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Cycle industry up in arms against ‘labour mafia’
Constitutes ‘hathi brigade’ to check vested interests
Ludhiana, January 21
Annoyed at the growing incidents of labour strikes, which have even led to violence, the cycle industry owners have decided to constitute a ‘hathi brigade’ to check “unscrupulous elements and vested interests” who in the name of trade unionism were allegedly trying to intimidate them and holding the industry, to ransom.

Heavy rain lashes Ludhiana
Ludhiana, January 21
Heavy rains lashed Ludhiana today. While the mild showers started around noon, these increased during the day. The heavy downpour continued till the evening. This also brought down the temperature below the normal, forcing people to stay indoors.

A rain-lashed road in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
A rain-lashed road in Ludhiana


Jail guards stage dharna
Level corruption charges against officials
Ludhiana, January 21
The Jail Guards Association of Central Jail launched an agitation here today against the jail authorities for transferring a senior leader of the association to Ferozepore Jail. Though the strike began on this issue only, the agitation took form of a major controversy as the association levelled charges of corruption and mismanagement against the jail authorities.

Imbroglio over cable charges continues 
Ludhiana, January 21
With local cable operators refusing to give effect to any further hike in monthly subscription and the district administration putting its foot down to maintain the monthly charges at the rates prevailing before December 26, 2003, as directed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), a meeting convened today by the SDM, Mr Kuldip Singh, with the cable operators, cable network companies and distributors of pay channels remained inconclusive.

NRI helpline to be set up in Jagraon


Another opportunity to get voter I-cards
Ludhiana, January 21
The local administration has given yet another opportunity to city residents to get their voter photo identity cards made. For this purpose, photo identity cards would be made between January 28 and April 4 in Vidhan Sabha constituencies of the district.

Encroachments: public street remains blocked 
Ludhiana, January 21
It sounds incredible but it is true that a public street in New Maya Nagar near Taj factory in Haibowal area, has remained barred to the residents for more than two years now. After a building in the street, being constructed in violation of the building bylaws, was demolished by the Municipal Corporation in 2001, the debris, including bricks and other material, was not removed and most of the street continues to be blocked, forcing the residents to take a longer route to reach the main road.

Accident victim’s father sore at negligence, apathy
Ludhiana, January 21
Relatives of Sarabjit Singh Thind, a student in Melbourne, Australia, who lost his right leg after he met with an accident at Kharar, Morinda, on December 29, have alleged that neither the police nor any other government official came to their aid in Chandigarh. Mr D.P. Singh, father of the victim, has charged the authorities of a premier medical institute in Chandigarh with ‘medical ignorance’, due to which his son had lost his leg.
Sarabjit Singh Thind at a private hospital
Sarabjit Singh Thind at a private hospital in Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Development works in five wards reviewed
Ludhiana, January 21
Mayor Nahar Singh Gill has started a campaign to go round all wards to assess the need for area-specific development projects and review the progress of ongoing development works. He visited wards 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 yesterday and held discussions with the area councillors concerned and residents of different localities.

First book bank set up in Begowal village
Doraha, January 21
The first book bank in Punjab has been established at Begowal village with the joint collaboration of the Punjab State Rights Commission and British Council. Mr Gursharanjit Singh, general secretary of the Punjab State Apex Body of NGOs, said Rs 45,000 had been provided by the British Council for this project in the form of books and furniture.
The first book bank in Punjab established in collaboration with the British Council and the Punjab State Human Rights Commission at Begowal village.
The first book bank in Punjab established in collaboration with the British Council and the Punjab State Human Rights Commission

Kashmiris observe Holocaust Day
Ludhiana, January 21
Members of the Kashmiri Pandit community yesterday observed Holocaust Day in memory of the “forced” exodus from their homeland in Kashmir, which started on January 19, 1990. There are about 200 Kashmiri Pandit families living in Ludhiana. Most of them have come here in the aftermath of terrorism in Kashmir.

Jail guards stage a dharna and raise slogans against the Central Jail authorities
Jail guards stage a dharna and raise slogans against the Central Jail authorities in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by IV

NHRC member to address meeting
Ludhiana, January 21
Mr R.S. Kalha, member, National Human Rights Commission and former Indian Ambassador to Iraq and Indonesia, will address a meeting of the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) at Hotel Majestic Park Plaza here on Saturday. This was disclosed by Mr Manjit Singh, president, and Mr V. K. Goyal, general secretary of the association, in a joint press note issued today. 

Man dies as room catches fire
Ludhiana, January 21
A 50-year-old man was allegedly burnt to death in his house on the Barrota road in Shimla Puri here this morning after a fire broke out mysteriously in his room. Mahipal, an employee of the Municipal Corporation, died after the quilt caught fire suspectedly due to a burning cigarette. The police was, however, keeping its finger crossed and conducting investigation under Section 174 of the CrPc.



Industry has ‘great expectations’  from CM
Ludhiana, January 21
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is learnt to have assured the industry that he will ensure smooth, prosperous and progressive growth and create a business friendly atmosphere in the state. Capt Amarinder, who was here on Monday, met a delegation of the industry at the residence of the Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill.

Cellone dealers regret BSNL apathy
Ludhiana, January 21
The BSNL Cellone (Post Paid) Dealers Association today alleged indifference on the part of the nigam towards their problems. A meeting of the association held here regretted that they were not getting their due. They said they were dissatisfied with the "non-cooperative" attitude of the BSNL staff at the local and circle levels. They alleged, "The dealers are treated as competitors rather than family members by the BSNL staff."

Imported fruits latest craze among locals
Ludhiana, January 21
Red and yellow capsicum, broccoli, baby corns and salad leaves, you go to any good hotel, restaurant or party, you would be served with imported vegetables, latest craze among the people of the city. These imported vegetables and fruits are being brought to the city regularly from Delhi because of its increasing demand.

Traders' stir against furnace lobby
Mandi Gobindgarh,  January 21
A decision to boycott a furnace mill of Mandi Gobindgarh and to stop loading for an indefinite period was taken at a joint meeting of brokers, iron scrap traders and the Beopar Mandal here on Monday. The dispute arose when two days ago, a furnace owner allegedly misbehaved with a scrap dealer, which took a serious turn today.



Khalsa College holds paper  reading contest
Ludhiana, January 21
The Guru Hargobind Literary Circle of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, organised a paper reading contest on ‘20th century English literature’ here yesterday. Students from postgraduate colleges from all over the state participated in the competitions. All participants presented their exhaustive papers focussing societal trends and their expression in English literature. The overall trophy of the contest went to the team of SCD Government College.

Seminar on consumer awareness
Ludhiana, January 21
A seminar on consumer awareness was organised by the Department of Commerce and Economic, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, here yesterday.

Uniform designation for PAU faculty members
Ludhiana, January 21
The Academic Council of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has decided to grant uniform designation to faculty members and now teachers will be designated as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor.


Summons issued against cop
Ludhiana, January 21
The case of a local industrialist Maninder Singh took a new turn when a local court ordered summons against the Inspector, Shamsher Singh Guddu and a close relative of a senior BJP leader.

Sharma re-elected Bar chief
Ludhiana, January 21
Mr Shakti Sharma was declared elected to the post of president of the New Courts Bar Association for the second time today. He defeated his rival candidate Mr C.S.Mahendru by a margin of 17 votes. He had also been the secretary of the association eight times.


Participants of the Dhee Punjaban contest wait in the rain for their turn on the final day 12 take part in ‘Dhee Punjaban-2004’

Participants of the Dhee Punjaban contest wait in the rain for their turn on the final day, in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Miss World Punjaban pageant this year
Ludhiana, January 21
The next beauty pageant Miss World Punjaban-2004 (8th in the series) will be organised this year. This pageant is organised once in two years since its inception in 1993.


Ludhiana badminton from January 24
Ludhiana, January 21
The Ludhiana District Badminton Association (LDBA) will be conducting the District Badminton Championship for junior boys as well as girls here at the Shashri Hall of the Guru Nanak Sports Complex from January 24 to 27. This was stated by Mr R S Behal, honorary general secretary, LDBA, today.

Volleyball meet at Mahilpur
Ludhiana, January 21
The Punjab State Volleyball Championship for senior men and women will be held at the SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, from January 30 to February 1, according to Mr Raj Kumar, general secretary, Punjab Volleyball Association.

Municipal Corporation Club win by 5 wickets
Ludhiana, January 21
Chanchal and Jatinder Vij excelled capturing three wickets each as the Municipal Corporation Cricket Club scored a five-wicket victory over Guru Nanak Engineering College, Ludhiana, in the ongoing cricket tournament being played at the GNE College ground here today.


13 police officers transferred
Khanna, January 21
Thirteen police officials were transferred by Mr Pramod Ban, SSP, last night. He said the transfers had been done on administrative grounds. As per the orders, SHO (city) Inspector Dilbag Singh has been appointed circle Inspector Khanna, while the SHO, Sadar police station, Mr Rajan Parminder Singh, has been transferred as the SHO, city police station, Khanna.

29 sites yield 9 cr at auction
Ludhiana, January 21
Twentynine commercial sites — eight single-storey shops, five shop-cum-flats and 16 shop-cum-offices — yielded Rs 964.05 lakh at an auction conducted by Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) at Dugri Road, Phase II, here today.


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