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Improvement Trust, police head
for a showdown
Encroachment alleged by police in Kitchlu Nagar market
Ludhiana, July 15
The city police and the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) officials are headed for a showdown over the issue of alleged encroachment of a portion of the corridor of a Trust-owned market in Kitchlu Nagar. A day before the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) was scheduled to inaugurate a newly constructed police post in the market, the LIT authorities today asked the police authorities to stop the construction of the building immediately.

A corridor of the Kitchlu Nagar market in Ludhiana, which has been encroached upon by the police to construct a police post A corridor of the Kitchlu Nagar market in Ludhiana, which has been encroached upon by the police to construct a police post. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma









EARLIER STORIES
  City areas without drinking water for three days
Ludhiana, July 15
Residents of the New Kundan Puri, New Deep Nagar and Upkar Nagar areas here are up in arms against the Municipal Corporation authorities, as they claim that they have not been supplied potable water for the past three days.

Courage counters robbery bid
Attack leaves woman injured

Ludhiana, July 15
Three persons armed with sharpedged weapons and rods struck at a house in Ram Nagar behind the Police Colony, old courts, today afternoon and seriously injured a middle-aged woman. They, however, had to flee the house empty-handed as the woman, despite her injuries, managed to run out of the house and alert other residents.

Robbery bid victim Asha Rani under treatment at a city hospital in Ludhiana. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Robbery bid victim Asha Rani under treatment at a city hospital

No-trust motion passed against Doraha MC chief
Councillors opposed my every move, says Raj Rani
Doraha, July 15
A no-confidence motion was passed against Mrs Raj Rani, President of the local Municipal Council, today. The motion was passed under the observation of Mr Tejinder Singh Dhaliwal, SDM, Payal.

Inter-state gang of robbers busted
Ludhiana, July 15
The Division No. 7 police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of robbers by arresting its six members. It also seized arms and ammunition from the gang members. The gang had allegedly been active in the region for the past few months and had become a headache for the police.

 
COMMUNITY

CM has support of all Punjabis: Birmi
Ludhiana, July 15
The Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Jails, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, has asserted that all Punjabis, irrespective of their political affiliations, were solidly behind the Capt Amarinder Singh on the SYL issue and were ready for any sacrifice to protect the interests of the state. Mr Birmi was addressing the Youth Congress workers gathered at Circuit House to welcome and honour him on his first visit to city after assuming the charge of his new assignment. He said that the Chief Minister had created history by getting the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004, passed in the Vidhan Sabha by mobilising the support of all political parties, which was the only option left with the Punjab Government after the decision of the apex court regarding the completion of SYL canal.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Malkiat Singh Birmi.
— A Tribune photograph


Birmi says CM ditched him
League backs govt on water issue
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Malkiat Singh Birmi

BJP criticises  induction of  Parliamentary Secretaries
Ludhiana, July 15
The BJP has criticised the induction of a large number of Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and Parliamentary Secretaries in the guise of downsising the Cabinet. Prof Rajender Bhandari, spokesperson and state central secretary, said Capt Amarinder Singh’s exercise to reduce the size of his ministry was an attempt to fool people.

Sikh Students Federation (Mehta) warns mischief-mongers
Ludhiana, July 15
Taking a serious view of the attack on a Punjab Roadways bus in Haryana and the threat of various outfits to target Sikhs in the neighbouring state, the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta) has warned the mischief-mongers to desist from such acts or be prepared for similar measures in Punjab.

PWD employees threaten to boycott work
Ludhiana, July 15
To protest against the arrest of PWD officials in the alleged bitumen scam, employees of the department continued their rally for the twelfth day today in front of the main gate of their office on the Maharani Jhansi road here. The dharna continued for two hours.


Employees of PWD protest against the alleged state repression in Ludhiana on Thursday.
— Photo by Inderjit Verma
Employees of PWD protest against the alleged state repression in Ludhiana

‘Paying taxes true  service to the nation’
Ludhiana, July 15
Every buyer and seller  in India wants to save sales tax and this  tendency is one of the reasons behind the inability of the government to execute more development works in the country, says Mr S.S. Gansi, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner.

100 saplings planted on Vanamahotsava
Doraha, July 15
As many as 100 saplings were planted by the local branch of the State Bank of Patiala at Guru Nanak National College to mark Vanamahotsava today. Among those who planted saplings in the college premises were Mr R.K. Dudeja, Branch Manager, State Bank of Patiala, Mr Varinder Kumar Sharma, Assistant Manager, Mr Balwant Singh Pangali, general secretary, college management committee, Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, Principal of the college.
Saplings being planted to mark Vanamahotsava at a function organised by the Doraha branch of the State Bank of Patiala
Saplings being planted to mark Vanamahotsava at a function organised by the Doraha branch of the State Bank of Patiala at Guru Nanak National College on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Readers Write
Vegetable vendors a nuisance
T
he decision to shift old sabzi mandi beyond Buddha Nullah from the old site was taken during the tenure of the late Chief Minister Lachhman Singh Gill. The actual shifting took place at a later date after acquiring land and working out various modalities.

 
CRIME

Two booked for breach of trust
Jagraon, July 15
The Dakha police on the complaint of Ms Amarjit Kaur of Raqba has registered a case under Sections 420, 406, 120B of the IPC against Gurbinder Singh and Amar Singh of Gure.

BUSINESS

Industry decries steel price hike
Ludhiana, July 15
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) has lashed out at the UPA government for restoration of incentives of Duty Entitlement Pass Book (DEPB) on the export of steel and iron. This act would further cripple the small-scale industrial sector which is already facing a crisis due to constant growth in steel process.

Tata Victa launched
Ludhiana July 15
Tata Motors launched Sumo Victa — a face-lift version of Tata Sumo — at a function organised here last evening. Addressing the function, Mr Anupam Singh, Regional Manager (North), Passenger Car Business Unit (PCBU) of Tata Motors, said “Despite the entry of new competitors in the past four years, the sales of the Tata Sumo have grown from 25,000 vehicles in 1999-2000 to 28,000 vehicles in 2003-2004."

Govt blamed for power crisis
Ludhiana, July 15
The Apex Camber of Commerce and Industry has blamed the state government for a severe power shortage in Punjab. The chamber says people of the state are passing through an unprecedented hardship on account of power shortage even though the power shortage is only to the extent of 10 per cent.

 

EDUCATION

Students seek exemption from toll
Mandi Gobindgarh, July 15
Students of the Regional Institute of Management and Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, have, in a representation, demanded that toll tax should not be collected from students at Sirhind Canal Bridge, Doraha.

Counselling held at LCET
Ludhiana July 15
The Ludhiana College of Engineering and Techno-logy at Katani Kalan conducted counselling for the management quota seats on Tuesday. The Principal, Dr J.S. Sohal, said the counselling was conducted as per the PTU norms and the list of the students was prepared on the basis of the preference of merit in CET, AIEEE and the 10 plus two.

School magazine released

 

HEALTH

DMCH union backs Kapoor hospital staff
Ludhiana, July 15
The Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) Employees Union today extended its support to the employees of B.L. Kapoor Memorial Hospital. Representatives of B.L. Kapoor Memorial Hospital Employees Union had told the DMCH Employees Union that the salaries of doctors and paramedical staff had not been paid for the past eight months.

 
SPORTS

City shuttlers bag titles in ranking tournaments
Ludhiana, July 15
Local lads Raj Kumar and Pranav Chopra made the city proud by clinching doubles titles in the All-India Junior Ranking Tournaments held at Chennai and Bangalore, respectively.



Raj Kumar and Pranav Chopra who won the All-India Junior Ranking Tournaments in Chennai and Bangalore, respectively, held last week. — A Tribune photograph
Raj Kumar and Pranav Chopra who won the All-India Junior Ranking Tournaments in Chennai and Bangalore, respectively

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