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BSNL staff protest against disinvestment
Ludhiana, December 21
Activists of the BSNL Employees Union, the Sanchar Nigam Executive Association, the All India BSNL Executive Association and the National Federation of Telecom Employees sat on a day-long dharna and held a massive lunch-hour demonstration against the proposed disinvestment.

Progressive farmers rue early paddy sowing
Ludhiana, December 21
Progressive farmers of Punjab today unanimously resolved that the Punjab Government take legislative measures to preserve and protect the state’s natural resources like water, and consider the early sowing of paddy as “criminal act”.

Token strike by PRTC staff
Ludhiana, December 21
Nearly 400 employees of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation observed a token strike outside the office of the PRTC near Bus Stand here today.
Employees of PRTC protest against non-fulfilment of their demands near the bus stand in the Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Employees of PRTC protest against non-fulfilment of their demands near the bus stand in the Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph


  Suicide by clerk; Principal booked
Ludhiana, December 21
The Division No. 7 police has booked a school Principal for allegedly abetting the suicide of a clerk employed with the school, who had left a suicide note holding the Principal responsible for his decision to end his life.

Passing Thru
Q: What is MMTC’s aim behind conducting Gold Festivals?


Special children celebrate
Ludhiana, December 21
To bring smile on the faces of children with special needs, the fashion savvy students of the JD Institute of Fashion Designing celebrated Christmas in a unique manner by sharing some memorable moments with the former at Arya Samaj grounds, Agar Nagar here today.

Mr Rishi Dada of Dada Motors Ltd. hands over a cheque to Mr Bir Davinder Singh, winner of Tata Motors promotional contest, the Ludhiana on Monday.
Mr Rishi Dada of Dada Motors Ltd. hands over a cheque to Mr Bir Davinder Singh, winner of Tata Motors promotional contest, the Ludhiana on Monday.

Parents of dowry victim not happy with police probe
Ludhiana, December 21
With the Ropar police dropping the charges of dowry demand against the Mohali-based in-laws of a local woman, who was allegedly killed for dowry, the International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO and the parents of the deceased have expressed dissatisfaction at the investigations conducted by the police into the case. Amandeep Kaur, daughter of a PAU Professor, Dr B.S. Joia, who was working as a lecturer in an Education College near Mohali was allegedly poisoned to death on November 5.

Indian Govt more open than Pak towards media: Prof
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 21
Journalists of Indian Punjab nurtured the readers of their respective newspapers more boldly than their counterparts in Pakistan Punjab, claimed Dr Harjinder Pal Singh Walia, head, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, who returned recently after visiting institutes related with media there.

Models of Santa Claus made in China, which have flooded markets in Ludhiana.
Models of Santa Claus made in China, which have flooded markets in Ludhiana. —  Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Santa goes the Chinese way  
Ludhiana, December 21 Like Divali Christmas, too, has been totally hi-jacked by the Chinese. Santa Clause has neither come from the country of its origin nor has it been made by the Indian companies , but the Chinese have mass produced it and exported it to India.

Office bearers of Rotary Club
Ludhiana, December 21
The nomination committee of Rotary Club, met here to elect office bearers and directors for the year 2006-07. The meeting was attended by PDG Rtn JK Sethi, PDG Rtn Suresh Choudhry, 15 past presidents, current president, Rtn Dr AS Bindra, president elect, Rtn Sarbjit Singh and two observer Rotarians.


Three held for luring woman
Jagraon, December 21
The Sudhar police on the complaint of the father of a woman has registered a case under Sections 363, 366, 376, 511, 342, 506, 120 B of the IPC against a couple and their one relative who are now under judicial custody.



Mock test series for Class X students
Ludhiana, December 21
‘Steps’, a division of BetterThink Learning Systems is organising a mock test series for Class X from December 25, 2005, in their centre at Sarabha Nagar, here. The test series would be based on the pattern of the CBSE Board Examination and would be held every weekend till February 25, 2006.

From Schools
KVM organises elocution contest
Ludhiana, December 21
The junior humanities forum of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, here organised an inter-house English/Hindi elocution contest here today. The chief guest, Mr S. C. Saxena, Principal, was welcomed by Mr J. P. Sharda, incharge of the middle section. Each house featured two contestants who recited their poems in English and Hindi respectively. The Principal applauded the efforts of the contestants who performed with great confidence.

Quiz contest organised
Ludhiana, December 21
IT Gladiators, a forum of IT people at the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Vocational Studies, organised the Mega Mind Testers (quiz contest) . This was the first event in a series of seminars, debates, quiz contests, group discussions, which will be held in coming days.

Teachers urged to provide latest information to students
Ludhiana, December 21
Teachers should provide the latest knowledge and information on education and must concentrate on making the subjects and topics more interesting by using teaching and learning marterials (TLMs), said Ms Gurdeep Kaur, Principal Govt In service Training Centre (GITC), while addressing about two hundred teachers of the district in the “Teachers training programme”, which commenced at the GITC here today.

BVM students for national meet
Ludhiana, December 21
On the basis of their performance during the North Zone Athletics Championship held at Amritsar recently, the following 12 students of the local Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School have been selected to represent North Zone in the National Athletics Championship to be organised by the Vidya Bharti from December 24 to 29 at Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.


Kisan mela camp organised
Samrala, December 21
A Kisan Mela camp was organised by the local branch of State Bank of Patiala in Naulari Kalan village, 10 km from here yesterday, in which Assistant Manager Balwinder Kumar was the chief guest.


Summons to PAU for denying information
Ludhiana, December 21
Punjab Agricultural University has been summoned by the Punjab State Information Commission for not disclosing information, sought by a city industrialist who is also a former PAU official, under the Right to Information Act.

Bar association poll results
Ludhiana, December 21
The Dhanda group has stormed back to power in the District Bar Association, with its candidate, Mr Naval Kishore Chibber, winning the election of the president of the North India’s largest body of lawyers.



International conference on piles held
Ludhiana, December 21
Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu, Director and Senior Consultant in the Department of Minimal Invasive Surgery at Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, made a presentation in International Web Conference on Piles here. This interactive conference, organised by Pioneer Circle members of India, was attended by over 150 surgeons from all over the world.

Shava asana can counter stress
Ludhiana, December 21
‘Shava asana’ is an extremely relaxing asana, if done correctly. It should be performed regularly at the end of asana practice. These views were expressed by Dr Sanjeev Singh Rawat, yoga consultant at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and Hero DMC Heart Institute here.

Free dental check-up camp organised
Ludhiana, December 21
More than 450 persons were given dental check-up, another 150 patients had their teeth extracted and around 75 were provided dental fillings at a free dental check-up camp organised by the Bhai Ghanaya Ji Sewa Sanstha in Janakpuri main market here yesterday.



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