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‘Tantrik’ brother of Kuldip Manak booked for molestation
Ludhiana, January 20
A 60-year-old ‘tantrik’, who is a brother of a famous Punjabi singer, has been accused of outraging the modesty of a female member of a family of Thrike village allegedly on the pretext of freeing her two-year-old son from the influence of devil.

Cold hits business, travel
Ludhiana, January 20
Extreme cold prevailing in the region has hit normal life in Ludhiana. Markets and roads wear a deserted look, as everyone prefers to stay indoors.

We didn’t know it was a holiday We didn’t know it was a holiday: Schoolchildren of Uccha Jatana village return home early on Monday, realising the DM had ordered the schools closed due to cold. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


Cop alleges police torture
Amloh, January 20
Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, MLA, Amloh visited the civil hospital here yesterday, to enquire about the health of cop Balwinder Singh (36) has been undergoing medical treatment there since Lohri Festival. As stated by cop Balwinder Singh, who is posted as Head Constable in the excise wing at Patiala, he had come to his house in ward No 6, Amloh, to celebrate Lohri of his son.

DC reviews LPG shortage
Ludhiana, January 20
Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, has said that strict action will be taken against those LPG dealers who are caught exploiting the temporary shortage of the LPG due to the backlog after a breakdown at the Jamnagar refinery.


Encroachments pose problems for public
Samrala, January 20
The unauthorised encroachments in the township are causing hardships to the residents. The civic body, responsible for removing these encroachments, is also feeling helpless in doing its job. The problem illegal and unauthorised encroachments still persists because of the alleged connivance between the civic body and the defaulters.

Fruit vendors encroach upon national highway, leaving little space for the traffic, near Samrala on Monday.  — A Tribune photograph
Fruit vendors encroach upon national highway, leaving little space

Homeless and pitted against cold
Ludhiana, January 20
Bhiku, a tramp, collects waste papers, cardboard boxes, and other waste material and sells them to earn livelihood. Since it can barely give him two square meals, it is unthinkable for him to have a roof over his head.

Rain or sunshine, cattle asks for fodder: A farmer harvesting barseem for his animals, as mercury dips in the Ludhiana district on Monday. A Tribune photograph
Rain or sunshine, cattle asks for fodder

Resentment against cable operators
Ludhiana, January 20
With the Cricket World Cup only a few weeks away, the cable operators have once again started holding the consumers to ransom by charging exorbitant rates. The rates charged by the operators range between Rs 350 to Rs 400 per month per connection. Several organisations have already highlighted the issue and appealed to the district administration to intervene.

Rough road called southern bypass
Ludhiana, January 20
The imposition of toll tax near Doraha on the National Highway 1, is taking a toll on the road alongside the Sidhwan Canal that connects the city with Doraha. The road needs immediate repair. Potholes and bumpy rides are the order of the day on this road, the southern bypass of the city. Maintaining this road has always been a problem for the authority concerned, as it runs along a water body.

Southern bypass of Ludhiana in a state of disrepair. — A Tribune photograph
Southern bypass of Ludhiana in a state of disrepair

Club celebrates couples’ day
Ludhiana, January 20
In spite of foggy weather, 650 odd members of the Gitanjali Ladies Club and their spouses turned up to celebrate annual function and couples’ day on the club premises last night. The members had worked hard to make the function success.

Members of the Gitanjali Ladies Club perform dance on ‘Vande Mataram’ at Club’s annual function, in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Members of the Gitanjali Ladies Club perform dance on ‘Vande Mataram’ at Club’s annual function, in Ludhiana


1 held for selling adulterated kerosene
Ludhiana, January 20
On a tip-off, the Division No 4 police has arrested Tarsem Lal, a resident of street No 3 in Fatehgarh mohalla, and booked him on the charge of selling blue kerosene in the black market. The police said it seized two drums of kerosene from his possession which had been adulterated by the accused.

Industrialist booked for stage-managing kidnapping
Ludhiana, January 20
The alleged kidnapping case of a New Kuldip Nagar-based industrialist and his assistant has proved to be a stage-managed case with the Basti Jodhewal police arresting both of them.

Killing shot by ‘fake’ doctor
Ludhiana, January 20
An allegedly fake homoeopathic doctor, practising from a roadside kiosk, has been arrested by the Basti Jodhewal police on the charge of causing the death of a woman by administering her a wrong injection.


Hotel industry hails steps to boost tourism
Ludhiana, January 20
The Hotel and Restaurant industry in Punjab is upbeat over several promotional measures being taken by the government to give a boost to the tourism trade in the region.



Review of research programmes in PAU
Ludhiana, January 20
The Punjab Agricultural University authorities have decided to undertake a review of research programmes of various departments of the five constituent colleges of the university to refix the priorities in the wake of changing agricultural scenario.

Animal welfare camp by PAU
Ludhiana, January 20
The Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension of the PAU organised an animal welfare camp in collaboration with the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics at Sadarpur village under the National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP).

Sex education is must: academicians
Ludhiana, January 20
Although the issue of imparting sex education to students is still at a debatable stage in our society, most of the city academicians are all for educating children about the same. They strongly feel that providing sex education at right age can help save many lives.

Chorus contest in school
Ludhiana, January 20
R.S.Model Senior Secondary School won an inter-school Vedic chorus-singing contest organised by the Arya Samaj in Dal Bazar here today. The second and third positions were bagged by teams from Guru Nanak International Public School and the SAS Jain Model Senior Secondary School, respectively.

New school timings till Jan 31
Mandi Gobindgarh, January 20
The District Education Officer, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr Vikas Pratap, has issued fresh orders regarding the change in school timings. The orders were received by the local schools today.


Jeweller penalised
Ludhiana, January 20
A city jeweller has been penalised for not returning the gold chain of a consumer within the stipulated period, as promised. The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed M/s Sant Jeweller, Meena Bazar, to pay Rs 3000 as compensation to the aggrieved consumer, Mr Amolak Singh of Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana.



Stoma workshop concludes
Ludhiana, January 20
A four-day long stoma and wound care workshop, organised in Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), ended yesterday. The workshop was organised as a part of the golden jubilee celebrations of the CMCH. A team of specialised consultants and professionals from Delhi, CMCH and South Africa gave hands-on training in stoma care.

Teenage care centre at CMCH
Ludhiana, January 20
The Paediatrics Department of Christian Medical College started a teenage care centre to provide comprehensive health service and guidance to them, here today. The center was inaugurated by Dr S N Tiwari, Civil Surgeon.


India Green win kabaddi World Cup
Khanna, January 20
India Green kabaddi team snatched the Nirmal Singh Nimma Memorial World Kabaddi Cup held here at A.S. Senior Secondary School ground on Sunday. India Green defeated India Blue in the final match with 52 and half points against 27. Sukhjit Singh was declared the best raider and Bazi Jandu the best stopper.


Sahnewal SHO suspended
Ludhiana, January 20
Irked over a spate of robbery and theft cases in Sahnewal and adjoining areas, the district police authorities have suspended Sahnewal SHO, Surjit Singh and sent him to the Police Lines.


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