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Ludhiana-New Delhi Shatabdi finds no takers
Railways likely to withdraw train after expiry of one-month trial ending Dec 31

Ludhiana, December 21
The winter special Shatabdi train between Ludhiana and New Delhi introduced from December 3, 2008, on experimental basis for a month, has failed to evoke good response and if the same trend continues, the train might be withdrawn on the expiry of trial period.

Cable snap hits city net users
Ludhiana, December 21
Hundreds of internet users in the city and neighbouring areas today had a tough time surfing the net because of a cable snap reportedly in the Mediterranean Sea.

Mehmudpura switches over to CFLs
Over 500 incandescent bulbs replaced during awareness camp
Ludhiana, December 21
Setting an example on energy conservation, the residents of Mehmudpura village in this district have switched to energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps which has helped them reduce their electricity bills.


Aamir’s hairdo a hit with city youths
Ludhiana, December 21
Even as his six pack abs in “Ghajini” got hordes of cinegoers across the city hooked to perfectionist Aamir Khan's new “action hero” avatar, the male staff at the cinema of a multiplex has followed the trendy bald stripped hairdo sported by him in the film.

Ghajini Effect: Staff of a cinema at a multiplex in Ludhiana sport the hairstyle of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Cracker sites allotted under ‘political pressure’
Ludhiana, December 21
The controversial allotment of cracker sites by the district administration was in the knowledge of government functionaries from the very start of the process, reveal sources in the district administration.

2,84,000 kids administered polio drops
Ludhiana, December 21
Nearly 284,000 out of 5,68,000 children between 0 and 5 years were administered polio drops during the three-day pulse polio campaign launched here today. Civil surgeon S.P. Sharma launched the polio drive from the civil hospital by administering the vaccine to the children. Harwinder Singh, senior medical officer, was also present on the occasion.

A child being administered the vaccine at one of the booths during the pulse polio vaccination drive in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo Inderjeet Verma

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The Ludhiana police has withdrawn 35 security personnel from VIP duty in a follow-up to the ongoing debate on pruning the excessive security cover of VIPs.



In Retrospect-PAU
Varsity faced tough times in 2008
To look ahead with a positive approach
Ludhiana, December 21
The year 2008 for Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) was full of challenges and tough times. On one side, farm varsity became talk of the town due to certain "uncalled for" incidents, while on the other, several MoUs were signed with foreign universities.

Sex selective abortions on rise in Punjab
More than 1 lakh girls found ‘missing’
Ludhiana, December 21
”Girls in Punjab face a dilemma, though less number of them are born, more of them die or are killed. Altogether, more than one lakh girls might have gone “missing” in Punjab during the past decade due to the sex selective abortions leading to fall in sex ratio.

Chief Justice inspects lok adalat
24,000 cases involving Rs 16.52 crore settled
Ludhiana, December 21
Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Tirath Singh Thakur inspected the working of mega lok adalat here today. On the second day, around 24,000 cases involving amount of Rs 16.52 crore were settled.

Chief Justice of High Court Tirath Singh Thakur inspects functioning of the lok adalat in Ludhiana. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Building Violations
Shopkeepers meet Dhanda
Ludhiana, December 21
Shopkeepers on the Ferozepore Road on whom show cause notices were served by the town planning department of the corporation in the past three days have now approached MLA Harish Rai Dhanda.

Demand leads to rise in fish prices
Ludhiana, December 21
With Christmas and New Year round the corner, the consumption of fish has tremendously increased in city by approximately 35 tonnes. The contractors feel that this demand is expected to increase in the coming days, giving further boost to the fish industry in Punjab.

Huge rush of customers at the Salem Tabri fish market in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

From Schools
Students showcase their creativity
Ludhiana, December 21
An art and craft exhibition-cum-Christmas celebrations was held on the premises of New GMT Public School here today. Hemraj Aggarwal was the chief guest. The students of various houses showcased their talent by making pots, jelly candles and soft toys. Students took part in various cultural activities.

Students of New GMT Public School participate in art and craft-cum-Christmas celebrations in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: I.V.

Scribes threaten to boycott CM’s sangat darshan
Jagraon, December 21
The local Press Club has threatened to boycott the sangat darshan programme of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. This was decided at a meeting held under Amarjit Singh Malwa, Press Club’s president, Jaspal Singh Heran, state secretary, Punjab Union of Journalists, and Jatinder Malhotra, president, All-India Small Newspapers Association.

Congman questions security withdrawal
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 21 Accusing the state government of providing security cover to ineligible leaders, Congress leader and Housfed chairman Krishan Kumar Bawa has urged the union government to probe into the matter.

Shopkeepers pass their time around a bonfire. A Tribune photograph

Cell phone company launches card
Ludhiana, December 21
Vodafone Essar launched a new Bonus Card-39 for its customers in Punjab. Bonus Card-39 allows Vodafone customers to enjoy cheaper call rates round the clock.

6,000 applicants for 33 posts of clerk
Ludhiana, December 21
The extent of unemployment among the educated youth in Punjab can be gauged from the number of applications received for 33 posts of clerk in Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

350 examined at medical camp
Ludhiana, December 21
At least 350 individuals were examined at a camp organised by the Rising Youth Association at Dukh Niwaran Sahib Gurdwara, a press release said here today.

This is in reference to story “Heroes remembered on Vijay Divas” published in Ludhiana Tribune on December 17.


Woman held for bigamy
Mullanpur Dakha, December 21
The Haryana police has reportedly arrested a woman on the charges of bigamy. A team from Hansi led by SI Sher Singh and local police raided a house at Kabir Nagar and arrested a couple living there.

Cop beaten up for arresting PO
Jagraon, December 21
A policeman was severely beaten up for arresting a proclaimed offender. Jugraj Singh, son of Bachiter Singh, who was appointed in the proclaimed offender cell, had arrested Malkait Singh, a proclaimed offender wanted in a shoot out that took place nine years ago. Malkit Singh escaped to Canada after committing the crime. Nowadays, he was in India.

Cyclist run over by bus
Raikot, December 21
A cyclist is reported to have been run over by a Punjab roadways bus. The victim identified as Ajit Singh, son of Gujjar Sing, a resident of the Barnala Chowk, died while he was returning home on his cycle.

Earrings snatched
Khanna, December 21
Three scooter-borne youths snatched earrings of a woman in Krishna Nagar locality today afternoon. The accused were identified as Lovely, Jas and Simi, all residents of Krishna Nagar.

Canada-America Kabaddi Cup concludes
Tight security at tournament; Captivating show by Gurdas Mann
Ludhiana, December 21
Security matters prevailed over enthusiasm for kabbadi as was evident from the mood at the Canada-America Kabaddi Cup, which concluded with a magnetic performance of Gurdas Mann at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Punjabi folk singer Gurdas Mann enthrals audience at the Indo-Canadian Kabaddi Cup at Guru Nanak stadium in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Hockey League
Kila Raipur lads trounce Sangrur 2-0
Ludhiana, November 21
Grewal Hockey Academy, Kila Raipur lads defeated Sangrur 2-0 in the u-14 years section and went down fighting 2-3 against Kurali in the u-16 years section in the ongoing Punjab State Inter- District Weekend Hockey League for Boys being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

Punjab TT Meet
Ropar paddlers clinch two titles
Ludhiana, December 21
Ropar eves dominated the proceedings by wrapping up two titles on the second day of the 49th Punjab State Inter District and Open Table Tennis Championship being organised by the Ludhiana District Table Tennis Association (LDTTA) at the Indoor Hall of Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

Boxer strikes silver
Jagraon, December 21
The boxer of Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy, Chakar village, bought laurels to the village by striking one silver medal.




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