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Private company dupes 14,000 investors
Ludhiana, June 6
A prominent network marketing company in the city that promised millions to its associate members has allegedly duped nearly 14,000 persons belonging to Punjab, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh of about Rs 2 crore in what seems to be one of the biggest financial scams in this region.

WATER BABIES: Kids beat the heat in a swimming pool at Rakhbagh in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph


SE, XEN, 7 other sewerage board officials held
8 contractors booked in Rs 4.5 crore scam 
Ludhiana, June 6
After a month-long investigation, the local Vigilance Bureau today announced the arrest of nine employees of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board — an SE, an XEN, two SDOs and five JEs — and the registration of a case against eight contractors in the Rs 4.5 crore scam committed allegedly in the execution of a Rs 20 crore project of extension and augmentation of the sewerage in the city.
Nine employees of the Punjab Water and Sewerage Supply Board who have been charged with siphoning off Rs 4.5 crore
Nine employees of the Punjab Water and Sewerage Supply Board who have been charged with siphoning off Rs 4.5 crore from a project in the city along with Mr Kanwarjit Singh Sandhu (sitting), SSP, Vigilance Bureau, in Ludhiana on Friday. —  IV

Gas leak leaves 51 unconscious
Mandi Gobindgarh, June 6
Fiftyone persons, including women and children, of Ambey Majra village were admitted to the local Civil Hospital today in an unconscious condition after two gas cylinders leaked in Dutt Multi Melting Mills in the village, 3 km from here.

Unconscious gas victims lying in the Civil Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh.

NRI’s deserted wife gets compensation
Ludhiana/Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 6
There is some consolation at last for a girl of Siarhh village, who was deserted by an NRI after a year of her marriage, after a high-ranking police officer made her in-laws agree to pay a compensation of Rs 1.85 lakh, besides her “istridhan”.

BSP demands CBI probe into Jat-Dalit clash
Ludhiana, June 6
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) while blaming the gurdwara management committee and the district administration for the clash, which took place between Jats and Dalits at Talhan in Jalandhar district yesterday, demanded that the inquiry be entrusted to the CBI. Party activists would also stage a dharna at Chandigarh on June 10 to focus on the atrocities committed against members of the Dalit community.


Work of MC branches  reallocated
Ludhiana, June 6
The Municipal Corporation Commissioner has reallocated the work of various branches in the civic body and the four zones in the city. According to an office order issued yesterday, Mr Prem Chand, Joint Commissioner would be overall incharge of recovery and income under different heads of the MC. Mr B.K. Gupta, Assistant Commissioner, remains the zonal commissioner of zone A while Mr O.A. K. Sondhi, Assistant Commissioner, would be the Zonal Commissioner of zone D. Mr Subhash Dua, Superintending Engineer (O and M) and Mr Ashok Kumar, Superintending Engineer (B and R) have been assigned the work of zones B and C, respectively.

Commuters devise ways to beat the heat in Ludhiana on Friday
Commuters devise ways to beat the heat in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Private bus operators seek permit
Ludhiana, June 6
Private bus operators in Punjab have sought counter-measures by the government to check the plying of buses from other states without permit. Reacting to the statement of the Transport Minister, Mr Tej Prakash, that the state government was helpless in not being able to provide permit to the bus operators from various parts of the state to Chandigarh, a spokesperson for the Punjab Private Bus Operators Association, Mr Fateh Singh Libra, has sought remedial measures to help private bus transporters from incurring further losses.

Woman alleges favouritism in allotment of kiosks
Ludhiana, June 6
Controversy has marred the auction of some kiosks on the bank of Sidhwan Canal by the Irrigation Department as a local woman has charged some officials of the department with favouritism bypassing rules.

RSS dividing Sikhs, says Sehajdhari body chief
Ludhiana, June 6
The attempt to prevent Sehajdhari Sikhs from voting in the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) elections is a deep-rooted conspiracy of the RSS to drive a wedge between the already fragmented minority community besides denying representation to more than 80 per cent of the Sikhs in the world, claims Dr Paramjeet Singh Ranu, national president of the Sehajdhari Sikhs Federation.

Complaints about PUDA, MC working


Wife, paramour suspected of murder
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 6
A youth of Kanganwal village, who had been missing under mysterious circumstances from his farm house for around ten days, is feared to have been killed allegedly by his wife and her paramour.

Car thefts on the rise in city
Ludhiana, June 6
Car thefts continue to go unchecked in the city with nearly two or three cases being reported daily. New Zen and Santro cars, many with temporary registration numbers, continue to be favourites with vehicle thiefs. Police officials admitted that vehicles were mostly stolen from outside parks, Ludhiana Agricultural University and clubs.

Girl alleges rape by friend’s brother
Ludhiana, June 6
On the complaint of a student of local Guru Nanak Girls College that she had been raped by the brother of her friend studying in the same college, the Model Town police has registered a case under Sections 366, 376, 328, 344, 347, 506 and 120-B of the IPC and the Arms Act against her friend Jasvir Kaur, her brother, Shamsher Singh, and their father Rajinder Singh, on Thursday.


BSNL drive for address verification
Ludhiana, June 6
BSNL is learnt to have detected hundreds of false addresses furnished by applicants for securing BSNL mobile connections. This was revealed during a survey conducted by BSNL officials for the verification of addresses of the subscribers. BSNL had earlier disconnected services to a few hundred subscribers.



Local lad gets 24th rank in PTU-CET
Ludhiana, June 6
Deven Kalra, a Plus Two student of DAV Public School, has topped among the Ludhiana students in CET examination conducted by the Punjab Technical University (PTU) this year, the results of which were posted on the Internet last evening.

PCCTU gives memo to DC
Ludhiana, June 6
Representatives of the PCCTU, a body of 7000 college teachers of 140 govt-aided colleges, have submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner Mr Anurag Verma.

Appointment of GNEC Principal challenged
Ludhiana, June 6
The appointment of Col D.S. Grewal as the Principal of Guru Nanak Engineering College has been challenged by a lecturer from the same college in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court has issued a notice to the college trust for July 21.

Students try their hand at tabla
Ludhiana, June 6
A tabla workshop is being conducted at the Government College for Women. The Kala Sewa Society, the organiser, has brought in reputed artistes from all over the country.

Fateh Singh Gangani gives lessons to students in tabla and pakhawaj during a workshop at the Government College for Women in Ludhiana on Friday. — IV
Fateh Singh Gangani gives lessons to students in tabla and pakhawaj during a workshop at the Government College

PU to hold maths exam again
Ludhiana, June 6
Students of government colleges of Hoshiarpur, Chandigarh, and Ludhiana and other institutions were elated at the decision of Panjab University to conduct maths paper of MA/M.Sc. first year again. The students urged Vice-Chancellor K.N. Pathak and the Controller of Examinations to conduct the exam before June 16, so that results were not delayed.

Students take lessons in  pottery
Ludhiana, June 6
“You are the potter, I am the clay, mould me the way you want.” These words of a song were evident in a pottery workshop at the Government College for Women being organised under the aegis of the Kala Sewa Society. The pottery workshop is being conducted by Bhuvnesh Prasad, younger brother of Shyama Prasad, winner of the Delhi State Award in pottery.

Students work with clay on a potter’s wheel at a workshop in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Students work with clay on a potter’s wheel at a workshop

Dairy farming course ends
Ludhiana, June 6
The 12-day training course in dairy farming, organised by the Department of Extension Education, PAU, for dairy farmers of the state concluded today. In her presidential remarks, Dr (Mrs) Ranvir Randhawa, Professor and Head of the Department of Extension Education, said that since seeing was believing, so the participants were taken to the dairy farm of a progressive farmer.

DEO begins inquiry
Ludhiana, June 6
Following a complaint by students and teachers of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir to the district administration, Mr Bachitar Singh, District Education Officer (Secondary), started his inquiry in the case here today.



Fleecing patients with ‘fake’ degrees
Ludhiana, June 6
Lack of education and awareness among city residents has led to a flourishing practice for around 50 medical practitioners in the district who are fooling people by claiming to be postgraduates in alternative medicine (AM). These medical practitioners, who can be dubbed as mere quacks, have fixed degrees to their names that do not exist or are not recognised by the Medical Council of India or the Punjab Medical Council.



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