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Contractor faces criminal action
Widening of road
Ludhiana, January 3
The municipal corporation is likely to lodge a criminal complaint against one of the enlisted contractors for allegedly carrying out the work of widening of the Link Road from Preet Palace Cinema to Dhuri Railway Line without having received a work order from the appropriate authority.

Human rights panel’s order to SSP
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 3
Disposing of a complaint by a local resident against the local police, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the SSP, Sangrur, to protect his life and property and look into the matter at his own level. 

Market that poor turn to in winter
Ludhiana, January 3
In the city where designer wear and branded clothes make a fashion statement for the elite, for the poor, it is the flea market which sells second-hand clothes along the wall of the Jagraon bridge. 

The market under the Jagraon bridge displays a wide range of second-hand clothes. — A Tribune photograph
The market under the Jagraon bridge displays a wide range of second-hand clothes






Raikot residents give Rs 2.5 lakh for victims
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 3
Various social organisations of the area responded to the administration's call to donate liberally for victims of tsunami tragedy. Dr Indu, SDM, Malerkotla, said residents of the area had responded positively to the appeal of Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, to donate liberally for tsunami victims.

Judicial officers donate day’s salary
Ludhiana, January 3
Judges and lawyers today observed two minutes’ silence to mourn the deaths of thousands in the tsunami disaster at a condolence meeting convened by the District Bar Association here today at the conference hall at the judicial complex. Expressing their solidarity with the victims, the Bench and the Bar resolved to send financial help.

Cheats cash in on tsunami victims’ misery
Ludhiana, January 3
A large section of society has come forward to help tsunami victims in response to the appeals made by the administration, NGOs, voluntary organisations, clubs, etc. City residents are helping the victims both in cash and kind. But it is learnt that some unscrupulous people in the city have been trying to capitalise on the misery of the victims by collecting donations, clothes and eatables by visiting offices, business establishments and homes.

Posts of Administrative Officer lying vacant
Ludhiana, January 3
In violation of the Supreme Court orders, the posts of more than 12 Administrative Officer in the Secondary Education Department, Punjab, are lying vacant. There has been only one Administrative Officer in the Education Department in Jalandhar. Resentment prevailed among the office-bearers of the Punjab State Ministerial Association over the callous attitude of the Education Department in filling the vacancies.

Cable users not to pay enhanced charges
Ludhiana, January 3
The general body meeting of the Raj Guru Nagar Welfare Society last night unanimously decided not to pay more than Rs 150 as cable charges per month. The general body met under the leadership of Maj B.S. Gill (retd), president of the society.


Punjab BJP gears up for Haryana poll
Ludhiana, January 3
The state unit of the BJP has geared up to support party candidates in Haryana during the forthcoming Assembly elections. Hundreds of leaders and workers are expected to cross over to the neighbouring state to ensure the success of its candidates after January 4.

PSEB employees stage dharna
Ludhiana, January 3

Employees of the unit No.I, Western Wing, Punjab State Electricity Board, today staged a dharna against the state government's proposed move to privatise the board at the Fountain Chowk. They condemned the Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister, for issuing anti-employee statements and burnt an effigy of the state government.

Employees of the PSEB burn an effigy of the state government in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Employees of the PSEB burn an effigy of the state government in Ludhiana

Viscera of cows sent to forensic laboratory
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 3
The police are keeping a watch over the situation after the death of nine cows at a gaushala at Kaind village. The viscera of the cattle has been sent to the forensic laboratory at Patiala to establish the cause of the deaths. A criminal case, if any, will be registered only after the receipt of the post-mortem report, maintained the police.

Children participate in a nagar kirtan taken out in connection with the Parkash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar kirtan held in city
Ludhiana, January 3,
Long lines of trollies, tempos, tractors full of children, women , tableaus depicting different scenes from the tenth Guru’s life , kirtani jathas singing devotional songs, sea of humanity singing praises of the Guru were seen during the nagar kirtan taken out today at the Parkash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh from different parts of the city.
Children participate in a nagar kirtan taken out in connection with the Parkash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh. — A Tribune photograph

Two killed in accidents
Samrala, January 3
Mr Harinder Singh (24), of Gharkhana village, 5 km from here, died when his car collided with a truck. Sudha Jain of Abohar was seriously injured and was referred to Ludhiana, after giving first aid in the local Civil Hospital.


Firm directors booked
Khanna, January 3
The police has registered a case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC against four directors of Bindra Ispat Limited. They were accused of defrauding the Central Excise Department of Rs 78 lakh.



From Schools 
Prize distribution function at Akal Sahay School

Ludhiana, January 3
A prize distribution as well as an art, craft and science exhibition was organised at Akal Sahay Convent Senior Secondary School, New Janta Nagar, here today. About 15 students of the school, who had won top positions in the Camlin Colour Painting Competition- 2004, and the first three winners of the art and craft exhibitions held today were awarded prizes by the chief guest, Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, former MP.
Prize winners of Akal Sahay Senior Secondary School with guests of honour at a prize distribution function held in Ludhiana on Monday Science models displayed in the school
Prize winners of Akal Sahay Senior Secondary School with guests of honour at a prize distribution function held in Ludhiana on Monday; and (right) science models displayed in the school. — Photos by Inderjit Verma


Raunkan-2005 on Jan 5
Ludhiana, January 3
“Raunkaan-2005” will be organised at Punjabi Bhavan, here, on Wednesday. Pammi Bai, Balkar Sidhu, Ashok Mastie, Romey Gill, Luckwinder Lucky, Mallika-Jyoti, Yudhvir Manak, Saabar Koti, Banny A. and Sudesh Lahiri will take part in it. Ms Rajdeep Taneja of Jalandhar Doordarshan will host the show. “Raunkaan 2005” will jointly be organised by ITV and Win Cable to promote their channels.


Doc honoured for creating health awareness
Ludhiana, January 3
Dr Narottam Dewan, local surgeon, was felicitated at a function, held at the Municipal Office, Jagraon, by the Ramgarhia Welfare Council and Lions Club, Jagraon. Various speakers at the function expressed their views abut the need and ways to improve the health of the people and delivery of health services, particularly to the poor and the weaker sections.

No cut in infant mortality rate, says doc
Ludhiana, January 3
A seminar on reproductive child health (RCH) programme was organised at Lifeline Hospital at Gill Road here today. More than 200 general practitioners, nurses and social workers participated in the programme.

3,000 patients examined
Ludhiana, January 3
About 3,000 patients were examined in a medical camp organised by the Vijay Inderdinn Charitable Society in Atma Singh School on the Daba Road and another 250 patients got themselves checked in a free homeopathic and physiotherapy camp organised by Bharat Vikas Parishad at Vikland Sahayta Kendra in Rishi Nagar here yesterday.


MC Club win cricket tourney
Ludhiana, January 3
Harmit Batra ( 52 n.o and 3 for 10) helped the Municipal Corporation Club to register 44-run win over the United Club in the ongoing cricket tournament being held at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Men ground here yesterday.


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