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4,000 trucks go off road
Transporters adamant; Petroleum Minister’s effigy burnt

Ludhiana, January 5
The All-India Motor Transport Congress’ call for a "chakka jam" and nationwide strike to protest against the inadequate reduction in diesel prices drew huge response here today with 6,000 transporters from the city participating in the strike and 4,000 vehicles remaining off the road in response to the strike call. 
Trucks parked at Transport Nagar in Ludhiana following the “chakka jam’’ call given by the All-India Motor Transport Congress
Trucks parked at Transport Nagar in Ludhiana following the “chakka jam’’ call given by the All-India Motor Transport Congress on Monday. 
Members of various transport unions burn the effigy of Petroleum Minister Murli Deora to mark
Members of various transport unions burn the effigy of Petroleum Minister Murli Deora to mark their protest. Photos: Rajesh Bhambi






EARLIER STORIES


Gates on public streets, which are illegal, have become a common site in Ludhiana Gates on streets, MC sleeps
Ludhiana, January 5
Roads and public streets of the Municipal Corporation these days have become a property of residents. Reason: The residents have installed gates on both ends of public streets or roads, restricting the entry to their areas at night.

Gates on public streets, which are illegal, have become a common site in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

A doctor couple urges people to stay away from smoking hookah, at a conference Hookah culture spoiling youth
Ludhiana, January 5
Most students of local professional colleges are taking drugs. They do not consider it an addiction but feel that this gives them a "psychological satisfaction", whenever they face tough times. An intern of a local medical college disclosed that his was the most difficult profession.

A doctor couple urges people to stay away from smoking hookah, at a conference held in Ludhiana. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Sudhir Mudgal City businessman hits a century in blood donation
Ludhiana, January 5
Continuing with his mission, a city businessman today created a record by donating blood for the 100th time in 25 years of his life. Sudhir Mudgal, 46, hit a century of blood donation on the occasion of Guru Gobind Singh's birth anniversary here today.
The brand ambassador of the Salaam Zindagi, an NGO active in collecting blood through donations, Sudhir motivated several others by his act. 

Sudhir Mudgal

School timings changed
Ludhiana, January 5
The district administration has changed the timings of schools due to prevalent cold wave.
District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar said all schools had been directed to start at 10 am everyday till further orders. He said the direction would come into force from tomorrow. Any school violating the orders would be dealt with strictly. — TNS

COMMUNITY

City emerging as medical tourism hub
Ludhiana, January 5
Punjab Minister for Tourism Hira Singh Gabria felicitates foreign patients in Ludhiana The common trend of affluent Indians going to Europe, the USA and other developed countries for medical and surgical treatment of complicated diseases might soon become a thing of the past if the inflow of foreign nationals from Italy, Hungary, Turkey, Pakistan and many other parts of the world at a local hospital here is any indication.

Punjab Minister for Tourism Hira Singh Gabria felicitates foreign patients in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Sutlej Club House Tax Row
Bir to convene DC, Municipal  Commissioner meeting today
The Sutlej Club which has been put for an auction on January 7 by the Municipal CorporationLudhiana, January 5
With just 48 hours left for the auction of the Sutlej Club, it seems the intervention by Patiala Divisional Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir is going to provide a way out in the house tax row between the district administration and the municipal corporation.




The Sutlej Club which has been put for an auction on January 7 by the Municipal Corporation. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

PWD fails to provide surface  markings on roads
This is proving to be a death trap for vehicle  drivers during foggy mornings and nights
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 5
While the foggy weather is taking its toll on the lives of several persons in road accidents, the Public Works Department, Roads and Bridges (PWD B and R) has failed to accomplish surface marking on roads.

Police clueless over  girl’s kidnapping
No headway in four months
Ludhiana, January 5
It has been exactly four months since an eight-year-old daughter of a carpenter was allegedly kidnapped by his brother-in-law, but the police has still not made any headway in this case.

Farmers harvest potato crop  early in panic
A farmer supervises potato crop harvesting in a field near Ahmedgarh Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 5
Alarmed by apprehensions of frost following constant fog during last week, growers of early varieties of table potato have started harvesting their crops in panic.








A farmer supervises potato crop harvesting in a field near Ahmedgarh on Monday. Photo by the writer

Gurpurb celebrated with fervour
School students and devotees prepare langar on Gurpurb at Gujarkhan Gurdwara in LudhianaLudhiana, January 5
City people today celebrated the Parkash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh with full religious fervour. People in large numbers went to gurdwaras to pay their obeisance. Raga jathas recited kirtan throughout the day. Devotees also relish langar from the community kitchen.



School students and devotees prepare langar on Gurpurb at Gujarkhan Gurdwara in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Painting exhibition by ‘Group Baroda’
Ludhiana, January 5
Artist from Baroda during a painting exhibition in Ludhiana. Coming from small towns is what binds them together. Six artists from different places from Baroda have put an exhibition at Artmosphere Art Gallery. "Group Baroda" comprising of six artists, namely Pranab Chakraborthy, Gajanan Poshatti Thakuwar, Anirban Nandi, Jitendra Kumar, Sachin Nimbalkar and Amit Kumar Lodh, has expressed their feelings and thoughts on the canvas.

Artist from Baroda during a painting exhibition in Ludhiana.

Cultural performances mark ‘Josh-2009’
Ludhiana, January 5
Cyberstar Infotech, a learning centre of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, under the distance education programme, organised "Josh 2009", a cultural festival, here yesterday. The festival was inaugurated by chief guest DS Sekhon, president, the All-India PTU DEP Associates.

Going gets tough for physically challenged at stations
Ludhiana, January 5
Tall claims of almost all government departments, including railways, of providing special care and necessary facilities to old, infirm and physically challenged persons notwithstanding, the authorities at the railway station in the industrial hub of the state feel otherwise. Even though a ramp does exist at the railway station to facilitate movement of luggage trollies and wheel chairs to the platform number one, the wheel chairs kept in the office of the deputy station superintendent have been non-functional for quite sometime now, causing great inconvenience to the critically ill, physically challenged or infirm railway passengers.

Students work towards making environment eco-friendly
Doraha, January 5
Students of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, prepare flowerbeds at Government High School, Begowal, at the NSS camp. Students of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, worked towards creating an eco-friendly environment by clearing surroundings and planting saplings at Begowal village during a NSS camp, which concluded here today.






Students of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, prepare flowerbeds at Government High School, Begowal, at the NSS camp. Photo: Lovleen Bains

Needy students helped
Jagraon, January 5
The Lok Seva Society distributed shoes to the needy students of a school here yesterday. The society members today visited Lala Lajpat Rai Girls Primary School and distributed shoes and socks to the needy students. President of the society Kulbhushan Gupta along with other members of the society, appealed to the public to donate generously. — OC

Undertrial dead
Ludhiana, January 5
An undertrial succumbed to ailment at the civil hospital here this evening.

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CRIME

Doctor kidnapped, rescued; one held
Mullanpur Dakha, January 5
The Sudhar police arrested a man for kidnapping a woman dentist and rescued her from his captivity.

Youth dies in accident
Jagraon, January 5
A youth was killed while another got seriously injured when a tanker and a car collided on the Moga road, Jagraon yesterday. Identified as Varun Kalra (27) and Shiv Chawla, both were going to Moga from Ludhiana in their Maruti Swift car (PB 29 J 1002) being driven by driver Pardeep Singh. Near Gurusar Kaunke village on the Moga road, their car collided with the Ludhiana bound oil tanker (PB 12 B 1382) killing Varun on the spot while Shiv was admitted to the civil hospital, Moga, in a serious condition.

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