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Gaiety, fervour mark Gurpurb celebrations
Ludhiana, November 8
Festive celebrations marked the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev here today. The Gurpurb was observed with traditional fervour, zeal and gaiety all over the city.
 People gather in front of a gurdwara in Ludhiana on the occasion of Gurpurb The festive spirit: People gather in front of a gurdwara in Ludhiana on the occasion of Gurpurb on Saturday. — Tribune photo by  Pradeep Tewari

4 booked in widow suicide case
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 8
The local police has booked four persons of Railan village in Ropar district under Section 306 of the IPC for allegedly forcing a widow to commit suicide. The action has been taken on the complaint of Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, President, Lok Bhalai Party, who had brought this to the notice of the Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur, after going through the columns of Ludhiana Tribune.

SMS messages were sent from BSNL service centre
Ludhiana, November 8
The mystery surrounding the case of a local youth’s suicide early this year, who allegedly took the extreme step after being harassed by some person through SMS messages, has grown murkier with the investigation revealing that the messages were sent from a mobile phone belonging to some BSNL employee in Chandigarh.

Rights panel directs MC to provide amenities
Ludhiana, November 8
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has directed the Local Bodies Department, Punjab, to ask the Municipal Corporation for making streetlights in the city localities functional and to ensure that defective bulbs and tubes were replaced immediately.

Members of the International Dasmesh Gatka Akhara perform gatka during nagar kirtan
Members of the International Dasmesh Gatka Akhara perform gatka during nagar kirtan at Machhiwara. — A Tribune photograph


Jaya’s action invites scribes’ ire
Ludhiana, November 8
People in general and journalists in particular today condemned the dictatorial and authoritarian attitude of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms J Jayalalithaa for trying to “muzzle” the freedom of press.

BJP district unit office-bearers
Ludhiana, November 8
The district President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Dr Subhash Verma, has named Mr Subhash Bhatia, Mr Ruldu Ram, Mr Kamal Chatley and Ms Santosh Kalra as new vice-presidents, of the district unit of the party. 

Police meet concludes
Ludhiana, November 8
The fourth Punjab Police Inter-Zone Policy Duty Meet concluded at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, last evening. In all, 349 participants from five Punjab Police zones, namely Border Zone, Jalandhar Zone, Patiala Zone, PAP Zone and the Combined Zone, participated in eight areas of professional specialisation i.e. scientific aids of investigation, police photography, videography, police bands, dog squads, computer awareness, anti-sabotage checking and rifle shooting.

Barwali Khurd village gets library
Samrala, November 8
Mr Mota Singh Sarai, advocate and UK representative of the Punjabi Sath Lambra, visited Barwali Khurd village, 13 km from here, yesterday and inaugurated the Bapu Kartar Singh, Mata Harnam Kaur Memorial Library on behalf of the Punjabi Sath Barwali Khurd.

Protest handiwork of miscreants, clarifies proprietor
Ludhiana, November 8
Kumar Industrial Corporation has said the reported protest by some workers over the alleged manhandling of a worker, as reported in the media, was the handiwork of some miscreants as the said worker had neither been thrashed nor turned out of the job.

A date with Prince Charles

he visit of Prince Charles to India has brought back vivid memories of my meeting with him, way back in 1986. I was a student at Cambridge University and all of us from Commonwealth Countries were invited by the Prince of Wales for a reception at the Kensington palace. After the reception was over, drinks and snacks were held in the magnificent Cupola Room, a part of the palace not open to tourists. Being a group of naive students, we were briefed about Palace etiquettes, the right way to stand, not to ask questions, the proper dress code, etc.

Cash counters for phone bills sought
Amloh, November 8
To facilitate subscribers, cash counters should be opened at Amloh and proper arrangements made for the distribution of telephone bills. This was pointed out by Mr Raj Pal Garg, a member of the Telephone Advisory Committee (TAC), at a recent meeting of the panel.

Novelist awarded Nanak Singh Purskar
Samrala, November 8
Avtar Singh Billing, a noted novelist and story writer in Punjabi, has been awarded the Nanak Singh Purskar for his Punjabi novel “Khere Sukh Vihre Sukh” by the Language Department, Punjab, Patiala. Published in 2002 by Ravi Sahit Parkashan, Amritsar, this is his fifth book in fiction.



Bank Director from Chennai visits  village branch
Samrala, November 8
Mr Rohit M Desai, Executive Director, Indian Overseas Bank, Chennai, visited the branch of the bank at Katani Kalan, 10 km from here, yesterday. He checked the working and progress of the bank.



‘Continue bus-pass facility’ for colleges students
Ludhiana, November 8
There are about 47 unaided colleges affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh, GND University, Amritsar, and Punjabi University, Patiala. More than 30,000 students are studying in these colleges. They are going to suffer as the bus-pass facility will be withdrawn from them. According to Mr B.D. Budhiraja, general secretary of the Punjab Unaided Affiliated College Principals and Management Association. He has written to Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister for Higher Education and Language in this regard.

Teach kids in mother tongue, says sabha
Ludhiana, November 8
Members of the Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha lodged a protest against the teaching of English from Class I in government primary schools and for not enforcing Punjabi properly as the official language of the state.

Members of the Punjabi Lekhak Sabha submit a memorandum to Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister for Higher Education, in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the Punjabi Lekhak Sabha submit a memorandum to Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister for Higher Education

Career Options-2003 attracts large crowds
Ludhiana, November 8
The three-day mega education and career festival, Career Options-2003 was inaugurated by Col S.C. Mohan, Director, All-India Management Association — Centre for Management Services, New Delhi, on the premises of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana here yesterday.

School to organise children’s festival
Ludhiana, November 8
Ryan International School, Urban Estate, will organise children’s festival at Guru Nanak Dev Bhavan on November 10 and 11.

Children at the final rehearsal of the first International Children’s Festival of Performing Arts-2003 at Ryan International School, Ludhiana, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

GHG college comes third in youth fest
Ludhiana, November 8
GHG Khalsa College has bagged the first eight positions in the Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival (Colleges of Education, zone B) held at DAV College, Abohar, last week. The Principal, Mr J.S. Brar, of GHG Khalsa College in a press note issued here today mentioned that his teams had won the first position in competitions like ghazal singing, classical music (vocal), instrumental music, landscape-painting, cartoon-making, clay-modelling, histrionics and gidda.

Scouts observe Flag Day
Amloh, November 8
“The Scout movement inculcates the spirit of service and sacrifice among the youth for the betterment of society,” said Mr Bela Singh, State Organising Commissioner (Scouts), at Government Secondary School, Narayangarh. He was addressing a district-level function on the occasion of Flag Day celebration of the Scouts and Guides on November 7.

Awareness rally by NCC cadets
Ludhiana, November 8
To awaken the common people against prevailing corruption in society, the NCC cadets of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, in association with 19 P6 NCC Battalion, organised a rally here yesterday.


G.S. Ramta honoured
Ludhiana, November 8
At a special function organised by the Punjabi Lok Gayak Sanstha, Gurdial Singh Ramta, organiser of Punjabi cultural fairs in Denmark, was honoured. The president of the sanstha, Angrez Ali, presented him a memento and the chairperson, Gurpez Singh Chabbra, a bouquet of flowers and a shawl.


Papers on urology read at conference
Ludhiana, November 8
The ongoing XIII international live operative workshop and urology conference of NZC-USI hosted by Dayanand Medical College and Hospital entered its second day today with hundreds of delegates from all over the world discussing various new techniques and advancements in the field of urology and transplants. The event was marked today by various activities going on simultaneously in various halls of hotel Park Plaza under the guidance of Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, urologist and transplant surgeon, DMCH, Ludhiana.

Make medical facilities  affordable: minister
Ludhiana, November 8
Chaudhry Santokh Singh, Medical Education Minister, Punjab, exhorted doctors and medical institutions to serve humanity with a missionary spirit and put in concerted efforts to make the latest medical facilities and inventions affordable to the people.

Councillors’ concern over dengue
Ludhiana, November 8
position councillors, including Mr Praveen Bansal, leader of the BJP in the Ludhiana Municipal Council, Mr Harbhajan Singh Dang of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Mr Hansraj of the Bahujan Samaj Party, today expressed concern over the spread of dengue in the city.


PAU athletics meet concludes
Ludhiana, November 8
The three-day athletics meet of PAU zone organised by the District Education Department concluded at GGN Public School, Gobind Nagar, here yesterday. Satinder Singh from Arya Senior Secondary School was declared the best athlete in the under -19 (boys) group.


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