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Scandal in horticulture wing of MC unearthed
Officials committed fraud worth crores
Ludhiana, December 12
The Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau is learnt to have unearthed a major scandal in the local Municipal Corporation, especially in its horticulture wing, in which some officials and employees allegedly committed a fraud worth lakhs or even crores by using substandard material in maintenance and renovation of parks along with allegedly receiving kickbacks from private companies to pass their bills or give them contracts.

10 migrant families looted by dacoits
Ludhiana, December 12
At least 10 families of migrant labourers living in a row of houses at Vishnupuri were robbed by eight armed dacoits yesterday early morning.
A migrant labourer points towards the broken doors and windows.
A migrant labourer points towards the broken doors and windows. 






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MC moots proposal for solid waste management
Ludhiana, December 12
In the wake of renewed focus on improving the delivery of civic services, especially after the proactive role of the Supreme Court, the Municipal Corporation has mooted several new proposals to effectively deal with the issue of solid waste management in the city.


 
COMMUNITY

Earning livlihood in a novel way
Ludhiana, December 12
In the evening they return to their homes with a satisfaction on their faces. What makes them to be cheerful is that they have got appropriate returns from the day’s hard labour. But what is interesting is their ingenuity to earn money. They have found a novel method to make money.  

Children helping two-wheelers owners cross the Dhuri railway line to earn livlihood. Inset: Naseem and Sanjay —Photos Rajesh Bhambi. 
Children helping two-wheelers owners cross the Dhuri railway line

AISSF joins issue over Ludhiana (Rural) seat
Ludhiana, December 12
The youth wing of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has staked claim to Ludhiana Rural assembly seat and has urged the party high command to allot party ticket from this seat to Mr Balwinder Singh Bains, president of the youth wing.

Momos appeal to city tastebuds
Ludhiana, Decmber 12
Ludhianivis are always looking for different cusinies to give a new experience to their tastebuds. Momos — a savoury popular with-Eastern States of India is the latest snack to take the fancy of the city folk.

4 killed, 9 hurt in accident
Samrala, December 12
Four persons, including three members of a family, were killed and nine were injured in an accident between a car and a private bus near the octroi post here on Monday night.

RSS holds protest rally
Jagraon, December 12
The local unit of the RSS held a rally today in protest against the ‘barbaric’ attitude of Muslim fanatics of Bangladesh towards the Hindu minority there.


 
CRIME

Cobbler’s killer at large
Ludhiana, December 12
The city police has not been able to trace the car driver who caused the death of a cobbler at Neemwala Chowk yesterday by dashing his Maruti car against the tree under which the deceased was running his business.


 
AGRICULTURE

FMD virus catches authorities off-guard
Ludhiana, December 12
The authorities are groping in the dark for tackling the foot and mouth disease (FMD) which has already spread in the central parts of Punjab.
Making a frank admission, the Director, Animal Husbandry, Dr G.S. Chahal, told Ludhiana Tribune yesterday that in the absence of adequate provision of funds by the state government to the department, it was unable to supply the FMD vaccine for preventing the dreadful disease.

Training camp on vegetables ends
Ludhiana, December 12
A two-day training camp on cultivation of summer vegetables, organised in the Department of Vegetable Crops, Punjab Agricultural University, for the benefit of horticulture development officers of the state concluded here today.


EDUCATION

College teachers continue rallies
Ludhiana, December 12
On the call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, over 700 teachers and non-teaching employees assembled outside the Mini Secretariat and held a rally demanding release of 18 teachers arrested at Chandigarh and implementation of their long-pending demands.
College teachers hold a rally outside the Mini Secretariat to protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands. —IV
College teachers hold a rally outside the Mini Secretariat

Govt plans to make rural youth computer savvy
Amloh, December 12
With a view to provide computer training to the rural youth and to enhance the IT professionals in the state, the government has chalked out a comprehensive plan to open more computer training centres in the villages, where training in different computer courses introduced by Punjab Technical University would be imparted at the affordable charges, said Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance and Planning Minister Punjab, while addressing a gathering after inaugurating a computer training centre established by the village panchayat at a cost of Rs 18.57 lakh at Bhambri village, about 30 km from here.

DEO accuses teachers of harassment
Ludhiana, December 12
Alleging harassment, defamation and threat from few school teachers, Ms Usha Sidhu, District Education Officer (Secondary), has filed a case against them here yesterday evening.

Award for PAU scientist
Ludhiana, December 12
Dr Mukand Singh Brar, Senior Soil Chemist, Department of Soils, Punjab Agricultural University, has been selected as Fellow Indian Society of Soil Science (FISSS). It is the highest honour bestowed by the society to its few selected members.

18 centres for ETT examination
Ludhiana, December 12
The District Education Department is gearing up for conducting the examination for Elementary Teachers’ Training (ETT) to be held at 18 centres on December 16.


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CULTURE

Indian customs fascinate Danish girls
Ludhiana, December 12
Ludhiana is a city of ever smiling and hospitable people. And, of course, of beggars and traffic. This is the opinion of two Danish girls who are in the city to attend the marriage of their Indian friend from Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. They visited a beauty parlour in the city today. The groom’s sisters had accompanied those Danish girls to the parlour as the girls were told that everyone goes to the parlour for a hair set.

Danish girls enjoying their first visit to a beauty parlour.
—Photo Rajesh Bhambi
Danish girls enjoying their first visit to a beauty parlour.


HEALTH

Youth distorted by quacks
Ludhiana, December 12
The hope for Mahinder Singh, perhaps, has come too late for him to be sire of a child. He has been treated by doctors to fulfil his wish to have a child. He had struggled, and faced a lot of humiliation back home at Ghalib Kalan village, near here, as he lacked hair on his body, especially on the face, a symbol of a masculinity.


 

ADMINISTRATION

Construction goes unabated at Baba Jiwan Singh Nagar
Ludhiana, December 12
Flouting the orders of the municipal corporation and the district administration, the construction is going unabated on an encroached piece of land in Baba Jiwan Singh Nagar and Bhola Colony on the Tajpur road here.

Construction work under progress at Baba Jiwan Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. —Photo Inderjeet Verma
Construction work under progress at Baba Jiwan Singh Nagar

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