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Residents force closure of liquor shop
Ludhiana, July 4
Hundreds of residents of the New Janata Nagar and Ranjit Nagar areas staged a dharna against a liquor shop which was opened in a domestic area here today. The residents went back only after locking the vend and warning the owner of dire consequences if he reopened it.
Women stage a dharna against the opening of a liquor shop Women stage a dharna against the opening of a liquor shop in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

PTU colleges to start new courses
Ludhiana, July 4
The colleges affiliated with Punjab Technical University has decided to introduce new regular courses in management and computer applications from this session.


Encroachments galore, councillors helpless
Ludhiana, July 4
Encroachers are having a field day in the city, but local councillors express helplessness, alleging a nexus among the municipal corporation(MC), the police and the encroachers.

Without salaries for seven months
Ludhiana, July 4
To protest against the non-payment of salaries for the past couple of months, the doctors and paramedical employees of the family planning, tuberculosis control and leprosy control projects of the local Health Department have been boycotted these programmes for the past three days.

Rare pair of hawks spotted
Ludhiana, July 4
A rare pair of hawks has been spotted at the residence of Dr Gurinder Singh Grewal in the Model Town area. The birds were spotted by Dr Grewal’s son Charanpreet Singh. Charanpreet said the pair was first spotted on a tree in the front yard of the house about a month ago.

An Indian sparrow hawk which has been flying to the residence of Dr Gurinder Singh in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
An Indian sparrow hawk which has been flying to the residence of Dr Gurinder Singh


BJP should support Badals on Vigilance raids: Grewal
Ludhiana, July 4
After the NDA government threw its weight behind beleaguered Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal following government raids targeting him and his family leaders, a section of the state BJP have questioned the delay on the part of the state unit in coming to the aid of the former CM and have urged the party leadership to clarify on a course of action to be adopted by the party.

Akalis protest against Cong man’s ‘interference’ in poll
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 4
Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal burnt the effigy of the Chief Minister of Punjab and organised a protest rally in front of the Block Development Office at Dehlon today.

Improvement Trust chief resents political intervention
Ludhiana, July 4
In a significant development, that was certain to shake the corrupt officials and politicians associated with the Improvement Trust Ludhiana (LIT), the newly appointed Chairman of the trust, Mr Ashok Garcha, said today that he was taking up the issue with the higher authorities. 

Mattewara awaits bridge on Sutlej
Ghumana (Ludhiana), July 4
More than 55 years after Independence, residents of the Mattewara block are still dependent on archaic methods to go across the Sutlej. The deadline for the completion of the bridge, being constructed to connect Ghumana village with the Rahon road, is over.

A boat being used to ferry passengers from Ghuman village to Rahon. — A Tribune photograph
A boat being used to ferry passengers from Ghuman village to Rahon

Check own corrupt flock too, IHRO advises CM 
Ludhiana, July 4
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has called upon Akali workers to raise their voice against corruption in the Amarinder Singh administration, instead of disturbing the law and order situation in Punjab by attempting to shield their own corrupt leaders.

‘Make caste certificate process easier’
Ludhiana, July 4
Mr Manjit Singh Mathroo, president of the Ludhiana Welfare Society, in a written statement has urged the government to chalk out an easy process for making domicile and caste certificates. He said at present the making of domicile and caste certificates was very tedious and time consuming.

Power demand rises in Punjab
Ludhiana, July 4
The demand for power in Punjab has increased to 1150 to 1200 lakh units daily which is 5 per cent more as compared with the demand during the corresponding period of last year. 

Defacement of property  continues unabated
Even martyrs' statues not spared
Ludhiana, July 4
Despite a ban on the defacement of public property, the practice continues unabated by political parties and common people. Not just private and government buildings, advertisers are also pasting posters on statues of martyrs.

Rotary Club holds installation meeting
Ludhiana, July 4
The Rotary Club of Ludhiana North held an installation meeting of President S.P.S. Dua and his team for 2003-2004 last night at Basant Resorts. The chief guest of the meeting was Dr S.S. Johl, Cabinet minister and Vice-Chairman, Planning Board, Punjab.

Pensioners to lend a helping hand
o repay society for the innumerable things they received, an association has been formed by Mr R.N. Sehgal and Mr K.K. Sharma, which will do social work with a view to justify the title of senior citizens. This has also been done to dispel the notion among people that all pensioners’ associations always seek various sops and concessions from the government.


Drug peddler held with charas
Ludhiana, July 4
Manohri, a drug peddler, notorious for eluding the police by changing his appearance, was finally nabbed by the police yesterday near the bus stand and booked him under Sections 20, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act at the Civil Lines police station.

Liquor seized


‘IPRC harassing hoteliers’
Ludhiana, July 4
A meeting of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab (HRAP) was held here yesterday. Mr N.S. Nanda, president, presided over the meeting. Mr Shyam Suri, secretary general, Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India, was the guest of honour.


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