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Another armed dacoity leaves one dead
Ludhiana, December 19
More than 10 armed dacoits struck at the house of a cardboard box maker on Tibba road in the outskirts of the city killing one person and decamping with Rs 30,000 worth cash and jewellery today early morning.
Relatives of Mohan Lal, who was killed by dacoits near Tibba Road in Ludhiana on Sunday Relatives of Mohan Lal, who was killed by dacoits near Tibba Road in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Missing driver: case not registered
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 19
After receiving the information about the disappearance of a driver of the Civil Hospital, Sudhar, the Jagraon police has asked the health authorities to get the complaint registered at the Patiala police station as the driver was reported to have left that city on December 11.


The driver who decamped with Rs 5 lakh arrested
Ludhiana, December 19
The city today announced the arrest of a driver of a city based Industrialist who had decamped with latter’s Rs 5 lakh and a black lancer car early this week. Addressing a press conference here today, Mr R K Jaiswal, SP- City-I said the accused driver, Jagdeep Singh alias Jagga was arrested in a joint operation with the Muzzafarpur Nagar police.

Police inquiry into missing plaques ordered
Ludhiana, December 29
Following the directions of Deputy Commissioner, Anurag Verma, the district police today registered a case of theft against unidentified persons in the martyr’s missing plaques case.

Colourful start to National School Games
Ludhiana, December 19
The golden jubilee edition of the National School Games was inaugurated during a colorful function at Guru Nanak Sports Complex, here today. A jampacked stadium witnessed the inaugural function of the games (hockey, kho-kho, softball and handball) which was formally declared open by Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister, Punjab. Around 10,000 students and their teachers from various schools in the district were present there to watch the opening ceremony

It was destined, says ‘Race’ actor
Ludhiana, December 19
Young and petite with dark brown naughty eyes, 21-year-old Aditi Sharma, winner of Zee TV’s “Best Cinestar ki Khoj”, was in the city today as her favourite aunt and uncle had invited her to celebrate her success. Aditi said: “When out of 80 shortlisted contestants, 32 had to go for the finals, I found my name missing.” She was surprised when she was asked by Zee to report again. Five stand-by contestants were summoned as a candidate had declined to participate. Aditi was chosen from among the five and she reached the finals.

Aditi Sharma, winner of Zee TV’s “India’s Best Cine Star ki Khoj” contest. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Aditi Sharma, winner of Zee TV’s “India’s Best Cine Star ki Khoj” contest

Fire in shawl shop
Ludhiana, December 19
A major fire broke out in a four-storey shawl shop in congested Moch Pura Bazar here in the wee hours today causing a loss of thousands of rupees to the owner. Prompt action by the officials and employees of the fire department put off the fire in around two hours thereby averting a major tragedy. The fire had reached two storeys of TCN Sons and reduced the woollen material to ash.

Dhaba owner murdered
Khamano, December, 19
A dhaba owner Ravinder Singh Kuku was murdered last night at his dhaba near Government Senior Secondary School Khamano. According to information, this dhaba opened a few days ago. There were two servants of his own village Badesh Kalan and he had two servants one of Bihar and another of Shimla named Shankar and Madan Chand.


SAD appeals for unity among urban Sikhs
Ludhiana, December 19
The rural-urban divide within the Shiromani Akali Dal appears to be finding its expression with urban Sikhs seeking due representation in the party. During a meeting of the urban district unit of the party, the urban Sikhs appealed each other to unite to ensure that the outsiders from the rural areas do not “grab the leadership”.

MPs must declare assets: council
Ludhiana, December 19
The Anti-corruption Council of India has expressed great concern to the President of India in a memorandum submitted urging therein to direct all the members of Parliament to submit their ‘assets and liabilities’ stating which is mandatory under the section 75A (I) of a Representation of the People act, 1952 and rule 3 of the Members of Lok Sabha (Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Rules, 2004.

Road’s condition deplorable
Raikot (Ahmedgarh), December 9
While the Sikh devotees of this belt of Malwa were waiting eagerly to have a glimpse of the sacred urn of Guru Gobind Singh, Ganga Sagar, a rare sacred relic which was once gifted by the 10th guru of the Sikhs to Rai Kalah the Nawab of Raikot, the leaders of the various organizations were undecided on the issue of the route on which the specially prepared wagon carrying the sacred relic should be brought to the historic gurdwara Tahli Sahib in the last week of this month as scheduled earlier.
The condition of the Raikot-Sudhar road
The condition of the Raikot-Sudhar road. — A Tribune photograph

Sapping innocence out of childhood
Ludhiana, December 19
Scores in the age group from 10 to 14 years are working at tea and chana-kulcha stalls housed in Mini Secretariat here. Most of these children are from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. They start working around 9 am and continue doing so till 5.30 pm. Undernourished and impoverished, these children make tea, supply it to lawyers and their clients and bring back empty glasses and wash these. They hardly get any rest during the day.

A young boy from Bihar works at a tea stall in the mini secretariat in Ludhiana.
A young boy from Bihar works at a tea stall in the mini secretariat in Ludhiana

Seminar on population imbalance 
Ludhiana, December 19
The People’s Movement, an NGO, is concerned about the population imbalance and the demographic changes occurring in several parts of the country. Hence, that organised a seminar on of ‘population imbalance ‘in BVM school here today.

Farmers need power during day: BKU
Ludhiana, December 19
The Bhartiya Kisan Union has asked the state government to provide power to the farmers during the day time. The BKU leaders said here today that the power for running the tubewells was supplied to the farmers during the night hours. Moreover there was no certainty as and when the power would be supplied and the farmers have to wait for hours in uncertainty.

Park development project inaugurated
Ludhiana, December 19
The councillor of ward number 43, Mr K.L. Chhabra, inaugurated the development work of three parks in C-Block of BRS Nagar, estimated at a cost Rs 27 lakh, here today.

Mr K.L. Chhabra, councillor, inaugurates the development of a park in BRS Nagar in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo by IV
Mr K.L. Chhabra, councillor, inaugurates the development of a park in BRS Nagar

Maneka Gandhi elected member of welfare board
Ludhiana, December 19
The Animal Welfare activist, environmentalist and former union minister Maneka Gandhi has been elected member of the Animal Welfare Board of India, Chennai (Ministry of Environment and Forests).


Four booked for assault
Jagraon, December 19
Mr Avtar Singh, Mr Narinder Singh, Attar Singh and Atma Singh of Bharowal allegedly assaulted Nand Singh of Acharwal by entering in to his house with sharp-edged weapons and also fired into the air to create scare. The Sidhwanbet police has registered a case under Sections 452, 323, 336, 34 of the IPC on the statement of Nandsingh Land dispute is the reason for the assault.


Training programme for hotel staff organised
Ludhiana, December 19
The Hotel and Restaurant Association, Punjab, organised a training programme for hotels and restaurants staff, including receptionists, waiters, house keepers, cooks, food and beverages officials and all other staff of related wings of hospitality industry at Hotel Taksonz, here today.



Punjab teachers’ union office-bearers
Khanna, December 19
Election of the District body of the Punjab Pradesh Teachers union Punjab was held at Government Girls senior secondary School Khanna on Saturday. As many as 125 delegates participated in the election. The election was supervised by Mr Parshotam Lal Sirthla, Mr K.S. Rajewal and Ajit Singh, who were appointed observers by the state body of the union.


Bar poll: young lawyers will be deciding factor
Ludhiana, December 19
With voting for the annual elections of the District Bar Association (DBA) scheduled to be held tomorrow, the candidates are not leaving anything to chance. The last day of canvassing proved to be a power show, in which the voters were the VVIPs.


Fine century by Salil Kaushal
Ludhiana, December 19
Salil Kaushal hits a fine century (129) as Municipal Corporation Cricket Club scored an emphatic 96-run victory over Friends Club in the ongoing cricket tournament being held at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys ground here today.


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