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Car driver rams into 5-yr-old
Boy’s condition critical
Khanna, December 5
The police has arrested the driver of a car that hit a five-year-old boy and drove on for quite some distance with the child stuck in the suspension rod of the car, causing serious injuries to the boy.


11-yr-old girl run over by bus

Football League to be shifted to Hoshiarpur
Reason: Empty stands at Guru Nanak Stadium in city
Ludhiana, December 5
Guru Nanak Stadium will no longer play host to India's biggest professional football league as the JCT Mills authorities plans to shift the league to the football heartland of Hoshiarpur.







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Trade union activists block rail traffic in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Trade unions disrupt rail traffic
Ludhiana, December 5
Several organisations representing farmers, industrial workers and employees of the PSEB today disrupted rail traffic on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur section at the Model Gram railway station against the privatisation move being pursued by the government. Trade union leaders said the agitation would be intensified if the government did not scrap the policy of privatisation and withdraw the Electricity Act, 2003, among other things.




Trade union activists block rail traffic in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Study: 5,600 farm accidents every year
But only 21 pc get monetary aid
Ludhiana, December 5
About 5,600 accidents take place every year during farm operations in Punjab. In 75 per cent cases of accident, farm machines are involved. However, only 21 per cent victims receive monetary benefits.

Industrialists meet BJP leader
Ludhiana, December 5
Around 40 industry representatives presented their problems to BJP president Rajinder Bhandari here today.

10 booths fetch PUDA Rs 2.21 cr
Ludhiana, December 5
The auction of 10 commercial booths, measuring 33.33 sq yards each and located in the market opposite the civil hospital, fetched PUDA Rs 2.21 crore against the reserve price of Rs 1.73 crore.

Parking lot goes for 80.25 lakh
Ludhiana, December 5
A parking lot in the upmarket commercial hub of Feroze Gandhi Market (D zone) was today leased out for Rs 80.25 lakh through open bidding for a period of one year. The reserve price was Rs 60 lakh and six bidders participated.

COMMUNITY

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (DSGPC) chief Paramjit Singh Sarna addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Sarna to sue SGPC chief
Ludhiana, December 5
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (DSGPC) chief Paramjit Singh Sarna announced today that he would file a defamation suit against SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar for getting two resolutions passed against him from the Akal Takht.

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (DSGPC) chief Paramjit Singh Sarna addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma 

Serve poor, says SGPC chief
Ludhiana, December 5
A full-fledged CT scan department with latest equipment and machines was inaugurated by SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar at Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital here today.

Rs 80 lakh grant for Khanna
Khanna, December 5
Grants worth Rs 80 lakh were released for the development of rural areas in the Khanna constituency during the last six months. This was claimed by the local Akali legislator and chief parliamentary secretary (technical education) Bikramjit Singh Khalsa while laying the foundation stone of a project to revamp roads and drainage network of Lalheri village.

Secretary of Dayanand Medical College managing society Prem Gupta releases a book in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Book on preventive medicine released
Ludhiana, December 5
Secretary of Dayanand Medical College managing society Prem Gupta released a book on “Preventive and Social Medicine” at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here today. DMCH principal Daljit Singh was also present on the occasion.

Secretary of Dayanand Medical College managing society Prem Gupta releases a book in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

‘71 war hero remembers Battle of Ranian
Ludhiana, December 5
Hero of 1971 Indo-Pak war which started on December 3,1971, got together at a local restaurant to refresh their memories of December 3 and 4,1971, when Pakistan opened up its western front by launching air raids on radars and airfields and simultaneously attacked the screen positions under heavy artillery fire all along the western borders.

400 employees to attend convention
Ludhiana, December 5
About 400 employees from across the state will take part in a convention of the joint employees forum to be held at the trade centre here on December 8.

Coal merchants’ meeting
Ludhiana, December 5
The Punjab Coal Merchants Association condemned intrusion of goons who attempted to collect money from them.

Anishka Sharma is Hungama TV Captain
Ludhiana, December 5
Ten “cool and fun kids” selected from more than 75,000 kids across India experienced their first stint as the new “Hungama TV Captains” today.

 

CRIME

Bid to rob two transporters, 2 arrested
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 5
The Raikot police has arrested two persons along with their accomplice, who had attempted to rob two transporters of Goindwal village after injuring them with a sharp edged weapon on Monday night. The police has seized the weapon and scooter, used by suspects.

Three booked for assault
Jagraon, December 5
The Raikot police has booked three persons under Sections 382, 341, 323, 324, 511 and 34 of the IPC on the charges of snatching and assaulting.

 

BUSINESS

Biz Word
Hosiery units willing to invest in property, shares
Ludhiana, December 5
Prompt payments from buyers from across the country have made hosiery manufacturers and traders happy this season. With heavy inflow of money, entrepreneurs are looking forward to making major investments in avenues like property. It is in direct contrast to the past few years when a large number of those in the business complained of payments getting stuck.

Industry for entry tax on Chinese goods
Ludhiana, December 5
Small-scale industrialists of the city are sore over the treatment being meted out to them by the SAD-BJP government notwithstanding the promises made by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal before the Vidhan Sabha elections in February 2007. The industrialists are unhappy because instead of giving any relief to them, the state government was levying new taxes, imposing entry tax on yarn, steel, steel scrap besides other commodities.

 

EDUCATION

Students’ strike fails to move authorities
The students of agricultural engineering raise slogans against the university authorities at PAU in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Ludhiana, December 5
As many as 100 students of the College of Agricultural Engineering of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) are on strike since November 26 to protest against authority’s decision to deduct 10 marks each of the students, who did not take their mid-term exams, held in September-October. The agitating students alleged that such decision would destroy their career.

The students of agricultural engineering raise slogans against the university authorities at PAU in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Increase in MBBS course duration irks IMA
Ludhiana, December 5
The Ludhiana branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has taken strong exception to the move by the union health and family welfare ministry to increase the duration of MBBS course by one year through compulsory rural service in internship before awarding the degree.

School honours alumnus for cracking PCS exam
Khanna, December 5
The management of AS Modern School, Khanna, organised a function to honour Parshant Verma, an alumnus of the school, who stood fourth in the Punjab Civil Services (PCS) exam for judiciary.

Seminar on motivation
Ludhiana, December 5
Management students of the GGN Institute of Vocational Studies attended a seminar on “Motivation” on the college premises here today. Former chief manager, State Bank of India, Jaswant Singh Saini, who has three books to his credit, conducted the seminar. About 60 students pursuing their management studies under MBA Ist, IInd, and BBA Ist year took part in this seminar.

 
SPORTS

Govt to set up sports clubs in Punjab villages: Gabria
A match in progress between Punjab and Haryana during the North Zone Handball Championship at PAU in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Ludhiana, December 5
With a view to promote sports, the state government has planned to set up sports clubs in all the 12 thousand villages of the state and grants of Rs 50 thousand each would be given to these clubs every year. This was stated by Hira Singh Gabria, minister for tourism and cultural affairs, while addressing the sportspersons on the prize distribution function of the North Zone Handball Championship at PAU here today.


A match in progress between Punjab and Haryana during the North Zone Handball Championship at PAU in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Tiny tots participate in the annual BCM School meet in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Annual athletics meet at BCM
Ludhiana, December 5
Excitement and enthusiasm marked the three-day long annual athletic meet of the kindergarten section at BCM today, wherein tiny tots budding with energy participated with full zest. Manager, school managing committee, Capt V.K. Sayal, was the chief guest. He inaugurated and declared the meet open after taking the salute from the contingents of the nursery, LKG and UKG students along with their teachers. Class I students danced to the tunes of the “welcome dance”.





Tiny tots participate in the annual BCM School meet in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph



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