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Political patronage to illegal constructions
Anti-encroachment drives disrupted by leaders of BJP and Congress; Municipal Corporation officials cry foul 
Ludhiana, December 16
Politicians are often accused of patronising encroachments and illegal constructions in the city. In a classic example of political backing, a senior Congress leader disrupted an anti-encroachment drive of the MC in the Jawahar Nagar Camp area of the city this afternoon. Some Congress councillors disrupted another anti-encroachment drive in Ghumar Mandi, while a senior BJP leader disrupted a drive on Hambran Road.

Anti-doping team collects samples
Ludhiana, December 16
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) took samples of four players of the Indian and Pakistan kabaddi teams after the final match of the World Cup Kabaddi held here on December 14.


Town’s never-ending wait for degree college
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 16
Thirty-four year after Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal laid the foundation stone of a government degree college in Ahmedgarh at MGMN Senior Secondary School, students of the region have to travel long distances to pursue higher studies.

Dirty politics over Ganda Nullah project 
Ludhiana, December 16
Supporters of BJP councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu and former Health Minister Sat Pal Gosain enter into a scuffle on Monday. Rift within the Bharatiya Janata Party came to the fore today when supporters of councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu and a former health minister Sat Pal Gosain entered into a scuffle during the start of a project to cover Ganda Nullah. This work on the project that had been delayed for several months started today after the release of Rs 5 crore.

Supporters of BJP councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu and former Health Minister Sat Pal Gosain enter into a scuffle on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

GLADA sells 23 commercial sites for Rs 17.95 cr 
Ludhiana, December 16
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today sold 23 commercial sites in Urban Estate, Sector 38, on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road raking in a total sale price of Rs 17.95 crore with a premium of around 74 per cent over the floor price of Rs 10.29 crore of these properties.


Jagannath Yatra aftermath
Plastic wrappers, empty water bottles on roads leave residents fuming

Ludhiana, December 16
Garbage lying outside the main gate of the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Monday. Litter on the road after the Jagannath Yatra last evening left the residents fuming as they woke up this morning. Starting from Durga Mata Mandir near Jagraon Bridge, the yatra passed through Fountain Chowk, Rani Jhansi Road, Ferozepur Road and finally ended at Durga Mata Mandir in Sarabha Nagar.

Garbage lying outside the main gate of the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

funding of parties
19-point fresh standard format for Electoral Trusts
Ludhiana, December 16
As poll season gathers momentum, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has brought out a 19-point fresh standard format for "Electoral Trusts", created by corporate and business houses to fund political parties.

Christmas carols enthral guests at CMC
Ludhiana, December 16
The decorated premises of the CMCH ahead of Christmas in Ludhiana.
A special Christmas carol service was held at the Lady Willingdon Hall of Christian Medical College and Hospital. The programme began with prayer by Rev. Alex peter Chaplain. The Director, Dr Abraham G Thomas, welcomed the guests and wished them a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. The dignitaries present included the Vice -Chancellor, PAU, deputy director Dr Vijay Obed, medical superintendent Dr Kanwal Masih, medical college principal Dr S Bhatti, Dental College principal Dr Abhi M Thomas etc.
The decorated premises of the CMCH ahead of Christmas in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Philanthropist honoured
Ludhiana, December 16
Dubai-based businessman and philanthropist SP Singh Oberoi, who rescued Indian youths in Dubai by paying “Blood money” was honoured at Gurdwara Sukhmani Sahib, Dugri, today.

pending demands
PUDA staff hunger strike from today
Ludhiana, December 16
Employees of PUDA/GLADA today joined their respective duties after holding two-day pen down strike on December 12 and 13. It was only after an assurance by the authorities to concede to their genuine demands that the protesters joined back their duties.

MP flays govt’s move to sell PSPCL land 
Ludhiana, December 16
The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Manish Tewari, has strongly opposed the move to sell the prime land belonging to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana.

Music launched of Punjabi movie ‘Proud to be Sikh’
Ludhiana, December 16
The production crew of the Punjabi movie during the music launch function in Ludhiana on Monday. The Artusion Records today released music of the forthcoming Punjabi movie titled ‘Proud to be Sikh’. Along with other promoters of the movie, Tavleen Singh from the music banner released four tracks of the movie. Three tracks of the movie have been composed by Tavleen Singh and one by Vgrooves.

The production crew of the Punjabi movie during the music launch function in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

People’s party stages dharna against property tax
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 16
The People's Party of Punjab, Fatehgarh Sahib district, staged a dharna and a hunger strike against the imposition of the property tax and alleged anti-industrial policies of the Akali-BJP government in the state at the main bazaar here today.

cancellation of representations
PAU Employees Union opposes decision
Ludhiana, December 16
The cancellation of representation of non-teaching employees in the board of management is all set to hog limelight during the upcoming elections of the Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union on January 10.

stakeholders’ conference on RUSA
Six lakh youths deprived of higher education in Punjab: Secretary of higher
Ludhiana, December 16
Merely 19.4 per cent of the population, between the 18-23 years of age, was found to be enrolled in colleges for higher education, while about 80 per cent of the youngsters were not able to seek higher education at all. In Punjab, only three lakh candidates out of total nine lakh candidates (youngsters) were able to get higher education. This was revealed by the secretary, Higher Education, Government of Punjab, RS Sankaria, during the stakeholders' conference on Rashtriya Uchtar Shikhsha Abhiyan (RUSA) at Government College for Women, here today. Sakaria was the chief guest on the occasion.

biz news
Yoli opens in Ludhiana
Yoli, the international frozen yoghurt brand entered the Indian market by opening its first store at Sarabha Nagar Market. Its range of as many as 120 flavours and 30 toppings from a total of 60 toppings around the year, are sure to attract takers, as was evident from the huge rush at the venue on the opening day of the store in Sarabha Nagar Market. A premium self-service international frozen yoghurt brand, it is as tasty as it is healthy. Nutritious ingredients and delicious taste make it all the more favourite among the children. —TNS


Woman found hanging at factory unit
Ludhiana, December 16
Panic spread in Jagatpuri and the surrounding area after the body of a 42-year- old woman was found hanging from a ceiling fan at a cloth manufacturing unit at Shamsher Nagar. The deceased has been identified as Shahjahan Beg, alias Vimla (42), deserted wife of Akbar Beg, who was living along with her son in Shamsher Nagar. 

19- year-old girl commits suicide
Ludhiana, December 16
A 19-year-old girl comitted suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house located in Bhamian Khurd.

Man jumps before train, killed
Ludhiana, December 16
Hundreds of commuters were left stranded after two railway-level crossings, Shastri Nagar and Pakhowal Road, were closed after a man jumped in front of a train.


Hockey tourney begins today
Ludhiana, December 16
The annual All-India Sahibzada Ajit Singh Hockey Championship Trophy is going to start from tomorrow at the Olympian Prithipal Hockey AstroTurf Stadium of the Punjab Agricultural University campus. Office-bearers of the Sports Council of Ludhiana said that all arrangements had been made for the tournament.



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