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Divali brings no cheer to poor, deserted
Ludhiana, October 31
Charan Dass, a 58-year-old shoe mender at Ghumar Mandi feels that the festival of lights - Divali meant for the wealthy and upper class. Even the Goddess of wealth smiled at people, who are rich and well settled. Persons like him are worried about their next meal.

Downtrodden at the Dandi Swami chowk depend on people’s generosity Downtrodden at the Dandi Swami chowk depend on people’s generosity. 
— Photo by I.V.

  Dengue continues to haunt city residents
Ludhiana, October 31
The city population continues to reel under attack from dengue as total number of patients admitted to different hospitals here during the past few days has crossed the 300 mark.

Farm varsity teacher punished for negligence
Ludhiana, October 31
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Dr K. S. Aulakh, has debarred Dr Charan Kamal Singh, veterinary pathologist, Department of Veterinary Pathology, College of Veterinary Science, from guiding and supervising any postgraduate student for five years for his alleged negligence of duty as a major adviser to an inservice Ph.D. student.

30 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Ludhiana, October 31
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum today organised a Lok Adalat to settle pending complaints of consumers through amicable settlement under the supervision of its president, Mr A.S. Narula.

Man killed in mishap

Gurdwara Singh Sabha at Model Town Extension tastefully decorated for Divali on Monday Gurdwara Singh Sabha at Model Town Extension tastefully decorated for Divali on Monday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed


Tributes paid to Indira Gandhi
Ludhiana, October 31
Tributes were paid to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 21st death anniversary here today. Various functions were organised here to mark the anniversary. Main function was organised at the local Congress Bhavan, which was presided over by the president of the urban unit of the District Congress Committee, Mr Jagmohan Sharma.

Rev Joel Mal felicitated
Ludhiana, October 31
Diocese of Chandigarh Church of North India, organised a thanks giving ceremony in Kalvary Church, Ludhiana, here today and also felicitated the most right Rev. Joel .V. Mal on his election as the Bishop of Diocese of Chandigarh as Moderator. The newly elected Moderator, the most right Rev Joel. V. Mal of the Church of North-India, will be occupying the highest seat of the Church of North India at its head office, 16 Pt. Pant Marg, New Delhi.

The most Rev Joel V. Mal being felicitated by people of Chandigarh Diocese at a function held in Kalvary Church on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

The most Rev Joel V. Mal being felicitated by people of Chandigarh Diocese at a function held in Kalvary Church on Monday

Lyallpuri flays Delhi blasts
Ludhiana, October 31
The Marxist Communist Party of India has condemned the bomb blasts in various parts of Delhi. Mr Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri, national general secretary of the MCPI, and Mr Kuldip Singh, party’s state secretary, in a joint statement, described these incidents as provocative and aimed at disturbing peaceful atmosphere between India and Pakistan.



Millers resent purchase tax on paddy
Ludhiana, October 31
The Punjab Roller Flour Millers Association has sought withdrawal of the 4 per cent purchase tax on the buying of paddy. The association in a memorandum to the state government has pointed out that there is no such tax on the purchase of wheat in Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Chandigarh that made the mills here less competitive.

PNB records 18.3 pc growth
Ludhiana, October 31
Mr S.C. Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director of Punjab National Bank, disclosed in a press note issued here today that as per reviewed half yearly results, the bank recorded a total business of Rs 1,73,282 crore by September end in comparison to Rs 1,46,459 crore last year, registering a year-on-year growth of 18.3 per cent.



Contests mark Divali celebrations
Ludhiana, October 31
Jain Public Senior Secondary School, Benjamin Road, Ludhiana, celebrated Divali here today. About 150 students participated in mehandi, rangoli and flower arrangement competitions. The winners were given prizes by Mr Narinder Kumar Jain and Mr Yogesh Jain, president and manager of the school.

Tiny tots of Kidzee celebrate Divali in school on Monday Tiny tots of Kidzee celebrate Divali in school on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Collection of short stories released


2 convicted in cheque bounce case
Ludhiana, October 31
The Judicial Magistrate, Mr Manoj Singla, has convicted two persons, Leela Dhar and Sanjay Kumar of Industrial Area, in a cheque bounce case. They have been sentenced to undergo imprisonment for one year each.



Enjoy safe Divali, advise doctors 
Ludhiana, October 31
Divali, a festival of lights brings joy and happiness for everybody, but at the same time, the bursting of crackers, an integral part of the celebrations, can also spell disaster if adequate precautions and preventive steps are not taken.

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