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Farmers block rail, road traffic
Ludhiana, December 13
Hundreds of farmers today blocked the rail and road traffic at Qila Raipur for two hours against the forcible acquisition of land of farmers for big industrial houses.

Shop owners seethe as MC squad spares car dealers
Ludhiana, December 13
A squad of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, which had gone to take action against some car dealers in I-Block Market in Sarabha Nagar today returned with the whole paraphernalia after issuing a mild warning to the alleged defaulters as the cars continued to remain parked in the space meant for market vehicles, throughout the day.

Kotnis hospital MS booked in molestation case
Ludhiana, December 13
Dr Kotnis Acupuncture Hospital here is in the middle of another controversy with the registration of a case of outraging the modesty of a former woman employee against the hospital's Medical Superintendent, Secretary of the management committee and a nurse. They have also been booked under various Sections of the SC-ST Act for passing derogatory remarks against the woman.


Brokers surrender Rs 2.05 cr income
Ludhiana, December 13
Income tax surveys on four local firms of share brokers yesterday yielded rich dividends as three of these companies made a voluntary surrender of concealed income to the extent of Rs 2.05 crore.

Bank strike today
Ludhiana, December 13
On the call given by the National Convention of Workers for an all-India general strike on December 14 for various common demands of the general working class, the Punjab Bank Employees Federation will observe strike on that day and hold a rally in front of Canara Bank, Bharat Nagar Chowk.


Mayor's roadshow fails to impress
Mayor Nahar Singh Gill holds a roadshow in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Ludhiana, December 13
The Mayor's road show today -- aimed at redressing grievances of public -- turned out to be a damp squib as it simply passed through 17 wards and did not stop to listen to anyone’s problems. Mayor Nahar Singh Gill, who has been eyeing the Ludhiana Rural Assembly constituency, started the road show named “Mayor Aaj Aaapke Dwar” from Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar in the morning.

Mayor Nahar Singh Gill holds a roadshow in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

'Muslim reservation issue not to impact NDA unity'
Ludhiana December 13
The BJP general secretary, Ms Sushma Swaraj, today said that there was no threat to the National Democratic Alliance in view of the Muslim reservation controversy. She agreed that there was a difference of opinion among some of the constituent members, but that did not mean the alliance was on the rocks.

SAD, BJP sound poll bugle
Ludhiana, December 13
The SAD-BJP alliance today started its election campaign with some senior leaders, including Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Ms Sushma Swaraj, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna and Mr Dara Singh. Joint rallies were held at Sunder Nagar and the Field Ganj area.

Contestants ready to grab ‘Miss World Punjaban’ title
Ludhiana December 13
About 20 participants vying for the 'Miss World Punjaban 2006' title are all set to present themselves in best possible manner before the elite audience of Ludhiana on December 16. Apart from India, participants have specially flown-in from Australia and Canada to express attachments with their roots.

Miss World Punjaban — 2006 contestants spread sunshine of beauty in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

So, who’s prettiest of ‘em all?
Miss World Punjaban — 2006 contestants spread sunshine of beauty in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Wire thieves plug in fear among shopkeepers
Ludhiana, December 13
A gang of copper-wire thieves has become quite a scare for shopkeepers in the Model Town area and the fact that a police station is situated in the main market chowk only too is no relief for them.

Pensioners to observe their day on December 17
Ludhiana, December 13
Pensioners of this district will observe Pensioners Day on December 17 at Pensioners Bhawan, under the aegis of the Pensioners Information Centre Management Committee.



In-laws booked for usurping property
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 13
Acting on the directions of Mr Harinder Singh Chahal, SSP, Sangrur, the police has booked 10 persons under Sections 306 and 120-B of the IPC for allegedly usurping belongings of the owner of a gas agency after the death of his wife 10 years ago.


PAU for formulating new seed policy
Ludhiana, December 13
The Director of Extension Education, Dr S.S. Gill, PAU, has expressed concern over the exploitation of farmers by multinational firms by selling them costly hybrid seeds.


Teachers’ protest today
Ludhiana December 13
On the call of AIFUCTO, all members of the Punjab Government College Teachers Association (GCTA) will wear black badges on tomorrow in protest against the policies of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation being pursued by the Central and state governments. It is also to protest against the non-allocation of 6 per cent of GDP for education.

Students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School present a dance on the annual prize distribution function in Ludhiana.From Schools
Rachan, Nisha win declamation contest
Ludhiana, December 13
An inter-school declamation contest was held on the occasion of the founder’s day of Everest Public Senior Secondary School on the school premises here today.

Students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School present a dance on the annual prize distribution function in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

Training programme on rural awareness
Ludhiana, December 13
The Department of Extension Education, PAU, will organise a special training programme on rural awareness for B.Sc home science final year students from December 20-27.


15 left in the fray for DBA poll
Ludhiana, December 13
With the withdrawal of nomination papers by one candidate, 15 candidates. including four women, are left in the fray for different posts in the Ludhiana District Bar poll.



Lohri Mela to focus on girl child
Ludhiana, December 13
Lohri Mela, to be organised by the Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch at Punjabi Bhawan here on January 10, will focus on the importance of the girl child in the society and the need to firmly curb the menace of female foeticide in the wake of alarming decline in the female population in the state.

Punjabi Lekhak Manch meeting on Dec 17
Samrala, December 13
The Panjabi Lekhak Manch, Samrala, will organise a literary meeting on December 17 at the local Senior Secondary school. The president of the manch, Prof Baldeep, will deliver a lecture on 'My visit to England: A cultural context’ at the meeting.'


Ayurveda drug manufacturers’ workshop on December 16
Ludhiana, December 13
Understanding the need of the hour to nurse ayurvedic drugs manufacturing industry and to help it grow to a strong sunrise segment, the national body of the Ayurvedic Drug Manufacturers' Association (ADMA), with the support of union government's Department of AYUSH, is organising a one-day national workshop for Ayurvedic Drug Manufacturers of North India here on December 16, 2006.

Over 300 examined at medical camp
Ludhiana, December 13
More than 300 patients were examined and medicines free of distributed among them at a free medical camp organised by the Shiromani Gurmat Diwan Sarb Hind at Mohar Singh Nagar locality here yesterday.




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