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Panel’s ultimatum to LIT head to furnish reply
Slum mushrooming case

Ludhiana, January 29
Taking a serious note of the failure of Ludhiana Improvement Trust Chairman to submit a reply in the SBS Nagar residents’ plea demanding the removal of slums, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has provided a last chance to the former failing which the commission would decided the case ex-parte.

Beware of “fair” cheats
Ludhiana, January 29
Even as the city police is unable to nail a ‘motorcycle gang’ comprising two male youths, who have been snatching purses and gold chains almost at will in several parts of the city, a new gang of smartly-dressed girls is busy in its exploits and making a mark on the city’s crime scene. Women residents of the city are the prime targets of both these gangs.

Pesticide residues in food worry scientists
Ludhiana, January 29
Pesticide residues in food and feed continue to worry environmentalists as these lead to serious health hazards, even cancer. The issue was debated during a two-day seminar on “Our Environment: status and challenges ahead” at the PAU recently. It was jointly hosted by the Institute of Engineers and Department of Entomology.









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Mahatma Gandhi’s bust, in front of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation office, cries for attention on the eve of his death anniversary. Beggars use the place for drying clothes and storing goods
Mahatma Gandhi’s bust, in front of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation office, cries for attention on the eve of his death anniversary. Beggars use the place for drying clothes and storing goods. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

4 booked for fraud
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 29
The local police has booked four persons, including a former sarpanch of Dehliz Kalan village, under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC. The case has been registered on the directions of the SSP, Sangrur, who had been approached by the victim.

Bank manager booked
Khanna, January 29
The police has registered a case against Ravi Kiran, a former manager the Hedon branch of Punjab and Sindh Bank, on the complaint of the Branch Manager, Mr Manjit Singh. The Branch Manager alleged that Ravi Kiran had committed a fraud of more than Rs 19 lakh with the bank.

Car driver suffers heart attack, dies

The first month of this year is ending. Yet, several people are sending New Year greeting cards, especially to journalists. The cards have not arrived late because of any delay in the postal services.

 
COMMUNITY

Govt committed to uplift of weaker sections: Johar
Ludhiana, January 29
Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister, Punjab, said the state government had launched many schemes for the benefit of the weaker sections and created a “Dedicated Social Security Fund” of Rs 450 crore to ensure regular and timely pension/financial assistance to 11 lakh beneficiaries, including the aged, widows, orphans and physically challenged persons.

Railway ex-employees submit memo
Ludhiana, January 29
Serving as well as retired employees of the Railways have sought recognition of more private hospitals in the city so that a comprehensive medical cover is made available to the beneficiaries, particularly in cases of emergency and during odd hours.

From medicine to making palanquins for gods
Ludhiana, January 29

He dared to dream and satisfy his heart’s desire and his aesthetic bent of mind. In doing so Mr Gianeshwar Sood quit his last year of medical studies and took to designing ornate furniture. While he was silently moving towards his pursuits, his father Dr K.K. Sood disapproved of him as he wanted his son to be a doctor at any cost and follow in his foot steps. But destiny stepped in. Gianeshwar was not just satisfied with making exotic pieces of furniture, he also dreamt of making palanquins fit for gods and goddesses. 


A teak wood palanquin designed by Gianeshwar Sood. — A Tribune photograph
A teak wood palanquin designed by Gianeshwar Sood

MC demolishes portion of shop 
Ludhiana, January 29
A demolition squad of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation demolished part of a shop on the Chandigarh road here yesterday following a complaint by the shopkeeper association of the area that a shop-owner was violating building bylaws.

Sidhu’s effigy burnt
Ludhiana, January 29
The SC/ST cell of the District Congress Committee today burnt an effigy of cricketer-turned-BJP-leader Mr Navjot Sidhu here today.

 
CRIME

3 booked under Dowry Act
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 29
The Sudhar police, acting on the directions of DIG Ludhiana, has booked three persons of Mullanpur Dakha under the Dowry Act for allegedly harassing a woman of Badhel village to bring more dowry.

BUSINESS

Industrial houses optimistic on Sensex
Ludhiana, January 29
As the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) opens tomorrow for the trading amidst high expectations of the index touching the 10,000 mark, people here in the financial and industrial capital of Punjab are equally bullish.

 

EDUCATION

From Schools
MGM students donate Rs 51,866 to SOS village
Ludhiana, January 29
Talent of the students of MGM Public School was showcased at the annual function held here today. Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, was the chief guest. Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, (MP) also graced the occasion. Mr Sharanjit Dhillon laid the foundation stone of Mata Gur Kaur charitable dispensary on the school premises.


Students of MGM School, Ludhiana, present a dance item at the annual function of the school held on Sunday. — Photo by IV
Students of MGM School, Ludhiana, present a dance item at the annual function of the school held on Sunday

COURTS

Businessman convicted in cheque bounce case
Ludhiana January 29
Mr K.K. Singla, Judicial Magistrate, has convicted a businessman — Jasbir Singh Bedi — of Sargodha Colony, Model Gram, Ludhiana, in a cheque bounce case. He has been sentenced to undergo imprisonment for one year. A fine of Rs 2,000 was also imposed upon the accused.

 

HEALTH

Panel supports agitating para-medical staff
Ludhiana, January 29
The Coordination Committee of Para-medical and Health Employees, Punjab, while expressing solidarity with the agitating employees of ESIC Model Hospital here, has asked the authorities to revert back to the old timings of the hospital and settle other demands in consultation with employees.

 
SPORTS

Kulbir Kaur shines at athletics meet
Ludhiana, January 29
Kulbir Kaur, a student of BA III, won three titles on the first day of the two-day annual athletics meet of the local Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, which began here today. Kulbir won the 200m, 400m and long-jump events.


Athletes in action in the 200m race on the opening day of the annual athletics meet of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Athletes in action in the 200m race on the opening day of the annual athletics meet of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana

PSEB XI enter cricket final
Ludhiana, January 29
Sukhvinder hammered 59 runs as the PSEB XI, Patiala, defeated the Rana Club, Ludhiana, by five wickets to secure a berth in the final of the first Shaheed Ramesh Chander Memorial Cricket Tournament, being organised by the Shaheed Ramesh Chander Memorial Welfare Society at Daresi Ground here today.
Ravinder of the Rana Club plays a shot in a match against PSEB XI, Patiala, in the first semi-final of the Ramesh Chander Memorial Cricket Tournament in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo by I.V.
Ravinder of the Rana Club plays a shot in a match against PSEB XI, Patiala, in the first semi-final of the Ramesh Chander Memorial Cricket Tournament in Ludhiana

Sports festival at Jarkhar
Ludhiana, January 29
Top hockey outfits of the region such as Punjab and Sind Bank, Punjab Police, Namdhari XI, BSF, and EME Jalandhar will be seen in action during the three-day sports festival slated to be held at Jarkhar village, about 12 km from here, on February 3, 4 and 5.

Mangru, Raj Rani win veteran’s walk contest
Khanna, January 29
Mr Mangru and Ms Raj Rani won the veteran walk titles in their respective age group. The walk was organised by the Department of Physical Education and Sports of A.S College Mandan Gopal Chopra Stadium today. More than 90 took part in the walk.

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