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DC seeks forgiveness from deputy speaker
Gosain sticks to his guns
Ludhiana, December 22
The controversy surrounding the allegations of corruption against the deputy commissioner, Sumer Singh Gurjar, turned murkier today when the DC visited the deputy speaker, Satpal Gosain, personally to bury the hatchet, but the latter stuck to his guns that he would not withdraw complaint against the DC. Deputy speaker Satpal Gosain with deputy commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar at the former’s residence in Ludhiana on Monday.
Deputy speaker Satpal Gosain with deputy commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar at the former’s residence in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph


Ex-MLA assaulted, 25 booked
Jagraon, December 22
Nirmal Singh Mahant, Congress leader and former MLA from Raikot and his friend Surinder Singh got seriously injured when they were attacked by a group of about 25 persons at Chakar village.

Ad rights issue troubles MC again
The opposition and some SAD councillors feel that the MC will be at 
loss if the proposal is accepted
Ludhiana, December 22
The issue of allotting advertisement rights to one company and taking Rs 1.5 crore from it in return seems to heat up as the leader of the opposition and some SAD councillors too feel that the MC will be at loss if the proposal is accepted.

Test to check scientists’ potential fails to click
Ludhiana, December 22
The much-hyped SWOT analysis to test the capabilities of scientists working in different departments of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here seems to have gone with the wind.

3 youths killed in road mishap
Samrala, December 22
Three youths who were returning from Shaheedi Jor Mela at Machhiwara were killed in an accident on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road near the HDFC Bank here when their motor cycle was hit by a speeding Punjab roadways bus.

Parks safe haven for drug addicts
Ludhiana, December 22
In absence of the check from the district health authorities on the sale of habit-forming drugs, public parks across the city and the Guru Nanak Stadium complex have become a safe haven for drug abusers. The addicts after procuring syrups, injection and tablets from nearby chemists take refuge in these parks as is evident from the empty bottles of cough syrups and injections discarded in the corners.
A heap of empty bottles of cough syrups in a park Used injections lying in a corner of the Guru Nanak Stadium complex in Ludhiana.
A heap of empty bottles of cough syrups in a park; and (Right) used injections lying in a corner of the Guru Nanak Stadium complex in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjit Verma, Rajesh Bhambi

Woman alleges gangrape
Ludhiana, December 22
A 20-year-old married woman alleged gangraped near the Dugri canal here last evening.

Man ‘tortured’ by police
Ludhiana, December 22
A 40-year-old man has alleged torture by the Basti Jodhewal police. Rashid of Jodhewal alleged that he was picked up by the police last evening and detained in the police station illegally.


Govt schools being ignored
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 22
Accusing the authorities in education department of favouring public schools by ignoring studies at state-run primary and elementary schools of the area, office-bearers of social organizations and teachers unions have urged the government to appoint teachers at schools, the administration of which has been entrusted with the civic bodies of the area.

Reimposition of 10 pc duty irks industry
Ludhiana, December 22
The proposal for re-imposition of 10 per cent countervailing duty (CVD) on steel bars and structural has been condemned by the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings.

Industry to boycott political parties
Ludhiana, December 22
Perturbed over the causal attitude of the government towards the industry, the industry yesterday decided to boycott all political parties. It was unanimously decide that S.C. Rahlan will be contesting for the coming Parliamentary elections. Industrialists from the neighbouring states like Jalandhar, Amritsar, Mandi Gobinbgarh also participated in the rally.

Monty's grandmother yearns to meet him
Ludhiana, December 22
This septuagenarian lady is proud of the fact that her grandson is the first Sikh ever to play for the England cricket team, but the pride has a hidden pain in it as she yearns to fondle her grandson for more than two years.

Manjit Kaur with Monty’s photograph in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
Manjit Kaur with Monty’s photograph in Ludhiana.

Healthy baby contest on Jan 9
Ludhiana, December 22
A healthy baby contest will be held during Lohri Mela on January 9. While on January 8, a seminar will be held on the various subjects that include female foeticide, drug addiction and pollution.

School lecturer charge-sheeted
Mullanpur Dakha, December 22
A lecturer of Government Senior School has been charge sheeted for misusing her powers. Jasbir Kaur is a lecturer of biology in the school for the last 11 years. In an inquiry initiated against her, the director, the education department, Punjab, sought her reply on the charges imposed on her within 21 days. The letter No 324 was issued by him on October 23 and she was to reply to the district education officer (DEO) who in turn was to reply to the department with his comments. Evidences of the allegations were attached with the charge sheet.

Yoga camp ends
Ludhiana, December 22
The five-day yoga camp organized by the Patanjali Yog Samiti today concluded in Model Gram. The samiti was established by Swami Ramdev Maharaj.

Participants at a yoga camp organised by the Patanjali Yog Samiti in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
Participants at a yoga camp organised by the Patanjali Yog Samiti in Ludhiana.

From Schools
Christmas spirit grips schools
Ludhiana, December 22
Christmas was celebrated at St. Xavier School today. The whole school was decorated. Children came to the school in colourful dresses and many of them were dressed as Santa Claus and fairies. Various fun games like musical chair, colour recognition game and one minute show were organized for the enjoyment of children.

Students of St Xavier Playway School celebrate Christmas in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph
Students of St Xavier Playway School celebrate Christmas in Ludhiana on Monday.

Cultural festival marks intra-regional meet
Ludhiana, December 22
Emerging artists of the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited from different states, namely Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, in their colourful dresses presented a vibrant presentation to mark the annual intra-regional cultural meet.

Students awarded
Khanna, December 22
Annual prize distribution function was held yesterday at Swami Chhagan Lal Hans Raj Jain Public School.

Net-house cultivation tips for farmers
Ludhiana, December 22
The PAU department of Vegetable Crops in collaboration with the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre (AVRDC) and the Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) conducted one-day training on "Net-house cultivation of vegetable crops" for farmers here today. Twenty participants from different districts of Punjab participated in the training programme.

Workshop at PAU
Ludhiana, December 22
A state-level workshop on management and monitoring of field trials of genetically engineered (GE) crops was jointly organized by PAU and Biotech Consortium India, New Delhi (BCIL) at PAU today. It was sponsored by department of biotechnology and ministry of environment and forests.

Three schools to be upgraded
Ludhiana, December 22
The Punjab government is upgrading at least three schools in each block as model schools and a budget worth Rs 400 crore has separately been cleared for “adarsh” schools in the state, said Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, chief parliamentary secretary of the Technical Education, while addressing a gathering at Government Senior Secondary School, Isshdu, here today.

PSEB staff protests against privatisation move
Ludhiana, December 22
Led by activists of joint forum, employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today held a circle-level dharna and protest rally at the office of chief engineer, central zone, here today opposing the attempts to disband the board under the provisions of the Electricity Act 2003 and push it towards privatisation.

PSEB employees hold a rally against privatisation in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
PSEB employees hold a rally against privatisation in Ludhiana on Monday.

Sarpanch dismissed
Mullanpur Dakha, December 22
The sarpanch and a panch are reportedly been dismissed from their designations by the Punjab government. The directorate of rural development and the panchayat department has ordered that sarpanch Kulwant Kaur and panch Paramjit Singh of Walipur Kalan village be dismissed from their authorities with an immediate effect.

Demolition drive at Barewal
Ludhiana, December 22
The town planning wing of the municipal corporation held a demolition drive at Barewal here today and destroyed the encroached areas of six shops.

Reporters' Diary
HC’s chief justice interacts with DAV students
DAV School students, it seems, are leaving no stone unturned to capitalise on opportunities to interact with VIP guests visiting the cities. As the students of DAV Girls School in Amritsar recently had the privilege of meeting Rahul Gandhi in his recent visit to Punjab, the students of local DAV School, BRS Nagar, skipped their holiday on Sunday to accord welcome to Tirath Singh, chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who was accompanied by justice Mehtab Singh, justice M.M. Kumar and the host district session judge G.K. Rai.

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. Residents are peeved at the security cover being provided to VIPs travelling to the city, additional security at sites they visit and unnecessary security to some political leaders.

Punjab TT Meet
Amritsar men, Jalandhar eves win c’ship
Ludhiana, December 22
On the penultimate 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 on the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today, Amritsar emerged overall champions in the men's section while Jalandhar bagged top honours in the women's section.

GTB student wins silver
Mullanpur Dakha, December 22
A student of GTB National College, Dakha, brought laurels for the college.




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