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‘Love-lorn’ Girl commits suicide
Ludhiana, December 9
The inconsolable father of Sonia Verma in Ludhiana on Friday A 21-year-old sociology student who was allegedly madly in love with a former Mr India committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in Chet Singh Nagar near Gill Chowk here today.
The inconsolable father of Sonia Verma in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Patients suffer as doctors join dharna at Chandigarh
Ludhiana, December 9
The OPD surgery bears a deserted look at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Friday. The OPDs at the Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital and government dispensaries in the district wore a deserted look as doctors working here went to Chandigarh to participate in the state-level dharna held by the PCMS
The OPD surgery bears a deserted look at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


triple murder
Kingpin held, has no remorse
Ludhiana, December 9
“I have no regrets. I have killed the three in the interest of Jassowal village residents,” said Jagtar Singh Sukha after being arrested by the police today for the brutal murder of three youths, including Gurpreet, Jasbir and Inderjeet Singh Indu.

kolkata tragedy
MC ill-equipped to fight similar fire
Ludhiana, December 9
Old fire-tenders douse fire at Books Market; and (right) a fireman uses the shoulder of his colleague to scale a wall during a fire-fighting operation in Ludhiana. The death of over 70 people in a fire at a hospital in Kolkata has opened the Pandora’s box, as the fire department here is ill-equipped to deal with such incidents. Barring a few, most private hospitals in the city lack firefighting arrangements on their premises. And, due to political interference, the fire department seldom carries out checks at these hospitals.

Old fire-tenders douse fire at Books Market.

Delhi-city flight lands in Chandigarh
Ludhiana, December 9
The passengers on board the Delhi-Ludhiana Air India flight received a rude shock today when instead of landing at Sahnewal, the flight was taken to the Chandigarh airport, roughly 100 km from here. The reason cited for this by the airport authorities was poor visibility at the Ludhiana (Sahnewal) airport in the afternoon.


Workshop on BEd syllabus revision
Ludhiana, December 9
The Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Civil Lines (Ludhiana), organised a workshop on the revision of BEd syllabus for the academic session 2012-13 on the guidelines of the NCTE.

Farmers block traffic
Samrala, December 9
Farmers dump potatoes on a road at Samrala on Friday A few farmers led by BKU president Balvir Singh Rajewal threw potatoes on the main chowk and also set afire a heap of Basmati. They also distributed potatoes among passersby. The traffic on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road remained suspended for about 20 minutes due to this. Rajewal accused the Central and state governments of working against the interests of the farmers.

Farmers dump potatoes on a road at Samrala on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Focus on eye disorders
Ludhiana, December 9
The Department of Ophthalmology of the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) in collaboration with CBM, an NGO, organised a workshop on common eye disorders in the hospital’s auditorium here today. At least 100 general practitioners from the NIMA (National Integrated Medical Association) and the AIIMA (All-India Integrated Medical Association) and others attended the workshop.

teachers’ protest
Two exams postponed
Ludhiana December 9
Term examinations slated for Thursday and Friday were postponed in all government-aided private colleges of the city following a two-day strike by teachers today. Only university semester examinations of PG classes were held in the colleges.

Diversify in livestock sector, farmers told
Ludhiana, December 9
Students in a jubilant mood after the first-ever convocation held at GADVASU, Ludhiana, on Friday. “Punjab farmers should adopt subsidiary occupations to diversify agriculture in the livestock and fishery sector for better livelihood,” said Dr S Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE)-cum-Director General (DG), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), while delivering his address at the first convocation of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) here today.
Students in a jubilant mood after the first-ever convocation held at GADVASU, Ludhiana, on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

‘Youths can help build Indo-Pak ties’
Ludhiana, December 9
Dr HA Qayyum, a professor at Pakistan, while interacting with students of the art and culture of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), said the younger generation was strengthening the bond between India and Pakistan.

Primary teachers sans salaries
Ludhiana, December 9
Technical snag and shortage of funds have led to a delay in the disbursement of salaries to a large number of elementary teachers of various primary education blocks of the district.

Reduce edc charges: Realtors 
Ludhiana, December 9
The policy for regularisation of unauthorised colonies, notified by the Punjab government in December 2010 is incomplete, self-contradictory and unjust to the extent that it has defeated the very purpose for which it was brought into force. There was a general consensus on the policy during a seminar organised by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) here today.

Man falls from roof, dies
Ludhiana, December 9
Chander Shekher (35), a native of Uttar Pradesh who was working in a factory here, died after falling from the roof of his house located in the Gyapura area during the midnight.

Inderjeet Singh Sarpanch killed in accidental fire
Ludhiana, December 9
In a freak incident, SAD worker Inderjeet Singh (40), sarpanch of Khaira Bait village, died due to an accidental fire here today. The investigating officer said the sarpanch died due to the accidental fire while he was presumably cleaning his .32 pistol at his residence early this morning. Inderjeet was a close aide of Manpreet Singh Ayali and MLA Darshan Singh Shiwalik.

school notes
Kids show their athletic side
Students take part in a race during a junior athletics meet organised at GMT Public School, Ludhiana.Ludhiana: Junior athletics meet of Kindergarten began on the premises of GMT Public School here today. Students of pre-nursery II took part in the athletics meet today. Students of classes III to V will take part tomorrow. The meet began with the recitation of shabad. Students of the junior block took part in the march past. 
Students take part in a race during a junior athletics meet organised at GMT Public School, Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Woman robbed of gold jewellery
Jagraon, December 9
The gang of con women has once again become active after remaining underground for the past two months. A few members of the gang snatched gold jewellery from an old woman near the Sidhwan Bet road here last evening.




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