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After Gurjar, it is Bir’s turn
Gosain criticises him for showing affidavits to DC
Ludhiana, December 20
After levelling allegations of corruption against deputy commissioner, Vidhan Sabha deputy speaker Satpal Gosain today criticised divisional commissioner, J.S. Bir, for showing the affidavits to the deputy commissioner.

An apology for a dispensary
Ludhiana, December 20
Heaps of garbage, open manholes, damp rooms and missing power connection, besides frequent appearances of snakes, plague the staff at the dispensary in Jaspal Bangar village.
Seepage in a room at the dispensary at Jaspal Bangar village which affects the storage of medicines; and (right) a toilet or storeroom?
Seepage in a room at the dispensary at Jaspal Bangar village which affects the storage of medicines; and (right) a toilet or storeroom? Photos: Inderjeet Verma


IMA elections called off
Office-bearers appointed unanimously
Ludhiana, December 20
With the warring factions of doctors reaching a consensus, the IMA district body elections were called off today. Agreeing to the unanimous decision taken by senior members of IMA, the doctors from the factions lead by Dr Narotam Dewan and Dr Arun Mitra agreed to the appointments of office-bearers to the IMA executive committee.

44,000 cases settled in a day
Lok Adalat on Fast Track
Ludhiana, December 20
In the history of lok adalats, the District Legal Services Authority has set a new record by disposing of over 44,000 cases involving compensation of Rs 37.71 crore here today. The executive chairman of the State Legal Services Authority, Justice Mehtab Singh Gill, who is also the administrative judge of Ludhiana district, presided.

Husband puts minor girl on sale
Mullanpur Dakha, December 20
A minor from Bihar has accused her husband of putting her on sale. Lal Pari (16), Satrain Singh of Chintamadi in Bihar and at present, staying at Hassanpur village as a tenant, has complained against her husband Sudhir Karan, a Nepalese, that he put her on sale for Rs 10,000 and also allegedly pushed her into flesh trade.

Ghumman does it again
Retains post of Bar chief
Ludhiana, December 20
Parupkar Singh Ghumman retained the post of president of the District Bar Association (DBA) in its annual elections held here today. He won with a huge margin of 463 votes. A majority of young lawyers supported him for his boldness and aggressive attitude.

This time, Xmas spirit pervades all


Ludhiana, December 20
Setting an example of religious tolerance and harmony, people of various faiths are participating in the ongoing Christmas celebrations in the city. Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Sarabha Nagar, sponsored tea and snacks for people accompanying the Christmas procession from the old city to Holy Cross Church in Sarabha Nagar.

Kavlry Church bedecked ahead of Christmas in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Kavlry Church bedecked ahead of Christmas in Ludhiana

City Concerns
The Ludhiana police has withdrawn 35 security personnel from VIP duty in a follow-up to the ongoing debate on pruning the excessive security cover of VIPs. People feel there is scope for greater rationalisation.


Inflation down by 6.84 %
People happy as prices of basic commodities fall
Ludhiana, December 20
With inflation rate coming to all time low in the past nine months at about 6.84 per cent, the common man has heaved a sigh of relief. The prices of food products, oil and other basic commodities have come down in recent times, giving consumer a breathing space.

Hosiery retailers put up sales, already
Ludhiana, December 20
Global economic meltdown that has adversely hit the industry has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the common man with the city’s hosiery traders offering huge discounts on their products.

LS Poll
Grain market, school remain priority for voters
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 20
Grain market, a government senior secondary school and subdivision are a few demands that residents of the local town have placed before prospective candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Illegal Hoardings
Ad companies submit memo to Gosain
Ludhiana, December 20
The illegal hoardings which dots the city and for which the municipal corporation has been severely criticised led to the division with a few advertisers alleging today that senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal did not want that illegal advertisers should be curbed.

Private schools make quick bucks
Ludhiana, December 20
The admissions to nursery classes have begun and the private English medium public schools are on an earning spree, charging hefty amounts according to their fancy. Admitting a child to these schools makes a big hole in one’s pocket. However, the rich and elite class of Ludhiana doesn’t mind paying any amount for getting their ward admitted in a reputed school.

Assault on lecturer
Teachers demand action against erring students
Doraha, December 20
The teaching faculty has demanded an impartial probe and strict action against the students who allegedly attacked a lecturer of GTB Khalsa Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chhapianwali, who had slapped UMC cases against eight students of Muktsar College in the capacity of centre superintendent in May 2008.

Bus hits girl, students block GT Road
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 20
A large number of students from RIMT today blocked the G.T. Road after a girl was hit by a college bus in the college premises last evening. The girl was identified as Shweta, a student of MBA. She was a hosteller and was hit by the college bus near the parking area.

Atwal lays stone of link road
Ludhiana, December 20
Charanjit Singh Atwal, deputy speaker of the Lok Sabha , today said that the SAD-BJP government had hastened development with programmes costing over Rs 10,000 crore to strengthen the basic infrastructure like roads, bridges, schools and hospitals across the state.

Officer accused of withholding money
Raikot, December 20
Commission agents of the local grain market have accused Lab Singh, assistant food supply officer of harassing them. Suresh Kumar Garg, president, arthiya association, Raikot, Krishna Nand, vice- chairman, Raikot market committee, and Surinder Garg have accused Labh Singh of not releasing the payment of stitching.

Syndic for raising academic standards
Doraha, December 20
Dr Kuldip Singh Kalsi, a lecturer of GNN College Doraha, who has been recently elected as syndic to Panjab University, wishes to raise the academic standards of the university apart from looking closely into the issues related to the teaching faculty and the stakeholders.

Artistes bring Danish culture alive
Ludhiana, December 20
A team of 20 Danish dancers performed at CMCH hospital today. The dancers are in the city to participate in the Indo-Danish folklore festival. Dr Vijay Obed, Dr William Bhatti, and Dr Rupinder Kaur took the initiative to organise the show in collaboration with Balwant Singh, principal of Partap College of Education.

Prize distribution at Greenland
Ludhiana, December 20
The annual prize distribution function was organised at Greenland Convent School, civil city. Rajesh Rudhra, chairman-cum-director of the chain of Greenland Schools, was the chief guest. Jyoti Pujara, principal, read the annual report.

Students stage a play during the annual function at Greenland Convent School in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
Students stage a play during the annual function at Greenland Convent School in Ludhiana

Yoga camp concludes
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 20
Yoga is an inseparable part of Ayurveda and it integrates the body, soul and mind. We develop this passion to give new career direction to the students as well. This was stated by Dr Loveleen Kaur Ahuja, principal of Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh, at a meditation camp.

JNNURM Projects
Team visits MC
Ludhiana, December 20
A two-member team, under the leadership of Parmita Dutta, senior research officer from the National Institute of Urban Affair, New Delhi, visited the municipal corporation to assess the progress of various projects under JNNURM in the city.

Woollens distributed among poor students
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 20
The State Bank of Patiala, grain market branch, manager Bharpoor Singh distributed woollen garments among needy students of Government High School, Ghungrana, near here, yesterday.


Youth stabbed to death
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 20
A youth of Kanganwal village in Sangrur district was allegedly stabbed to death by a few miscreants while he returning home from micro-hydle plant located on the Sirhind canal near here yesterday evening.

Punjab TT meet
Ropar, Patiala paddlers hog limelight on day one
Ludhiana, December 20
Players from Ropar and Patiala hogged limelight as all the seeded teams had a smooth sailing on the opening day of the 49th Punjab State Inter-District and Open Table Tennis Championship being organised by the Ludhiana District Table Tennis Association that began at the Indoor Hall of Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

Cancellation of Cricket Tour
‘Govt did the right thing’
Ludhiana, December 20
Ludhianvis have hailed the Central government’s decision to refuse permission to the Indian cricket team to tour Pakistan. The announcement to call off the forthcoming tour to Pakistan has come in the wake of stepped-up terrorist activities in different parts of the country, allegedly guided and aided by elements from across the border.

Radhika Jaitwani     Ramesh Mago     Teja Singh Dhaliwal     Avatar Singh     Bhogal Ravi Grewal

Hockey League
Mohali lads defeat Faridkot 4-1
Ludhiana, December 20
Mohali lads defeated Faridkot 4-1 in a group 'B' match in the u-14 section in the ongoing Punjab State Inter District Weekend Hockey League for Boys being organised by the Punjab Sports Department on the PAU campus here today.

Santosh defies age to bag medals
Raikot, December 20
Age is no constraint for Santosh Gulati (51), a physical education teacher at Dr Dwarika Nath High School Raikot, as he bagged one gold and two silver medals in the category of plus 50 years at the 29th Punjab Masters athletics meet held recently at Gursagar Mastuana Sahib near Sangrur.




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