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Public Transport Woes
Public transit system remains elusive for city residents
The best of industry, big shopping malls, renowned hospitals and leading schools - this industrial city with a population of 3.5 million is blessed with everything but a mass rapid transport system. This is despite a long pending demand by city residents and an increasingly emergent need to begin an effective local bus service.

In the absence of mass rapid transport system in Ludhiana, serpentine queues of vehicles have become the order of the day. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Speaking Out
‘City bus services will be a boon’
I’ve been working in the city for the past six years. Earlier I used to take an autorickshaw to reach my workplace but now I’ve purchased a bicycle. Had there been bus services in the city things would have been much easier. We could then simply catch a bus and arrive at our destination safely. Travelling in local buses will be within our budget, too. It’s so tiring to cycle for over 25 minutes to my workplace every day that I find it difficult to perform efficiently there.

Full circle: Girl dupes NRI groom to settle abroad
Ludhiana, May 23
Until now it was women who used to be duped by grooms residing abroad, abandoning them after getting married. However, in role reversal, a ‘desi’ (resident) girl has reportedly cheated her NRI husband and disowned him after getting permanent residency in Canada.

A wedding photograph of Deepinder Singh

Top cop to help curb eve-teasing
Ludhiana, May 23
Eve-teasers, beware! From now onwards you would not be allowed to whet your dark appetite by teasing girls on the city streets, as none other than the Commissioner of Police has decided to be the guardian angel of girls.

Drive against eve-teasing
122 roadside Romeos rounded up
Jagraon, May 23
Following the orders passed by SSP Harinder Singh Chahal, the Ludhiana rural police has initiated an intensive drive to nab eve-teasers.

City Concerns
The Ferozepore Road passing through the city has become a road of protests for agitators. Despite being a busy road, the protesters often lay a siege on it, thereby throwing smooth traffic out of gear. Commuters have to suffer as they are stranded during protests.


Recruitment through interviews
Medical fraternity decries move
Ludhiana, May 23
The health and family welfare department’s decision to recruit 128 medical officer (specialist), 214 medical officer (general), 34 medical officer (dental), 37 drug inspector and 34 dentists without conducting a written entrance test has evoked sharp criticism from the medical fraternity in the state.

Dyeing units to set up effluent treatment plant
Ludhiana, May 23
A cluster of 22 dyeing and electroplating units on the Bahadur-ke-Road has decided to install a common effluent treatment plant with the technology of reusing and recycling the water and 10 mw captive power generator plant.

Revenue Records
Computerisation to check tampering: DC
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 23
Claiming that computerisation of revenue records would eliminate chances of tempering of documents, besides improving efficacy of revenue officials, Sangrur Deputy Commissioner Dr Harkesh Singh Sidhu called upon office-bearers of social and political organisations to act as a bridge between the administration and public and help the former eradicate corruption from roots.

Printers assn buyer-seller meet by year end
Ludhiana, May 23
A unique buyer-seller meet, “PRINTART-2010”, will be organised by the Offset Printers Association (OPA) in Ludhiana by the year end.

'Ketogenic diet’ hit with epileptic kids
Ludhiana, May 23
Having been successfully used in USA and Mumbai, the special rice, dal, dalia, powder made from soybean referred to as "Ketogenic diet" has proved a boon for children undergoing treatment for intractable epilepsy at DMCH.

Age no deterrent for this cyclist
Mullanpur Dakha, May 23
50-year-old Rajinder Gupta, who has enough courage to cycle all the way from Bathinda to Amaranth, can still make others ashamed. This is his seventh trip to Amaranth. He has cycled 67 times to the Vaishno Devi shrine at Katra in Jammu during the past 22 years. He has also cycled all the way to Kangra, Chamunda Devi, Jawala Ji, Chint Purni Naina Devi Baba Balak Nath, Mansa Devi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gangotri and Gaumukh while returning from Vaishno Devi shrine.

From schools & Colleges
Students showcase their talent
Ludhiana: A cultural programme - Resonance-2010 - was held yesterday at DAV Public School, BRS Nagar. The event was a show of excellence wherein 300 students of Class X performed to their best, casting their resplendence all around.

Mix ‘n’ mash of modelling, DJ-ing
Ludhiana, May 23
Picture this: A girl on the DJ console sets the dance floor on fire as she spins music and makes the crowd go wild with her crazy mixes and remixes. Sounds outlandish and uncommon, but “is great fun!”, says Barkha Kaul, model-cum-DJ from New Delhi.

BKU fumes over recovery of power bills from farmers
Ludhiana, May 23
Up in arms over the state government’s decision to impose electricity charges on farmers and later subsidise the same, the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has made it clear that the farmers would not make any payment on account of electricity bills for tubewell connections.

Encroached village land repossessed
Raikot, May 23
The local block development and panchayat office (BDPO) along with the police made some progress in taking back possession of common land illegally occupied by a villager.

Ramdev’s party launches enrolment drive
Ludhiana, May 23
The political outfit of Yog Guru Swami Ram Dev -- Bharat Swabhiman -- has launched an extensive enrolment drive in the state and all district units have been fully geared up for this purpose. This was announced by Krishan Lal Gupta, state president, Patanjali Yog Samiti, while addressing the concluding function of a seven-day free yog vigyan camp conducted at Mullanpur in the district today.

Bone density of 170 patients measured
Ludhiana, May 23 Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP) organised a health awareness programme to mark the investiture ceremony of new office-bearers at Viklang Sahayata Kendra.

Rattan village gets Rs17 lakh grant
Mullanpur Dakha, May 23
Manpreet Singh Ayali, chairman, Zila Parishad, Ludhiana, yesterday handed over the grant of Rs 17 lakh to Davinder Singh, the acting sarpanch of the Rattan village. The grant is to be spent for new construction and repair of streets sewage lines and sanitations, renovation of village pond under the new natural treatment plant system and other development projects.

MC laxity over recarpeting irks residents
Ludhiana, May 23
The residents of ward number 60, block 28, held a dharna in the locality to protest against the Ludhiana Municipal Council’s dilly-dallying attitude in constructing roads in the area, which were damaged for the past 4-5 years.

Protesting Dugri residents; and (right) a resident shows a damaged road at Phase I, Dugri, in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Documentary on TB screened
Ludhiana, May 23
Zindgi Di Talaash, a documentary on tuberculosis, was screened under Aasha TB Projects for hosiery workers in Gudiya Hosiery and Ketan Collection yesterday.

Biz Clips
Summer collection unveiled
Ludhiana: Stay cool and stylish with John Players new casual wear collection this season. Available in lightweight summery fabrics of cotton and linens, the casual wear range offers an array of shirts and tees in trendy colours for the season from shades of green, red to blue and yellow.


Tantric assaults woman
Ludhiana, May 23
A self-proclaimed ‘godman’ allegedly inflicted injuries on a woman in order to “save” her from evil spirits in Raikot area here today.

Jarkhar Academy, Sports centre in semis
Ludhiana, May 23
Jarkhar Academy, Grewal Hockey Academy of Kila Raipur, Sports Excellence Centre of Ludhiana and Malwa Academy of Ludhiana secured their berths in the semifinals ( junior Section) of the inaugural edition of the Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey League being jointly organised by the Jarkhar Hockey Academy and Ludhiana Sportsmen Welfare Association at Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium, Jarkhar, near here today.

High drama on ground
Match stopped for 17 minutes
Ludhiana, May 23
High drama was witnessed at Punjabi Agricultural University (PAU) during the crucial cricket encounter between Ludhiana and Chandigarh under- 22 cricket teams after the parent of a player entered into an argument with a spectator here today.

Cops inquire about the incident from the PCA umpires in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Chandigarh corner glory
Ludhiana, May 23
Chandigarh won the match against Ludhiana on the basis of first innings lead of 23 runs in the second match of the Punjab State Inter-District U-22 Cricket Tournament being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association which concluded at Punjab Agricultural University here today.

National Games: Harvest academy girls shine
Mullanpur Dakha, May 23
Girls of Jassowal Kular village hogged limelight in the recently-held 55th Punjab State School National Games in Amritsar. Girls bagged top positions in the games. The credit goes to the Harvest Tennis Academy, which provides a free coaching to these girls.




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