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Demolition campaign vindictive: residents
Ludhiana, June 20
A demolition drive was carried out by the PUDA authorities in Dugri Urban Estate locality here today in which the ‘unauthorised’ construction of gates and encroachment on public streets by residents of HIG flats were razed to ground, purportedly on the basis of orders passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
A JCB machine at work during an anti-encroachment drive launched by PUDA A JCB machine at work during an anti-encroachment drive launched by PUDA in Dugri Urban Estate, Ludhiana, on Thursday. —Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

Resentment over high toll tax 
Doraha, June 20
The stage is set for a confrontation between the people and the private company entrusted with the task of collecting toll-tax at the highway here. Various traders’ and social associations have joined hands to oppose the exorbitant toll to be collected from the night intervening June 23 / 24.


Suspect alleges police torture
Goes into hiding, files petition
Ludhiana, June 20
Close on the heels of arrest of a Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist from the Raikhi chowk, here, the case of recovery of a telephone number of a city resident from the pocket of another ‘terrorist’ gunned down by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir recently, has rocked the city.

Harassed police victim Vijay Kumar and his wife narrate their tale of woes in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Harassed police victim Vijay Kumar and his wife narrate their tale of woes

Youth stabs girlfriend, commits suicide
Ludhiana, June 20
In a fit of rage, a youth stabbed his girlfriend and her two sisters before allegedly committing suicide by consuming a poisonous substance late last night. According to police sources, 25-year-old Raj Kumar reached his house in an allegedly inebriated state and tried to talk to his girlfriend, living close by, in Amarpura.

A police officer at the bedside of a girl who was allegedly stabbed by her boyfriend in Ludhiana late on Wednesday.
A police officer at the bedside of a girl who was allegedly stabbed by her boyfriend


Budget: middle class feels the pinch
Ludhiana, June 20
The state unit of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has dubbed the first Budget as “anti-employee” and “anti-public”. Dr Shiv Gupta, general secretary, Mr Sunder Lal Mehta, vice-president, and Mr K.R.Tripathi, joint general secretary, in a statement today said that state government was anti-employee and anti-public as it had banned the leave travel concession (LTC), frozen the dearness allowance for one year, replaced the medical reimbursement scheme with medical insurance scheme, implemented Voluntary Retirement Scheme, initiated the revival of leave encashment, and Non practising allowance, privatised Punjab Roadways and Pepsu Road Transport Corporation and ordered fast-track disinvestment in the PCL, Punjab Alkalis, PTDC, Punwire, PSIDC and aligned pay and allowances of the employees of public sector undertakings with government employees etc.

Safai workers stage dharna
Ludhiana, June 20
Safai workers of the Municipal Corporation, led by activists of different trade unions today staged a dharna at the main gate of the civic body. They demanded adequate compensation and jobs for the next of kin of their colleagues, who had died while cleaning a choked sewer line in the Focal Point area in the city yesterday.
Family members of the deceased being consoled at the dharna staged by safai workers at the MC headquarters in Ludhiana on Thursday. — IV
Family members of the deceased being consoled at the dharna staged by safai workers

SBP employees flay anti-union policies
Ludhiana, June 20
As per the instructions of the State Bank of Patiala Employees Union, Punjab, members of the union staged a dharna in front of Regional Office here today, to protest against the anti-union policies of the management. Besides this members of the union in the district took out a massive protest rally.


Woman burnt alive, in-laws booked
Ludhiana, June 20
The Basti Jodhewal police has registered a case in connection with the alleged burning of a bride yesterday at Hawas village, near here. The case under Sections 304-B and 34 of the IPC has been registered on the statement of Mr Karnail Singh, a resident of Machhian Kalan village falling under the Koom Kalan police station. 

Man murders brother’s wife
Amloh, June 20
Lakhvir Singh allegedly murdered Sukhdeep Kaur, wife of his brother, Bhinder Singh, with a sword and wounded his father, Sagar Singh, at Salana Jiwan Singh Wala village, near here, on Wednesday.



PAU website full of flaws
Ludhiana, June 20
Although the Punjab Agricultural University authorities have made tremendous efforts to revive their official website which had been lying defunct for almost four years, several technical flaws continue to exist in it.

ABVP flays proposed hike in tuition fee
Ludhiana, June 20
The district unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has condemned the decision of Punjab Government to effect an increase in the tuition fee structure for technical and higher education.



DMC standoff continues
Ludhiana, June 20
The stand-off between the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital management and the employees’ union continued today with both groups levelling charges against each other.

Doctors dismayed over Kalam’s statement
Ludhiana, June 20
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), in a statement released today expressed dismay at the statement of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a presidential candidate, that nuclear weapons served as deterrent to the war between India and Pakistan.


Sargodha School in final
Ludhiana, June 20
In their last league fixture, Sargodha National Public School defeated SAN Jain Senior Secondary School by 81 runs and set up the title clash with LDCA XI (A) in the sixth Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Tournament for Boys (u-15) being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at the Arya College for Boys ground here today.


3 petrol stations sealed
Ludhiana, June 20
Reacting to public complaints regarding the quantity of petrol and diesel being provided by some petrol pumps in the city, a special team of the officers of the Weights and Measurements Department headed by Mr Gurkirat Singh conducted surprise checks at 12 petrol pumps belonging to different oil companies.


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