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10 hurt in group clash in Daad village
Ludhiana, January 17
Surjit, Sikander and Prem who were wounded in a group clash in Ludhiana on Monday. Ten people including a woman were injured following a clash between two groups in Daad village near here today.

(From left) Surjit, Sikander and Prem who were wounded in a group clash in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Class X students continue to suffer pre-board blues
Ludhiana, January 17
While Class X students of CBSE schools have been relieved from the formidable board examinations from this academic session, city schools continue to harass their students in the name of pre-board exams.

Future of 40 schoolchildren hangs in balance
Ludhiana, January 17
Black clouds are hovering over the future of students of a primary school as the municipal corporation authorities, under the political pressure, are planning to give 1,599 square yards of its prime land to a politically affluent college, the agenda for which has been added in that of the meeting of general house.

NRI’s house, temple burgled
Ludhiana, January 17
Cocking a snook at the city police's security arrangements, thieves struck at the house of an NRI located on the busy Pakhowal road and decamped with cash, clothes, gold ornaments worth lakhs of rupees here today.

Cycle prices to increase from Feb 1
Ludhiana, January 17
Poor man's cycle will cost more as cycle manufacturers have announced to raise prices by 5 to 7 per cent from February. With the rise in the input cost, manufacturers are left with no option but to raise the cost of the finished product.

Small industries hit hard
Ludhiana, January 17
The rising prices of steel are hitting the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) hard. MSMEs, which are the mainstay of the industrial economy, have been contributing significantly towards the gross domestic product and employment-generation avenues.

Dr Harinder Singh Bedi and his patient Suraj Bahadur When stem cell therapy worked wonders
Ludhiana, January 17
Thanks to the stem cell therapy, there is now a reason behind the unmistakable gleam in the eyes of 39-year-old Suraj Bahadur, a Home Guard from Jalandhar, suffering from severe Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD).

Dr Harinder Singh Bedi and his patient Suraj Bahadur

Narrow escape for bus passengers
Ludhiana, January 17
Nearly 40 passengers travelling in a bus had a miraculous escape today morning after their bus caught fire following a collision with a motorcycle on the Chandigarh road near Nich Mangli village. The motorcyclist, later identified as Sameer Kumar, sustained serious injuries and was rushed to hospital, where his condition is stated to be critical. Though none of the passengers suffered burns eight of them sustained minor injures after the fire caused a stampede in the bus.

200 cops for city of 40 lakh people
Ludhiana, January 17
With the city’s population touching almost 40 lakh, 200 traffic personnel are not enough to manage the huge volume of traffic. Residents cite the example of Chandigarh with regard to rules being “strictly imposed” by the traffic police, but they themselves do not miss an opportunity to call influential persons for help if a traffic police stops them for violating rules.


Laying of sewerage system under JNNURM
BJP to oppose SAD MLA’s move today
Ludhiana, January 17
The battle lines have been drawn between ruling SAD and the BJP alliance ahead of the crucial municipal corporation’s general house meeting. BJP councillors have decided to vehemently oppose the SAD MLA’s move to get sewerage lines laid under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in villages and colonies outside the city.

PAU Notes
Official honoured
LUDHIANA: Satvir Singh, working as welfare officer (contractual) with Punjab Agricultural University, has been awarded achievers’ award carrying a trophy and citation during a seminar organised by Punjab Technical University at Ludhiana. Satvir, looking after the cultural activities of the students, has earlier represented the PTU in bhangra during various inter-university competitions.

Cricketer Love Ablish (wearing black goggles) with students of Ryan International School in Ludhiana on Monday. From Schools
Interactive session
LUDHIANA: Students of Ryan International School were in for a pleasant surprise when Love Ablish, Ranji cricketer and member of Kings XI Punjab of the IPL, visited the school on Monday. The cricketer interacted with the students and shared his experiences with them.

Cricketer Love Ablish (wearing black goggles) with students of Ryan International School in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

MC officials told to explain absence at key meet
Ludhiana, January 17
Irked by the absence of officials of the municipal corporation’s operations & maintenance (O&M) and buildings & roads (B&R) branches at a crucial meeting to discuss audit objections raised by the state finance department, the MC top brass has sought a written explanation from them.

Activists of the Lok Sangharsh Committee and trade unions burn an efigy of the UPA government in Ludhiana on Monday. Rising prices fuel protests by SAD, trade unions
Ludhiana, January 17
Unprecedented hike in prices of food items, coupled with repeated hike in petrol prices, have evoked strong protests from political parties, trade unions and other groups.

Activists of the Lok Sangharsh Committee and trade unions burn an efigy of the UPA government in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Upset middle-class budget
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 17
Upset over frequent increase in petrol prices, middle class families have restricted the use of scooters and motorcycles for commuting between their residence and the place of work. Those using cars have started pooling vehicles with friends and relatives. Families, which once used to send their wards to educational institutes located in other towns and cities in their own vehicles, have started sharing expenses of taxis even.

Playing hide and seek: Ludhiana witnessed chilly weather with icy wind sweeping the city on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Outreach workers up in arms against AIDS panel
Threaten to sit on chain fast
Ludhiana, January 17
Eight outreach workers, who were recently “reinstated” in Dr DN Kotnis Acupuncture Hospital, are up in arms over the corrupt Punjab State AIDS Control Society (PSACS) authorities.

Farmers blame policies of govt for urea shortage
Ludhiana, January 17
Farmers in the region are worried over what according to them is an “artificially created” shortage of urea in the markets. Though a few of them have already applied the second dose of urea in their fields with others still doing so, they have been facing a lot of problems in procuring the required amount of urea and other fertilisers from the market.

Denial of flats to 1984 riot victims
Sikh migrants threaten to boycott assembly poll
Ludhiana, January 17
Upset over dilly-dallying attitude of the state government and district authorities in providing relief, specifically allotment of promised residential flats to eligible families of the anti-Sikh riots here, the Ludhiana Sikh Migrants Welfare Board has threatened the SAD-BJP coalition government that more than 40,000 families of Sikh migrants will boycott the ruling alliance in the forthcoming SGPC and Punjab Assembly elections.

Unions remain defiant, want all to be included
MC to regularise 445 sanitation workers
Ludhiana, January 17
Under pressure from the Punjab government and employees unions, the municipal corporation is set to begin the process for regularizing the jobs of 445 of the total 3,000 sanitation workers in the first phase. However, the unions continue to insist all of them should be appointed on regular basis.

Farm workers stage dharna
Seek waiver of power bills
Ludhiana, January 17
Led by functionaries of Left parties, trade unions and farmers’ organisations, a large number of farm workers and people from economically weaker sections staged a dharna outside the central zone headquarters of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited demanding waiver of power bills on the pattern of relief provided by the government to farmers.

PAU to hold 5 kisan melas in March
Ludhiana, January 17
Punjab Agricultural University will be holding five kisan melas in March. The director of extension education, Dr MS Gill, has informed that the series would start with a regional kisan mela at Rauni (Patiala) on March 8 and will be followed by a regional kisan mela at Ballowal Saunkhri (near Balachaur) on March 11.

5.80 lakh kids to be given polio drops
Ludhiana, January 17
At least 5.80 lakh children living in rural and urban areas of the city will be administered polio drops during a special “polio eradication campaign” to be carried out in the district from January 23 to 27.

BCM student wins laurels
Ludhiana, January 17
Vineet Singla, a student of Class XII (non-medical) of BCM Arya, has brought laurels to his alma mater by bagging a place in the merit list of CBSE Group Mathematics Olympiad.

Pharmaceutical journal released
Ludhiana, January 17
PCTE Institute of Pharmacy released peer-reviewed Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (JPER) here recently. The institute was established in 2007 and currently runs B-pharmacy (four year degree programme). The Institute is the only pharmacy institute under the Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, affiliated colleges that has launched pharmacy journal with its website www.pcte.edu.in/jper.

City girl clears HCS exams
Ludhiana, January 17
City girl Sharnam Sharma has become the first woman traffic manager in the Haryana Transport. She joined her training today at Karnal after successfully clearing the Haryana Civil Services exams.


7-year jail in rape case
Ludhiana, January 17
Sessions Judge SP Bangarh has convicted Kamaljeet Singh of Maddepur village, Jagraon, on the charges of raping a girl of the same village. He was sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for seven years.

Canada-America Kabaddi Cup
Dashmesh Club emerge champions
Jubilant winners of the annual Canada-America Kabaddi Cup. Ludhiana, January 17
Dashmesh Club of Nakodar survived a scare before emerging winners in the annual Canada-America Kabaddi Cup organised at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. Total eight teams competed in this one-day tournament in which some international kabaddi stars were also seen in action.

Jubilant winners of the annual Canada-America Kabaddi Cup. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan




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