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Dust blanket blinds
Ludhiana, July 22
After suffering from a long spell of heat and an unending wait for rains, the city residents are facing another major problem. Dust clouds have engulfed the city for the past 24 hours.
Heat & Dust
Heat & Dust: Thick dust clouds have engulfed the district due to a prolonged spell of dry weather. This picture was taken by Tribune lensman Pradeep Tewari in Ludhiana on Monday.

2 more DMCH employees reported missing
Ludhiana, July 22
The mystery regarding untraceable employees of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) remains unsolved as none of them has yet been traced by the district administration.

BJP, SAD workers hold rally
Ludhiana, July 22
Activists of the district units of the BJP and SAD held a rally in protest against the alleged ‘terror campaign’ being pursued by the Congress government. They alleged that innocent workers were being implicated in false cases and humiliated for their political affiliations.


Ish Garg stands sixth  in Punjab PMT
Ludhiana, July 22
Ish Garg, a Class XII pass-out from BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, has topped among city students in Punjab Pre-Medical Test by securing an overall sixth position in the state. The test was conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences yesterday and the results were declared on the Internet late last night.

Rapist next door nearly kills child
Ludhiana, July 22
A 5-year-old girl had a 24-hour battle for life after she was raped by a neighbour. Doctors in civil hospital said here today that she was out of danger, but under observation. The girl’s father and the other persons of Parbhat Nagar here caught the neighbour, Ramesh, and handed him over to the police after giving him a sound beating.

Autopsy again after protest
Ludhiana, July 22
A post-mortem examination that showed a man having died of tuberculosis and not injuries sustained in a scuffle triggered protests from his agitated relatives. Five persons had, allegedly, beat him up two days ago.

A sit-in on the Civil Hospital premises in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

A sit-in on the Civil Hospital premises


Power crisis boosts generators, inverters’ sale 
Ludhiana, July 22
Unabated heat coupled with frequent and unscheduled power cuts has caused a spurt in power generators and power inverters’ sale in the region. The city, in particular, has seen a tremendous growth in this sector this year due to the prolonged dry spell because of an eluding monsoon. Local power generator and power inverter dealers have never had it so good in terms of sales that have touched new heights.
Generators being manufactured in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Generators being manufactured

Police shielding culprits?
Khanna, July 22
Mr Jarnail Singh, a resident of the Amloh road area, Khanna, has alleged that police is shielding the persons behind a robbery attempt at his house. Two alleged robbers were arrested by the police from the Amloh road immediately after the incident.

MC employees defer strike
Ludhiana, July 22
The proposed one-day strike by employees of the Municipal Corporation here was deferred today after the MC Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, assured the representatives of the civic employees' unions that the issue of manhandling of the employees by a team of the Vigilance Bureau in the Zone C office on Friday would be taken up at the appropriate level and action initiated against the erring police personnel.
MC employees hold a rally to protest against the high-handedness of the Vigilance Bureau
MC employees hold a rally to protest against the high-handedness of the Vigilance Bureau at the time of the arrest of a building inspector and a sevadar on graft charges in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

MC, PWD workers ' rally on July 26
Amloh, July 21
The Class Four Employees Union of Fatehgarh Sahib district, at a meeting chaired by its president, Mr Hari Chand, here today decided to hold a protest rally in front of the SDM office at Amloh on July 26 in protest against the inaction of the administration against 17 persons who were allegedly involved in an attack on PWD and Municipal Council employees while they were removing encroachments on July 12.

Unpoliced route in big jam
Ludhiana, July 22
A two-hour-long traffic jam from Domoria Bridge to Master Tara Singh Chowk here on Saturday evening exposed the unpreparedness of the traffic police. Hundreds of vehicles were stuck in the jam, but no traffic policeman came to the commuters’ rescue till some newsmen caught in the jam called the police.

A JAM SESSION TO HAMMER EAR DRUMS: Domoria Bridge, one of the most dangerous ‘T’ joints in Ludhiana, as you can see why. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Dharna by Kisan Sabha members
Amloh, July 22
Members of the tehsil unit of the Punjab Kisan Sabha sat on dharna in front of the Subdivisional Magistrate's office here today to draw the attention of the government towards their demands.


Murder case solved
Jagraon, July 22
The Sudhar police has claimed to have solved the murder case of Lok Nath with the arrest of Varinder Singh and Gurprit Singh. According to the information, a former Subedar Nachhattar Singh had lodged a report with the Dehlon police that his son Lok Nath (24), accompanied by his cousin Gurprit Singh, Sarbjit Singh, Kulbir of Gujjarwal and Varinder Singh, had gone for a bath at a canal.

Murder case registered
Ludhiana, July 22
The Division No 6 has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC in connection with the alleged murder of Ashok Kumar whose body was found in his rented room in Guru Arjan Dev Nagar yesterday.

2 attacked with sharp-edged weapons
Doraha, July 22
Two residents of Nizampur village, near Payal, were allegedly attacked by around 15 persons armed with sticks and sharp-edged weapons on Saturday evening. According to sources, Paramjit Singh and his brother were travelling by a bus.


Industrialists resent cancellation of CM’s visit
Ludhiana, July 22
Resentment and disappointment prevails among the local industrialists over the last-minute cancellation of the visit of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to Ludhiana yesterday.



Computer awareness week begins 
Ludhiana, July 22
Exhibitions, quizzes, presentations and declamation contests are scheduled to be held in the computer awareness week that began at Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, here today.

Primary section students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, present their models on computers and multimedia products at an exhibition held on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Primary section students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School

Toppers honoured by SBI
Machhiwara, July 22
Students of Shakti Public Senior Secondary School who bagged the first, second and the fifth positions in the state in the plus two examination held this year were honoured by the State Bank of India (Agriculture Branch) Machhiwara.


Santokh arrives with ‘Sanwaria’
ntil ‘‘Sanwaria’’, his first album, this young music director from Sri Ganganagar was better known as composer duo Sajid-Wajid's assistant. Now with the release of his first independent album as a music director, Santokh Singh is much in demand.


Amita Rani excels in shooting meet
Ludhiana, July 22
Shooters from Master Tara Singh Memorial College and St Thomas Senior Secondary School reigned supreme by clinching seven medals each in the XIth Ludhiana District Shooting Championship organised by the Ludhiana District Rifle Association which concluded at Kundan Vidya Mandir School, Civil Lines, here yesterday.


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