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Artificial shortage of cooking gas
Ludhiana, November 4
The local administration has taken a serious view of the scarcity of cooking gas created by various gas agencies in anticipation of the proposed price hike. It is learnt that the gas agencies have started hoarding LPG cylinders.

A long queue of LPG consumers in front of a dealer’s office in Ludhiana on Thursday
A long queue of LPG consumers in front of a dealer’s office in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

5 musclemen arrested
Ludhiana, November 4
The Ludhiana police today arrested five members of a recovery agency and freed three residents of the city, who were allegedly picked up by agents and were being beaten up in a case pertaining to instalments of a finance company.


Youth booked for uncle’s murder
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 4
The police has registered a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC against a youth Mandeep Singh, for allegedly murdering his uncle Rachhpal Singh, whose body was found lying on the bank of the Bathinda canal near Jandali village on Tuesday.

Nursing college case gets murkier
Mandi Mullanpur, November 4
The long-pending issue regarding misappropriation of funds of the Dr Mohan Kaur Memorial Nursing College took an ugly turn today when the pro and anti-president factions levelled serious allegations and counter allegations against each other.


V.K. Garg Garg for cutting taxpayers’ woes
Ludhiana, November 4
The new Central Excise Commissioner, Mr V.K. Garg, wants to reduce inconvenience to taxpayers. He feels a professional approach and reliance on IT would help. “We will encourage people to go online for filing returns,” he told The Tribune here today.   
V.K. Garg

Complete bridge by Dec 31,  environment board told
Machhiwara, November 4
The Punjab Government has instructed the Punjab Environment Development Board to complete the construction of the Machhiwara-Rahon bridge across the Sutlej by December 31. The construction of the bridge was started on February 14, 2001, and was supposed to be completed in 18 months.

Canada to open 12 immigration offices in India
Ludhiana, November 4
The Canadian High Commissioner to India, Ms Lucie Edwards, said here last evening that the Canadian Government planned to open 12 immigration offices all over India to facilitate interested Indians to process their cases for immigration to Canada.
Canadian High Commissioner Lucie Edwards before delivering the first Manjit Singh Memorial Lecture in Ludhiana
Canadian High Commissioner Lucie Edwards before delivering the first Manjit Singh Memorial Lecture in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo by Sayed Ahmed

Kribhco observes vigilance day
Ludhiana, November 4
Krishak Bharti Cooperative Limited (Kribhco), a national-level multi-purpose cooperative society, organised vigilance awareness day at Jagraon today. Mr Gurmeet Singh, SDM, who was the chief guest on the occasion, stressed the need for providing clean, open, transparent and corruption-free service to farmers and society at large.


5 booked for assault


Rules for import of scrap made stringent
Ludhiana, November 4
It will take more than six months to defuse the huge quantity of explosives recovered during the search of imported scrap containers at the Ludhiana container freight station. This was disclosed by Mr Narinderpal Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, who held a meeting with the Army authorities yesterday and requested them to take up the disposal of the explosives at the earliest.

Industry upbeat over Bush’s re-election
Ludhiana, November 4
The local industry is upbeat on the re-election of President George Bush. While majority of the industry representatives feel the Indian industry will benefit and petroleum prices will stabilise, a section labels it is as “undue excessive hype”.

Hoteliers meet Delhi Tourism Minister
Ludhiana, November 4
The Delhi Tourism Minister, Mr Arvinder Singh Lovely, has emphasised the need for cooperation between Delhi and Punjab to improve tourism in the two states.

Mr N.S. Nanda, president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab, presents a tourist directory of the state to the Delhi Tourism Minister, Mr Arvinder Singh Lovely, in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Mr N.S. Nanda, president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab, presents a tourist directory of the state to the Delhi Tourism Minister


MCPI flays cane charge on farmers
Ludhiana, November 4
The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has flayed the cane charge on agitating farmers by the police recently. Comrade Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri, national unit general secretary, and Kuldip Singh, state unit secretary of the outfit, have condemned the police action reportedly on the instructions of the state government on peacefully agitating farmers highlighting the distress sale of cotton and narma.


College stir probe begins
Ludhiana, November 4
A seven-member SGPC team headed by senior vice-president Gurpal Singh Gora is investigating the cause of students strike in Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College. Mr Gora said that no indiscipline would be tolerated in the college and whether the miscreants are the teachers or students , the matter would be investigated and the guilty punished. He was referring to a skirmish between two teachers of the college.


Seminar highlights importance of Lok Adalats
Samrala, November 4
The Punjab Legal Services Authority held a seminar today at the local civil courts complex to educate the general public on free legal aid and importance of Lok Adalats.


Manpreet, Bhupinderjeet win 3-km walk
Ludhiana, November 4
Manpreet Kaur of Government Senior Secondary School, Barsal, and Bhupinderjeet Singh of Government High School, Gill finished ahead of others to win the 3-km walk in the girls’ and boys, Under-17 categories, respectively, on the second day of the District Schools Athletics Meet being organised by the District Schools Tournament Committee, Ludhiana, at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Amritsar eves enter kabaddi final
Ludhiana, November 4
Amritsar eves secured a berth in the final of the Punjab Inter- Polytechnic Colleges Kabaddi Tournament for women being held at the Government Polytechnic, Rishi Nagar, here today.


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