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Shopkeepers defy orders on timings
Ludhiana, July 30
Shopkeepers and traders of the city today defied the modified orders of the state government to close the shops and other business outlets during afternoon hours by keeping their outlets open.

Shops remained open during afternoon hours in Ludhiana on Friday in defiance of government orders Shops remained open during afternoon hours in Ludhiana on Friday in defiance of government orders . — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Cong leader arrested on looting charges
Party begins damage control
Ludhiana, July 30
In a major embarrassment to the ruling government in the state, a Congress leader from the Shimla Puri area of the city, Satwant, alias Satnam Singh, has been caught by the Ropar police on the charges of looting about Rs 67 lakh from various places in the state during the past two years.









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Arrest warrant issued against Inspector Guddu
Ludhiana, July 30
The Additional Sessions Judge-cum-presiding officer of Fast Track Court, Mr Sunil Arora, has ordered that non-bailable warrants should be issued against Inspector Shamsher Singh, Guddu, as he had failed to appear in the court despite seeking several adjournments through his counsel. The court has also issued orders to attach his salary.

Anti-Smoking Act flouted with impunity
Ludhiana, July 30
Three months after the Anti-Smoking Act came into being, it has remained on paper only so far as its implementation is concerned in the city. Owing to the non-notification of the new Act by the Punjab Government till date, the Act is being violated with impunity.

A downpour caught commuters unawares in Ludhiana on Friday afternoon It rains, at last
Ludhiana, July 30
Residents of the city heaved a sigh of relief as it rained heavily in the afternoon for more than an hour, flooding streets in low-lying areas. The downpour came at around 1.45 pm. It caught most of the commuters unawares.
A downpour caught commuters unawares in Ludhiana on Friday afternoon. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

 
COMMUNITY

Supporters lobby for Tej Parkash
Ludhiana, July 30
Supporters of former Transport Minister, Mr Tej Parkash, who lost his ministerial berth during the downsizing process following a constitutional amendment, are lobbying hard for him to regain Cabinet berth. His supporters are said to have built up pressure on the high command so that he is reinducted into the Cabinet, before the death anniversary of his father Beant Singh on August 31.

Ghanta Ghar presents ugly look
Ludhiana, July 30
The chaos created around the Ghanta Ghar by roadside encroachers is increasing with each passing day, thanks to the municipal corporation, which has no clear-cut plans to preserve the heritage of the city. About five years ago, the civic body had chalked out an ambitious plan to beautify the periphery around this historical monument. A tentative map, showing a mini fountain, was also drawn up.

Rehris near the Clock Tower in Ludhiana. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Rehris near the Clock Tower in Ludhiana

Police drive against drug peddlers
Dehlon, July 30
Mr Parag Jain, DIG Ludhiana, while addressing a public meeting here yesterday said Ludhiana police had launched a drive against drug peddlers. Elaborating on the recently launched drive Mr Jain said during the enforcement stage the police would track down the major players in the illegal narcotic trade irrespective of their alliance to any political party.

Beant Singh’s family heading for a showdown with CM?
Ludhiana, July 30
If the mood of quite a few close supporters of slain Chief Minister of Punjab Beant Singh and their no-holds-barred verbal attack against the Congress Government in Punjab, particularly the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is any indication, the family members of Mr Beant Singh appear to be all set for a showdown with the party leadership.

Plea to improve lot of hosiery workers
Ludhiana, July 30
The Centre for Education and Communication (CEC) has emphasised the need for an effective solution to the persistent sufferings of thousands of hosiery workers in the industrial hub of the state.



Functionaries of the Centre for Education and Communication, New Delhi, address a rally of hosiery workers in Ludhiana on Friday. — Tribune photo by Inderjit Verma
Functionaries of the Centre for Education and Communication, New Delhi, address a rally of hosiery workers in Ludhiana

When couples turn colleagues
Ludhiana, July 30
With more and more women joining different professions the cases of husband-wife teams working in the same organisation are also on the rise. While some organisations do not allow husband and wife to work together, others do not mind the duo working together.

Residents of Dholewal Chowk burn a rag doll to appease the raingods just hours before the downpour in Ludhiana
Residents of Dholewal Chowk burn a rag doll to appease the raingods just hours before the downpour in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Dhillon seeks steps against water  contamination
Ludhiana, July 30
President of the youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal and member Parliament, Mr Sharanjit Dhillon today demanded measures to curb the menace of water contamination. He said, officials must be held responsible to ensure that the residents were not made to drink contaminated water. Mr Dhillon concluded a tour of affected areas and also inquired about the health of patients undergoing treatment at various hospitals.

Rotary Club centenary function
Ludhiana, July 30
The Rotary International is celebrating its 100th year. Mr Harpreet Singh Kharbanda, president of the Rotary Club, Ludhiana Central, said at the board meeting that ‘celebrate Rotary’ was the theme for 2004-05.

 
CRIME

2 hurt in hit-and-run case
Sahnewal, July 30
A case has been registered at the Sahnewal police station against the driver of a Zen car, who allegedly injured the driver and pillion-rider of a Kinetic Honda scooter at Raian village on Wednesday.

BUSINESS

Steel-starved industry in for another shock
Ludhiana, July 30
The steel-starved industry in the country, particularly in Ludhiana is in for another shock with the Central Government planning to impose “anti-dumping duty” on the import of steel. In case the Central Government goes ahead with it, as it has indicated, it may prove to be the proverbial last straw on the camel’s back and force a large number of steel-starved industrial units in the state to shut down.

Beopar Mandal flays power cut
Ludhiana, July 30
Mr Tulsidas Jaitwani, president of the Punjab Beopar Mandal, criticised the state government and PSEB authorities today for failing to fulfil power requirements of the trade and industry in the state.

 

EDUCATION

From Schools & Colleges
Mehndi, rangoli contests held at Isher Singh school
Ludhiana, July 30
To inculcate love for Punjabi culture among students, a mehndi and rangoli competition was organised at Baba Isher Singh School, Ludhiana, on Friday. The function was inaugurated by the school president, Mr Mohan Singh Chahal. Principal Aneeta Kundra asked the girl students to develop artistic skills.

Students of Baba Isher Singh Senior Secondary Public School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, participate in a rangoli competition on Friday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Students of Baba Isher Singh Senior Secondary Public School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, participate in a rangoli competition

 

HEALTH


Rare heart surgery performed
Ludhiana, July 30
Till a fortnight back , Shelly( 22) was on cloud nine, having just started her married life with Jiwan Sharma of Ballian village near Malerkotla town. But soon Jiwan realised that things were not right with Shelly as she would develop breathlessness even during routine household work. "I could see anxiety on the face of my in-laws as I had to take rest frequently during the day," said Shelly.



Shelly and her father Amar Nath in Ludhiana on Friday. 
Shelly and her father Amar Nath in Ludhiana on Friday

Awareness march on addiction
Amloh, July 30
An awareness march on drug-addiction was flagged off by Sant Darbara Singh of Rohisar at Gurdwara Singh Sabha here today as part of 300 years' celebrations of the martyrdom of Baba Jorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh, sons of Guru Gobind Singh, and Mata Gujari.

Acupuncture therapy at de-addiction centres
Ludhiana, July 30
Mr Kunal Kishore, Coordinator of Regional Research and Training Centre, National Institute of Social Defence under the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, indicated at the introduction of acupuncture therapy at all drug de-addiction centres in northern India was under active consideration of the government.

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