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Demolition drive in the offing
Municipal Corporation to complete scrutiny of violatorsí replies by March-end

Ludhiana, March 19
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has started scrutinising the replies of notices sent to the residents regarding demolition of buildings constructed after 1995 and in violation of the PUDA Act. The MC would be finalising a list of all such buildings after scrutinising the replies by March-end and a demolition drive would start after that.

MC opens sealed portion of bus terminus
Ludhiana, March 19
A municipal official at a parking lot of Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus in Ludhiana.
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today opened the portion of Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus that was sealed for non-payment of house tax worth Rs 1.67 crore on March 14.
A municipal official at a parking lot of Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus in Ludhiana. A file photo



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High drama at library
Former Youth Congress leader Narinder Makkar argues with students in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu MahajanLudhiana, March 19
High drama was witnessed at the Panjab University extension library when former Youth Congress leader Narinder Makkar (51) pulled out a revolver allegedly in "self-defence" here today.


Former Youth Congress leader Narinder Makkar argues with students in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Yet another snatching
Ludhiana, March 19
There seems to be no stopping the snatchers. In the latest case two you youngsters snatched the gold bangles of 70-year-old woman in the Udham Singh Nagar area here today.

Criminal stages suicide
Ludhiana, March 19
A criminal facing many heinous offences found a novel way to hoodwink the police. In order to show himself as dead in the police record, the criminal, identified as Varinder Singh, alias Prince (25), killed an innocent labourer from Uttar Pradesh and set the victim on fire on February 27.

16 caught copying in class XII exams
Ludhiana, March 19
Flying squads constituted by the Punjab School Education Board to curb copying got success when they caught 16 students copying in the physics and history examinations of class XII today. Among the 16 students, the flying squad nabbed two students who were solving questions by using blue tooth device hidden in their turbans.



COMMUNITY

Admin goes easy on child labour
Ludhiana, March 19
Child labour continues in city in absence of strict measures taken by the authorities concerned. Law enforcing agencies seem to have adopted an "easy-going" approach towards child labour. The district administration claims that in days' to come, it will crack a whip against the employers, who force children to work in their factory premises/commercial establishments, but unless strict action is taken against those found guilty, rescuing children from factories will not serve much purpose.

Child labour continues in city in absence of strict measures taken by the authorities concerned. A tribune photograph

Sutlej Club elections to be announced today
Ludhiana, March 19
Elections of the prestigious Sutlej Club here will be announced during the annual general meeting of the club tomorrow. Fearing that the code of conduct will be imposed immediately, different groups in fray are already "done" with the parties at different venues to woo the club members.

It is difficult to get skilled labour, say industrialists in city
Ludhiana, March 19
Workers assemble cycle parts in one of the cycle units in Ludhiana. While the industry in the city is upgrading itself with new techniques and innovations, it fails to get skilled labour. Labour shortage is one problem and shortage of skilled labour is yet another problem being faced by the industry. Even the industrial training institute does not produce the desired number of skilled workers.

Workers assemble cycle parts in one of the cycle units in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

brick-kiln owners vs mazdoor union
Admin to step in to resolve differences
Ludhiana, March 19
On the "deadlock" between the Ludhiana District Brick-kiln Owners' Association and Lal Jhanda Bhatta Mazdur Union, the district administration has decided to intervene and resolve the matter as the brick-kiln owners approached the officials today.

MC doles out freebies
An advertising board put up in the Aarti Chowk area, Ludhiana, on Monday.Ludhiana, March 19
When it comes to doling out freebies, one should take a cue from the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. The civic body has allowed a private company to install five advertising boards on the main roads of the city and that also at throwaway prices.

An advertising board put up in the Aarti Chowk area, Ludhiana, on Monday. photo: inderjeet verma

Delhi-Ludhiana flight timings changed
Ludhiana, March 19
In view of approaching summer, Air-India has changed the timings of its lone flight from March 26. Now, the flight would be reaching the Ludhiana (Sahnewal) airport 15 minutes early than the existing time.

PAU to confer Chief Minister's award on four farmers
Ludhiana, March 19
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will be honoring four progressive farmers of Punjab with the 'Chief Minister Awards' on March 21, the first day of Kisan Mela at Ludhiana. This was stated by PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon.

dba polls
RO warns against defacing of judicial complex
Ludhiana, March 19
The Returning Officer has warned the contestants of the District Bar Association against defacing the judicial complex by putting banners, posters, stickers and other publicity material for their annual election. Those candidates who had already pasted stickers, posters and boards have been directed to remove the same till March 20, 2012.

Itís not in public interest to hike service tax: Experts
Ludhiana, March 19
A seminar on Union Budget 2012 was today organised by the Ludhiana Branch of NIRC of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

City loses Rs 75-lakh revenue
Ludhiana, March 19
Jewellery shops remained closed in Ludhiana on Monday. Revenue loss of nearly 75 lakhs has been caused in the three days due to strike by jewellers in the city. Jewellers are on a nationwide strike due to a rise in the taxes in the budget 2012-13. Jewellers throughout the country went on a three-day strike on a call given by the Gems and Jewellery Association of India.

Jewellery shops remained closed in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Seeds for farmers
Ludhiana, March 19
During the two-day Kisan Mela of the PAU to be held at Ludhiana from March 21to 22, farmers will be able to purchase seeds of different varieties. The PAU Director of Extension Education, Dr. MS Gill, said the fruit saplings will also be sold in addition to the seeds of turmeric. ó TNS

Industry condemns Union Budget
Ludhiana, March 19
Avtar Singh, General Secretary, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU), has criticised the Union Budget, saying that it has failed to serve the growing aspirations of industry. The Finance Minister didnít give the domestic industry much to cheer about despite signs of crippling industrial slowdown.

Training on millets begins
Ludhiana, March 19
A three-day training programme on "Processing and value addition of technologies for coarse cereals and milletsĒ was today inaugurated at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) here. The programme, which is sponsored by the National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), is especially designed for the CBOs operating in various parts of the country.

Urbanisation takes toll on house sparrow population 
Ludhiana, March 19
Cheerful chirps of little house sparrows used to wake us up in the morning. They would play around in our courtyards making the evenings musical. But almost dramatically in a decade or so, these once ubiquitous companions, seem to have disappeared. As the world observes World House Sparrow Day, residents of the city miss playfulness of these little birds.

Congress threatens to launch agitation
Jagraon, March 19
A delegation of Congress leaders submit a letter to SP Amreek Singh Dhami in Jagraon on Monday. A delegation of Congress leaders led by former MLA Isher Singh Meharban met Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana (rural), Amreek Singh Dhami in his office today and sought cancellation of the cases registered against a party worker by the local police some days ago.

A delegation of Congress leaders submit a letter to SP Amreek Singh Dhami in Jagraon on Monday. A Tribune photograph



CRIME

7 thefts in Phillaur
Phillaru, March 19
Seven thefts have been reported in last four days in and around Noormahal in Phillaur subdivision.

Auto driver commits suicide 
Ludhiana, March 19
A 26-year-old auto-rickshaw driver allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house located in the Tibba road area here today. The incident came to light here this morning when victim Lalit Kumarís mother saw her son's body hanging with from ceiling fan.

Thieves decamp with jewellery
Ludhiana, March 19
Thieves struck at a jewellery shop located in Puneet Nagar, near the Tajpur road area, and decamped with artificial ornaments worth Rs 60,000 here today.


 

Ruby, Joginder emerge fastest runners
An athlete in action at the Punjab State Industrial Trainees Inter-Zonal Athletics Meet at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, March 19
Ruby of the ITI, Patiala, while Joginder Singh of the ITI, Ludhiana, proved too good for their opponents in the 100m sprint and emerged the fastest runners among girls and boys, respectively, in the Punjab State Industrial Trainees Inter-Zonal Athletics Meet held at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

An athlete in action at the Punjab State Industrial Trainees Inter-Zonal Athletics Meet at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Tennis academy trainees shine
The winners of the HTA-AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament with their prizes at the Harvest Tennis Academy, Jassowal.Jagraon, March 19
Trainees of Harvest Tennis Academy, Jassowal, near Jagraon, have brought laurels to the academy by winning top positions during the HTA-AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament played on eleven synthetic courts of the academy.

The winners of the HTA-AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament with their prizes at the Harvest Tennis Academy, Jassowal. A Tribune photograph




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