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Tangri men hold builder to ransom
Release him for Rs 57,000
Ludhiana, November 22
In a repeat of the Gur Mandi extortion and torture episode involving a former Shiv Sena (Rashtarwadi) leader, a builder was allegedly kidnapped and tortured for nine hours by 15 men at the office of former Shiv Sena leader Jagdish Singh Tangri on November 16, seeking Rs 1 lakh as ransom.

Excise department’s endless wait for FIR 
Ludhiana, November 22
Suffering at the hands of the police this time is none other than the excise and taxation department which has been waiting for more than a month to get an FIR registered in a case of misbehaviour against its staff at Lakha village in Jagraon.


Tax Evasion
Transporter penalised yet again

Ludhiana, November 22
The state excise and taxation department slapped a penalty of Rs 3.77 lakh on Patiala Carriers for alleged tax evasion here today.

One-Way Traffic
Protest by College Road traders

Ludhiana, November 22
Local shopkeepers protested against the administration decision to only allow one-way traffic on the College Road here this evening.

Food samples taken from central jail
Ludhiana, November 22
In its ongoing drive against food adulteration, field employees of the health department yesterday took eight samples of food items being served to jail inmates.

BSNL staff go on fast
Ludhiana, November 22
Members of the BSNL observed an indefinite fast on a call given by the United Forum of Trade Unions.


Pictorial Warning
Bidi makers ‘scuttle’ awareness move

Ludhiana, November 22
The government of India recently notified an amendment to the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules 2006, making it mandatory for cigarette and bidi manufacturers to display prominent pictorial warnings on all tobacco products. The amended rules are to take effect from December 1.

Trust initiative to revive green revolution
Ludhiana, November 22
Realising the exploitation of water and soil, stagnation in crop yields, uncontrollable insect-pests and crippling debts and suicide by farmers, Sir Ratan Tata Trust operationalised its initiative, “Reviving the Green Revolution”, in partnership with the PAU in 2002 to seek answers and solutions to problems afflicting the rural Punjab.

Disabled made to run from pillar to post
Ludhiana, November 22
In spite of his name on the merit list of ETT teachers, Kuldeep Kapur, a handicapped youth from Machhiwara near here, is unemployed, thanks to callousness on part of clerical staff at zila parishad office here. For, they did not change the name of the university from where he got his degree.

Kuldeep Kapur
Kuldeep Kapur

Nagar kirtan taken out 
Traffic goes haywire 
Young devotees dressed as Panj Piaras during a nagar kirtan in LudhianaLudhiana, November 22
It was a day of chaos as traffic was disrupted due to a nagar kirtan procession that was taken out in the city today. Almost all major roads were chock-a-block with vehicles as the procession was taken out from the Field Ganj area.

Young devotees dressed as Panj Piaras during a nagar kirtan in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Illegal structure razed
Ludhiana, November 22
A demolition squad of the municipal corporation today razed an alleged illegal structure on the national highway amidst allegations by the owner that he was being pressured to withdraw a case against a woman.

IT dept conducts surveys
Ludhiana, November 22
The income tax department today conducted surveys on S.V. Sales Corporation in Industrial Area, Kansal Hosiery Export and Lester Square restaurant here today.

Club to honour Bhagat Singh’s nephew
Samrala, November 22
Abhey Singh Sandhu, nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, will be honoured by the Youth Welfare Sports Club, Talan, near here, on November 25 on the conclusion any of its annual sports meet at a school stadium.

Seminar on fashion designing
Ludhiana, November 22
Top Careers and You organised a seminar on fashion designing at Tagore Public School, Aggar Nagar, here today. About 100 boys and girls attended the seminar.

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PAU to set up centre of excellence: Kang 
Ludhiana, November 22
Punjab Agricultural University has in principle decided to create an advance centre of research in biotechnology. The centre will be named as “Ag-Biotech Centre of Excellence”. This was announced by vice-chancellor Manjit Singh Kang here today. He said the university would strive for strengthening its research and development in the field of agricultural biotechnology.

PAU accepts tractor drivers’ case
Ludhiana, November 22
Electioneering by the Maur group got a boost as the audit department of the PAU accepted the tractor drivers’ cases. Maur said, “Previously the audit department of the university refused to entertain the increment cases of the tractor drivers.

Teachers against entry of corporate sector 
Ludhiana, November 22
The government school teachers union, Punjab, has condemned the state government’s policy of handing over the school’s education to business houses, against the 1968 nationally-accepted policy of providing compulsory and quality elementary education, through common school system sponsored by the government concerned.

Best polytechnic award for SRS
Ludhiana, November 22
SRS Government Polytechnic College for Girls has been adjudged as one of the “outstanding polytechnic “in the northern region for 2006-2007  for the second consecutive time.
Students of Guru Nanak International Public School perform during the annual prize distribution function in Ludhiana
Students of Guru Nanak International Public School perform during the annual prize distribution function in Ludhiana on Thursday. —  A Tribune photograph

From Schools & Colleges
BCM students attend youth festival at Bahrain

Ludhiana,November 22
A team of six students and three teachers from BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, took part in the international Indian youth festival "Harmony-2007" organised at Indian School, Bahrain, from November 13 to 17.

Seminar on confidence building
Mandi Gobindgarh, November 22
The Desh Bhagat Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology organsied a seminar on confidence building among students here.

Annual fest at Tagore school
Sahnewal, November 22
Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, organised its annual prize distribution function here today.Cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria was the chief guest and Punjab mandi board chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal was the guest of honour.

MBA student wins gold medal
Ludhiana, November 22 Sheenu Gupta, MBA student of 2005 to 2007 batch of the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) has bagged gold medal in the examinations conducted by Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar.


Cheque Bounce
Man gets one-yearjail term

Ludhiana, November 22
The court of judicial magistrate Vijay Kumar has sentenced B.P. Singh Chopra of Upasna Feeds, Amritsar, to undergo one-year imprisonment in a cheque bounce case. The accused has also been ordered to pay a fine of Rs 3,000.


Shakti school claim hockey title
Doraha, November 22
Shakti Public Senior Secondary School, Doraha, won the 9th Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Diwali Hockey Tournament, defeating Nanakana Sahib Public School, Kila Raipur, at the Guru Nanak stadium here today.

Hemraj fashions Rajasthan win 
A match for blind between Punjab and Rajasthan in progress in LudhianaLudhiana, November 22
A fine century by Hemraj Meena (122) helped Rajasthan score a consolation win over host Punjab in the third and last cricket match of the visually impaired which was organised by the Punjab Sports Association for the Blind at the Government College for Boys ground here today.

A match for blind between Punjab and Rajasthan in progress in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Winning start for GGN, St Thomas 
Ludhiana, November 22
GGN Senior Secondary School, Rose Garden, and St Thomas Senior Secondary School registered impressive wins on the opening day of the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Cricket Tournament at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School ground, Shastri Nagar, here today.

Kickboxing squads
Ludhiana, November 22
City teams for the forthcoming Punjab State Kickboxing Championship for boys and girls in subjunior, junior and senior category have been selected, according to Shambhu Sagar, joint secretary, Ludhiana District Kickboxing Association.



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