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Four killed in road accident 
Mullanpur Dakha (Ludhiana), December 8
A trip to Rajasthan proved fatal for four friends who met with an accident today morning near Guman village on the Ludhiana-Bathinda road. They were returning home after their four-day trip to Rajasthan.
Mangled remains of a car that met with an accident near Guman village on the Ludhiana-Bathinda road.
Mangled remains of a car that met with an accident near Guman village on the Ludhiana-Bathinda road. — A Tribune photograph

Eve-teasers hang around KCW
Authorities fail to take action
Ludhiana, December 8
These days a park outside the Khalsa College for Women, Ghumar Mandi, has been encroached upon by a large number of boys, majority of whom happen to be the students of GGN Khalsa College. They loiter around this park throughout the day.

EARLIER STORIES


Bar Council Poll
1,400 lawyers cast their votes
Ludhiana, December 8
Responding to apprehension of disturbance during the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana poll here today, the police successfully managed to keep it a low key peaceful affair. The returning officer had declared Ludhiana to be sensitive booth.

Lawyers cast their votes during the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana election at the district courts complex in Ludhiana on Saturday.— Photo by Inderjit Verma

Lawyers cast their votes during the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana election at the district courts complex in Ludhiana on Saturday.

Mayor warns councillors against ‘weaving plots’
Ludhiana, December 8
The mayor has warned a few councillors who are engaged in harming the morale of the municipal corporation employees. In a press note issued here today, Hakam Singh Giaspura, said: “The respect of the corporation house will not be allowed to be compromised.”

2 kg gold, Rs 40,000 looted
Ludhiana, December 8
Two robbers decamped with more than 2 kg gold and Rs 40,000 in cash at a pistol point from a jeweller’s shop here last night.

COMMUNITY

Three months’ grant insufficient: Front
Khanna, December 8
The Aided Schools Progressive Front of Punjab (ASPFP) here today flayed the state government for issuing grant for just three month’s salary of the aided school teachers in the state.

Players against use of stadium for Kirya ceremony 
Ludhiana, December 8
BJP leader Lala Lajpat Rai, who died recently, had never used the government machinery for personal use, but the “Kirya ceremony” of the former BJP leader is being organised at a multipurpose stadium in front of Guru Nanak Stadium. A large number of dignitaries, including the Chief Minister and high-profile BJP leaders, are expected to attend the ceremony.

Lala Lajpatrai, a multifaceted personality 
Ludhiana, December 8
Lala Lajpatrai, a former Rajya Sabha member, who expired last week was a multifaceted personality and had made a rich contribution in the development of this industrial town in various fields like industry and education. His states in the society were also high and were a shrewd political leader with a vision.

Two KCW cadets selected for R-Day parade
Ludhiana, December 8

Two cadets of the local Khalsa College for Women have been selected to participate in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi in 2008. The selected cadets include Navdeep Rai, a student of BA III, and Navdeep Kaur, a student of BSc III.



Cadets of the Khalsa College for Women who have been selected to participate in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi in 2008.— A Tribune photograph
Cadets of the Khalsa College for Women who have been selected to participate in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi in 2008.

BCM cadets attend integration camp
Ludhiana, December 8
Harkirat, Damanpreet, Dishant, Shivam and Amandeep, all students of BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh Road, Sector 32 A, Ludhiana, brought laurels to the city by winning prizes during their participation in the National Integration Camp in Shri Hari Ram Ashram, Pataudi (near Gurgaon).

MC conducts demolition drive
Ludhiana, December 8
The Municipal Corporation today conducted a demolition drive in various areas of the city. The drive was conducted under the supervision of joint commissioner B.K. Gupta, senior town planner, B.S. Brar, assistant town planner, H.S. Ghai and assistant commissioner AmarJit Singh Sekhon.

India needs to develop work culture: Experts
Ludhiana, December 8
The 4th international conference of the Punjab Commerce and Management Association (PCMA) begins today at Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology (KIMT). Dr J. Saddakadulla, regional director of the Reserve Bank of India, inaugurated the conference and said India needed to develop a work culture to compete in the world.

Unhealthy Affair
For residents of ward No. 14, life is hell
Ludhiana, December 8
Residents of Gobindgarh village near the link road, connecting the National Highway No. 1 with the Chandigarh Road, are virtually living in the hell. The streets of the village, which partly falls under ward No. 14 within the municipal limits and the rest under the village panchayat, have got choked, sewers are overflowing and foul-smelling stagnant water has literally made it impossible for the residents to move outdoors.

Residents wade through sewage and water to reach their homes in a locality in the ward No. 14 of Ludhiana. Overflowing sewerage pose a serious health hazard to residents.
Residents wade through sewage and water to reach their homes in a locality in the ward No. 14 of Ludhiana, (R) Overflowing sewerage pose a serious health hazard to residents.
— A Tribune photograph

One dead, two hurt in accident
Ludhiana, December 8
A 52-year-old man was killed in an accident that took place near the Samrala Chowk on Thursday night when the driver of a speeding patrol tanker lost control over his vehicle near Beant Nagar. Old man’s grandson who was accompanying him sustained serious injuries and is recuperating at a private hospital. Hare Ram, a 25-year-old pedestrian, also sustained serious injuries.

Boy elopes with cousin; father beaten to death 
Ludhiana, December 8
Father of a teenager was beaten to death on Friday night by his relatives because his son had eloped with his cousin at Bajra village. The incident occurred when the irate relatives cornered Manmohan Singh, the hapless father, and mercilessly beat him to death.

Tributes paid to journalist
Ludhiana, December 8
Dhan Pothohar Brotherhood, Punjab, has mourned the demise of Samrala-based journalist P.S. Batra, who died in a road accident at Machhiwara earlier this week. A meeting of the body was held at Hotel Nanda on Thursday, under the presidentship of N.S. Nanda. Two minute silence was observed. — OC

 

CRIME

Truck driver duped; steel worth Rs 10 lakh looted
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 8
Four impersonators today duped a Hisar-based truck driver of steel worth Rs 10 lakh by posing as excise officials. According to the police, four persons who identified themselves as officials of the Punjab Excise Department got on to the truck of Kuldip Singh while he was getting his vehicle weighed at a weighing instrument in Mandi Gobindgarh.

Rs 38,000 snatched from customer
Ludhiana, December 8
Two youths snatched Rs 38,000 from HDFC Bank. The incident occurred at 2 p.m., when Karan Kumar, son of Rakesh Kumar, came to HDFC Bank  for depositing Rs 1  lakh.


 

BUSINESS

Association seeks cut in tax rates
Ludhiana, December 8
The Punjab Tax Bar Association yesterday asked that the finance ministry to reduce the rates of individual taxes from 30 per cent to 20 per cent and abolish fringe benefit tax.

Credit review meeting of banks
Ludhiana, December 8
“Banks in the district are opening zero-balance accounts till February 28. These will be no-frills accounts and individuals can open such an account with a bank even in cases where identification norms cannot be fulfilled,” said Jeet Singh, manager, PSB, at a credit review meeting for September, 2007. — TNS


 
AGRICULTURE

GADVASU breeds white quail
Ludhiana, December 8
The new white coloured strain of quails developed by Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) was approved for release by the “Germplam/Variety Release Committee”.

EDUCATION

4,895 teachers to appear in CTMP exam 
Khanna, December 8
To meet one of the major aims of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) that is providing quality teaching, the state government has sponsored 4,895 government school teachers under the SSA to undergo certificate course in teaching of primary school mathematics (CTMP) which would be conducted by Indira Gandhi National Open University.

 

 

HEALTH

Stroke unit opened at CMCH
Ludhiana, December 8
Prof Craig Anderson, director of the cerebro-vascular division at George Institute for International Health, Sydney, Australia, inaugurated a dedicated “stroke unit” and “stroke prevention clinic” in the department of neurology at Christian Medical College here yesterday.

Medical camp for workers
Ludhiana, December 8
United Breweries in collaboration with ESIC Model Hospital conducted medical health check-up camp here today for its employees and their families in the factory premises.



 
SPORTS

Hockey
Sangrur prevail over Jarkhar 4-3 
Ludhiana, December 8
Sangrur fought hard to defeat Mata Sahib Kaur Academy, Jarkhar, 4-3 in the u-16 years category of the Punjab Hockey League for boy’s being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

A match in progress between Jarkhar and Bhatinda during Punjab Hockey League being played at Prithipal Astroturf at PAU in Ludhiana.— Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
A match in progress between Jarkhar and Bhatinda during Punjab Hockey League being played at Prithipal Astroturf at PAU in Ludhiana.

National football league match shifted to Delhi
Ludhiana, December 8
The third match of the sixth round of the ongoing ONGC Indian Professional National Football League, slated to be held here at Guru Nanak Stadium on December 16, has been shifted to New Delhi.

MPS hockey tourney begins today
Ludhiana, December 8
Sports Authority of India (SAI), North, will take on Dhanoa XI in the inaugural match of the XIth All India Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Memorial Hockey Tournament for Women which begins at Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium of Punjab  Agricultural University campus here tomorrow.  



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