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Barricades against fire hazard go
Ludhiana, May 16
Resentment prevails among persons who live in Guru Arjan Dev Nagar near Tajpur Road because the Municipal Corporation has removed some iron barricades that prevented the entry of heavy transport vehicles into the area.
One of the streets of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar near Samrala Chowk One of the streets of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar near Samrala Chowk, Ludhiana, where some barricades were removed to let in heavy transport vehicles bringing in polyester yarn. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

Woman’s fight for husband’s right
Ludhiana, May 16
Sheela, a 26-year-old woman, is moving from pillar to post to get justice for her husband, Raj Kumar, 30, who was a temporary worker in a factory where he met with an accident last year and received serious injuries. The accident rendered Raj Kumar incapacitated. He is unable to move his right wrist and the ankles.


Yet another twist to elopement case
Boy’s father produces marriage photos
Nangal Khurd (Ludhiana), May 16
The controversy over an elopement case of a young couple of this village, in which the Sudhar police is facing criticism for favouring the girl’s family, has taken yet another turn today with the unearthing of an about year-old photographs of the couple, showing their marriage at a gurdwara in Chandigarh.

Two days before their hands unfold
Ludhiana, May 16
With only two more days left for the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections, most of the candidates in the fray have intensified their campaigning efforts, the intense heat wave in the region for the past one week notwithstanding.

Gang busted, 25 cars recovered
Ludhiana, May 16
Claiming a major success, the district police today announced busting of an inter-state gang of car-lifters. They stole cars from Ludhiana and sold it in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh on fake documents.


Plastic buntings environment hazard
Ludhiana, May 16
Despite knowing the fact that plastic is non-biodegradable, the political parties in this mega city have not spared any place that does not have plastic buntings. The probable representatives of the people who are busy in convincing their candidature for the forthcoming Municipal Corporation (MC) elections, are using the plastics buntings openly as there are no specific rules and regulations to prohibit them.
Plastic bunting is being used for electioneering for the forthcoming Municipal Corporation elections
Plastic bunting is being used for electioneering for the forthcoming Municipal Corporation elections in Ludhiana. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

Rally against MC officials
Amloh, May 16
The joint action committee of the Anti-Corruption Federation of India, members of the BJP, Hindu Shiv Sena (Bal Thackrey) and rehriwalas organised a protest march yesterday in the main bazar against the alleged misbehaviour of an executive officer (EO), an inspector and an accountant. Later they also held a rally in the tehsil complex.

Fresh proposal to lease out Lodhi Fort
Ludhiana, May 16
With a change of guard in the state government and the possibility of no more interference by an Akali minister, a couple of organisations have once again launched a fresh move to take the dilapidated building and vacant land of the historical Lodhi Fort, situated on prime location, on lease.

Where beggars are choosers
Armed with ‘licences’ to beg
Ludhiana, May 16
Instead of providing vocational training to physically challenged people, some institutions seem to be encouraging them towards begging by issuing certificates and recommendation letters requesting people to “help” them. These days a large number such beggars have flooded the mega city armed with such documents.

Talk on child abuse
Ludhiana, May 16
The Ludhiana wing of the International Human Rights Organisation organised a talk on child abuse at the College of Home Science yesterday. Dr Neelam Kapoor, a volunteer, said cases of child abuse in the hands of servants and family members were on the rise in the city.


Migrant given drug-laced tea, robbed
Ludhiana, May 16
Joginder, a migrant from Bihar, who had come to the local railway station on Tuesday night from Fazilka to board the Bihar-bound Jansewa Express, was allegedly given drug-laced tea and robbed of his belongings by an unknown person, also suspected to be a Bihari.


Ravi Sharma wins Street Smart Challenge
Ludhiana, May 16
Mr Ravi Sharma, Mr Kirpal Singh and Mr Narinder Pal Singh got the first three positions, respectively, in the Street Smart Challenge organised by Maruti Udyog Limited (MUL). In the women section, Dr Poonam and Ms Vivian got the first two positions in the contest.


‘Health Dept’s exercise to eradicate TB a farce’
Ludhiana, May 16
The Animal Husbandry Department, Punjab, and the College of Veterinary Science along with the Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association has claimed that efforts of the Health Department to eradicate TB from the state is a farce. 

Farmers seek action against arhtiyas
Ludhiana, May 16
A number of farmers of Mullanpur Dakha and surrounding villages met the Deputy Commissioner at the fortnightly District Complaints Redressal Forum here today and sought his help in recovering their dues from several commission agents. 


ABVP hails Vigilance Dept for arresting teachers 
Ludhiana, May 16
The Ludhiana unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has welcomed the step taken by state government to curb the menace of private tuitions by arresting the teachers giving tuitions.


PSEB penalised for deficient services
Ludhiana, May 16
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation for deficient services, along with Rs 500 as cost of litigation to Mr Bhupinder Singh, proprietor of Pathankot Timber Store, Samrala Road. 



Heatstroke cases on the rise
Ludhiana, May 13
As the city scorches under 45°C heat, a number of cases of heatstroke are being reported from various city hospitals. The affected, who include adults as well as children, complain of restlessness, high fever, dehydration and increased thirst.

Exhibition on therapeutic diet 
Ludhiana, May 16
‘‘Doctors should leave diet part of the patient to a dietician. It is very important to educate the public regarding the hazards of over and under eating. The services of dietician should be availed by one and all and every hospital should have a qualified and trained dietician for giving proper dietary guidelines’’, said Dr Molly Joshi, Chief Dietician, Department of Dietetics, Christian Medical College and Hospital.



More documents allowed for voters’ identity
Ludhiana, May 16
With a view to preventing impersonation of voters and facilitating their identification at the time of general elections to Municipal Corporation Ludhiana, the district administration has allowed 16 more alternative identification documents to the photo identity (PAN) cards.

‘Clean and green’ campaign for city
Ludhiana, May 16
The Municipal Corporation has decided to launch an education programme for residents and a campaign to make the city clean and green. This would be achieved by providing necessary sanitary education and public participation.


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