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Fake Bill Scam
MC Commissioner to take action
Ludhiana, December 15
Handing over the responsibility of action in the fake bill scam to the Municipal Commissioner, the core committee of the MC today decided that action against guilty officials and contractors would be taken as per rules.

Dowry claims life of 22-year-old
Ludhiana, December 15
Greed for dowry reportedly claimed another life when Brij Bala (22), alias Mamta, succumbed to her burns at the CMCH here last night.

Swine Flu
DMCH in dock for messing up
Ludhiana, December 15
Taking note of the treatment of swine flu cases at the DMCH, the district health authorities are planning to report the matter to the department authorities at Chandigarh.


Mustard flowers in full bloom at the PAU in Ludhiana.
Mustard flowers in full bloom at the PAU in Ludhiana. Photo: Satvinder Basra

Students hit again by closure of schools
Ludhiana, December 15
Students were again affected with all 2,880 Punjab School Education Board affiliated schools in the state remaining closed today as a ‘mark of protest’ by school authorities following the disaffiliation of 187 city schools affiliated to the board last week. All PSEB affiliated schools in the city as well as those on its periphery registered nil attendance today on the first day of the protest.

Ludhiana set to be linked by air: MP
Ludhiana, December 15
Punjab’s industrial and commercial capital is likely to be connected by air to other cities in the country very soon, according to local Congress MP Manish Tewari, who is also the All India Congress Committee’s national spokesman. He was speaking after having led a delegation of eminent city residents to meet Air India chairman & managing director Arvind Jadhav in New Delhi yesterday. The meeting was also attended by the airline’s director, Abha Shukla.

Psychotropic drugs seized, chemist held
Jagraon, December 15
The police today nabbed a person and seized psychotropic medicines from his possession.

Avtar Singh, alias Gainda Ram, who embraced Sikhism.Migrants’ Faith - V
Turn to Sikhism to blend in
Ludhiana, December 15
Bridging the cultural divide, a large number of migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have not only made the city their permanent home but some have also converted to the Sikh faith, embracing its tenets wholeheartedly. Gainda Lal, who changed his name to Avtar Singh at the Singh Sabha gurdwara in Jwaddi eight years ago, said life has become “much smoother” after his conversion. “I decided to become a ‘Gursikh’ after I started going to the Prabhu Sadan Kender of the Singh Sabha gurdwara. It was a pleasure for me to keep ‘kesh’, ‘kanghi’, ‘kara’, ‘kirpan’ and ‘kachera; like every other ‘Gursikh’”, he added.

Avtar Singh, alias Gainda Ram, who embraced Sikhism. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Excise/Service Tax
Assessees to get info online
Ludhiana, December 15
In a relief to thousands of taxpayers of the Ludhiana commissionerate, a new web-based and work-flow software application — Automation of Central Excise and Service Tax (ACES) — has been launched that will enable taxpayers to get details online without the need to make rounds of the offices of the central excise and service taxes.

Industry not in favour of corporate social work
Ludhiana, December 15
The Centre, in its last tenure, had decided to enforce job reservation in the private sector, which was dropped after strong opposition by the industry. This time again, the government had been trying to impose similar decisions on the industry, which were not agreeable to the latter.

Bank staff strike today
Ludhiana, December 15
Officials and employees of public sector banks will go on a daylong strike on December 16 on a call given by the All India Bank Employees’ Association and the All India Bank Officers’ Association.

Agriculture ‘not hit’ by labour loss
Ludhiana, December 15
Though the industry has been raising a hue and cry over the labour loss following ‘atrocities’ by the police in incidents of violence in the recent past, the farming community believes that it may face problems initially, but in the long run, more Punjabi labourers will be hired by agriculturists, which will be a good step.

Christmas items on display in Ludhiana. Festive spirit grips city
Ludhiana, December 15
The festive spirit has gripped local residents these days, who are eagerly waiting for the arrival of Christmas and New Year Eve to celebrate those in style.

Christmas items on display in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Cong behind violence, alleges Aggarwal body
Ludhiana, December 15
The Akhil Bhartiya Aggarwal Sammelan has charged the top Congress leadership in Punjab with instigating violence in the city recently. Addressing a press conference here last evening, state president of the body, Amrit Lal Aggarwal, alleged that the “Congress hand was more than visible” behind the violence against migrants and later during the confrontation between radical Sikh and Hindu bodies that led to the imposition of curfew.
Amrit Lal Aggarwal, state president of the Akhil Bhartiya Aggarwal Sammelan, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Monday.
Amrit Lal Aggarwal, state president of the Akhil Bhartiya Aggarwal Sammelan, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Punjab doctors seek parity with Central counterparts
Ludhiana, December 15
Irked over the non-implementation of the recommendations of the Fifth Punjab Pay Commission, the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has demanded a pay fixation formula for Punjab doctors at a par with those in Central services and an amendment in the notification on non-practising allowance (NPA).

CMC college celebrates Christmas
Ludhiana, December 15
Amid laughter and songs, greetings and sumptuous sweets, delicious food items, dances and celebrations, the faculty and students of College of Nursing, CMCH here, welcomed the much-awaited advent of Christmas.

Meeting on cleaning up water channels
Ludhiana, December 15
A delegation led by Vidhan Sabha MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha held a meeting with officials of several departments at the Circuit House here today to understand problems in cleaning up water channels like the Sidhwan canal and the Buddha nullah.

Khangura wants Kahlon to quit
Jagraon, December 15
The Congress is unhappy over the handling of public issues by the ruling SAD-BJP alliance, said Jasvir Singh Khangura, Congress legislator from Kila Raipur.

New bank branch
Ludhiana, December 15
The Oriental Bank of Commerce opened its new anywhere-banking branch at Sudhar yesterday. It was inaugurated by NK Chauhan, deputy general manager of the Ludhiana region.

Ration distributed among needy
ETO DS Garcha distributes ration among the needy at Jagraon.Jagraon, December 15
Free ration was distributed among 62 needy families at the Jain Sthanak here today. ETO DS Garcha distributed the ration and appreciated the initiative of the Shri Roop Chand Jain Sewa Society.

ETO DS Garcha distributes ration among the needy at Jagraon. A Tribune photograph

Union threatens stir over assault case
Ludhiana, December 15
The district unit of the Revenue Patwar Union has threatened to launch an agitation if all assailants in the Manakwal incident are not arrested soon.

Concern over kids’ deteriorating eyesight
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 15
Showing concern over the deteriorating eyesight of children in general ad students in particular, Dr Rajesh Garg, an ophthalmic surgeon, has called upon management committees of educational institutions of the area to arrange routine a check-up drive to detect the problems at an early stage.

Foundation stone of link road laid
Sahnewal, December 15
Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, laid the foundation stone of a long-demanded link road to be laid between Kanech and Gurdwara Bhora Sahib here recently.

Tributes paid to Baba Jiwan Singh
Mullanpur Dakha, December 15 Tributes were paid to Shiromani Shaheed Baba Jiwan Singh (Bhai Jaita Singh) on his martyrdom day.

Affiliation Row
Staff report for duty, students keep away
A school that remained closed in protest against the education board at Doraha on Tuesday.Doraha, December 15
Affiliated schools all over Punjab remained closed today as a mark of protest against the Punjab School and had to obey the school authorities. While students were demoralised, their parents expressed resentment that schools kept their staff engaged and students were made to suffer.

A school that remained closed in protest against the education board at Doraha on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Education officials warned against mobile misuse
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 15
Maintaining mobile phones seems to be a marriage of convenience for education officials, including district education officers (DEOs) and block primary education officers (BPEOs).

From Schools & Colleges
Health check-up camp
Ludhiana, December 15
Students of the Sutlej Public Senior Secondary School, Rahon Road, were checked at a routine health check-up camp here today. Dr Gurpreet Singh Bajaj examined the students’ teeth. Dr Gursagar Singh Sahota examined the general health of the children.


One killed, two hurt in accident
Raikot, December 15
A youth was killed and two injured seriously when an unidentified truck rammed into their car at Gobindgarh village, near Jalaldiwal, on the Barnala road last night.


Accident Case
Truck driver’s conviction upheld
Ludhiana, December 15
Additional Sessions Judge Munish Singal has upheld the conviction of a truck driver Balbir Singh of Ghanuali village, Ropar, in an accident case. Dismissing the appeal, the court held that there was no infirmity in the order passed by the trial court while holding the accused guilty. Earlier, he was awarded of one and a half years sentence by the trial court on charge of killing a woman Sukhjit Kaur of Koom Khurd village, Sahnewal, by rash and negligent driving in 2006.

A match in progress on the third day of the CBSE National Basketball Championship (u-19) at BCM Senior Secondary School, Rashi Nagar, on Tuesday.CBSE Basketball
BCM girls reach quarterfinals
Ludhiana, December 15
In a keen tussle, hosts BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road, Ludhiana, prevailed over New Way Senior Secondary School, Lucknow, 29-23 to secure a berth in the quarterfinal on the third day of the CBSE National Basketball Championship girls’ (u-19) category played here today.

A match in progress on the third day of the CBSE National Basketball Championship (u-19) at BCM Senior Secondary School, Rashi Nagar, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Anand Isher eves leave for national meet
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 15 Four members of the U-17 women football team of Anand Isher Senior Secondary School, Chhappar, who were selected to participate in the National School Football Championship left for Allahabad to take part in the event.

DD Jain College players excel
Ludhiana, December 15
Students of DD Jain College of Education, Kidwai Nagar, Ludhiana, excelled in the Panjab University Inter-College Athletics Meet held at Chandigarh, recently.




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