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For them, jail another ‘home’
These children have no regrets for the crimes they have committed
Ludhiana, December 19
For 69 inmates lodged at juvenile home in Shimlapuri, here, who have done heinous crimes, including thefts, robberies, murders, rapes and kidnapping, there is no feeling of regret. Instead, they boast about the crimes they committed at this tender age.

Corporal punishment, a norm at private tuitions
Ludhiana, December 19
It's been long since corporal punishment was banned in Indian schools, but in the absence of any law, private tutors continue to brandish the cane with impunity.The scenario is rather grim at various tuition academies and centres across the city.




Her goal, to be the very best with the stick
Rani Rampal Ludhiana, December 19
At the age of 16, this hockey player hopes to be in the shoes of the cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.Rani Rampal, who has the distinction of representing the nation in the Junior World Cup as well as the Senior World Cup. She has also found place for herself in the Asian All Stars Team declared by the Federation of International Hockey (FIH) yesterday.

Rani Rampal

Brit singer Moonstone all praise for Indian music
Ludhiana, December 19
She gave up brilliant and secure career prospects when she left her medical degree to study music. But British pop singer Milli Moonstone has no regrets. "I am loving it. Life for me has been extremely wonderful, thanks to music. Had it not been for music, I would not have been so content in life," says the singer, who thinks a career in medicine would have been nice but the one she has chosen is her calling.

Dr Kulwant group victorious
Ludhiana, December 19
The group led by Dr Kulwant Singh was declared victorious in the district IMA elections held today at IMA house, BRS Nagar.The elected executive comprising seven office-bearers have been elected for the year 2011.

Attempts to cast bogus votes
Ludhiana, December 19
In the midst of attempts to cast bogus votes, accusations of alteration of the voters’ list and raised adrenaline level of contestants, 495 votes were cast in the district IMA elections at the IMA house in BRS Nagar here today.


Religious fervour marks Rath Yatra
Devotees participate in the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Ludhiana on Sunday. Ludhiana, December 19
Hands raised in prayers, chants of “Hare Krishna” on lips and a frenzied spring in the step. With that, a hard-to-miss radiant look on the face which strived hard to match the bare feet. Forty-eight year-old Radhika Sharma truly epitomised the devotional fervour which gripped the city this afternoon as Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra came to town.

Devotees participate in the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Chaos on roads
Ludhiana : Despite best effort by the cops, the traffic situation had gone for a toss due to the Jagannath Rath Yatra, which was taken out in various parts of the city here today.

PRTC workers threaten to intensify stir
Ludhiana, December 19
Irked over dispensation of gross injustice by the management and indifference of the state government towards their pending demands, workers of the PEPSU Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) have threatened to intensify their agitation.

Pending demand
Ex-servicemen threaten protest
Mullanpur Dakha, December 19
Accusing successive governments of turning a blind eye towards their plight, members of the Ex-servicemen Welfare Society, Ludhiana, have threatened to stage a protest outside the Parliament.

Celebrating childhood
A tiny tot with her mother at the baby show of Mother’s Pride Pre-School in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, December 19
With Mother’s Pride Junior Pre-School hosting a “Grand Baby Show”, cute cackles and innocent giggles filled the air.Dressed in their cutest best, more than 160 tiny tots from all over the city converged on the school, along with their parents, to participate in the baby show.

A tiny tot with her mother at the baby show of Mother’s Pride Pre-School in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Onion gets dearer
Ludhiana, December 19
The onion prices have reached an all time high at Rs 65 per kg. In some localities in interior part of the city, which are close to main vegetable market, onions are being sold for Rs 50-55 per kg, but in posh localities like Sarabha Nagar, Gurdev Nagar and even Ghumar Mandi, the vegetable is being sold at Rs 60-65 pre kg.Making a dent in the budgets, onion will be sold at even higher prices in coming days till a new crop arrives in markets. Vegetable vendors maintained that they were helpless as prices were being increased from the Delhi market on a daily basis.

Reporter on toes!
I was given a telephone number of an “old” man, who had promised to provide a good story. Having talked to him, I reached mini secretariat at 12 noon sharp where the gentleman was to submit a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

PPCC cell out to nail Badal Govt on corruption
Ludhiana, December 19
The urban development cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee is mobilising its cadres to expose widespread corruption in all government offices, while also taking up the crucial issues of denial of basic amenities and other services by the departments concerned as stipulated under the relevant laws.

Religious hoardings
MC mulls to fix space to counter defacement
Ludhiana, December 19
In order to check defacement caused by religious hoardings across the city, the municipal corporation authorities are now mulling the idea of allotting specific sites outside religious places.

Politicians weave web around voters
Mandi Ahmedgarh,December 19
Social networking is fast emerging as a tool for yoking in support by the politicians. The President and the Prime Minister of India and heads of almost all political parties are among those whose identities (fake or genuine) hog attention on social networking websites, including Facebook.

Where basic amenities are nowhere in sight
Ludhiana, December 19
Jewellers at Saraafan Bazaar of the city do business worth crores of rupees annually, but when it comes to civic amenities in the area, the apathy of the municipal corporation (MC) is clearly visible, as the place lacks even the basic amenities.

Endangered owl rescued
Ludhiana, December 19
A full-grown rock eagle owl was rescued from a tantrik at Shastri Nagar in Basti Jodhewal Area here today.Acting on a tip-off from CAPE- India volunteer Parma Shukla, Dr Sandeep K Jain, member, Punjab State Board for Wildlife and Chief Coordinator, CAPE-India, informed the wildlife authorities that a person was selling “tabiz” (talisman) with the help of an owl. Police control room was informed about the tantrik.

Members of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions stage a protest in support of their demands in Ludhiana on Sunday. Protest rally by traders
Ludhiana, December 19
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) today organised a massive protest rally at Chatar Singh Park here.With this, the unions’ five-day protest march across the state against repressive “black laws” formulated by the SAD-BJP government, culminated.

Members of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions stage a protest in support of their demands in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

From Schools
Annual Function
Ludhiana: Radcliffe School celebrated its annual day and prize distribution function here. Kamla Jain, founder and president of Saraswati Modern School, Ludhiana, was the chief guest. SC Saxena, former principal, KVM, Ludhiana, Dr Vikas Jindal, MDS, Dr Suneet Arora, MD, Ravinder Singh Rave, AEO, were the guests of honour on the occasion.

District Chess: Gursher retains title
A chess meet in progress in Ludhiana on Sunday. Ludhiana, December 19
Defending champion Gursher Singh secured five points to romp home victor and retained the title in the senior boys’ section of the Ludhiana District Chess Championship-2010 that concluded at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, here today. In the senior girls’ section, Tapsi Pahwa collected 3.5 points to emerge as champion.

A chess meet in progress in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

BSF Eleven emerge hockey champs
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 19
BSF Eleven men and Shahbad Hockey Centre eves emerged victorious in league hockey during the 25th Rural Sports Festival that concluded at Jarkhar village, near here, today.




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