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ASICON-2008
Cash-starved PAU plays host for free

Ludhiana, January 1
Even as the city may be taking pride in hosting the six-day annual conference sof the Association of Surgeons of India (ASICON 2008), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) seems to have suffered financial loss during the conference.

New Year begins with  4-hr power cut
Ludhiana, January 1
The daily power cut in the city has been increased from two to four hours due to shortfall in power generation.

Sutlej Club up for auction
Ludhiana, January 1
Sutlej Club that has been put up for auction by the Ludhiana MC The New Year seems to have brought the district administration and the municipal corporation at loggerheads as the MC today published a notice for the public auction of Sutlej Club which is headed by deputy commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar.

Sutlej Club that has been put up for auction by the Ludhiana MC. A Tribune photograph

Rs 16-cr stadium way behind schedule
Ludhiana, January 1
The Rs 16-crore indoor stadium, the idea of which was conceived in 1998, has yet to be completed due to the “ignorance” of technicalities by members of the finance and contracts committee.


Children enjoy the weather while having an ice-cream on the first day of the New Year in Ludhiana.
Children enjoy the weather while having an ice-cream on the first day of the New Year in Ludhiana. 
Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

EARLIER STORIES


Man jumps parole
Raikot, January 1
The police yesterday registered a case against a prisoner for jumping parole.

Kidnapped boy rescued
Ludhiana, January 1
The Doraha police today rescued a six-year-old boy from the clutches of his abductor here today.

Motorists make their way through dense fog in Ludhiana
Motorists make their way through dense fog in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi



COMMUNITY

New Year Celebrations
Party spirit pervades
Ludhiana, January 1
The city ushered in 2009 in style: while some partied till wee hours, others made their way quietly into the New Year. Some said “no” to the celebrations due to the Mumbai tragedy and ushered in the New Year by sending flowers and cakes, giving the message of peace and brotherhood.

First day gives hope to girls
Ludhiana, January 1
Playing an elemental role in commencing of the year 2009 on a positive note, the doctors and the staff at city hospitals are ushering in new lives on the first day of the year. A majority of the newborns born today are girls, which the gynaecologists pronounce as a ray of hope to reverse the scenario of “female foeticide” in the district, and the state at large.

Sadar police set to move into new building
The newly built Sadar poilice station in LudhianaLudhiana, January 1
The Sadar police station, which has so far been running from an old building, is all set to celebrate the New Year by moving to its new premises.






The newly built Sadar poilice station in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

No brawl reported on New Year’s Eve
The police at a naka in the Sarabha Nagar market in LudhianaLudhiana, January 1
There’s good news. No case of brawl was reported in the city on New Year’s Eve as the police successfully dispersed “excited” crowd.







The police at a naka in the Sarabha Nagar market in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

PRTC workers take out protest rally
PRTC Workers’ Union holds a protest outside the PRTC workshop in LudhianaLudhiana, January 1
Members of the Contract PRTC Workers’ Union held a gate rally outside the PRTC workshop gate here today.



PRTC Workers’ Union holds a protest outside the PRTC workshop in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

MC removes encroachments
Ludhiana, January 1
Carrying on with its anti-encroachment drive, the Tehbazari wing, in a joint exercise, removed various kiosks and hand-carts from Feroze Gandhi Market and Pakhowal Road here today. Besides, the sabzi mandi on the Pakhowal Road, which is held every Thursday, became a target of the MC fury.

14 get Prof Puran Singh awards
Ludhiana, January 1
The Professor Puran Singh Dhami awards constituted by Alag Shabad Yug Trust, Ludhiana, were granted to 14 personalities serving humanity in different fields.

Obesity no more a disease of the affluent
Doraha, January 1
Obesity was known to be a disease of rich and advanced countries but due to changes in lifestyle and eating behaviour, this menace is catching up fast in the developing world as well.

Next ASICON in Coimbatore
Ludhiana, January 1
With the declaration of New Delhi being the venue for ASICON 2010, the surgeons from north India expressed their elation thereby sharing their enthusiasm to work in unison with the northern chapter of ASI. The ASICON 2009 will be held in Coimbatore.

Kitchen — New Year gift for government schools
Ludhiana, January 1
A woman cooks midday meal in a government school The New Year gift to government schools, a proper kitchen to cook midday meal, has been hailed by the school authorities. The Government of India has sanctioned a special grant of Rs 77 crore for the Punjab state to set up kitchens in the government schools.






A woman cooks midday meal in a government school. A Tribune photograph

PAU Notes
Potential of farm tourism discussed

Ludhiana, January 1
The potential of farm tourism was discussed in the meeting of PAU Kisan Club members that was held today under the patronage Dr NS Malhi, director of extension education.

Blood donation camp on Jan 5
Ludhiana, January 1
Salaam Zindagi, a city-based NGO involved in promoting voluntary blood donations is oganising a blood donation camp on the birth anniversary of Shri Guru Gobindsingh ji on January 5.

Langar seva on January 12
Ludhiana, January 1
Gurus have underlined the message of equality in mankind by introducing the concept of community kitchen (langar) said Surinder Kaur Badal, wife of Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, while addressing a religious congregation at Janakpuri's Guru Angad Dev Durbar Gurdwara here today.

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CRIME

Shopkeeper extorted in name of copy right
Victim accuses police of pressurising for compromise
Jagraon, January 1

A youth of Mullanpur Dakha has filed a complaint against a company for allegedly extortion and blackmailing him in the name of the Copy Right Act. Jagjiwan Singh of Issewal village, who runs a mobile-phone shop at Mullanpur Dakha, has complained to the SSP, Ludhiana (rural), that Gurpreet Singh, a field officer, along with two executives of the Bharat Ratan Dr Babasahab Ambedkar Pratisthan (anti-piracy cell) and an unidentified SI and a constable of the Punjab police came to his shop and extorted an amount of Rs 60,000 in cash and a hard disk of his computer from him with the convenience of police officer, and threatened to eliminate him at gunpoint. He claimed that the policemen had removed their name plates from the uniform to hide their identity.

Wife, lover plot man’s murder
Held with four others
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 1
A woman of Kothala village in Sangrur district got her asthmatic husband killed by her lover and his accomplices within five months of their marriage.

Copper wire stolen from 25 transformers
Raikot, January 1
The local police is stated to have registered a case against a gang for allegedly stealing material from transformers at Tajpur village near here.

Namdhari academy storm into semis
Ludhiana, January 1
Namdhari Academy, Bhaini Sahib, and Maharaja Ranjit Singh Academy of Amritsar won their matches to join Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, and Sarinh Academy of Jalandhar in the semi-finals of the Canada Gold Cup Hockey Tournament being played at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium of the Punjab Agricultural University campus, here today.

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