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35 cops on VIP duty pulled out
Ludhiana, December 19
The axe of security cut fell on city VIPs today as the SSP, R.K. Jaiswal, recalled 35 police personnel, who were earlier deployed on VIP duties, to their parent department.

MC to train street food vendors
Ludhiana, December 19
Street food would soon be given a new direction as the municipal corporation would be conducting a training programme for 1,000 vendors.

Protest by contractors halts recarpeting of roads
Ludhiana, December 19
Recarpeting of all roads in the city has come to a standstill following the protest by contractors, junior engineers and sub-divisional officers of the B&R cell of the local municipal corporation against the blacklisting of a contractor and suspension of a JE and an SDO.

Woman found dead in water tank
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 19
A 40-year-old woman naked woman was found dead in a water tank at Dhiromajra village, near here, yesterday. The woman has been identified as Sinder Kaur of Khanpur village. The police has booked her “husband”, Randhir Singh (50), for her murder as his driver’s license was recovered from near the spot.


Student sets himself afire
Ludhiana, December 19
A 20-year-old BCA student, Sanjay Kumar, allegedly set himself on fire and jumped from the first floor of his house in Shimla Puri late last evening. The reason for the extreme step is not known so far. He was rushed to hospital with severe burns and fractures.—TNS



Christmas celebrations at Love Dale school in Ludhiana on Friday.
Christmas celebrations at Love Dale school in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Schools suffer due to red tape
Welfare funds underutilised
Ludhiana, December 19
Although the state government has fixed a number of funds which are collected from the students in government schools, but the same are not been used for the benefit of the students. The funds are meagre but when taken into totality, it becomes a handsome amount. The plight of government schools would not have been all that bad had the government not imposed a number of restrictions on the utilisation of the funds by the school authorities.

From Schools
Christmas celebrated with fervour
Students of Lovely Lotus School celebrate Christmas in Ludhiana on Friday. Ludhiana, December 19
Love Dale celebrated Christmas with great fervour. Children, while bracing the chill, indulged in the festivities by singing carols. Montessari provided the touch of feast by offering big chunks of cake to one and all. The children and staff exchanged the greetings, thereby educating the children for the significance of Christmas.

Students of Lovely Lotus School celebrate Christmas in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

PAU releases greeting cards
Ludhiana, December 19
Punjab Agricultural University has brought out New Year greeting cards in three attractive designs which were released here today by PAU vice-chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang.

Warmer week than last year
Ludhiana, December 19
The weatherman at PAU today recorded a maximum and minimum temperature of 22.1° C and 7.7° C, respectively, an official press release said here today. The temperatures are higher than the normal for the current week which was 21.6° C (max) and 6.3° C (min), respectively.

IMA, DBA Polls
Wooing voters with liquor, lavish dinners
Ludhiana, December 19
Determined to abide by the doctrine of ‘wooing the voters’ at any cost, those contesting the IMA (Indian Medical Association) and the DBA (District Bar Association) elections have left no stone unturned to ensure free flow of liquor followed by lavish dinners for their supporters.

Young lawyers to play major role
District Bar Association poll today
Ludhiana, December 19
There is a close contest between Parupkar Singh Ghumman (sitting DBA president) and Stevon Soni for the presidentship of the District Bar Association (DBA). They had left no stone unturned to woo the voters.

Rly officials hand in glove with ‘peti mafia’
Ludhiana, December 19
Even as huge evasion of VAT and the Central Sales Tax continues through inward and outward transportation of goods through the Railways without proper invoices and other documents, officials of parcel office once again tried to evade confiscation of yet another inward consignment by enforcement staff of the excise and taxation department here yesterday.

PAU may tie up with Italian universities
Ludhiana, December 19
Punjab Agricultural University may have collaboration with University of Naples, Italy for research in biotechnology and other allied fields.

Sambar strays on GT Road, killed
Sahnewal, December 19
A sambar was run over by speeding vehicles plying on the GT road near Jugiana village, 3 km from here, in the wee hours today. The face of the animal was badly crushed and bruised legs bore proof that speeding vehicles had mercilessly hit this otherwise weighty creature. A few villagers managed to pull the animal to one side of the road. It took at least five to six persons to drag the sambar.

Winners of the Bar Association elections at Jagraon on Friday. Toor elected Bar chief
Jagraon, December 19
Raghubir Singh Toor, who polled 37 votes, registered a 13-vote win over Gurtej Singh Gill to claim the president’s post in the Jagraon Bar election here today. Similarly, for the post of vice-president, Ranjit Singh Roomi secured 32 votes to beat Parminder Singh, who secured 29 votes. Both winners belong to the same faction.

Winners of the Bar Association elections at Jagraon on Friday.

Associations get cheques
Ludhiana, December 19
The Punjab government will strive to help social and religious organisations and fund them, said deputy speaker Satpal Gosain while distributing cheques for Rs 8.5 lakh here yesterday.

Two villages embrace CFL
Ludhiana, December 19
The drive for power conservation and awareness launched by operations wing of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) in the central zone here paid rich dividends today after people in two villages — Bahadarke and Kasabad — in the district came forward to replace over 1,000 ordinary lamps used for lighting with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) here.

3,000 for surgeons’ meet
Ludhiana, December 19
As many as 3,000 surgeons from India and abroad will participate in the 68th annual conference of The Association of Surgeons of Indian, scheduled to be held in DMCH from December 25 to 30.

Health staff stage protest
Ludhiana, December 19
Members of the Paramedical and Health Employees Union, Punjab, staged a dharna yesterday against the privatisation and contractual job policy of the state government.


Robbers strike at brick-kiln
Samrala, December 19
Four dacoits attacked a brick-kiln near Khaira village last midnight and took away Rs 70,000 and some gold and silver ornaments from the families of labourers at gunpoint.

Punjab TT meet from today
Ludhiana, December 19
Around 400 paddlers from all over the state will vie for top honours in the 49th Punjab State Inter-District and Open Table Tennis Championship to be organised by the Ludhiana District Table Tennis Association (LDTTA) at the Indoor Hall of Punjab Agricultural University campus here from December 20 to 23.




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