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MC loses revenue to corruption
Ludhiana, October 27
Vendors put up stalls on roads The municipal corporation’s revenues during the festival season have fallen sharply due to corrupt employees who, in connivance with shopkeepers and street vendors, pocket the money.
Encroachments galore: Vendors put up stalls on roads. Tribune photo:Himanshu Mahajan

But gets tough on reckless drivers
Ludhiana, October 27
Having decided to act tough against those driving MC vehicles recklessly, commissioner AK Sinha asked officials to conduct surprise checks on vehicles plying on the streets in various areas of the city today.


The victim, Renu Aggarwal CMCH budges, operates upon woman again
Team of doctors, nursing staff suspended following protest
Ludhiana, October 27
Renu Aggarwal, who had come to the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) yesterday with a scissor in her abdomen, left accidentally by the team, which operated upon her during first surgery, was once again operated upon today.

The victim, Renu Aggarwal. A Tribune photograph

DTO asked to retrieve missing tax records
Ludhiana, October 27
Pointing to the failure of the city’s district transport office to collect ` 3.6 crore in outstanding taxes during the period from 2007 to 2009, a Punjab government audit and inspection team has sought records under various categories that it found were missing in the office.

Fake Bill Scam
ETO hit by auto; foul play alleged
Ludhiana, October 27
After the death of a whistleblower clerk of the multi-crore rupees “bogus firm” scam, Jaswinderpal Singh and subsequently of an inspector of the department, who also died in a road accident, Excise Taxation Officer (ETO), Shashi Bushan Sharma was today hit by an auto-rickshaw amidst allegations that he was the next target of the bogus-billing mafia.

Talent search touches parents on the raw
For them, boy and girl singing together is ‘indecent’
Ludhiana, October 27
The raw talent search campaign in schools launched by the education department has come a cropper as parents of girl students, especially living in villages, are objecting to duet songs and not allowing their daughters to sing with their male classmates. The education department had planned a school-level duet song competition for students of government schools across the district. The motive behind organising the competition was to explore the raw talent and break the gender barrier. District education officers were told to appoint a guiding and counselling head.


MC ‘legalises’ encroachments
Road rage, serpentine queues of vehicles common
Following encroachments, traffic jams have become a routine affair in LudhianaLudhiana, October 27
The Municipal Corporation by allowing vendors to extend their counters due to festivals has legalized encroachments for the time being. This has further aggravated the problem of traffic congestion in the city. Road rage, banging of vehicles and serpentine queues can be witnessed during peak hours on all major roads due to limited space left for commuters.

Following encroachments, traffic jams have become a routine affair in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Fee Hike
Students of Gujranwala college go on strike
Students raise slogans against the fee hike in Ludhiana on WednesdayLudhiana, October 27
Students of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Civil Lines, went on strike against fee hike of all the courses by the management here today. The students alleged though PTU and PU too had increased the fee of several courses, but the management had allegedly doubled the fee structure, which was much more than fee increased by both the universities.

Students raise slogans against the fee hike in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Inter-Zonal Youth Festival
Punjabiat comes alive on concluding day
Doraha, October 27
Giddha, the famous folk dance of Punjab, along with exquisite group folk dances, stole the show along with theatrical items, music and skits on the last day of the Inter-Zonal Youth and /Heritage Festival, organised at Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha.

‘Youths must be inspired to join culture sports’
Phillaur, October 27
"Rural folks of Punjab are drifting away from the culture sports day by day and a large number of rural youth is indulging in drugs. Concerted efforts will have to be made to encourage and inspire the rural youth into culture sports. Initiatives should be taken to organise seminars against drug menace and in favour of culture sports throughout the state", Dr Davinder Singh Chhina, Director of the Punjab Cultural Promotion Council (PCPC), said at an international folk ensemble, this evening.

Security beefed up ahead of Diwali
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 27
The police has beefed up security in and around the town and its surrounding areas in the wake of Diwali celebrations. Specially constituted anti-sabotage teams have been directed to enhance vigil in front of the religious places besides undertaking combing operations to weed out strangers and anti-social elements who might sneak into the area under the garb of tourists.

Riot victims threaten protest
Ludhiana, October 27
Charging the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) with irregularities in the allotment of residential flats to 1984 riot affected families, the Ludhiana Sikh Migrants’ Welfare Board has threatened to launch a peaceful protest if the process of allotment of flats to all the deserving riot victims was not completed by November 15.

Govt employees protest, seek release of arrears
Government employees hold a protest in Ludhiana on WednesdayLudhiana, October 27
Led by activists of the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF), Class III, IV and contractual employees of various government departments staged a dharna at the office of the Deputy Commissioner against non-fulfilment of their demands.

Government employees hold a protest in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

‘Bogus firms to face action’
Ludhiana, October 27
Turning down the demand of traders that FIRs should not be registered against bogus firms, chairman of the Punjab Traders Board ND Ratti said the act was punishable and the offenders would not be speared.

100-yr-old tree damaged
Acid poured into the roots of a 100-year-old tree on the college road in LudhianaLudhiana, October 27
A 100-year-old tree on the college road was sacrificed for the commercial gains as an unidentified person poured acid in its roots today morning. The fumes emerging from the roots of the tree caught the attention of the nearby shopkeepers, who immediately reached the site and were shocked to see the void in the tree's centre filled with acid.

Acid poured into the roots of a 100-year-old tree on the college road in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Raids on courier company
Ludhiana, October 27
The mobile wing of the Excise and Taxation Department today conducted a raid on a courier company, Karan Couriers, and impounded 80 parcels. The godown of the courier company was also sealed.

Congress celebrates Capt’s nomination
Congress workers celebrate in Ludhiana on WednesdayLudhiana, October 27
Congress activists celebrated the nomination of former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh as the president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) by the party high command. Sweets were distributed at several places in the city as party workers danced to the beats of drums while some went a step ahead to celebrate the occasion by illuminating their houses.

Congress workers celebrate in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Give cozy touch to your home this Diwali
Ludhiana, October 27
This is the time when you deck up your home and give cozy and festive touch to it. Lights, lamps, flowers, bells, rangoli, candles and diyas all add an extra zing into the celebrations.

Loads of choices for you
Ludhiana, October 27
With Diwali nearing people seem to be spoilt for choice as market is loaded with varieties of gifts, which they exchange on this day. Two decades ago, Diwali gifts meant taking napkin-covered steel plates to neighbours’ house and receiving similar plates from friends. Steel plates, sweets or even fruits are now a passé. Markets like Ghumar Mandi, Sarabha Nagar, Civil Lines or Model Town are dazzling with bright coloured gift articles, candles, idols of Laxmi-Ganesh with chocolate goodies, cookies, wine glasses, crystal Ganesh and door hangings.

From Schools and Colleges
Inter-college debate
A student speaks at an inter-college debate at Khalsa College, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, on Wednesday The Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust organised the 15th Inter-College Debate on October 27, 2010, at Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, as part of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru birth anniversary celebrations. As many as 13 colleges with a team of two speakers each participated in the debate. The topic chosen for the debate was "Materialism has hijacked the time-tested values of Society".
A student speaks at an inter-college debate at Khalsa College, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Road Safety
City-based expert to attend meeting in Netherlands
Ludhiana, October 27
City based road safety expert Dr Kamalzit Soi has been chosen among 70 representatives from all over the world, who would attend the World's Expert Meeting on the Automated Video Analysis of Road Traffic Scenes, to be held on November 15 and 16 in Soesterberg, Netherlands.

Dengue Cases
‘Govt failed to take remedial measures’
Ludhiana, October 27
Ludhiana MP and the national spokesperson of the AICC Manish Tewari today lashed out at the state government and the health authorities for their failure to prevent the spread of dengue. In a statement issued here today, Tewari pointed out that the government has not learnt any lessons.

Injections worth Rs 1.9 lakh seized
Ludhiana, October 27
Oxytocin injections worth ` 1, 90, 000 were seized from a dairy at Hambran Road during a raid carried out by a team of drug inspectors.Tejinder Pal Singh, who had stored the injections in violation of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, owns the dairy.


Scooterist killed
Phillaur,Ooctober 27
One Scooterist identified as Sohan Singh of Bhaura village was killed on the spot when his Scooter on which he was riding was hit by a speeding vehicle near Phillaur on the national highway last night.

Ludhiana win chess championship
Ludhiana, October 27
The Punjab School State Chess Tournament was held at Moga from October 23 to 26, 2010. Ludhiana District has won the overall championship trophy for all age groups. Under-14 the girls won the first position. Apoorva Sharma and Medha Kalia (Sacred Heart, B.R.S Nagar, Ludhiana respectively) Himandeep Kaur and Shubamdeep Kaur (Ryan International) and Muskan Lamba, Shradha Seth (B.C.M) were the participants. Second and Third positions were bagged by Barnala and Sangroor respectively. In under-19 girls category, Sangroor, Ludhiana and Moga stood first, second and third respectively.




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