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Pall of gloom descends on DMC
Death of student in Manali hotel
Ludhiana, December 15
A pall of gloom descended on the local Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here today after the report of the death of a student was broken to students and faculty.

Widow being harassed for husband’s ‘debt’
Ludhiana, December 15
After her husband’s death 35-year-old Balwinder Kaur of Salem Tabri area here is allegedly being harassed by policemen and certain persons who claim that her husband had borrowed money from them.
Ms Balwinder Kaur, a widow, along with one of her daughters Ms Balwinder Kaur, a widow, along with one of her daughters in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma


Huge hosiery stocks piling up at rly station
Ludhiana, December 15
Huge hosiery stocks are piling up at Ludhiana railway station awaiting transportation to different destinations across the country. With the winter appearing to be relative cold this year, the hosiery manufacturers are expecting a good season.

Huge stocks of hosiery goods awaiting transportation at Ludhiana railway station. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Huge stocks of hosiery goods awaiting transportation at Ludhiana railway station

MC faces a challenging task on encroachments
Ludhiana, December 15
In the face of directions by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to clear some 9000-odd encroachments on municipal and government land within the city limits in a period of two months, the Municipal Corporation is faced with a monumental task. If the action taken so far in this direction is any indication, the implementation of the High Court order within the stipulated period, seems to be very difficult indeed, if not impossible.

MC disclaimer on open manhole
Ludhiana, December 15
The Municipal Corporation authorities today claimed that the outcry of residents of Anand Nagar locality in ward No. 3 against the civic body after a child fell into an uncovered manhole of a sewerage line on Saturday was misplaced as it was a private sewerage line laid by area residents and the MC was not responsible for its maintenance.


Ludhiana factor in Capt-Bhattal row
Ludhiana, December 15
Ludhiana district has never lagged behind be it Freedom Struggle or Green Revolution. Even in the latest political row between the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Agriculture Minister and former Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, the city is again in the front ranks. Seven out of its eight Congress legislators have come out openly against Capt Amarinder Singh and are extending support to Ms Bhattal. There is only one Congress legislator, Surinder Dawar, who is aligning himself with the Chief Minister.

MP dares Capt to seek trust vote
Ludhiana, December 15
A senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Rajya Sabha member, Lala Lajpat Rai, today ridiculed the charge of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, that the Sangh Parivar was behind the rumblings in the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) as it wanted to destabilise the duly elected Congress government in the state.

Panchayats get Rs 9 lakh for development works
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 15
Mr Jagpaul Singh Khangura, a Congress leader and Mr Sony Ghalib, Youth Congress leader presented cheques worth Rs 9 lakh to various village panchayats of the Kila Raipur constituency segment.

Fashion market for the poor
Ludhiana, December 15
The bridegroom was nattily dressed in an imported suit. Nothing surprising, but this bridegroom stays in one-room accommodation. He has bought the nicely tailored suit from a flea market on the Shapur road. These flea markets are proving to be the lifeline for the economically weaker as far as clothes are concerned.
Customers flock to buy used clothes from a seller in a flea market in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Customers flock to buy used clothes from a seller in a flea market

Remembering Kalpana — the legacy of Chawlas
Kalpana Chawla would be remembered as one of the seven astronauts who met with a tragic end on February 1, 2003, shortly before space shuttle Columbia’s scheduled touchdown in the USA. But very few people know that the brilliant flight engineer from Karnal did not call her father, Mr Banarsi Lal Chawla, “daddy” or “papa” but “bhaa jee”, a Punjabi word meaning brother, and how she stuck to her decision of becoming an aeronautical engineer in spite of stiff opposition from her father who wanted her to look after his tyre business.

Human Rights Day celebrated
Samrala, December 15
Human Rights Day was celebrated at Malwa College, Bondli-Samrala. The main speaker at the function were Prof Jagmohan Singh, general secretary, association for Democratic Rights Punjab.

Jaycees team installed
Ludhiana, December 15
It has been observed that nowadays parents do not give much attention towards the moral development of their children. This is the main cause of deterioration of moral values in the society. This was stated by the president of the Ludhiana Central Jaycees at their installation ceremony held last night. Zonal president of the Indian Jaycees, Dr Vivek Mahajan, was the chief guest at the installation ceremony.

Pensioners’ day tomorrow
Amloh, December 15
Pensioners and senior citizens of Fatehgarh Sahib district will celebrate pensioners’ day on December 17 at 10 a.m. at Bachat Bhavan, Fatehgarh Sahib, as stated by Mr Hakim Rai president Amloh sub-division, in a press note here today.


Body found buried
Ludhiana, December 15
The Sahnewal police has registered a case under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Swaran Singh, a resident of Paharowal village, against an unknown killer who murdered an unidentified man and buried the body in his fields. The police said today it was clueless about the crime.

Minor sodomised, two booked
Ludhiana, December 15
A minor, who lives at Sidhwanbet and works with his maternal uncle at Bhaini Aaraian, and left the house in the evening to get his hair dressed was sodomised. Two persons have been booked under Section 377/34 of IPC at PS Sidhwanbet in this connection.

Cop found dead


Irate manufacturers mull settling in HP
Ludhiana, December 15
Piqued at the indifference of the Punjab Government, which has led to massive losses, fastener manufacturers have decided to move out to Himachal Pradesh, where the industry is getting benefits in terms of subsidy and tax relief. Fastener industry forms an important part of the economy here employing thousands of people.

Reliance subscribers face billing nightmare
Ludhiana, December 15
A large number of Reliance Telecom subscribers are at their wits’ end over delayed bills and repeated reminders for payment of pending bills for their mobile phones. Subscribers who had been using telephone services of the company for the past six to eight months said no bills had been sent to them till the end of November. 

CII trade fair from Dec 18
Ludhiana, December 15
The northern chapter of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will organise a trade fair in the city from December 18 to 21. Around 150 companies are expected to participate in the fair. This is fourth fair being organised by the CII here.



Teachers protest against college management
Ludhiana, December 15
The Association of Teaching Staff (ATS) of Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic Medical College, Kitchlu Nagar, staged a dharna during the recess here today as a mark of protest. All faculty members wearing black badges held a peaceful demonstration outside the Principal’s office.
Members of the Association of Teaching Staff of Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic Medical College during a dharna in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the Association of Teaching Staff of Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic Medical College during a dharna

Teachers, students honoured
Ludhiana, December 15
To honour dedicated teachers and meritorious students of Spirng Dale Public Senior Secondary School a prize distribution function was organised here yesterday. The chief guest and former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Mr Inderpal Singh, was given a (warm) reception by all members of the management committee.

Teachers’ protest rally on December 17
Ludhiana, December 15
The Punjab & Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) has decided to hold district level rallies and protest marches in the constituencies of the Congress MLAs and Ministers throughout the state till the college teachers’ demands, including 95 per cent grant-in-aid, pension-cum-gratuity, HRA to teachers working in rural areas, pay party to DPEs and librarians etc, are not acceded to by the Punjab Government.

Christmas preparations are on in Ludhiana
SANTA BRINGS SMILE: Christmas preparations are on in Ludhiana. — Photo by IV

Striving for cause of rural kids
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 15
A proud winner of five medals and prizes, she stands committed to spread of quality education to those rural and semi-urban children who cannot afford good education. Presently working as Principal at the local Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Ms Priyanka received maximum number of medals and prizes from Mr Bhairo Singh Shekhawat, Vice-President of India, at a convocation held at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

Annual function
Khanna, December 15
The annual function of Radha Vatica Senior Secondary School was held here yesterday. Mr Avtar Singh Henry, Minister for Consumers Affairs, Punjab, was the chief guest. Mr Amar Nath Shastri, Principal of Sanskrit College, Khanna, was honoured on the occasion.


Bar members deny allegiance to any group
Ludhiana, December 15
The issue of the support of six unanimously elected executive members of the District Bar Association (DBA), Ludhiana, to two rival factions took a new turn today with the Returning Officer, Mr Jaspal Chugh, maintaining that nobody had withdrawn nomination papers for the election of the executive members and no one had been elected unanimously.


Punjabi Akademi to honour Santokh Singh Dhir
Ludhiana, December 15
The Punjabi Sahit Akademi, Ludhiana will honour Mr Santokh Singh Dhir, Punjabi poet, short story writer and a novelist and seven other Punjab writers with Sardar Kartar Singh Memorial Award. One lakh in cash, citation and momento in the form of Mr Kartar Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award will be presented to the best writer Mr Santokh Singh Dhir.


Homoeopathic medicines can cure chilblains
Ludhiana, December 15
Winters bring with it chillburn or the itching chilblains which cause swelling and itching of fingers and toes in the season. The disease, if not treated properly and timely, could even take the form of an ulcer. Already skin OPDs of various hospitals have started witnessing many such patients daily.

City doc delivers lecture at Asia Pacific conference
Ludhiana, December 15
Dr Tejinder Singh, Professor of paediatrics and Dean UG studies at CMC Ludhiana, returned after delivering a guest house at Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference in Singapore last week. Dr Singh was invited to share his expertise on distance learning in Asian Prospective. Leading medical educationists from the USA, the UK, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and Denmark participated in the conference. There were three delegates from India.



Admn warns encroachers
Ludhiana, December 15
Might is right is coming true with, the warning of local administrator to remove all encroachments from within the town by December 15, 2003, the date fixed for the purpose and thousands of the shopkeepers have removed their sheds already.


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