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Polls to vacant panchayat seats likely on Jan 18
Ludhiana, December 27
The elections to the 60 seats, which remained vacant during the elections to the panches of gram panchayats in Ludhiana district in June this year, are likely to be held on January 18, 2009.

Fancy numbers’ auction
Dept fails to evoke desired response
Ludhiana, December 27
The district transport department (DTO), which claims to generate maximum revenue in the state through auctioning of fancy numbers, got a shot in the arm during the recent auction held at Nehru Siddhant Kendra here yesterday. The entire hall gave a deserted look as just a few people turned to get the special numbers. The numbers, which earlier were sold to the tune of lakhs of rupees, were allotted to people in few thousand bucks. Though department officials claim to have generated more than Rs 17 lakh through the auction but the amount is much less as compared to the previous auctions.


Thick fog continued to envelop Ludhiana for the second consecutive day
Thick fog continued to envelop Ludhiana for the second consecutive day on Saturday. Tribune photos: Rajesh Bhambi

Speeding car injures 2 youths
The badly damaged car after the accident Ludhiana, December 27
The car of a relative of a SAD councillor allegedly hit two motor cycle-borne youths, injuring them seriously near the Ludhiana Club here this afternoon. The car driver was identified as Akshay Oswal (20), who is said to be the nephew of SAD councillor Ruchi Jain.

The badly damaged car after the accident. Photo: IV

Proclaimed offender nabbed
Ludhiana, December 27
Craze for cricket turned into a nightmare for a proclaimed offender (PO), who was nabbed by the PO cell near Focal Point here today.

‘Meltdown to affect Indian docs’ jobs in UK’
Ludhiana, December 27
The global meltdown will affect the placement of Indian doctors in UK as a large number of European doctors are coming to England, who will be given preference, observed Dr Irving Taylor, professor of surgery at the medical school of the University College, London. Dr Irving is in the city to attend 68th annual conference of the Association of Surgeons of India.

Foundation stone of grain market laid
Mullanpur Dakha, December 27
Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday laid the foundation stone of the new advance grain market being developed over 37.87 acre of land with a whopping cost of Rs 23.39 crore. The development of the grain market will be the joint efforts of the market committee, Mullanpur, the Punjab Mandi Board and the directorate of marketing and inspection scheme (DMI scheme). Under the DMI scheme, 12 advance grain markets will be developed all over Punjab at the expense of Rs 166.52 crore.

MC officials try to take F&CC for a ride
Ludhiana, December 27
A bill of around Rs 1.67 lakh for the work undertaken in 1981 comes to the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) for approval on December 26, 2008. And that too recommended by all officials involved at both lower and senior levels.

Ad rights given to company for Rs 3 cr
Ludhiana, December 27
Finally sticking to its word on holding the F&CC meeting every Friday, the committee members, which included mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal and municipal commissioner G.S. Ghuman, held a meeting here yesterday.


Hard work helped her win beauty title
Ludhiana, December 27
Mohitinder Bawa, the winner of Miss Panjaban 2008, in Ludhiana It was hard work of nearly four years, which helped 21-year-old Mohitinder Bawa of Chandigarh, win the coveted crown of Miss World Punjaban. She has done a lot of hard work and research before she finally won the title. She spent last three years reading books on Punjabi culture and even visited some of the rural fairs to get a real look of the Punjabi culture.

Mohitinder Bawa, the winner of Miss Panjaban 2008, in Ludhiana after the title. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

‘LS polls to be contested on plank of development’
Jagraon, December 27
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today categorically said that the SAD-BJP alliance would contest the coming Lok Sabha elections only on the poll plank of development and performance.

‘Have healthy relationship with child’
Ludhiana, December 27
With the coming of globalisation, the present socio-economic milieu has changed the modern society tremendously. It has impacted generation Y (younger) the maximum. Parents are also having a tough time in handling the young ones and youngsters also have developed a materialistic outlook. Children are the prize possession of the parents as almost every parent has got one or two children and they keep on doting around them.

Groundnut not poor man’s dry fruit this year
Ludhiana, December 27
NUTS GO NORTH: A vendor sells groundnuts on the Dugri road in Ludhiana Come winters, groundnut becomes the main food of all programmes, be it a bonfire party, chat session in the college or leisure hours in the office. However, this year will be conspicuous with its absence from most of the programmes.

NUTS GO NORTH: A vendor sells groundnuts on the Dugri road in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Bhambi 

UK MPs to discuss issue of relief to WW-II veterans
Ludhiana, December 27
Lt-Col Chanan Singh Dhillon (retired), president, Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, has again been invited to the UK by British members of Parliament (MPs) to discuss the issue of granting recognition/compensation to veterans of World War II. The British parliament has been discussing the issue for the past sometime and Colonel Dhillon has already paid two visits to the UK in this connection.

Importance of yoga stressed
Ludhiana, December 27
The importance of yoga towards the overall personality development was central to deliberations on the second day of the ongoing “Healthy Youth for Healthy India” NSS camp at SCD Government College in Daad village near here yesterday.

City lad to join prestigious hotel in Canada
Ludhiana, December 27
Even the Mumbai terror fails to deter the spirits of this Ludhiana lad, who is all set to join a hotel industry in Canada. Deepak Bhatt, a student of an institute for airhostess training, will be joining Tim Hotel at Calgary.

In Retrospect — Police
Cops went on modernising spree
Ludhiana, December 27s
The year 2008 has been a mix bag of success and failures for the city police.

( Left)The spot in the court complex where the shootout took place; (right) the CCTV cameras installed at Caliber Plaza and the main monitor, which shows the images of the CCTV cameras installed at various locations in Ludhiana. Tribune photographs

City Concerns
Massive cop deployment not needed for VIPs’ security


Two held with 50 liquor boxes
Khanna, December 27
The Machhiwara police today arrested two persons with 50 boxes of liquor. The police has also seized the vehicle used in the transportation the liquor.

Man, son booked in beating incident
Khanna, December 27
A man and his son were booked by the police for beating up a resident of Theh village and inflicting injuries on him.

Malwa boys drub Jarkhar lads 4-0
Ludhiana, December 27
A match in progress in the Punjab Hockey League organised at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana Continuing with winning spree, Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, dubbed Jarkhar Academy in a group A match in the u-14 section in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Hockey League for Boys being organised by the Punjab sports department at Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium of the Punjab Agricultural University here today.

A match in progress in the Punjab Hockey League organised at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Neva Club defeat Nav Bharti school
Ludhiana, December 27
A match between the Neva Club and Nav Bharti School in progress during the fifth Sarpanch Bachan Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament being held Balloke Neva Club defeated Nav Bharti Public School, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, by 33 runs on the third day of the 5th Sarpanch Bachan Singh Memorial Open Cricket Tournament being played at the Sarpanch Bachan Singh Cricket Academy at Balloke on the Humbran road here today.

match between the Neva Club and Nav Bharti School in progress during the fifth Sarpanch Bachan Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament being held Balloke on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Registration for 10-a-side cricket matches
Ludhiana, December 27
The registration for the much-awaited T-10 Gully Cricket Tournament, the 10-a-side games, will begin from December 28 and continue till January 3, 2009. Interested players will have to be from the states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. They should be in 15- 24 age-group, and they must not have played any first-class cricket.

Cross-country meet on Dec 30
Ludhiana, December 27
The District Athletics Association (DAA), Ludhiana, will organise an annual cross-country championship for junior boys and girls, and senior men and women on December 30.




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