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MC contractor blacklisted
Two officials suspended
Ludhiana, December 15
The local bodies department today blacklisted a municipal corporation contractor and suspended two of its Zone C officials for trying to influence a team of scientists for giving a favourable report.

Notices to SE, assistant town planner
Ludhiana, December 15
Taking strict action against erring officials who failed to comply with the directions,municipal commissioner G.S. Ghuman has issued show cause notices to SE (O & M) K.S. Dhillon and ATP Harpreet Singh Ghai for failing to meet the deadlines. According to information, the municipal commissioner had issued a letter dated December 10 (copy of which is with The Tribune) and had given five-day time to municipal officials of various branches for sending a certificate that no court case is pending against their department.


10 quintal magoor seized at fish market
Ludhiana, December 15
A picture of the fish seized at the Sherpur fish market in Ludhiana. Despite a ban, the smuggling of magoor variety of fish is going unabated in this part of the region. In less than a month, 56 quintal of magoor fish has been destroyed in Punjab by the department of fisheries.

A picture of the fish seized at the Sherpur fish market in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

PAUTA protest rally today
High-handedness of authorities alleged
Ludhiana, December 15
The Punjab Agricultural University Teachers Association (PAUTA) will hold a protest rally opposite Thapar Hall tomorrow. The protest has been organised against the alleged high-handedness of the authorities in singling out two teachers and trying to threaten them for their views expressed in the general house.

Youth sent to Spain goes missing
Distraught father meets Lok Bhalai Party leader
Ludhiana, December 15
A resident of Jaid village in Kapurthala is in the city to urge the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) to take up the case of his missing son with the Indian embassy at Ukraine.

11 trains cancelled due to fog
Ludhiana, December 15
The railways has cancelled 9771 up/9772 down Amritsar-Jaipur Express and 10 other mail and express trains from December 15 to 31 in view of the fog prevailing in the region. The biweekly Amritsar-Jaipur Express runs from Amritsar on Tuesday and Thursday and from Jaipur on Thursday and Saturday.

Friend turns foe, ‘kills’ man
Ludhiana, December 15
A friendship gone bad claimed the life of 32-year-old migrant Varun Singh settled at Mundian Kalan village here today.

2 labourers asphyxiated; another serious
Ludhiana, December 15
Two labourers were asphyxiated due to a burning hearth at a house under construction at Mandiani village here late last evening.

City Concerns
The entire scape of the city is stamped with images of power generators. Summer has gone, but power cuts continue. Thousands of houses and business establishments have installed generators.


Contender for presidentship withdraws 
Ludhiana, December 15
Dr Devinder Walia, the independent candidate contesting for the post of president for district body of the IMA (Indian Medical Association), withdrew his nomination papers in favour of another contender for the post, Dr Narotan Dewan.

NGOs organise blood donation camps
A donor donates blood at a blood donation camp in LudhianaLudhiana, December 15
In an endeavour to collect blood for the patients admitted in ‘emergency’, some of the city-based NGOs are regularly organising blood donation camps.

A donor donates blood at a blood donation camp in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photogtraph

Christmas camp by CMCH staff
Ludhiana, December 15
The CMCH organised a “CMC Christmas Camp 2008” at the children’s park on the hospital premises on Saturday evening.

Model Neeti Singh inaugurates jewellery fest
Ludhiana, December 15
Contrary to the fact that models follow a strict diet regime, Neeti Singh of Wills India Fashion Week fame munches everything be it chocolate or a burger.

Meltdown, not for women shoppers
Women make purchases at a store in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, December 15
At a time when the world economy is shaken with the fear of recession looming large, city women remain unaffected and continue to fill their coffers with the best of apparel and jewellery.

Women make purchases at a store in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Crowded markets lack fire-fighting equipment 
Ludhiana, December 15
The lack of adequate safety measures at various sale points across the city, also in the crowded markets like Chaura Bazaar, has raised a question mark on the administration’s concern for the citizens security.

Placement drive at PTU learning centre
Ludhiana, December 15
The placement cell of the PTU learning centre, Goodwill Complex, organised a placement drive for the students today.

MC demolishes petrol station 
JCB machine being used to dig the earth for removing a tank of a petrol stationLudhiana, December 15
Acting tough the municipal corporation today demolished the petrol station at old Sabzi Mandi after senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal raised his voice over the issue yesterday. This step was taken after media highlighted the issue that a petrol station was allotted NOC by the district administration despite the fact that it was coming up in a thickly-populated residential area.

JCB machine being used to dig the earth for removing a tank of a petrol station. Photo: Injerjeet Verma

Subedar Balwant Singh cremated 
Raikot, December 15
Subedar Balwant Singh of Nathowal village near here was cremated with full military honours at the village crematorium. He had died on the night of December 12 when he was on patrol duty at the Rajouri sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

Power cuts haunt recession-hit auto units 
Ludhiana, December 15
The local auto-parts manufacturing units have severely been hit by the unscheduled power cuts.

PAU sexual harassment case getting complicated 
Ludhiana, December 15
With the suspension of Dulcha Singh Brar, director, Students Welfare, Punjab Agricultural University, in an alleged sexual harassment case by the vice chancellor, the issue has started getting complicated.

Now, MC tender forms available online
Ludhiana, December 15
In an attempt to bring more transparency in the tender policy for which the municipal corporation has been repeatedly criticised, the civic body has started making tender forms available online.

F&CC meeting today
Ludhiana, December 15
The finance and contracts committee will hold its meeting here tomorrow in which members, including municipal commissioner, mayor and senior deputy mayor, will discuss around 130 agenda items.

Show of strength by Amarinder’s loyalists 
Ludhiana, December 15
Loyalties of politicians keep on changing and Congressmen of this town have amply proved that they are with those who can make or mar their future. This was witnessed on Saturday when former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who came to appear in the sessions court in the City Centre scam case, was welcomed by local leaders who turned up in large numbers.

Minister Gabria’s birthday an ostentatious affair
Known for their involvement in 'frivolous activities', the cabinet ministers in Punjab are going overboard to celebrate important occasions. But the birthday celebration by state minister for jails, tourism and cultural affairs Hira Singh Gabria today became an event to remember. The worthy minister cut a cake of 62 kg corresponding to his 62 'golden years' of his life at an ostentatious ceremony organised by his 'close associates' at a marriage palace in the city. What was more astonishing was the fact that a blood donation camp organised by the Naujwan Ekta Welfare Club in order to oblige the minister collected '62' units of blood not a unit less and not a unit more. Not to miss the 'available services' of the district public relation office which did not let go of the chance to issue an official statement for the same.

Stress on upgrading technology in small business
Ludhiana, December 15
The Ludhiana Management Association organised a workshop on “Management skills to source financing and management of technologies by SMEs” for small and medium entrepreneurs of Ludhiana in association with the All-India Management Association (AIMA) here on Saturday.

Ex-servicemen spell out ways to end traffic chaos
Ludhiana, December 15
The administration requires will to sort out the traffic problem prevailing in the city and local politicians can play an important role by raising the issue. This view was expressed by Maj Gen S.S. Jawanda (retd) during a meeting of the Ex-servicemen Welfare Society here.

BJP picks local lawyer to spearhead campaign
Ludhiana, December 15
The top leadership of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has named city-based lawyer Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal as its star campaigner for the 6th phase of campaigning for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections.

Railways urged to take up work on overpass
Ludhiana, December 15
Punjab minister for tourism, cultural affairs and jails Hira Singh Gabria has urged the union railway ministry to provide halt of all important trains at Dhandari railway station so that passengers residing on the periphery of the city could board and disembark there and save them from coming to Ludhiana railway station.

Chemicals unit bags energy conservation award
Ludhiana, December 15
Ludhiana-based IOL Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Limited (IOLCP), producers of organic chemicals and drugs in India, has once again been awarded the most prestigious National Energy Conservation Award 2008 for its ongoing efforts towards new technology implementation to conserve precious energy resources.

Keralites welcome start of new train
Ludhiana, December 15
Members of the Southern Emigrant Welfare Association (SEWA), an association of Keralites, residing in the mega city, extended a warm welcome to the maiden run of Amritsar-Kochuveli Sampark Kranti Express at Ludhiana railway station yesterday.

Winning Ludhiana team honoured
Ludhiana, December 15
Members of the team that won the 30th Junior Punjab State Football Championship held at Khadoor Sahib recently Ludhiana boys who emerged champions in the 30th Junior Punjab State Football Championship held at Khadoor Sahib in Taran Tarn district from November 29 to December 3 were felicitated by the District Football Association, Ludhiana, at a function organised at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Members of the team that won the 30th Junior Punjab State Football Championship held at Khadoor Sahib recently. Photo: I.V.

East Zone redeem themselves
Thrash South Zone 5-1
Ludhiana, December 15
Defending champions, East Zone who had suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of FCI headquarters, Delhi, yesterday scored an easy 5-1 win over South Zone in a round robin league encounter on the fourth day of the 38th All India Food Corporation of India (FCI) Inter-Zonal Football Tournament being played at the Guru Nanak Stadium here today.




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