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Ruffians barge into hospital, assault staff
Ludhiana, December 18
Three unidentified youths barged into a hospital in the Model Town area last night and assaulted the security staff when they were stopped from misbehaving with nursing employees.

Shingar Blasts
Reward notice put up outside police stations 
Ludhiana, December 18
Over two months after the Shingar cinema blasts rocked the city, the police has finally put up notices outside local police stations of rewarding those providing concrete information about the incident with Rs 1 lakh.

An announcement regarding a reward for information on Shingar blasts outside the Salem Tibri in Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma
An announcement regarding a reward for information on Shingar blasts outside the Salem Tibri in Ludhiana.


Poll fever at district courts 
Ludhiana, December 18
Shifting of sub-registrar Mukesh Sharma has become a major issue in the District Bar Association (DBA) elections, scheduled to be held on December 20. K.R. Sikri, a contestant for the post of DBA president, claimed that lawyers and the general public were unhappy at the style of functioning of Mukesh Sharma. 

Banners of contestants ahead of the elections to the District Bar Association at the courts complex in Ludhiana.
Banners of contestants ahead of the elections to the District Bar Association at the courts complex in Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Electrician killed in roof collapse 
Ludhiana, December 18

An electrician was killed and three labourers were injured when a recently constructed roof collapsed in Bhagwan Dass Colony, Salem Tabri, here today. Rakesh Kapoor, owner of the house, said the electrician, Kala, was working under the roof and the two labourers were working on it when it collapsed.

The roof that collapsed in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by I.V.
The roof that collapsed in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

Pay up or face disconnection, warns PSEB
Ludhiana, December 18
In the wake of mounting unpaid energy bills against different government departments, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has adopted a tough posture and issued notices to defaulters to make payment of outstanding bills by December 25 or face disconnection of power supply.


Setback for 250 fabric units
Entry tax forces buyers to look out of state
Ludhiana, December 18
Around 250 fabric manufacturing units here have received a major setback as their buyers have shifted to other states.

IPNI science award for PAU teacher 
Ludhiana, December 18
The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) has selected the PAU additional director of research (agriculture) Dr Milkha Singh Aulakh, as the winner of the 2007 IPNI Science Award that carries a plaque and US$ 5,000 in recognition to his contributions in soil science, out of various international nominations received.

Impact of reforms on state economy highlighted
Ludhiana, December 18
The planning forum of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Civil Lines, organised a symposium on “Impact of economic reforms on Punjab’s economy” here today. Dr S.S. Johl, former vice-chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, presided over the symposium and Prof H.S. Shergill from Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the keynote speaker.
Dr H.S. Shergill addresses a gathering during a symposium at GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, on Tuesday.
Dr H.S. Shergill addresses a gathering during a symposium at GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, on Tuesday. — Photo by I.V

Tool to save fruits developed
Ludhiana, December 18
The city-based Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), has developed the pomegranate aril extractor, a hand tool for breaking of pomegranate and consequently easy separation of aril from its peel.

Tobacco abuse on the rise among children
Ludhiana, December 18
Tobacco abuse is on the rise among children in the city. Not only children from the lower strata of society but those belonging to the elite class are falling prey to this.

US doctor visits PAU
Ludhiana, December 18
Dr Viraj Beri, head of department of soils, PAU, said Dr Stephen R Grattan from department of land, air and water resources, University of California, Davis (UCD), USA, visited PAU as a Fulbright senior specialist under the programme sponsored by United States Education Foundation. This is the first visit of a Fulbright senior specialist to PAU.

ICAR team reviews research work on citrus
Ludhiana, December 18
The Quinquannial Review Team (QRT) of the National Research Centre (NRC) for Citrus comprising Dr S.L. Mehta, R. Jayarajan, V.J. Shivankar, K.K. Jindal and R.C. Batra visited Punjab Agricultural University to take stock of research work being carried out on citrus.

Koodiyattam artiste enthralls students
Ludhiana, December 18
Koodiyattam artiste Kapila Veenu enthralled students of Shifaly International School with her performance here today. The artiste, while talking about the dance-drama from Kerala, said Koodiyattam narrated mythological tales. “Psychologically and also physically, this dance form is highly demanding. As it required a complete dedication by the artist, learning it was not very easy and it had only a few performers now and was largely restricted to Kerala,” she said while talking to The Tribune.




One held for opium smuggling 
Jagraon, December 18
Jaswinder Singh of Geeta Colony, Jagraon, was arrested by a team of Anti Narcotic Control Cell, Ludhiana (rural), headed by Inspector Amarjit Singh from the Sugar Mill area, 5 kms from here. The police allegedly recovered 1 kg of opium from his possession. 



Principals to conduct Class V exam 
Ludhiana, December 18
A general meeting of the members of the association of the Punjab School Education Board Affiliated Schools, Punjab, was held at Rajindera Model Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Kalan, here today, under the presidentship of Rajinder Sharma, along with Narinder Bangia, I.M. Dutta, Ravinandan Sharma, Sukhpal Singh and other representatives from various districts of the state and discuss the problems of class V examination.


B’ball: Harminder, Paramjit to lead Punjab squads
Ludhiana, December 18
Harminder Singh of Punjab Police and Paramjit Kaur of Ludhiana will lead Punjab men’s and women’s teams, respectively, in the 58th Senior National Basketball Championship to be held from December 21 to 28 at Puducherry, according to Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association.

Soccer trials on Dec 21
Ludhiana, December 18
Trials to select the Ludhiana football team (boy’s u-19) will be conducted here on December 21 at Guru Nanak Stadium at 10 am. The players born on or after January 1, 1989 are eligible for the trials. They have been asked to bring their original date of birth certificates. 



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