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Ruckus in MC House over demand for CBI probe
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 13
The issue of mysterious death of a municipal councillor of Mandi Ahmedgarh, whose body was found in a canal near here eight months ago, rocked a meeting of council today, when two councillors demanded a CBI inquiry into the sequence of events leading to his death and accused the president of shielding the accused by not incorporating their demand in the proceeding register.

Bridges without fencing threat to life
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 13
The Public Works Department (Bridges and Roads) seems to have learnt no lesson from the road accidents caused due to the inadequate fencing on bridges on the busy main road and link roads of this area.
A bridge without sidewalls situated close to a crossing on the Dehlon-Pakhowal road near Jartoli village A bridge without sidewalls situated close to a crossing on the Dehlon- Pakhowal road near Jartoli village.
— Photo by writer



Suspended students try to disrupt college exam
Ludhiana, December 13
Students appearing for the mid-term examination at Arya College here got disturbed today when a few suspended students tried to disrupt the smooth functioning of the college. A minor altercation took place between the Principal, Dr S.M. Sharma, and the suspended students, however, the matter was sorted out when Dr Sharma asked them to call their parents at the earliest.

Playing with careers for quick bucks
Ludhiana, December 13
The careers of thousands of students in the state who pursue their studies through distance learning programmes from unaffiliated universities seems to be at stake. According to sources, universities which have got UGC recognition are running certain courses and programmes whose degrees are not recognised.

Rs 8-crore customs duty fraud detected
Ludhiana, December 13
The preventive wing of the Customs Department here has unearthed a case of fraudulent payment of duty through non-existent duty entitlement pass book scrips by a custom clearing agency at Container Freight Station.


Amarinder govt most corrupt: Badal
Ludhiana, December 13
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal seem to have taken upon themselves the task of ousting the Congress government led Capt Amarinder Singh in the next Vidhan Sabha elections scheduled to be held in February, 2007.

SAD men win, party is the loser
Ludhiana, December 13
In a major setback to the SGPC chief, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, two of the three candidates fielded by his group lost in the elections to the local gurdwara managing committee.

Low tax collections: IT dept eyes shopping buffs
Ludhiana, December 13
Concerned over disproportionate tax collection from the industrial and business hub of the state despite a buoyant economy, the Income Tax Department here is eyeing high-spenders and contemplates taking appropriate measures to make the assesses file returns reflecting their true income and pay due taxes.

Anti-WTO rally organised
Ludhiana, December 13
To build up a strong all- India movement against the Hong Kong meeting of the World Trade Organisation, the Joint Platform of Mass Organisations today held a massive rally at Chattar Singh Park here.

Former MLA Tarsem Jodhan addresses an anti-WTO demonstration in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
— Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Former MLA Tarsem Jodhan addresses an anti-WTO demonstration in Ludhiana

MC for cut in water, sewerage rates
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 13
The local Municipal Council resolved unanimously to reduce sewerage and water supply rates, besides approving many development projects for the town at a general business meeting held here today.

Lack of amenities irk Basant Avenue residents
Ludhiana, December 13
Residents of Basant Avenue have been ruing the state of neglect of the colony. Members of the Basant Avenue Welfare Society allege that all rules, it seems have been thrown to the winds while approving the colony as no care is taken of various amenities needed in a residential colony.


Three booked in dowry case
Khanna, December 13
The Payal police has booked three persons, including a woman, under Section 498-A of the IPC on the complaint of Ms Hardeep Kaur against her mother-in-law Manjit Kaur, father-in-law Harbhajan Singh and husband Gurdeep Singh.

Bid to rob Punjab National Bank
Ludhiana, December 13
Some unidentified robbers tried to decamp with valuables at Basti Jodhewal branch of Punjab National Bank here last night. They, however, could not break open the strong room of the bank.

Girl was raped, says report
Ludhiana, December 13
The police has identified the minor girl, who was allegedly raped and found from an agricultural field near Jassian village yesterday. She is a resident of a colony near Civil Hospital.



Insect science congress at PAU from tomorrow
Ludhiana, December 13
Insects which constitute 65 per cent of all living beings also cause 45 per cent crop loss, estimated at Rs 29,000 crore, per year in the country. With the onset of the Green Revolution, a new generation of insects has appeared, particularly on cotton, rice, cauliflower, cabbage etc.

From Schools and Colleges
BCM students shine in painting contest
Ludhiana, December 13
Students of BCM, Chandigarh Road, bagged the majority of the prizes in the painting contest organised in context of the World Environment Month celebrations by the Punjab Pollution Control Board at Ryan International School here recently.

Everest school celebrates founder's day
Ludhiana, December 13
The founder day of Everest Public Senior Secondary School was celebrated here today. Tributes were paid to late Dina Nath Sharma, the founder of the institution. Mr B S Brar, Senior Town Planner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, inaugurated the function.

Fun day at Sacred Heart school
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 13
Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised ‘Gala Fete 2005’ yesterday on the school campus. Students, staff and parents enjoyed the function.


Court summons Gosain
Ludhiana, December 13
The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr SS Dhaliwal, has summoned senior BJP leader and former Deputy Speaker, Mr Satpal Gosain, in a case of defamation filed against him by the Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Surinder Dawer.



Pulse polio drive a success, claims Health Dept
Ludhiana, December 13
The Health Department here claimed that during the two days of the ongoing pulse polio drive in the district, an estimated 92 per cent of the 5.22 lakh eligible children in the age group of 0-5 years were immunised. The campaign was stipulated to end this evening, but the officials said if there were more children still to be vaccinated, the campaign could be extended for a day or so.


Indian coaches not well-versed with new techniques: Grewal
Ludhiana, December 13
Indian coaches are not well-versed in new cycling techniques and if we intend to improve our standard at international meets, we must recruit foreign coaches. These views were expressed by Mr J.S. Grewal, General Secretary, Cycling Federation of India, during an interaction with mediapersons while supervising proceedings of road races on the third day of the 25th BSA Asian Cycling Championship and the 12th Junior Asian Cycling Meet at the stretch between Doraha and Khanna today.

Cyclists in action during a road race on the third day of the Asian Cycling Championship at Doraha, near Ludhiana
Cyclists in action during a road race on the third day of the Asian Cycling Championship at Doraha, near Ludhiana, on Tuesday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed


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