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Quackery thrives in city; main reasons are money, quick relief
Ludhiana, May 30
A quack outside the Mini-Secretariat treats a patient in Ludhiana. Manjeet Singh, a 25-year-old government employee, was 10 and a promising football player when he suffered an injury on his leg.

perilous visit A quack outside the Mini-Secretariat treats a patient in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

0001 goes for ‘only’ Rs 3 lakh, less than past years
Ludhiana, May 30
Amid suspicion of a "cartel" at work to sway bidding, the number 0001 in the DA series was sold for a “much lower” amount of Rs 3 lakh to Randhir Singh.


Politics over road deepens
Ludhiana, May 30
Politics over the laying of foundation stone of the road from Raikhey Cinema Chowk to Khwaja Chowk doesn't seem to die down.

66 per cent schoolchildren hooked to tobacco
Ludhiana, May 30
As many as 66 per cent schoolchildren are hooked to tobacco products, especially ‘gutka’ and are slowly graduating to narcotics by the time they turn teenagers.

 A resident takes a puff from a ‘chilam’ on the eve of No Tobacco Day in Ludhiana on Monday. Passive smoking equally harmful
Ludhiana, May 30
Think twice before sitting beside a person puffing a cigarette or a "beedi" as passive smoking is equally harmful to your health. Passive smoking means when a person puffs out smoke and it reaches the lungs of a persons sitting beside him.

up in smoke A resident takes a puff from a ‘chilam’ on the eve of No Tobacco Day in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Students showcase designs
Ludhiana, May 30
Glam and Glitter, a fashion show, was organised by Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology (SIFT). Students of SIFT mesmerised the audience with their innovative creations showcased by models who walked the ramp with panache and left the audience spell-bound.

New voter cards to be made by June-end
Ludhiana, May 30
The district administration has chalked out a schedule for making new voter identity cards of the remaining persons in all 14 assembly segments falling in this districtThe work is scheduled to be completed by the end of next month.

Emphasis laid on diversification of agriculture
Ludhiana, May 30
A delegation of Beer Swaraj Conference today met Registrar of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Dr RK Mahey. Various issues concerning soil health, Bt cotton, genetically modified (GM) crops, pesticides and herbicides and hybrid varieties were discussed at the meeting.

30 calves die of mysterious disease
Ludhiana, May 30
More than 30 calves, less than one year of age, died at the dairy farms of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) last week due to an "unknown" disease. The microbiology department of GADVASU has so far been trying in vain to identify the reasons behind the sudden death of the calves.

Gas agency told to pay Rs 5,000 compensation
Ludhiana, May 30
A consumer can book a refill of LPG cylinder at any time, as per his requirement. There was no time framework prohibiting him to re-book a cylinder after 21 days from the delivery of its previous supply.

Encroachments removed
Ludhiana, May 30
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation removed encroachments from 2,500 sq yards of their land situated in the New Subhash Nagar area of the city today. Some jhuggi dwellers had encroached upon the MC land.

Govt allows milder pictures on cigarette packs
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 30
The Union Ministry of Health has announced that packets of chewing tobacco sold across the country after December 1, 2011, will have to show gory pictorial warnings like that of rotting mouths and hanging gums.However, social and medical organisations fighting for the cause are sombre that the government has allowed milder pictures on packets of cigarettes and ‘bidis’, which are equally harmful.

Govt move on regularisation fails to enthuse realtors
Ludhiana, May 30
Even after nearly six months of the new government policy on regularisation of unauthorised colonies having been notified by the Punjab Government, the real estate developers have shown little interest in coming forward to seek licences and pay stipulated development charges to the regulatory bodies -- the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Agency (GLADA) and the Municipal Corporation (MC) -- in the industrial capital of the state.

Just 2,329 fined for wasting water in 13 months
Ludhiana, May 30
Water wastage seems to go unchecked in the city with authorities apparently taking little notice towards this problem and that too in a season when water is most sought after.

violations galore (Left) Servants wash the entrance of a house situated near Rose Garden during the daytime; (Right) water being wasted at Rakh Bagh

Residents show MC the way to conserve water
Ludhiana, May 30
 Grass paver tiles installed at Canal View Apartment, VRS Nagar, Ludhiana. A residential colony has shown the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation the way to check recharging of rainwater, which, for the moment, does not seem to be the civic body's main thrust area.

showing the way Grass paver tiles installed at Canal View Apartment, VRS Nagar, Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

MC to install 80 tubewells in city
Ludhiana, May 30
In view of the upcoming elections, the MC authorities have decided to install 80 new tubewells in different parts of the city. Though officials attribute this to shortage of water in some parts of the city, sources claim that this is being done to please the voters.

Hawks Club, Harpal Club record victories
Ludhiana, May 30
Hawks Club of Doraha and Harpal Club of Kila Raipur recorded victories in their respective matches in the second edition of the Prithipal Singh Memorial Six-a-Side Hockey Festival being organised by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association at Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium of Jarkhar village near here last evening.

Seven babus found absent from duty
Ludhiana, May 30
Seven government employees were found absent from offices in Khanna sub-division during a surprise check conducted by Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari here today.Tiwari said the check was conducted in eight government offices at Khanna and Payal sub- divisions to ensure presence of employees during the office hours.

Health Minister orders probe
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 30
Assuring that adequate facilities will be provided to all patients coming for treatment at government hospitals and dispensaries, health and family welfare minister Sat Pal Gosain has ordered a probe into the sequence of events leading to the death of an expectant mother from Pakhowal village, allegedly due to negligence of authorities at the Pakhowal Civil Hospital yesterday.

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