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Overbridge set for New Year opening
Ludhiana, December 25
The Northern Railway is all set to give a New Year gift to the city residents. The senior officials of the Northern Railway claimed that the ongoing work on the new foot overbridge would be completed by December 31 and it would be inaugurated on January 1.

Work under way at the overbridge at the railway station in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Gaushala comes up on MC land
Ludhiana, December 25
Construction under way at a gaushala that has come up on the MC land in Dairy Complex on the Humbran road in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Encroachment on government land, even for a noble cause, remains an unlawful Act. But perhaps the field staff of the Municipal Corporation think otherwise. Had it not been so, the construction started long ago in the name of setting up a gaushala on land measuring 1,000 square yards, shown as a park in the plan of the area, would have been prevented.

Construction under way at a gaushala that has come up on the MC land in Dairy Complex on the Humbran road in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Blooming chrysanthemums mean Diwali, Christmas to these flower lovers
Ludhiana, December 25
These men don't have a mere interest in chrysanthemums, they are passionate about the flowers. They think, talk and dream 'guldoudian'. "Although these flowers bloom only for about 20 days, they give us a delight worth joy for the rest of the days of the year," says Mohinderpal Singh, a self-professed chrysanthemum-fanatic. Charandeep Singh also got inspired from him to get baptised into this 'chrysanthemum-cult'.

Charandeep Singh (left) and Mohinder Pal Singh look at chrysanthemums grown at the latter’s residence. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Suvidha Centre staff back to work
Ludhiana, December 25
Having got an assurance from the government that within one month a "favourable" policy will be made for the employees of the Suvidha Centres all over the state, the striking employees of the centres returned to their work, giving respite to the city residents. Though the employees joined back their duties on Monday (December 23) after attending a meeting with officials in Chandigarh, a large number of residents had visited the centres in the past two days. It was a half working day at the Mini-Secretariat yesterday.

Six held for illegal sand mining
Jagraon, December 25
The Jagraon Police have arrested six persons for alleged illegal smuggling of sand, while an unidentified person managed to escape leaving behind a tractor trolley. The police have also impounded seven tractor trolleys allegedly being used by the accused for illegal smuggling of sand.


Improvement trust
Mixed bag for GLADA, LIT draws flak
Ludhiana, December 25
The year 2013 was a mixed bag for the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GMADA) which did well in completing the ambitious Rs 24 crore project for 8-laning of the Ferozepur Road (a national highway) from Sidhwan Canal to Octroi Post and sold quite a few commercial and residential properties in its colonies at a handsome premium through public auctions.

The office of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority; and (right) the Ludhiana Improvement Trust building.
The office of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority; and (right) the Ludhiana Improvement Trust building. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Research workshop
Ludhiana: A two-day ‘Research and Extension Specialists Workshop’ for fruits, mushroom, agro-forestry along with post-harvest management, farm power and machinery, food technology and agricultural economics concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The officers of the State Department of Horticulture, Directors of Regional and Fruit Research Stations, Associate/Deputy Directors (Training) from Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Senior District Extension Specialists, senior officials of PAU and heads of the various departments of the University participated in the workshop.

Despite check, drug abuse on rise
Jagraon, December 25
Notwithstanding the tall claims being made by the Punjab Government regarding the eradication of drugs from the state, the menace of drug abuse has been rising continuously.

Scientific session
Dr Satish Jain, chief oncology surgeon and medical director, and Dr Veena Jain, chief consultant, Gynaecology and Gynaecologic Oncology of Ludhiana Mediways Hospital, shared their experience and chaired a scientific session at the Asian Society of Gynaecologic Oncology Conference in collaboration with the Japanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology held at Kyoto, Japan recently. They were among 11 delegates from all over India who were invited as guest faculty. Dr Veena Jain and Dr Satish Jain presented case studies on Neoadjuvant chemotherapy in advanced stage carcinoma ovary and Carcinoma of vulva.

Schoolchildren join in celebrations
Ludhiana, December 25
The birth of Jesus Christ was celebrated in various schools across the city. Pallavan Pre-school: Pallavan Pre-school wore a festival look. Students showcased their creativity by making bags, decorative bells, colourful stars, snowman and X’mas tree. The day started with story telling. Children were told that Christmas is a joyful festival and to do something special for the needy.

Students spend time with Santa Claus at Ek Jot School in Ludhiana. The NGO Nayi Zindagi, Nayi Udaan distributed warm clothes, blankets and stationery among differently abled children. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

NGO to help ensure school enrolment
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 25
With the intent to help the Education Department achieve its targets set under the Right to Education Act, the Navchetna Employees’ Front, an NGO formed by government employees, has launched a movement to spread awareness about ills of child labour.

Campaign against property tax launched
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 25
The office-bearers and activists of various wings of the Congress party have launched a campaign against the imposition of property tax and flourishing menace of drug trafficking in the border state. Besides organising protest rallies and marches, the crusaders would undertake door-to-door campaign to spread awareness about the issues among residents of various localities of the region.

Congress activists present a memorandum to officials at the office of the sub-registrar in Mandi Ahmedgarh. A Tribune photograph

From schools
Reunion rekindles memories at BCM Arya School
Ludhiana: Nostalgia and joy filled the air when over 300 alumni gathered at the BCM Arya campus to celebrate the reunion 'Yadein'. The evening rekindled old memories among the attendees, who recalling their heydays at the school. Some were returning to their alma mater after 25 years. There was a lot of bonhomie as old friends met after a gap of many years and recalled the time they had spent together. On the occasion, the starcast of upcoming Punjabi movie "Mere Yaar Kaminey" joined the gathering.

Students of GMT Public School perform during the annual function in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Implement Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan in its true spirit, say teachers
Ludhiana, December 25
Though Punjab Government has been trying hard to impress upon the Central Government for implementing Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) at the earliest, the teaching community feels that it needs to be implemented in its true spirit if the gross enrolment ratio had to be improved.

Gadvasu NOTES
Training on scientific goat farming concludes
Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana organised a one-week ‘specialised training on goat farming’.

Merger of schools
Teachers pin hope on CM
Ludhiana, December 25
Teachers working in aided schools are hopeful that in the forthcoming meeting with the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Chandigarh on January 8, the demand of merger of aided schools with government schools will be considered by the Punjab Government.

Stationery items, calendars find favour as New Year gifts
Ludhiana, December 25
With New Year only a few days away, people have started purchasing New Year diaries, calendars and corporate stationery for gifting purposes. "New Year is an excellent time for buying gifts such as diaries, pen sets and calendars," says Rahul, a resident.

Individuals and companies are buying diaries, pen sets and calendars for gifting purposes. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Animal prints in vogue
Ludhiana, December 25
Animal print clothing and accessories are back in the trend. Many women are seen donning the dresses inspired from patterns of animal skin. Animal prints, particularly imitating leopard skin are becoming especially ubiquitous. These are seen in different colours varying from black and white to the actual colours of the leopard skin.

X’mas spirit wafts across city
Ludhiana, December 25
Christmas was celebrated with fervour in the city. The city was painted in the Christmas colours of red and white, with images and masks of Santa Claus visible throughout the city markets and malls. The occasion was marked with parties at various city clubs including Lodhi Club, Sutlej Club and Laxmi Ladies Club. Members danced to the tune of carols.

Devotees light candles outside Holy Cross Church in Sarabha Nagar on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Church remains locked amid festivities
Ludhiana, December 25
Apprehending a clash, the authorities deployed heavy police force outside the church located near Fountain Chowk today. The church remained locked amid the festivities.

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Plastic string lands man in hospital
Ludhiana, December 25
A resident of Khud Mohalla here has become the latest victim of the plastic string menace. The incident took place this afternoon when the victim, identified as Gajinder Singh, was crossing the Jagraon Bridge on his scooter. Suddenly, a plastic string entangled his neck. He suffered a deep cut on the neck and fell off the scooter. A profusely bleeding Gajinder was rushed to the hospital. He received 15 stitches on the neck. — TNS


Merger of schools
Budding cricketer brings laurels
Ludhiana, December 25
Budding Cricketer Shubhneet Chawla has brought laurels to the city. He was a member of the team that secured the second runners-up position at the National Junior Premier League (JPL) recently held at Jaipur. He played for Punjab Challengers who defeated Mumbai.



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