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New Year shock: three burglaries in one night
Ludhiana, January 1
The New Year did not begin on a happy note for three families in Manjit Vihar Colony under Salem Tabri police station as a gang of burglars struck at their houses while the families were away.

The burgled houses of Mr K.M. Gill Mr Dev Kumar at Manjit Vihar
The burgled houses of Mr K.M. Gill (left) and Mr Dev Kumar at Manjit Vihar in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photos by I.V.



Tsunami didn’t hit their spirits
Ludhiana, January 1
Proving once again that life goes on at its pace, residents celebrated New Year Eve with gusto.
Though the tsunami disaster affected the celebrations with various clubs and hotels cancelling the celebrations and the residents thinking it should be a low-key affair, Ludhianvis’ never say die spirit was evident on roads as they danced into the new year.

Youths celebrate New Year Eve on the Jalandhar bypass in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Youths celebrate New Year Eve on the Jalandhar bypass in Ludhiana on Friday.

PHRC closes old man’s case
Revenue Department offers hope

Ludhiana, January 1
After being shown the door by the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PHRC), Mr Satnam Singh, an 84-year-old man who has been struggling to get the possession of his land, has been given a ray of hope by the state government as he has been asked to appear before the Additional Secretary (Revenue) on Monday.

Fresh controversy dogs road project
Ludhiana, January 1
The much-hyped and delayed elevated road project cannot keep itself out of controversies! This time it is a shopkeeper’s association that has complained to the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), Local Bodies Department, urging him to order an inquiry into the delay in the project and the repeated extensions being given to the contractor.

Mired in controversy: The elevated road project with pillars erected on the GT Road
in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
The elevated road project with pillars erected on the GT Road

Tension grips Jainpur village again
Ludhiana, January 1
Tension gripped Jainpur village on Hambran Road once again today following an attempt of demarcation by a claimant of a farmhouse worth crores amid allegations that the police was allegedly helping a party in the dispute at the behest of an influential politician.

Villagers gather near the controversial farmhouse at Jainpur village in Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjit Verma.
Villagers gather near the controversial farmhouse at Jainpur village in Ludhiana.

Mini bus overturns, 1 killed
Sahnewal, January 1
A mini bus, carrying devotees from Bhaini Sahib to Fatehgarh Sahib via Ludhiana, overturned due to some technical fault at Heeran village, near Kohara, here today.


Punjabi Culture Study Circle doing yeoman’s service
Ludhiana, January 1
The Punjabi Culture Study Circle International (PCSCI) is doing yeoman’s service towards promoting Punjabi literature.

Peanuts, poor man’s almonds
Ludhiana, January 1
Peanuts, the humble nuts, are a hot favourite during winter. Monkey nuts, groundnuts or peanuts, as these are known, can be seen heaped in small mounds along roadsides and stacked in shops. Everyone likes to munch these and most see it as a nice passtime.

Mounds of peanuts being sold in every part of Ludhiana. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Mounds of peanuts being sold in every part of Ludhiana

Let’s recycle greeting cards
Ludhiana, January 1
People must have received a number of New Year greeting cards. After displaying these for some days, the question arises what shall be done with the stack of greeting cards.

City girl to join IAF as ground duty officer
Doraha, January 1
Cadet under officer Jasdeep Sandhu has been selected as ground duty officer (GDO) by the Air Force Academy, Hyderabad. She recently received an appointment letter in this regard. She would be commissioned as an officer after a one-year rigorous training.

The year saw police in a new role

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 1
Social policing dominated the functioning of the police in the Jagraon area, which claimed to have settled more disputes by arbitration than referring these to court during last year. It launched a crusade against social evils, including drug addiction, illiteracy and the dowry system.

Labourers sit around a bonfire to keep themselves warm as mercury dipped in Ludhiana on Thursday night due to rain.
Labourers sit around a bonfire to keep themselves warm as mercury dipped in Ludhiana on Thursday night due to rain. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Relief collection centres set up
Ludhiana, January 1
The state government has decided to send relief in kind along with the relief fund as per the requirement of those hit by the tsunami waves in South India. The relief material would be collected at the District Red Cross Society.

Deaths mourned, help pours in
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 1
Condolence meetings were held at various offices in the town and its surrounding areas to mourn the loss of thousands of lives in the tsunami disaster. Meanwhile, the call given by the district administration to donate liberally for the tsunami victims has received a good response.

Pensioners donate for tsunami victims
Ludhiana, January 1
In response to the Prime Minister’s appeal, the Government Pensioners’ Association has sent Rs 5,100 (Bank Draft No. 132551, dated 29.12.2004, issued by UCO Bank, Civil Lines, Ludhiana) to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund as its humble contribution to provide aid to the people affected by the tsunami tragedy in the southern parts of the country,

Oppn rejects MC proposals
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 1
Considering the constrained financial state of the local Municipal Council, the opposition group, enjoying majority in the House, rejected some of the proposals placed for consideration in the general house yesterday.

Restricted holiday on March 23 flayed
Doraha, January 1
The All-India Federation of Democrative Youth has criticised the move of the Punjab Government that has declared the shaheedi day of Bhagat Singh on March 23 and the martyrdom day of Shaheed Udham Singh on June 31 as restricted holidays for the year 2005.



SMS congestion on New Year Eve
Ludhiana, January 1
It was short messaging service (SMS) that ruled the roost when it came to sending New Year greetings. So much was the congestion due to the huge SMS traffic that messages were delayed by even as long as 12 to 14 hours.

Service tax on road freight condemned
Ludhiana, January 1
Condemning the imposition of service tax on road freight, industry representatives today said this would amount to the service user and not the service provider paying the tax.



From Colleges
NSS camps conclude
Ludhiana, January 1
A 10-day NSS camp concluded at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, here today.



Teeth problems? Cosmetic dentistry is here
Ludhiana, January 1
“If you don’t have the smile like that of Diana Hayden or Aishwarya Rai, don’t feel left out. Dental cosmetology is the solution to your problem as it could enhance your smile to its best”.

Your health in cold weather
THE mention of winter evokes images of sparkling snowflakes and skaters gracefully gliding across the ice. But winter can also be a time of illness and injury, if people fail to take adequate health and safety precautions.


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