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Ishwar Singh back in saddle
Ludhiana, March 23
IG Ishwar Singh has again been appointed the new Police Commissioner of the city. He has replaced IG Ishwar Chander, who has been made the Director of the PPA at Phillaur. IG Ishwar Singh took the charge this evening.

Shortage of drivers hits bus service
Ludhiana, March 23
The shortage of drivers is affecting the City Bus Service as the Municipal Corporation (MC) is unable to take the delivery of 40 buses under the project. MC sources say that because of low salary, not many people are coming forward to join the civic body as drivers or even conductors.





Jewellers firm, refuse to relent
Ludhiana, March 23
It has been a week since jewellers across the city have downed their shutters in protest against the increase in excise duty and doubling of customs duty on precious metals. Today, the jewellers protested and decided to remain on strike till the duties are rolled back.

With technology, copying also goes hi-tech
Ludhiana, March 23
With the development of new techniques, copying in board examinations has also gone hi-tech. Students are adopting new techniques for copying in the exams. This was revealed by flying squads of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) who recovered several “micro guides” and blue tooth devices. Earlier, students used to depend on handwritten slips, but now they are using photostat to generate the micro image of “guides”. This way, they are able to carry the entire “guide” with them in the examination centre.

curbing copying
Only two out of 10 flying squads active

Ludhiana March 23
The Punjab School Education Board had constituted more than 10 teams to curb the copying in schools in the district. But it was seen that only two flying teams were actively running the drive. Board officials said, the board was going to give new directions to fix the responsibility of flying squad teams. A board official admitted that all the flying teams were not working properly in a recent drive to check copying.

Hoax bomb call
Ludhiana, March 23
Barely a few hours before the arrival of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, the police went into a tizzy after an anonymous person called the police control room to say that he had planted a bomb at Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Inter-State Bus Terminus.

Stalking led to murder, claims police
Ludhiana, March 23
It is learnt that 18-year-old Pardeep Kumar, alias Happy, who was found murdered, used to stalk a girl in the locality. The girl had complained to her parents that he had grabbed her arm.

Alert bus driver nabs pickpocket 
Ludhiana, March 23
An alert bus driver and a conductor nabbed a pickpocket who was reportedly fleeing after stealing nearly Rs 18,000 from a local resident here today.


Garment makers not to lower prices
Ludhiana, March 23
The Finance Minister has provided relief to readymade garment manufacturers in the Budget, but they are unlikely to reduce prices as they say the relief is “negligible”.

Jewellers burn effigy of government
Jewellers protest in LudhianaKhanna/Khamano, March 23
On the call of the Jewellers Association of India, the Jewellers of Khanna held a protest on GT road and burnt an effigy of the Central Government for increasing the tax on gold. The jewellers gathered near the bus stand under the command of president of the Khanna unit Sedha. Raising slogans against the decision of the Centre, the protesters demanded the rollback of increased tax.

Jewellers protest in Ludhiana. Tribune photograph: Himanshu Mahajan

Three years on, burns unit still not functional 
Ludhiana, March 23
The much-awaited burns unit of Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, which was supposed to be operational last November, is still not functional. The construction of the mega project had started about three years ago. The hospital authorities attribute the delay to staff shortage and also to the final touches which are still to be given. As a result, the burns patients are being treated in the old ward adjoining the ward of unidentified patients.

Awareness lecture on tuberculosis
Ludhiana, March 23
NIMA, Ludhiana, and Aasha TB Projects (ATP), organised a public awareness lecture and nukkad natak for hosiery workers here today at Jolley Doaba Hosiery.

Traffic expert meets police officers
Ludhiana, March 23
City based traffic expert Kamaljit Soi on Thursday met Commissioner of Police Ishwar Chander and Swapan Sharma ACP (Traffic) to discuss measures to improve mobility for ensuring free-flow of traffic on city roads.

Residents happy with rollback
Ludhiana, March 23
Residents, in general, have hailed the rollback of hike in railway fares of general class of passenger and mail/express trains, sleeper class, AC chair car and AC 3-tier announced by new Railway Minister Mukul Roy in the Lok Sabha on Thursday saying that the increase in railway fares would weigh heavily on the common man who was already reeling under food inflation and spiraling prices.

Manoj Joshi ‘Chanakya’ to be staged in city
Ludhiana, March 23
Actor Manoj Joshi, who was in the city said that the play, Chanakya, which was to be staged in the city was one of the most viewed plays. The actor and director of the play said that the play would be staged for the 199th time across the states, but first time in Punjab.

Manoj Joshi is in city for the play “Chanakya”. Tribune photo: HimanshuMahajan

Sutlej Club abuzz with activity
Ludhiana, March 23
Candidates heve filed in their nominations for different honorary positions at the Sutlej Club. Messages, calls and meeting up with members are going on full throttle with only a day left before the elections on March 25. For about eight positions and three executive members positions, 23 members have filed their nominations at the club.

Martyr Sukhdev's house remains locked
Ludhiana, March 23
Unlike previous years when there used to be a virtual scramble among the political leaders and other government functionaries to pay tributes to the martyrs trio - Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, at Sukhdev's ancestral house in the Naughara locality in the old city here, the martyr's house remained locked due to the ongoing litigation between the Shaheed Sukhdev Memorial Trust and the state government.
The ancestral house of martyr Sukhdev Thapar remained locked even on Martyrdom Day; and (right) members of Shaheed Sukhdev Mamorial Trust perform a ‘havan’ in memory of the martyr
The ancestral house of martyr Sukhdev Thapar remained locked even on Martyrdom Day; and (right) members of Shaheed Sukhdev Mamorial Trust perform a ‘havan’ in memory of the martyr. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Schoolchildren pay tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on Martyrdom Day in Ludhiana
Schoolchildren pay tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on Martyrdom Day in Ludhiana on Thursday. tribune photo: himanshu mahajan 

Homage paid to martyrs
Jagraon, March 23
Martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev was observed jointly by various social organisations here today.

Eye-screening camp
Ludhiana, March 23
Ek Prayaas, an institute for children with special needs, run by the Social Action Group organised a free eye check-up camp to check eyes of the children. The children were screened for eye disorders by a team of highly experienced ophthalmologists from the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC&H).

4 injured as roof collapses
Ludhiana, March 23
As many as four persons were injured, including one seriously, after a newly constructed roof collapsed in the Janakpuri area here today.

PAU alumnus go down memory lane
Ludhiana, March 23
After 39 years, when BK Kaushal, a builder from Chandigarh, met his classmates at Punjab Agricultural University at the age of 66, it was a trip down memory lane for him. “I was poor and could not buy a dissection set. Our professor turned me out of the class several times. Now, I have millions of rupees, but the memories of those days stay with me,” he says.
Old students of Punjab Agricultural University recall and share their experiences during a reunion in Ludhiana
Old students of Punjab Agricultural University recall and share their experiences during a reunion in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: inderjeet Verma




Two proclaimed offenders nabbed
Jagraon, March 23
The Ludhiana (rural) police have claimed to arrested two proclaimed offenders wanted in different criminal cases registered against them in various criminal activities. The accused have been identified as Sarwan Singh of Ferozepur and Supinder Singh of Beetal village near Moga.

2 nabbed for murder
Ludhiana, March 23
The Jodhewal police has nabbed Sonu and Sham Lal, small-time vehicle thieves, in connection with the murder of a man committed a year ago. The accused confessed to having killed Kashmir Singh, a resident of Phillaur, and dumping his boy in a vacant plot. After killing him, they fled the town and started living in the industrial city.


DBA elections: 11 more files nomination papers
Ludhiana, March 23
Eleven more aspiring contestants filed nomination papers for different posts, on the last day of filing of nomination papers, in the annual election of the District Bar Association (DBA) scheduled for April 4.

Cricket trials from March 26
Ludhiana, March 23
To groom young players for the national and international-level competition, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has chalked out a programme to select players of substance.




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