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Gosain leads protest against water scarcity
Empty pitchers carried to the commissioner's residence

Residents of kidwai Nagar carrying empty pitchers hold a demonstration against water shortage in Ludhiana on Friday —Photo by Rajesh Bhambi
Residents of kidwai Nagar carrying empty pitchers hold a demonstration against water shortage in Ludhiana on Friday 
—Photo by Rajesh Bhambi

LUDHIANA, July 7 — Retaliating to aggressive stand taken by the top civic officials, including Commissioner of the local Municipal Corporation (MC) S.S.Sandhu against him in the general house meeting of the MC here on Wednesday, firebrand BJP legislator Sat Pal Gosain today led an angry demonstration of a large number of residents of Kidwai Nagar and adjoining localities to protest against acute scarcity of drinking water.

PSEB told to refund bill
LUDHIANA, July 7— The District Consumer Redressal Forum today directed the (Punjab State Electricity Board PSEB ) to refund a bill of Rs 12,019 to a consumer along with 12 per cent interest and Rs 500 as costs for charging a wrong bill and causing harassment by disconnecting the power connection to his house in Sunet village .


Now send e-mail over phone
LUDHIANA, July 7 — For sending an e-mail, one will no longer require a computer and an Internet connection. Instead, a telephone call will serve the purpose. The biggest advantage is that even those who do not have a PC or those who do not know how to operate it, will be able to send mails themselves.

Dug up roads add to woes of Ludhianvis
 LUDHIANA,  July 7 — The industrial hub of Punjab and the largest populated city in the region has all the problems that emerge from indutrialisation and haphazard urban development to accommodate big influx of people from other urban and rural areas and a sizeable migrant population, with pathetic condition of the city roads and chaotic traffic situation being on the top of the list. 


Traders burn Badal’s effigy
LUDHIANA, July 7 — Activists of a number of organisations of industrialists and traders of the state burnt an effigy of Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal to protest against the recent power hike here today. The organisations also gave an ultimatum to the state government to withdraw or scale down the power hike within 15 days lest they would launch a statewide agitation.

Traffic bottlenecks to be removed
Shopkeepers agree to MC proposal
LUDHIANA, July 7 — The irritating commotion and traffic jams one witnesses daily, at Baba Dhyan Singh Complex Chowk near the Bus stand here is all set to become a thing of the past. The local Municipal Corporation has succeeded in convincing four shopkeepers to shift to some other place for a ‘rotary’ to be constructed for the efficient flow of traffic.

Depression and alcoholism ... a lethal combination
LUDHIANA, JULY 7 — Depression and alcohol dependence are two common disorders that frequently coexist. As a result, sorting out the various symptoms of each disorder and determining whether the symptoms of one are caused by the other, often prove difficult. In turn, this uncertainty hampers decision making concerning treatment.

Mayor assures basic amenities
LUDHIANA, July 7 — The city Mayor, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, has assured that adequate funds would be made available for development works in the city and resource crunch would not be allowed to come in the way of providing basic amenities to the city residents.

Speed post service revamped
LUDHIANA, July 7 — The state Department of Postal Services has pulled up its socks for competing with the private courier services by introducing new posts of area managers and marketing executives.

Traders raise ST issue with Tandon
LUDHIANA, July 7 — To resolve the crises arising out of ban on the inter-state movement of petroleum products, a delegation of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Punjab), Ludhiana, met the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday. Mr B.D. Tandon, Minister for Local Bodies, accompanied the delegation.

Markets flooded with mangoes
LUDHIANA, July 7 — The current mango season is at its peak. Popular varieties of the “summer delight”, namely, Dasehri, Saharni and Langra are on sale in every nook and corner of the city at around Rs 20 a kg. There is always room for bargain, you know.

LPG distributors’ clarification
LUDHIANA, July 7 — Mr Navin Talwar, secretary, Ludhiana LPG Distributors Association, and Mr Ashu Bharti of Bharat Petroleum today reacted strongly to a Ludhiana Tribune’s news report on ‘LPG cylinder for Rs 300’.

Swami Vivekanand remembered
LUDHIANA, July 7 — The Maha Samadhi divas of Swami Vivekanand was celebrated here on July 4 by the local Swami Vivekanand Study Circle. Shabads from the Gurbani were recited and excerpts from the Swami’s book, My India, the India Eternal were read out at the function organised to mark the celebration, according to a press note by the circle.

Railways' clarification
LUDHIANA, July 7 — A Railways press release today clarified that phone numbers 470314 to 470319 published as railway inquiry numbers in these columns on Thursday actually belong to another city. The computerised railway inquiry will be started shortly and the new numbers would be published accordingly. The public is requested not to call up at these numbers. Inconvenience caused to the actual owners of these numbers is sincerely regretted.


350 kg of poppy husk seized
LUDHIANA, July 7 — The police seized 350 kg of poppy husk from four miscreants at Gobindgarh village yesterday.

Two Satluj Hospital Directors booked
LUDHIANA, July 7 — The tussle for oneupmanship between the former Managing Director of Satluj Hospital and the other four directors has got murkier with the police registering a case of violence and threat against two of the directors.


Consistency & guidance paved the way
LUDHIANA, July 7 — City boys and girls have proved their mettle by topping in various exams. What took them to the top? As part of the continuing series, we ask another topper, the secret of his success.


Admn completes flood protection measures: DC
LUDHIANA, July 7 — The district administration today claimed to have completed all arrangements against flood protection during the coming rainy season with 10 flood control rooms being set up at district and subdivisional headquarters, The Municipal Corporation and the police headquarters, which would function round-the-clock till September 30.


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