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BJP protests against police lathi charge
Ludhiana, December 14
The BJP demonstration to press for a judicial probe into the last week’s lathi charge on party workers passed off peacefully today.
BJP activists wear black strips at a demonstration held near the Mini Secretariat in Ludhiana on Tuesday BJP activists wear black strips at a demonstration held near the Mini Secretariat in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

More plaques found stolen
DC orders registration of case
Ludhiana, December 14
While there is no trace of the missing plaques on the statue of Major Bhupinder Singh, decorated martyr of the 1971 war, the plaques on the statues of Paramvir Chakra-winner, Flt Lt Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, at the Mini secretariat and of Shaheed Bhagat singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev at the Jagraon overbridge have also gone missing.


Water unfit in most schools, dhabas: report
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 14
While the society has yet to take measures to improve the quality of potable water, the situation is found to be alarming by the District Health Department. Whereas all public tap water samples collected in the district were found fit for drinking, dhabas and schools showed the worst results during the current year.

Quacks practising in Mini Secretariat!
Ludhiana, December 14
The tall claims of the district administration and the health authorities with regard to curbing the practice of quacks in the city notwithstanding, some ‘vaids’ are practising right inside the Mini Secretariat. It is not just the quackery that is prohibited, but the way they lure people to purchase these drugs. They use vulgar language, making it difficult for people, particularly women, to pass by.

A quack with his ‘magic drugs’ at the Mini Secretariat. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
A quack with his ‘magic drugs’ at the Mini Secretariat

Ayurveda doctors over govts’ apathy
Ludhiana, December 14
Ayurveda practitioners in the state have condemned the state government for indifferent attitude towards ancient science of medicine — Ayurveda. Despite the Central Government’s efforts to revive its status, state the government was giving a step-motherly treatment to the ancient science.

Medical students end protest, resume classes
Raikot (Ahmedgarh), December 14
The local police has resolved the tussle between the students and management of the Bengali Institute of Medical Sciences at the local town by asking the striking students to resume their classes today.

Pedestrians the worst affected
Sahnewal, December 14
The main market road here has been virtually encroached upon at the cost of pedestrians and passersby. Sahnewal town seems to be divided between the traffic lights on the national highway on one hand and the frequently closed level-crossing on the other.

Train mishap: admn on its toes
Ludhiana, December 14
The city administration remained on its toes in making arrangements for providing better medical treatment to those injured in train accident near Mukerian today morning.

When it comes to selling products, or offering you loan, private companies do not mind encroaching upon customers’ privacy, making calls at all odd hours. However, when it comes to recovery, these companies do not even mind hiring musclemen who are ready to break all rules to ensure due recovery.


Complete road repair by March, DC tells Executive Engineers
Ludhiana, December 14
Taking strong note of the delay in the completion of various projects in the district, Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma has directed Executive Engineers of all PWD divisions to complete the ongoing repairs on 137 link roads by March 2005, besides asking them to start work for strengthening and widening of certain roads.

Transport staff burn Finance Secy’s effigy
Jagraon, December 14
Hundreds of workers of the Punjab Government Transport Workers Union, Jagraon Depot, on the call of an action committee, took out a protest march from its workshop to courts against the negative attitude of Mr K.R. Lakhan Pal, Finance Secretary. They burnt his effigy because he, despite the assurance of Mr Mohinder Singh KP, Transport Minister, Punjab, to replace 400 old buses with new ones, did not sign the guarantee.

PSEB to challenge tariff slash in court
Ludhiana, December 14
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is likely to move the court against the decision of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission to cut power tariff in the state. It is learnt that a panel of lawyers has already been assigned to study various aspects of the case to be filed in the court within a few days.

Energy conservation day celebrated
Ludhiana, December 14
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) celebrated the state-level Annual Energy Conservation Day at Guru Nanak Bhavan here today. Mr B.K.Bindal., Engineer-in-Chief, PSEB, was the chief guest on the occasion.
Schoolchildren participate in the Annual Energy Conservation Day celebrations organised by the Punjab State Electricity Board at Guru Nanak Bhavan in Ludhiana

Schoolchildren participate in the Annual Energy Conservation Day celebrations organised by the Punjab State Electricity Board at Guru Nanak Bhavan in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed


Married woman raped
Jagraon, December 14
A married woman of Gorsian Khan Mohammad village was allegedly raped by Bittoo, son of Gome, of this village. He also threatened to kill her if she disclosed the incident. The Sidhwanbet police, on the statement of the victim, has registered a case under Sections 376 and 506, IPC. No arrest has been made so far.


Car sales slide
Ludhiana, December 14
Massive discounts and incentives offered by various car companies do not seem to be enthusing buyers of new cars. Reason, most customers want to wait till the new year to get an advanced model which helps them fetch better price at the time of selling.

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Tiny tots win over hearts of parents
Samrala, December 14
The annual day function of Sant Kirpal Singh Seva Panthi Public School, Neelon, 10 km from here, was celebrated today with great pomp and show. Mr H.S. Hanspal, President of the PPCC, was the chief guest, while Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, Samrala, presided over the function.

From Schools and Colleges 
Lecture on raising standard of higher education held

Ludhiana, December 14
The SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, held an inspirational lecture on self-motivation yesterday for raising the standards of higher education in the college. Dr Amarjit Singh Dua, Dean, Development Colleges, GND University, Amritsar, member standing committee, UGC, and Senator, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Tributes paid to Dhanwantri
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 14
Students and staff of the Guru Nanak Ayurvedic College and Research Institute, Gopal Pur on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla Road organised a function to pay tributes to Dhanwantri, founder of the ancient system of medicine. Dr Balwinder Walia, Chairman of the trust of the institute, presided over the function.


Bar candidates defy code of conduct
Ludhiana, December 14
A number of candidates for the District Bar Association elections are openly violating the code of conduct issued by the returning officer. The annual elections of the Bar will be held on December 20. Mr S.K. Pathak is the returning officer and Mr P.S. Batra assistant returning officer.

Posters pasted by bar candidates defacing public property. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Posters pasted by bar candidates defacing public property



IMA award for Punjab doctor
Ludhiana, December 14
The IMA, Ludhiana, has congratulated Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander, as he has been honoured with the Dr K. Sharan Cardiology Excellence Award for 2004. The award is given to cardiologists of India for specialisation in the field of cardiology or cardiac surgery or allied field. The award carries a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh and a scroll.


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