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500 unlicensed autos impounded, go off road
Ludhiana, December 23
The challan drive of the city police on Auto-rickshaw drivers stage a dharna in Ludhiana auto-rickshaws plying without documents proved to be a nightmare for the cops as all police stations were stuffed with impounded auto-rickshaws by the evening.

Auto-rickshaw drivers stage a dharna in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Auto- rickshaws choke up city roads
Ludhiana, December 23
Impounded auto-rickshaws parked in Division No. 1 police station The auto-rickshaws, which are regarded as the cheapest mode of public transport, are stated to be major cause of traffic chaos in the city. 
Impounded auto-rickshaws parked in Division No. 1 police station. A Tribune photograph





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A JCB machine razes a structure at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana
A JCB machine razes a structure at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Nightmare for kids, parents
Ludhiana, December 23
Following a crackdown on plying of auto-rickshaws in the city, large number students and their parents were put to considerable inconvenience as autos remained off roads today. Nearly half the population of the schoolchildren commutes to the schools by auto-rickshaws, hundreds of which were today fined and impounded by the police during the drive.

Plotsí transfer under power of attorney
Strict norms irk property dealers, create ruckus 

Ludhiana, December 23
Property dealers protest and obstruct the proceedings of a function organised by the LIT in Ludhiana A group of property dealers, apparently irked over strict verification norms for transferring plots in power of attorney cases, created ruckus and obstructed the proceedings of the function, organised by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust here today. The move was to hand over documents for the registration of title deeds of plots and properties in colonies developed by the Trust to nearly 100 applicants.
Property dealers protest and obstruct the proceedings of a function organised by the LIT in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Anti-Encroachment Drive
Room beneath footpath surprises MC officials

Ludhiana, December 23
Officials of the municipal corporation were taken aback after they discovered a room constructed underneath a footpath during an anti- encroachment drive conducted by it at Sarabha Nagar Block- I here today.

Cops serious on one-way traffic
Ludhiana, December 23
It seems that the traffic police is in no mood to buckle under the pressure of politicians who have been campaigning against the police for implementing one-way traffic at the Bhai Bala Chowk.

3 more down with swine flu
Ludhiana, December 23
Of 24 suspected cases of swine flu, presently admitted to different city hospitals and treated for the viral infection, three more have tested positive. The test reports of six suspected cases were received by the district health administration late last evening.

COMMUNITY

City Concerns
Overbridge will provide succour to residents

The railway overbridge that will come up in place of the Lakkar Bridge will not be connected to the elevated road, defeating the entire purpose despite a cost of Rs 60 crore. As per the present design, the bridge is Y-shaped, with the tail starting from the Civil Lines. 

Project on breeding of Beetal goats reviewed
Ludhiana, December 23
Beetal is the only recognised goat breed in Punjab. Due to indiscriminate slaughter, breeding and movement to other states, this breed was on the verge of extinction from its home tract.

Protect sugarcane from frost: Experts
Ludhiana, December 23
Sugarcane experts of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have advised sugarcane growers to save their crops from frost in view of chilly weather.

Jeewan Gupta with newly elected poll observers at Jagraon. BJP appoints poll observers
Jagraon, December 23
The BJP has appointed poll observers to get smooth and fair elections conducted to the Jagraon district unit of the party.





Jeewan Gupta with newly elected poll observers at Jagraon. Photo: Rakesh Gupta

Probe into landless farmerís death begins
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 23
The Dehlon police has initiated a probe into the death of 60-year-old Kirpal Singh of Guawara village in Sangrur district, whose body was found lying on the Dhulkot road near here last night.

Awareness drive on social evils
Amloh, December 23
The Fatehgarh Sahib district unit of Nehru Yuvak Kendra, in collaboration with the Punjab Sabhyacharak Club here, organised a sabhyacharak mela ĎMehak Punjab dií at a school ground here to create awareness on social evils.

Fellowship for CMC cardiologist
Ludhiana, December 23
Dr Rajneesh Calton, professor and head of cardiology department at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, was awarded the fellowship of the Cardiological Society of India (FCSI) at the recently held Annual Conference of Radiological Society of India at Kochin. Dr Calton is the only cardiologist from the state who has been awarded this fellowship in 2009.

DMCH joins hands with US institute
Ludhiana, December 23
Dr Paul Khanuja, director, hip and knee replacement surgery at the Rubin Institute, Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, US, and medical director, Operation Walk, Maryland, is on a two-day visit to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here to set up an advanced orthopaedic collaboration between the two institutes.

172 units of blood collected
Ludhiana, December 23
As many as 172 units of blood were collected at two voluntary blood donation camps organised here today.

Col Sharad Dindaw, Director, Army Recruitment, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana Army recruitment rally from Jan 4
Ludhiana, December 23
The Army will hold a recruitment rally for soldiers (general duty) for youths from Ludhiana, SAS Nagar, Moga and Ropar districts. It will be held at Guru Nanak stadium here from January 4 to 12.



Col Sharad Dindaw, Director, Army Recruitment, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Makkar returning officer for Bar poll
Ludhiana, December 23
The process of annual elections to the District Bar Association (DBA) on January 15 started today with the appointment of the returning officer and assistant returning officers at a general house meeting.

Harminder poses in front of his sculpture being displayed at Artmosphere Weaving world in a single thought
Ludhiana, December 23
From warriors molded with m-seal, dancing tribals cast from milk drums/cycle rims to Lord Budha's birth and salvation cycle sculpted in wood, every piece exhibited by Harminder Boparai at the ongoing exhibition is a masterwork in itself.


Harminder poses in front of his sculpture being displayed at Artmosphere. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Rs 1 lakh donated for school building
Ludhiana, Decemebr 23
The inauguration ceremony of new classrooms was held on the Government Senior Secondary Model School premises, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

Training for self employment of farm women
Ludhiana, December 23
The directorate of extension education, Punjab Agricultural University, will organise a one-month training course for self employment of farm women from January 4 in Kairon Kisan Ghar of the university.

Seminar on changing business trends
Ludhiana, December 23
Students of PIFT celebrate Christmas in Ludhiana Quest Infosys, regional centre of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, organised an extension lecture on, ďChanging environment of businessĒ, under the distance education programme here today.






Students of PIFT celebrate Christmas in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

PAU staff threaten to intensify stir
Ludhiana, December 23
Accusing the state government of being indifferent, unjust and apathetic towards Punjab Agricultural University employees, the Punjab Agricultural University Employees and Teachersí Joint Forum has threatened to intensify the stir in case the government does not fulfill their long-pending demand of payment of revised pay scales immediately.

Senior citizen awaits pension
Ludhiana, December 23
A senior citizen, Swaran Kaur of Hargobind Nagar, who was announced old-age pension in July this year, had stll not got a single paisa.

CRIME

Poppy husk smuggling
Former kabaddi player arrested

Jagraon, December 23
The Ludhiana Rural police claims to have solved a poppy husk smuggling racket with the arrest of a youth against whom numerous cases are pending in the court. He has been on the run after cases were registered against him. Gurmail Singh, alias Gurpreet Singh of Gobind Basti near Bhadaur in Barnala district, the accused, was a well-known kabaddi player in his times. He had represented Punjab from 1998 to 2002 but abandoned the game when he started peddling poppy husk in 2003.

Players shake hands with the chief guest on the opening of VIIth Doraha Gold Cup Hockey Tournament. Sangrur defeat Malwa Academy
Ludhiana, December 23
The Sangrur Academy and Kila Raipur Academy, Ludhiana, registered victories in their respective matches on the opening day of the 7th edition of the Doraha Gold Cup Hockey Tournament being organised by the Friends Club at Mehta Gurukul Academy campus, Doraha, near here today.

Players shake hands with the chief guest on the opening of VIIth Doraha Gold Cup Hockey Tournament. A Tribune photograph

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