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18 hurt as employees clash at Avon Cycles
Ludhiana, January 16
Eighteen persons were injured today in a clash between two groups of employees of Avon Cycles, even as most of the employees went on strike seeking the reinstatement of three of their colleagues.
Employees of Avon Cycles sit in dharna in front of its factory in Ludhiana Employees of Avon Cycles sit in dharna in front of its factory in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Ex-sarpanch indicted for embezzling funds
Ludhiana, January 16
The district administration has asked the district police chief to register a case of cheating against Ms Manso Devi, a former sarpanch of Fatehgarh Gujjran village, for allegedly embezzling Rs 2.15 lakh. The administration is also contemplating an inquiry against the Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO) concerned for dereliction of duty.


Advani, Capt to share dais
Ludhiana, January 16
Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani will share the dais with the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh here on Sunday. While Mr Advani will be the chief guest, Capt Amarinder will preside over the function to mark the launching of Hindi vernacular Dainik Jagaran from Ludhiana.

5-year RI for abetting wife to commit suicide
Ludhiana, January 16
A local court has sentenced Vikas Garg of Shastri Nagar, Jagraon to undergo five years’ rigorous imprisonment on the charge of abetting his wife, Vandana Gupta, to commit suicide.

Dial 131 for no response
Ludhiana, January 16
Ever tried phone No. 131, the all-important number of railway enquiry? If you have not done so, don’t ever try it. Those who have dialled it have always found it “ busy”. Even if it is not busy, the phone keeps on ringing but nobody picks it up. One has no option but to go to the railway station to get information.

Harpreet Sandhu promoted as Addl Advocate General
Ludhiana, January 16
A city lawyer and Punjab's Deputy Advocate General, Mr Harpreet Sandhu, has been promoted as Additional Advocate General of Punjab. The orders to this effect were issued by the Additional Secretary Home Department Punjab, Mr R.L. Mehta and conveyed to Mr Sandhu here today.


Sops by Cong an eyewash, says BJP 
Ludhiana, January 16
The BJP has termed various concessions and sops announced by the Punjab Government for the people of the state as just an eye wash and devoid of any benefit to the common man. "The promises made to different categories of people are vague, inadequate and selective."

Traders welcome sops

Akali factions gear up for elections
Ludhiana, January 16
The SAD led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal is trying to position itself as the major contender for the Lok Sabha poll. The party has benefited with the merger with the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal led by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

Icy winds sweep city
Ludhiana, January 16
After a pleasant week-long spell of clear and sunny weather, city residents woke up to a cloudy and windy morning today. In fact, after a bright sunny Lohri , hopes of having a pleasant weather ahead were running quite high but these were dashed this morning as icy winds swept across the city causing a sharp decline in the temperature once again.
People enjoy the warmth of bonfire in Ludhiana on Friday.— Photo by Pradeep Tewari
People enjoy the warmth of bonfire

Most trains running late

Ludhiana, January 16
Hundreds of train passengers had a harrowing experience with most trains running late. The delay in the arrival and departure of trains varied from a few hours to over an indefinite period.

There was a heavy rush at the railway station due to the delay of trains in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari

There was a heavy rush at the railway station due to the delay of trains

Residents’ pleas fall on deaf ears
Ludhiana, January 16
Residents of Model Town Extension are sore at the “indifferent” attitude of the civic administration. Some of the transport companies, dealing in building material, have made the matters worse. In addition to dirty water from the Gurdwara, here, the residents have to live with flying dust.

Bricks and sand market at public land near Model Town Extension gurdwara in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Bricks and sand market at public land near Model Town Extension gurdwara

Indians have attitude problem, feels NRI
Ludhiana, January 16
The country has still not developed after so many years of Independence because people here are facing an attitude problem. Politicians, bureaucrats and higher officials are not accessible to the common man, thus a majority of the problems remain unresolved, said Dr Avinash Sharma, a psychotherapist who worked for more than 25 years in Canada, here today.

Delegates to participate in world forum
Ludhiana, January 16
A four-member delegation of the Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha (BJGVJ) has gone to Mumbai to participate in the World Social Forum which is being held from January 16 to January 21, 2004, on the theme ‘Another World is Possible — which is without wars’, in which all nations and all people shall have equal opportunities to develop with no bias based on gender, religion, caste or creed.

Flowers showered on temple
Ludhiana, January 16
Devotees of Lord Ayyappa celebrated Makar Sankranti here on Wednesday with religious fervour and special puja, besides cultural programmes. Thousands of people from various walks of life participated.

Devotees of Lord Ayyappa celebrate Makar Sankranti in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Devotees of Lord Ayyappa celebrate Makar Sankranti

Nabard workshop for self-help groups
Amloh, January 16
Nabard yesterday organised a pre-linkage workshop for unlinked self-help groups (SHGs) in Amloh block of Fatehgarh Sahib district at the local dharamshala in coordination with the Child Development Project Officer (CDPO), Amloh.


Case against firm for selling substandard oil
Ludhiana, January 16
The Legal Metrology Department has registered a case against a refined oil manufacturing firm for selling oil unfit for human consumption. A complaint in the case had been received by the office of the Deputy Commissioner.

Couple injured
Ludhiana, January 16
The Haibowal police registered a case under Sections 279,337,338 and 427 of the IPC yesterday on the statement of Ms Shashi Kant Babbal, a resident of Rishi Nagar, against Aman Kumar, who allegedly rammed his car into the scooter being driven by the complainant’s husband Dr Purab Dass on Thursday at Rajpura chowk and injured him.


Cable firms, operators at loggerheads
Ludhiana, January 16
Even as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has fixed the monthly subscription being charged by cable operators all over the country at the rates prevailing on December 26, 2003, a battle is on between local cable network companies and cable operators.

Parliamentary panel invites SSI team
Ludhiana, January 16
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry has invited representatives of Small Scale Industry (SSI) for evidence on key concern areas of SSI sector credit flow and procurement of raw material. Besides this, other main issues will also be taken up. The committee has also invited Secretary, Ministry of Small Scale Industry and Secretary, Steel, for discussions.

Hoteliers meet Virbhadra
Ludhiana, January 16
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab has appealed to the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister to initiate some measures jointly with the Punjab Government for the development of tourism in both states.

Octroi on finished goods resented
Mandi Gobindgarh, January 16
Mr Joy Kutti, General Secretary, Gobindgarh Steel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in a representation to the executive officer, municipal council, has sought his intervention in stopping the octroi contractor of Mandi Gobindgarh from charging octroi on finished goods brought from outside the octroi limits of Mandi Gobindgarh for exports to other stations.

Bank profit up by 210 pc
Ludhiana, January 16
IndusInd Bank today announced a robust third quarter results for the period ended December 31, 2003. It posted a net profit of Rs 77.09 crore in the third quarter of the financial year, registering a whopping 210 per cent increase over its net profit of Rs 24.83 crore for the same period the previous year.


Tuberose has good export market
Ludhiana, January 16
PAU floriculturist Dr Ramesh Kumar and Dr G.S. Sidhu have advised farmers to grow flowers and said flowering plant such as tuberose can be successfully grown in the plains of India. It blooms profusely in the summer and monsoon. Most artistic garlands and floral ornaments are made from its flowers and used for bouquets and in buttonholes.


IGNOU’s induction meeting today
Ludhiana, January 16
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will conduct a two-day nationwide induction meeting through video teleconferencing for its freshly admitted students from today.

Principal attends Science Congress
Doraha, January 16
Dr Harpreet Gill, Principal, Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Senior Secondary School, Kottan, participated in the 91st Indian Science Congress held at Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Teachers oppose contract system


St Thomas boys win chess title
Ludhiana, January 16
Boys from St Thomas Senior Secondary School proved their supremacy over their opponents from Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, to annex the title in the third Sahodaya schools chess championship that concluded on the St Thomas school campus here today.
The players who secured top positions in the third Sahodaya inter-school chess championship at St Thomas Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
The players who secured top positions in the third Sahodaya inter-school chess championship at St Thomas Senior Secondary School


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