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Four members of music troupe die in accident
Khamano/Samrala, December 3
Four youths, all members of a music group, were killed and eight others injured in an accident on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road near Hedon village, about 8 km from Samrala, in the wee hours of today.
The mangled remains of the ill-fated Tata Sumo which hit a tree, killing four persons near Hedon on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road The mangled remains of the ill-fated Tata Sumo which hit a tree, killing four persons near Hedon on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road on Monday. — A Tribune photograph



A model displays the logo of ‘“Wedding Asia-07” at a press conference in Ludhiana
A model displays the logo of ‘“Wedding Asia-07” at a press conference in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Govt aid for PAU’s pension fund on way
Ludhiana, December 3
The state government has reportedly promised to provide Rs 2.70 crore every month to meet the pension fund requirements of PAU retirees.

Travel agents lurk in rural sports arenas
Ludhiana, December 3
Rural sports meets are the latest haunt of immigration agents where they lure naive villagers into the snare of sending them abroad and end up ripping them off.

‘Zarda’ manufacturer in excise net
Ludhiana, December 3
Officials of the central excise department, acting on intelligence reports, raided a unit engaged in the manufacture and sale of “khaini” and “zarda” in Pujan Wala Mohalla in Bathinda and detected central excise duty evasion.

Insensitive PAU 
Decades of toil for only Rs 96 a day

Ludhiana, December 3
Women working as daily labourers in the PAU fields in Lludhiana Nacchatar Kaur has been cleaning weeds in the fields of the PAU for the past over 25 years. She is a daily labourer and is paid Rs 96 every day. She has never sought regularisation of services, nor asked for a hike in wages or health benefits. “I feel sorry for the likes of Nacchatar Kaur because the university has never thought of regularising the services of labourers employed with it,” a senior university functionary said.

Women working as daily labourers in the PAU fields in Lludhiana. — Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

Bank staff protest proposed merger
Ludhiana, December 3
On a joint call given by the State Sector Bank Employees Association (comprising employees of associate banks State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur and State Bank of Indore), the All-India Bank Officers’ Association and Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI), employees and officers of associate banks observed a day-long strike here today.

Cheque Bounce
Trader gets one-year jail term

Ludhiana, December 3
Judicial magistrate Vijay Kumar has sentenced a businessman, Kewal Kumar, to undergo one-year imprisonment in a cheque bounce case. The court has also ordered him to pay a fine of Rs 3,000.

COMMUNITY

No takers for rare books in city
Only a few turn up for buying old books from the weekly roadside stalls in a market in LudhianaLudhiana, December 3
Every Sunday morning, those living in old city used to wake up to the hustle at the secondhand books market near the Clock tower. As the reading habits have taken the backseat and technology has started ruling our lives; the city is helplessly watching the striving-for-survival books market, where the number of stalls has shrunk to an abysmal five or six.

Only a few turn up for buying old books from the weekly roadside stalls in a market in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

YouthScape
Global face of the city’s young

Cool dudes and galz! welcome to this community of people from the biggest city in the richest state. It is alwayz rocking! You will simply freak out here. We have malls, we have education, industry and we have the maximum number of Mercedes! If you are settled in US of A, or any other place on the earth, and have fond memories of your hometown, you too are welcome.

Cong rues poor power supply
Congress activists hold a march against poor power supply in AmlohAmloh, December 3
Congress activists led by local MLA Sadhu Singh Dharamsot organised a protest march and staged a dharna in front of the SDM office against the poor supply of power to farmers here today.

Congress activists hold a march against poor power supply in Amloh on Monday. — Photo by Bhushan Sood

Wedding fest in city from December 14
Ludhiana, December 3
“Excelsior” with its opulent and ostentatious wedding plans for the entire Punjab will be exhibiting its mega-event Wedding Asia-07 at Park Plaza from December 14 to 16.

Seminar marks World Disability Day
Ludhiana, December 3
A disabled boy waits for passersby to give alms on the World Disability Day near Clock Tower, Ludhiana, The District Legal Services Authority today observed World Disability Day by organising a seminar at Manekwal village. The seminar was presided over by Arvind Markan, assistant district attorney, district legal services authority. Markan said those suffering from permanent or partial disability were entitled to free legal aid.

A disabled boy waits for passersby to give alms on the World Disability Day near Clock Tower, Ludhiana, on Monday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Letters
Callous authorities

 

CRIME

Man arrested with 27 gm smack
Khanna, December 3
The local police has arrested a Malerkotla resident with 27 gram smack in his possession.

 

BUSINESS

Small savings revenue goes down
Government exhorts staff to invest
Ludhiana, December 3
The state government has asked the district administration to extend a helping hand to the small savings department in order to generate a good source of income.

 
AGRICULTURE

Handling mealy bug infestation in fruit crop
Ludhiana, December 3
Six species of the mealy bug cause damage to fruit crops like citrus, guava, grapes, pomegranate, sapota, jamun, etc. in Punjab. Nymphs and adult females of mealy bug suck cell sap from different parts of plant like leaves, twigs, tender shoots, branches and fruits, thus reducing the vigour of plant as well as drying up tender shoots.

EDUCATION

From Schols & Colleges
Vicky wins inter-college quiz contest

Ludhiana, December 3
Prize winners of Government High School, Waraich, with their headmaster Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management organised its 2nd inter-college quiz contest here today. The objective behind organising this event was to promote the quest for knowledge among commerce undergraduate students.  Six teams from Ludhiana, Jagraon, Khanna, Dakha and Patiala participated in the contest.


Prize winners of Government High School, Waraich, with their headmaster. — A Tribune photograph

Mundi takes charge of PAU staff union
Ludhiana, December 3
Newly-elected president of the non-teaching employees’ union Harbans Singh Mundi took over the charge of the union here today. Mundi along with his office-bearers met vice-chancellor M.S. Kang, who congratulated them and assured full cooperation from the university’s side.

PCMA to honour ex-registrar 
Ludhiana, December 3
The Punjab Commerce and Management Association (PCMA) has decided to honour former registrar of Punjabi University Patiala, Dr B.S. Bhatia, with “PCMA lifetime achievement award-2007” on December 8 during PCMA annual convention at Arya College,Ludhiana.

 

HEALTH

City doctor gets Sadbhawna award
Ludhiana, December 3
Dr Jagdip Madaan receives Indira Gandhi Sadbhawna Award in New Delhi. Dr Jagdip Madaan, senior orthopaedic surgeon at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, has been honoured with Indira Gandhi Sadbhawna Award for 2007 at a function in New Delhi. The honour was bestowed upon him during a symposium held on the life and works of Indira Gandhi by the National Integration and Economic Council.


Dr Jagdip Madaan receives Indira Gandhi Sadbhawna Award in New Delhi.

 
SPORTS

Punjab beat Chandigarh
Ludhiana, December 3
Punjab beat Chandigarh 26-23 on the opening day of the North Zone Handball Championship which began here today.

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