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Drug don arrested
Woman, schoolchildren involved in peddling

Ludhiana, November 29
In a major success against narcotics smugglers, the city police today arrested a wholesale drug dealer, Rajinder Sharma, belonging to Madhya Pradesh along with three other gang members.

The accused arrested in connection with a drug racket in Ludhiana on Monday The accused arrested in connection with a drug racket in Ludhiana on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph

Councillor-contractor nexus under probe
Ludhiana, November 29
Following the disqualification and removal of a local Congress councillor, Mr Sat Pal Puri, from his post on charges of encroachment on public land, the state government appears to be determined to discipline other councillors too facing charges like encroachment, forming alliances with contractors or seeking favours for their relations.


Doctors leaving city for greener pastures
Ludhiana, November 29
The city is gradually losing doctors to Canada, England and Australia. On an average, one doctor migrates every month out of Ludhiana for greener pastures in the developed countries. And most of them are in their mid-forties or early fifties.

123 farmers begin fast in jail
Ludhiana, November 29
As many as 123 farmers, lodged in the Central Jail here, went on a hunger strike today to demand an early medical check-up of those farmers whose arms had been fractured in the police lathi charge on them on November 3 while they were protesting against the falling prices of cotton.

BKU seeks release of farmers
Ludhiana, November 29
The Bharti Kisan Union has warned the government of serious consequences if the farmers agitating for increasing the prices of cotton were not released immediately.

‘Veer-Zaara’ now tax free
Ludhiana, November 29
Good news for fans of Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherjee. They can now watch the runaway hit, ‘Veer-Zaara, at reduced rates. Reason — the entertainment tax on the movie has been removed, courtesy the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

PUDA session leaves residents fuming
Ludhiana, November 29
While officials of PUDA assured residents of an approved colony on 150 acres in the South City area, several others, who were cheated by colonisers by selling 350 acres of unapproved area, returned dissatisfied at a grievances redressal session organised by PUDA here today.

Raikot police station goes online
Raikot, November 29
While the Jagraon police district is yet to become a part of the Centre-sponsored Pol-Net Scheme, the police station at Raikot has emerged as the foremost police station of the area to have installed a computer to keep the data generated records of diverse type of information.


BJP gears up for protest rally in Delhi
Ludhiana, November 29
The local unit of the BJP is all set for the proposed national-level protest demonstration and gherao of Parliament to be organised in Delhi on December 1 to protest against rising prices.

Development officers to surrender vehicles
Ludhiana, November 29
Protesting against the withdrawal of functional expenses and reduction in the incentive bonus scheme by 60 per cent to 80 per cent, development officers of the Life Insurance Corporation of India will surrender their vehicles and keys to the senior Divisional Manager at the Divisional Office, Dugri, here on December 1.

Consumer alleges cheating by BSNL
Ludhiana, November 29
A resident of Mandiani village who had gone to deposit his phone bill at the Mullanpur Dakha cash counter of the Telecom Department felt cheated when he was not provided an Indian Telecom Card despite the fact that his phone bill exceeded Rs 2,000.

BSNL employees hold rally
Ludhiana, November 29

The BSNL Employees Union today held a rally in connection with the union elections on December 1 here. The union demanded that there should be no disinvestment of BSNL and pension should continue to be paid on the IDA pay scale from the Consolidated Fund of India.
Members of the BSNL Employees Union protest at a rally organised in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the BSNL Employees Union protest at a rally organised in Ludhiana on Monday

Bharat Vikas Parishad to get award
Ludhiana, November 29
The Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust, Ludhiana, will receive the best-employer award from the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, in Delhi on International Day of the Disabled on December 3.

Seminar on regionalism begins
Ludhiana, November 29
A two-day national seminar on “Regionalism — a threat to Indian nation and state (in context of north-western states)” began at Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, here today.

Book of stories released
Ludhiana, November 29
A book of short stories ‘Eh Na Bhali Riti’ by Paramjit Kaur Niggar was released by Dr Surjit Patar, president of the Punjabi Sahit Akademi at a function. It is the first book of the writer.

DTF for lifting ban on recruitments
Ludhiana, November 29
Representatives of the Democratic Teachers Front, Punjab, met the DPI (Elementary) Mr Jagtar Sidhu, here today. They urged him to lift the ban on recruitment of centre heads in schools within 5 km radius of cities.


One killed in mishap
Jagraon, November 29
Mohan Singh of Takhtupura, who was riding a scooter, was killed in an accident near Dehrka village. The police has registered a case on the statement of Chamkaur Singh of Baddalwala.


‘Exempt’ industrial activities from service tax
Ludhiana, November 29
Industry representatives here have said the confusion prevailing over certain issues pertaining to service tax has still not been cleared. “The date of registration under service tax was extended but no decision has been taken so far,’ said Mr P.D. Sharma, president, Apex Chambers of Commerce and Industry.



PU zonal festival vibrates with young talent
Ludhiana, November 29
A four-day Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival and Heritage Festival got underway at the DD Jain Memorial College for Women here today. The college was abuzz with activity. As many as 11 teams are participating in scores of competitions lined up for the festival. The morning session was inaugurated by Mr I.S. Dhillon, Director Youth Welfare, Panjab University, Chandigarh. He lit the traditional lamp. Mr Dhillon while addressing the students said the youth of today should not ape western culture but respect their own culture and tradition.

A student sings a song in a competition. — A Tribune photograph
A student sings a song in a competition

From Schools
Entertaining evening at Guru Harkrishan school
Doraha, November 29
The annual day function of the local Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, was held on Sunday evening. Dr Inderpal Singh, former Pro Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Children of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, perform at the annual day and prize distribution function of the school on Sunday.
Children of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, perform at the annual day and prize distribution function of the school on Sunday

Annual day at Dukki govt school
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 29
The annual prize distribution function of Shaheed Kartar Singh Dukki Government Senior Secondary School, Latala, was held on the school premises on Sunday. The function was presided over by Mr Jagpal Singh Khangura, and Dr Sukhdev Singh, an NRI was the chief guest.


Poll process bares rift in Bar association
Ludhiana, November 29
Continuing with its history of conflict and confrontation, the District Bar Association, Ludhiana, was vertically divided on the very first day of the electoral process of the Bar here today, with the two rivals factions led by the sitting President, Mr B.K. Goel, and the former president, Mr Harish Rai Dhanda, appointed their own nominees as returning officers and assistant returning officers for the forthcoming elections.


Plays mark concluding day of Punjabi week
Ludhiana, November 29
Two plays ‘Eh Lahoo Kisda Hai’ and ‘Bal Bhagwan’ were staged today by the Punjab Sahit Sabha of the Government College for Boys on the college premises to mark the concluding day of the Punjabi week.

A scene from the play, ‘Bal Bhagwan’, staged at the Government College for Boys, Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

A scene from the play, ‘Bal Bhagwan’, staged at the Government College for Boys


12-day dental care camp begins
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 29
The local and Hargobindpur branches of the Bharat Vikas Parishad today started a 12-day dental care camp at the Civil Hospital here. It was inaugurated by Dr Sunit Hind, while Dr K.C. Goel, District Health Officer, Sangrur, was the chief guest.


Rs 2 crore for sports infrastructure in schools
Ludhiana, November 29
Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister, Punjab, said a comprehensive plan to provide sports facilities from the primary level has been chalked out by the government in the state and Rs 2 crore would be spent for this purpose this year.

The Gurdaspur contingent during the marchpast ceremony at the Punjab State Inter-District Primary Schools Sports Meet in Ludhiana on Monday. 
The Gurdaspur contingent during the marchpast ceremony at the Punjab State Inter-District Primary Schools Sports Meet in Ludhiana on Monday

Atal Partapi meet from Dec 13
Ludhiana, November 29
The 5th edition of the Atal Partapi Tournament will be organised by the Namdhari Sports Club in association with Nagar Panchayat of Bhaini Sahib at Bhaini Sahib village, headquarters of the Namdhari sect from December 13 to 17.


13 challaned for using LPG in vehicles
Ludhiana, November 29
The district transport authorities have challaned 13 vehicles for using LPG meant for domestic use to run their vehicles. This was done following orders of Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma to take action against such persons.


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