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Takht tells warring factions to perform religious seva
Sihar Thath row 

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 28
Akal Takht has taken both warring parties in the two-year-old Sihar Thath controversy to task by directing them to perform ‘religious seva’ for committing sacrilege.

SSP told to register case in land grab
Ludhiana, January 28
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma has asked the Senior Superintendent of Police to register a case against Tadbir Singh, Amarjit Singh and others of Lalton Kalan village on the charges of fraudulently getting land registered in their name.

A woman tries to salvage her meagre belongings from her shelter on the roadside in Haibowal after the downpour on Friday night A woman tries to salvage her meagre belongings from her shelter on the roadside in Haibowal after the downpour on Friday night.  — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Sambhar hit by vehicle on highway, dies
Ludhiana, January 28

Incidents of wild animals dying after straying into urban areas due to paucity of food in their natural habitats in the Shivalik hills because of snow and harsh winter conditions are increasing. A fully-grown sambhar was found dead on the National Highway No. 1 near Laddowal this morning. It seemed to have been hit by a vehicle. Just three days ago, a leopard was shot dead by the Phillaur police after it strayed into a school. A sambhar was, however, rescued alive by the PFA, Jalandhar, from near the city after it strayed there in search of food.

The carcass of the sambhar that died after being hit by a vehicle in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
The carcass of the sambhar that died after being hit by a vehicle in Ludhiana on Friday

Jobs for physically challenged in industry demanded
Ludhiana, January 28
A year after he had taken up the case of physically challenged job-seekers with the local industrialists, Mr Jagdish P. Pandey, president of All-India Handicapped, Widows, Helpless Persons’ Association, is sore with the industrialists here for not providing jobs to these people. He is now conducting a survey of all private organisations in the city to find out whether the local industries are complying with the Equal Opportunities Protection of Rights and Full Participation Act, 1995, which says that all industrial units have to provide 5 per cent jobs to physically challenged. ‘’When I had come here in November 2003, I had met several industrialists who had lodged their protests over my statement that they were insensitive to the needs of physically challenged and promised that they would be appointing such people. 
                  Jagdish P. Pandey
Jagdish P. Pandey


Verification of migrant labourers: 2,000 videographed, 20 detained
Mohali, January 28
In one of its biggest drives ever, the Mohali Police yesterday carried out surprise checking and verification campaign of thousands of migrant labourers living in unauthorised colonies and villages in and around the township.

Town records rise in migrant population
Machhiwara, January 28
The increasing number of migrant labourers in this town has become a matter of concern. The migrant labourers have built their huts in the Bali Beg Colony besides occupying six acres of land belonging to the Nagar Panchayat. Not only the labourers have managed to get ration cards issued but also have managed to get a separate ward (Ward No. 2) during the last Nagar Panchayat election. Mr Bindeshwari - a migrant labourer was elected as councilor from that ward.

Bumpy road in Dugri cause of concern
Ludhiana, January 28
For the past three years residents of the Urban Estate, Dugri, Phase-I, are forced to travel on a bumpy road as it has not been recarpeted for years. Despite repeated complaints to the Municipal Corporation which have fallen on deaf ears, the road continues to be a cause of concern for all of them.

A resident shows the stretch of a dilapidated road in Dugri, Phase I, in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
A resident shows the stretch of a dilapidated road in Dugri, Phase I

At the crossroads
Reflections on golden wedding

MOMENTS matter in life but years are counted when an event comes into existence. One pauses awhile when one is 50 years old but on the attainment of 75 years, one ponders over the past events of one’s life.

Shiv Sainiks protest against quackery
Ludhiana, January 28
In the wake of death of a migrant boy at the hand of a quack in Basti Jodhewal here yesterday, activists of Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) held a demonstration at Clock Tower today demanding strict measures to curb medical practice by unqualified and unauthorised persons.

Activists of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) hold a demonstration against quackery in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Activists of the Shiv Sena hold a demonstration against quackery

Improvement Trust passes 2 schemes
Khanna, January 28
A meeting of the site selection committee of the Improvement Trust, Khanna, was held at the Trust Office today with the Deputy Director, Local Bodies, Ludhiana, Mrs Sarojani Sharda Gautam, as the chairperson.



Students learn new enamelling technique
Ludhiana, January 28
Seven students and a teacher of JD Institute have attended a workshop on the latest technique of enameling called "Reinforced Ceramic Composite", organised in Delhi and Jaipur.

Training programme for teachers ends
Ludhiana, January 28
Global warming modules, health education and education for disabled students were discussed on priority during the two-day block resource person training, which concluded at the Government Inservice Training Centre(GITC) here yesterday. The training was organised under the command of the centre Principal, Mrs Usha Sidhu.

Tagore Public School wins quiz contest
Ludhiana, January 28
The Glucobon Knowledge Knock Quiz contest was held at Guru Nanak Public School here today. As many as 24 teams took part in the contest. The contest was organised by Bonn Bread and AISECT Computer Education, Ludhiana.



Doctor favours separate hospitals for children
Ludhiana, January 28
A Scotland-based Indian doctor and a senior consultant in paediatrics at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill in Glasgow, Dr K.M. Goel, has advocated the concept of having separate hospitals for the children where paediatricians with specialisation in different fields could provide treatment to the sick children.


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