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Failed Food Samples
Forum’s notice to health ministry
Gives 60 days to take action against eateries
Ludhiana, June 3
The People Forum for Transparency and Social Concern, a city-based NGO, has served a 60-day notice on the ministry of health and family welfare, Punjab, to take action against retailers and wholesalers whose samples of sweetmeat, khoya, paneer, milk, milk products and other grocery items had failed in 2009.

Road rage accident leaves cyclist seriously hurt
Ludhiana, June 3
A man argues with a cop following an accident in Ludhiana on Thursday A collision between a motorcycle and an autorickshaw on Ferozepore Road here today led to road rage, resulting in a cyclist being seriously injured.

A man argues with a cop following an accident in Ludhiana on Thursday; Tribune photographs


6 women among 13 held for flesh trade
Ludhiana, June 3
The police today busted an alleged prostitution racket and arrested seven men and six women from Chhawni Mohalla in this connection.

Rakesh and Rosy, members of Samrat Shankar’s troupe. Magic at first sight!
Ludhiana, June 3
Their love for magic brought them close and tied them in holy matrimony. For Rosy and Rakesh Tiwari, troupe members of Jaadugar Samrat Shankar, life is magic.

Rakesh and Rosy, members of Samrat Shankar’s troupe. A Tribune photograph

Sexual harassment charge against Jail Superintendent
Ludhiana, June 3
A woman clerk of Borstal Jail here has levelled allegations of misbehaviour against the Superintendent of Jail. The DGP (Jails) has ordered an inquiry into the issue.While the woman has already been transferred to a women’s jail, the Superintendent (Headquarters) Jail, Patiala, Surinderpal Singh, visited the jail today to probe the matter.

Shiv Mandir Road cries for repairs
Ludhiana, June 3
Despite several new ‘mega’ development projects being planned in the city by Punjab government and the municipal corporation, the Shiv Mandir Road that connects with all major ‘chowks’ has been in a state of utter neglect for almost a decade.


 A rickshaw-puller pauses to catch his breath on a hot Thursday afternoon
DOWN BUT NOT OUT: A rickshaw-puller pauses to catch his breath on a hot Thursday afternoon. Photo: Satvinder Basra

Srishti tops PU in BCA-I
Ludhiana, June 3
Students of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women brought laurels by winning top positions in Panjab University in BCA I and II.Srishti topped the university in BCA I with 85.13 per cent marks, while Manpreet Kaur stood seventh with 81.75 per cent marks. Chahat secured 10th position in the PU obtaining 81.13 per cent marks.

Rally on environment by Green Grove kids
Doraha, June 3
As part of the environment day celebrations, students of Green Grove Public School held an awareness rally on environment at Mohanpur village here today.Students from classes V to XI participated in the rally.

NSS camp for girls concludes
Doraha, June 3
A seven-day NSS camp for girls of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, concluded with a cultural programme here today. Dr Gursaran Sidhu, the chief guest, spoke on adolescent health.She discussed the physical, social and physiological changes witnessed during adolescence and the ways to manage these with the support of parents and society. The volunteers later presented a cultural programme.

Judicious use of pesticidesmust, say experts
Ludhiana, June 3
Emphasising the judicious use of pesticides with reference to food security and sustainability , Dr CD Mayee, chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB), New Delhi, said in view of the increased use of seeds and balanced fertilisers and water, special attention on managing crop pests, diseases and weeds and saving the production losses was needed at farmers level.

Women brave a dust storm that hit Ludhiana on Thursday morning.
Women brave a dust storm that hit Ludhiana on Thursday morning. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Yoga camp kicks off
Ludhiana, June 3
An 11-day free Yog Vigyan Training Camp for teachers and staff of RS Model Senior Secondary School was started by District Patanjaly Yog Samiti and Bharat Swabhiman headed by Yog Guru Swami Ramdev at Shashtri Nagar today.

Training camp for farmers
Ludhiana, June 3
The state agriculture department today organised a farmers’ training camp in Mangat block wherein over 60 farmers were educated on the monsoon crop.Agriculture experts advised the farmers on probable diseases, use of pesticides and watering of crops.

Clinic on diabetes
Ludhiana, June 3
Dr Allan Vaag, a noted diabetes research scientist from Denmark, will conduct a clinic on diabetes at Deep Hospital, Model Town, on June 8 and 9.Dr Vaag, chief physician and research scientist at Steno Clinic, Denmark, is considered to be a doyen in the field of diabetology.

Central excise launches magazine
Ludhiana, June 3
To promote Hindi, the Central Excise Commissionerate, Ludhiana, has launched its inaugural edition of the departmental magazine, “Mehak Punjab Ki”.The magazine was released by Pardip Kumar Sirohi, Chief Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise, Chandigarh Zone. GS Randhawa, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Ludhiana, who was the guest of honour, said such publications not only helped in promoting the national language, but also provided a platform for officers/staff and their wards to exhibit their writing skills.

Diesel generators are a constant source of air and noise pollution in Ludhiana. Pollution concerns lost in generators’ din
PPCB, administration say their hands are tied
Ludhiana, June 3
In the absence of action either by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), district administration or the municipal corporation, the noise generated by diesel generators in residential areas is playing havoc with the lives of city residents.While the pollution board claimed that it dealt with industrial noise pollution only, the administration maintained that complaints were referred to the municipal corporation to confiscate the generators under the Public Nuisance Act. The corporation felt that it could take action if it was empowered to do so.

Diesel generators are a constant source of air and noise pollution in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Removal of Cycle Sheds
Association meets MC Commissioner
Ludhiana, June 3
A delegation of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association today met with MC Commissioner AK Sinha regarding the problems faced by members during anti-encroachment drive.

PRTC workers decry govt policies
Ludhiana, June 3
Charging the state government with pursuing anti-worker policies and throttling the state transport at the cost private transport operators, the Contract PRTC Workers’ Union has alleged that efforts were on at the highest level to wind up the Punjab Roadways and Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC).

Mercury raises air conditioners’ sale
Ludhiana, May 3
For manufacturers of air conditioners this summer is turning out to be a money-spinner. With mercury rising, sales of air conditioners has also gone up by almost 100 per cent as compared to the last year. Even the sale of star- rated products has gone up by 40 to 50 per cent.

CPI flays attack on Gaza flotilla
Ludhiana, June 3
Activists of the Communist Party of India (CPI) today held a protest march from the statue of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha at Bhai Bala Chowk to the mini secretariat here against the Israeli attacks on the Gaza aid flotilla carrying peace and aid workers and humanitarian aid.

Banking Sector
Stern steps must for granting licences: Tewari
Ludhiana, June 3
Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson of the All-India Congress Committee Manish Tewari has underlined the need for strengthening the regulations in the banking system to ensure that no economic turmoil takes place due to the financial mismanagement.

Two killed in accidents
Phillaur, June 3
A youth, Rajiv Sharma of Goraya, was killed while his pillion rider, Shiv Lal, sustained injuries when the motor cycle they were riding was hit by a speeding truck on the national highway at Goraya last night.

The car that caught fire in Ludhiana. Car catches fire 
Ludhiana, June 3
A car caught fire in front of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) gate No. 1 at the Ferozepur road here yesterday. The incident took place at around 7.10 pm when a Hyundai Accent car heading towards Aggar Nagar suddenly caught fire. The cops suspect that the fire might have erupted due to unauthorised LPG kit installed in the car. 

The car that caught fire in Ludhiana. A Tribune photographA Tribune photograph


One of the dogs that was attacked with acid in Ludhiana on Thursday. Man held for throwing acid on dogs 
Ludhiana, June 3
Residents of Hargobind Nagar near Janakpuri today accused the Janakpuri police of not taking action against a man who had thrown acid on three stray dogs.Till now, two dogs have died while the condition of the third one is stated to be critical.

One of the dogs that was attacked with acid in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

U-22 Cricket Tournament
Ludhiana in deep trouble
Ludhiana, June 3
In reply to Patiala’s first innings total of 405 runs, Ludhiana were tottering at 179 for nine on the second day of the final of the Punjab State Inter-District U-22 Cricket Tournament being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, today.

Mangat to tour with Indian squad
Ludhiana, June 3
Mangat Rai Sharma, an NIS trained coach from Ludhiana, has been appointed coach of the Indian badminton squad to tour Indonesia to take part in an international tournament.According to a communique from the Badminton Association of India, Sharma will accompany the Indian team for the Tangkas Alfamart Junior Challenge Open Badminton Championship to be held from June 7 to 12 at Jakarta in Indonesia.




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