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MC notice to Park Plaza
Hotel told to follow parking norms or get ready to be sealed; Dec 12 deadline 
Ludhiana, December 9
The building branch of the municipal corporation has issued notice to five-star hotel Park Plaza for following the parking restrictions failing which the building will be sealed.

Terror in Mumbai
Sombre mood marks IdDevotees offer namaz in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Ludhiana, December 9
The Mumbai terror attack cast its shadow on the festivities of Id-ul-Juha as the celebrations remained largely sombre here today.

Devotees offer namaz in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Bus mows down man
Angry people block highway
Raikot, December 9
A mob blocked the state highway for more than five hours after a man was mowed down by a private bus.

Lawyers withdraw strike call
Ludhiana, December 9
Lawyers withdrew their call for indefinite strike after the assurance of officiating SSP Harish Kumar to cancel the FIR registered against a city lawyer who was accused of stealing the service revolver of a serving DSP.

DBA poll: 15 file papers

PSEB not to conduct Class V exams now
Ludhiana, December 9
The Punjab education department is gearing itself to hold class V examinations somewhere by the end of February or first week of March. Earlier the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) had conducted the class V examinations last year. But this year the Punjab government has decided to entrust the responsibility of conducting the examination to the education department. Krishan Kumar, director general school education, is busy giving final touches to the arrangements.

City Concerns
In what may potentially be an eye opener for the government and enforcement agencies, a study at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has found that 60 per cent of coriander powder in the market is adulterated with sand and 53 per cent chilli samples with brick powder.


Nethouse cultivation being promoted
Ludhiana, December 9
A project entitled "Improving vegetable production and consumption for sustainable rural livelihoods in Jharkhand and Punjab, India" was undertaken in April by the World Vegetable Centre and Punjab Agricultural University for which grant has been provided by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT).

FM assures sops to sports dept
Ludhiana, December 9
Manpreet Singh Badal, minister for finance, Punjab, has assured all sorts of assistance to the sports department, Punjab, to uplift the standard of sports in the state.

Rs 468 cr to be spent on new roads: Atwal
Ludhiana, December 9
Lok Sabha deputy speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal said today that the SAD-BJP government would spend Rs 468 crore for constructing new link roads in the state. Funds worth Rs 4 crore would be spent on constructing 40 km new roads in each constituency.

Gill awarded Deputy Johnson Fellowship
Ludhiana, December 9
Dr Harpreet S. Gill, senior consultant and head of orthopaedics department at Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana, has been awarded the prestigious “Deputy Johnson fellowship” award for his scientific contributions in the field of orthopaedics.

Selenium poisoning on rise in Kandi area
Ludhiana, December 9
People residing in seleniferous (selenium dominating) areas of Punjab and consuming Se-rich grains and vegetables produced at their farms, have started developing typical symptoms of selenium poisoning.

400 students to participate in Science Congress
Ludhiana, December 9
The Centre for Communication and International Linkages (CCIL), PAU, and the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST) will organise the 16th State-level Children Science Congress-2008 at PAU on December 10-11.

Dharna against DEO
Teachers’ union seeks support
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 9
Declaring to join protest launched by the Democratic Teachers’ Front against the DEO, Ludhiana, for her alleged anti-employee policies, the Punjab School Teachers’ Union has called upon office-bearers of all other teacher unions to extend support to the outfit struggling for the cause of government teachers.

Future of 2 lakh in cycle units at stake
Ludhiana, December 9
The Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India has requested the government to take a sympathetic approach towards the industry as bicycle and its parts are manufactured by poor industries for the people. The federation demanded that the industrial sector should be treated on a par with the agricultural sector.

PSEB launches drive for CFL
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 9
In order to reach near target of replacing ordinary lamps with CFLs, the PSEB authorities here have launched an awareness campaign. Various teams led by subdivision officers and junior engineers tried to spread the message through students by delivering lectures and organising paper-reading contests on the subject.

Carpet exhibition draws crowdVisitors have a look at the carpets displayed during the exhibition organised at Sutlej Club.
Ludhiana, December 9
Every variety of carpet has landed in the city during the carpet exhibition at Sutlej Club. The exhibition has been put up by Maharaja Arts, New Delhi. The array of carpets includes every variety like machine made, hand tuffed, shaggy, real Afghani, Kashmiri, Persian, hand-knitted and durries. While some of the carpets have been made by the company there are others, who are especially crafted by the traditional artists.

Visitors have a look at the carpets displayed during the exhibition organised at Sutlej Club. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Pruning of trees evokes protests
Ludhiana, December 9
Chopping of six well-grown trees in Guru Nanak Park of the D block of Model Town Extension has evoked protests from residents living in nearby houses.

International mushaira from Dec 13Kewal Dhir, Neelam Khosla and Jagmohan Singh interact with mediapersons ahead of @@‘Jashn-e-Sahir’ to be organised in Ludhiana.
Ludhiana, December 9
Pakistan MP Bushra Rehman, Akil Rubi, scriptwriter, Pakistan film industry, and Rukhsana Noor, poetess, in their message to the organisers of Jashn-e-Sahir, the international mushaira, accentuated on the need to keep alive the camaraderie through the poetry.

Kewal Dhir, Neelam Khosla and Jagmohan Singh interact with mediapersons ahead of ‘Jashn-e-Sahir’ to be organised in Ludhiana. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Reliving stress through artSmriti Bedi with the collection of her photographs in Ludhiana.
Ludhiana, December 9
Although known as a city of traders and industrialists people here are gradually developing the taste for art. Though it has taken long, but the art is finally finding its rightful place in the hearts of the city's youngsters. Paintings have become one of the most recognised forms of artistic expressions today. Now, people are willing to step into this mesmerising world, look, and find what their heart has been yearning for.

Smriti Bedi with the collection of her photographs in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Infighting within railway pensioners’ body
Ludhiana, December 9
The fierce faction fighting in the Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association, which had witnessed a split in April, 2008, came to the fore once again as the faction led by K.L. Chitkara has decided to hold the annual general body meeting on December 14.

City to have more rly reservation centres
Ludhiana, December 9
In the wake of heavy rush at the reservation centre at the railway station here, the Northern Railway authorities will open one or more public reservation counters in the city. For this purpose, suitable sites in Sarabha Nagar or other localities will be identified and matter taken up with railway headquarters.

Tributes paid to martyr
Raikot, December 9
Rich tributes were paid to martyr Gurpreet Singh Dhaliwal at Kalsian village. It was his third death anniversary yesterday. Terming the martyrs as an asset of the nation Charanjit Singh Atwal, Lok Sabha deputy speaker, said the freedom we enjoy today is the result of selfless sacrifices of these brave soldiers.


5 booked for attempt to murder
Raikot, December 9
Five persons have been booked for attempt to murder and abusing a person. Gurdev Singh, son of Maghar Singh, a resident of Johlan village, has in a complaint lodged with the police alleged that at around 9 pm on December 6 five persons- Jagmohan Singh, alias Raju, Tersem Singh, Kuldip Singh, alias Kadu, Gurmail Singh and Harpal Singh, alias Pali, all residents of Johlan village near here barged into his house and beat him up with intention to kill him. 

196 kg poppy husk seized, three arrested
Khamano, December 9
About 196 kg poppy husk was seized from three persons after the police was tipped off about their movement.


Bar Council chairman honoured
Ludhiana, December 9
The legal fraternity today felicitated the newly elected chairman of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana Balwinder Goel in a function held at the district courts complex.

Easy win for Rimpledeep
Jagraon, December 9
Rimpledeep Kaur from Punjab and trainee of the Harvest Tennis Academy had easy win over Sumeera Kamil of Delhi in under-14 and Sayesha B. Dlala of Delhi in the ongoing AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament being played on the eleven synthetic courts on the sprawling campus of the Harvest Tennis Academy at Jassowal, Ludhiana.

David John Petroziello, who has been invited to train Punjab cagers for the forthcoming national championship, poses with association members. David John to train Punjab cagers
Ludhiana, December 9
The Punjab Basketball Association (PBA) has roped in David John Petroziello, a senior basketball coach from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver in Canada, to train the Punjab cagers.
David John Petroziello, who has been invited to train Punjab cagers for the forthcoming national championship, poses with association members. A Tribune photograph

Schools’ Athletics Meet
Ludhiana lads, Sangrur eves emerge overall champ
Ludhiana, December 9
Hosts Ludhiana in the boys’ section while Sangrur in the girls’ section proved their superiority over others to emerge overall champions in the five-day 54th Punjab State Schools’ Athletics Meet that concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.




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