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Police still in dark about attack on key witness
Reema Jain murder case

Ludhiana, November 20
Makhan Singh, an important witness in the high-profile Reema Jain murder case, who was shot at by four persons last evening is suspecting that he was either attacked by members of the main accused in the case, Avtar Singh Taari’s gang, or by some relatives of two persons for whose murder he had been sentenced to life imprisonment by a local court.

Raj Babbar’s bid to relive Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s era
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 20
Bollywood star and Samajwadi Party MP Raj Babbar yesterday urged the masses and historians to pool any information about “Sher-e-Punjab” Maharaja Ranjit Singh so that the golden period of the Sikh rule was authentically presented before the world through a mega serial being produced by him shortly.
Raj Babbar paying obeisance at a mazaar at Mandi Ahmedgarh Raj Babbar paying obeisance at a mazaar at Mandi Ahmedgarh. — A Tribune photograph


CITU to support CPM campaign
Ludhiana, November 20
Demands of labourers are on the top of the 13-point demand charter of the CPM, that would start public awareness dharnas across the country for five days beginning tomorrow. The local unit of CITU would also hold a rally and a dharna in front of the DC’s office.

Chinese delegation visits Textech 2005
Ludhiana, November 20
A four-member Chinese delegation from Jiangsu Juzhou Textile Company, Jingsu Province, Peoples Republic of China, led by Mr Phenix visited CII’s Textech 2005 here today. The delegation visited various stalls of textile machinery and exhibitors put up at the exhibition.

The mall culture, it seems, would still take a couple of years to be a hit with city residents. While high-profile functions mark inaugural of almost every outlet in the newly opened malls, curious residents just find that as an opportunity to have a look.


Complaint against leakage in water supply pipe
Ludhiana, November 20
After suffering from sewerage overflow for some days, residents of Urban Estate, Dugri, phase-I near Ram Lal Bhasin School have now complained that a water supply connection given in an open plot in their neighbourhood had become a cause of concern for them.

Political patronage “behind crime”
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 20
Warning law violators, the Sangrur police has sought the cooperation of local social and political leaders in identification of anti-social elements and curbing crime. Mr Harinder Singh Chahal, Senior Superintendent of Police, said the police had observed that undue political shelter by local leaders was root cause of petty crime.

Ludhianavis relish winter favourites
Ludhiana, November 20
With the onset of winter, the famous dish of Punjab — ‘makki ki roti with sarson ka saag’ — has once again caught the fancy of city residents as is evident from the number of customers thronging various roadside outlets specialising in the dish.

Bhindri makes ‘makki ki roti’ at his outlet opposite air-conditioned market in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed 
Bhindri makes ‘makki ki roti’ at his outlet opposite air-conditioned market in Ludhiana

“Fault in dispensing justice remains”
Ludhiana, November 20
Lt Col Chanan Singh Dhillon (retd), president, Ex-Services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, today said it was imperative to first ensure justice for all and then debate on abolition of death penalty.

‘Path’ held at police station
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 20
Mr R.K. Jaiswal, SSP Jagraon, has called upon the youth to follow the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib and contribute in restructuring of society free of all evils. While addressing a gathering on bhog of an akhand path organised at Sudhar police station, Mr Jaiswal said that the teachings of the holy book of the Sikhs, if followed in letter and spirit, would create an evil-free society.



Textile makers launch export cell
Ludhiana, November 20
The Indian Textile Accessories and Machinery Manufacturers Association (ITAMMA) launched an export cell in the Northern region at a function held on the occasion of the ongoing exhibition on textiles here late last evening.



Plan to strengthen network in govt schools
Ludhiana, November 20
‘‘Punjab Education Department will honour the school teachers, who have given excellent results and would also initiate depart mental action against the teachers who have failed to produce the desired results. This was stated by Dr Sandhu Singh Randhawa DPI (S). He was talking to mediapersons here yesterday.

PU waives exam fee for handicapped 
Ludhiana, November 20
Panjab University, Chandigarh, has waived the fees on handicapped students, which the latter had to pay on hiring a writer for themselves while taking their annual examinations. Earlier, only visually impaired students were exempted to pay this fee of Rs 375 per paper. The decision was taken during the syndicate meeting of Panjab University at Chandigarh yesterday. Dr K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, had chaired the meeting.

Gurpurb celebrations in Guru Nanak Public School
Ludhiana, November 20
Students of Guru Nanak International Public School, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, celebrated Gurpurb with great devotion, zeal and fervour here today on the school campus. Students presented shabads, sakhis, speeches and poems relating to Guru’s life.

Students of GNI Public School, Ludhiana, recite a shabad at a function organised on the school campus on Sunday to mark Gurpurb. — Photo by IV
Students of GNI Public School, Ludhiana, recite a shabad at a function organised on the school campus on Sunday to mark Gurpurb

Astha wins declamation contest
Khanna, November 20
The first inter-school junior-level declamation contest was held at Green Grove Public School here yesterday. Thirteen teams from Khanna, Sahnewal, Doraha and Mandi Gobindgarh participated in if.

PAU Youth Festival concludes
Ludhiana, November 20

The inter-college youth festival of Punjab Agricultural University concluded here last night with a grand ceremony in the presence of Punjabi singer and artiste Harbhajan Mann in the jam-packed open air theatre of the university.

Students of Ramgarhia Girls College await their turn to perform in the Inter-Zone Youth and Heritage Festival on the premises of the college on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph.
Students of Ramgarhia Girls College await their turn to perform in the Inter-Zone Youth and Heritage Festival on the premises of the college on Sunday

Variety draws crowds to malls, says study
Ludhiana, November 20
A study on “Consumer perception regarding purchase of products from big shopping malls in Ludhiana” reveals that a majority of city resident are well aware of the big shopping malls and purchase grocery and raw food from these malls. Getting influenced by the advertisements, a substantial number of buyers purchase products just because of the quality and variety available there. It was also found that maximum number of respondents felt that prices at shopping malls were more than those at small retail outlets.

Intra-college recitation contest
Ludhiana, November 20
The Young Speaker Association of GGN Khalsa College, Civil Lines, here organised an intra-college poem recitation competition for undergraduate and postgraduate classes of science, arts and commerce streams.

From Colleges
Expert dwells on American literature
Ludhiana, November 20
Dr M. Kannan, academic consultant with NAAC Bangalore, addressed postgraduate students of English of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College here yesterday. Principal Tarlochan Singh welcomed the guest speaker, while Dr T.S. Anand, Head of the Department, introduced him to students and faculty. Prof L.S. Bedi compered the function.

80 take part in SAGA contest
Ludhiana, November 20
The Kes Sambhal Prachar Sanstha organised its seventh edition of SAGA contest at the auditorium of Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sarabha Nagar, here yesterday. The programme commenced with a “shabad” recital by students of the GNPS, which was presided over by Mr S.J.S. Pall, Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, Ludhiana.



Apollo hospital initiates process for JCI accreditation
Ludhiana, November 20
SPS Apollo Hospital here has taken a giant leap towards joining the global band of high quality healthcare providers as it is in the process of seeking accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI), a US-based international benchmark for quality in healthcare services.
Dr Umesh Gupta, Director for quality, Apollo Group of Hospitals, along with (left) Mr Hugjiet Singh, Director, SPS Apollo Hospitals, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Sunday
Dr Umesh Gupta, Director for quality, Apollo Group of Hospitals, along with (left) Mr Hugjiet Singh, Director, SPS Apollo Hospitals, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Regaining health through food therapy
Ludhiana, November 20
The Nature Cure Education Trust organised a programme on food therapy and nature cure at PNB Zonal Training College here today to promote healthy living with the help of natural resources, including food. Mr S.R. Mittal conducted the programme which was presided over by Mr Dhir, Principal of the college.

Over 250 patients examined
Ludhiana, November 20
More than 250 patients were examined at a free medical and eye check-up camp organised by the Maha Sabha, Ludhiana, and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Vichar Manch at Sunet village yesterday. The camp was in the memory of martyr Kartar Singh Sarabha.


Surinder wins gold in javelin throw
Ludhiana, November 20
Surinder Singh of Khalsa College, Amritsar, won the gold medal in the javelin throw on the second day of the Fourth Khalsa Sports Festival being held at the Guru Nanak Engineering College campus here today. Surinder hurled the iron bar to emerge winner while Gurjit Singh of Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Daroli Kalan finished second. Ravinder Singh of Patiala was on the third spot.

Boxers’ meeting
Khanna, November 20
A meeting of boxers and boxing lovers of Khanna city was held under the presidentship of Mr Iqbal Singh, president, District Amateur Boxing Association, Ludhiana, on Saturday night.

GNIMT cyclists win overall trophy
Ludhiana, November 20
Girl cyclists from the local Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Model Town, proved their mettle by winning the overall trophy in the second Punjab Technical University Inter-College Cycling Championship conducted here yesterday.


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