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Polio case comes to light
Ludhiana, December 3
Just at the threshold of being officially declared one of the few polio-free states in the country, Punjab suffered a jolt today when a fresh polio case came to light in this district here today. Much to the chagrin of the state health authorities, a polio case has been detected in New Kundanpuri colony, Hargobindpura, calling for another round of polio immunisation drive in this and parts of six adjoining districts.

Road recarpeted for VIP marriage
Ludhiana, December 3
Coming up once again “in the service of VIPs” the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation recarpeted the entire stretch of Pakhowal Road to Daad village, where a galaxy of VIPs descended to attend the marriage ceremony of Chief Minister’s cabinet ranked Media Adviser, Mr B.I.S. Chahal’s son here today.

Galaxy of dignitaries attends wedding
Labourers working at night to recarpet the Pakhowal road in Ludhiana Labourers working at night to recarpet the Pakhowal road in Ludhiana on Friday.
— Photo by Inderjit Verma

Graffiti on the wall of the fountain at Chattar Singh Park, Ludhiana, reflects its neglect
Graffiti on the wall of the fountain at Chattar Singh Park, Ludhiana, reflects its neglect.
— Photo by I.V.

Income tax surveys unnerve buyers
Ludhiana, December 3
The survey by officials of the Income Tax Department in some leading department stores in the city has caused panic among the buyers. In the two rounds of surveys conducted in the past one week, it is learnt that the Income Tax Department has gathered a lot of information about the buyers of various costly items, particularly electronic gadgets and high end jewellery and top brand watches.

Aided school teachers hold protest
Ludhiana, December 3
The Punjab State Aided School Teacher’s Union held a protest rally against the Punjab Government of closing the aided schools here this afternoon. The teachers assembled at Chattar Singh Park in Model Town, here and were wanted to march to the house of Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, to give their letter of protest.But they were stopped by the police personnel from doing so.

Two killed in road accident
Ludhiana, December 3
Two persons were killed and seven others were injured, three of them seriously, when a Tempo, hit a truck on the outskirts of Mullanpur Dakha near Mandiani village. Two passengers seated in the Tempo Charan Singh of Shekupura and a middle-aged woman of the same village died on the spot.

The scene of a tempo-truck collision in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

The scene of a tempo-truck collision in Ludhiana

Nine gang members held
Ludhiana, December 3
The Focal Point police today claimed the arrest of 9-members of a 20-members gang of robbers, which specialised in looting nickel from industrial units in the city. The arrest of the gang members comes as a sigh of relief for the city industrialists who were having sleepless nights due to regular cases of robberies committed the gang in the city.


CPM concerned at layoffs in cycle units
Ludhiana, December 3
The CPM today said it would take up the issue of closure of cycle divisions of the Hero Group with the Centre. Stating that the party would not let the “capitalist rule” prevail, particularly in northern states, CPM’s deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Deepankar Mukherjee, who was here to address workers in connection with a rally in New Delhi on December 8, said unemployment created due to closure was a serious matter.

CPM leader Deepankar Mukherjee addresses a CITU rally in Ludhiana
CPM leader Deepankar Mukherjee addresses a CITU rally in Ludhiana on Saturday.
— Photo by I.V.

SGPC to send delegation to Pakistan
Khanna, December 3
The SGPC will send a high- powered delegation to Pakistan to restore the maryada (code of conduct) in gurdwaras in Pakistan after discussions with the Pakistan Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee.

Rid politics of corruption, says Ramoowalia
Samrala, December 3
As long as corruption is there in polities, there is no chance of weeding it out of society, said Lok Bhalai Party president Balwant Singh Ramoowalia at a seminar organised by the Anti-Corruption Front, Samrala, in front of the Civil Courts today.

International Day for Disabled celebrated
Ludhiana, December 3
“If anyone has a disabled child at home , the family and the child will be participating in the rally for the disabled, but those who have all limbs and faculties intact, are not much concerned about the problems of children with physical and mental disabilities,” said Ms Neelam Sodhi , one of the organisers of the rally taken out by disabled as well as normal children on occasion of International Day for Disabled in the city here today.
Disabled children held a rally from Punjabi Bhavan to Feroze Gandhi Market on Saturday on World Disability Day
Disabled children held a rally from Punjabi Bhavan to Feroze Gandhi Market on Saturday on World Disability Day. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Man creates scene
Ludhiana, December 3
An allegedly mentally challenged man created ruckus in a finance company in Feroze Gandhi market today when he forced his way into the manager’s room and claimed he was the manager.


Booked for land grab
Jagraon, December 3
Land of a farmer has been taken into possession forcibly by a group of persons at Rangoowal village and a case under Sections 447, 427, 149 of the IPC has been registered by the police.


PNB to help farmers’ families raise income
Ludhiana, December 3
Focussing on rural community, Punjab National Bank has decided to not only contribute towards the welfare of farmers, but also assist their families in increasing their income. To attain this purpose, the bank is providing training to women belonging to farmers’ families in different vocations free of cost.

Ebony to strengthen presence in North
Ludhiana, December 3
Ebony Retail Holdings is planning to double the number of its outlets in the next 18 months. With this the company, which is yet to finalise expansion details, expects to further consolidate its position in the northern markets.

D.L. Narayanan

D.L. Narayanan

Hyundai kicks off road show
Ludhiana, December 3
Hyundai Motor India kicked off its countrywide road show, the World of Wheels, here yesterday. The company put on display its vehicles to mark the occasion. World of Wheels, Hyundai’s second road show, showcases the entire range of Hyundai vehicles sold in India, seven cars across six segments.



Teachers of aided school hold a protest rally at Chattar Singh Park, Ludhiana, against policies of the state government
Teachers of aided school hold a protest rally at Chattar Singh Park, Ludhiana, against policies of the state government on Saturday. — Photo by I.V.

Govt striving to provide quality education: Dharamsot
Amloh, December 3
The development of a country depends on the quality of education provided to its young generation and the role of reputed private institutions in this field in our state is also important, asserted Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary, Home, Justice and PWD, who was the chief guest at the annual prize distribution function of Sant Farid Public School, Amloh, on Saturday.

From Colleges
MCA seniors get warm send-off
Ludhiana, December 3
MCA students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (Gujarkhan Campus) bade farewell to their seniors at a party hosted by them — “Reminiscences-2005” — here today. The final year students will undergo six months’ industrial training during the next semester at different places and industries of their choice.

At the Crossroads
Need for a rural university in the region
Incidentally all seven colleges where I served during the course of my teaching career were coeducational institutions. So I was never conscious of the institutions solely devoted to the education of girls.

A view of the complex

School students on educational trip
Ludhiana, December 3
Students of Spring Dale went on an educational trip to Pushpa Gujral Science City yesterday. A model of space shuttle and a larger-than-life globe at the entrance of the science city took the students by surprise.

A view of the complex

Students impress at ‘Swar Utsav’
Ludhiana, December 3
“Swar Utsav” — an inter-school singing competition — was organised by students of Classes IV to VII in Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, here today. It began with the lighting of a ceremonial lamp by Father Davis, school director, and Sister Sobel, school Principal.

Declamation contest organised
Ludhiana, December 3
A declamation competition was organised in KVM Civil Lines for tiny tots of KG section. Such competitions are conducted for the children to express their views and feelings on different topics, making them confident and helping them to be good speakers in future.



Infertility is curable, says gynaecologist
Ludhiana, December 3
The phenomenal success achieved in the world of medicine notwithstanding, there are still a number of myths revolving round infertility. Experts maintain that infertility in a number of cases is 100 per cent curable and couples need not spend fortunes for conception. According to Dr Sarbjit Kaur Grewal, a leading gynaecologist with about three decades of experience, even the word infertility is a misnomer and it should be better described as “difficulty in conception”.

Dr Sarbjit Kaur Grewal
Dr Sarbjit Kaur Grewal

Free health check-up camp today
Ludhiana, December 3
Hero DMC Heart Institute is organising a free health check-up camp at the Civil Hospital, Jalalabad, tomorrow. The Punjab Forest Minister, Mr Hans Raj Josan, will inaugurate the camp.



Paramjit, Manpreet best runners
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 3
Paramjit Singh and Manpreet Kaur were adjudged fastest runners at the annual sports and athletic meet of Guru Harkrishan Public School Phalewal village which concluded today.

Dhanraj, Gurleen best athletes
Ludhiana, December 3
Dhanraj Singh of GGN Public School, Ludhiana and Gurleen Kaur from GNPS, Mullanpur were adjudged best athletes in the boys and girls (u-18 category), respectivley in the three-day Ludhiana Sahodya Schools Complex Athletics Meet which concluded at the GGN Public School, Rose Garden, here today.

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