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Special police team on Pherurai’s trail
Ludhiana, September 10
After obtaining arrest warrants of former Ferozepore SSP Gurcharan Singh Pherurai, accused of possessing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income, from a Jagraon court last evening, the state police department today constituted a special investigating team to nab the accused, suspected to be hiding in a neighbouring state.

Train commuters’ nightmare 
Ludhiana, September 10
The nightmare being braved by rail commuters on account of late running trains on the Jakhal-Ludhiana section has become all the more nightmarish as 1LJ train, the lone train running on time, has also started running late by hours.

Irate ex-sarpanch opens fire at crowd
Baddowal, September 10
Two women had a miraculous escape in Baddowal village this afternoon when its former sarpanch, Bikram Singh, allegedly upset over losing villagers’ support in an inquiry against the present sarpanch Surinder Singh, allegedly opened fire at a crowd that had gathered there to witness the recording of statements of the villagers regarding the inquiry.



Dispensary sans first-aid kit
Lohgarh, September 10
Sardul Singh (not his real name) recently suffered an injury in his hand while working in the fields here. The villagers took him to the nearby Government Ayurvedic Dispensary for the first-aid but were disappointed to know that the dispensary did not have even a basic first-aid kit to cure the wound.

No ban on jeans in college
Ludhiana, September 10
Ban on jeans? where? and when? This counter question was asked to a team of Ludhiana Tribune by students of the Khalsa College for Women when their response on news reports claiming the college authorities had imposed a ban on wearing jeans, was elicited today. The college is in the centre of a controversy for the past two days after reports appeared in an English daily that the ban had been imposed on the campus.
Students of the Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, wearing jeans on the campus on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of the Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, wearing jeans on the campus

Confusion over DM’s ‘orders’ to meat shops
Ludhiana, September 10
Confusion prevailed in the city following news reports that the District Magistrate (DM) had ordered the closure of meat shops for a Jain festival today. Many meat shops in the city remained closed.

Ludhiana being vibrant is no big news. But when sound and fury is added to its vibrant life, it turns wild. In total mad pursuit, everybody seems to rush towards a single point, no matter what its worth and significance is.
  • Back to roots
  • Thodi curiosity
  • Cops clueless
  • Traffic blues
  • Small sells
  • Beggar menace


Hike in perks gets precedence over development
Ludhiana, September 10
Instead of discussing policy matters, infrastructure development projects, pollution, encroachments, traffic chaos and the state of civic amenities in the city, councillors will take up a hike in their allowances and perks in practically first business meeting of the general house of the Municipal Corporation, to be held tomorrow.

Park panels refuse to accept MC terms
Ludhiana, September 10
The much-hyped scheme of maintenance of public parks in the city by representative committees of area residents, called the park management committees (PMCs), has run into trouble following the non-payment of monthly maintenance charges to the committees and further due to the State Government putting its foot down to enforce the revised payment up to a maximum of Rs 1000 per month, irrespective of the size of the park.

MCPI flays hike in power tariff
Ludhiana, September 10
The MCPI has denounced the recommendation of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) for an increase in the power tariff for all types of consumers. In a statement here today, MCPI state secretary Kuldip Singh said the SERC which comprised only PSEB officials and bureaucrats, had failed to take care of consumers, who would be hit the hardest if the recommendations were implemented.

Modi’s remarks decried
Ludhiana, September 10
The Bharat Ekta Council (BEC) has come down heavily on the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, charging him with rousing communal passions and exploiting the sentiments of the people for his political motives.

Award for local astrologer
Ahmedgarh, September 10
Pt Lalit Madan Pabbi has been awarded the Doctorate of Astrology and Spiritual Sciences by the Colombo International University of Arts and Spiritual Sciences, Colombo. The degree has been conferred on him for his seven-year-long research on “Causes of failures of predictions by astrologers”. 
Pt Lalit Mohan Pabbi receives a gold medal and Doctor of Astrology and Spiritual Sciences award at an International Conference of Astrologers held recently in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Pt Lalit Mohan Pabbi receives a gold medal and Doctor of Astrology and Spiritual Sciences award at an International Conference of Astrologers

Memorandum submitted
Ahmedgarh, September 10
A deputation of office-bearers of the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation has sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Punjab, through the district administration as part of its Demands Day celebrations on the call of the AISGEF.


Man claims attempt on life
Ludhiana, September 10
A resident of Basti Jodhewal claimed today that he was shot at by some unidentified persons near the police station late last night over the issue of throwing garbage, at a vacant plot.



Withdrawal of award to teacher sought
Ludhiana, September 10
The presentation of the National Teachers’ Award to Mr Om Prakash Arora, Principal of Nauhria Mal Jain School, has turned controversial, with two parents alleging victimisation at the hands of the awardee and demanding immediate withdrawal of the award and instituting of an inquiry against the Principal for furnishing false documents to get the award from the President.


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