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City resident alleges police harassment
Ludhiana, October 9
A city resident is having a harrowing time for the past few weeks courtesy the Sherpur police which instead of arresting some persons accused of beating up the resident, is allegedly favouring them openly.
A cop hides his face as an accused turns his back on the camera
A cop hides his face as an accused turns his back on the camera. This photograph was taken by city resident Narinder Pal, when the accused and the cop allegedly came to Narinder Pal’s house to intimidate him.

Flouting ‘no-entry’ rules
Ludhiana, October 9
In the wake of ongoing work on the elevated road project on Old G.T. Road, the Municipal Corporation had enforced ‘no entry’ orders for three wheelers and mini buses, plying between Do Moria Bridge and old Sabzi Mandi as well as from Chand Cinema to Jagraon Bridge to ensure smooth flow of vehicular traffic in these congested areas. Keeping in view the needs of the commuters, the civic administration had allowed special permission for entry to five three wheelers each from Domoria Bridge side and Chand Cinema towards Railway Station and similarly four mini buses were permitted to ply on these routes.


Childhood withers with ‘motherly’ responsibilities
Ludhiana, October 9
“God could not be everywhere so he made mothers,” goes a very popular saying. But for India’s poor, it is not the mothers but the child mothers that are seen everywhere taking care of their younger siblings. Lachho is one such girl who is like a mother to her younger siblings. Her parents who work as labourers on a construction site bring their four children to the site, and ill clad Lachho, who does not even know how old she is, looks after all of them carrying the youngest all the time.  By the end of the day, her whole body aches due to carrying the child, yet she does not remember a day when she was free of carrying the babies and her body never ached.

A young girl carrying her brother while her mother works as a labourer is a common site at most construction sites. — A Tribune photograph
A young girl carrying her brother while her mother works as a labourer is a common site

Presence of mind averts rail tragedy
Ludhiana, October 9
A tragedy was averted here last night due to the presence of mind shown by a shunter when the Ludhiana train traffic movement staff reportedly cleared the same track for an engine being shunted out and an incoming passenger train. Narrating the sequence of events to Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Amarjit Singh, the shunter driving the engine detached from 3006 DN, said “I was on duty yesterday night at about 9.30 p.m.

Youth stripped, beaten up
Ludhiana, October 9
A resident of Phalewal village near Dehlon has accused a dairy owner of the village of stripping him naked and beating him up for refusing to work in the dairy. The 18-year-old youth, Baldev Singh, was admitted to the Civil Hospital here after he complained of pain in the urinary tract due to injuries suffered allegedly during beating. The Dehlon police today recorded the statement of the victim but was yet to register a case. Police sources said they were investigating.
Baldev Singh, a resident of Phalewal village near Dehlon, recuperates in a hospital
Baldev Singh, a resident of Phalewal village near Dehlon, recuperates in a hospital after a dairy owner of the village allegedly stripped and beat him up for refusing to work in the dairy. — IV


Gambling under cops’ protection
Ludhiana, October 9
Gambling in the public park adjoining the Dasehra ground in the Jamalpur area along the Metro Road is currently in full swing under the alleged protection of the PCR staff roaming the area on their white bikes. The park had been in news earlier also for this reason. Some cops then “leased out” the park for Rs 160 a day (at Rs 10 per person, four groups of rummy players).
An engrossing game of cards in progress in the municipal park along the Metro Road
An engrossing game of cards in progress in the municipal park along the Metro Road in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by writer

“SAD’s anti-farmer face exposed”
Ludhiana, October 9
The District Congress Committee (Rural) has hailed the announcement of Rs 30 per quintal as bonus on paddy by the state government. The committee president, Mr Gurdev Singh Lapran, and the PYC senior vice-president, Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka, said in a joint statement here yesterday that the Congress had fulfilled one of its poll promises by announcing the bonus, which would provide a big relief to the farmers.

Dry bed fishing is not fishy
Ludhiana, October 9
Dry bed fishing? Sounds fishy but nonetheless true. The foursome — Ravi, Sonu, Bipan and Hari — dressed in poor clothes with hair unkempt had more serious business to attend to rather than taking care of their appearances. Survival! Though just in their early teens, they were working in dhabas, puncture shops, workshops, but presently jobless.

Boys busy in catching fish in dry canal near the Jawwadi bridge in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Boys busy in catching fish in dry canal near the Jawwadi bridge

Signature drive by bankmen
Ludhiana, October 9
The Punjab Bank Employees Federation has launched a signature campaign to highlight the plight of banking institutions. A petition with over 50,000 signatures would be handed over to the President of India on November 27, according to the Punjab Bank Employees Federation Secretary, Mr Naresh Gaur.

SHOCKING EXTRAVAGANCE: In spite of power shortage, streetlights remain switched on in broad daylight.— Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

Parking fee woes
on behalf of the occupants of commercial establishments of Nehru Sidhant Kender Shopping Complex, Feroze Gandhi Market, Ludhiana, would like to bring to your notice that the shopping complex is situated in one corner of Feroze Gandhi Market adjoining Pakhowal Road. The complex has its own parking space which is absolutely private and is not part of the parking area of Feroze Gandhi Market.

Patwaris strike work
Samrala, October 9
After locking the Patwarkhana in the tehsil complex, all patwaris of Samrala tehsil staged a dharna in front of the office of the administration yesterday. Mr Parminder Singh Toor, president, Samrala Patwar Union, along with the Kanungo Association, the Punjab Lambardara Union and the Chaukidara Union participated in dharna.

Shobha yatra today
Ludhiana, October 9
The Urban Estate (Dugri) Ramlila Dasehra Committee will hold a shobha yatra tomorrow in connection with the “Sita Swayamvar” to be enacted. The yatra would be inaugurated by Mr Sat Pal Gosain.


Four held for thefts
Ahmedgarh, October 9
The local police has arrested four persons who were allegedly involved in stealing and snatching valuables including vehicles. They were caught while riding a scooter which they had reportedly stolen from near a local mill. A pistol was also recovered from one of them.


‘Make textile industry competitive’
Ludhiana, October 9
The Indian cotton textile industry had started showing signs of growth during the months of April, May, June and July following some measures taken by the government in the central Budget and opening of European markets. But it has again slowed down because of quota restrictions imposed by the USA on readymade garments.



PCCTU puts off October 10 rally
Ludhiana, October 9
The statewide rally that was to be organised by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) on October 10 at Patiala has been postponed till November 8.
The PCCTU has also postponed its general house meeting scheduled to be held on October at GGN Khalsa College for Boys till November17.


SPICMACAY programme on Oct 12
Ludhiana, October 9
After a lull due to the annual examinations and vacations in schools and colleges, SPICMACAY (the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Dance, Music, Art among Youth) will begin its programme with a musical presentation on October 12 in a programme titled “Virasat 2000”. The programme will begin at 10 am at Ramgarhia Girls College, Millerganj, Ludhiana.


Fine ton by Dushyant
Ludhiana, October 9
Dushyant Kohli hit a scintillating 118 as Sargodha National Public School registered a 59-run convincing victory over S D P Senior Secondary School in the inaugural match of the PCA Parle-G Inter School Cricket Tournament here on Wednesday.


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