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City bus service
Overcharging plaints surface
Ludhiana, December 25
Not even 10 days have passed after the launch of the much-awaited City Bus Service and complaints of overcharging by staff have started pouring in with the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.

(Left) a ticket of the City Bus Service project which, instead of being computerised one, is hand written. (Right) another bus ticket clearly mentions that the bus fare from Jalandhar bypas to Clock Tower is Rs 5. But the bus conductor wrote Rs 10 with his pen on the ticket and charged this amount in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Started with fanfare, shelters missing
December 25, 2011
Hospital staff stir hits patients
December 24, 2011
28 schoolchildren injured
December 23, 2011
Fire incident at CMCH
December 22, 2011
Kids sit out in biting cold
December 21, 2011
Police strikes big
December 20, 2011
Driving under the influence kills
December 19, 2011
Cong show makes traffic crawl
December 18, 2011
Flesh trade racket busted
December 17, 2011
No recruitment in 2 yrs
December 16, 2011

Ban on carrying arms, weapons
Ludhiana, December 25
Keeping in view the Vidhan Sabha elections which are going to take place on January 30, Additional Deputy Commissioner Rupanjali Kartik today banned the carrying of arms and weapons by their owners.

A girl performs dance during a fete at HVM School, Ludhiana.
A girl performs dance during a fete at HVM School, Ludhiana.
Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Civil hospital
Burns unit ready, but staff lacking
Ludhiana, December 25
Though the much-awaited burns unit at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital is ready, neither any staff been employed nor any apparatus purchased. The construction of this mega unit started a year ago, but the contractor left the project midway. The health authorities called for fresh tenders and assigned the work to another contractor. About Rs 2.5 crore has been spent on the construction of 40-bedded burns unit.

Kites on plastic strings a threat to residents, birds
Ludhiana, December 25
The large-scale sale of plastic strings for kite-flying here is posing a threat not only to residents but also to birds. The sale of plastic string at Rs 800 per kg by kite vendors all over the city gives scant regard to the fact that in order to earn quick bucks they are playing with precious human lives. Unfortunately, there is no law which can restrain them from doing so, said Vipan Bhatia, founder president, Pakshi Seva Samati, near bus-stand.

Priceless vintage beauties roll in city
The vintage car show held in the city showcased the journey of automobiles from 1920s to 1990s. The vintage Beetle cars, in bright colours, captured the attention of car enthusiasts.Ludhiana, December 25
They stood like stately grandparents of the automobiles capturing their grandeur of the times, during the vintage car show organised at the Pakhowal Road by the Punjab Heritage Motoring Club. Around 21 models of cars and two-wheelers were part of the show.

Ageless beauties: The vintage car show held in the city showcased the journey of automobiles from 1920s to 1990s. The vintage Beetle cars, in bright colours, captured the attention of car enthusiasts.


Bains, Gabria at loggerheads again
Ludhiana, December 25
It is not for the first time that both Akali leaders Hira Singh Gabria and Simarjit Singh Bains have been at loggerheads. During the last Municipal elections in 2007, Bains had fielded eight independent candidates against the official Akali candidates, which were selected by Gabria, and the independents managed to win these seats.

Interlocking tiles start dislocating
People blame contractor for using substandard material
Jagraon, December 25
The interlocking tiles fixed at the Bagh Kheta Ram locality situated on the Sherpur Road have started dislocating from various places within a month thus putting a question mark on the quality of the material used by the contractor for affixing these tiles.

Budding soldiers:
Cadets take aim during practice session at NSS camp organised in Government College for Women, Ludhiana . Tribune photo: S Chandan

Girls of the Guru Nanak Institute of Design celebrate Christmas in Ludhiana. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Stick becomes pain in teachers’ neck
As schoolchildren beat the rap
Ludhiana, December 25
The culture of “spare the rod” is giving a tough time to teachers in both government as well as private schools in the city, as they are finding it hard to discipline their classes. “Don’t-touch-my-child” attitude of parents has become a pain in the neck for most of them. This has also resulted in a growing tendency among students to take their teachers lightly.

Winter Break
Rescheduling of vacation upsets children’s plans
Ludhiana, December 25
Rescheduling of the winter break in a few private schools since 2010 has been spoiling the vacation of a large number of families in the city. For Rohan Garg, who studies in a private school, winter vacation is special as he along with his parents jet off to holiday destinations every year. This year too, his parents decided to go to Shimla, but rescheduling of the vacation dashed it all.

No relief from beggar menace
Ludhiana, December 25
Though the city police has put up various signboards on various busy roads and chowks, asking residents not to give alms to beggars, the practice continues due to "encouragement" by residents.

Reporters’ Diary
No relief from winter woes
During winter, the most difficult task is to get out of bed and fetch papers from doorsteps. I felt that the chill would pierce my skin. While reading news, I thought of papers vendors, who leave their houses in the wee hours. They brave the chill and ensure that newspapers reach our doorstep on time. Yes, like us they too are doing the job for money, but it takes courage to be out on the road in this weather. But, my comments are not meant to indicate that the vendors could relax and forget to drop papers in my home.

Bhagat Singh nagar
Road repair work at snail’s pace
Ludhiana, December 25
The ongoing work for the repair of the massive damage caused to 100 feet and 80 feet wide roads in the 475 acre residential scheme of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Pakhowal Road here, developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), is moving at a snail's pace. The work of earth-filling and laying stone metal, which was stipulated to be completed in 15 days, is still nowhere near half completion even after four months.

‘Mushaira’ highlights female foeticide ills
Kadar Khan attends All India Mushaira at Nehru Sidhant Kender in Ludhiana on Saturday; and (right) Anwar Jalalpuri recites a poem during the mushaira.Ludhiana, December 25
The audience in the packed auditorium was uttering "wah-wah" to poets while some of them appreciated the poets' ingenious verses by looking silently at one other.

Kadar Khan attends All India Mushaira at Nehru Sidhant Kender in Ludhiana on Saturday; and (right) Anwar Jalalpuri recites a poem during the mushaira. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Congress ticket aspirants make beeline to Delhi
Jagraon, December 25
The national capital seems to be the new address for various congress leaders eyeing on the party tickets from Jagraon (reserve) and Mullanpur Dakha Assembly Constituencies for the coming assembly elections in the state, which are slated to be held on January 30, 2012.

Woman stages dharna against in-laws
Ludhiana, December 25
High drama was witnessed at the Haibowal Dairy complex when a woman along with her two children allegedly staged a dharna against her father- in- law and husband for throwing her out of the house.

Rock band with a cause
Ludhiana, December 25
Seven youngsters have come together for doing social work and spotting hidden talents in the city. All of them come from different backgrounds and work once a week for different causes. “I wanted to serve society. When I came to know about this organisation, I started working with them and then came across like-minded people who wanted to improve society,” Sakhsham Katyal said.

Garvit, Vitasta announced Mr and Miss Ludhiana
Parents with twins during a Baby Show at Maple Bear Canadian Playway School, Ludhiana, December 25
Maple Bear Canadian Play way and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, organised Healthy Baby Contest-2011 on the day of Christmas. Little babies were selected in the category up to 5 years by a panel of judges. The star attraction was the announcement of Mr Ludhiana Little Champ Garvit Kapoor and Miss Ludhiana Little Champ Vitasta Bhat.

Parents with twins during a Baby Show at Maple Bear Canadian Playway School, Ludhiana on Saturda. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

NSS camp
Benefits of medicinal plants highlighted
Ludhiana, December 25
The NSS volunteers on the fourth day of an NSS camp started with the yoga and pranayama. The volunteers were also given information about some medicinal plants in Ayurveda and their uses in treating common problems. The briefing was followed by an extension lecture on “Life Style Disorders” by Dr Vipan Gupta, Lord Mahavira Homeopathic College and Hospital, Ludhiana.

NGOs celebrate Christmas with animals
Ludhiana, December 25
When the city people were busy in celebrating Christmas by holding parties and exchanging gifts, two NGOs decided to celebrate the festival with a difference by serving the sick and ailing animals.

Faith beckons:
A mother and a child offer prayers at Kalvary Church on the occasion of Christmas in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

‘Follow Christ’s teachings’
Ludhiana, December 25
Ludhiana MP and the national spokesperson of the Indian National Congress, Manish Tewari, today exhorted upon people to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Village visit marks Christmas celebrations
Ludhiana, December 25
The Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) celebrated Christmas. After a month of cake mixing ceremony, the students prepared plum, fruit and chocolate cake. A Christmas cake was cut to mark the occasion.

Carnival marks Christmas celebrations
Ludhiana, December 25
A Christmas carnival was organised by Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sarabha Nagar, on its GNPS Birmi (near South City) campus. The carnival was inaugurated by president GNPS Managing Committee Jasbir Singh and general secretary of the committee. The carnival began with school jazz band singing Christmas songs like. Around 5000 parents and students visited and enjoyed thoroughly during the carnival.

Sohan Singh’s killer untraceable
Ludhiana, December 25
Even after three days of death of Sohan Singh Lambardar, father-in-law of SAD leader Simarjit Bains, the police is still groping in dark. TNS


Tea stall vendor murdered
Samrala December 25
A migrant who was running a tea stall on the Ludhiana- Chandigarh road near the Kapila filling station was murdered by two motorcycle borne persons with sharp-edged weapons on Thursday night.

Winners receive trophy at the Sixth RS Football tournament at Gandhi School on Sunday. Nangal Khurad win football match
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 25
Nangal Khurad Football Team emerged winners, while the Bhogiwal Sports Club finished as runners-up in the sixth Rajiv-Sanjiv Memorial Football Tournament organised by the RS Friends Sports Club at MGMN Senior Secondary School here today. Davinder Singh was declared the best player of the tournament.

Winners receive trophy at the Sixth RS Football tournament at Gandhi School on Sunday. Tribune photo




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