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Schoolchildren brave chill to rehearse for R-Day function
Ludhiana, January 22
With temperatures dropping considerably and icy winds lashing the city for the past several days, schoolchildren are having a tough time while going to schools in the morning hours.
Students rehearse for the Republic Day function in biting cold in Ludhiana on Saturday

Students rehearse for the Republic Day function in biting cold in Ludhiana on Saturday. —  A Tribune photograph

Over 2,000 tsunami victims treated by CMCH team
Ludhiana, January 22
After a 40-bed base camp was set up by a medical team from the local Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) at Bishop Peter Teachers Training Institute, Devanampattinam, Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu) on January 7 for the tsunami victims, as many as 2,000 persons with various medical problems have been treated there while 85 of them were admitted as in-patients for treatment.


Cong leader, son accused of duping people
Khanna, January 22
Five persons have alleged that a Congress leader of Punjab and her son have duped them of Rs 10.5 lakh. The victims had lodged a complaint against Congress leader Harbans Kaur and her son, Sunny, and another person, Kesar Singh to the SSP, Khanna.

Boy was given insecticide-laced tea: report
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 22
A five-year-old boy of Pakhowal village, who was allegedly poisoned by his neighbour, and had died at a private hospital in Ludhiana on November 8, was given insecticide-laced tea, according a chemical examination report.

Worker dies after being set afire; factory owner held
Ludhiana, January 22
The police has arrested a local factory owner for beating and setting an employee on fire. According to the police, 28-year-old Ravinder Singh had been working at Sohal Cycle Factory in Shimlapuri for the past many years. Of late, his employers began suspecting that he was stealing material from the factory.


MC staff, VB in no mood to relent
Arrest of draughtsman, inspectors
Ludhiana, January 22
Vigilance Bureau officials and employees of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation appear to be in no mood to relent over the arrest of a draughtsman and two inspectors of the building branch. The MC employees are already on a strike in protest against the arrest.

A farmer in a village near Ludhiana weaves a basket
Web of life or livelihood: A farmer in a village near Ludhiana weaves a basket. — Photo by I.V.

Schoolchildren gather around a fire to save themselves from biting cold in Ludhiana on Saturday
Schoolchildren gather around a fire to save themselves from biting cold in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Ahmedgarh roads virtual deathtraps
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 22
Most of the roads and bridges here have become virtual deathtraps for want of repair but the authorities concerned continue to be indifferent towards their upkeep. Main roads and link roads have become virtual deathtraps for night travellers and for those who have to travel during early hours. With the ensuing foggy season, many accidents have been reported in the area.

Police holds camp to redress grievances
Ludhiana, January 22
Keeping up with the resolve of organising people-friendly camps to redress grievances on the spot, the Ludhiana police today organised such a camp for complainants falling under City Divisions 1-2. Despite chill and cold weather conditions, hundreds of people visited the Lions Bhavan in Tagore Nagar since early morning. The camp covered six police stations falling under the charge of SP City-I, Mr R K Jaiswal. The camp was inaugurated by Ludhiana Range DIG Parag Jain and he was accompanied by SSP Narinder Pal Singh and the respective SDPOs. 

State award recommended for Naib Tehsildar
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 22
Mr Jagjit Singh Jajjie, president, Kalgidhar Federation, Mr Des Raj Sharma, president, Bharat Vikas Parishad’s local branch, and Mr Munir Mohammad, president, Muslim Youth Front, welcomed the decision of revenue authorities to confer state award on Mr Mukesh Kumar Sharma, Naib Tehsildar, at the revenue office.

De-addiction centres in villages: DC’s appeal to NGOs
Ludhiana, January 22
The district administration has invited applications on prescribed proforma from the NGOs working for the eradication of abuse of drugs and intoxicants along with the detailed report of financial resources, infrastructure and past achievements for setting up of De-addiction Centers in the district.

PSSF meets to plan dharna
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 22
Punjab State Subordinate Services Federation activists held a meeting at the Municipal Children Park here on Friday. Mr Lal Singh Dhanaula, district president, of the federation chaired the meeting.

Bank staff strike on Jan 24
Ludhiana, January 22
In protest against the management’s decision to reduce government capital from 71 per cent to 51 per cent and entering into the capital market, employees of Dena Bank will observe strike on January 24.

Trust chief visits Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar
Ludhiana, January 22
The newly nominated chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, Mr Paramjit Singh Sibia, along with other officials, visited Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on the Pakhowal road here today.

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10 held for selling poppy husk
Khamano, January 22
The police here arrested 10 persons, including three women, on the charge of selling poppy husk in villages and seized 164 kg of poppy husk from their possession. SSP Fatehgarh Sahib Varinder Kumar in a press note said that raids were conducted in villages and 10 persons including three women were arrested with poppy husk.

3 booked for bid to murder
Jagraon, January 22
Nachhattar Singh, son of Chand Singh, Surinder Singh, son of Milkha Singh, and Jarnail Singh son of Kulwant Singh, of Akhara, 5 km from here, allegedly fired shots on Chamkaur Singh, son of Arjan Singh of their village, with intention to kill on January 12. The local police has registered a case under Sections 307 and 34 of the IPC on the complaint of Chamkaur Singh after nine days of the incident.


Company records 49 pc increase in profit
Ludhiana, January 22
Vardhman Acrylic has recorded a Rs 7.99 crore profit after tax for the quarter ending December 31, 2004, compared to Rs 5.36 crore profits for the corresponding quarter of previous year, resulting in an increase of 49.06 per cent. The company informed that its profit after tax for the nine-months ended December 31, 2004, stood at Rs 13.97 crore.



From Schools & Colleges
Sikh Missionary School celebrates annual day
Ludhiana, January 22
Sikh Missionary Public School, Salem Tabri, celebrated the Parkash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and annual function here today. Mr Harbhajan Singh presided over the function. Students delivered speeches, recited Shabad and poems on the teachings of the tenth Guru.

Students of Sikh Missionary Public School recite Shabad at the school function. Photo: I.V. 
Students of Sikh Missionary Public School recite Shabad at the school function

Tributes paid to professor Dhody
Ludhiana, January 22
Prof Avtar Singh Dhody was a dedicated teacher and he served the people of the state and Ludhiana in particular with distinction. Prof Dhody who taught Punjabi in the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College for more than 40 years died on January 19 at the age of 87.


6,000 traffic challan cases settled at Lok Adalat
Ludhiana, January 22
More than 6,000 traffic challans were disposed of at a special traffic lok adalat organised at Judicial Complex by the Legal Services Authority here today. Chairman-cum-District and Sessions Judge Harbans Lal supervised it.

SC acquits murder accused
Khamano, January 22
Jagjit Singh was yesterday released from a prison in Patiala after the Supreme Court acquitted him of a triple murder case on January 19. Three persons, including a girl, were murdered with a sharp-edged weapon on October 30, 1996, at a motor near Khamano Mele Wali village.



Drugs ‘ruining’ health of rural youth
Ludhiana, January 21
Drug abuse is eating into the vitals of rural Punjab. Farmers of the state are at present facing the challenges of drug abuse mainly of alcohol, opium, smack and poppy husk etc. Youths in the village face doom if the situation continues like this.

23 students donate blood
Ludhiana, January 22
As many as 23 students donated blood. Kulwinder Kaur and Jaspreet Kaur did it for the fourth time and several others second and third time at a camp organised by the Red Cross Society of Swami Ganga Giri Janata Girls College, Raikot in this district on Friday.

Students donate blood at a camp at Swami Ganga Giri Janata Girls College, in Raikot near Ludhiana, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Students donate blood at a camp at Swami Ganga Giri Janata Girls College, in Raikot near Ludhiana

Medical camp for cops, families
Jagraon, January 22
Mr Rajiv Ahir SSP Police Jagraon District today inaugurated a medical check up on the premises of the Police Lines for cops and families. Dental care mobile team and other doctors from CMCH Ludhiana, examined cops and others.


Athletics meet begins
Ludhiana, January 22

The two-day annual athletics meet of Green Land Senior Secondary School, GT Road, near Jalandhar bypass, here got off to a colourful start. An impressive cultural programme was the highlight of the inaugural function.

Students take part in tug of war during the annual athletics meet of Green Land Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, on Saturday. — Photo by I.V.
Students take part in tug of war during the annual athletics meet of Green Land Senior


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