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Informer awaits reward money
Ludhiana, November 25
Even after three years of providing an important tipoff to the local Excise Department, an informer, who had helped the officials in detecting an evasion of excise duty to the tune of Rs 1 crore, is sore with the excise authorities as he has not been rewarded for providing the information.

Monkey attacks residents
Ludhiana, November 25
A simian has created panic in the Daulat Nagar area in Ward Number 60 of the city and has injured several persons. Residents have been sending SOS calls to the administration to catch the monkey but to no avail.

A youth who was bitten by a monkey in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
A youth who was bitten by a monkey in Ludhiana on Tuesday.


Students forced to skip classes, watch sports event
Ludhiana, November 25
At least 5,000 students from government senior secondary schools of the city, who were busy with the revision of lessons for the December examination, were in for a shock this morning. They were told to leave classes and walk down to Guru Nanak Stadium.

MC employees threaten stir
Ludhiana, November 25
The action committee of municipal employees has threatened to launch stir if the demands of the employees are not accepted immediately. A meeting of the joint action committee, held here today, noted with concern that the civic administration had not responded to the notice of demands and ultimatum served on it for the acceptance of the same within a fortnight.

The manner in which local cinema halls are being used by ‘youngsters’ for purpose other than watching the movie is appalling. There have been reports of youngsters going to the theatres and then throwing all shame to the winds by indulging in activity that is not so desirable in a public place. It is even more shameful to know that the watchmen and ticket-checkers help these couples to move to obscure corners or even the box-rooms in the cinemas to facilitate their activity.

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Ms Patti SahotaFace-to-face with British Columbia’s MLA
Ludhiana, November 25
“I really enjoy politics and it also gives me a chance to serve people of my constituency ,” said Ms Patti Sahota, an MLA for last two years of British Columbia. She was in the city to attend a function. Talking exclusively to Ludhiana Tribune, she said that she had arrived in India some days ago with the Prime Minister of British Columbia, Mr Gorden Campbell.
Ms Patti Sahota

Massive fall in central excise duty collections

Ludhiana, November 25
There has been a massive fall in the collection of central excise duty, primarily from the hosiery, knitwear and textile sector in Ludhiana. The Chief Commissioner, Central Excise and Customs, Mr S.S. Bedi, had to visit Ludhiana and deliberate with industrialists to find out the reasons.

The Chief Commissioner, Central Excise and Customs, Mr S.S. Bedi, addressing a seminar in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

The Chief Commissioner, Central Excise and Customs, Mr S.S. Bedi, addressing a seminar in Ludhiana on Monday

SAD (A) threatens stir on foundation stone issue
Ludhiana, November 25
The controversy over the laying of the foundation stone, announcing the inauguration of the Rs 8.5 crore sewerage project in Lohara village, continued for the second day today leaders of with the SAD (Amritsar) claiming that a compromise has been reached for the shifting of the foundation stone with the local police. However, the Congress leaders claimed that it will remain at its present position.

‘Chakka jam’ dampens cultural festival
Mandi Gobindgarh, November 25
“Chakka jam” call did not evoke response from the general public and it was merely a show of SAD party workers, which is an interference in the judicial process. This was stated by Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha, while talking to media-persons after the two-day North Zone cultural festival “Xclusiv expression-2003” concluded on Monday evening. The event was organised by the Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh, in association with the district cultural society, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Youth Cong reminds Badal of promise on graft
Ludhiana, November 25
Senior vice-president of the pradesh youth Congress, Mr Pawan Dewan, today criticised the Shiromani Akali Dal and its leader, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for trying to give a communal colour to the corruption charges levelled against him. He observed that Mr Badal should have full faith in the judicial system and should present his case before the court and not hold the entire state to ransom.

Badal cautioned against threatening govt officials
Ludhiana, November 25
The Indian Ex-Services League (Punjab and Chandigarh) president, Col Channan Singh Dhillon (retd), and Col Harbant Singh Kahlon (retd), chief coordinator, Atam Raksha Sangh Punjab, have in a joint statement issued here today asked former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to refrain from threatening government officers involved in investigations of cases of corruption against him.

Shiv Sainiks burn effigy of terrorism
Ludhiana, November 25
Shiv Sena activists held a demonstration at Clock Tower Chowk here today against the ethnic violence in Assam and later burnt an effigy of terrorism. The demonstrators were led by Mr Om Parkash Saini, president, Kamgar Sena, and Mr Krishan Lal Sharma, vice-president of the party.
Activists of the Shiv Sena burn an effigy of terrorism in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Activists of the Shiv Sena burn an effigy of terrorism in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Training dogs for obedience
Ludhiana, November 25
Never did Shiv Kaushal imagine that his love for dogs will get him fame and his name would enter the Limca Book of Records for best dog trainer. His name was entered in the Limca Book in 2000, after being adjudged best dog trainer at six dog shows in a row within two years. Mr Kaushal was in the city with his well-trained dogs to participate in a dog show organised by North Star Kennel Club here yesterday.

Animal hospital inaugurated
Ludhiana, November 25
The animal and bird hospital of the local chapter of the People for Animals (PFA) was inaugurated at Khwajeke village, near here. Local residents donated generously for the cause of animals. Ms Geeta, an animal lover, presented her gold ornament to the PFA on the inauguration of the hospital. Mr Ashok Sital, his son Ajay Sital and Mr Aridaman Jain dedicated two sheds for cows in the memory of their ancestors.


Illicit liquor seized, three arrested
Ludhiana, November 25
The police on Sunday arrested Ramesh Kumar, a migrant from UP, and seized 8 bottles of illicit liquor from his possession He was booked under the Excise Act.


Beopar mandal opposes move to impose VAT
Ludhiana, November 25
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal has cautioned the members of trade and industry against attempts by the government to impose VAT. Mr Amrit Lal Jain and other functionaries of the mandal said in a joint statement here today that the trading community ought to rise against the government move unitedly and ensure that such anti-trade decisions were scrapped.

Industry apprehensive about import duty on steel
Ludhiana, November 25
The small scale industry, which is mostly dependent on iron as its basic raw material, is apprehensive about the pressure tactics being used by big steel producers on the government to retain the 25 per cent import duty on steel. It has been learnt that the government has been thinking to bring down the duty to 10 per cent, which is being resented by the big domestic steel producers as this will effect their monopoly.

Reliance organises customer-service camp
Ludhiana, November 25
Reliance India Mobile, Ludhiana, organised a customer-service camp here today. Various problems of customers relating to billing, collection, handset and other customer service aspects were redressed.

Officials of Reliance Infocom attend to queries at a customers’ meet organised in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Officials of Reliance Infocom attend to queries at a customers’ meet organised in Ludhiana on Tuesday.


Training for small farmers
Ludhiana, November 25
To enable small farmers to sell their produce at remunerative prices, the Central Institute of Post Harvest and Engineering Technology (CIPHET) will hold a training programme from November 27 to 29.


Arya College students observe strike
Ludhiana, November 25
Demanding clarity in the fee structure, students of Arya College observed a strike on the college campus here today.

Notice served on PAU VC for disobeying court
Ludhiana, November 25
The alleged harassment case of a PAU employee at the hands of the university authorities has taken a serious turn, with a local court issuing a notice to the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, on the charge of wilful and intentional disobedience of the court order, vide which they were directed to release the retirement benefits. He has been directed to appear personally or through his pleader in court on
December 3.

Tiny tots steal hearts
Ludhiana, November 25
Students of Little Angels Nursery School, Netaji Nagar, and Playway Pre-Nursery and Nursery School, BRS Nagar, organised their annual functions here today.
Kids of Little Nursery School dressed up for the fancy dress show in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Kids of Little Nursery School dressed up for the fancy dress show in Ludhiana on Tuesday. 
Kids of Playway Nursery School dressed up for the fancy dress show in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Kids of Playway Nursery School dressed up for the fancy dress show in Ludhiana on Tuesday. 

Teachers go on 1-day tour
Ludhiana, November 24
To inculcate and develop the skills of learning by travelling and watching, a one-day educational tour to Ludhiana was organised for the in-service primary and elementary school teachers of Ludhiana district.

NCC camp concludes
Ludhiana, November 25
Hundreds of NCC cadets took an anti-dowry and anti-corruption pledge at the concluding day of the Annual Training Camp (ATC) held by 19 Pb Bn NCC Ludhiana at Malwa College Stadium, Bondli, yesterday.

65 students donate blood
Ludhiana, November 25
A blood donation camp was organised at Khalsa College for Women here yesterday. Dr (Ms) Varinder Kaur Thind, Principal, Khalsa College for Women, inaugurated the camp. The camp was organised by Ms Devinderpal Kaur and Ms Honey Walia, in association with the Indian Red Cross Society, to help the needy.



Polio campaign in Jan, Feb
Ludhiana, November 25
About 4,85,000 children up to the age of five years will be given polio drops in the next two rounds of the polio eradication campaign. This was disclosed by Dr S.N.Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, while addressing a workshop of the health workers here today.

Tips to prevent lower backache
Ludhiana, November 25
Lower backache is one of the most common problems in the world. The lumber spine is a complex structure that connects the body to the lower body. It provides both mobility and strength. Mobility facilitates movements and therefore, pain in the lower back can restrict activity.

Electrohomoeopaths seek recognition
Ludhiana, November 25
The Electrohomoeopathic Doctors’ Association is sore at the government for not recognising the electrohomoeopathy system of medicine. The president of the association, Dr M.S. Dhillon, and the press secretary of the association, Dr K.S. Khaira, in a statement today said that the government was against any new system of medicine that deserved recognition.


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