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Sub-registrar’s office ‘left open’ until late
Ludhiana, December 3
The sub-registrar (West) office that has already earned the notoriety of being a “den of corruption” is in the midst of another controversy with the office left opened and unattended till late last evening. The office at the Ferozepur road was found open till late, but no official or employee was found working there.

Minister misbehaves with blind protesters
But announces state award for the differently abled 

Ludhiana, December 3
Making a mockery of the World Disability Day, Chaudhary Swarna Ram, Punjab minister for social security, women and child development, allegedly misbehaved with blind persons who were protesting against the department during a state-level function held at Braille Bhawan today.

Police personnel use force to disperse blind protesters from the venue for a state-level function on World Disability Day. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Nihang Sikhs exhibit their skills at the final of the Punjab Inter-school Sports Tournament in Ludhiana
Nihang Sikhs exhibit their skills at the final of the Punjab Inter-school Sports Tournament in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi 


Society for disabled alleges govt apathy
Khanna, December 3
The Disabled Welfare Society, Punjab, today alleged that the Punjab government had failed to look after the welfare of the disabled.

Individuals and NGOs awarded for their services to the disabled in Ludhiana on Wednesday; and (right) a woman gets a wheelchair. Tribune photos

LIT officials in tender muddle
Ludhiana, December 3
Officials of the engineering branch of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) here are in the eye of a storm after being charged with attempts to show favour to certain contractors in tender allotment for development work in the city.

Where are health authorities?
Quack claims he can treat AIDS
Jagraon, December 3
Not even a matriculate, Jaswant Singh Toor, a quack, claims to treat AIDS patients. He has opened a clinic by the name of “Desi Dawakhana” and says he is a “vaid”. He says he has treated more than 150 AIDS patients, but refuses to reveal the addresses of his patients.
He offers guaranteed treatment for the cost of the medicines alone and doesn’t charge consultation fee.

Jaswant Singh Toor

Drug injectors vulnerable to HIV, hepatitis: Expert
Ludhiana, December 3
In a recently held seminar organised by Human Rights Protection Mission at Punjabi Bhawan on the ill-effects of drug-abuse, Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, medical superintendent, DMCH, said the youth using injectable drugs were playing havoc with their lives. They were also making themselves vulnerable to get infected by AIDS virus, he added.

Complainant turns out to be culprit
Ludhiana, December 3
The division No.3 police yesterday claimed to have solved the theft committed in a house near Sanglan Wala Shivala a few days ago, by arresting the complainant himself.

Keep record of visitors, cyber cafes told
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 3
In order to check the misuse of Internet, including e-mail, the district administration has asked cyber cafe owners to keep a watch on visitors.

A burial procession like no other
Ludhiana, December 3
An ox at Andlu village must have never thought that it would be given such an adieu after death.

Fog claims driver’s life
Samrala, December 3
One person died and three others were injured in an accident due to thick fog early this morning near Laton village, about 10 km from here.


Make standardisation mandatory for food items

Addition of fake, impure, harmful, similar or non-standardised mixtures into products to be consumed, at large, by people is called adulteration and as per law such an act is an offence and is liable to deterrent punishment for violators. Further, in order to detect products that contain non-standardised elements, the Centre has established a chain of food laboratories and four regional appellate central food laboratories at Kolkata, Mysore, Ghaziabad and Pune. Report from these regional laboratories is considered to be as final.

Move to close dyeing units
Villagers see light of day

Ludhiana, December 3
The recent orders to close down 35 dyeing units for polluting the Budda Nullah has rekindled the hopes of thousands of residents of 168 villages lining the water of sorrows in the district.

Fly ash being dumped at Focal Point 
Ludhiana, December 3
Though sometime ago the government had urged the brick kiln owners to use fly ash for making bricks but the proposal was shelved as it was practically not viable according to brick kiln owners. So the situation remains the same today as well and heaps of fly ash is being openly dumped alongside the roads at Focal Point and forest area. The roads in these areas have virtually been turned into a desert.

MCPI blames foreign policy for terrorism
Ludhiana, December 3
The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) while condemning the terrorist attacks in Mumbai and expressing sympathies with the victims, has attributed the growing incidents of terrorism to the faulty policies of the government.

People give vent to anger through SMS
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 3
After Mumbai’s deadly coordinated terrorist attack in the last week of November,residents of this part of Malwa have tried to express their anguish and shock through SMSes.

Municipal karamchari dal members stage a dharna in Ludhiana Municipal workers stage dharna
Ludhiana, December 3
The members of the municipal karamchari dal staged a dharna and raised slogans at zone-A office of the municipal corporation here today. The agitators protested against the civic body for failing to comply with the directions of the local bodies department according to which mohalla sanitation committee employees were to be regularised.

Municipal karamchari dal members stage a dharna in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Notices served on 3000 IT defaulters
Ludhiana, December 3
In a move to tighten the noose around tax evaders, the income tax department has issued show cause notices on as many as 3,000 defaulters over the past few days for having failed to file their returns for 2007-08.

Soil chemist honoured
Ludhiana, December 3
Dr Dinesh Kumar Benbi, senior soil chemist of Punjab Agricultural University, has been honoured with the Fellowship of Indian Society of Soil Science in recognition of his pioneering work with soil and crop models in the field of efficient fertiliser use for sustainable cropping, understanding nutrient dynamics for minimising losses, environment conservation and soil health enhancement.

Tuition trend on rise
Ludhiana, December 3
The commercial attitude and lack of commitment towards the sacred profession of teaching is tarnishing the image teachers these days. Private tuitions  have become the order of the day and students are compelled to take tuitions.

Scholarship for 229 poor students
Ludhiana, December 3
As many as 229 students have been selected for scholarship in an examination conducted by the State Council of Educational Research and Training, Punjab, from various Government schools of Ludhiana district. The exam was held in the month of August for Class IX. These students will be given Rs 500 per month as scholarship. The government had launched national means-cum-merit scholarship scheme to encourage the talented students from the weaker section of the society.

Students vow to fight female foeticide
Ludhiana/ Jagraon, December 3
Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle is holding series of lectures in the colleges to create awareness amongst the youth against female foeticide. Satnam Singh Solhapuri, director (youth services), gave a special lecture recently at many colleges around the state. During the lectures he highlighted the dangers of deteriorating sex ratio. Thousands of girls present at these seminars vowed to fight this evil and raise their voice against female foeticide.

Ramgarhia girls bring laurels
Ludhiana, December 3
Students of Ramgarhia Girls Senior Secondary School brought laurels by winning prizes at the zonal level and the state-level contests organised by the Punjab School Education Board at Moga. They won second prize in giddha and ‘var gayan’ in junior wing at zonal level and first prize in ‘var gayan’ and declamation, second in giddha and third in poetry, one-act play and ‘shabad gayan’ in senior wing. At state level, they bagged first prize in giddha in junior wing and first prize in declamation and second in giddha and ‘var gayan’ in senior wing.

Pay dues to sugarcane growers, says Atwal 
Samrala, December 3
The sugarcane growers should immediately be paid their dues like the one given to wheat and paddy growers so that the decreasing area under sugarcane cultivation could be increased. This was stated by Lok Sabha deputy speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal while inaugurating crushing season of sugarcane for 2008-09 at co-operative sugar mill, Budhewal.

Dip in business hits cycle industry hard
Ludhiana, December 3
The city’s identity as the Asia's largest cycle industry seems to be short-lived with the global economic meltdown resulting in 55 per cent dip in business over the past couple of months.

‘Smart Basics’ Hotel opens
Ludhiana, December 3
Roots Corporation Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Indian Hotels Company Limited, launched its GenNext ‘Smart Basics’ Hotel — Ginger — in Ludhiana. The 99-room Ginger Hotel is located on the top two floors of the The Gold Souk Mall, GT Road, Jalandhar Highway. 

Ludhiana emerge overall champs
Ludhiana, December 3
Winners pose with their trophy at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana Hosts, Ludhiana district, secured 23 points to emerge overall champions in the three-day Punjab State Inter-Schools Tournament group II (boy and girls u-16) that concluded at the Guru Nanak Sports Complex, here today.

Winners pose with their trophy at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo Rajesh Bhambi




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