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Boy kidnapped, murdered
Ludhiana, December 17
Distraught at the breaking of an illicit relationship with a woman, a paan-seller allegedly kidnapped and murdered her 10-year-old boy in Shimla Puri last night to teach the woman a lesson for turning away from him.
Santokh Kumar, accused of murdering a boy, in police custody in Ludhiana Santokh Kumar, accused of murdering a boy, in police custody in Ludhiana on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph

7 get RI in contract killing case
Ludhiana, December 17
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr S P Bangarh, has sentenced seven persons to rigorous life imprisonment in a three-year-old contract killing case of Satnam Singh, resident of Panj Peer Road, Haibowal Khurd.


Fire destroys hosiery machinery, yarn worth crores
Ludhiana, December 17
High value hosiery machinery and polyester yarn worth crores of rupees was gutted in a devastating fire that broke out in a local councillor’s multi-storeyed hosiery in New Madho Puri in the small hours today.

A scene of the fire in which property worth crores was gutted in Ludhiana on Saturday.
— Photo by Inderjit Verma

A scene of the fire in which property worth crores was gutted in Ludhiana

Candidates get show-cause notices
Ludhiana, December 17
Taking strong note of a report published in these columns on Thursday, about the defacement of the Judicial Complex and Lawyers Chambers Complex by several contestants of the annual DBA elections by pasting of election-related posters and bannners, the returning officer had issued show-cause notices to several candidates, asking why their nomination papers should not be rejected.

Patwari held on graft charge
Ludhiana, December 17
The Ludhiana vigilance bureau today arrested a patwari posted at Sidhwan Bet for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 14,000 from a resident of Sangatpura village for the mutation of a piece of land. A vigilance team nabbed the accused, Nirmal Singh, red-handed while accepting the bribe.

Patwari Nirmal Singh with vigilance officials in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Patwari Nirmal Singh with vigilance officials in Ludhiana


Employees asked to oppose privatisation
Ludhiana, December 17
The Coordination Committee of Para-Medical and Health Employees, Punjab, has asked the employees of the Health Department to gear up against the threat of privatisation, looming large on their heads, and to prepare for a concerted and decisive struggle against the detrimental government policies.

Pensioners Day celebrated
Ludhiana, December 17
“Pension is now a right and its payment does not depend on the discretion of the government, but is governed by rules”. Pensioners Day celebrated on this day, is a tribute to the historic judgement delivered on December 17, 1982, by a Bench of five judges, headed by the then Chief Justice of India Y.V. Chandrachud in the D.S. Nakra versus Union of India case.
A view of the audience at a Pensioners Day function in Ludhiana
A view of the audience at a Pensioners Day function in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Garcha charges Gabria with incompetence
Ludhiana, December 17
The crisis in the local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal deepened today, with former minister and Kila Raipur MLA, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, accusing the district unit president, Mr Hira Singh Gabria, of incompetence. Mr Garcha levelled several allegations against Mr Gabria at a press conference.

A maths wiz at 9
Ludhiana, December 17
For anyone of his age, complex mathematical calculations should be the last thing to come to mind. But for nine-year-old Gurkirat calculations appear to be a favourite past time. He enjoys calculations the most.

Gurkirat Singh

Gurkirat Singh

March against WTO conference
Ludhiana, December 17
Hundreds of activists of the Joint Platform of Mass Organisations today took out a protest march from the railway station to the Aarti Chowk under the leadership of former legislator Tarsem Jodhan.


Workshop on farming system approach
Ludhiana, December 17
The Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute has conducted a five-day workshop on farming system approach for officials of agriculture and allied departments of eight districts of Punjab — Amritsar, Ferozepore, Patiala, Ropar, Gurdaspur, Sangrur, Jalandhar and Faridkot.

Need to study migration of insects, pests stressed
Ludhiana, December 17
The First congress on Insect Science today ended with two major recommendations: One, focus on insect-pests migratory patterns for effective control and management; Two, establishment of an advanced centre for research on insecticide application technology and pesticide-residue monitoring.


Education neglected in govt schools
Ludhiana, December 17
The education scenario in government schools of the city has remained dismal, largely due to teachers’ involvement in strikes. Primary school teachers have been most dissatisfied as they have had a number of grouses against the government.

Teachers happy with talks
Ludhiana, December 17
Eight teachers’ organisations constituting Primary Elementary Sikhya Bachao Front ‘s convener Mr Piara Singh Dhillon and other leaders held a meeting with Mr Jagtar Singh Khattra, Director, Primary Education, in his office to discuss about improvement in different subjects of primary education.

X-mas celebrated with fervour
Ludhiana, December 17
Christmas was celebrated with joy on the premises of Saraswati Modern School. Children from the school’ s Civil Lines branch, Hambran Road Branch and tiny tots of St John Preparatory School participated in the function. The function started with a speech highlighting the importance of this festival to the students.

Kids dressed as animals enthral
Ludhiana, December 17
Alpine International Senior Secondary School organised a mega show ‘Alpine’s Animal World’ here at the Disney Land School campus today. There was a magnificent display of various animals, which catered to the taste of one and all.

Students dressed up as animals at the Disney Land School in Ludhiana on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph
Students dressed up as animals at the Disney Land School in Ludhiana

10-day NSS camp begins
Ludhiana, December 17
A 10-day NSS special camp being jointly organised by the College of Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering and Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, got underway here today in which at least 200 volunteers were participating.


30 treated at medical camp
Ludhiana, December 17
A three-day free spine and joint treatment camp by Sampoorna Kayakalp Ayurvedic Clinic and Panchkarma centre started here today. According to a press note, nearly 30 patients of arthritis, joint pains, back pain, disc problems, cervical spondylosis, neuropathy, migraine were given free diet and ayurvedic consultation on the occasion.


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