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Residents welcome New Year with dance, music
Ludhiana, January 1
Residents here welcomed 2004 with music, dance and masti last night at Sutlej club. The club was tastefully decorated right from the entrance with balloons, flowers, tissue hanging, stars and other decorative items.
Kumar Sanu Puja Batra

Kumar Sanu and Bollywood actress Puja Batra entertain the audience with their performance on the New Year eve bash at the Sutlej Club in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
— Tribune photos by Pradeep Tewari

TV channels disappoint 
Ludhiana, January 1
New Year Eve programmes on TV channels last night were disappointing. Hindi or Punjabi channels, the main ingredient of entertainment seemed to be scantily clad girls and some well known actresses, gyrating to popular tunes.


Politicians play spoilsport in drive against encroachments
Ludhiana, January 1
As the Municipal Corporation has taken up the task of clearing thousands of encroachments on public places, parks, roads and public streets in the city, acting on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, political leaders of all hues have started interfering at various levels. As such the already difficult job, needing tactful handling and a diplomatic mix of persuasion, motivation, pressure and threats, has become all the more tough for the civic administration.

Revelry claims two lives
Ludhiana, January 1
The New Year could not have brought worse news for two Jagraon-based families which lost their young sons in an accident last night. Their three other friends are convalescing in the intensive care unit of a local hospital after the car they were travelling in crashed into a tree late last night.

Trader found murdered
Ludhiana, January 1
Mystery shrouds the murder of a middle-aged trader, Ashok Kumar of Janakpuri, whose naked body was found on Humbran Road, near here, today. The trader used to run a cloth shop in the Janakpuri area. The market in Janakpuri remained closed today, with shopkeepers demanding a probe into the incident.

Private hands at work in govt offices
Ludhiana, January 1
It may take many years for the government to privatise public utility services it runs, but officials in various departments have already taken the lead on their own. This has been helping them to offload their “extra” work. At the same time public also feels benefited as the work is done on time.


Youth Cong hails Birmi's return to CM’s fold
Ludhiana, January 1
The senior vice president of the Pradesh Youth Congress, Mr Gurinder Singh Grewal, has hailed the return of Mr Milkiat Singh Birmi and Mr Kanwaljit Singh Lali to the Chief Minister's fold.

Criminals are finding it easy to strike at a number of targets due to fog On the prowl in fog
Ludhiana, January 1
While people in the urban and rural areas are cursing the chilly weather for obvious reasons, criminals and robbers are trying to make the most of the prevailing foggy conditions.
Criminals are finding it easy to strike at a number of targets due to fog. — A Tribune photograph

Clock Tower traders a harassed lot
Ludhiana, January 1
Traders around the commercial area near the Clock Tower in the city are a harassed lot. As a result of the ongoing construction work on the elevated road from Jagraon Bridge to Chand Cinema over Old G.T. Road and poor maintenance of the area by the Municipal Corporation, the entire stretch has virtually become a living example of hell on the earth.

Readers Write
Cong dissidents playing foul game
his is a fact that every one desires for a higher portfolio (of CM) but it should be at the correct time. Dissidents have started their activities at a time when the party has been rejected in three states in the Assembly elections. 

Amrit Lal nominated to Aggarsen Foundation
Ludhiana, January 1
Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal, President, Punjab Pradesh Aggarwal Sammelan, has been nominated member of the central executive of Shri Aggarsen Foundation. Set up by the Akhil Bharatiya Aggarwal Sammelan, the foundation would work to promote education, health care facilities and employment opportunities in the society, particularly among the weaker sections.

PFA rescues owl
Ludhiana, January 1
An employee of the People for Animals, Ludhiana, noticed some people attacking a bird yesterday. The bird was rescued, put in a cage and provided treatment at the PFA’s hospital at Rahon Road,Ludhiana.



Primary teachers hold meeting
Ludhiana, January 1
A joint meeting of office-bearers of eight unions of government primary teachers was held at Government Primary School(Boys), Jawahar Nagar. Mr Piara Singh Dhillon, Mr Pritpal Singh , Mr Karan Raj Singh Gill, Mr Kashmir Singh Khunda, Mr Mohinder Singh Heer, Mr Gurjit Singh Bajwa, Mr Gurdeep Singh Ahluwalia, Mr Ajit Singh Mand, Mr Baldev Krishan Moudgil, Mr Karam Singh Sohava, Mr Gian Chand Nayar and Mr Ramanjit Singh Sandhu were among those who attended the meeting.

From Schools
Kids usher in New Year with celebrations
Ludhiana, January 1
Students of Spring Dale Public Senior Secondary School celebrated the New Year Eve in a different way yesterday. The school management committee, including Ms Avinash Kaur Walia, Director and Founder Principal, Mr Nirmal Singh Walia, Chairman, Mr Sukhdev Singh, president, Mr Mandeep Singh, Director (accounts) and Ms Kamalpreet Kaur, Headmistress, organised a “dharmik sammelan” to impart religious education to students and show them the right path of living according to teachings of our gurus.

Seminar on career options today 
Ludhiana, January1
A seminar-cum-workshop on career options in the IT industry will be held tomorrow at the GNIMT, Model Town, Ludhiana.
The programme is meant for computer literate graduates in general and BCA,B.Tech and MCAs in particular. Students in final year and belonging to other institutes can also participate.

Touching farewell to Prof Grewal
Ludhiana, January 1
Prof A.S. Grewal of the Department of Plant Pathology in Punjab Agriculture University here was accorded a touching farewell by the staff and students today. He retired after putting in 41 years of service in the university.


Film on caste discrimination 
Ludhiana, January 1
“Kalan”, a short film based on caste discrimination , was screened at Mullanpur today. The show was organised by a local outfit, Cooperative Media. The film, based on a story by eminent short story writer Sarvmeet Singh and directed by Rajeev, depicts the sufferings and travails of those who are discriminated against on the basis of caste even today. The story revolves around Shibu and his son, who have strong views about discrimination in society.


All set for pulse polio campaign
Ludhiana, January 1
The Health Department here claims to have completed all preparations for the first round of the pulse-polio campaign. Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, in a press statement today said that 1964 booths would be set up in the district to administer polio drops to children up to five years of age on January 4.

Lecture on AIDS awareness
Ludhiana, January 1
Lectures on topics relating to stress management, aims and objectives of the NSS , personality development, national integration and awareness about lifestyle have been the highlight of the 10-day special NSS camp which began at Partap Singh Wala village on December 28.


Snooker championship
Ludhiana, January 1
The Punjab State Snooker Championship will begin here at the Sutlej Club from January 4, according to Mr Sunil Jain, president, Punjab Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA).


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