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Another MC truck runs over girl
Second incident in 10 days
Ludhiana, March 22
Just 10 days after an MC truck crushed two boys to death, a 19-year-old girl was killed by another MC truck at around 8.45 am today.

‘My little fairy’s gone’
Ludhiana, March 22
When Kafia left the house this morning, little did her mother know that she was seeing her daughter for the last time.
Salma, mother of Kafia (inset), mourns her daughter’s death in Ludhiana on Monday. Salma, mother of Kafia (inset), mourns her daughter’s death in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan 




The MC truck that crushed a 19-year-old girl in Ludhiana on Monday. Going the Blueline way?
Ludhiana, March 22
It seems MC trucks are going the way of Delhi’s Blueline buses, considering three lives were lost due to rash driving within the past 10 days. Eyewitnesses in both cases said the trucks were being driven rashly. It was sheer providence that Saima was saved.

The MC truck that crushed a 19-year-old girl in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

OTC drugs hampering efforts to fight TB
Ludhiana, March 22
Quacks as well as registered medical practitioners are hindering implementation of the revised national tuberculosis control programme by administering people over the counter (OTC) drugs to people diagnosed with TB. These self-styled doctors are defying the health & family welfare ministry’s directives by giving medicines other than the ones provided under directly observed therapy (DOT) to patients.

Stray chikungunya cases worry health officials
Ludhiana, March 22
Reports of stray cases of chikungunya, a viral infection transmitted to humans by an insect-borne virus, during the past year has become a cause of worry for district health department officials as well as private medical practitioners in the city, who feel if preventive measures are not taken the disease could spread like dengue fever.


Railway Reservation
Staff shortage gives passengers harrowing time
With just half the counters functional at any given time at the railway reservation centre, people have to wait for hours together to get current or advance reservation in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, March 22
Getting current or advance reservation for a train journey at the railway station here is easier said than done. Thanks to obsolete computer systems, frequent breakdowns in servers and networking, coupled with prevailing staff shortage at the reservation complex has made the going tough for passengers for quite some time now.

With just half the counters functional at any given time at the railway reservation centre, people have to wait for hours together to get current or advance reservation in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Illegal slaughterhouse unearthed
Raikot, March 22
The stray cattle menace may be one of the reasons behind numerous road accidents but these are also proving to be a source of income for a few who don’t even hesitate in slaughtering them even though the cows are worshiped by a majority of Indians. Residents of Bassian village yesterday nabbed two Muslim youth while they were about to slaughter a cow that was roaming in the streets for the past few days.

Rehris add to traffic chaos
Rehris hamper the flow of traffic on a road in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, March 22
The MC and the police may be “committed” to streamlining traffic in the city, but it looks like a difficult task, considering the number of rehris encroaching on the roads. Hundreds of rehris along roads in crowded markets cause inconvenience to the public, but the authorities have failed to provide any solution.

Rehris hamper the flow of traffic on a road in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Changing weather damaging standing wheat crop
Khamano, March 22
The ongoing weather is damaging standing crops of farmers in various districts of Fatehgarh Sahib and adjoining districts for the past few days.

Riot victims protest ‘injustice’
Riot victims protest at the mini secretariat in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, March 22
To protest against the present government and bureaucrats, the Danga Peerit Association held a dharna at Mini Secretariat here today. Anti-government slogans were raised by members of the association, who alleged that government was not paying attention towards their miseries.

Riot victims protest at the mini secretariat in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo Inderjeet Verma

Protest by BSNL workers
BSNL’s casual and contract workers protest in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, March 22
A huge rally was taken out at Mini Secretariat by the BSNL workers here today. The workers protested outside the Deputy Commissioner's office. Sukhchain Singh Channi, president of the Ludhiana BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Union, alleged that the workers had been working from the past 15-20 years, but still there was no permanent record of the workers.

BSNL’s casual and contract workers protest in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

HC judge to hear public grievances
Controversial wall issue may dominate
Ludhiana, March 22
Justice Mohantta, a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, would hear the grievances, complaints of general public as well the lawyers at the local circuit house on March 25 and 26 from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Authorities fail to take action
Ludhiana, March 22
An illegal two-storey building at Chand Colony, Ward No. 55, is posing a threat to the residents.

PSEB plea on fine quashed
Ludhiana, March 22
Terming the demand of Rs 4,33,217 raised by the Punjab State Electricity Board on the charges of theft of energy to be illegal, the District Consumer Forum has quashed the same.

DCs to depute ADCs at exam centres
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 22
Despite imposition of restriction under Section of 144 of the CrPC around buildings housing centres for examination of the Punjab School Education Board classes, facilitators of copying hover near majority of examination centres.


Kids dressed up as Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita during the Ram Navami shobha yatra in Ludhiana on Monday.
Kids dressed up as Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita during the Ram Navami shobha yatra in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

From Schools & Colleges
Students put on thinking caps
Ludhiana, March 22
A three-day workshop on "thinking skills" concluded at Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School (KVMSSS) here today.

Jail inmates try their hands at beverages
Ludhiana, March 22
Prisoners of Central Jail here today learned process of production of ready to serve (RTS) beverages, guava bars and fruit jelly under training programme organised by the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology, a premier institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Shellers demand milling of pending rice
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 22
The Rice Millers Association of Punjab on Sunday said they were unable to mill the pending rice of PAU-201 variety due to which nearly 40 lakh metric tonne rice was still not milled.

Awareness programme for hand tools clusters
Ludhiana, March 22
National Productivity Council (NPC) organised an awareness programme on “Lean Manufacturing Competitiveness Scheme” for hand tools clusters.

2 die after having adulterated tea
Jagraon, March 22
Negligence in storing insecticides has caused the death of two men of a family while two others are struggling for life. Bhajan Singh of Kaunke Kalan village, near here, served morning tea to his brothers Nirmal Singh (60) and Teja Singh (50) and father Chanan Singh (80). He also had the tea. While making tea, he accidentally used “phorate”, a deadly insecticide that looks like tea leaves.

Scratching each other’s back
The shameful manner in which legislators, cutting across party lines, grabbed the suggestion made by a city BJP leader, who wanted an end to vendetta politics and withdrawal of all cases registered against legislators and political leaders, has more than confirmed that irrespective of party affiliations, majority of the elected representatives of the people - or the “law-makers” are neck deep, if not more, in the cesspool of corruption.

Amendment to VAT annoys traders
Ludhiana, March 22
The recent notification issued by the excise and taxation department has created ripples among traders, who have decided to agitate against the notification.

Bid to break strong room
Ludhiana, March 22
Unidentified thieves made a bid to break the strong room of Sunder Nagar branch of the Oriental Bank of Commerce here last night, but could not lay their hands on anything.

Rejuvenation camp
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 22
At least 200 members of Rotary Clubs falling under RI District 3090 took part in the three-day intercity of spiritual rejuvenation camp that concluded at Om Shanti Retreat Centre at Manesar in Gurgaon district in Haryana on Sunday.

Great Mother Award
Ludhiana, March 22
Lauding the role of mothers, the city-based NGO New Hope in association with the Punjerjot Eye Bank Society honoured Shanti Rani (78) with "Great Mother Award".

Light lounge launched
Ludhiana, March 22
Philips Electronics India Ltd yesterday unveiled its first “Light Lounge” in the city for home decoration lighting segment. At the Philips Light Lounge, consumers can get a unique see, touch and feel experience of a wide range of decorative lighting concepts like living colours, eco moods, and aqua fit.

Nine couples tie the knot
Jagraon, March 22
In a service towards the downtrodden and poor families, the JCI International, Jagraon unit, helped as many nine couples to tie the nuptial knots here yesterday.

Mahavir Jayanti: Closure of meat shops ordered
Ludhiana, March 22
Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh has exercised his magisterial power for the first time and ordered the closure of meat shops on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti on March 28.


Consignments seized at rly station still unclaimed
Ludhiana, March 22
Most of the railway consignments confiscated by the sales tax department last Friday are still lying unclaimed with the department with only one person, identified as Satpal Singh, having come forward to lay claim to goods. The department detained the items, transported illegally without bills from Delhi, at the city’s train station.

30 bags of poppy husk seized
Jagraon, March 22
The police following a tip-off recovered 30 bags of poppy husk weighting 35 kg each from the chowk at Aliwal village on the Humbran-Sidhwan Bet road.




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