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Kids sit out in biting cold
Ludhiana, December 20
They strive to listen to what their teachers say despite the uncontrolled chattering of their teeth. They nip the sneezes and try to keep their runny nose in check. Thousands of students in government schools in the city are braving it out to study, making it increasingly hard for them to concentrate outdoors as the weather gets harsh and icy.

Students of Government Primary School, Ambadkar Nagar, study in the open while their classroom doubles up for a godown for cement bags on benches in their classroom
Students of Government Primary School, Ambadkar Nagar, study in the open while their classroom doubles up for a godown for cement bags on benches in their classroom. Tribune photos


No relief from fog for trains
Ludhiana, December 20
Poor visibility due to dense fog continues to wreak havoc with the rail traffic in Ferozepur division of Northern Railway, with most long-haul trains running behind schedule and the railways authorities cancelling or cutting short the travel distance of many trains due to operational problems.

Delayed winter leaves hosiery units cold
Ludhiana, December 20
The knitwear and hosiery industry here is suffering due to the delayed winter and comparatively shorter duration of the cold weather in the northern and eastern parts of the country, as the sale of woollen garments has been badly affected.
Hosiery and knitwear items on sale at a commercial centre in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
Hosiery and knitwear items on sale at a commercial centre in Ludhiana

Three booked for PowerCom employee’s murder
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 20
The Dehlon police has booked three persons for allegedly killing a PowerCom employee by calling him outside the Narangwal power station where he was performing his duty last night. The accused included a son-in-law of the deceased.

Pirated CDs seized, five held
Ludhiana, December 20
The Kotwali police station has arrested a gang of five members, who used to sell pirated CDs. A case under the Copyright Act has been registered against the accused. Giving details, SHO Kotwali, Amandeep Singh Brar, said a raid was conducted today in the market near the municipal corporation building, Mata Rani Chowk.

Jail inmate dead
Ludhiana, December 20
Raman Kumar (35), a resident of Nawanshahr, who was lodged in the Central Jail here, died under mysterious circumstances last evening. JK Sharma, jail superintendent, said the convict was in the jail since October 21, 2009.

With Assembly poll code looming, councillors throng MC offices
Ludhiana, December 20
In view of the speculation that the model code of conduct would be imposed in the state anytime, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation offices today witnessed a large number of councillors thronging MC offices for getting files related to development works cleared.


Probable candidates bank on town upgradation
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 20
The demand to upgrade the town to a subdivision level has once again emerged as a major issue for supporting probable candidates to be launched by various political parties during the forthcoming Assembly elections. Activists of certain social organisations have threatened to boycott the election process if promises made by legislators in the past are not kept.

Fire safety measures absent at Civil Surgeon’s Office
Ludhiana, December 20
The Civil Surgeon’s Office, which houses important government offices, is devoid of the fire-fighting arrangements. Around 15 years ago, a fire incident took place at the office, resulting in the burning of important records. However, the health department failed to learn any lesson from the incident.
Naked wires hang out of an electricity panel at the Civil Surgeon’s Office.
Naked wires hang out of an electricity panel at the Civil Surgeon’s Office

Shun the use of mercury-based instruments, advocates PPCB
Ludhiana, December 20
The Punjab Pollution Control Board in association with the Indian Medical Association and Toxics Link, New Delhi, organised a workshop on the hazards of mercury at Dumra Auditorium, Dayanad Medical College here today. It stressed the need for replacing mercury-equipped instruments with aneroid-based instrument.

Gabria, Bains on collision course
Ludhiana, December 20
The infighting within the SAD may come to the fore in the Atam Nagar constituency, where the main fight for party ticket is between Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria and Youth Akali Dal district president and councillor Simarjit Singh Bains.

Cars turn pubs outside eating joints
Ludhiana, December 20
With the cold wave gripping the region, eating joints serving non-vegetarian times are having a field day. In the absence of any check by the police department, liquor is being consumed openly by residents in cars parked at public places outside eating joints.

Life a virtual nightmare for mother, daughter
Ludhiana, December 20
Kuldeep Kaur, an MA (Punjabi) final-year student of SCD Government College, had to leave her studies, as there was no one at home to take care of the shattered mother, whose two young sons were brutally murdered on December 7 at Dehlon near Mandi Ahmedgarh.

Kuldeep Kaur with mother Harpal Kaur in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Kuldeep Kaur with mother Harpal Kaur in Ludhiana

What is RTE Act?
Ludhiana, December 20
While on one hand, Director General of School Education (DGSE) gives instructions to schools to display guidelines of the Right to Education Act (RTE Act) on the walls of the schools, on the other hand, a number of school teachers are not aware about the Act. Even some of them never heard about the Act.

ITI building in a shambles
Ludhiana, December 20
The building of Industrial Training Institute (Women), Civil Lines, is in a shambles. The institute caters to more than 250 students, providing them certificates of various vocational courses.

The building of the Industrial Training Institute for Women in a dilapidated condition in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan
The building of the Industrial Training Institute for Women in a dilapidated condition in Ludhiana

Teachers’ training seminars hit studies
Ludhiana, December 20
Excessive number of teachers’ training seminars under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) last month has hit the studies hard in government schools across the district. Teachers had to spend a minimum of five days attending these seminars for almost all subjects.

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Prize distribution function
Ludhiana, December 20
Atam Public School, Atam Nagar, celebrated its annual prize distribution function. Students tried to highlight the social problems and educational themes through various performances. Western dance, dandia, Rajasthani and Punjabi dances were performed to show the rich cultural heritage of India.
Students perform a dance during the annual function of Spring Dale Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana
Students perform a dance during the annual function of Spring Dale Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Awareness rally on social evils
Ludhiana, December 20
National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today organised a rally against social evils as a part of the seven-day NSS camp. Dr DS Cheema, director students' welfare, PAU, flagged off the awareness rally. The theme of the NSS camp is “Awareness against social evils.”

Fire dept gets pat on the back
Ludhiana, December 20
The ill-equipped fire department of the city got a morale booster when it received a letter of appreciation from former Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Commissioner AK Sinha. The letter, addressed to Kartar Singh, Assistant Divisional Fire Officer, has acted as a morale booster for the fire department officials, who have been crying for upgrade of machinery and equipment for a long time.

Residents apprised of female foeticide
Ludhiana, December 20
An awareness camp against female foeticide was organised by the department of human development of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for residents of Ayali Khurd village. Laying emphasis on the importance of a girl child and a woman in the family, the department head, Dr Jatinder K Gulati, urged the residents to consider their daughters as an asset rather than a liability.

Winter aggravates asthma attacks, allergies
Ludhiana, December 20
With the onset of winter, patients suffering from different nasal allergies and asthmatic problems have started pouring in at city hospitals. At least 10 to 20 per cent increase has been seen in the number of such cases.

Cong leaders resent ticket to outsiders
Sahnewal, December 20
Local Congress leaders have expressed resentment over high command’s move to “impose” outsiders by giving them precedence over local leaders to contest the Assembly elections from the Sahnewal constituency.

Book on diseases of farm animals
Ludhiana, December 20
Dr Kirti Dua, a professor and head, department of veterinary medicine, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU), has published a textbook on infectious diseases of farm animals.

Skit to raise concern over female foeticide
Ludhiana, December 20
The Lions Club Vegetarian Ludhiana held a seminar on female foeticide at the Institute of Nursing Education, Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital.

Students perform a skit to make students aware of female foeticide in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan
Students perform a skit to make students aware of female foeticide in Ludhiana on Tuesday

182 donate blood
Ludhiana, December 20
The Zindagi Live Foundation today organised its first voluntary blood donation camp for the aid of thalassaemic children at Rajkarni Mahashakti Senior Secondary School under the aegis of Gandhi Nagar Market Association.

Varinder Kaur is new DSS
Ludhiana, December 20
Varinder Kaur, the new district science supervisor (DSS), wants to make Ludhiana the number one district in terms of scientific activities and participation by the government schools.

12 students get job
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 20
Versasia Solutions, an Ahmedabad-based company, shortlisted 12 students at RIMT campus here today. These students were recruited for Asia-Infotech, a group company of Versasia. Out of the selected lot, eight students were from BTech (mechanical) and four from BTech (CSE).

Cop honoured
Ludhiana, December 20
Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Suresh Kumar, working as a reader with Deputy Inspector General (DIG) MF Farooqui, has been conferred with a commendation disc award of the Director General of Police (DGP) for doing excellent service with honesty and dedication.




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