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Jat-Dalit clash: SHO transferred
Ludhiana, July 8
The Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Commission of India has taken up the case of Bhattian Bet violence and directed the state government and the district administration to submit a detailed report on the incident to the commission with in a week. Meanwhile, Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhullar, SHO, Salem Tabri police station, was today transferred to the CIA-II wing. 

Unauthorised boundary wall demolished
Ludhiana, July 8
A demolition squad of the Municipal Corporation razed illegal structures raised by a school in the Kitchlu Nagar area here today.
A JCB of the MC demolishes a newly constructed basement of a building near Dandi Swami Temple
A JCB of the MC demolishes a newly constructed basement of a building near Dandi Swami Temple on Tuesday. ó Photo Pradeep Tewari






EARLIER STORIES
 

GASTROENTERITIS OUTBREAK
Control rooms set up in all MC zones
Ludhiana, July 8
The Health Department and the Municipal Corporation have joined hands to combat the outbreak of gastroenteritis in the city. Control rooms functioning round the clock have been set up in all MC zones to register complaints regarding contaminated water, leakage of water, choking of sewerage system or any other related problem.

DC visits Dhussi Bundh, reviews flood-control measures
Ludhiana, July 8
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, along with other officials today visited various vulnerable sites on the Dhussi Bundh alongside the Sutlej falling in the district to review the spot situation and directed the officers concerned to keep round-the-clock vigil at these points, keeping in view the time release of water from the Ropar headworks in the river.

Ludhianvis have become quite media savvy. So much so that in case mediapersons fail to make it to a function where they have been invited, the function is postponed.
  • No admission blues
  • Thieves in hospital
  • Same SHOs
  • Dhussi Bundh
  • Liberation?
  • Illegal LPG outlets
  • Callousness

 
COMMUNITY

Panchayat poll: villagers in a fix
Ludhiana, July 8
With just four days before fresh elections to be held for the post of sarpanch of Kot Umra village, near Jagraon, residents are in a quandary on whether the post has again been reserved for a Scheduled Caste (SC) candidate or a woman from the general category. Fresh elections to more than two dozen villages across the state will be conducted on July 13. Panchayat election were held across the state on June 29.

Badungar reiterates resolve to step down
Ludhiana, July 8
Reiterating his resolve to step down from the presidentship of the SGPC as per the directions of his party, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar said contrary to media reports, removing the committee chief was not an easy task and involved a lengthy procedure.




SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar addresses mediapersons in Ludhiana on Tuesday. ó A Tribune photograph
SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar addresses mediapersons in Ludhiana

Soldiers could be exposed to N-radiation in Iraq: IDPD
Ludhiana, July 8
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has warned that the Indian soldiers, if sent to Iraq, may run the risk of getting exposed to nuclear radiation.

Poles in middle of roads pose threat
Ludhiana, July 8
A college-going girl had a miraculous escape in the morning today when she collided head on with an electric pole installed in the middle of the Malhar road here. Those who think it was a freak accident need to visit various areas of the city to see for themselves that poles in the middle of roads was a common sight in the city.

Postal Dept officials seek security
Ludhiana, June 8
Alarmed at the two recent incidents of robbery of Postal Departmentís money at separate places that also claimed the life of an employee, local Postal Department today urged the police for a round-the-clock patrolling of the nearly 120 post offices in the district.

YC activists hold protest
Ludhiana, July 8
Several youth Congress leaders led by its district president, Mr Komal Khanna, today staged a demonstration condemning the alleged interference of the Central Government in his anti-corruption campaign.

Dawer inaugurates tubewell
Ludhiana, July 8
Ludhiana East MLA, Mr Surinder Dawer today inaugurated a tubewell in Kucha Harnam Dass in Ward Number 49.


Mr Surinder Dawer (MLA), Mr Rakesh Prashar (councillor) and Mr Sushil Prashar, senior Congress leader, at the inauguration of a tubewell in Kucha Harnam Dass in Ludhiana on Tuesday. ó Photo Inderjeet Verma
Mr Surinder Dawer , Mr Rakesh Prashar and Mr Sushil Prashar, senior Congress leader, at the inauguration of a tubewell in Kucha Harnam Dass

Suspended SHO joins duty
Khanna, July 8
Mr Baldev Singh Brar, SHO who was suspended on the directions of the State Election Commission in April this year rejoined the office here today. Mr Brar said he was joining the Khanna city police station as Station House Officer on the orders of the Director General of Police.

 
CRIME

Man robbed of gold chain, cash
Ludhiana, June 8
Two motor cycle-borne, clean-shaven youths caused a scare in the Gurdev Nagar and Ghumar Mandi area late last night when they snatched a gold chain and some cash from a man and made a bid to snatch a bag containing Rs 70,000 from another city resident near Arti Chowk.

ASIís son held
Ludhiana, July 8
The police has arrested a son of an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of the Punjab Police on the charge of forcibly snatching a mobile phone from resident of Karishna Nagar here today.

1 killed in road mishap
Ludhiana, July 8
One person was killed and another injured in a road mishap near Chowkimaan village, about 12 km from Jagraon, today morning. According to the police, Vicky (26) and his friend, Ravi, were heading towards Jagraon on a motor cycle when a four-wheeler hit their vehicle from behind. 

BUSINESS

CICU backs small cable operators
Ludhiana, July 8
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) has observed that the levy of service tax on cable operators being implemented by the Central Excise authorities at Ludhiana, without taking into consideration the actual liability to pay the service tax by the master cable operators namely City Cable, Win Cable, Citi Home Cable network was not justified.

Munna Lal, a roadside vendor in Ludhiana, uses a mobile to contact his family at Farookhabad in Uttar PradeshCellphone mania in countryside
Lalton (Ludhiana), July 8
Imagine what is the latest craze in the countryside. The mobile phones. Thanks to the cheap offers, which began with Reliance and are being followed up by the BSNL also, there has been a flood of mobile handset in the countryside. As the word spread out in the village that the mobile connections were available for Rs 501 only, there was unprecedented rush.


Munna Lal, a roadside vendor in Ludhiana, uses a mobile to contact his family at Farookhabad in Uttar Pradesh.

PNB installs 200th ATM
Ludhiana, July 8
In the face of growing competitive environment in the banking sector, the Punjab National Bank has started pursuing excellence through continuous improvement in all areas with a view to distinguishing itself by quality of services; informed Mr U.S. Bhargava, General Manager, Punjab National Bank , Punjab zone in press release issued here today.

 

EDUCATION

Depleting water level  worries PAU VC
Ludhiana, July 8
Due to predominant cultivation of paddy in the state, there is a serious problem of declining ground water table in central districts of Punjab. The entire central Punjab blocks are categorised as dark blocks except four blocks which are categorised as grey blocks.

Australian farm expert visits PAU
Ludhiana, July 8
Dr Tim L. Setter, Principal Scientist, Crop Improvement Institute of the Department of Agriculture, Government of Western Australia, is on a two-day visit to PAU, Ludhiana, to study the university set up and to explore the possibility of collaboration in the field of extension as well as transfer of technology.

All seats for BBA filled
Ludhiana, July 8
While all seats for BBA were filled, only 40 per cent seats for BCA were occupied in local colleges affiliated with the Punjab Technical University (PTU), the counselling for which began here today.

COURTS

Cellular company directed to pay compensation
Ludhiana, July 8
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has penalised a cellular company for disconnecting the incoming and outgoing call facility of a subscriber without any reason.

 
CULTURE

Punjabi writers hold meeting
Ludhiana, July 8
The Punjabi Lekhak Kalakar Society today held a meeting at its office at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. Presiding over the meeting, Ms Gurcharn Kaur Kochar, president of the society, talked about various programmes to be organised by the members in the next two months. She stressed the need to highlight the problems of the poor and needy students through various writings. She said time should also be devoted to give the message of communal harmony to the masses.

HEALTH

Rare surgery performed
Ludhiana, July 8
A rare surgery was performed recently at Deepak Hospital on Mr Bharti, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, who had been suffering from severe chronic constipation for the past nearly 10 years, The operation is called laparoscopic total abdominal colectomy, said Dr A. Ghosh, the attending doctor.

Health staff body office-bearers
Ludhiana, July 8
Mr Sukhwinder Singh of Ludhiana was elected president of the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Offices Clerical Association (PHDSOCA). The elections of the office-bearers were held on July 5 under the supervision of the returning officers Mr Chain Singh, Mr Sarabjit Singh, Mr Kuldip Singh, Mr Yudhishtir Batra and Ms Kamla Luthra.

 
SPORTS

City girls beat Patiala by 8 wkt
Ludhiana, July 8
Anuradha Sharma (29 n.o) and Sukhwinder Kaur (3for 13) excelled as Ludhiana defeated Patiala by 8 wickets in their second match of the Punjab State Women Cricket Championship being held at the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines ground, here today.

ADMINISTRATION

25 jhuggis razed
Ludhiana, July 8
A demolition squad of the local Municipal Corporation today razed at least 25 jhuggis in a slum colony near Puneet Nagar this afternoon. The slum area had come up on the banks of the Budda Nullah and was causing obstruction in cleaning the sewerage drain.

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