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Clouds of smoke mock at eco concerns
Paddy stubble burning continues unabated
Ludhiana, October 9
Paying little heed to the repeated warnings by the environmentalists and agriculture experts for not burning the stubble of paddy, the farmers of the district are resorting to it.
Paddy stubble set on fire at a village near Doraha Paddy stubble set on fire at a village near Doraha on Thursday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Wife’s paramour held for murder
Ludhiana, October 9
Cracking of a murder case and arrest of the accused within 24 hours of the crime by the Jagraon police has once again exposed the close link between crime and sex.


MC to give facelift to industrial belts
Ludhiana, October 9
The Municipal Corporation has embarked upon a comprehensive plan to give a facelift to the industrial belts in the mega city. The Rs 5.50 crore plan would envisage massive repair and resurfacing of all major roads in Focal Point, Industrial Area A and B, Industrial Estate and Textile Colony, improvement in drainage and sewerage system, providing streetlights and development of green belts. The targeted date for completion of the project was Dec 31, 2003.

Gas agency looted
Sahnewal, October 9
Sahnewal Gas Agency, owned by Mr Pawanpreet Singh, son of a former Member Parliament, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bulara, was looted by three armed robbers in broad daylight, this afternoon.


YC activists burn PM’s effigy

Ludhiana, October 9
Protesting against the vindictive policies of the NDA government in the Centre, led by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and political vendetta against Mr Ajit Jogi, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, activists of the Youth Congress today organised a demonstration at Clock Tower Chowk and burnt an effigy of Mr Vajpayee.

YC activists protest against the NDA government in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

YC activists protest against the NDA government

No escape from ‘noise’ demon
Ludhiana, October 9
The absence of traffic lights at Ghanta Ghar Chowk, one of the busiest spots in the old city, leads to chaos in the area especially during peak traffic houses. Blaring horns and impatient road users shouting to make way for themselves add to the noise pollution. All this noise is enough to give a headache to anyone.

Designer labels lure city’s elite
Ludhiana, October 9
Women have had a soft corner for jewellery and clothes but Ludhiana women do not mind spending thousands of rupees in a single day on these things especially during the festive season. The city is in the grip of festive shopping these days and if the rush at the showrooms is any indication, then the shopkeepers are indeed getting good returns.
Shopping spree: Ludhiana women busy buying clothes on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Shopping spree: Ludhiana women busy buying clothes on Thursday. Photo Pradeep Tewari

Park managements complain to PSHRC
Ludhiana, October 9
The Federation of Park Management Committees has complained to the Punjab State Human Rights Commission that the Principal Secretary, Department of Local Bodies, Punjab, has not implemented the orders of the commission and the arrears of the park management committees due from the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation have not been paid to them so far.

Gardners working at a park in Saraba Nagar, Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Gardners working at a park in Saraba Nagar

Patwaris stage dharna
Ludhiana, October 9
In response to a call given by the Patwar Union, Punjab, patwaris staged a dharna at the tehsil complex in mini-secretariat here today in support of their demands. Addressing the protesters, the tehsil unit chief of the union, Mr Bhinderpal Singh, condemned the anti-employees policies of the government under which the leave encashment at the time of retirement was curtailed to 120 days, vacant posts abolished and pension computation system altered to cause financial loss to the employees.
Patwaris stage a dharna
Patwaris stage a dharna in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Experts to improve traffic management
Khanna, October 9
“Traffic management system in Khanna will be improved with the help of experts from Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar and Police Academy Phillaur”, the SSP, Khanna, Mr Kapil Dev stated this while addressing mediapersons at a meeting of the local Press Club. The meeting was organised at the Golden Grain Club on Wednesday.

Shobha yatra taken out
Ludhiana, October 9
A shobha yatra, which started from Daresi Valmiki Gate, was taken out in the city today as part of the birthday celebrations of Bhagwan Valmiki. It was organised by the Valmiki Dharam Samaj. Elephants and horses decked up in bright clothes, school bands, tableaux, teams performing gatkas, bhangras and dandiyas and a large number of devotees reciting couplets from Ramayana were all integral part of the yatra.

A shobha yatra being taken out in Ludhiana on Thursday as part of the birthday celebrations of Bhagwan Valmiki. — A Tribune photograph
A shobha yatra being taken out in Ludhiana


Two killed in mishaps
Ludhiana, October 9
On the statement of Mr Jagtar Singh, a resident of Sarinh village, the Sadar police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC against Parshottam Lal, a resident of the same village. The complainant stated that the accused, who was driving a mini-bus, had hit his father, Mr Darshan Singh, who later succumbed to his injuries on October 6.


BSNL to launch WLL services
Ludhiana, October 9
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will launch its WLL phone services in the first week of November. In the first phase of its launching, as many as 800 WLL connections would be installed in the city, 200 in Khanna and 7,500 lines in other outstation areas of Ludhiana.

Mr G.S. Julka, general manager, BSNL, cuts the ribbon at the inauguration of online cash counter on Karabara Road on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr G.S. Julka, general manager, BSNL, cuts the ribbon at the inauguration of online cash counter

Mutual fund office opened
Ludhiana, October 9
JM Mutual Fund today opened its branch in the city. Commenting on the inauguration of the branch, Mr Krishnamurthy Vijayan, CEO, JM Mutual Fund, said the branch would provide the company with a platform to offer efficient and personalised services to the retail investors in the city and surrounding towns. 

Pahwa group sweeps cycle body poll
Ludhiana, October 9
The group led by prominent industrialist Mr G.L. Pahwa made a clean sweep in the elections to the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA), the biggest representative body of the manufacturers and traders of bicycles and parts. The group won all but one of the eight posts. The election of office-bearers was held here last evening in which as many as 1524 members out of a total 1688 exercised their right to vote.



Minister stresses on  use of Punjabi
Ludhiana, October 9
Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development, Fisheries and Youth Services, Punjab, said that commitment to mother tongue is necessary to preserve Punjab’s cultural heritage.

Sacred Heart wins declamation contest
Ludhiana, October 9
As many as 30 students from 15 schools of the district participated in an inter-school declamation contest organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir here today. The contest was open to students from Classes VIII to XII.

Prize winners of inter-school declamation contest with their trophies and mementoes at Kundan Vidya Mandir in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Prize winners of inter-school declamation contest with their trophies and mementoes at Kundan Vidya Mandir

Govt teachers to hold rally
Ludhiana, October 9
Condemning against the decision of the Punjab Government to hand over the control of government rural schools to the panchayats and setting up of elementary directorate, the Save Primary Education Front, Punjab, has decided to hold a protest rally on November 1.


Exhibition of artefacts
Ludhiana, October 9
It was zardosi embroidery all the way, used in new innovative ways. Zardosi embroidery ever popular generally used on sarees, salwar suits and shawls was given a new dimension at an exhibition held by Ms Meera Aggarwal and Ms Rashmi Karwa at a local hotel yesterday. The women used panels of beautiful embroidery in mirrors, table lamps, lamp shades and photo frames. Strips of the embroidery were put to innovative use in making coasters and table mats.

Silver candle sticks, zardosi frames and other artefacts on display at an exhibition held in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Silver candle sticks, zardosi frames and other artefacts on display at an exhibition


Better grade sought for nurses
Ludhiana, October 9
The Punjab branch of the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) organised the 20th Punjab State TNAI biennial (69th) conference at Christian Medical College and Hospital here.


Hockey tourney from Oct 17


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