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Illegal structures despite ban
Ludhiana, July 9
Despite ban orders of the District Administration against new constructions in Kuliewal village, which is incidentally the biggest land scam pegged at crores of rupees, the construction work in the area goes on unabated in Baba Jiwan Singh Nagar, Swatantra Nagar, New Puneet Nagar and Sawan Vihar on the Tajpur road here.
Fresh construction work on in the New Puneet Nagar area despite ban by the district administration in Ludhiana Fresh construction work on in the New Puneet Nagar area despite ban by the district administration in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo  Inderjit Verma

Administration makes light of disease outbreaks
Ludhiana, July 9
Notwithstanding the tall claims of the district administration, Health Department and Municipal Corporation, disease outbreaks like that of cholera, jaundice, typhoid, gastroenteritis, etc. have almost become a regular feature in the district.

Heavy rain hits life
Ludhiana, July 9
Rain lashed various parts of the city today morning, leaving many areas inundated for several hours. The downpour, which can easily be termed as the heaviest so far, has questioned the claims of the district administration and the civic bodies about their state of readiness to face the monsoon.
DARKNESS AT NOON: Drivers had to switch on the headlights after dense clouds descended on the horizon at noon in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Experts predict good monsoon
Ludhiana, July 9
Unlike the last year weather gods seem to be happy with the farmers and they have all the reason to rejoice as experts of Punjab Agricultural University have predicted good rain for July.

Water, water everywhere, but...

A traffic jam on the Gill road Residents of the Jaimal Singh road area protest against accumulation of rainwater
A traffic jam on the Gill road. Residents of the Jaimal Singh road area protest against accumulation of rainwater.
Inundated Kidwai Nagar A jeep wades through a flooded street
Inundated Kidwai Nagar. A jeep wades through a flooded street in the Cheema chowk area. — Tribune photos Pardeep Tewari


BJP resents double standards
Ludhiana, July 9
The BJP has taken exception to the burning of the effigy of the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, by the Youth Congress activists here yesterday. A senior BJP leader and former Deputy Speaker, Mr Satpal Gosain has demanded that Youth Congress activists be booked.

BKU to launch statewide stir
Ludhiana, July 9
Upset over erratic supply of electricity and canal water to the farmers, the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has decided to launch a statewide agitation. The state executive of the body will finalise the modalities for the proposed stir in its meeting to be held here on July 10.

End police repression, say autorickshaw drivers
Ludhiana, July 9
Charging the traffic police with highhandedness, autorickshaw drivers today urged the government to intervene and give them justice, failing which they would be forced to adopt the path of agitation.

Mr Kuldip Singh, president, Autorickshaw Mazdoor Dal, addresses a meeting of the union in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo IV

Mr Kuldip Singh, president, Autorickshaw Mazdoor Dal, addresses a meeting


Booked for tampering with octroi receipts
Ludhiana, July 9
The Shimla Puri police has booked officials of a private company trading in cigarettes for allegedly committing a fraud with the local Municipal Corporation by tampering with octroi receipts.

Man booked for weakening Dhussi Bundh
Ludhiana, July 9
Even as the district administration is working overtime to strengthen the Dhussi Bundh to avoid flash floods, some villagers and labourers of a sand contractor have, in greed of minting more money, have lifted sand from the Dhussi Bundh thus weakening it.

In-laws beat up woman
Khanna, July 9
Surinder Kaur, wife of Sumandeep Singh, had alleged that she was beaten up by her in-laws on Wednesday evening for not fulfilling their demand of bringing Rs 2 lakh as dowry. She was later thrown at her parents’ village. She was got admitted to the Civil Hospital, Khanna.

Shopkeeper robbed


MCX membership drive
Ludhiana, July 9
Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (MCX), an independent, demutualised exchange, flagged off its membership drive for nationwide commodity trading in Ludhiana, at a road show held in the city. The road show highlighted the market opportunity in this nationwide market system.



Board decision delights students
Ludhiana, July 9
The decision of the Punjab School Education Board to prepone the supplementary Class XII (science and commerce) examinations has brought cheer to students, who had been apprehending loss of an academic year.

CEO conducts inquiry
Ludhiana, July 9
Following a demand by some students to hold probe into the admission process being followed at Teja Singh Sutantar Memorial School, Cheema Chowk, a team of the Education Department, headed by Ms Pritpal Kaur, Circle Education Officer (CEO), Nabha, visited the school today.



Drug-coated stents become popular
Ludhiana, July 9
With the information technology making fast inroads into our daily life and reaching every nook and corner of the country, the percolation of the newer technology to the lesser world has become very rapid. Medical field, too, is not lagging behind and new techniques are not only available but are benefiting the entire population.

Health employees threaten stir 
Ludhiana, July 9
The paramedical employees working at the district Health Department are sore over the non-payment of salaries for more than five months. The members threatened to launch an agitation if they were not paid the salaries by July 15.


Hockey star visits schools, gets warm welcome
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 9
Indian hockey team goalkeeper Kanwaldeep Singh was accorded a warm welcome by various educational and sports organisations here today. He interacted with students and gave tips to budding goalkeepers of local school.

Sports channel launches new programme
Ludhiana, July 9
The ESPN Star Sports channel is launching a new show — ‘Harsha Unplugged’ from Wednesday. In a press release issued by the channel yesterday, it was informed that Harsha Bhogle, the host, who redefined the role of a sports presenter during his long stint with Asia’s leading sports channel would cover a range of sports-related subjects, solicit opinion from a cross-section of people, initiate discussions among people and have a vote at the end of that particular episode.


38 tractor-trailers impounded
Mandi Gobindgarh, July 9
Regional Transport Authority (RTA), Patiala, Mr Harmail Singh impounded 38 tractor trailers which were allegedly used for goods transportation at Mandi Gobindgarh on Tuesday. As the local police declined to take these into possession they were parked in the local PWD rest house, these vehicles were challaned under the Motor Vehicle Tax Act 14-B, said the RTA.


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