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Slow progress on projects drives commuters crazy
Traffic chaos at Samrala Chowk in Ludhiana due to the widening of road projectLudhiana, December 5
Jaspreet Singh’s face turned red when an autorickshaw driver suddenly rammed his vehicle into his swanky Rs 20 lakh car.
Traffic chaos at Samrala Chowk in Ludhiana due to the widening of road project. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Residents’ health at risk
Ludhiana, December 5
Already grappling with the problem of air and water pollution, the dust clouds emanating from the dug up roads engulf the city, thereby adding to the health problems of city residents.


Delays due to endemic corruption, no planning
Ludhiana, December 5
Lack of proper planning and vested interests of civic officials, along with their habit of delaying work on various development projects in the city, are the major factors due to which residents have to suffer when any work begins.

5 city cops arrested by Delhi Police
Were involved in making fake court summons
Ludhiana, December 5
Five police officials of the city have been arrested by the Delhi Police for helping Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA)-accused flee after attending a hearing in a case.

Guest college teachers paid pittance
Ludhiana, December 5
About 70 "guest faculty" lecturers with PhD or MPhil degrees who have cleared the UGC NET exam and are teaching in two government run colleges in the city will be paid Rs 2,000 at most as salary for December! This is because they will get only 4-5 days' salary for this month as examinations are set to begin.

Councillor’s novel way of protest
To clean Mayor’s office for not getting sanitary workers for his ward
Ludhiana, December 5
Irked at not getting sanitary workers for cleaning his ward, a Congress councillor has announced that as a protest against the attitude of the municipal corporation (MC) Mayor towards the matter, he would clean the latter’s office from Tuesday.


State of affairs
Kitaab Bazaar area faces voluminous problems
Traffic mismanagement, encroachments and a big garbage dump are the bane of the place
Ludhiana, December 5
A bull feeds on garbage at Kitab Bazar in Ludhiana The Kitaab Bazaar of the city, known for having all types of books and believed to be doing a business worth more than Rs 50 crore annually, is facing problems of traffic mismanagement, encroachments and the presence of one of the biggest garbage dumps in the area. One of the leading markets here, this bazaar faces acute traffic problems. The problem of encroachments remains in the area, as some of the shopkeepers have again placed goods outside their shops.
A bull feeds on garbage at Kitab Bazar in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Broken dividers death trap for commuters
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 5
The public works department, roads and bridges (PWD B and R) has failed to take steps for preventing vehicular accidents due to faulty road dividers and unauthorised gaps created by public on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road that is being four-laned these days.

E-Tendering Work To Pvt Firm
MC councillors oppose govt decision
Seek share for civic body from processing fee
Ludhiana, December 5
The recent decision of the Local Bodies Department to handover the work of e-tendering to a private firm has raised many eyebrows, with the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation councillors questioning the processing fee being charged by the private firm conducting the process.

Greening Budha Nullah
NGO dismayed by admn’s lack of will
Ludhiana, December 5
District administration’s lack of will to mobilise and initiate the “Greening of Budha Nallah” campaign has disillusioned a city NGO, which has been keen on contributing towards decreasing the hazards of the drain.

What’s in a name?
Newspaper offices get plenty of press releases of various colours, shapes and sizes every day. Many of these are very well written and reporters hardly make much effort to send these for publication. But there are some in which there is no news. Despite trying again and again, reporters fail to understand what message they want to convey to readers.

Miss World Punjaban pageant on December 18
Ludhiana, December 5
The eagerly awaited beauty pageant based on Punjabi culture, Miss World Panjaban-2010, will be unveiled to audience at Ludhiana and will be telecasted throughout the world live on December 18.

Idols vandalised at Sitla Mata Mandir
Admn seeks help of religious bodies to nab culprits
Damaged idols at Mandi Ahmedgarh Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 5
Activists and office bearers of various religious and social organisations vowed to foil sinister designs of anti-social elements who had tried to disrupt peace and harmony of the town by damaging three idols installed at Sitla Mata Mandir here two days ago. An oath was taken in response to a call made by the administration, led by SDM, Malerkotla, Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu and DSP, Amargarh, Gurpreet Singh Sikand.
Damaged idols at Mandi Ahmedgarh. A file photo

Stress on stopping misuse of RTI Act
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 5
Cautioning against the alleged exploitation of the RTI Act at the hands of anti-social elements, teachers of the region called upon office-bearers of social and political organisations to come to the rescue of those public servants who had been harassed unnecessarily.

Badish Jindal is small industry body chief
Ludhiana, December 5
Badish Jindal, president, Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association, has been unanimously elected national senior vice-president of the Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India (FASII) for 2010-12.

Don’t deploy teachers in other tasks: DGSE
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 5
The Director-General, School Education (DGSE), has directed all district education officers (DEOs) to ensure that none of the employees associated with teaching of subjects like mathematics, English and science should be deployed by the civil administration for non-teaching tasks like census duty etc.

Vet varsity scientists feted
Ludhiana, December 5
The annual conference of the Indian Association of Veterinary Pathologists, national symposium and CL Davis Foundation satellite seminar and first annual convention of the Indian College of Veterinary Pathologists (ICVP) were held at the department of veterinary pathology, College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University, Guwahati, Assam, recently.

CII agro-tech draws heavy rush
Ludhiana, December 5
Technologies like rotary maize sheller and banana comb cutter attracted heavy rush of visitors to the stall of the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology during the CII AGRO-TECH 2010 going on at Chandigarh. The exhibition, where both Indian and foreign manufacturers from private and public sectors have turned up, will continue till December 6.

From Schools
Gurpurb celebrated
Students of Guru Nanak International Public School celebrate Gurpurb in Ludhiana LUDHIANA: Gurpurb was celebrated with great fervour and sanctity at GN International Senior Secondary Public School. The celebration started with reciting of Japji Sahib by 51 students from Classes I to XII in the presence of Holy Guru Granth Sahib. About 45 poems, 15 speeches and equal number of “Saakhis” were recited by students of primary, middle and senior sections. Tejinder Kaur spoke on “Sikh Dharam Vich Aurat da Sathan”.
Students of Guru Nanak International Public School celebrate Gurpurb in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, December 5
Dr Amarjit Singh, deputy director, Punjab Veterinary Vaccine Institute, PAU, Ludhiana, Punjab government, has been elected member of the Punjab in Veterinary Council of India (VCI) for three years. The council is a statutory body established under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of India under Indian Veterinary Council Act, 1984 (52 of 1984).

Seminar on internal audit
Ludhiana, December 5
The Internal Audit Standards Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) organised a seminar on internal audit and risk management.

Role of arbitrators discussed
Ludhiana, December 5
Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukal Mudgal yesterday presided over a conference on “Present Arbitration Regime: A legal prospective”. He said, “Unfortunately, the concept of arbitration has not achieved success in our country.”


Two snatchers held
Ludhiana, December 5
The city police has nabbed two vehicle lifters and seized two motorcycles and a scooter from their possession. The accused have been identified as Baldev Singh of Janakpuri and Gurjinder Singh of Himmat Nagar in Dugri.

Four booked for duping woman of Rs 11 lakh
Mullanpur Dakha, December 5
Three years after a woman of Leel village was allegedly duped of ` 11 lakh by a gang of notorious travel agents, the local police has registered an FIR under Sections 420 and 406 of IPC against four suspects.

Tae kowon do Meet
BCM bag trophy
Winners of the Ludhiana Sahodya School Tae Kwon Do tournamentLudhiana, December 5
BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar branch, bagged the overall trophy in the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex (LSSC) Tae kowon do Tournament held at BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road, today. Spring Dale Public School, Sherpur Chowk, and hosts BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road, secured second and third positions, respectively.

Winners of the Ludhiana Sahodya School Tae Kwon Do tournament. A Tribune photograph

Jagdeep, Sandeep shine in bodybuilding meet
Ludhiana, December 5
More than 100 participants took part in the 17th edition of Mr Ludhiana Bodybuilding Competition organised by the Ludhiana Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (LABBFA) under the aegis of Punjab Amateur Bodybuilding Association at Luxmi Narayan Mandir, adjoining DAV School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, here today.

Rural Olympics from Feb 3
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 5
Platinum edition of the Kila Raipur Rural Sports Festival, popularly known as Rural Olympics, will be organised at Grewal Sports Association Stadium, Kila Raipur, from February 3 to February 6. This was stated by Gur Sandeep Singh, president, Grewal Sports Association.




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