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Roadways buses go off road

Ludhiana, December 17
The bus stand wears a deserted look following a strike by employees in Ludhiana Hundreds of passengers were today inconvenienced as roadways buses did not ply from the Ludhiana bus stand following a strike by employees in support of their long-pending demands.

The bus stand wears a deserted look following a strike by employees in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
Harassed passengers wait for private buses outside bus stand as roadways buses did not ply on roads following a strike called by the Sanjhi Action Comittee (SAC); and (right) activists of SAC hold a rally at the bus stand in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma


DC’s case may go to privileges panel 
Ludhiana, December 17
The Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha is likely to forward the case of the deputy commissioner, Sumer Singh Gurjar, to the privileges committee of the assembly.

Zonal commissioners rendered ‘teethless’
Ludhiana, December 17
In a setback to zonal commissioners who were part of the committees that approved building plans, the MC commissioner, G.S. Ghuman, has formed two committees for passing building plans without zonal commissioners.

JEs, SDOs go on mass leave against suspension
Contractors stop operations
Ludhiana, December 17
Putting on hold several development projects in the city, junior engineers and sub-divisional officers of the B&R cell of the municipal corporation today proceeded on mass causal leave and contractors decided to close their hotmix plants in protest against the suspension of a junior engineer and an SDO and blacklisting of a contractor in a case of road recarpeting two days ago.

City Concerns
Tap solar energy alternatives
With nearly all residential societies, malls, offices and homes surviving on generator sets in Ludhiana, air and sound pollution is inevitable. Pollution from generators stands second only to vehicle pollution. While emission standards have been set for generators, a majority of manufacturing is in the informal sector and monitoring is impossible.


Manifestos lack worthy issues
Ludhiana, December 17
Having failed to mention a single health-related issue in their election manifesto, doctors contesting for the district IMA elections are indulging in “petty politics”.

30 pc small units in Punjab sick
Khanna seeks white paper on economic condition 
Ludhiana, December 17
Nearly 30 per cent small-scale units in Punjab have become sick during the past couple of months due to the wrong economic policies and populist measures of the state government.

Congress activist held for fraud 
Raikot,December 17
A senior Congress worker has been arrested for allegedly committing a fraud about six years ago. On December 17,2003, Balbir Singh of Jalaldiwal village had in an application forwarded to the SSP Jagraon alleged that Amit Jai and Kimti Lal Jain had lured his brother, Sukhwinder Singh,to pay Rs 13.50 lakh for sending him to Canada and getting married to a Canadian citizen.

MC blacklists four ad companies 
Ludhiana, December 17
The finance and contract committee of the local municipal corporation that met here today blacklisted four advertisers who defaulted on timely payments to the civic body.

Pay Commission
Pensioners seeks early report, interim relief

Ludhiana, December 17
The government pensioners while celebrating 26th pensioners day under the aegis of Pensioners Information Centre Management at Pensioners Bhawan here today urged the Punjab government to release the report of 5th Pay Commission before the code of conduct was imposed for the Lok Sabha elections. They also demanded another installment of interim relief of 5 per cent of the pension as had been given by the Himachal Pradesh and many other state governments.

Industry relieved as banks cut interest rate
Ludhiana, December 17
Cut in the interest rates by public sector banks by 100 point basis for micro enterprises and 50 basis point for small and medium enterprises has come a relief to the local industry. However, the industry has demanded that loans to micro enterprises be granted at 7 per cent on a par with agriculture.

A bedecked mall ahead of Christmas in Ludhiana. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi Christmas festivity in the air
Ludhiana, December 17
Santa is almost here! Flowers decorating the Christmas table with festive food, puddings, chocolates and cake would be a common site at the houses of Christian families and popular restaurants. The plum cakes are already being prepared by the city bakeries and are decked up with tasty and mouth-watering cakes, puddings, pies, pastries, wines and champagnes.

A bedecked mall ahead of Christmas in Ludhiana. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Photo exhibition on at Artmosphere till Dec 25
Ludhiana, December 17
Satwan Singh Nandra, amateur photographer, with his exhibits at Artmosphere gallery in Ludhiana His hobby transformed into his passion when he saw a photography exhibition at Chandigarh Art Gallery. Satwant Singh Nandra has put up an exhibition of his photos at Artmosphere art gallery. A businessman by profession he describes his camera as his soul mate and photography as an addiction.

Satwan Singh Nandra, amateur photographer, with his exhibits at Artmosphere gallery in Ludhiana. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Singers angry over use of songs by DJs 
Khanna, December 17
A large number of singers, lyricists, directors and others from the Punjabi music industry today raised their voice against the use of their songs by DJs at parties.

Award for PAU director
Ludhiana, December 17
Dr P.P. Gupta, former director of research (veterinary and animal sciences), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has been selected for Dr P. Bhattacharya Memorial Award of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) for the year 2007-2008 for his contributions in animal and veterinary sciences.

UGC Pay Scales
Centre’s decision a mixed bag

Ludhiana, December 17
Prof Jaipal Singh, president, Punjab Government College Teachers Union, hailed the decision of the Central government to implement the UGC pay scales for university and college teachers with certain reservations. He has appreciated the government for granting pay band-4 to all associate professors, promotion of all assistant professors to associate professors without any pre-condition of Ph.D both in colleges and universities, and calculating the total service for promotion to the post of associate professors.

Students of government school eat their midday meal Midday meal improves attendance
Ludhiana, December 17
Although, the midday meal in government schools has been criticised for the substandard food, children of the labour class stick to the school waiting for the midday meal.

Students of government school eat their midday meal. A Tribune photograph

Indo-Danish folklore festival today
A Danish group that will perform in Indo-Danish folklore festival at Partap College in LudhianaLudhiana, December 17
A Danish group will be performing in the city tomorrow during Indo-Danish Folklore Festival 2008 at Partap College of Education, as per the memorandum of understanding between Dr Balwant Singh, director of the college, and Danish Gymnastics and Sports Association represented by the International Committee of DGI Gymnastics.

A Danish group that will perform in Indo-Danish folklore festival at Partap College in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

3-month training course for young farmers 
Ludhiana, December 17
The directorate of extension education, PAU, is organising a three-month training course (100th batch) for young farmers in agriculture from January 6 to April 3, 2009 at Kairon Kisan Ghar on the theme "Diversification in agriculture".

Shobin, Nancy excel in recitation contest
Ludhiana, December 17
A student of GMT Public School recites during a contest A recitation competition was held at G.M.T. Senior Secondary School under the guidance of Amarjeet kaur Dhaliwal. About 65 participants recited their poems on various social evils. Kashmir Singh Thind presided over. Shobin and Nancy stood first, Damanjeet and Vishal stood second followed by Shivali and Kiranpreet who bagged third prize. Thind gave away prizes to the winners.

A student of GMT Public School recites during a contest. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Students selected
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 17
Desh Bhagat Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, during this period of global recession has managed100 per cent placement for its students studying in the final year of B.Sc. airlines, travel & tourism and hospitality.

Use horn discreetly


Man fire shots at marriage
Jagraon, December 17
A man was booked for allegedly beating up another person and firing shots at a marriage party yesterday.

North Zone emerge champions
Ludhiana, December 17
The victorious North Zone Team with the chief guest (zonal head, Noida), J.P. Sharma, at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana North Zone won four matches and drew one to secure 13 points for emerging champions in the 38th All India Food Corporation of India (FCI) Inter-Zonal Football Tournament that concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. North East Frontier Zone accumulated 12 points to finish runners-up.

The victorious North Zone Team with the chief guest (zonal head, Noida), J.P. Sharma, at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Ranjit, Krishna best athletes
Ludhiana, December 17
Ranjit Singh and Krishna Sharma were adjudged best athletes among men and women (below 50 years), respectively, in the one-day Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union Annual Athletics Championship held on the university campus here today.




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