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New Year celebrations turn tragic
Two youths die in car accident
Khamano, January 1
Two youths died and three were injured in a road side accident near Hedon village, 8 km from here ,at about 2 am today. They had gone to Shimla to celebrate New Year but two of them died and three were struggling for life at CMC, Ludhiana. The Maruti car which hit a stationary truck, killing two youths near Hedon village on Tuesday.
The Maruti car which hit a stationary truck, killing two youths near Hedon village on Tuesday. — Photo by  Gurminder Singh Grewal

Powerless start to New Year 
Ludhiana, January 1
Power played its truant best on the first day of the New Year. Domestic as also industrial consumers suffered due to prolonged unscheduled cuts that stretched to over six hours in several areas. In most areas, power supply was withdrawn for half an hour to one hour after every hour or so.

Industrialists defer dharna on Gabria’s advice
Ludhiana, January 1
Strong resentment is brewing among industrialists against the failure of the Punjab government to meet their pressing needs. 


Farmers, beware! Spurious seeds in the market 
Ludhiana, January 1
The PBW 550 variety of wheat seed that was released for multiplication purpose by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) during the last Kisan Mela here, has been sold by shopkeepers in black market.

Octogenarian’s body found
Ludhiana, January 1
The putrefied body of Sawitri devi, who was allegedly murdered about nine days ago by a Gujarati couple who lived as tenants in her house at street no 13, Vishwakarma Colony here, was found after nine days today.


Fun, gaiety mark New Year celebrations
Ludhiana, January 1
City residents welcomed the New Year dancing to dhol beats and bursting crackers. Apart from hotels and clubs, at almost every nook and corner in the city, people, young and old could be seen dancing, boozing and celebrating the New Year.

Kids dance in a mall. Revellers enjoy a New Year Eve bash at a hotel. Ecstatic students during “Welcome 2008” in Ludhiana.
Kids dance in a mall; (center) Revellers enjoy a New Year Eve bash at a hotel; and (right) Ecstatic students during “Welcome 2008” in Ludhiana. —Tribune photos by Sayeed Ahmed

Rs 600-cr plan for marketing produce, says minister
Ludhiana, January 1
With a view to ensure the shifting of farmers to cash crops, the state government has formulated a Rs 600 crore plan for creating a modern marketing system in the state, where latest facilities for purchasing, preserving and marketing will be provided.

GADVASU VC extends New Year wishes
Ludhiana, January 1
Vice-chancellor of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) Dr V.K. Taneja today extended his good wishes for the coming year to all varsity employees.

NSS camp concludes
Doraha, January 1
A 10-day camp organised by NSS boys unit of GNN College at Government Elementary School, Kaddon, concluded here today.

Farmers’ Suicide
BKU to take up issue with PM
Ludhiana, January 1
The Bharti Kisan Union has constituted a team to survey suicide by farmers and take up cases of the victims’ families for compensation at various platforms. Addressing mediapersons here today, BKU regional president Ajmer Singh Lakhowal said they had been highlighting the issues of poor farmers in the state who were being forced to commit suicide.

Police nabs fugitive
Ludhiana, January 1
The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar police has arrested a fugitive who had been on the run since October.

Maan regales revellers
Ludhiana, January 1
Guru Nanak Khalsa college for women organised a cultural extravaganza, “Welcome 2008”, here today. The New Year celebrations were presided over by singer Harbhajan Mann.

Harbhajan Maan shakes his legs on Punjabi numbers with students of GNKCW in Ludhiana to celebrate New Year on Tuesday. — Tribune Photo by Sayeed Ahmed 

Harbhajan Maan shakes his legs on Punjabi numbers with students of GNKCW in Ludhiana to celebrate New Year on Tuesday.




Son-in-law booked for contract killing
Mundiya (Ludhiana), January 1
"I had thought I would get another son in the form of my Surrey (Canada) based son-in-law. But he turned out to be the biggest cheat, when he first harassed us for three years and then planned my murder, an act which I had not imagined in my dreams."

A file photograph of NRI Veerharinder Singh and his father Inderjit Singh.
A file photograph of NRI Veerharinder Singh and his father Inderjit Singh. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Five booked for assault
Jagraon, January 1
The Sidhwan Bet police has booked five persons of Virk village for assault.


Rice straw can improve soil health: Dr Kang
Ludhiana, January 1
A training camp for farmers was organised jointly by PAU departments of soils and farm power and machinery, under the aegis of the “Niche area of excellence project for soils and water management in high intensity cropping regions”, at Hisowal village here today.


Jarkhar sports fest from Jan 14
Ludhiana, January 1
Jazzy B, famous singer will perform at this year’s sports festival at Jarkhar, around 15 km from here. The 22nd edition of the festival, to be organised by the Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council and Canada Kabaddi Cup Tournament Committee, in association with the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club of Jarkhar, is scheduled to be held from January 14 to 17.

16 teams for soccer tourney
Ludhiana, January 1
Sixteen teams will vie for top honours in the 7th annual football tournament to be organised by Dashmesh Sports Club at Kila Raipur, near here, from January 2 to 4, according to club president Gurdeep Singh.

Black Elephant clinch title 
Patiala, January 1
Black Elephant cricket club beat Amritsar XI by 29 runs in the final of the 7th Dhruv Pandove memorial cricket tournament for under-14 boys, which concluded here on December 31.




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