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Part of Sidhwan Canal bridge collapses
Repair work was entangled in red tape

Ludhiana, December 1
One half of a bridge over Sidhwan Canal on the Gill road collapsed this morning, causing traffic problems and threat to the canal upstream. The other half was built a few years ago. The repair and maintenance of the bridge was caught in red tape  for long.

The collapsed half of the Gill road bridge over Sidhwan Canal.
The collapsed half of the Gill road bridge over Sidhwan Canal. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Children of affluent families in drug net
Ludhiana, December 1

Children of affluent families of Ludhiana, Nawanshahr and Jalandhar are among the main customers of a gang of drug smugglers that was busted recently by the city police.

Rajindra Sharma, the alleged drug mafia don.
Rajindra Sharma, the alleged drug mafia don.



A folk dance performance during the PU Zonal Youth Festival being held at Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Tribune photo Sayeed Ahmed

Gas pipe block caused blast
Ludhiana, December 1
The Khanna police has booked the owner, manager and a labour contractor of a steel factory in Doraha where a massive blast caused the death of a labourer and injuries to two others late last evening.

A wedding gift of AIDS
Ludhiana, December 1
Gurmeet Kaur (not her real name) is suffering from AIDS, but she is blissfully unaware of the affliction. A wedding gift from her husband, a driver, who married her in February knowing well that he was HIV positive, Gurmeet Kaur will permanently remain under the shadow of death cast by the disease.

Garcha offers to quit, several ready to step in
Race for Improvement Trust chairmanship

Ludhiana, December 1
With the Improvement Trust Chairman, Mr Ashok Singh Garcha, once again expressing a desire to relinquish his post, a mad race has started among Congressmen for this coveted chair.

Rallies mark World AIDS Day
Ludhiana, December 1
The district Health Department held an awareness rally to observe the World AIDS Day here today. The rally was flagged off by Ms Amrit Gill, SDM, from Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School.


Police not registering case, says resident
Ludhiana, December 1
Vanita Saxena (18), a resident of Jawand Vihar locality, near Gurdwara Akal Mandal, was allegedly assaulted by some of her neighbours on November 23. She claimed that her collarbone was fractured. The next day she got herself examined at the Civil Hospital. But the Haibowal police, ignoring the medical report, has refused to register a case of assault in spite of repeated requests.

Vanita Saxena, who claims her collarbone was fractured in a clash with neighbours in Ludhiana on November 23. — A Tribune photograph

Vanita Saxena, who claims her collarbone was fractured in a clash with neighbours in Ludhiana on November 23.

Women empowerment plan drawn up: minister
Ludhiana, December 1
Rural Development, Panchayat, Power and Irrigation Minister Lal Singh has said the state government had chalked out a comprehensive plan for women empowerment so that they could be fully involved in the process of national development and social transformation.

90pc BSNL staff vote in union poll
Ludhiana, December 1
Over 90 per cent of the 1,400 BSNL employees cast their votes for the second membership verification of the employees union of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in groups C and D here today.

Power tariff cut lauded
Ludhiana, December 1
The local industry had welcomed the reduction in electricity tariffs by the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission. Mr P.D. Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said in a press note today that the regulatory commission had ultimately come to the rescue of power consumers in the state.


Girl kidnapped from Vijay Nagar
Ludhiana, December 1
On a statement of Mr Ram Simran, who lives in Vijay Nagar, the Jodhewal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 363,366-A and 120-B of the IPC against Chander Pal, Ram Saran and Chander Bhan, who hail from UP and live in the same locality.

5 booked for forgery
Jagraon, December 1
Lakhwinder Singh of Kothe Sherjang village, Kulwant Singh of Swaddi Kalan village, Jaswinder Singh of Talwandi Kalan village, Jagrup Singh Sohi of Sohian village and Raviraj Darhoj of Gurra village have been booked on charges of cheating various persons on the pretext of sending them abroad.



From Schools & Colleges
Rally organised to generate AIDS awareness

Ludhiana, December 1
The World AIDS Day was celebrated at Government High School, Salem Tabri, Ludhiana, today. Principal of the school Ranjit Singh spoke on HIV and its effect on human body. Milan Devi, a student of Class X, delivered a lecture on AIDS on the occasion. Science teacher Sukhdev conducted a quiz on the occasion.

Diploma in oral implantology proposed
Ludhiana, December 1
Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Hospital held its annual function amidst a lot of fanfare here today. The function was attended by a large number of luminaries from the city as well as NRIs.

Personal contact programmes
Samrala, December 1
The second round of personal contact programme for senior secondary students, which began today, will continue till December 20. For Class X students, the programme will be held from December 3 to 18.


Man, son get 2 years’ jail
Ludhiana, December 1
The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr G.C. Garg, has sentenced Megh Raj and his son Rajinder Kumar to two years of imprisonment each in a cheque-bounce case. The duo was also fined Rs 5,000 each.


Gurmat sangeet sammelan from December 2
Ludhiana, December 1
The 13th Adutti Gurmat Sangeet Sammelan will be held from December 2 to 5 at Gurdwara Guru Gian Parkash Sahib, Jawaddi Taksal, at Jawaddi Kalan. Baba Sucha Singh started the sammelan in 1991 to revive the old tradition of singing in the praise of the lord in ragas.


CMC holds free medical camp
Ludhiana, December 1
Hundreds of people suffering from different ailments today availed medical services at the one-day medical and dental camp organised by the Christian Medical College and Hospital at Pohir village, about 23 km from here.

Race hots up for Civil Surgeon’s post
Ludhiana, December 1
More than six names of senior doctors are being considered for the prestigious post of Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, following the retirement of Dr S.N.Tiwari.

How to prevent heart disease
OBESITY, poor diet, smoking and physical inactivity are the leading causes of heart disease and stroke, and are now being seen at an alarmingly early age.

Blood donation camp organised
Samrala, December 1
A blood donation camp was organised by the Youth Welfare Club of Malwa College, Bondli, on the college campus under the leadership of the club convener, Dr Harinderjit Singh Kler, and Prof Harinder Kaur. More than 50 students donated blood on the occasion.


HMV Jalandhar win overall trophy in cycling meet
Ludhiana, December 1
HMV College of Jalandhar accumulated 29 points to annex the overall champion’s trophy in the Guru Nanak Dev University Inter-Colleges Cycling Tournament for women and men organised at the velodrome of Punjab Agricultural University here yesterday. BBK DAV College of Amritsar secured 11 points to finish runners-up, while SDAM College, Dina Nagar, gathered five points and had to content with the third spot.


Rs 1,168 cr given as loans in dist
Ludhiana, December 1
Under the Annual Credit Plan, during the first six months of 2004-2005 loans amounting to Rs 1,168 crore have been disbursed in Ludhiana to the priority sector against a target of Rs 1,136 crore.


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