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Down in the dumps
Shortage of manpower, machinery turns city into garbage heap
Ludhiana, March 21
Heaps of garbage and domestic waste littered all around the residential and commercial areas in the city, unswept roads and streets, stinking garbage collection points and to make the matters worse, garbage disposal vehicles dropping the collected waste all over while on way to the dumping site.
Passers-by cover their noses as they pass by a garbage collection point near the Kailash Cinema Chowk. Stinking heap: Passers-by cover their noses as they pass by a garbage collection point near the Kailash Cinema Chowk.


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Holi celebrations turn bloody
Police officials inspect the crime scene at Madhavpuri in Ludhiana. Man kills brother, womanís body found on railway tracks
Ludhiana, March 21
Two deaths were reported in the city on Holi shocked city residents. A man allegedly killed his brother on Sunday evening in the Madhopuri locality following a quarrel during a game of cards and a womanís body was found near the train tracks in Sherpur village.


Police officials inspect the crime scene at Madhavpuri in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Education dept bungles up appointments
Two teachers posted at the same centre under SSA 
Ludhiana, March 21
Two teachers getting posting at the same centre under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) speaks volumes of the ignorance and irresponsibility of the district education office (secondary) in Ludhiana.

COMMUNITY

Action-packed Holi with vibrant hues; petals, pichkaris and balloons
Bowled over by the vibrant hues of Holi, spirited young boys and girls took to the roads to paint the city in different colours. For the elderly, the festival came with an incentive to be a little different as they showered each other with flower petals restricting themselves to pushp Holi. It was pure and simple fun for children who soared high with their pichkaris and balloons taking liberty with strangers on the streets. Himanshu Mahajan captured some moments from around the city on the eventful day.

Govt asks MC to explain delay on LED streetlights
Ludhiana, March 21
The Punjab government has asked municipal corporation officials to file a report explaining the latterís delay in installing energy-saving LED streetlights in the city. The ambitious project has been hanging in fire despite the fact that the civic body had floated tenders about two years ago, following which four leading firms had applied for the work.

Nobody bothers, nobody cares
Jagraon, March 21
There is only one park in the town and that too is of little purpose to the residents here. Named after great freedom fighter Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai, this place is robbed off its beauty due to lack of maintenance.

(1) Residents play cards in a park; (2) plates littered in the park.
(1) Residents play cards in a park; (2) plates littered in the park. Photos by writer

Shortage of Space
Rice sheller owners threaten to intensify stir
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 21
Apprehending huge losses due to insufficient space for storing stock, rice sheller owners of the area, who are protesting against the Food Corporation of India officials, have threatened to intensity their stir in case the issue is not resolved soon.

Singla, Krishan Lal groups bag most liquor vends
A man takes out a slip during the draw of lots for liquor vends in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, March 21
At the draw of lots for liquor vends held by the excise & taxation department here on Monday, the cityís first vend - in zone no 22 - went to A to Z Wines. The total number of liquor vends allotted were 250.


A man takes out a slip during the draw of lots for liquor vends in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Itís war of buses forAkalis, Congmen
Tussle over providing vehicles for a function to mark the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh on March 23
Ludhiana, March 21
The mini bus operators in the district have alleged harassment at the hands of the district administration as officials have "asked" operators to send their vehicles for a programme organised by the Akali and the BJP to mark the birth anniversary of martyr Bhagat Singh at Khatkarh Kalan village on March 23.

Close to earth

The clock tower silhouetted against the Supermoon that appeared after a gap of 18 years at 45 minutes past midnight on Sunday in Ludhiana.
The clock tower silhouetted against the Supermoon that appeared after a gap of 18 years at 45 minutes past midnight on Sunday in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Roadways employees burn effigy of director
To hold rally in Chief Ministerís Assembly constituency on April 7
Jagraon, March 21
Employees of the Punjab Roadways, Jagraon, held a gate rally in support of their pending demands at the Punjab Roadways Jagraon depot this morning. A large number of Punjab Roadways employees took part in the rally organised by the action committee of the Punjab Government Transport Workers Union.

Filling of Vacant Posts
Agitating students perturbed over letters sent to parents
Ludhiana, March 21
Agitating students of Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) here, who are "struggling" to get the vacant posts filled in the state Agriculture Department are perturbed over the recent letters sent by the authorities to their parents.

22 contestants jump into poll fray
Ludhiana, March 21
The election scenario is gaining momentum in the district courts complex with 22 lawyers filing nomination papers for the annual elections of the District Bar Association (DBA) scheduled for April 1. The scrutiny of the nomination papers will be conducted on March 22.

Children play games at Little VIPís Pre-school in Ludhiana.From Schools & Colleges
Opened
Ludhiana: Little VIP's Pre-school inaugurated its first branch in Sector 39 near Mohini Resorts, Chandigarh road, today. Learning aids have been imported from the UK.


Children play games at Little VIPís Pre-school in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Students go without midday meal
n Dept fails to release funds n Teachers spend from their own pockets to sustain scheme
Mullanpur Dakha, March 21
Thousands of students of government primary and elementary schools did not get food under the Midday Meal Scheme for weeks as the school authorities expressed their inability to provide the same.

land Division of PAU, GADVASU
Step-motherly treatment being meted out to farm varsity: PAUTA
Ludhiana, March 21
While the Punjab government has constituted a committee under the Punjab Chief Secretary for the reallocation/division of land of PAU and GADVASU, the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers Association (PAUTA) has resented the move.

13 selected in placement drive
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 21
HCL Comnet, Gurgaon, selected 13 students offering a package of Rs 2.75 lakh per annum during a placement drive at RIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh, recently. RIMT Group vice-chairman Vijayant Bansal gave offer letters to the selected students.

CRIME

Vehicle lifter gang busted, two held
Chronic addicits who have been in the trade just to buy drugs 
Ludhiana, March 21
With the arrest of two youths, the PAU police has claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle lifters who had spread panic in the posh localities of the city with their repeated strikes. The police has recovered three stolen bikes from their possession.

 





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