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Kingpin of multicrore financial
scam arrested
Suspected to have embezzled Rs 20 crore
Ludhiana, December 16
At long last the Sarabha Nagar police has succeeded in arresting Vicky Dhir, the kingpin in the multi-crore financial scandal which rocked the city last year. Over Rs 20 crore were said to be embezzled by the accused when he declared himself bankrupt in November, 2002.

Tributes paid to 1971 martyrs
Ludhiana, December 16
Tributes were paid to Flg-Off Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, Major Bhupinder Singh and other martyrs, who had laid down their lives for the country during the 1971 Indo-Pak war at a function organised to observe the Vijay Divas at Mini Secretariat here today.
Kin of martyrs pay tributes to Flg-Off Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon on the occasion of Vijay Divas in Ludhiana SALUTING THE HERO: Kin of martyrs pay tributes to Flg-Off Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon on the occasion of Vijay Divas in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari


Widows urge for peace on Vijay Divas
Ludhiana, December 16
It was a moving poem by a young schoolchild, describing the grief of a child whose father had laid down his life fighting enemy, that conveyed a strong message of end to war and bloodshed at a function organised to mark Vijay Divas here today.

Travel agents fleecing passengers
Ludhiana, December 16
In the absence of any check on travel agents by the authorities concerned, a number of passengers are allegedly being harassed by them. Travel agents, on the other hand, maintain that since they are authorised by the Railway Travel Services Agency, they are not answerable to anyone.

Sentinel noticed that on Mondays the traffic is quite less on roads. Maybe after the hectic activities of the weekend, people take it easy on Monday. The road from Domoria Bridge is also without much traffic and one can traverse on the highly congested road with ease. The traffic is less, perhaps the airconditioned market Calibre Plaza opposite The Tribune office remains closed.
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Councillors hail more  powers to Mayor 
Ludhiana, December 16
The atmosphere was festive, with bhangra dancers, fireworks and flowers all over the main office of Municipal Corporation here. The occasion was the City Mayor Mr Nahar Singh Gill coming to the office after the government had announced granting more administrative and financial powers to Mayors of all five MCs in Punjab.

Pharmacists burn Director’s effigy
Ludhiana, December 16
Members of the Punjab State Pharmacists’ Association today held a demonstration outside the Civil Surgeon’s office here. They burnt an effigy of their Director, Dr Devinder Pal Singh Sandhu.


Nirdosh Dhand arrested for gambling
Ludhiana, December 16
Nirdosh Dhand, who was disowned by the Congress because of his involvement in a number of criminal cases , was arrested last night in a raid on gamblers in New Kundan Puri by a police party from the Division No 8 police station.

Couple booked on fraud charge
Ludhiana, December 16
The Division No 2 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 420 and 120 of the IPC on a statement of Mr Sudhir Ahuja, Assistant General Manager, State Bank of India, Miller Ganj, against Ashok Kumar and his wife Vandna Garg, residents of New Shimla Puri on Daba Road.


Gas to replace coal in industries
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 16
“The Government of India has given a green signal to supply natural gas for use as fuel in factories and plants to facilitate pollution-free environment in the states. The Punjab Government has also assured co-operation in the implementation of the scheme, said Mr J. Washan, Director (zonal), Gas Authority of India Ltd, here on Monday.

Airtel full service outlet opened
Ludhiana, December 16
Airtel, India's premier mobile service today ushered in a new era of convenience for its customers, with the opening of an Airtel FSO at Model Town here. Airtel has a large number of customers in Model Town and they will be able to get a large number of services under one roof, including recharge coupons, new connections etc, said one of company's spokesperson.



Four city teachers in PU Syndicate
Ludhiana, December 16
With four local college teachers and principals getting elected to the Panjab University Syndicate in the elections held yesterday in Chandigarh, staff and students of over 30 affiliated colleges here feel that the city has got adequate representation in the decision-making body, this year.

Extension lectures at Karamsar college
Doraha, December 16
A series of extension lectures on different educational and social aspects have started at Government College, Karamsar, Rara Sahib, last week.
The first lecture was delivered by Dr R.K. Lekhi, a renowned educationist and economist on ‘Liberalisation, globalisation and privatisation and its impact on Indian economy.

Students of GGN Public School dressed up in traditional Punjabi attire to perform bhangra and gidda in Ludhiana Bir Devinder honours students

Students of GGN Public School dressed up in traditional Punjabi attire to perform bhangra and gidda in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by  Inderjeet Verma


Hectic activities on for Bar elections
Ludhiana, December 16
Hectic activities have started for the forthcoming District Bar Association (DBA) elections. The candidates in the fray for the annual elections of the DBA are leaving no stone unturned in wooing the voters. With smiling faces the candidates are busy convincing voters to cast votes in their favour.


Sports festival concludes

Samrala, December 16
A sports festival at Khattran village, 3 km from here, concluded yesterday. The festival was organised by the Youth Sports Club and the gram panchayat.

Villagers take part in a bullock-cart race in a sports festival at Kattran village. — Photo by P.S Batra

Villagers take part in a bullock-cart race in a sports festival at Kattran


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