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Octroi on fuel abolished
Ludhiana, April 30
As the prices of essential commodities are skyrocketing, slashing of petrol and diesel prices has been welcomed by the people. Petrol will be cheaper by 73 paise, while diesel prices will be slashed by 82 paise per liter within the municipal limits.

Want promotion, opt for languages
Ludhiana, April 30
It is a common trend in government schools that masters and mistresses of maths and science streams opt for postgraduation in language subjects in case they are willing to get promoted.

Reshuffle in excise dept
Ludhiana, April 30
All assistant excise and taxation commissioners (AETC) and deputy excise and taxation commissioner (DETC) of the Excise and Taxation Department have either been reshuffled or transferred from the city.


Ganda nullah
Former Health Minister Satpal Gosain along with municipal officials visit the Ganda Nullah near Issa Nagri in Ludhiana on Monday. Gosain chides MC, contractor for delay
Ludhiana, April 30
With the Municipal Council elections nearing, politics regarding covering of the Ganda Nullah is likely to hot up. This was evident today with former Health Minister Satpal Gosain pulling up officials of the Municipal Corporation as well as the contractor for using raw material of poor quality and for the delay in completion of the project.

Former Health Minister Satpal Gosain along with municipal officials visit the Ganda Nullah near Issa Nagri in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Dragon devouring local plywood units
Ludhiana, April 30
Cheap import of plywood from China is disrupting the business of their Indian counterparts. Plywood coming from China is 25 per cent cheaper than those made in India. Cheap imports coming from China has already gulped down 30 per cent of the business of Indian manufacturers.

Habit-forming drugs worth Rs 65,000 seized
Ludhiana, April 30
A team of the Health Department today seized habit-forming drugs and vaccines during a raid conducted on chemist shops in the Pindi Street here. Drug inspectors Sukhvir Chand, Sanjiv Garg, Karuna Gupta, Perneet Kaur, Roop Preet Kaur, under the directions of Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta, raided 12 chemist shops in the Pindi Street. During the raid, seven samples of different drugs were taken.

Shatabdi Express chugs towards Ludhiana. Food quality check not on Rlys’ menu
Ludhiana, April 30
Passengers, who boarded the elite New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express from New Delhi today morning, passed through a harrowing experience because food and snacks served by the unprofessional catering staff was unpalatable and complaints lodged by them were being ignored. It was literally after a direct confrontation with the supervisory staff of a catering contractor that the passengers were formally able to lodge their complaints.

Shatabdi Express chugs towards Ludhiana. A file photo

Proclaimed offender flees from court, arrested
Jagraon, April 30
A proclaimed offender, who was brought to the Jagraon court for hearing, managed to escape from the police custody today. But the police team acted swiftly and gave him a chase following which the accused was finally nabbed within 15 minutes from Kothe Sher Jang area on the outskirts of Jagraon.

The accused, who tried to escape during a court hearing at Jagraon, in police custody. A Tribune photo


Bridge or deathtrap?
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 30
A major tragedy is waiting to strike at the newly constructed Jagera bridge on the four-laned Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, near here. Contrary to expectations of residents, long-awaited completion of the bridge has proved to be a death trap for occupants of vehicles coming from four sides.

A child (circled) ekes out a living by working in an eatry run by a roadside vendor and by washing utensils in Ludhiana.
I, too, have a dream:
A child (circled) ekes out a living by working in an eatry run by a roadside vendor and by washing utensils in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana scan
Annual function
Activists and office-bearers of various social, constitutional and educational institutions of the area vowed to pay maximum attention towards inculcating ethical and moral values among youngsters. An oath was administered in response to a call given by the office-bearers and activists of Sewa Bharti (registered) during the concluding session of annual function of the organisation at Aggarwal Sewa Sadan on Sunday. Som Nath Aggarwal, general secretary of state body of the NGO, presided over the function and Anil Aggarwal, chief executive director of Shryans Industries Limited were present.

Pass holders have long tale of woes
Doraha, April 30
Students having bus passes narrate a new tale of rejection, humiliation and embarrassment every day. Not a day passes when one or the other student is not caught up in an altercation with either the conductor or the driver of a roadways or a PRTC bus. The reason being simple-the students have to board the bus and the drivers and conductors, in a majority of cases, ignore them, insult them and sometimes even leave them hanging mid way.

Political support fails to bring respite to developers of unauthorised colonies
Ludhiana, April 30
There seems to be no relief in sight for the developers of unauthorised (unlicensed) colonies on the periphery of the mega city, at least for the time being, even though certain politically connected colonisers had approached senior government functionaries, and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had directed the officials of the housing and urban development department to simplify the existing policy for compounding all unauthorised colonies.

PAU notes
Seed-borne pathogens cause ailments
Ludhiana: “About 18 to 20 per cent increase in the production is possible with the use of quality and disease-free seed. But farmers at times do not pay attention towards the selection of good-quality disease-free seed,” said scientists of the department of plant pathology and Seed Technology Centre of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Cautioning farmers, the scientists explained that a variety of micro-organisms were associated with seeds that deteriorated seed health.

Teachers keen on learning basics of computer
Ludhiana, April 30
Computer has become a hit with government school teachers as nowadays they seem more interested in learning computers during training classes. As per experts from the teacher training centre, earlier teachers from language and other subjects thought that computer education was useless.

Protest by special trainers
Ludhiana, April 30
Special trainers working at the Special Training Centres (STC) under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) did not turn up in the district office of the SSA during the recruitment counselling. Trainers were opposing the department’s decision to reduce the number of posts by 400. They held a protest outside the SSA’s office.

Special trainers stage a protest outside the SSA’s office in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

School notes
Poster-making contest
Students of BVM school, Udham Singh Nagar, plant saplings on the school premises. Ludhiana: An Inter-House Poster-Making Contest was organised at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar bypass. Students from classes IV to XII made beautiful posters depicting shortage of water and depletion of underground water. Olympiads: Students of Ryan International School, Ludhiana, excelled in various national and international-level science, maths and English olympiads.

Students of BVM school, Udham Singh Nagar, plant saplings on the school premises.

Show-cause notice to 9 teachers
Ludhiana, April 30
The District Education Officer, Leela Rani, has issued show-cause notices to nine computer teachers for not answering the phone calls of officials. The notice was issued to Gurtej Singh from Government High School, Kuldeep Singh from Government Senior Secondary School Nathewal, Pratiba from Government High School Kasabaad, Gursewak Singh from Government Senior Secondary School Sahnewal, Ramandeep Kaur from Government High School Katahri, Amanjeet Kaur from Government Senior Secondary School Kaunke Kalan, Ramanjeet Kaur from Government High School, Ramgarh Bhullar, Varjinder Kaur Burj Hakeema and Harmandeep Kaur from Government Senior Secondary School Sidhwan Bet.

Child Labour Act exists on paper alone
Ludhiana/Khanna, April 30
Tall claims of respective governments, the district administration and the Labour Department of implementing the Child Labour Act in "spirits" fall flat as a number of children between the ages of 8-14 years continue to be "expoited" in factories, dhabas and offices by their employers in the city.

Remote sensing centre introduces new course
Ludhiana, April 30
MTech in geoinformatics was introduced at Punjab Remote Sensing Centre today. Prof Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, was present on the occasion. About 25 students will be enrolled in the two-year course. As the course involves multiple areas, students from different backgrounds in geography, IT and civil engineering may be enrolled.

Noise pollution act
Teams constituted to check violations
Ludhiana/Khanna, April 30
The district administration has decided to constitute teams comprising officials from the district transport and the police departments to deal sternly with those violating the Noise Pollution Act. Strict action will be taken against those using pressure horns, playing loud music near the educational institutes and other such violations.

Going the ‘dhaba’ way
Ludhiana, April 30
If you are missing the typical taste of the “dhaba daal fry” or “kebab” you had on the roadside of the highway the other night, the Dhaba Festival at Park Plaza is your perfect date with the dhaba food. The 17-day festival at a city hotel is offering the dhaba flavours.

Kucha No 7, a hell
Ludhiana, April 30
A water-logged street at Kucha Number 7 in Field Ganj, Ludhiana. Residents of Kucha Number 7 in Field Ganj have been living in pitiable state due to non-functional sewerage system. It is located near Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib. Water gets accumulated in the locality whenever it rains. Pardeep Kumar, who resides in this locality, complained that the problem started when the project of covering Ganda Nullah began.

A water-logged street at Kucha Number 7 in Field Ganj, Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Education dept not so tech savvy
Ludhiana, April 30
On the one hand, the Punjab government is claiming that it is adopting new technology for the convenience of public, but on the other, the education department is lagging far behind. Most of the circulars and orders issued by the Directorate of Public Instructions (DPI) are still written on typewriters and distributed to schools by post. The website of the DPI (secondary) has not been updated for many months and even the domain of the DPI (secondary) website has expired now.

Seechewal gets Punjabi Viraasat Award
Ludhiana, April 30
Baba Balveer Singh Seechewal has been honoured with the Punjabi Viraasat Award at Punjabi Viarast Bhawan by the Jagdev Singh Jasowal Charitable Trust here today.

Cosmopolitan outlook, trends making way to city
Ludhiana, April 30
With the city stepping towards the metropolitan culture, the cosmopolitan outlook and trends are making their way to the city.

Web domain of SCD college’s website expires
Ludhiana, April 30
Students browsing the website of SCD Government College these days are in for disappointment. The website no longer exists, as the web domain of the website has expired.

Chahal is new principal of SCD college
Ludhiana, April 30
Prof DS Chahal has taken over as the officiating principal of the SCD Government College.

Function to mark May Day
Ludhiana, April 30
Workers from Ludhiana are organising a programme at PUDA ground on the Chandigarh Road to mark the May Day tomorrow.


ml markan cricket
Mohali script thumping victory
Ludhiana, April 30
Mohali, riding high over strokeful centuries by Sidharath and Tanprit, scripted a A batsman plays a defensive shot in a match between Ludhiana and Mohali at the PAU on Monday. thumping victory over hosts Ludhiana by an innings and 50 runs on the third and final day of the match in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-16) for the ML Markan Trophy at Punjab Agricultural University campus ground here today.

A batsman plays a defensive shot in a match between Ludhiana and Mohali at the PAU on Monday. photo: inderneet verma

Innovative way to rid society of social evils
Ludhiana/Khanna, April 30
In a unique initiative taken by the police department to create awareness regarding three major problems prevalent in the city- drug addiction, gambling and traffic regulations, a two-day volleyball tournament have been organised for the police personnel, players and the general public.

A volleyball match under way in Ludhiana on Monday. photo: inderjeet verma



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