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Army man murdered in city market
Ludhiana, May 26
In a shocking incident, an Army man, who had just returned from the national frontiers in Arunachal Pradesh, was chased and done to death in a brutal manner by four members of a neighbour’s family in street number 9, Himmat Singh Nagar in Dugri area here late last night.
Relatives of Havildar Kuldip Singh mourn his death in Ludhiana Relatives of Havildar Kuldip Singh (inset) mourn his death in Ludhiana on Monday.— Photo Inderjit Verma

Probe in VCD expose under a cloud
Ludhiana, May 26
The Punjab Government’s commitment to conduct a fair and through probe into the infamous VCD expose has come under a cloud as none of the inquiry officers in the case has so far questioned the alleged satta operators, Subash Katty and Bittu Chawla, or told them to join investigations.


Fire safety norms given the go-by
Ludhiana, May 26
Fire safety norms continue to be flouted in the city with impunity despite two major incidents of fire in which many lives were lost. Owing to the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities concerned and the non-implementation of the Fire Safety Act in the state, almost all buildings in the city lack fire fighting equipment.

Minister orders action against jail staff
Ludhiana May 26
The state Minister for Jails, Housing and Urban Development, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi has ordered that action be initiated against the Jail Superintendent and other employees after he detected serious irregularities after a surprise check at the local women jail.


Dharna by truck, trailer operators
Ludhiana, May 26
The trailer and truck operators in the mining business sites in the city are up in arms against the administration, which has allegedly failed to check the illegal charging of royalty by a contractor. Atleast 1000 operators, today sat on a dharna outside the office of the General Manager, Mining Department near Dholewal Chowk here and demanded that the contractor should be asked to stop charging royalty from them.

Truck and trailer operators sit on a dharna against the illegal charging of royalty by a contractor in Ludhiana on Monday and (Right) an operator showing receipts of illegal royalty charged by the contractor. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Lok Bhalai Party to look into Haryana Sikhs’ problems
Ludhiana, May 26
The Lok Bhalai Party has come forward to resolve the problems being faced by the Sikhs in Haryana and has constituted a 12-member committee to look into their grievances and suggest remedies.

Poor sanitation gives sleepless nights
Ludhiana, May 26
Sanitation in Miller Ganj area near Dholewal chowk has gone to the dogs, thanks to the indifferent attitude of the municipal corporation. The blocked sewers has led to the flooding of a vast area in front of the State Bank of India branch, which has forced residents to spend sleepless nights due to the overwhelming stench.
A view of the stagnant sewage in front of the branch of the Central Bank of India at Miller Ganj. — A Tribune photograph
A view of the stagnant sewage in front of the branch of the Central Bank of India

Hike in power tariff flayed
Ludhiana, May 26
A host of organisations have criticised the move to hike power tariff and privatisation of power. Different organisations of the city have joined hands to raise their voice against this move of the state government.

And the shows go on
Ludhiana, May 26
It is time for the matinee show of an English movie at one of the cinemas near the local railway station. At 12.45p.m. there is a group of persons comprising teenagers, middle-aged and the old, huddled together trying to have a look at the porno photographs displayed in a corner near the booking window. The crowd slowly enters the hall. Among the late comers , believe it or not, is a uniformed policeman, who probably did not buy a ticket.


BJP leader’s nephew arrested
Ludhiana, May 26
While announcing the arrest of Anil Sharma, a notorious criminal, the district police today levelled strong allegations against a former BJP minister of patronising the criminal for his interests.


Parliamentary panel on industry in city
Ludhiana May 26
With a view to study various problems and financial constraints being faced by the automobile and auto-parts industry in Punjab, a team of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, consisting of eight members, visited G.S. Auto International Industrial Unit at Dhandari Kallan, near here today .

Govt to take steps to save industry, Bir Devinder
Mandi Gobindgarh, May 26
The government would take steps to save industry in the state which had faced hard days during militancy period and thereafter suffered due to adverse policies adopted by the governments, said Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

Scrap dealers resent TDS
Ludhiana, May 26
In its ongoing campaign to tighten and strengthen the tax regime, the Union Finance Ministry is learnt to have introduced 10 per cent tax on source for all types of scrap dealings. In fact the provision was introduced in the Finance Bill 2003 which was presented in Parliament along with the Union Budget and has been noticed now by the affected dealers.



Foundation stone of science lab laid
Amloh, May 26
Dr Harbans Lal Minister for Forests, Punjab, addressing a gathering of the sarpanches, panches, parents, students and teachers after laying the foundation stone of a science laboratory at Government Secondary School at Jallah village 8 km from here, yesterday said that increase in population and shrinking of forest cover was the root cause in scarcity of rain increase of the level of pollution, droughts and lowering of ground water level.

Summer camp at Kiddies’ Paradise
Ludhiana, May 26
A two-week summer camp started at Kiddies’ Paradise, Koacher Market, here today. The purpose of the camp is to inculcate a spirit of creativity and develop self-confidence in children. On the first day of the camp, Children enjoyed movies, swimming and skating along with dancing and singing.

Students of Kiddies’ Paradise play in a water pool as part of their summer camp in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo IV
Students of Kiddies’ Paradise play in a water pool as part of their summer camp

‘Rukhsat’ organised
Ludhiana, May 26
Students of GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised “Rukhsat” to bid farewell to its MBA, BBA and BCA final year students. Megha and Kavneet of BCA-II danced to “dholna”. Varinder of BBA and Preeti of MBA danced to a medley of western, Punjabi and Hindi songs.


Justice Sodhi inspects courts
Ludhiana, May 26
Justice N.K. Sodhi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court inspected the working of various courts here today. He, being the administrative judge of the Ludhiana district, visited the courts of the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr S.M.S. Mahal, Mr H.S. Madan and Mr D.R. Arora and observed the functioning there.

Justice N.K. Sodhi, along with District and Sessions Judge, Mr Baldev Singh in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Pardeep Tewari
Justice N.K. Sodhi, along with District and Sessions Judge, Mr Baldev Singh


Leaving impression on Ludhianvis
Ludhiana, May 26
At times certain persons leave deep impression by their sincerity, way of talking and candidness, which endears them to the people. Two such persons are Sushma Reddy and Inder Soodan, both models, who were in the city recently.


Aryan hockey league
Ludhiana, May 26
Surjit XI and Bhupinder XI began their campaign on a sound note registering wins in the Hot Weather Six-a Side Hockey League Tournament being organised by the Aryan Club at the Prithipal hockey Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University here today. 


Two ASIs challaned
Ludhiana, May 26
Two ASIs of the local police were publicly reprimanded and challaned by the city SSP, Mr H.S. Sidhu, near Fountain Chowk today morning when the two were found riding a scooter without wearing helmets.

Slaughter houses to be raided
Ludhiana, May 26
After the local police submitted an inquiry report denying the allegations of the PFA that animal slaughtering was going in the open here, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has directed the local Chief Sanitary Inspector to check the practice.


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