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Weights & Measures Dept in a shambles
Just 4 inspectors for 25,000 units
Ludhiana, July 31
In an era of consumerism, Punjab does not have enough manpower or infrastructure to check malpractices by thousands of business establishments and shopkeepers, besides Consumer Act violations. There are only 44 inspectors in the entire state for carrying out varied duties of the Weights and Measures (Legal Metrology) Department.

A view of the store room of the Weights and Measures Department where important papers have been dumped in gunny sacks A view of the store room of the Weights and Measures Department where important papers have been dumped in gunny sacks. — Photo Pradeep Tiwari




Auto-rickshaw drivers threaten stir
Ludhiana, July 31
The District Auto Rickshaw Mazdoor Dal has strongly reacted to the “high-handedness” of the Transport Department and the traffic police and has warned the government that it would have to face a massive agitation by thousands of auto-rickshaw drivers in the city if the harassment was not put to end immediately.

Tributes paid to Udham Singh
Ludhiana, July 31
Glowing tributes were paid here today to Udham Singh on his 62nd martyrdom day. The main function was organised by the Udham Singh Memorial Trust. It was presided over by Mr Hazoor Singh, general manager Milk Plant, Ludhiana, and attended by a large number of people belonging to different sections of society.

Speakers at a function to commemorate the 62nd martyrdom day of Udham Singh, in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo IV
Speakers at a function to commemorate the 62nd martyrdom day of Udham Singh

Relief sought against hike in cable TV charges
Ludhiana, July 31
Irked by repeated and arbitrary increase in cable TV monthly charges by the cable operators in the city, a society of residents has sought intervention and relief from the District Consumers Disputes Redressal Forum. In a complaint, which has been admitted and notices issued for August 9, the residents have charged the cable operators and the cable TV networks with deficiency of service and unfair trade practices.

Home Guards Commandant arrested
Ludhiana, July 31
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has arrested the Patiala District Commandant of home guards, Mr Daljit Singh Grewal. He was arrested from his local residence situated at BRS Nagar late last night. Mr Grewal is wanted by the vigilance bureau in some cases of corruption. He was arrested by a team of vigilance officials, led by DSP Charanjit Singh.
Patiala District Commandant of Home Guards Daljit Singh Grewal coming out from a court in Ludhiana
Patiala District Commandant of Home Guards Daljit Singh Grewal (second from left) coming out from a court in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana is the most polluted
am a regular reader of Ludhiana Tribune and am writing this letter to express my deep concern over the environmental pollution. Factories in the city cause a lot of environmental pollution and have made Ludhiana one of the most polluted cities of the world. These factories emit poisonous gases that have become a hazard for the residents. I appeal to the government not to allow the setting up of any more factories in Ludhiana unless they adhere to the pollution norms.

  • Matrimonial disputes
  • Garbage garbage everywhere
  • Dowry taking its toll

A Taiwanese in love with Sikh philosophy
Doraha, July 31
Pai-Chuan Tsai, councillor in the Council of Aboriginal Affairs, Taipai City, Taiwan, and a professor in Shin-Shin University, is determined to know everything about Sikhism and Sikh philosophy. Born in Buddhist parents and himself a Christian missionary (baptised 24 years ago), Tsai feels that the teachings of Guru Nanak and the other Sikh Gurus have a depth to transform your entire being ‘and leave you a chastised personality.’ Commenting on Sikhism, the Taiwanese told this correspondent, “This is the youngest and one of the most modern practical religions that preaches equality of mankind and dedicated love for the Almighty.”

No cholera cases in city, claim MC officials
Ludhiana, July 31
In the wake of reports that a few patients suffering from of gastroenteritis had been admitted in some of the prominent city hospitals, the Municipal Corporation officials today claimed that no such case cholera was reported from old city localities, falling under Zone A. “There were only two suspected cases of malaria from outside the city, which also turned out to be negative on blood tests.”

Review slashing of allowances: pensioners
Ludhiana, July 31
Nearly eight lakh employees and former employees of the Punjab Government are up in arms against the state government’s decision to freeze dearness allowance, suspend leave travel concession, slash benefits pertaining to commuted pension, leave encashment, non-practising allowance and medical reimbursement. The Government Pensioners’ Association has urged the Punjab Government to review its decision.

Members of welfare bodies meet
Ludhiana, July 31
A meeting of the heads and representatives of various of organisations working for the welfare of ex-servicemen, pensioners of the state government, teaching and non-teaching staff of private schools and colleges, doctors and bank employees was held here recently.

A tree that threatens life
Ludhiana, July 31
Of all the things, a decayed and virtually dead eucalyptus tree, standing around 40 to 50 feet high in posh commercial area of Model Town market near Montgomery Chowk here, poses a grave threat to life and property of a number of shopkeepers and other residents. Repeated attempts made by the affected people to move the civic administration in action have so far drawn a blank.

The threat of this dead eucalyptus tree falling down at any moment looms large on quite a few shopkeepers and residents in Model Town market in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
The threat of this dead eucalyptus tree falling down at any moment looms large on quite a few shopkeepers and residents in Model Town market

DMCH comes to aid victim’s family
Ludhiana, July 31
The managing society and the administration of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital has decided to provide employment to two of the family members of Satpal, an electrician, who died on July 29 due to injuries he received on July 13 following clashes between striking employees and the police.

Concern over police inaction
Ahmedgarh, July 31
Various teachers’ unions have shown concern over laxity on part of the local police to trace theft of school records over a month ago. Block level office-bearers of GTU, Mr Ram Singh Dehliz, president, SCBC Teachers Union and the PSSF, said a room of Government Primary School Amarpur was found burgled, when the school opened after vacations on July 1. The matter was reported to the local police by Ms Mohinder Kaur, in charge of the school, but the police had done nothing in this regard.

BJP poser to CM
Ludhiana, July 31
The local unit of the BJP has released a 10-question poser for the CM, who, according to the unit members, is on a witch hunt targeting Akali-BJP leaders while maintaining a silence on initiating action against his Cabinet colleagues who had been indicted by the Lok Pal on corruption charges.

PFA’s appeal to CM
Ludhiana, July 31
The Ludhiana chapter of the People For Animals has appealed to the Chief Minister to check killing of cows in violation of the Prohibition of Cows Slaughter Act, in Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur and Bathinda districts.


Poppy husk seized
Ludhiana, July 31
The Civil Lines police yesterday arrested Mohinder Singh, a resident of Sidhwan Bet village, and seized one kg of poppy husk from his possession and booked him under Sections 15,61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.
  • Dowry case

  • Case registered

  • Frauds alleged

  • Liquor seized

  • Gambling cases

  • One booked

  • In-laws booked

  • Theft bid



Save Education Divas
Ludhiana, July 31
The general council of the Government Teachers Union, Punjab, has decided to observe Teachers’ Day as Save Education Divas this year. This decision was taken at a meeting of the union held at Gujjranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa High School, Model Town, here today in which all district and block presidents participated. Presiding over the meeting, Mr Sucha Singh Khatra, state secretary of the union, said the teachers would hold rallies on that day and protest against the “anti-education policies” of the government. He said over 6000 posts of teacher had been lying vacant in the government schools and no efforts were being made to fill these. He said majority of such posts were not filled for the past over four-five years.

‘VC bribed to damage PTU’
Ahmedgarh, July 31
Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, legislator from Kila Raipur and a former Minister for Technical Education, has accused Ms Promila Dubey, acting Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, of taking bribes from multinational computer companies and some institutes of south India to put the university’s interests at stake.



‘Beating can make a child psychic’
Ludhiana, July 31
Corporal punishment by teachers makes children not only aggressive, dull in studies, irritable, but also psychic. Most of the psychiatrists and psychologists in the city feel that thrashing and even mild beating of children should be completely banned in schools as it affects their personality, making them imbalanced and indecisive individuals.


PSEB body gives memo
Ludhiana, July 31
Members of the PSEB Employees Federation and the PSEB Struggle Committee today picketed Mr S.K. Anand, Member, Distribution of the board, this noon and presented him a memorandum of their demands.


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