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MC defers project proposals due to limited funds
Ludhiana, December 24
The municipal Finance and Contracts Committee meeting in progress at Mayor’s housein Ludhiana on Thursday. corporation’s finance and contracts committee (F&CC) today postponed proposals for various development projects including road construction and installation of tubewells to be undertaken in various part of the city.

Finance and Contracts Committee meeting in progress at Mayor’s housein Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Challan drive suspended
Dec 31 deadline for completing papers
Ludhiana, December 24
The challan drive against auto-rickshaws has been suspended with drivers warned to follow the traffic guidelines properly and complete the necessary documents by December 31. Heaving a sigh of relief, the auto drivers have assured the authorities to cooperate with it in curbing hundreds of illegal auto-rickshaws on city roads.


Officials yet to act on schoolgirl molestation case
Ludhiana, December 24
Even though it has been nearly 20 days since an eighth class girl student of Government High School in Lakho Gaddowal, near Kohara, accused her computer teacher of molesting her, education department officials are still dragging their feet on initiating an inquiry into the incident.

Hospital staff missing, kin suspect foul play
Doraha, December 24
Jagtar Singh (38), an employee of Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, for the past 22 years, is missing under mysterious circumstances since Monday.He last rang up his family on Monday at around 7.30pm when he was about to start from Bhutta village for his native village Jarkhar. When he did not reach home his family tried to know about his whereabouts from every possible source but to no avail.

Headmistress humiliates students for not doing well
Mandi Ahmedgarh,December 24
The headmistress of a government high school yesterday allegedly ‘blackened’ the faces of some students who had failed to come up to her expectations in an English test taken recently and told them to “show their faces to their parents”.

City ranked 16th largest e-commerce hub
Ludhiana, December 24
eBay India, India’s most popular online auction and shopping mall, said yesterday that Ludhiana is the 16th largest e-commerce hub in the country according to its India Census 2009. The key findings and trends in online buying and selling across the country were unveiled in the website’s census guide that revealed the maximum purchases made by the residents were of Hindi comics, USB drives, women’s wallets and laptops.

Vigilance records statement of 2 JEs
Ludhiana, December 24
A team of Vigilance cell of the local bodies today recorded the statement of a retired and a serving junior engineers of the municipal corporation, who handled the controversial measurement book on the basis of which fake bills were prepared in the alleged fake bill scam.

Unidentified body found
Ludhiana, December 24
Panic gripped the civil hospital and its surrounding areas after an unidentified body was found lying in a drain here this morning. According to the police, the victim has been identified as a middle- aged man and was spotted this morning by the bystanders.


McGill University keen to tie up
Ludhiana, December 24
The McGill University, Montreal, Canada is keen to have a collaborative tie-up with Punjab Agricultural University in the area of natural resource management, socio-economic research, awareness programmes about bio-resource conservation, etc. This was expressed by Prof. Jaswinder Singh of McGill University, Department of Plant Science who visited Punjab Agricultural University, today.

Young farmers to be trained
Ludhiana, December 24
The directorate of extension education, PAU, will be organising a three-month training course in agriculture for matriculate young farmers in the age group of 20-40 years from different districts of Punjab except districts of Gurdaspur and Amritsar.

Decline in reading habits causes concern
Ludhiana, December 24
The Offset Printers’ Association (OPA) has expressed concern over the decrease in reading habits among youngsters and children.

Citizens panel seeks justice for migrants
A deputation of forum calls on Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg in Ludhiana on Thursday.Ludhiana, December 24
A deputation of the Citizens Forum for Justice met Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg here today, along with the victims of recent violence against migrants in Dhanadari in the city, and made a fervent plea for providing justice to them.

A deputation of forum calls on Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

From Schools
Students celebrate Christmas with fervour
Ludhiana/ Khanna December 24
Fun, frolic and gaiety marked the Christmas celebration at Kids Zone Playway School here today. Children came to the school dressed up as Santa Claus and fairies. They danced to the tunes of the carols such as "Jingle Bells" and other Christmas songs.

Love Dale Nursery School
Love Dale Nursery School. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ryan International School
Ryan International School. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

PAU Notes
US scientists discuss biotech crops
Ludhiana, December 24
"Crop Biotechnology has made significant advances with the development and commercialisation of GM crops, the world over", this was stated by Dr Kanwarpal Singh Dhugga, a senior scientist from Dupont Agricultural Biotechnology, Johnston, USA, in a seminar on “Agricultural Biotechnology: Perspective of a Scientist from Industry", at PAU here today.
Merry Christmas: Kids on a look out for a Santa of their choice in Ludhiana.
Merry Christmas: Kids on a look out for a Santa of their choice in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Generator catches fire
Ludhiana, December 24
A generator of Neelam Cycles caught fire here today. However, no loss to life has been reported. The officials of the Fire Department said it was a minor fire and the flames were doused within half hour.

Town still cries for basic amenities
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 24
Regretting that the town lacks basic amenities even after 150 years of its establishment, a section of residents led by social activists, Abhay Jain and Tarsem Garg, have threatened to launch an agitation in case the administration did not revert anti-people decisions taken in the past.

Dress rehearsal for national basketball meet held
Students rehearse for the 60th Senior National Basketball Championship to be held in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, December 24
As the stage is set for the 60th edition of the Senior National Basketball Championship scheduled to be conducted at Guru Nanak Stadium from December 27 to January 3, next, the full dress rehearsal show was held here today.

Students rehearse for the 60th Senior National Basketball Championship to be held in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

‘Better healthcare will top my priority in new year’
Ludhiana, December 24
In an informal chat with Anshu Seth, Ludhiana Civil Surgeon Dr Maninderjit Singh shares his experiences and insights gathered during this year.

I’ll focus on more housing,better amenities: LIT chief
Ludhiana, December 24-
Having completed six months as chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), Ashok Juneja, who is also a senior BJP leader and a noted taxation advisor, is upset over the communal and regional turmoil witnessed in different parts of the country, in particular the recent violence in Punjab’s industrial and commercial hub. However, he has got his priorities right and looks forward to introduce more housing schemes and provide improved amenities in the existing LIT colonies.
Ashok Juneja

Dharmendra attends ceremony at friend’s place
Ludhiana, December 24
Noted Bollywood actor Dharmendra would like to do a good role in a movie if offered one otherwise he want to remain glued to his production only.

Aanganwari workers gherao Gabria
Ludhiana, December 24
A large number of Aanganwari workers gheraoed Jail and Tourism Minister Hira Singh Gabria in his house against the lackadaisical attitude of the Badal government in implementing their long pending demands here today. The protesters raised slogans against the government and threatened to intensify their agitation, if the ruling party failed to give them a patient hearing.


3 booked in dowry case
Jagraon, December 24
The Sidhwan Bet police has booked three members of a family for seeking more dowry and assaulting a woman. Sukhdev Singh of Amargarh Kaler village in his complaint lodged with the SSP Ludhiana (Rural) on November 4 had stated that he got his daughter Sarabjit Kaur married to Kamaljit Singh, an Army man from Malshian Bhai Ke, about six years ago.

Drugs seized
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 24
In the course of its ongoing crackdown to curb the menace of drug addiction, a team of Health Department, led by district drug inspector Kamal Kamboj, conducted raids on a number of chemist shops and godowns in the area.

Two held for oil pilferage
Ludhiana, December 24
The CIA- II police seized a tanker containing 8,200 liters of adulterated kerosene following a raid conducted in Amedpur near Sahnewal here today.

Hockey: Mehta Gurkul Academy script victory
Doraha (Ludhiana), December 24
Mehta Gurkul Academy, Doraha, drubbed DAV Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh 7-2 on the second day of the 7th All-India Doraha Gold Cup Hockey Tournament being organised by the Friends Club at Mehta Gurkul Public School Senior Secondary School grounds, here today.




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