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Advertisement Scam
MC had ‘favoured’ Delhi firm

Ludhiana, July 25
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had allegedly favoured a Delhi-based agency in allotting a Rs 8.25-crore advertising contract.

Swine Flu
3 more put on medicine
Japanese nationals (with covered faces), infected with swine flu, being shifted to CMC Hospital from Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, with a local doctor (check shirt).Ludhiana, July 25
Having been tested positive for H1N1, Morokavva Tomohiro (35), a Japanese national, is undergoing treatment at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), Ludhiana.

Japanese nationals (with covered faces), infected with swine flu, being shifted to CMC Hospital from Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, with a local doctor (check shirt). Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


EARLIER STORIES


Undertrials face harrowing time
Denied access to legal aid
Ludhiana, July 25
As many as 40 inmates of Observation Home here are undergoing several “punishments” everyday for sustaining in Observation Home. They are beaten up by the staff, forced to cook, clean utensils and also the toilets. No arrangements have been made for them to play, study or indulge in recreational activities.

CCTV camera records jewellery theft
Women caught on CCTV camera stealing jewellery boxes from a store in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, July 25
A CCTV camera installed in a jeweller shop in Chaura Bazaar has recorded an elderly woman accompanied by a comparatively young woman stealing two jewellery boxes from a shop on Friday. The police has registered a case. Two women entered the Mahaluxmi Jewellery Store yesterday afternoon and pretended to make heavy purchases for some family function.

Women caught on CCTV camera stealing jewellery boxes from a store in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Mayor fails to provide information to councillors
Ludhiana, July 25
Once again Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura failed to keep his word to Congress councillors of supplying them information sought by the latter during their three-day agitation.

COMMUNITY

Transfer Policy
Income tax officials seek change
Ludhiana, July 24
Strange but true. The current transfer policy follows the same pattern as during the days of the British. In fact, it has become so ingrained in the psyche of the bureaucracy that the system of annual general transfers and All India Transfer Policy works in the British style to this day.

Garbage dumped near the municipal park in Dohara. Stench keeps joggers away
Doraha, July 25
Morning walkers and all those health conscious residents who are in a habit of exercising or jogging early in the morning are forced to hold their breathe due to heaps of garbage gathered near the adjoining wall of the park especially constructed by the Municipal Council for the general health and well-being of the public.

Garbage dumped near the municipal park in Dohara. Photo by the writer

Animal welfare camp at vet varsity
Ludhiana, July 25
The department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, organised an animal welfare camp at its animal centre, Gureh, yesterday in collaboration with the Indian Farmers Fertilisers’ Cooperative (IFFCO).

Panel seeks judicial probe into book scandal
A protest march being organised in Amloh for judicial probe into book scandal.Amloh, July 25
A protest march was organised in the main bazaar here by the joint action committee last evening against the alleged supply of old and damaged books to 13 lakh Scheduled Caste students of government schools in the state.

A protest march being organised in Amloh for judicial probe into book scandal. Photo: Bhushan Sood

38-yr-old electrocuted in fields
Jagraon, July 25
A youth was reportedly electrocuted while working in fields here yesterday. The youth identified as Daljit Singh (38) of Malsihan village, got an electric shock when the pump used for irrigation developed some snag. He went inside the bore well to check the motor. While checking, he got an electric shock and died on the spot. The police proceeded under Section 174 CrPC on the statement of Gurnam Singh, a farmers’ leader of the Bharti Kissan Union, Lakhowal. —OC

School board students read incomplete poem
Text missing from Sarabha’s verse
Doraha, July 25
A serious lapse on the part of Punjab School Education Board has come to light. The Class V students of the board are forced to ‘wrongly’ read one of the significant poems composed by Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha.

Saplings planted at Lions club
Raikot, July 25
The Lions club here today planted saplings at Government Elementary School, Talwandi Rai village, near here. The club, with an intention to spread greenery, has initiated to provide saplings of fruits, flowers and medicinal qualities trees free of cost.

Broadcaster from Toronto visits PAU
PAU VC Manjit Singh Kang presents a set of university publications to Iqbal Mahal in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, July 25
A pioneer Punajbi broadcaster from Toronto visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here yesterday. While interacting with PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang, he said he visited PAU every year, as he had a great respect for it for its contribution in feeding the masses through engineering green revolution and also for its role in promoting Punjabi culture.

PAU VC Manjit Singh Kang presents a set of university publications to Iqbal Mahal in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

PAU Notes
Effects of arsenic in drinking water discussed
Ludhiana, July 25
Dr Neeraja Erraguntla, senior toxicologist at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, US, visited Punjab Agricultural University yesterday. She gave a lecture to the PAU faculty and students on "Health Effects of Arsenic in Drinking Water". The lecture was organised by the Society for Advancement of Academic, Sports and Cultural Activities (SAASCA).

Primary schools face govt apathy
Ludhiana, July 25
Lack of facilities in government primary schools in the city has belied the claims of the Punjab government of being among the top states in providing quality infrastructure in such schools.
Students at a government primary school in Ludhiana sit on jute mats and (right) a temporary kitchen where midday meal is cooked.
Students at a government primary school in Ludhiana sit on jute mats and (right) a temporary kitchen where midday meal is cooked. Tribune photos

Man jumps into canal; saved
Raikot, July 25
A mentally challenged person jumped into a canal at the bridge of Dadahoor village on the Raikot-Barnala road yesterday but was saved by timely help from a tea vendor.

Industrialists seek fixed credit from banks
Ludhiana, July 25
The Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India (FOTSII) has asked the government that as per the inter-ministerial group discussions, 6 per cent of priority sector lending should be reserved for the micro-sector.

Gift shop burnt at Samrala
Samrala, July 25
A gift shop on Bhagwanpura road at Samrala was burnt in a major fire, causing a damage of Rs four to five lakh, here this morning. The shop owner alleged that his servant could be behind the incident, as he was found stealing gifts from the shop and was also shown the door a few days ago.

2.57-cr loan distributed
Mullanpur Dakha, July 25
The Humbran branch of Bank of India celebrated International Farmers Day on the bank premises. A large number of farmers and specialists attended the function. This is perhaps the first bank to celebrate farmer's day.

More money sought for dwelling units
Ludhiana, July 25
Lending support to the cause of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, local Member of Parliament Manish Tewari has written to the Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Tourism Kumari Selja and Minister for Urban Development, Jaipal Reddy, seeking an increased amount of Rs 43.93 crore for the completion of 4,832 dwelling units coming up under a project of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Recognition eludes shot putter
Ludhiana, July 25
After hoping against hope for prestigious Arjuna Award, former international athlete, Amandeep Kaur, who brought laurels for her performance during national and international meets, now awaits due recognition for her achievements.

Action demanded against official
Failure to provide info under RTI Act
Ludhiana, July 25
The Universal Human Rights Organisation has demanded action against the Public Information Officer of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation under Section 20 of the RTI Act.

Tips on public speaking
Ludhiana, July 25
A seminar was organised at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, on the school premises. Dr HK Tewari, former head of the department microbiology, PAU, and Prof Harlal Singh, former director, Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, presided over.

CRIME

Fake passport scam unearthed
Ludhiana, July 25
The regional passport office (RPO), Chandigarh, has indicated towards what could be a scam of fake police verification of passports in Ludhiana involving two cops deputed at the Community Police Resource Centre (CPRS) of the city.


 






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