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Man kills daughter, her fiance
Jagraon, January 14
Unhappy over the decision of his daughter to marry, a 45-year-old man shot her and her fiance in Reethian Mohalla here today.
The accused, Ravinder Sabharwal, a Congress worker, pumped four bullets into his 19-year-old daughter, Rajni, and five into her 27-year-old fiance, Rajesh Kumar, from a licensed weapon of his nephew, Amit, alias Kala. Some used and unused cartridges were also found from the scene of the crime.

The police and area residents outside the house where a girl and her fiance were shot dead by the girl’s father in Ludhiana on Friday The police and area residents outside the house where a girl and her fiance were shot dead by the girl’s father in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Soldier returns home after 20 years
Surjan Singh during his youthful days in the Army Army had declared him deserter
Tugal (Sudhar), January 14
Lohri celebrations turned merrier for a family in this village when a missing soldier, declared deserter by the Indian Army, returned home.

Surjan Singh during his youthful days in the Army.


‘Dead’ woman traced with paramour
Ludhiana, January 14
A married woman who had gone missing from Haibowal five years ago and was later declared dead by the Ropar police was traced alive with a paramour by the city police today. The SP (City) Mr R.K. Jaiswal, said in a press conference that her appearance had turned tables on her husband, Prem Parkash, a resident of Haibowal here.

Single teacher for five classes
Basraon, January 14
There is a single teacher for five classes in Government Primary School at Basraon village, near Burundi, here. For the past four years, since two teachers superannuated from this school, the students have to make do with one teacher only.


VHP activists stage dharna
Ludhiana, January 14

Nearly 200 activists of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) today staged a two-hour dharna against the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms J. Jayalalithaa, for her “vindictive attitude” towards the Kanchi mutt. They also burnt her effigy and shouted slogans against her.

Vishva Hindu Parishad activists stage a dharna against the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms J. Jayalalithaa, in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Vishva Hindu Parishad activists stage a dharna against the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms J. Jayalalithaa

Crafts mela a big draw
Ludhiana, January 14

In the world of fast-driven technology, the craft of hand does make a difference. And fortunately there are people who can appreciate this art which demands care and attention. “The difference between a handmade product and one made by machine is like between a picture and a painting. You only need an eye and taste to appreciate it”, remarks Pokhar Ram, a puppeteer from Rajasthan, who is participating in the Karigari Craft Bazar at the Nehru Sidhant Kender along with 40 other artisans from across the country. The exhibition is being organised by the Akhil Bhartiya Dastakar Samiti.

Retaining the dying art of puppetery. Pokhar Ram of Rajasthan, a puppeteer, displays his puppets during the handicrafts exhibition in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Retaining the dying art of puppetery

Their kite is flying for more than 24 hours
Ludhiana, January 14
The colourful kite of Sohail (15) and Viren Chabbra (10), both brothers, is flying high for more than 24 hours now. Not only the two brothers are surprised but also their parents and grandparents are surprised as well. They feel that it is a kind of miracle. Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Roopi Chabbra, their mother, said that it is very hard to believe but it is a fact that their kite has been flying for more than 24 hours. “My elder son studies in a day-boarding school. He was here on holidays.

The kite that is flying for more than 24 hours is tied with a plant at Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
The kite that is flying for more than 24 hours is tied with a plant at Ludhiana on Friday

Petition against cable TV operators
Ludhiana, January 14
Residents of Rajguru Nagar have filed a petition with the Deputy Commissioner, Anurag Verma, seeking the fixation of uniform rates of cable TV connections. They have also sought action against cable TV operators for allegedly fleecing people without providing good services.

Makar Sankranti celebrated
Ludhiana, January 14
Makar Sankranti was celebrated by a large number of devotees at Shri Ayyappa Temple, Jamalpur, Focal Point, today. Today, apart from routine poojas and havans, special poojas like Makara Sankranti Abhishekham were done.


Kin of ex-SSP booked for carrying liquor
Ludhiana, January 14
A local liquor contractor of Amritsar, who is a close relative of an ex-SSP of Amritsar, has been booked by the Model Town police here for carrying three cases of wine without permission and threatening the employees of another liquor company with a revolver when he was stopped.


BSNL to launch broadband service in city soon 
Ludhiana, January 14
With the formal launch of broadband service by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited all over the country today and the service slated to go operational in the city in the beginning of next month, the telecom major is all set to give the Internet service providers (ISPs) in the private sector a run for their money.

Chamber submits pre-Budget proposals
Ludhiana, January 14
In its pre-budget proposals to the Union Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambram, the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) has recommended withdrawal of service tax on job work activities which form part of manufacturing process of the final product in various industries.

Bank starts clearing house services
Ludhiana, January 14
“By the end of financial year 2006, Punjab National Bank will be able to implement core banking solutions in more than 2,000 branches which will make it the first bank in the world to have such a large number of branches under core banking solutions,” said Mr K.C. Salota, Deputy General Manager, PNB, Punjab zone, while inaugurating the services of clearing house here last evening.



DC asks schools to declare results by February 10
Ludhiana, January 14
With a view to avoiding financial loss and harassment to parents, Mr Anurag Verma, District Magistrate, in an order issued here today, directed all schools to declare the admission results by February 10.

Minister’s statement irks unemployed teachers
Ludhiana, January14
Finance Minister Surinder Singla’s statement, published in a few vernacular papers, saying that unemployed teachers henceforth will be absorbed on the basis of daily wages has irked the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union.

PAU donates Rs 10 lakh for tsunami relief
Ludhiana, January 14
Punjab Agricultural University has donated Rs 10 lakh to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for tsunami victims. A cheque for Rs 10 lakh was handed over to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today by the Vice Chancellor, Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh.

PAU emerges winner at all-India youth festival
Ludhiana, January 14
The PAU team was awarded the overall trophy in the sixth All-India Inter-Agricultural University Youth Festival held in Maharashtra from January 4 to January 8, 2005. The team participated in music, theatre, fine arts, dance and literary events and won the overall trophy.

NSS camp ends with message against drug abuse
Ludhiana, January 14
A special NSS camp organised in three villages — Nangal Kalan, Nangal Khurd and Leel, by volunteers of the Colleges of Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering and Home Science of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, from January 5 to 14, concluded today at Nangal Kalan village.

Ramgarhia girls visit industrial unit
Ludhiana, January 14
The Department of Computer Science and Applications, Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, took its students on an industrial tour to G.S. Radiators, GT Road here yesterday to apprise them of computer projects and the latest IT technology.


14,000 traffic violators summoned
Ludhiana, January 14
As many as 14,000 traffic violators have been issued summons to attend a Lok Adalat to be held at New Judicial Complex here on January 22. Mr Harbans Lal, District and Sessions Judge, said more than 40 Benches would be set up to settle the cases.


Ludhiana win basketball matches
Ludhiana, January 14
Ludhiana made a fine start in basketball, registering victories in the boys as well as girl’s section, in the annual sports festival being organised by the Amarjit Singh Grewal Sports Club at Guru Hargobind Sahib Stadium in Gujjarwal village today.

Sutluj Academy win
Ludhiana, January 14
Sutluj Academy, Chander Nagar, recorded an easy 3-0 victory over Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, in the IInd Satluj Football Tournament for School Boys being held at Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.


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