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Unauthorised colonies mushroom near city
PUDA to probe coloniser-official nexus

Ludhiana, July 18
A number of small unauthorised colonies are coming up on the outskirts of the city, thanks to the indifference of the Punjab Urban Development Authority, and the alleged connivance of the property dealers, village sarpanches and some officials of PUDA itself. 
Unauthorised constructions that have come up in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Dhandra Road near Dugri.
Unauthorised constructions that have come up in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Dhandra Road near Dugri. 
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Walkout by BJP, SAD councillors
Resignation of Mayor demanded
Ludhiana, July 18
As the elevated road project, which has been mired in controversy from the beginning, was approved by a majority vote at the general House meeting of the Municipal Corporation here today, the BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) councillors staged a walk-out and held a dharna outside the meeting hall. Councillors belonging to the Congress, BSP, a group of Shiromani Akali Dal and Independents, voted in favour of the project.



No patch-up with Badal: Tohra
Ludhiana, July 18
The former SGPC chief and the leader of the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal (AISAD), Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, has ruled out any patch up with his erstwhile colleague and the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. He told Ludhiana Tribune here, “the issue (of rapprochement) had already been closed for good”.

IMA for strict action against Sofats
Ludhiana, July 18
The Indian Medical Association has recommended strict action against the Sofat Infertility and Women Care Centre, Ludhiana, for allegedly violating the medical ethics by issuing various advertisements in newspapers.

64 fresh cases of gastroenteritis
Ludhiana, July 18
Cases of gastroenteritis continue to rise in the city. Reports of 64 fresh cases received from various city hospitals today. According to health officials, 45 cases have been reported from Dr B.L. Kapoor Memorial Hospital, four from the Civil Hospital, two from Pahwa Hospital, eight from Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, one from Oswal and four from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Opinion divided over Vajpayee- Musharraf summit outcome
Ludhiana, July 18
Ludhianavis seem to be divided over the outcome of the Indo-Pak summit which failed to reach any consensus. However, most of them said they had not expected any miraculous outcome from these talks as the two countries had gone too far in trumpeting their position on the vexed Kashmir issue.

Flying club staff sans salary for 2 yrs
Sahnewal (Ludhiana), July 18
The staff of the Ludhiana Flying Club has been virtually grounded due to the ‘indifferent attitude’ of the state government. About 25 employee of the club have not been paid salaries for the past 26 months.

BSNL employees stage dharna
Ludhiana, July 18
All-India Telecom Employees Union (Class III) observed anti-privatisation day and staged a dharna outside Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) office at Bharat Nagar Chowk today.


Concern over rise in crime against women
Machhiwara, July 18
All those present at the police sangat darshan, held at the local community centre on Monday evening, appreciated the police officials, instead of making any complaint against them. The police-public meet was headed by the SSP of Khanna, Mr R.N. Dhoke. He was accompanied by DSP, Samrala, Mr Sushil Kumar. The Speaker of Punjab Legislative Assembly, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, who is also the local MLA, was the chief guest.

Committed to enlightening masses
Ludhiana, July 18
In the world of myths and superstitions that have gripped the masses in our country, the Taraksheel Society, an NGO, has chosen to tread the thorny path to enlighten the masses by exploding the myths and expose the people who dupe the public by playing on their religious and emotional sentiments.

PSEB pensioners threaten stir
Ludhiana, July 18
The Joint Actions Committee (JAC) of all PSEB Pensioners Associations would adopt a path of agitation by showing black flags to the PSEB Chairman at Patiala and elsewhere and wearing black badges against what they described as total neglect of the pensioners by the PSEB management and non-acceptance of their pending demands.

Plight of women cobblers
Ludhiana, July 18
The 40 odd women cobblers from Rajasthan, who picked up the trade from their fathers in their childhood, sit in a row with polishing brushes and polishing shoes and mending shoes of passersby. They have invaded the male bastion only to survive and feed armies of children they have produced due to lack of education. One generally associates the cobblers to be men.

At the receiving end: Women cobblers in Ludhianas

At the receiving end: Women cobblers in Ludhianas

7 booked in dowry case
Khanna, July 18
Anju Bala, wife of Bhusan Lal of Nai Abadi, has submitted a complaint to the SSP, Dr R.N. Dhoke, regarding her wrongful confinement for the purpose of extortion and criminal conspiracy. On the orders of the SSP, the police has registered a case under Section 347/406/498-A/506/120-B of the IPC.


Union demands allotment of shops
Mandi Gobindgarh, July 18
Mr Ajit Singh Verma, president, Kirayedar Union, Punjab, has demanded implementation of the decision taken by the Chief Secretary on March 2.


Farmers asked to prepare for global challenge
Ludhiana, July 18
‘‘The farmers should prepare themselves to meet the challenges by decreasing the input cost and enhancing the quality of the produce.’’ This was stated by Dr Gurcharan Singh Rajajung, Chief Agricultural Officer, while addressing farmers during a district-level farmers training camp organised by the Department of Agriculture at Aarti Marriage Palace, Sahnewal, about 15 km from here, to acquaint the farmers with the new challenges posed by trade globalisation agreements and apprise them of advantages of sowing of the kharif crops.

Participants at a training camp organised by the Department of Agriculture in Sahnewal, Ludhiana, on Wednesday.
Participants at a training camp organised by the Department of Agriculture in Sahnewal, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. — Photo Inderjit Verma


Colleges or education stores!
Ludhiana, July 18
With local colleges getting affiliated to more than one university for different courses, these colleges appear to have become departmental stores for education.

PAU scientist Aulakh felicitated
New Delhi, July 18
Dr Milka Singh Aulakh, a senior soil scientist of Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana who became the first Indian to be awarded the International Fertiliser Award, has been felicitated by the Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister, Mr S.S. Dhindsa.

Counselling for BBA, BCA begins
Ludhiana, July 18
Hundreds of students seeking admission to BBA and BCA courses appeared for counselling at colleges affiliated to Punjab Technical University today.

Staff of women colleges ‘underpaid’
Ludhiana, July 18
The Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers Union has received several complaints of underpayment from staff of women colleges.

ETT trained teachers hold dharna
Ludhiana, July 18
The Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union held a dharna at the mini-secretariat in protest against the filling of posts for elementary teacher with BEd teachers.



Indian girls anaemic, says report
Ludhiana, July 18
Anaemia is a major public health problem in the world today. Recent studies have revealed that 65 per cent to 75 per cent of the adolescent girls in India are anaemic. Adolescent girls are particularly prone to iron deficiency anaemia because of the increased demands of iron by the body.

Denial on  doctors’ commission
Ludhiana, July 18
Diagnostic tests like MRI, CT scan and ultrasound will cost less now in Ludhiana, with one of the centres slashing its prices from 45 to 80 per cent. While some other diagnostic centres are grumbling over it, this has come as a major relief for patients.


Preparations to be over by Aug 15
Ludhiana, July 18
All arrangements to conduct six disciplines here at Ludhiana during the 31st National Games slated to be held in five major cities of Punjab from September 16 to 29 will completed by August 15.


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