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Marriot Hotel case takes a new turn
Complainants become accused
Ludhiana, July 17
The much-publicised Marriot Hotel case has taken an interesting turn with the complainants becoming the accused now.

Single men... watch out on highways
Ludhiana, July 17
Flirty young men... beware. Next time you offer a ride to a lady or a group of women in car, you could be in serious trouble.

RAIN BRINGS CHEER TO SOME BUT TEARS TO OTHERS RAIN BRINGS CHEER TO SOME BUT TEARS TO OTHERS: Mango sellers wait in vain for customers as the rain hit their business in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


Missing child traced to Ambala
Ludhiana, July 17
The about 2-year-old child, who had gone missing under mysterious circumstances from Salemtabri last Sunday morning has been recovered from a hospital in Ambala. He was admitted in the hospital by the watchman of a market in that city. The recovery is as mysterious as his disappearance was. He could not have possibly travelled more than 100 km on his own.

Noise pollution of factory recorded
Ludhiana, July 17
A team of officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board visited a tin recycling factory in Hira Nagar on the Kakowal Road and recorded the noise created by the unit here today.

Officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board record the noise created by a tin factory in Ludhiana on Thursday.— Photo Inderjit Verma
Officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board record the noise created by a tin factory

Courts shifted, PUDA yet to  take possession of old complex
Ludhiana, July 17
Even as the district courts have been shifted from Old Courts Complex in local katcheri chowk for the last few days, the Punjab Urban and Development Authority (PUDA) is yet to get the possession of the place due to non-shifting of lawyers from the old complex due to non-availability of proper shelter in the new courts.

Courts in new complex


MC postpones tenders of development works
Ludhiana, July 17
Under immense pressure from the contractors, enlisted with the municipal corporation over their pending payments, the MC has postponed tenders due for July 18 for different development works like surfacing of roads, electrical and civil works, estimated to cost around Rs 8 crore.

Khangura’s nomination to planning board hailed
Ludhiana, July 17
Mrs Gurdial Kaur Khangura, a senior Congress leader, who contested the last Assembly elections from the Kila Raipur constituency, has been nominated as a member of the Punjab State Planning Board. A notification to this effect was issued at Chandigarh recently.

Hospital bushes, a den for anti-social elements?
Ludhiana, July 17
It seems that the authorities concerned, including the police, are waiting for a tragedy to happen before they decide to cut the bushes, which are an ideal shelter for criminals of all shades. The jungle-like place (which used to be an abandoned old jail at one time) at Civil Hospital, which was the talk of the town due to criminal activities a few years back, is still in a state of neglect, thus inviting anti-social elements to continue with their activities.
Police personnel patrol at the Civil Hospital
Police personnel patrol at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

‘Sawan’ begins with Shiva puja
Ludhiana, July 17
On the first day of “Sawan”, a month-long puja of Lord Shiva started at the ancient Sanglan Wala Shivala yesterday under the supervision of Mahant Narayan Dass Puri.

Devotees offer milk, Ganga water and ‘bel’ leaves to Lord Shiva at the ancient Sanglan Wala Shivala on Thursday morning.
Devotees offer milk, Ganga water and ‘bel’ leaves to Lord Shiva at the ancient Sanglan Wala Shivala

Parking at owner’s risk
Ludhiana, July 17
With jobs getting scarce in the city, hundreds of commuters go to neighbouring towns of Ludhiana daily.
The scooter and cycle parking stand near the railway station in dilapidated condition.
The scooter and cycle parking stand near the railway station in dilapidated condition

Khamano road in need of repair
Khamano, July 17
The condition of Mansoorpur Khamano road up to Shamashpur Singhan village that was named Shaheed Avtar Singh Road is so bad that it is very difficult to pass through it. About half a kilometre stretch of this road falling in Khamano town is often filled with muddy water of adjoining houses, blocking it as there is no drainage of this water.

The potholed Shaheed Avtar Singh road in Khamano. — A Tribune photograph
The potholed Shaheed Avtar Singh road in Khamano

Sarpanch elected by one vote
Amloh, July 17
As per the orders of the State Election Commission, polling of which was held on June 29, counting of votes of the Ghulu Majra gram panchayat, was held in Block Development and Panchayat Officer’s office yesterday and Mr Parkash Singh, returning officer of cluster number 5, declared Mr Amarjit Singh as sarpanch with a margin of one vote. 

Withdraw fee hike
UR organisation has taken deep notice of the big hike in fees of government schools and colleges. It is an attack on the fundamental right of education to all citizens.


Two women arrested
Ludhiana, July 17
The district police has caught two women on a charge of duping commuters on major roads by taking lift in their vehicles and then looting them of cash and valuables.

Girl kidnapped from Surjit Nagar
Ludhiana, July 17
The Focal Point police yesterday registered a case of kidnapping under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Subhash Prashar, a resident of Surjit Nagar , Gias Pura, against Anil Kumar, a resident of Sarpanch Colony. The complainant had alleged that the accused had kidnapped her daughter, Pathal Prashar, on Wednesday and taken her to an undisclosed place. No arrest has been made so far.


Industry shifting out of Punjab
Ludhiana, July 17
Peeved at the unfriendly atmosphere prevailing in the state, a number of industrial units here have reportedly either shifted out or are planning to shift. It is learnt that Himachal Pradesh and Orissa are prime attractions for investment for local industrialists.

Scrap importers in a fix
Ludhiana, July 17
The scrap importers in Ludhiana are faced with a piquant situation after the Customs Department disallowed the landing and storage of scrap at Punjab Ware Housing Corporation (PWHC) at the dry port here.

Hike in steel prices hits exports
Ludhiana, July 17
The Engineering Exporters Association has expressed concern over the plight of bicycle and other engineering industries which have allegedly been hit hard by a steep increase in the steel prices and falling prices of dollar against the Indian rupee.


Farmers given tips on pear production
Ludhiana, July 17
In his presidential remarks, Dr J.S. Kolar, Director of Extension Education, PAU, has called upon farmers to use newly developed technologies for improved production of high quality pears.


6 South African students join PCTE
Ludhiana, July 17
Under an agreement signed between the Limpopo Province of South Africa and Punjab Technical University (PTU) earlier this year, six students from the South African province have joined the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) in the current session.

Students from South Africa who have taken admission in Punjab College of Technical Education, Baddowal, on Thursday. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari
Students from South Africa who have taken admission in Punjab College of Technical Education, Baddowal

Poor response to MCA in colleges
Ludhiana, July 17
With just 21 per cent MCA seats getting filled in local colleges affiliated to Punjab Technical University in the centralised counselling held at Jalandhar on Tuesday, the course seems have lost its sheen this year.

PAU in financial mess
Ludhiana, July 17
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is facing serious financial crisis with its employees not being paid their salaries on time. The PAU has shot off a letter to the state government, demanding immediate intervention in the matter.

Free IT courses for students
Ludhiana, July 17
The Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) is organising free summer camps for boys and girls on varied IT related activities.
A fortnight-long camp began on July 14 and 70 students aspiring for various courses in BBA and BCA in various colleges of city are taking part in various activities such as preparing a slide show, graphic designing, letter head writing and so on.

PAU holds interviews for diploma courses
Ludhiana, July 17
Interviews for the various one-year diploma courses in the College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, were held here today.
The college had introduced four diploma courses in food preservation and baking, interior decoration, management of day-care centres and fashion designing.
Candidates seeking admission to various diploma courses wait for their turn for interview at the College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, on Thursday.  — A Tribune photograph
Candidates seeking admission to various diploma courses wait for their turn for interview at the College of Home Science


Pradeep Sharma wins music contest
Ludhiana, July 17
Musical frenzy was unleashed at the PUDA grounds, Dugri, yesterday during the city-level final of the Gilbey’s Green Label “Sur Milao Kuch Kar Dikhao” talent hunt contest. The contest was won by Pradeep Sharma, who, among other participants, were selected through auditions on July 14.


Patients given free  advice on diet 
Ludhiana, July 17
The Department of Dietetics of the local Christian Medical College on Tuesday organised a display of therapeutic diets at the out-patient department. The focus was on cardio vascular and renal diseases and diabetes mellitus. Educational charts and cooked foods were on display.


Mehak, Pratik emerge winners
Ludhiana, July 17
Mehak Arora and Pratik emerged as champions among girls and boys (u-11) sections, respectively, in the Inter-class Chess Competition of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, here today.


MC issues notice to private coloniser
Khanna, July 17
The Khanna Municipal Council has issued a notice to a private coloniser, developing a colony — Sun City, on the Amloh road here today. The municipal authority had asked the coloniser to show the approval of PUDA or to face demolition of the colony. While the representative of the company said they had approval from PUDA and they had shown this to the head draftsman of the council. 


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