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Day-long strike cripples transport, industry
Banking services hit; trains, power supply unaffected
Ludhiana, September 7
Work in industrial units, banks and insurance firms as well as in Powercom, telecom and government departments came to a virtual halt in the wake of the nationwide strike call given by major trade unions to protest against the price rise and labour laws among other issues. Public transport services were severely hit though power supply remained largely unaffected.

Vehicles caught in a jam on roads leading to Bharat Nagar Chowk during the strike and chakka jam. Tribune photo by Himanshu Mahajan


Rally, blockades cause chaos on roads
Ludhiana, September 7
Utter confusion prevailed in various areas of the city after vehicular traffic remained stuck for nearly four hours around Bharat Nagar Chowk, one of the busiest intersections on Ferozepur Road, after left parties and trade unions blockaded the roads in the course of their nationwide strike today.

Jail warden commits suicide
Had been suspended after inmate’s escape
Grieving daughters of jail warden Kashmiri Lal (left) who committed suicide in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Ludhiana, September 7
A jail warden, who had been under suspension following the escape of an inmate from the PGI in Chandigarh, committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at Kailash Nagar in Basti Jodhewal here today.

Grieving daughters of jail warden Kashmiri Lal (inset) who committed suicide in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Uncertainty over PSEB exam
Ludhiana, September 7
Two days after the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) postponed the semester examinations for Classes X and XII scheduled for September 6 and September 7, confusion continued to haunt students and teachers today as they prepared for tomorrow’s examination.

School yet to get question papers
Ludhiana, September 7
The PSEB’s tall claims and hurried efforts to provide additional question papers to 400 examination centres across the state ahead of the Class X and XII semester examination tomorrow, seem to have fallen flat.

Arrested Pak ‘spy’ married to city girl
Ludhiana, September 7
The Pakistani national who was apprehended on Sunday on charges of spying is said to have married a girl from the city and was living with his in-laws in the Focal Point area. The police said before settling down here he travelled to Saharanpur, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Kolkata and Mumbai and reportedly taught in madrasahs there. He has no child from this marriage.

High-Risk Zone
Most swine flu cases in city
Ludhiana, September 7
With seven out of a total of 12 confirmed cases of swine flu from Punjab surfacing in Ludhiana, the city has once again come under the high-risk zone. Two men and a woman from Ludhiana are already undergoing treatment at the DMCH and the CMCH.


Workers’ Strike
Students, employees at the receiving end
Doraha, September 7
Employees working in various departments and students, especially of colleges, had a tough time as Punjab Roadways and PRTC buses remained off road following a nationwide strike by employees today. Most of them were caught unawares as they reached the bus station only to realise that buses were not plying.

He wants to tap rice bran’s medicinal value
Ludhiana, September 7
Passion drives a man even to the furthest end of the world. This seems to be true in the case of V Gowthaman, an automobile trader from Chennai, whose passion is to produce medicinal products from rice bran. This passion brought him to the Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) here. He was here to find a solution for increasing the shelf life of rice bran.

2 shops at AC Market sealed
Ludhiana, September 7
Cracking a whip on violators of the building bylaws, the Ludhiana municipal corporation sealed two shops in Calibre Plaza, AC Market, here this afternoon. Another shop was given time till tomorrow, following which the premises would be sealed.

13-yr-old’s tumour removed with special technique
Ludhiana, September 7
Thirteen-year-old Karan Singh of Garhshankar in Hoshiarpur district has got rid of a tumour with the use of a special technique at a hospital here. He had been admitted with recurring nasal bleeding. Dr Rajiv Kapila diagnosed him with angiofibroma, a large tumour (10 cm) in the nose, which was extending to his brain and eyes and behind the maxillary bone.

Mosquito larvae found in DMCH coolers
Ludhiana, September 7
The anti-larvae wing of the department of health and family welfare found larvae of aedes mosquito in five coolers of old Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here today. Twenty-two out of total 52 coolers checked at the hospital were found containing water.

Training in mushroom cultivation
Ludhiana, September 7
A five-day training course on mushroom cultivation for farmers began at the Kairon Kisan Ghar today. Farmers from different parts of Punjab participated in the programme.

3 injured in roof collapse
Ludhiana, September 7
Three persons sustained injuries when the roof of an under-construction structure collapsed at Qutbewal Ariya village on the Bhatian road here today. The incident took place in the wee hours of today. Migrant labourers Inderjit (22), Mukesh (26) and Baljesh (20) were sleeping on the roof when the incident occurred.

Free physio camp at DMCH
Ludhiana, September 7
The DMCH will organise a free physiotherapy camp in the department of physiotherapy to mark the World Physiotherapy Day on September 8 from 9 am to 3 pm. The patients will be examined free of cost during the camp.

Seminar on eye donation
Ludhiana, September 7
A large number of people, including health professionals, attended a seminar to create awareness on voluntary eye donation at the Civil Hospital here today.

Dr Satwant Bhalla addresses a seminar in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph


Consumer Courts
Sony Ericsson told to replace defective phone
Company, dealer fined Rs 2,000
Ludhiana, September 7
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered mobile manufacturer Sony Ericsson and its dealer M/s Ahuja Electronics, Mata Rani Road, Ludhiana, to replace the defective cellphone or return Rs 9,900 paid by the consumer at the time of purchase of a mobile phone.

PAU Cricket
Third-Year Class emerge winners
Ludhiana, September 7
Third-Year Class outplayed Postgraduate Class by 14 runs in the final of the PAU College of Agriculture Inter-Class Cricket Championship at the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.




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