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Acid attack on woman, infant
Victim blames brother-in-law
Ludhiana, August 31
Ekta being supported by a relative in civil hospital. A woman and a child had a miraculous escape from an acid attack at Peeru Bandha area here this afternoon. Ekta, a resident of Bank Colony, sustained burns injuries on her right hand and leg as her brother-in-law allegedly threw acid on her.

Ekta being supported by a relative in civil hospital. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


MC looks the other way as ad scam gets murkier
Companies allege advertisement mafia is forcing them to buy space on hoardings
Ludhiana, August 31
The advertisement scam staring the municipal corporation in its face is growing murkier with various companies alleging that the advertisement mafia was forcing them to buy space on hoardings. All this is happening right under the nose of the authorities. Many companies disclosed to The Tribune that they had to buy space on the hoarding boards after being pressurised by several leaders.

Storm plunges city into darkness
Ludhiana, August 31
Intermittent showers and high-velocity winds that lashed the city for more than five hours on Saturday hit the power supply in many localities as distribution lines snapped at several places, a number of feeders developed snags while in the other areas, fallen trees led to power failure for hours together.

High-velocity winds uprooted a tree at Model Town in Ludhiana on Saturday evening, snapping main cable lines in the area. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

City sits on powder keg
Army to defuse 11,000 explosives
Ludhiana, August 31
Ludhiana continues to sit on a powder keg with more than 11,000 explosives-both dead and live-lying in the compound of a dry port in the industrial focal point area for the past more than three years now.

Speed post car to check traffic violations
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 31
To check the speed of the state-run buses and other private and public transport vehicles, the state transport authorities would soon press into service specially-designed speed post car, for various localities at random. This will help in reducing the accidents that takes place due to the reckless driving. The government has also decided to provide mandatory insurance cover worth Rs 2 lakh to those travelling on these vehicles.


Rs 30 cr loans given to 729 farmers
Sahnewal, August 31
A total of 729 farmers were given agricultural loans amounting to Rs 30 crore by Uco bank during an agricultural credit camp near Tibba village today.

Reorganisation leaves town isolated
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 31
Residents of this town, known for manufacturing agricultural implements, have started feeling isolated, both administratively and politically, after the reorganisation of assembly and parliamentary constituencies.

Seated on the roof of a bus, these kids are putting their life in danger.
RISKY RIDE: Seated on the roof of a bus, these kids are putting their life in danger. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed
The Lakkar Bazar Chowk road in Ludhiana needs immediate attention.
MC, WAKE UP: The Lakkar Bazar Chowk road in Ludhiana needs immediate attention. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Nod to flats for city cops
Ludhiana, August 31
In a major fillip to the housing facility for cops in the city, the Punjab government has approved the construction of 12 apartments for DSPs while move to construct multi-storeyed apartments for SPs in a portion of the SSP residence is also in the pipeline.

Not many aware of Rock Garden at PAU
Ludhiana, August 31
The rock garden at Punjab Agricultural University, which was one of the glories of the campus, is now in a state of neglect.

Action demanded against illegal chemists
Ludhiana, August 31
The Ludhiana Retail Chemists Association in a representation given to the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and state health minister Laxmikanta Chawla have demanded action against unauthorised chemists who have opened their drug stores in nursing homes.

200 examined in medical camp
Ludhiana, August 31
As many as 200 patients were examined in a free medical camp organised by Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here today. The patients were treated under expert supervision for the specialities of medicine, gastroenterology, oncology and eye.

Verka milk goes up by Re 1
Ludhiana, August 31
Consumers will now have to shell out more for buying milk and milk products produced by Verka from September 1onwards. The prices have once again been increased within six months.

Power thieves fined Rs 8 lakh
Ludhiana, Aug 31
With each passing day, the field staff and enforcement wing of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) seems to be tightening the noose around the neck of those indulging in power theft and causing huge losses to the board.

Warm send-off to librarian
Doraha, August 31
Pargat Singh Sekhon, a librarian, who got superannuation after 33 years of his service, was given a warm send-off by principal, staff and students of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, in form of a get-together that was organised in his honour in Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall of the college, today.

Ludhiana-Dhuri Section
Rail traffic disrupted for 3 hours
Ludhiana, August 31
Rail traffic on the Ludhiana-Dhuri section was disrupted for more than three hours after an eucalyptus tree, along the railway track near the Dhuri railway over bridge, got uprooted and fell on the track due to the high velocity winds that lashed the region on Saturday evening.

Plea to extend date for form submission
Mandi Gobindgarh, August 31
Under the Rashtriya Gramin Health Mission, the health and family welfare department, has invited applications up to September 12 for recruitment of 1,468 auxilliary nursery midwives (ANM) and multi-purpose health workers.

No function on Beant’s death anniversary
Ludhiana, August 31
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) failed to organise functions to commemorate the death anniversary of Beant Singh, the assassinated Punjab Chief Minister of Punjab at Payal today. It has been organising big rallies at Payal ever since Beant Singh was assassinated on August 31, 1995.

Bid to grab flats
CM orders probe
Ludhiana, August 31
Chief Minister Parkash Badal has ordered an inquiry in the yesterday’s alleged attempt made by some 1984 riot victims to forcibly occupy 85 flats of GLADA which are likely to be given to victims who had not got any benefit even after a long struggle.


Co-operative society office burgled
Jagraon, August 31
Office of the Co-operative Society, Sarabha, was burgled on intervening night of August 29 and 30. The thieves allegedly broke open the safe and stole Rs 97,000. The Sudhar police has registered a case on the complaint of Bhupinder Singh of Sarabha under Sections 452, 380 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

Two thieves arrested
Khanna, August 31
The Khanna police arrested two thieves who were trying to sell stolen material in a market today.

16 booked for trespassing
Ludhiana, August 31
The Sarabha Nagar police has booked Sonia Dhillon, a resident of Agar Nagar, and 15 others for allegedly grabbing a property of an NRI, Darshan Singh Grewal of Barewal Awana village.



Academicians oppose Punjab’s decision on central status to PU
Ludhiana, August 31
Academicians gather to oppose the state government’s move of giving central status to Panjab University at GGN Khalsa College in Ludhiana on Sunday. Educationists and intellectuals from all over Punjab have condemned the state government's "eagerness" to hand over Panjab University to the Centre. Condemning the Punjab government for failing to handle the financial matters of the varsity, educationists feel that the state is now trying to wash its hands off the responsibility.

Academicians gather to oppose the state government’s move of giving central status to Panjab University at GGN Khalsa College in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Tuition, a compulsion for students, parents!
Ludhiana, August 31
Providing education to children has become a Herculean task for parents. In addition to the hefty tuition fees charged by schools, parents in the city are shelling out several thousands of rupees on private tuitions of their wards. Lack of regular vigil on part of the parents is cited as one of the reasons for growing ‘tuition culture’ in the city. Many parents, however, hold teachers responsible for creating circumstances which make parents bow to such pressure.

‘Govt teachers must help needy students’
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 31
Showing satisfaction over the conduct of seminars under the aegis of Sarv Siksha Abhyan at various schools in the area, the deputy circle education officer (DCEO), Nabha, Manjit Kaur called upon teachers to make maximum use of the knowledge they acquired at the seminars to raise the standard of education.

Arya College mgmt, teachers hold talks
Ludhiana, August 31
Management of Arya College today said they held talks with the representatives of Arya College Teacher's Union who had been on protest on two major issues of contribution of 10 per cent share to the CPF on total salary and encashment of earned leave to the employees of the college on retirement.

Rationalisation of teachers stalled
Ludhiana, August 31
After three months of hullabaloo over the implementation of “rationalisation of teachers”, the process has finally been stalled by higher officials in the education department to review the irregularities in the transfer process.

Participants at the 8th Baba Gurmukh Singh memorial inter-school shabad gayan competition at Guru Nanak Public School. Guru Nanak school wins shabad gayan competition
Ludhiana, August 31
Baba Gurmukh Singh Memorial Inter-School Shabad Gayan Competition was held today at Guru Nanak Public School. Schools from Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and other parts of the state competed for the top prizes.

Participants at the 8th Baba Gurmukh Singh memorial inter-school shabad gayan competition at Guru Nanak Public School. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Puja wins Fulkari contest
Khanna, August 31
Nearly 200 students of AS College participated in Fulkari-2008, wherein the students performed various dances and took part in competitions of mehndi, crafts and rangoli here today.

Punjab Hockey League
A match in progress at PAU in Ludhiana.
Kila Raipur Academy lads score easy win
Ludhiana, August 31
Grewal Hockey Academy of Kila Raipur scored an emphatic 4-0 win over Sudhar Academy in the Punjab State Weekend Hockey Tournament (U-14) being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at the Prithipal Singh Memorial Astro-Turf Stadium on the Punjab Agricultural University campus, here today.

A match in progress at PAU in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

Prithipal Memorial TT Tourney
Deepika, Dharminder emerge champions
Ludhiana, August 31
Deepika, in women's section, and Dharminder, in men's section, came out triumphant to bag the titles in the 19th Open Prithipal Singh Memorial Table Tennis Tournament, which concluded at the indoor gymnasium hall of Punjab Agricultural University here today.

BVM wrestlers shine in zonal tourney
Students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir won 11 medals in the Ludhiana Zonal Wrestling Tournament. Ludhiana, August 31
Students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir School (BVM), Urban Estate, Dugri branch, reaped haul of medals in the Ludhiana Zonal Wrestling Tournament organised by the Punjab School Education Board at village Manekwal, near here recently.

Students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir won 11 medals in the Ludhiana Zonal Wrestling Tournament. A Tribune photograph




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