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Passengers stranded as rain hits rail traffic
Ludhiana, August 3
Thousands of passengers were stranded at the railway station here today, with most trains getting either delayed or cancelled following the inundation of railway tracks at several places near Ambala.

Passengers stranded at Ludhiana railway station as a number of trains were cancelled and delayed due to flooding of railway tracks near Ambala Passengers stranded at Ludhiana railway station as a number of trains were cancelled and delayed due to flooding of railway tracks near Ambala. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Rights panel indicts MC on park maintenance
Ludhiana, August 3
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has indicted the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation for not maintaining the public parks in Ludhiana and has observed, “the matter is far too serious and cannot be allowed to be bogged down”.


Traders observe black day
Ludhiana, August 3
Led by activists of the Punjab Pardesh Beopar Mandal, traders put up black flags at their shops and commercial establishments to observe black day against the revised timing of closure of shops here today.

Activists of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal hold a demonstration against the changed timing of closure of shops in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
— Photo by Inderjit Verma
Activists of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal hold a demonstration against the changed timing of closure of shops

5 booked for assault, theft
Ludhiana, August 3
On a statement by Mr Rajiv Sharma, manager of Hotel Taksonz near the railway station, the Kotewali police yesterday registered a case under Sections 380, 323, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC against Vikas Sethi, Vishal Sethi, Rattan Sethi, Sonu Monga and Hitesh Monga, who live in Tilak Nagar.

Jewellery, cash stolen at McDonalds
Doraha, August 3
Cash and jewellery were allegedly stolen from a car at a highway restaurant, near here, last evening. Kashmira Singh, a press reporter and a resident of Krishna Park, New Delhi, has alleged that he stopped for a break at McDonalds.

Ludhiana Municipal Corporation never misses any occasion to glorify itself. No matter what the basis of the claims are, these are made in a convincing manner. One can only wish if other departments of the corporation were as active as its Public Relations Department.
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Rights panel orders probe against SHO 
Ludhiana, August 3
Following allegations of corruption by a family of Phullawal village against a police official and false implication under the NDPS Act, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has ordered an inquiry. The commission has directed the Senior Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana, to conduct an independent inquiry.

He needs good Samaritans to get his children educated
Ludhiana, August 3
Despite being a brilliant student himself in his prime, he could not study because of money constraints. He ended up earning his livelihood by working as a daily wager. This middle-aged man, Mr Gurnam Singh, is, however, leaving no stone unturned to provide his three children with the best of education.

Mr Gurnam Singh with his meritorious children in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Gurnam Singh with his meritorious children in Ludhiana

Old parents seek probe into son’s death in UK
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 3
An old couple of Chhapar village, near here, who fear their son was killed by his wife and her parents for property, are looking to the British Government for help. In March this year the family received the ashes of their son, who was found dead by one of his friends in England and was cremated three months after his death.

Intensify efforts to free hostages: MCPI 
Ludhiana, August 3
The state committee of the Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has asked the Central government to intensify the efforts for the release of three Indians from this region held captive in Iraq. It urged the government, especially the Foreign Affairs Minister, to leave no stone unturned for their release.

Arrest accused in Saholi murder case, says family
Ludhiana, August 3
The family members of Mr Jagpal Singh Gorkha, an Akali stalwart, who was gunned down by four assailants on the polling day of the previous Lok Sabha elections at Saholi village, are receiving threatening phone calls from the three assailants who are still roaming freely allegedly due to protection by certain politicians belonging to the ruling party.

HP CM to open Yatri Nivas block
Ludhiana, August 3
With the inauguration of a new block of the Yatri Nivas at the Ludhiana Dharamshala in Chintpurni, Himachal Pradesh, on August 8, better facilities will be available to devotees visiting the shrine. Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, will preside.

Staff convention on August 8
Doraha, August 3
A state-level convention of government and semi-government employees of Punjab is being held under the banner Mulazam Sanjha Kender, Punjab, at Punjabi Bhavan, Ludhiana, on August 8.

Sink differences, civic body chief, members told
Ludhiana, August 3
The Congress high command has directed the Chairman and trustees of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust to bury the hatchet and work in tandem for the welfare of the people.


Liquor smugglers give a slip
Ludhiana, August 3
Two liquor smugglers, who were taking liquor from Chandigarh in a Tata Sumo managed to give a slip to the chasing policemen who had laid a naka to nab them at Khassi Kalan near here yesterday.


Iron, zinc deficiency hits rice crop
Ludhiana, August 3
PAU scientists have said that rice crop in a considerable area in the state has become a victim of iron and zinc deficiencies. While the crop growing in sandy soil suffers from iron deficiency, which has been aggravated by the lack of irrigation, the zinc deficiency is in the fields infested with salts (kallar soil) with poor quality water, particularly, sodic waters.


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