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MC to get tough with defaulters
Ludhiana, January 14
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has decided to take serious view of all those consumers who fail to pay their water supply and sewerage bills on time. All defaulters will now have to pay interest on the amount due along with other penalties, according to corporation sources.

Three cops suspended for torture
Another sent to Police Lines
Ludhiana, January 14
The Jagraon police authorities have suspended an ASI and two constables besides transferring the Sidhwan Bet police station SHO to the lines for the alleged torture and inhuman treatment meted to an alleged narcotics smuggler during his police remand.

A month goes by, no trace of missing girl
Ludhiana, January 14
Even though a month has passed since Divya Dhamija, an eight-year-old girl, disappeared under mysterious circumstances from outside her residence in Lajpat Rai Nagar, but the police is yet to find a clue about her whereabouts.

Children on their way to school in a rickshaw
Children on their way to school in a rickshaw in Ludhiana despite the Deputy Commissioner’s order regarding the closure of schools in the city. 
— Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

Commandant absolved
Ludhiana, January 14
Beleaguered former District Commandant of Home Guards Daljit Singh Grewal, who was facing several cases of corruption and misuse of authority, has finally got some reprieve with an inquiry into the four-month-old Badam Bagh firing incident absolving him of all charges.

Industrialist abducted, say kin
Ludhiana, January 14
Mr Prem Chand, an industrialist manufacturing hosiery knitting machines, who was taken away from his residence in New Kuldip Nagar on December 30 last by two men on the pretext of buying a machine from Delhi, seems to have become a victim for ransom.

Traders resent curbs
Ludhiana, January 14
Hundreds of traders in the main shopping centre of the city in Chaura Bazar and adjoining markets are upset over the move of the administration to close down the traditional “Sunday Bazar” in view of the Republic Day security arrangements.

Lohri has gone but the chilly weather, it seems, is going to stay put. The fog in the morning is so dense that it is difficult to make out anything. But mercifully, it is penetrated around noon by the sun which lends some warmth to the shivering men, women and children. 
  • Pamphlet nuisance

  • racting crowds?

  • Holiday bonanza

  • Dancing Mayor

  • Vedanti’s gesture

  • Saas-Bahu kitties

  • Girl has the last laugh

  • Lohri celebrations



Opposition parties join stir by shopkeepers
Ludhiana, January 14
Threatened with being uprooted from their shops which they have been occupying for well over four decades, the shopkeepers of Lakshmi Market Near Jagraon Bridge here are on a relay hunger strike for the past four days.

Ludhianvis celebrate Lohri
Ludhianvis celebrate Lohri on Monday night. 
— Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

PAU don on ICAR panel
Ludhiana, January 14
Dr S.K. Sondhi, Professor, Department of Soil and Water Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana has been nominated by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, as member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Water Technology Centre for Eastern Region, Bhubaneswar, for a period of three years.

Traffic disrupted near rly crossing
Khanna, January 14
The traffic was disrupted at the Lalheri road railway crossing yesterday night when a truck hit the railway phatak.

Coop Dept NPAs Rs 285 crore
Ludhiana, January 14
The Cooperative Department in Punjab has NPAs (non-performing assets) worth Rs 285 crore. Stating this Dr B.C. Gupta, Financial Commissioner (Corporation), said these NPAs outstanding against defaulters of the cooperative sector in the state pertained to the State Cooperative Bank, the Agricultural Development and Cooperative Bank and primary cooperative societies.

Comrade donates body for research
Ludhiana, January 14
Only yesterday he had willed his body to be donated for the purpose of medical research and by night he was no more. It seemed he had a premonition about his end.



Two injured in Lohri brawl
Ludhiana, January 14
Two persons were seriously injured in a brawl at Chak Kalan village on Sunday night when a group of inebriated villagers allegedly intruded into a Lohri function being held by an NRI from the USA in the village.


Bank’s crackdown on defaulters
Ludhiana, January 14
In a bid to reduce their non-performing assets, the Oriental Bank of Commerce, Ludhiana region, has cracked down on defaulters under the new Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002. Notices under the Act have been issued to defaulter in the region. 

Electronics products launched
Ludhiana, January 14
LG Electronics India today launched a new state of art range of direct cool refrigerators in India. Branded as ‘A-One’, these refrigerators have been indigenously developed and manufactured here only. The A-One range of refrigerators offers most of the features of a frostfree refrigerator and would target the price sensitive consumer.

Industry resents power cuts
Ludhiana, January 14
There is a great hue and cry amongst the industrial units located in the Sherpur Area due to unannounced and un-scheduled power cuts imposed by the Punjab State Electricity Board. 



Fellowship for Dr Saggar
Ludhiana, January 14
Dr R.R. Saggar, Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopaedics, Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Hospital, will be going on fellowship in orthopaedic oncology (bone and joint cancer) to Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, UK, from January 20. He will work with Prof Simon Carter.



Cassette released
Ludhiana, January 14
‘Nach ke jee parchauna’, an audio cassette of renowned Punjabi singer Sarabjeet Manget was released at Punjabi Bhavan today.

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