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Facing harsh weather, callous society
Ludhiana, December 24
Chandu, a tramp, collects waste papers, cardboard boxes and other such material and sells these to earn some money. 
Shelterless, they sleep in the open
Shelterless, they sleep in the open. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Man held by Mayor let off
Ludhiana, December 24
The drama relating to the nabbing of an unidentified man by city Mayor Nahar Singh Gill yesterday during his khula darbar for overcharging for driving licence forms has proved to be eye wash only as the man was released by the police without any offence made out against him.

Court orders reprieve for 9 Trust officials
Ludhiana, December 24
As a reprieve for Improvement Trust Officials in Model Town Extension Club case, Additional District and Sessions Judge D.R. Arora today stayed the orders passed by the lower court, for sending them judicial custody for a week.


Court holidays from today
Ludhiana, December 24
The courts here will remain closed from December 25 to December 31, 2004. Mr Harbans Lal, District and Sessions Judge, has made arrangements for entertaining urgent matters during vacations.

Bail plea of Duggals adjourned till Jan 4
Ludhiana, December 24
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Inderjit Kausik, today adjourned the bail applications filed by directors of the Duggal Group of Companies — Subash Duggal and Sunil Duggal — till January 4. The judge also ordered the prosecution to bring the relevant record.


Youth giving up Sikh way of life: Vedanti
Ludhiana, December 24
Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti said that educational institutions could play a major role in educating students about glorious past of the community and bring them back to the Sikh way of life.

CPI concern over poor law and order
Ludhiana December 24
The executive committee of the Communist Party of India, Ludhiana, District at a meeting expressed grave concern at the deteriorating law and order situation in the district. In a statement Kartar Singh Bowani- district secretary, Dr Arun Mitra- assistant secretary and Mrs O.P. Mehta, city secretary said that the party felt that the police had utterly failed in checking lawlessness.

Expansion of Antodaya Anna Yojna
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 24
As the civil administration has initiated the process for the expansion of the Antodaya Anna Yojna here, the municipal councillors have been asked to recommend two to three families of their areas to be included in the scheme.

40,000 challaned for violating traffic rules

Ludhiana, December 24
Getting tough with traffic rules offenders, the police challaned more than 40,000 violators this year with special focus on black filming, redlight jumping, without number plate driving in year 2004.

Agitation by IT staff a boon for tax evaders
Ludhiana, December 24
The refusal of income tax employees and officers to perform certain administrative work to go out on field duty for survey during the ongoing agitation, has come as a boon for the business community as no survey or inspection could be carried out during this month to check concealed income.

Objectionable ads continue to appear in media
Ludhiana, December 24
Objectionable advertisements are being placed both in the print and the electronic media with impunity, without attracting any penal action from the health administration which is the enforcement agency in this case. Advertisers have been taking advantage of the “slackness” of the regulatory mechanism to flout law.

Christmas cards by underprivileged kids in demand
Ludhiana, December 24
Though millions of cards are exchanged as Christmas and New Year greetings every year in the city, the cards designed with creativity and colourful touch, much in demand these days, are the ones made by underprivileged children. The sale of these cards is up and more and more people prefer to buy these for the welfare of these children. Catchy line printed on cards says “I love, feel and cry, and I, too, have dreams”.

PSSF convention on Dec 30
Ludhiana, December 24
The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF) will hold a convention here on December 30 to focus on demands of government employees and to prepare course of action for these demands. Among other trade union leaders, the state president of the federation Mr Mahan Singh Rori will address the convention.

Pattar now on Net
Ludhiana, December 24
Noted Punjabi poet and president of the Punjabi Sahit Academi Surjit Pattar, who recently returned form his Canadian tour, will talk to lovers of poetry across the globe on chat room. For the first time, a Punjabi poet will be talking to readers on the Internet. Pattar will appear on the website on December 27, 2004 at 6.30pm (Indian time). Since long, Pattar’s readers from foreign universities and colleges were demanding him talk online.

Udham Singh’s birth anniversary function
Ludhiana, December 24
The 105th birth anniversary of revolutionary, Shaheed Udham Singh will be celebrated on December 26, at 10.30 am at the Pensioners’ Bhavan, Mini Secretariat (near SSP Office), Ludhiana by the Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial Trust.


Smack smugglers target youth
Ludhiana, December 24
Like lakhs of other migrant labourers who have been streaming to Ludhiana Sachin also came here in search of livelihood. Within a few years only he amassed a fortune. Mr Michael Joseph, psycho-analyst and criminologist noted with surprise as how he went unnoticed and in the process won over the confidence of a family he was living with. Not just that he also managed to involve family members in his trade of smuggling.


Dry weather may hit economy
Ludhiana, December 22
Continued dry weather may have a drastic effect on the economy of the state. While it might hamper agricultural yield this might also leave to the shortfall in power generation as well. Weather experts have also been maintaining that the weather is likely to remain dry for another week which does not augur well for state’s economy which is already under pressure.

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Students, parents take part in function
Ludhiana, December 24
Students of Eurokids participated along with their parents in various items, including fashion show, puppet show, and magic show last evening. The parents had an interactive counselling session with child psychologist Gauri Sunda. The students were given gifts in connection with Christmas.

Christmas celebrations at Everest Public School in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Christmas celebrations at Everest Public School in Ludhiana



Drive against TB to be intensified
Ludhiana, December 24
The Health Department will intensify the awareness campaign regarding the revised national TB control programme with a major thrust to educate the masses that the disease was curable. Medicines are being provided free of cost.

DMCH on way to normalcy
Ludhiana, December 24

The Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here was slowly moving towards restoration of normal functioning as all employees rejoined their duties today and each department in the hospital became fully functional.

Doctors examine a patient in the emergency ward of the DMCH, Ludhiana, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Doctors examine a patient in the emergency ward of the DMCH, Ludhiana, on Friday


Ushma, Princedeep are best athletes
Ludhiana, December 24
Ushma and Princedeep were declared the best athletes among girls and boys (primary section), while Gaurav and Shivani were named the best athletes among the boy and girl participants (middle section), respectively, in the two-day 4th annual sports day meet of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir School, Kitchlu Nagar, that concluded today. In the higher section, Rupika and Prince were adjudged the best athletes among girls and boys, respectively.


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