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With policemen on toes city turns haven
Ludhiana, December 30
The imposition of the model code of conduct, daily checking of vehicles by the police and the dip in the temperature has proved to be a blessing in disguise for people as this led to the decline in the crime rate in the city.

Children celebrate Gurpurb at Kiddies Paradise School in Ludhiana.
The Faithfuls:
Children celebrate Gurpurb at Kiddies Paradise School in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Labours suffer as industry pinch pennies
Ludhiana, December 30
The crackdown of police on industrialists travelling with over Rs 2.5 lakh cash has devastated the New Year celebration plans of thousands of migrant workers working in various industrial houses of the city. The police is carryout strict vigil in the old city area and checking the vehicles suspected to be carrying cash.

40,000 weapons in city, but no place to store
Ludhiana, December 30
The Election Commission’s order for surrendering all licensed weapon in the nearby police station and gun houses has put arms dealer and the police in a fix. With no space or strong room the weapon dealers and the cops are in a quandary as where to house the huge cache of weapons.

ECI increases cash-carrying limit to Rs 2.5 lakh
Ludhiana, December 30
Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr SY Quraishi has increased the cash-carrying limit from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh. District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said today that, “This step has been taken to facilitate the businessmen so that they may not face any difficulty.”

Commissioner of Police transferred
Ludhiana, December 30
In a major development Commissioner of Police Dr SS Chauhan has been transferred following the orders of the Election Commission for allegedly favouring the ruling SAD- BJP government in Assembly elections scheduled to be held on January 30.

Rail overbridge
Rlys to start piling work from Jan 2
Ludhiana, December 30
Approaches to the ROB, which is being constructed in place of the Lakkar Pul, are ready and piling work will start from January 2. Even as the approaches of the under construction railway overbridge (ROB) in place of the now dismantled Lakkar Pul from old city and Civil Lines side are ready for the past three months, and the structure of the erstwhile foot overbridge also stands dismantled, the construction wing of the Northern Railway will take in hand the piling work (for construction of foundations and erection of supporting pillars) from January 2, 2012.

Approaches to the ROB, which is being constructed in place of the Lakkar Pul, are ready and piling work will start from January 2. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Bains brothers to field more candidates
Expelled SAD leader Balwinder Singh Bains with his supporters at his residence in the Kot Mangal Singh area of Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu MahajanLudhiana, December 30
After Bains brothers announced that they would be fielding three more independent candidates from Ludhiana East, Ludhiana West and Gill constituencies, the permutations and combinations within local political circles have already started.

Expelled SAD leader Balwinder Singh Bains with his supporters at his residence in the Kot Mangal Singh area of Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Search on for Balwinders’ replacement
Ludhiana, December 30
Ever since SGPC member Balwinder Singh Bains was expelled from Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), the party has started looking for a suitable candidate from Ludhiana (South) constituency.When the party issued its first list of candidates, Bains was the party candidate from Ludhiana South, but after his younger brother Simarjit Singh Bains announced his candidature as an independent against Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria from Atam Nagar, both the brothers were expelled from the party and Balwinder’s ticket cancelled.

Freezers out of order at Civil Hospital
Unclaimed bodies being kept in the open
Ludhiana, December 30
Freezers installed by Samvedna Trust, an NGO, in Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, are out of order for the past two days. The trust had got six freezers installed in June due to the lack of facilities in the mortuary.

The body kept on the floor as the freezers were non-functional at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital’s mortuary. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Students at a flower show in Guru Nanak Public School, Ludhiana. Demand for park a major poll plank
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 30
With the political atmosphere warming up for the ensuing assembly elections, the common park has emerged as another major demand for the supporters of probable candidates to be launched by all the political parties in the Amargarh constituency.

Students at a flower show in Guru Nanak Public School, Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

From schools
Gurpurb celebrations
Ludhiana: Students of Kiddies' Paradise School celebrated Guru Gobind Singh, Avtar Purab. The campus was decorated with flowers and "Gurbani Tukka". Five students dressed up as panj pyares and a few as guru ki fauj led the Parbhat Pheri. Guru ka langar was also served.

Lewd Punjabi songs lowering moral standards, say city women
Ludhiana, December 30
City women are up in arms against lewd Punjabi songs. They said such songs encouraged sexual harassment of women. They are incensed at the obscene songs that are being churned out by singers like Daljit Dosanjh, Geeta Jaildar and Honey Singh. “The lyrics are explicitly lewd in some of the songs or have vulgar insinuations in the others,” said the city women.

Diaries with themes such as green energy have become a hit with residents in Ludhiana. Diaries with eco-friendly themes in
Ludhiana, December 30
New Year diaries and planners are sporting new themes. Diaries with the themes of green energy and eco-friendliness are exchanging hands as gifts before the dawn of New Year. There were times when good brands of diaries were not sporting any themes with pictures.

Diaries with themes such as green energy have become a hit with residents in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Vet varsity gets 3 research projects
Ludhiana, December 30
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) has bagged three projects from the department of science and technology (DST), Government of India, to augment research facilities, under prestigious “Fund for Improvement of Science and Technology Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (FIST) Programme-2011”.

PAU notes
Regular watering of seasonal plants must, say experts
Ludhiana: Floriculturists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have advised farmers and general public to protect seasonal plants from cold injury by shifting them to sunny and protected spots. Dr Kushal Singh, head, department of floriculture and landscaping, PAU, said most of the varieties of winter season annuals had started flowering. “Tall growing annuals like dahlia may require support of stakes for an upright growth. Regular watering and occasional weeding of the annuals should be done,” he added.

Commuting on these roads can cost one dear

Open manholes pose a threat to residents of Ludhiana. Despite a number of pleas, the authorities have done nothing concrete so far. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Gabria cashes in on development
Ludhiana, December 30
Punjab Minister for Jails, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Hira Singh Gabria, the official candidate of the SAD-BJP from the Atam Nagar Assembly segment, appears to be unfazed from the rebellion that he is facing from within his own party, and specifically from district president of the Youth Akali Dal Simarjit Singh Bains, who has announced to contest as an independent candidate against the official nominee of the party.

Winter break
Off to Dubai this vacation
Ludhiana, December 30
They are already dreaming of sand dunes and high-rise buildings of Dubai with smiles on their faces. As winter break is about to commence, and the weather getting colder, some schoolchildren are already packing their bags for the warmer weather of Dubai away from the colder climes here.

Ludhiana scan
New branches of Allahabad bank
Ludhiana: The Allahabad bank opened its three new branches at the Gill Road and Shivpuri in Ludhiana city and at Goindwal Sahib in Tarantaran district, under the Punjab zone here on Friday. The branches were opened to provide better banking services to the people at their doorstep. While inaugurating the city branches. The DGM, Ludhiana Zone, said that the Ludhiana Zone has 96 branches and it would cross 100 branches mark very soon. The banking in business in the zone is touching Rs 7500 crore.

Sale of cars goes up
Ludhiana, December 30
There has been an increase in the sale of cars during the past couple of months following discounts offered by various companies ahead of New Year. The local dealers said they felt that there had been a spurt in sales. “As fuel prices have been rising continuously, diesel variants of the cars have apparently seen an increase,” they added.

‘Reconstructive surgery can change patient’s life’
Ludhiana, December 30
Dr Bhupinder R Gupta, reconstructive plastic surgeon from Columbia Hospital, Florida (USA), visited DMCH to deliver a talk on reconstructive options in complex trauma.

Rally by NSS volunteers
Ludhiana, December 30
The National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers from SCD Government College organised an awareness rally against social evils. The rally was the part of a seven-day camp that is currently underway at Partap Singh Wala village on the theme health, public sanitation, and personal hygiene.

NSS camp concludes
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 30
A seven-day NSS camp organised by the RIMT College of Education at Majri Sodian and Sangatpur Sodian villages concluded here today.

NCC cadets apprise commuters of traffic rules
Ludhiana, December 30
NCC Cadets of 3 Punjab Girls battalion created awareness about traffic rules at the Bharat Nagar Chowk here today. Sixty cadets participated in the drive under a slogan “Safe Drive, Stay Alive”.


Thief nabbed, stolen truck impounded
Ludhiana, December 30
The city police has nabbed a thief and impounded a stolen truck full of iron rods. The incident took place last evening when the police party led by Salem Tabri ,SHO Ravinder Kumar stopped a truck near Jalandhar Bypass.

Proclaimed offender nabbed
Ludhiana, December 30
The city police today nabbed a proclaimed offender (PO) who was evading arrest for the past five years.


Anmol guides SDP academy to victory in cricket meet
Ludhiana, December 30
Anmol Chugh remained unbeaten on 104 runs to enable SDP Cricket Academy to register a 62-run victory over Centre for Excellence, PAU, in the fifth Sanjiv Kaushik Memorial Cricket Tournament (boys U-14) being played at Don Bosco High School ground, Jhande village, on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur road here.

Amandeep eyes gold in nationals
Ludhiana, December 30
Amandeep Kaur has clinched three medals in the Punjab State School Games which were organised at Guru Nanak Dev Stadium here recently. Amandeep has won gold medal in three km cross-country race, silver medal in 3,000 meter track event and a silver medal in 4x400 relay.



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