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Watch out! Swindler girl on prowl
Allures youths from affluent families, extorts money and implicate them in false rape cases
Ludhiana, December 25
Beware! A swindler girl allegedly backed by hoteliers, travel agents and self-styled social activists is alluring affluent youths by changing her identities and phone numbers frequently only to extort money from them after implicating them in false rape cases.

Mumbai tragedy draws a blank
City hotels engage belly dancers to please clients
Ludhiana, December 25
Contrary to the elite city clubs that refused to celebrate Christmas and New Year in the wake of recent terror attacks in Mumbai, top hotels in the city have taken a lead to engage belly dancers, dance troupes and live musical bands for the same.
Dance troupe perform at a hotel in Ludhiana Dance troupe perform at a hotel in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi


Robbers’ gang busted, 4 held
Used to steal transformers; goods worth Rs 10-lakh recovered
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 25
The Payal police has arrested four members of a notorious gang that had been involved in stealing electrical equipments, including transformers for over a year. The police has also seized stolen goods worth Rs 10 lakh from various places disclosed by the burglars. The police has also seized two vehicles used in the crime.

3 yrs on, people living in unsanitary condition
MC yet to clear stagnant water, garbage
Doraha, December 25
Stagnant water on a street adjoining Mangat dental clinic for the past three years now, has made the life of the locals a hell. It has not only made the lives of commuters and residents hell but has also posed concern about the serious health hazard, thereby exposing residents to a large number of diseases.

Veggies cheaper, onion dearer
Ludhiana, December 25
Prices of veggies continued to dip over the past one week even as onion registered a slight rise. Prices of fruits, however, remained static. In the wholesale market, potatoes are available at Rs 2 per kg while last week they were priced at Rs 2-3. The retail rate is Rs 3 per kg.

Carols, candles, ringing bells mark Christmas
Ludhiana, December 25
Christmas, the birthday of Jesus Christ, was celebrated in the city with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm. Midnight and early morning mass were conducted in all the churches here to mark the occasion. The city was in the grip of Yuletide spirit as candles and carols in churches marked the festival.

BLESSED ONES: Children at Holy Christ Church in Sarabha Nagar
BLESSED ONES: Children at Holy Christ Church in Sarabha Nagar. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi


Boom to gloom, PSEB saw it all            

Ludhiana, December 25
Another year is about to say goodbye, but the woes of city residents are yet to be over as there were frequent power cuts and prolonged shutdowns coupled with hike in electricity tariff in 2008.

A mobile transformer in use to restore power supply in a residential area in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjit Verma

373 sanitation panel staff await arrears
Ludhiana, December 25
Though the municipal corporation is trying to recruit mohalla sanitation committee workers on DC rates, at present 373 people who are already working at these rates are still awaiting their arrears.

A mobile transformer in use to restore power supply in a residential area in Ludhiana

Post-Mumbai Terror Attack
Quick reaction team of cops formed
Ludhiana, December 25
To handle any kind of eventuality in light of Mumbai terror attacks, the local police has constituted a quick reaction team to be headed by SP (City-I) HK Bansal. It comprises 30 cops of different ranks, including SIs, ASIs and constables.

Quick reaction team undergoing training in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Quick reaction team undergoing training in Ludhiana

Khet Mazdoor Sabha stages dharna
Ludhiana, December 25
The state government has persistently neglected the problems being faced by farm workers and other weaker sections and promises made to them have not been fulfilled. Gulzar Goria, general secretary, Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha, while addressing a protest dharna here yesterday, leveled these charges.

Ghuman pledges to root out corruption
Ludhiana, December 25
To wage a war against corruption in the judiciary is my topmost priority. Enough is enough; we will not tolerate it any more, said the newly elected District Bar Association’s (DBA) president Parupkar Singh Ghumman while talking to The Tribune.

Christmas celebrated with gusto
Ludhiana, December 25
Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School celebrated Christmas with fanfare. School was tastefully decorated. Santa distributed gifts and candies among children. Veena Aggarwal, principal, wished kids and their parents Merry Christmas.

Sarabha club celebrates Xmas
Ludhiana, December 25
The Sarabha Ladies Club celebrated Christmas today. A cultural programme was presented by the members of the club during which Harnoor gave a scintillating performance on the song "Mahiya-Mahiya".

Member of Sarabha Ladies Club perform at a cultural function organised in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Member of Sarabha Ladies Club perform at a cultural function organised in Ludhiana

Songs, skits mark annual fest
Sahnewal, December 25
Tagore International School, Sahnewal, organized its annual prize distribution function here today. KC Vijayvargi, deputy general manager, Oriental Bank of Commerce, was the chief guest of the occasion.

Students of MGM Public School participate in a modelling competition in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Students of MGM Public School participate in a modelling competition in Ludhiana

NSS camp begins
Ludhiana, December 25
A special NSS camp under the aegis of the NSS department, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was inaugurated at SDP College for Women, Ludhiana. The camp has been organised by programme officers B Ahuja, Ranjana Sood and Ramneek and was inaugurated by Dr Veena Gian Singh Mann, officiating principal.

Stone of community centre laid
Ludhiana, December 25
MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik and ward number 58 municipal councillor Paramjit Kaur laid the foundation stone of community centre at Preet Nagar and presented a cheque of Rs 25 lakh for the construction of the building.

Jain nominated member of wildlife board
Ludhiana, December 25
The state government has nominated Sandeep K. Jain, co-opted member, Animal Welfare Board of India (Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India) and chief coordinator, CAPE-India (Care of Animals and Protection of Environment-India) as a member of the newly reconstituted Punjab State Board for Wildlife.

35,000 attend Nirankari Samagam
Ludhiana, December 25
At least 35,000 devotees attended Nirankari Sant Samagam organised at Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan in Ludhiana. Nirankari Baba Satguru Hardev Singhji Maharaj was also present on the occasion.

Ex-minister’s kin manhandles scribes
Ludhiana, December 25
Harpreet Singh Happy, photojournalist, and Poonam Sapra, journalist of a vernacular daily, were manhandled and their camera was damaged by a few youths, alleged to be close relatives of a former Akali minister in Sarabha Nagar here this evening.

10 more pledge to donate their bodies
Ludhiana, December 25
Ten more prominent citizens of Ludhiana have pledged to donate their bodies to the DMCH for medical research. N.S. Nanda, president, New Hope, an NGO, working for the mission of donation of bodies, stated that the total number of donors had reached up to 176.

Sahitya Akademi Award for Mitter Sain
Ludhiana, December 25
Mitter Sain Goyal has been selected for the Sahitya Akademi Award for his Punjabi novel “Sudhar Ghar.” The award was announced on Tuesday by the akademi, and will be conferred upon him in February.


Setting Man Afire
Three accused declared proclaimed offenders
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 25
The local police has initiated process to declare three persons who were booked for allegedly setting afire their daughter’s paramour over two months ago. It has also tightened noose against those who have been helping the accused from evading arrest.

BBF XI thrash Ghuman XI
Ludhiana, December 25
Fine batting display by Arjun (40) and Chinton Sehgal (23) helped BBF XI to thrash Ghuman XI by 59 runs in the inaugural match of the 5th Sarpanch Bachan Singh Memorial Open Cricket Tournament which began at the Sarpanch Bachan Singh Cricket Academy at Balloke on Humbran road here today.

Hockey League
Sangrur boys overpower Sudhar 1-0
Ludhiana, December 25
Sangrur lads survived a scare before emerging victorious 1-0 against Sudhar in a group C encounter in the u-14 years section in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Hockey League for Boys being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium on the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.




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