
Ludhiana, January 29
The stench for stagnating water tells you that you have entered what was once Bhaura village near the Jalandhar bypass; now, it is home to the worst kind of insanitary conditions. There has been no development here and even basic amenities are not available to thousands of inhabitants of the colony.

Sullage overflowing from drains and houses adds to the misery of residents of Bhaura Colony in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Sullage overflowing from drains and houses adds to the misery of residents

Lecturer reports theft; shifted
Ludhiana, January 29
While the dust is yet to settle on the sexual harassment row rocking the Government College for Boys, the evening wing of the college is in the centre of another controversy, following a series of allegations levelled against the college management by Mr Ashwani Syal, lecturer of English.

Jail guards on dharna demand uniforms
Ludhiana, January 29
Members of the Punjab Jail Guards Association today sat on dharna outside the local Central jail to protest against non-issuance of uniforms to them for the past five years.

Convict found dead in jail temple
Ludhiana, January 29
Mystery shrouds the death of a convict, who allegedly committed suicide in a temple in the Central Jail premises here this afternoon. Lachman Kumar hailing from Bihar was undergoing life imprisonment. He was a priest in the jail temple.


Disrespect to Tricolour alleged
Ludhiana, January 29
The Feroze Gandhi Market Association has accused the car dealers in the market of showing disrespect to the Tricolour on the Republic Day . In a letter written to the Punjab Governor, Lieut- Gen. J.F.R. Jacob (retd) ,the association has alleged that the car dealers were working on the day while the others unfurled the national flag.

Social security for workers stressed
Ludhiana, January 29
Participants at a seminar on labour laws today observed that there was a dire need to reform labour laws in the country and make them mutually beneficial for both employees as well as the employer.

Corruption now way of life

HE widespread corruption prevailing in different government departments is eating at the vitals of society and threatening the entire system. It appears that corruption is being accepted as a way of life.
  • ‘Butchers in uniform’
  • Kudos to teachers
  • Bad precedent

Good samaritans offer help
Ludhiana, January 29
Some good samaritans have come forward to the aid of physically-challenged youth, Kulwinder Singh, who had come to a Republic Day function here to get a tricycle but had to return empty-handed as he had failed to fulfil certain legal formalities.

BSNL employees stage dharna
Ludhiana, January 29
The district BSNL Employees Union (BSNLEU) held a dharna at the office of the General Manager, Telecom, here today. Mr Balwinder Singh, district secretary of the BSNLEU, condemned the Central Government’s move to privatise the BSNL.

BSNL employees stage a dharna at the GMT office in Ludhiana on Wednesday.— A Tribune photograph
BSNL employees stage a dharna at the GMT office in Ludhiana on Wednesday


Wine smuggling on the rise 
Machhiwara, January 29
wine smuggling has become routine business these days as a result of which nearly 24 cases have been registered under the excise act in the recent past. With the blessings of top politicians liquor smuggling has risen to such an extent that youngsters belonging to renowned families have started supplying liquor illegally with the hope of becoming a millionaire overnight.

Sisters-in-law commit suicide
Ludhiana, January 29
Paramjit Kaur and Karamjit Kaur, wives of brothers Jagdish Singh and Lakhbir Singh, respectively, of Kothe Hari Singh, 5 km from Jagraon, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison. According to information Paramjit Kaur had been married for the past five years and had two children while Karamjit Kaur was married about six months ago.


In slump, slurp’s the king
Ludhiana, January 29
Notwithstanding the cynicism prevailing in the industry over the prolonged slump, food continues to be the best venture. A number of restaurants and food outlets have come up in Ludhiana in the past one year and most new outlets doing good business. This is being attributed to the Ludhianvis’ hunger for good food, no matter at what cost.

Streamline LPG supply, DC told
Ludhiana, January 29
The Ludhiana Cooking Gas Consumers’ Association has urged the district administration to take necessary steps to improve the availability of the LPG in the city by making changes in the distribution system and proceeding against distributors, who they alleged were creating artificial scarcity of the LPG.



PTU rejects students’ appeal
Ludhiana, January 29
The request of scores of final semester BBA and BCA students from various colleges of the city who had been seeking another chance from Punjab Technical University to clear their compartment has been rejected.

Topper wants to work on folk studies
Ludhiana, January 29
Gagandeep Kaur, who received two gold medals at Panjab University convocation held yesterday at Chandigarh is an alumni of Government College for Women here.
In an interview with Ludhiana Tribune she said: ''after college, I would go to Punjabi Bhawan's library for reference work and return home at 5 pm. 

Govt teachers hold rally
Ludhiana, January 29
The Government Teachers Union, Ludhiana, held a rally in front of the Mini-Secretariat in support of their demands. The meeting was attended by the district president of the union, Mr Jagdev Singh Garcha, who said in a press note that they held a rally to give a warning to the government to change its “anti-worker” stance, failing which they would hold a statewide protest on March 8.



‘Jism’ aesthetic, not unusual: viewers
Ludhiana, January 29
The success of ‘Jism is being attributed to the changed mindset of people, who seem to have accepted it without raising any eyebrow. The film is being shown in two theatres here, where it is drawing a good crowd.


Doctors condemn police high-handedness
Ludhiana, January 29
The Executive Council of the faculty of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) has condemned the "high-handedness" of the police in dealing with doctors". The council members have demanded that the police should book persons who furnish false affidavits against doctors and should not harass and arrest doctors without investigation.

Free eye camp on CMC golden jubilee
Ludhiana, January 29
To mark the golden jubilee of the introduction of the MBBS courses at Christian Medical College (CMC), a two-day free eye camp was organised on the hospital premises in collaboration with the Bhartiya Social Welfare Society. It concluded here today and more than 1,100 persons visited it.


‘Mini-Olympics’ of Sahnewal from February 2
Sahnewal, January 29
The 31st “mini-Olympics” of Sahnewal will be organised by the, local Panchayati Raj Sports Club from February 2 to 4 at the local Guru Gobind Singh Stadium. Mr Satwinder Pal Singh Goldi, Mr Sukhjit Singh Hara, Inspector Paramjit Singh, DSP, Manjit Singh Dhesi, DSP Amrik Singh, Mr Tejinder Singh Sandhu, and Mr Avtar Singh are looking after the arrangements.

Rural sports festival opens 
Ludhiana, January 29
The 69th Hero Honda Kila Raipur Rural Sports Festival will get under way at Grewal Sports Stadium, Kila Raipur tomorrow with bullock cart trial races and preliminary hockey matches.

Barinder clinches title
Ludhiana, January 29
Barinder Singh of Kishangarh outpaced his opponents to clinch the title in rickshaw race in the 22nd annual sports festival organised by the Singh Sports Association at the Sri Hargobind Sahib Sports Stadium of Ghungrali Rajputan village near here. The event concluded on Monday. Kuldeep Singh of Ghai Majra and Ashok Kumar of Noorwala finished second and third, respectively.


Probe into purchase of street lamps
Ahmedgarh, January 29
An inquiry into the purchase and installation of street lamps by the local municipal council has been conducted by a team of Vigilance officials. Mr Darbara Singh Sekha, a resident of the local Jagira road, had complained to the Vigilance Department that Mr Kishori Lal Badhan, president of the council, had misused his official position to appease a section of residents of his ward with an intention to get their votes.


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