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10-yr-old falls off slide, dies
Swings not installed properly by the MC
Ludhiana, September 9
A 10-year-old child was killed and another injured after they fell from a slide at the MC’s under-construction mini-rose garden in Gyaspura here this evening. The victim, identified as Mishu, was reportedly playing with his friends when the accident occurred.
A grieving relative of the victim in Giaspura, Ludhiana A grieving relative of the victim in Giaspura, Ludhiana, on Thursday.
A Tribune photograph


` 19 lakh finds its way back into account
Former admn official key suspect in fraud

Ludhiana, September 9
The district administration named a former employee, Laxman Singh, also known as ‘super boss’, who held the post of district accountant and was also a National Child Labour Project field officer, as the principal conspirator in the fraud involving misappropriation of funds meant for ‘below poverty line’ families.


An artist gives final touches to an idol ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi in Ludhiana
An artist gives final touches to an idol ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Biomed Waste Disposal
CMCH put on notice
Ludhiana, September 9
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has issued a show cause notice to the city’s Christian Medical College & Hospital regarding gross violations of the Biomedical Waste (Management & Handling) Rules of 1998. The board, which in 2002 had granted authorisation to the hospital under the rules’ provisions for a period of one year, refused to renew it in 2005 after some objections were raised.

Hospital in spot over false blood report
Ludhiana, September 9
The false positive blood report of a pregnant woman for hepatitis B at Krishna Charitable Hospital, Model Town, has put a question mark on the working of laboratories at private and charitable hospitals.

Admn gets ‘illegally’ occupied flats vacated
Ludhiana, September 9
Assisted by the police, district administration officials got 37 government owned flats in the Dugri area vacated today. The flats were said to have been occupied illegally for the past many years.

A woman pleads with an official to let her stay even as an MC employee (right) dumps household articles outside a house in the Dugri area of Ludhiana
A woman pleads with an official to let her stay even as an MC employee (right) dumps household articles outside a house in the Dugri area of Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photographs


Forcible land acquisition for gas pipeline
MCPI flays Badal for siding with GAIL
Ludhiana, September 9
The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has strongly reacted to the statement of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in favour of Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) over forcible acquisition of land for laying of gas pipeline.

Miraculous escape for tempo driver
Doraha, September 9
Once again major tragedy was averted today when a tempo traveller lost control due to the sudden appearance of a stray cattle and was about to fall into the canal, when it miraculously got stuck in the already ‘weakened’ edges of the canal along the southern bypass.
The tempo that got stuck in the weakened edge of the canal on the southern bypass. Photo: Loveleen Bains
The tempo that got stuck in the weakened edge of the canal on the southern bypass

Industry welcomes govt’s move on VAT refunds
Ludhiana, September 9
Surinder Singh Ryait, president, and Jagtar Singh Bhambra, general secretary, Federation of Auto Parts Manufacturers (FAPMA), while welcoming the government’s decision on VAT returns said they were happy that 75 per cent of the refunds would be given on monthly basis and against the indemnity bonds.

New SSP vows to make district crime free
Doraha, September 9
Dinesh Partap Singh, the new SSP of Khanna, seems adamant to fight crime in the district and at the same time deal criminals with an iron hand. He has instructed the department to be geared up, lest no anti-social element, engaging in any sort of criminal or for that matter objectionable act, be allowed to go freely.

Rohit Choudhary is police academy chief
Phillaur, September 9
Rohit Choudhary, IPS, joined as the Director of the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, today. He said, “ Training is the backbone of every progressing organisation. In the technologically advanced world, it is important to bring about relevant changes in the training strategies and procedures for the varied roles and functions of the police also.

Dharna by power staff
Ludhiana, September 9
Terming the failure of the state government in implementing tripartite agreement even after five months of unbundling of the state electricity board a betrayal, employees of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) held a dharna at the mini secretariat and submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner here today.

Interview of drug inspectors
Candidates seek review of list
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 9
Accusing authorities in the state health department of allegedly ignoring norms while preparing the merit list for selection of drug inspectors, a few unsuccessful candidates have urged the higher authorities to review the list keeping in view the eligibility criteria specified in the advertisement.

Aradhna crowned Ms Fresher
Ludhiana, September 9
The PAU School of Agricultural Biotechnology (SAB) organised a freshers’ party in the Pal Auditorium, today. Students of BSc, MSc and PhD (biotechnology) participated in ‘fresh footers’.

Robotics, air show at RIMT
Mandi Gobindgarh, September 9
The RIMT group of institutions, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised an exhibition of robotics and hosted an air show for BTech mechanical and electrical engineering institutes at its campus. RIMT group of institutions chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal inaugurated the robotics exhibition and launched aero-modelling club.
Students look on as a model helicopter takes off during an air show at RIMT Engineering College, Mandi Gobindgarh
Students look on as a model helicopter takes off during an air show at RIMT Engineering College, Mandi Gobindgarh, on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Panel honours teacher
Ludhiana, September 9
The Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha (BJGVJ) honoured Kusum Lata for receiving National Award for Teachers from President Pratibha Patil on September 5. Kusum Lata happens to be the secretary of the jatha and has dedicated her life for the cause of popularisation of science and preservation of ecology.

From Colleges
Social equality day
LUDHIANA: The Women Forum of GCW celebrated Social Equality Day here today. Principal of the college Gurminder Kaur was the chief guest of the day. Dr Surinder Gill, in charge, Women Forum, welcomed the guests. Sukhwinder Kaur of political science department introduced the topic of the day.

From Schools
Quiz contest
LUDHIANA: The pre-primary wing of Guru Nanak International Senior Secondary Public School, Model Town, organised a quiz contest in the series of Chote Ustad-2010 for the students of Class II today.

Speaking Out
Lure of social Web dangerous
The lure of social networking sites is pulling young minds into a web of social and behavioural problems. Schools and parents are at their wits end to counter the threat. Numerous schools across the world, including in major cities of India, have banned the use of such sites by students, with strict warning to parents about suspension and even expulsion of defaulters. Tribune staffer Charu Chhibber talks school heads, parents and students on this issue.
Wiping out the social networking sites out of children’s lives is not possible. The more you stop them from something, more they will be curious to do it. In such cases, talks work best. Talk to children, tell them about the do's and don'ts of the Internet behaviour, counsel and monitor them.

Seminar on social evils
Amloh, September 9
The Shaheed Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Parbandak Committee (SBBSBPC) in association with the Zabar Zulum Virodhi Front, Punjab, organised a seminar on social evils like drug menace, female foeticide, pollution and corruption at Aggarwal Dharamsala here today.

Fourth leg from tomorrow
Ludhiana, September 9
The Offset Printers Association will leave for Himachal Pardesh on the fourth leg of their “Print Yatra” on September 11. In phase four of the yatra, the association members will meet printers at Dharamsala, Kangra, Jogindernagar, Mandi and Sundernagar to mobilise them to work in unison and form associations.

CME on urogynaecology
Ludhiana, September 9
Eminent US urologist Dr Amit Chakarbarty, who is also president of the Indian American Urological Association, will be attending and performing live surgeries during the International CME-cum-workshop on urogynaecology scheduled to be held at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital on September 12.

VHP committed to building Ram temple: Singhal
Samrala, September 9
Vishwa Hindu Prishad president Ashok Singhal has said the organisation will approach Akal Takht and other religious bodies to get support for the construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhaya.




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