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Undertrial’s death: case registered
Ludhiana, July 10
The case in connection with the death of an undertrial, Surjit Singh, in Central Jail here, which was earlier being termed as death due to an illness, has now been registered as a case of murder, raising questions about the safety of undertrials in jail.

Double-murder case: 3 arrested
Ludhiana, July 10
The district police today solved the Shastri Nagar double-murder case by arresting three persons, one of whom is a migrant labourer of Mehraj district in Uttar Pradesh, while the other two are Sahnewal-based and trade in currencies.
Mohan Singh, the main suspect in the Shastri Nagar murder case Mohan Singh, the main suspect in the Shastri Nagar murder case (second from right), being produced before mediapersons here on Friday. — A Tribune photograph 


MC, Health Dept differ on water quality
Ludhiana, July 10
In the wake of the outbreak of gastroenteritis, jaundice and typhoid in several city localities during the past few days, the quality of piped water being supplied in the city by the Municipal Corporation had come under a cloud, with conflicting claims being made by the civic body and Health Department officials here.

Promiscuity thrives in city 
Ludhiana, July 10
Promiscuity and perversity are no longer limited to Hollywood or Bollywood movies. What is just a suggestion in movies like “Ajnabee” is happening right here in the city. The high society in the city has evolved its own code of morality that remains shrouded in secrecy, while the guardians of law feel helpless in the absence of any law to safeguard morality.

2 Cong leaders pay for arrogance
Ludhiana, July 10
Two local Congress leaders, one belonging to the youth wing of the party and another a newly appointed director of a state-owned corporation had to pay for their arrogance when they reportedly tried to brow beat a senior police officer. The two were reportedly turned out of the office by the said officer as they tried to bully him.


Regularise religious structures: BJP
Chandigarh, July 10
The local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party led by its President, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, and a former local MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, today demanded that all religious structures in the city be regularised. He said religious places — be they temple, gurdwara, churches or a mosques — should be regularised against payment and the criterion of illegal or legal should not apply.

A village of first-time panches
Lalton (Ludhiana), July 10
Gurmeet Singh Basi and two of his classmates were elected as panches to the local panchayat on June 29. In fact, most of the panches have been elected for the first time and relatively younger as compared to previous terms. According to information, over 50 per cent panches and sarpanches elected this time are said to be below 40.

Residents complain against tin unit
Ludhiana, July 10
Residents of Hira Nagar here are having sleepless nights for the past many years due to noise and air pollution caused by a tin recycling factory in the area. The factory produces constant hammering sound and emanates foul smell, thereby affecting the health of residents.

Tin boxes outside a tin recycling factory encroach upon a road in Hira Nagar on the Kakowal road in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Tin boxes outside a tin recycling factory encroach upon a road in Hira Nagar on the Kakowal road

Concentrate on development: SC panel chief 
Bhattian Bet, July 10
Expressing concern over the Jat-Dalit divide reflected through 18 cases reported in Punjab to the National Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission, Mr Vijay Sonkar Shastri, its Chairman, yesterday called upon the Jats, the Dalits and the government to concentrate on development instead of fighting over petty issues.

Development projects under scanner
Ludhiana, July 10
The Vigilance Department of the Local Government has initiated an inquiry into allegations of discrimination on political or other grounds in carrying out development work in city localities. Various other irregularities like failure to remove encroachments, violation of building bylaws and financial mismanagement in the Municipal Corporation and the Ludhiana Improvement Trust were also under probe.

Act on baby food promotion welcomed
Ludhiana, July 10
Baby food manufacturers will no longer be permitted to promote their products and other packaged foods for consumption by kids below the age of two years, according to the Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods (Regulation of Production, Supply and Distribution) Amendment Act, 2003.

Workshop on food adulteration
Ludhiana, July 10
A state-level workshop on ‘detection and prevention of adulteration in food stuffs’ was organised by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology in the Department of Food Science and Technology, Punjab Agricultural University, here today. Nearly 25 school teachers from all over Punjab and few representatives from the NGOs participated in the workshop.
Scientists at the Department of Food, Science and Technology, Punjab Agricultural University
Scientists at the Department of Food, Science and Technology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, give a demonstration of the method to check food adulteration on Thursday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Drug abuse: parents urged to keep eye on children
Ludhiana, July 10
Drug addiction is a social evil. It not only wrecks the addict’s life but also affects his parents’ social life. These views were expressed by Mr Mahesh Arora, President, Ludhiana-Elite Jaycees, during a debate on “Children, drugs and parents” here last night.

Transporters threaten to gherao MC officials
Ludhiana, July 10
The Ludhiana Goods Transport Association has criticised the civic administration for absence of rainwater drainage facility and poor sewerage in Transport Nagar here. They threatened to gherao civic officials if immediate measures were not taken.

This is what happens after a short spell of rain in Transport Nagar in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
This is what happens after a short spell of rain in Transport Nagar in Ludhiana

Computer reservation at Khanna
Khanna, July 10
Online computer reservation service at Khanna railway station was inaugurated here today by Member Parliament Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo. Another MP Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra lodged his protest against the local railway authorities for not conveying any message about the function.

Photo I-card schedule
Amloh, July 10
To complete the process of preparation of voters’ photo identity cards in the Amloh constituency within the stipulated period, Mr Amarjit Singh Shahi, SDM, Amloh, has made elaborate arrangements.


2 booked for encashing stolen cheques
Ludhiana, July 10
A resident of Kolkata has been duped of Rs 25,000 by two local residents, including a woman, working as an agent with the head post office. The two suspects allegedly opened a fake account in the post office and encashed stolen cheques from Kolkata belonging to the victim.

Autorickshaw driver booked
Ludhiana, July 10
The Shimlapuri police yesterday booked an unknown driver and two of his accomplice on the charge of beating, looting and threatening a passerby. Mr Sudershan Bansal, a resident of Neemwala Chowk falling under the division number 3 police station, had complained to the police that driver of a three-wheeler (PB-10BA 3725), accompanied by two of his accomplice stopped him on the road on Wednesday, beat him up and snatched Rs 6,800 from him.

Robbery bid foiled
Ludhiana, July 10
Vigilant employees of Thapar Concast Mill at Sahnewal foiled an attempt of robbery by three miscreants this afternoon. The three persons, armed with a pistol and iron rods, entered the factory premises and tried to decamp with some expensive machines.


Rising raw material costs worry industrialists
Ludhiana, July 10
Continuous rise in prices of raw material and electricity against stagnant prices of finished products has created panic among the industry which is already reeling under intense recession. There seems to be no respite for the industry as the prices of steel, rubber and electricity have been on increasing during the previous year.

Post offices to sell AirTel prepaid cards
Ludhiana, July 10
The Department of Posts will sell AirTel prepaid cards and recharge coupons through various post offices in the district. Ms Manisha Bansal, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Ludhiana City Division, said the department had signed an agreement with AirTel in this regard.

PNB branch gets Net connectivity
Ludhiana, July 10
Punjab National Bank is ahead of all other public sector banks in providing connectivity to its customers. This was stated by Mr G.S. Julka, General Manager, BSNL, while inaugurating this facility at the Model Town branch of Punjab National Bank here today.

Mr G.S.Julka, General Manager, BSNL, inaugurates CBS facility at the Punjab National Bank branch in Model Town, Ludhiana, on Thursday.
Mr G.S.Julka, General Manager, BSNL, inaugurates CBS facility at the Punjab National Bank branch in Model Town

Network hunts for ‘next big toon’
Ludhiana, July 10
With the launch of its latest initiative, “Next Big Toon”, Cartoon Network has again involved children by giving them an opportunity to create their own cartoon character. The best entry will be converted into an animation film and shown on Cartoon Network in December, 2003. 

LMA invites nominations for awards
Ludhiana, July 10
Moving with a single-minded attention to develop entrepreneurship and to promote and develop scientific management education in the region by effective exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas on sound management principles and practices, the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) has invited nominations for its annual awards.



Appoint regular teachers: union
Mandi Gobindgarh, July 10
The decision to hike fee for higher education by the Punjab Government has exposed that it is trying to shirk from its responsibility for providing education to people in the state. The decision of the government was criticised at a meeting of the Government Teachers Union, Fatehgarh Sahib district chaired by Mr Balbir Singh Ghuman here on Tuesday. 

Search on for new DMCH Principal
Ludhiana, July 10
Since Dr S.C. Ahuja has served a notice on Dayanand Medical College and Hospital of resigning as Principal, search has begun for the new incumbent. The management is now busy in looking for a suitable replacement of Dr Ahuja, who will leave his office by July 31.

Commerce all-time favourite in city colleges
Ludhiana, July 10
With almost all seats for BCom and MCom filled in colleges affiliated to Panjab University, commerce stream seems to be the most preferred among college-going students here.

Students hold craft exhibition
Ludhiana, July 10
Students of Shanti Niketan Adarsh Vidyalaya, Benjamin Road, organised an science, art and craft exhibition here today.
Students displayed various working and non-working science models prepared by them during their summer vacation.


Spice penalised for deficient services
Ludhiana, July 10
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Moga, has penalised the Spice Communication for its deficient services in a case. The company has been directed to pay Rs 2000 as compensation for the inconvenience caused to the complainant due to illegal disconnection of the mobile services apart from Rs 500 as costs.



How to prevent cholera,  gastroenteritis
holera is an acute infection which spreads in contaminated water. It usually occurs only in areas where hygiene and sanitary conditions are poor. It is an extremely serious, highly infectious and often fatal bacterial infection of the intestines.

Health Minister’s  statement hailed
Ludhiana, July 10
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has welcomed the statement of the Union Health Minister to give capital punishment to the manufacturers of spurious drugs. Dr Gursharan Singh, president of the district unit of the IMA, said today that the drug companies were also responsible to some extent.

Unhygienic fruit, vegetables destroyed
Ludhiana, July 10
As a preventive step against epidemics, a team of the district Health Department, including the District Health Officer and Food Inspectors, collected samples of vanaspati ghee, tea, chatti lassi, etc. from various areas of the city today.

Bronchoscopy saves girl’s life
Ludhiana, July 10
Ramandeep Kaur (13) was blue, slightly unconscious and gasping for breath when brought to Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) on June 26. She was suffering from respiratory distress and choking. Immediately, she was rushed to the operation theatre, where bronchoscopy was performed and a huge jamun seed was found lying in her windpipe.


Hockey training camp
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 10
A hockey training camp was organised at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial National Senior Secondary School, here today. Kanwal Deep Singh, Indian hockey team goalkeeper, was the chief guest and gave tips on efficient goal keeping.

Kanwal Deep Singh, Indian hockey team goalkeeper, gives tips to players of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial National Senior Secondary School, Mandi Ahmedgarh, on Thursday. — Photo Mahesh Sharma
Kanwal Deep Singh, Indian hockey team goalkeeper, gives tips to players of Mahatma GandhiMemorial National Senior Secondary School, Mandi Ahmedgarh


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