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Swine Flu
Affluent not keen on treatment at Civil Hospital
Ludhiana, December 21
The district health authorities are facing a predicament as people coming from affluent backgrounds with severe swine flu symptoms are refusing to get admitted to the isolation ward at Civil Hospital here.

One death reported
Khanna, December 21
A 23-year-old boy residing in Samrala died today of swine flu in CMCH, Ludhiana.

Benipal case: Cops accused of pressurising witness
Ludhiana, December 21
Apprehending connivance of jail authorities with the those imprisoned for their alleged involvement in the attack on tehsildar Maj GS Benipal, the latter’s counsel today moved an application before a court seeking directions to jail officials for producing all the suspects on the next date of hearing, December 24.


Commuters brave fog in the morning to reach their destinations in Ludhiana on Monday.
Commuters brave fog in the morning to reach their destinations in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

GLADA begins earnest money refunds
Ludhiana, Decembers 21
Thanks to the intense media attention as well as the pressure mounted by NGOs to speed up matters, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) held the draw of lots for allotment of 158 freehold residential plots in Sector 39A on the Chandigarh Road last month. Further, the process for refund of earnest money deposits to the unsuccessful applicants has also been set in motion.

Three nabbed for evading excise tax
Ludhiana, December 21
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) nabbed three conmen, who had evaded excise tax worth Rs 67 lakh by floating forged iron-trading firms.

Fake Bill Scam
Sunny Gosain (left), along with his lawyer, during a press conference in Ludhiana on Monday.
I was made a scapegoat, says Sunny
Ludhiana, December 21
Punjab Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker Satpal Gosain's grandson Sunny Gosain, who has been indicted in Fake Bill Scam, has knocked at the doors of judiciary, claiming he was being falsely implicated in the scam.

Sunny Gosain (left), along with his lawyer, during a press conference in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph


Lawyers strike work to protest police ‘inaction’
Ludhiana, December 21
Lodging a strong protest against what they called the “inaction” of the local police in apprehending the suspects who had allegedly attacked a lawyer, Shiv Sharma, lawyers in the city today observed a daylong strike.

A vendor sells vegetables in Ludhiana.Aam Admi: Vegetable Vendor
Rising prices of essential goods spell doom
Ludhiana, December 21
With inflation at an all-time high, the necessary commodities are getting out of reach of the economically weaker sections. Even vegetables are not easy on the pocket of the common man.

A vendor sells vegetables in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

SAD indulging in vendetta politics: BSP
Ludhiana, December 21
Accusing the ruling SAD-B party of “witch hunting and pursuing vendetta politics”, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has alleged that “false and fabricated” criminal cases were being registered against their activists at various police stations in the district “at the behest of certain senior leaders of the ruling party who were out to settle political scores”.

Labourers light a campfire to keep cold at bay in Ludhiana. Chilly weather testing time for poor
Ludhiana, December 21
Fog engulfed the city today morning, as the mercury dipped considerably, therefore, leaving residents of the city shivering. Schoolchildern braved the cold to reach the schools even as the visibility was affected. Though there was a chill in the air, the sun made life a little comfortable during the day.

Labourers light a campfire to keep cold at bay in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Tributes paid to Kakori martyrs
Ludhiana, December 21
The famed Kakori train robbery during the country’s war of independence in 1925 may have found a passing mention in history books, but the freedom fighters who engineered the conspiracy remain a forgotten lot.

Tribune Impact
Cops want clash videos to go from You Tube
Ludhiana, December 21
The city police has planned to send a letter to the video-sharing sites to withdraw the videos and images of December 5, Ludhiana violence from the internet.

A JCB machine razes structures at Field Ganj in Ludhiana on Monday. Encroachments in Field Ganj razed
Ludhiana, December 21
Continuing with its anti-encroachment drive, the municipal corporation today removed about 210 encroachments including shutters, steps and tarpaulins in Field Ganj and various other parts of the city’s ‘A’ zone, according to an official of the civic body.

A JCB machine razes structures at Field Ganj in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Anti-encroachment drive bane for commuters
Ludhiana, December 21
City residents, who were thinking that they would have a smooth ride to their workplace on Monday morning were in for a tough time as due to the MC anti- encroachment drive the traffic heading towards Filed Gunj was diverted to Chaura Bazar.

PAU staff chain fast enters Day 11
PAU employees sit on a hunger strike for the 11th consecutive day in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, December 21
Chain hunger fast of Punjab Agricultural University Employees and Teachers’ Joint Forum continued for the 11th day here today. The employees are agitating against the alleged negative attitude of the state government and the university administration for not providing funds for the implementation of the revised pay scales from August 2009.
PAU employees sit on a hunger strike for the 11th consecutive day in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Scientists bring laurels to vet varsity
Ludhiana, December 21
Research work conducted by Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) scientists in the field of veterinary obstetrics was appreciated at the international symposium and silver jubilee convention of the Indian Society for Study of Animal Reproduction held at Namakkal, Tamil Nadu.

7-day NSS camp inaugurated
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 21
A seven-day NSS camp was inaugurated by SDM Poonamdeep Kaur at Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences here today.

From Schools
Christmas celebrated with fervour
Tiny tots of St Xavier Play Way School celebrate Christmas in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, December 21
Christmas was celebrated at St Xavier's Play Way School today with a lot of gaiety and joy. The school was tastefully decorated as per the theme. Children came to the school in colorful attires and many of them were dressed up as Santa Claus and fairies. Various fun games like musical chair, colour recognition game and one-minute show were organised for the children.
Tiny tots of St Xavier Play Way School celebrate Christmas in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Condolence meeting held at PAU
Ludhiana, December 21
A condolence meeting was held in the PAU to mourn the death of Swarn Singh Dhaliwal, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering here today.

Pedestrian run over
Ludhiana, December 21
A pedestrian was killed when a Honda Civic hit him near Welcome Pace here today.

At the Crossroads
Corruption as a way of life
Like pornography, it is very difficult to define corruption. Even Oxford Advanced Learner is not of much help - "Dishonest or illegal behaviour, especially of people in authority.” My focus is on the word “dishonest” as it connotes immoral standard of behaviour. Somewhere in the inner recesses of the mind lurks a fear that to be immoral is condemnable. So the people in authority always try to maintain the image of good moral character in the public eye. But the true picture is of its reverse.

Even Lord Jagan Nath will never approve of it
The city roads bursting at their seams with heavy vehicular traffic, and prolonged traffic jams having become a routine rather than an exception, the situation becomes even more worse or rather chaotic when one or the other religious group takes out a procession, a shobha yatra or for that matter a rath yatra which, without exception, passes through some of the busiest commercial centres, major roads or even national highways.


Three dead in road mishaps
Khamano, December 21
Three persons were killed and 15 were injured in three different accidents on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road near here.

Two hurt in accident
Ludhiana, December 21
Two children were injured when their servant lost control over the speeding vehicle they were riding on and rammed into a car. The two children were riding pillion.

Two injured in assault
Ludhiana, December 21
Two youths, identified as Gurpreet Singh and Narpinder Singh, sustained serious injuries after they were attacked by a group of heavily armed assailants near Guru Nanak Engineering College at the Gill road late last night.

Heroin worth Rs 70 lakh recovered, 1 held
Jagraon, December 21
The Ludhiana rural police today got a grand success with recovery of 120 gm of heroin. This recovery has been done on the demarcation by Jasvir Singh, an accused, who was arrested five days ago, hidden under the roots of a tree near Victoria Palace (Marriage Palace) at Ludhiana Road on the outskirts of Jagraon.

1 killed
Ludhiana, December 21
One died, while other sustained serious injuries when an over speeding truck rammed into a cycle in Shimlapuri area late last night.

Stadium faces sports dept apathy
Ludhiana, December 21
The Punjab sports department seems to have learnt no lesson from its past mistakes in allowing the use of Guru Nanak Stadium for non-sports activities.

Lukewarm response to cricket trials
Ludhiana, December 21
Only sixty aspirants turned up for the trials conducted here today at the Punjab Agricultural University campus ground to choose players for the Premier Cricket League to be held in February and March, next.

BVM students bag 11 medals
Ludhiana, December 21
Students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar and Uhdam Singh Nagar branches, gave excellent performance and bagged 11 medals, including five golds, in the 5th National Taekwondo Championship held at Gangoh in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, on December 19 and 20.




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