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Four members of music troupe die in accident
P.S. Batra & Gurminder S. Grewal

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 injured, including four girls, were rushed to the civil hospital at Samrala, from where they were referred to the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.

According to information, the vehicle carrying members of Bira and R.K. Musical Group, was returning to Ludhiana after performing at a marriage in Chandigarh. While taking a sharp turn, the headlights of the Tata Sumo went off and it hit a tree.

Babbu of Haibowal, Rahul of Partap Singh Wala, Jasjit Singh of Rishi Nagar, Ludhiana, and Sharandeep of Ludhiana died on the spot.

Those injured are Rajiv Kumar Veeru, Raja, Teetu, Rajinder, Radha, Mona, Reena and Shailja Khan. They have been shifted to the CMCH. Four of them are reported to be in a critical condition.

All members, including the deceased, were in the age group of 20 to 26 years and most of them belonged to Ludhiana and villages on the periphery of the city.

The accident took place near the police post at Hedon and policemen on duty immediately informed the highway ambulance.

According to doctors, Reena (23) was being operated upon for a bone injury while Mona, Rajan, Radha and Baljit Singh were in the emergency ward.

Jaspal Singh and Kuldeep Singh were discharged after first aid.

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Govt aid for PAU’s pension fund on way
K S Chawla

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.

The VC met the principal secretary, finance, D S Kalha, last week and apprised him of the dire need for funds to meet pension payments to the retirees.

In a detailed note to the finance secretary, the VC submitted that the crisis had been caused by the decrease in the rate of interest on fixed deposits from 16.5 per cent, when the pension was created during 1991-92, to 7.5 per cent by 2006.

He further pointed out that since the university followed the pattern of the Punjab government for payment of pension, the state government issued three notifications in 1996-1998 and 2004, raising the pension and DA. This resulted in increased outflow of the fund.

It is learnt that the number of PAU pensioners/family pensioners is 2,555 out of which 423 are getting pension.

The number of pensioners during the next 10 years would rise to 3,500 to 4,000 and the annual liability of pension disbursement would be in the range of Rs 30 crore - Rs 35 crore, which may increase with revision of pay scales in subsequent years.

The VC hasasked the state government to enhance the state grant from Rs 100 crore to Rs 133 crore per annum and to take over the pension scheme of university.

The government has levied a cess of Rs 1 per quintal on purchase of wheat and paddy by official agencies for research. This amount, about Rs 40 crore, is likely to be given to PAU in March-April next. This will improve the financial position of the university

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Travel agents lurk in rural sports arenas
Tribune News Service

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.

Such agents can be seen attending function, distributing visiting cards and even advertising their services at these meets.

The trend is relatively new but is alarming as incidents of duping of those lured by foreign lands are on the rise. While the police has managed to keep an eye on the activity of immigration agents in the urban areas, the vigil is lacking in the rural areas.

“I had gone to Guru Nanak Stadium to watch the Canada Kabbadi Cup and was handed over a pamphlet. I first thought it was related to sports, but to my surprise it turned out to be an advertisement by an immigration agent. Why should agents be advertising their services at a fair where ruralites are to attend in large numbers?” Kammikar Singh, a resident of Hambran Kalan said.

Residents of the rural areas, say experts, are not as aware as their urban counterparts and the lure of foreign land pushes them easily into the wrong hands.

Talk to sportspersons and they are quick to point out the presence of immigration agents in rural sports arenas. Sunny of Lalton village said: “I had never come across such advertising in sports events. But these days if you attend a sports function in the rural areas you will easily spot agents there.”

Residents feel caution needs to be observed before permitting such advertisers to promote their services to save people from being duped.

“Chances of agents duping people cannot be ruled out. A strict monitoring should be done,” says Maninder Singh from Doraha.

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‘Zarda’ manufacturer in excise net
Our Correspondent

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.

Giving this information here today, A.K. Mehra, commissioner, central excise, Ludhiana Commissionerate, said M/S Janak Raj Brij Lal was manufacturing and marketing tobacco products under the brand name of “Mahesh Chhap 901” and paying a nominal amount as tax.

When the team raided the factory premises, it was found that chewing tobacco was being packed in pouches of 5 gm and 10 gm without the relevant entries in the record. The unit was allegedly involved in the evasion of duty for the past several years.

Sanjeev Kumar was arrested from the factory and produced before the chief judicial magistrate in Ludhiana, who remanded him in the custody of the department for two days and thereafter in judicial custody.

Further investigation to ascertain the extent of duty evasion by the unit was on, he added.

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InsensitivePAU 
Decades of toil for only Rs 96 a day
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
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.

There are hundreds of women who dig, sow, water or reap the land of the PAU. Kulwant Kaur has been working here for over 12 years and Manjit Kaur has been here for nearly a decade.

Nacchatar Kaur said: “My day has begun more or less in a similar manner over the past two decades. There has been no offer for regularisation from the university. Since I am not a permanent employee, I have not made any demands. I have to run my family and have never dared to ask for a hike or regularisation of service.”

Kulwant Kaur said: “We have been sowing crop and raising nurseries for several years, however, no special gesture has been undertaken for us. I realise that we are a part of the research laboratory which is working for the development of agriculture in the state and we need to be given some benefits. I am not sure if I should be saying all this to anyone outside the university.”

A university official said: “I feel it will be nice if the university could work out a certification module for its daily wage earners. A large number among of them have been working for many years and can claim professional competence in farming. The certificate can aid them to start work in the private farming sector and make a decent earning.”

Another daily labourer said: “I think we are getting our due. I am sure if we were not here, a majority of us would have been cleaning utensils in houses.”

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Bank staff protest proposed merger
Our Correspondent

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.

The employees were protesting against the decision of the State Bank of India (SBI) to merge all associate banks and the process had already been started with merger of State Bank of Saurashtra with the SBI.

The employees and officers of associate banks staged a dharna in front of the regional office of the State Bank of Patiala at Miller Ganj, calling for reversal of the decision.

Trade union leaders, including Punjab Bank Employees Federation (PBEF) chairman Sudesh Kumar, State Bank of Patiala Employees Union secretary Naresh Gaur, A.K. Chhibber, Ashok Malhan, K.K. Jaggi, Parveen Moudgil, G.S. Dania and Ashwani Singla, all activists of bank unions, criticised the government and the SBI management.

The leaders alleged that with the merger of the State Bank of Saurashtra with the SBI, which had already been approved by the boards of both banks, the process of merger of all subsidiary banks (state sector) had been set in motion.

“Employees and officers of the state sector banks will oppose the merger on the ground that these subsidiary banks have grown and evolved over a period of time into very strong and vibrant banking institutions, particularly catering to the banking needs in the respective regions. By their performance, they have also shown their competence and capability, and they no longer required any support to survive as viable banking institutions.”

Gaur pointed out that the proposed mergers would, at best, fatten the balance sheet of the SBI, without any other special economic impact or benefit to ordinary banking public. “Employees and officers of the subsidiary banks will not accept this decision at any cost and will continue their struggle till better sense prevailed upon the government and the move is scrapped,” they said.

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Cheque Bounce
Trader gets one-year jail term
Our Correspondent

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.

A complaint had been filed by Harbans Lal, a partner of M/s Inder Cloth House, Ludhiana. The complainant had submitted that his firm was engaged in the business of wholesale cloths and the accused was the proprietor of a firm and his dealer.

The firm had purchased goods from the complainant worth Rs. 3.75 lakh in April 1999. The accused had issued a cheque for the amount but it was dishonoured.

A legal notice was served on him, but the accused failed to make the payment. A complaint was then filed in court.

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No takers for rare books in city
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, 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.

“It is quite sad that the number of stalls has drastically reduced. I have been visiting this market for past two decades. Earlier, one could find anything- from Shakespeare to Sidney Sheldon-and spot the rarest of rare in literature, these days the stuff they are selling is mostly second rate Hindi novels,” rued Sushma Bhalla, a resident.

From the rarest magazines to classics in Hindi, Punjabi and English, the market here offered it all. The stuff on sale nowadays includes magazines that could date a year or two back, academic books and a couple of novels.

“We do not get many buyers. Earlier, the business used to be brisk, it has deteriorated now, which is why we get only the stuff that sells,” said Mintoo, who has been putting up a stall for the past 15 years.

Among magazines stocked by most stall owners are the ones on photography, business, fashion and even foreign ones like Fortune. Most of these books are procured from junk dealers or book stores, revealed sellers. “A lot of libraries earlier used to sell their old books to us. But now most of the reading material we get is procured from scrap dealers or book stores,” said Billu Mehta, another stall owner, adding, “but if a reader shows interest we do make it a point to get the kind of material they need the following week.

Book lovers, however, are terribly disappointed. “May be it is due to easy availability of Internet, or lifestyles getting hectic, leaving very who devote time to reading. But, I wish the market survives as it provides one a chance to read the kind of material that is usually not available with plush book stores , at a very low rate,” opined Sushant Sharma, a student.

Bedi, who has been putting up a stall religiously every week near the Clock Tower for over five decades now, is a disheartened man. His loyalty to this profession, however, remains undeterred. “I would continue selling books here till I am alive. But there is no money; people do not want to read.”

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YouthScape
Global face of the city’s young
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

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.

This online invite is followed by thought-provoking issues, ranging from safety of women in the city to ideas on dealing with corruption, whether the government is doing what it promised to and your personal problems too. Dating of course, finds a mention.

The cosmopolitan invite, it may suprise you, comes from our very own Ludhianavi youth. This side of their "global face" is there for all to see.

Being online is passe, they are now making their presence felt via global fora on the world wide web. A click of the mouse would take one to thousands and thousands of such forums formed by youngsters from this industrial town.

"Not only because its the in thing, I find it quite cool to express my opinion via community online. One has the advantage to remain discreet and at the same time be frank. We don’t really need to bother what others may think of us, " feels Sirjana, a regular on a leading community site.

Gripping their attention are topics that range from local to country and even global. "We are not just talking of dating, though that of course is an important part of our life. Web is the easiest mode that bridges distances that are geographical, cultural or , in many cases, even lingual,” says Ankit, who is not only member of several communities but also has a blog.

On the web, one can find nearly everything connected to Ludhiana- the local Kipps market, the university, every school and college, markets of Ghumar Mandi and even Chaura Bazaar, the malls, cars, mobikes, hotels, industry. The list continues.

Talk of reported misuse of sites, and the youngsters are quick to respond. "Anything and everything can be misused. We are mature enough to know how to handle things," snaps Vikram.

Good going, for sure. 

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Cong rues poor power supply
Our Correspondent

Amloh, 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.

A memorandum was later submitted to Punjab Governor through Amloh naib tehsildar T.S. Tiwana.

The dharna was addressed by district party chief Lakhbir Singh Rai, block chief Shingara Singh Salana, district vice-president Hemant Pajni, sarpanch union president Bhupinder Singh Badouchi, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee general secretary Dr Joginder Singh Maini, Mandi Gobindgarh municipal council chief Jagmeet Singh Sahota, Amloh council chief Lal Chand Garg, Arhtiya Association president Jiwan Kumar Puri, district Congress general secretary Dr Harpreet Singh. They criticised the SAD-BJP government for its failure to fulfil promises made before elections.

The memorandum alleged that after coming into power, the SAD-BJP government had failed to maintain 24-hour power supply to villages and towns.

They alleged that while farmers had been provided with eight-hour power supply every day in past the potato season, it had gone down by four hours now. In winter, farmers were getting supply from 6 am to 9 am in the morning. The condition of the industry was no better, the memorandum said.

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Wedding fest in city from December 14
Tribune News Service

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.

Last year, Wedding Asia-06 received tremendous response from the entire Punjab. About 100 designers and jewellers will also take part in this much- awaited event.

“Diamond Festival” is the main feature of “Wedding Asia 07” as it unveils the coloured gems, stones studded chic and classy jewellery, including diamond bracelets,rings,chandelier earrings, solitaries, sparkling necklace, jadau, kundan kanganas. There will be wide range of sapphires, emeralds, pearls, earthy kundans and other precious gems immaculately patterned in platinum, white arid yellow gold.

Director, Excelsior Public Relations, Maninder Sethi, said: “We have set a standard and recruited the best for our event to savour the refined taste buds of Punjabis. From trousseau to dazzling designer jewellery, from accessories to household decor and furnishings, from wedding planners to honeymoon destinations- the show wraps up all this.”

He further added that specially-designed bridal lehngas embellished with precious stones, gotta patti, chikan, dabka, kantha work would be the main attraction for the brides-to-be. Wedding is not simply an occasion for bride; her relatives too are in limelight.

“Wedding Asia-07” will give them an insight to look around wide range of clothing from ornate clothes designed for wedding ‘ceremonies using traditional Indian techniques of embroidery using all kind of fabrics to create Indo-western clothing in a fusion with the best of East arid West. Wedding Asia-07 will display a wide range of dazzling bridal lehngas, sensuous chiffon and crepe saris, and western outfits.

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Seminar marks World Disability Day
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 3
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.

Such persons were provided with a lawyer free of cost to pursue their cases. The expenses were borne by the authority.

Panches of the village and residents attended the seminar.

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Letters
Callous authorities

I am amazed at the callousness of residents and official machinery in cleaning the Sidhwan canal. A huge tract of the water body has dried up and is littered with polyethylene bags. The place does not just look dirty; but has turned into a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

It is a common to see labourers and their family defecating in the dry patches of the water body and a large number of children and women washing clothes and bathing in the dirty stagnant water.

Though enough has been written about this problem, but, the authorities have failed to take any concrete step. Is someone listening? I sometimes feel that the residents of the city, themselves, need to wake up and force the authorities to act by setting an example themselves.

Maninder Singh Gurm, Ludhiana

Readers are invited to mail letters (not more than 200 words) at "ludhiana@tribunemail.com" or post the same to The Tribune, 1, 2 Improvement Trust Building, Badaur House, Clock Tower, Ludhiana.

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Man arrested with 27 gm smack
Tribune News Service

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

According to the police, Amanpreet Singh, son of Lal Singh, was arrested near Krishna Nagar here late last evening.

The police said he was arrested following a tip-off. The matter was being investigated to find out if the accused was into habitual drug abuse or was a dealer.

The police is also trying to locate the supplier from whom the accused had procured the contraband.

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Small savings revenue goes down
Government exhorts staff to invest
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

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.

Data available with the district small saving department suggests that the department is running into losses in collecting revenue as compared to previous years.

Last year, the revenue generated by the district small savings department was Rs 677 crore, which fell by 20 per cent to Rs 597.52 crore this year (April to October).

The district administration has taken the matter seriously and is even “forcing” employees of different departments to invest more in small savings.

Baljinder Kaur, working as an anganwari worker, said she was instructed to invest a minimum of Rs 100 per month in post office.

She said one could invest only if the financial position of an individual was sound. “But persons like me cannot spare money for investment,” she said.

Gursharan Makhija, a teacher working at a primary school, said they were told to motivate their colleagues to invest in such schemes at every meeting.

“We cannot force anyone to invest. People don’t want to invest in post offices as banks give them better rates of interest,” she said.

An official of the district administration said regular meetings were being called with officials of small savings department to take stock of the situation.

He said they were motivating, not forcing, people to open accounts under various schemes of post offices. “No body will invest unless people see profit,” said the official.

Deputy director, small savings (Ludhiana), A.K.Sharma said the the entire exercise was being done to revive the already running schemes.

He said employees were being asked to deposit Rs 100 in post offices through agents.

It was a small amount and everybody could spare such a meagre amount every month.

“It is a door-to-door service and people will not have to make rounds of post offices,” he said, adding that the central government would provide funds for development projects to the state only if the state government generated a good income.

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Handling mealy bug infestation in fruit crop
Tribune News Service

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.

Their heavy infestation also encourages the growth of sooty mould due to which leaves, shoots and fruits become black in colour.

The mealy bug hibernates on trees twigs and branches during winter. It is important to identify the different mealy bug species on different plants.

The mealy bug of fruit crops are often confused with that infesting cotton crop though the cotton mealy bug is reported to shift to citrus plantation but its development on citrus plantation is yet to be established.

Furthermore, it is important to note that mango mealy bug should also not be confused with other mealy bug species.

On citrus, guava and grapes, the PAU has recommended regular monitoring of infested trees by observing the underside of leaves, young shoots, fruits and branches.

Farmers have also been advised to maintain orchards neat and clean, not allowing branches of trees touch the ground, prune or remove infested branches and destroy the same, destroy ant nests and drench spraying of 1,875 ml Durmet/Dursban/Coroban 20 EC (chlorpyriphos in 500 litres of water) first on the appearance of pest.

On mango trees, mealy bug can be managed by digging or ploughing around mango trees during summer to kill the hibernating eggs as well as by the application mechanical barrier through which the nymphs are prevented from crawling up the trunk by applying a slippery band by mid-December.

The slippery band consists of 15-20 cm wide sheet of alkathene to the basal end of the stem, securing both its upper and lower edges with 1-3 nails (2 cm).

The lower end must be covered with compact soil so as to prevent nymphs from climbing up the tree trunk. Occasional wiping of the band during rains is also desirable.

In case of large-scale emergence of nymphs, apply 50 gm Follidol 2% dust (methyl parathion) on the compact soil around the tree trunk to kill the nymphs.

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From Schols & Colleges
Vicky wins inter-college quiz contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
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. The topics for the quiz contest were global economy, management, business laws, Indian economic problems and policies, corporate news and current affairs.

Gulshan Rai and Vicky Garg from Guru Teg Bahadur National College, Dakha, won the first prize while Mohit Mehra and Arpit Gupta from Kamla Lohtia S.D.College, Ludhiana, stood second, respectively, in the contest. The third prize was bagged by Abhey Gupta and Nishant Gupta from A.S.College, Khanna. Principal Prem Kumar congratulated the winners and encouraged the students to inculcate good reading habit for enhancing their knowledge.

Extension lecture: G.G.N. Khalsa College organised an extension lecture on communication skills and personality development in the department of advertising, sales promotion and sales management here today. DRDO, Delhi, senior scientist N.P.Singh was the resource person. He emphasised on the importance of overall personality development to enhance the communication skill. The talk was followed by an interactive session. R.P.Singh formally welcomed the speaker. Arvinder Kaur compared the function and proposed a vote of thanks. Kuldip Singh, Gunwant Singh Dua, Pritpal Singh Sethi and Manju Singh Chhabra were also present on the occasion.

Watandeep Singh Sidhu
Watandeep Singh Sidhu of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, has stood first in the class and the state in the International Olympics Olympiad 2007. He is ranked fourth in the 
overall olympiad.

Play staged: Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council and Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Ludhiana, staged the famous play “Jinhe Lahore Nahin Vaikhya” here yesterday at Guru Nanak auditorium. The play was based on the story of woman who refused to leave Pakistan for India at the time of Partition. Rather, she preferred to stay in her haveli in Lahore. The play was staged by the Karachi-based theatrical group “Tehriek-e-Niswan”. It was directed by Sheema Kermani.

Mandi Gobindgarh

Science fest: Students of Government High School, Waraich, won nine positions during the tehsil-level science competitions. Six students were selected for the district-level competition whereas the school won an overall trophy among rural area schools and was selected for the state competition. This was told by headmaster Devinder Singh Punia to media persons here today.

Junior and senior teams which took part in the ‘Bal Vigyan Congress’ were also selected for the state-level competitions, 23 students received prizes in the district competition. All winners were honoured at a function organised in the school today.

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Mundi takes charge of PAU staff union
Tribune News Service

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.

General secretary Avinash Sharma and Mundi also met registrar Raj Kumar Mahay. They also discussed a few pending demands of the employees. Mahay assured the leaders that he would soon convene a meeting of office-bearers. Chairperson, Punjab municipal workers’ union, Ludhiana, Vijay Danav, also congratulated the executive members. Later, Mundi addressed his supporters.

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PCMA to honour ex-registrar 
Tribune News Service

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.

PCMA general secretary Ashwani Bhalla said every year it honours eminent personality in the field of commerce and management. Earlier, the award had been conferred on T.N. Kapoor, former vice-chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

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City doctor gets Sadbhawna award
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 3
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.

Former Governor of Tamil Nadu and Assam, Bhisham Narain Singh, presented the award to him.

He was selected for his achievements and distinguished services. Last year, he had been honoured by the President of India at Jaipur.

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Punjab beat Chandigarh
Tribune News Service
The winning team with the trophy on the concluding day of the 6th Punjab State Junior and Open Sub-Junior Tae Kwon Do Championship at Polo Ground in Patiala
The winning team with the trophy on the concluding day of the 6th Punjab State Junior and Open Sub-Junior Tae Kwon Do Championship at Polo Ground in Patiala. — Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

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

The scores: The women team of Haryana b Himachal Pradesh 23-10; Haryana b Delhi 24-20; and Chandigarh b Jammu and Kashmir 26-18.





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