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Fraud in distribution of subsidised wheat
2 ration depot employees, ex-sarpanch held 
Ludhiana, August 7
A fraud in the distribution of subsidised wheat to Yellow Card holders (people living below the poverty line) has come to light in Khanna town. Two employees of the Food and Supplies Department and a former woman sarpanch of Chakohi village have been arrested in connection with the alleged fraud.

Coke, Pepsi sales plummet 
Ludhiana, August 7
Notwithstanding the claims made by officials of Coke and Pepsi, the sales of popular cold drinks have come down in drastic proportions in the city. Ludhiana Tribune team talked to about 12 vendors, all of whom said there had been a massive fall in the sales during the past two days. 

Satta operator remanded in police custody
Ludhiana, August 7
A district court today remanded Subash Katty, one of the protagonist of the VCD expose, in one-day police custody. He was arrested yesterday by the police under Section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, which calls for registration of a case against person giving bribe.


Token strike by PCMS doctors today
Ludhiana, August 7
As part of the ongoing agitation of the Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association for restoration of the non-practising allowance (NPA), all doctors of Ludhiana district will observe two-hour token strike tomorrow.

Who is the Bar chief?
Ludhiana, August 7
Claims and counter-claims continued for the second day today with Mr Piyush Kant Jain claiming to be the acting president of the District Bar Association (DBA) as he had been nominated by the general house, which he said was supreme.

Youth found murdered
Ludhiana, August 7
A youth of Prem Nagar in Field Gunj here was found murdered in mysterious circumstances near a sewage drain in Amarpura this morning. Mohinder Kumar had left his house late at night to attend a jagrata but his badly cut body was found in the morning. He had multiple wounds and head injury. The police has registered a case of murder.

A pall of gloom at the house of Mohinder Kumar who was found murdered in Ludhiana on Thursday. 
A pall of gloom at the house of Mohinder Kumar who was found murdered

Sons of former MLA arrested
Ludhiana, August 7
The Jagraon police has booked two sons and a nephew of former Congress MLA Darshan Singh Brar on charges of attempting to murder a Jagraon-based journalist late last night.

Tiny tots of Cherryfields Play School, Atam Nagar, at a dance party Tiny tots of Cherryfields Play School, Atam Nagar, at a dance party in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


DCC distributes anti-Badal pamphlets
Ludhiana, August 7
Pamphlets, posing certain questions to Mr Parkash Singh Badal were distributed among passersby on the Jagraon bridge by activists of the District Youth Congress (Urban), Ludhiana, here today. Among the questions highlighted were about the patch-up between Mr Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

Local Cong leaders rap  Bir Devinder
Ludhiana, August 7
Expressing support for the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, the local Congress leadership led by the District Congress Committee (DCC) president, Mr Jagmohan Sharma, today criticised the Deputy Speaker, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, for his outbursts against the Chief Minister and the government.

MC road tenders come under cloud
Ludhiana, August 7
The tenders for development works worth a whopping Rs 4.4 crore, scheduled to be opened yesterday and later postponed for a day by the municipal corporation due to administrative reasons, have come under a cloud with many contractors enlisted with the MC alleging that the move was aimed at benefiting certain contractors with political links while the civic administration denies it.

NoC for new units in 48 hrs: Rana
Mandi Gobindgarh, August 7
A drive against pollution and corruption does not mean a blow to the industry. But at the same time the government is well aware of its responsibility to maintaining a pollution-free environment said Rana K.P. Singh, MLA and Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB).

Make this Rakhi more meaningful
Ludhiana, August 7
Rakhi never falls on the same day as it is linked to the full moon day as per the lunar calendar. However sisters’ love for their brothers remains constant. Every year, they send rakhis with loving messages but how about sending meaningful messages that might make the brothers take notice of some of their bad habits that might cause cancer or other diseases.

Food on streets popular with Ludhianvis
Ludhiana, August 7
Although the city is in the grip of gastroenteritis and cholera, there are many takers of different kinds of food served by innumerable vendors on streets of the city in every locality.

Nayar recalls trip to Pak
Ludhiana, August 7
Senior journalist Kuldeep Nayar believes that the winds of change are bellowing in Pakistan and people over there, particularly the younger generation, are not hostile towards India. He says even the military regime is fast realising that it cannot continue with a confrontationist attitude towards India. The statements of Maulan Fazl-u-Rehman, leader of the Jamati Islami and a hardliner, are significant, he said.

Dalits abroad worried for brethren
Ludhiana, August 7
To check atrocities on Dalits in India, especially Punjab, Dalits abroad have come together under the banner of Vishwa Guru Ravidass Mission and have decided to take up the matter at the international level.

Mr Sital Klair, president of the South Asian Human Rights Group, Canada, at a function organised by the Vishwa Guru Ravidass Mission in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Sital Klair, president of the South Asian Human Rights Group, Canada, at a function organised by the Vishwa Guru Ravidass Mission

Colonies flooded with sewage, residents fear epidemic
Doraha, August 7
In the absence of an outlet for sewage, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Araichan Colony and Malhipur village here are inundated with sewage. Local residents fear that an epidemic could break out in their areas.

Living in squalor
Ludhiana, August 7
Shopkeepers and residents of Lakkar Bazar and surrounding localities have to live amid filth, bad roads and poor sewerage. There is heavy traffic on the Lakshmi Cinema road since it provides access to CMC Hospital, CMC Dental College, Civil Hospital and several schools.

Employees to launch stir
Ludhiana, August 7
The Punjab State Ministerial Staff Union will launch a stir in protest against the alleged anti-employee policies of the government. Government employees in the district will hold a protest rally at the mini-secretariat here tomorrow. This decision was taken at a meeting of the district unit of the union held here today.

Ex-servicemen relieved at govt clarification
Ludhiana, August 7
The Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, has welcomed the clarification of the Punjab Government on the imposition of tax on CSD stores.


Two panches held  under NDPS Act
Ludhiana, August 7
The Jagraon police has booked two newly elected panchayat members and a woman under the NDPS Act. Mr Mukhwinder Singh Chhena, SSP, Jagraon said in a press note here today, that Harinder Kumar, alias Happy, a resident of Bassian village, had been selling opium for a long time.

Jagtar Singh and Surinderpal Kaur who were booked under the NDPS Act on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Jagtar Singh and Surinderpal Kaur who were booked under the NDPS Act

Over 30 charged with theft, illegal possession
Ludhiana, August 7
The Jodhewal police has registered a case of theft and forcible possession against more than 30 persons after an incident in Basant Vihar on Wednesday. Ms Jaswant Kaur of the locality had complained that Sohan Singh, Jasvir Kaur, Rachhpal Singh, Ashok Kumar, Jhangi, Balkar Singh, Charanjit Singh, Jatly and 25 others had barged into her house, assaulted her and her child and carried away household goods.

Liquor  smuggler nabbed
Ludhiana, August 7
The local Excise Department nabbed a notorious liquor smuggler and recovered 28 cases of country liquor, three cases of Piper whiskey, two cases of Director Special, 22 bottles of Royal Stag and DSP Whiskey from him here late last night.


BSNL users find hard to reach Spice
Ludhiana, August 7
Most of the time you dial a Spice number, it will not get connected. Not at least from a Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) telephone. While the problem was there earlier also, now it seems to have become too prominent. A number of people called up Ludhiana Tribune office here yesterday, saying they had problems in reaching Spice numbers from their BSNL phones. 

Steel prices hit engineering industry
Ludhiana, August 7
A steep hike in the prices of iron and steel has thrown the light engineering industry, particularly small and tiny units, out of gear. The unprecedented rise in prices of basic raw material over the past one year has not only rendered finished goods uncompetitive in the domestic market but also hit exports.

30 pc default in car loan repayments
Ludhiana, August 7
Car finance may have become simple with various banks ever-willing to offer the finances for new and old cars. But when it comes to repaying the monthly instalments, 30 per cent people default, as a result the banks have to resort to various methods for making recoveries.


Cotton crop hit by American bollworm
Ludhiana, August 7
Heavy rains in the state have caused damage to the standing cotton crop in the districts of Bathinda and Muktsar. The Punjab Government has ordered girdawari of the same and revenue officials are now on the task.


Education officer inspects school
Ludhiana, August 7
Following complaints of charging exorbitant fee from students, appointing more teachers than required, irregularities in appointing a new teacher and bungling in donations given to the school from MP fund, Mr Avtar Singh, Circle Education Officer, Nabha, inspected the Douglaspura (Lyallpur) SD Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road, here today.

Health show  for kids
Ludhiana, August 7
Students of Lovely Lotus Play School, BRS Nagar, participated in a good health show held here today. The slogans for the day were “Plant green trees” and “Eat green vegetables and fruits”. Students were advised to shun fast food items such as noodles, chips, macaroni, pizzas and burgers. They were served fruit salad and vegetable salad on the occasion.

Freshers party at medical college
Ludhiana, August 7
A party was organised to welcome new students of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Medical College and Hospital of Electropathy here today.
The function started with a welcome speech by Ms Amritpal Kaur. Mr Jaspal Singh Gill, chairman, managing committee, was the chief guest.

Grewal additional secretary of educational trust
Ludhiana, August 7
Former Minister and a senior Akali leader Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal has been appointed additional secretary of the Nankana Sahib Educational Trust managing Guru Nanak Engineering College, polytechnic college and a chain of other educational institutions.


It is raining movies  this month
Ludhiana, August 7
Ludhianvis are out for a lot of entertainment this month. It will be raining movies at the box office here this August. For the superstars, it is time to take for the litmus test.


Breastfeeding reduces cancer risk
Ludhiana, August 7
The district unit of the Indian Academy of paediatrics, observed the world breast feeding week from August 1. It is an annual feature and lectures are held. This was stated by Dr R.S. Sibia, general secretary of the unit, at Dr B.L. Kapoor Memorial College here today.

320 stones removed from gall bladder
Ludhiana, August 7
Pushpa Devi who had 320 stones in her gall bladder for the past 20 years, was successfully operated upon at Dewan hospital here today. Dr Narrotam Dewan, who performed the surgery, claimed that during the past 30 years of his medical profession, he had not removed stones in such a large number.

Medical camp on August 10
Ludhiana, August 7
Bhai Ghanaya Seva Sanstha, Haibowal Khurd, will organise a medical camp on Sunday, August 10, at Government Primary School, Kaind village. The camp will begin at 8 am and continue till 1 pm.


School bags 14 medals at judo tourney
Ludhiana, August 7
Judokas of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, won 14 medals, including four golds, in the Ludhiana District Championship for Girls organised by the Education Department in Guru Nanak Sports Complex here today.

Gold medal winners of the Ludhiana District Judo Championship organised by the Education Department in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photo
Gold medal winners of the Ludhiana District Judo Championship organised by the Education Department

Second win for RS Model School
Ludhiana, August 7
RS Model Senior Secondary School, helped by fine batting display by Ajay, Lok Raj and Vikas, defeated Harkrishan Public School to register their second consecutive win today.


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