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Steel goods worth Rs 100 cr pile up
Ludhiana, August 11
Huge stocks of finished steel goods worth over Rs 100 crore have piled up at Mandi Gobindgarh and Ludhiana due to the suspension of trains and hike in the freight by truckers.

Poohla in judicial custody till August 25
Ludhiana, August 11
Ms Anshul Berry, Judicial Magistrate, today declined the request of the prosecution for extending the police remand of chief of Tarna Dal Baba Ajit Singh Poohla. Poohla had been arrested in an attempt to murder case, and sent him to judicial custody till August 25.

Cops reprimanded for press conference
Ludhiana, August 11
A press conference organised yesterday at the Kotwali police station for Nihang Tarna Dal Chief Ajit Singh Poohla has ruffled a few feathers in the Punjab Government and senior police officials.


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Govt College abuzz with activity
Ludhiana, August 11
The local Government College is abuzz with activity for around 3,000 students, besides teachers, coaches from 35 schools started rehearsing for Independence Day function yesterday.

School students rehearse for the Independence Day function at GCB College in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
School students rehearse for the Independence Day function at GCB College in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

HIV infection case takes new turn
Ludhiana, August 11
Mr Surinder Singh, who has accused a local doctor of negligence that led to his wife contracting HIV infection, yesterday disputed her claims (of the doctor) that she had checked the blood samples before transfusing blood.

Thick clouds gather over Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Thick clouds gather over Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Jagraon Police Dept gets tough with ‘corrupt’ personnel
Ludhiana, August 11
The Jagraon police district is witnessing a unique police-public participation exercise to combat crime and at the same time the authorities have launched a massive crackdown to weed out corruption in the Police Department.

PSEB schemes ease low-voltage problem
Ludhiana, August 11
In order to solve the problems of low voltage and fluctuations in the suburban areas, the Central Zone of the PSEB carried out 50 schemes in which the load was evenly distributed.

5 killed in road mishaps
Ludhiana, August 11
Two property dealers, Lekh Raj and Jasbir Singh of Machhiwara, were killed in a road accident near Balion village today. Their scooter collided with a Punjab Roadways bus. Both were coming to Samrala.

 
COMMUNITY

BJP opposes reservation based on religion
Ludhiana, August 11
While vehemently opposing the proposed move of the Andhra Pradesh Government to provide 5 per cent reservation to the Muslim community in educational institutions and government jobs, the BJP has apprehended that such retrograde step, if not scrapped forthwith, would sow the seeds of communalism based on two nation theory, which led to Partition.

Jangpur residents up in arms against Mandi Board
Ludhiana, August 11
Residents of Jangpur village falling in the Kila Raipur Assembly segment, are up in arms against the Punjab Mandi Board for its proposal to divert the drain from Mulapur village to Jangpur. The residents said, the untreated water will cause pollution in the village and will cause various health problems also.

Authorities look the other way as filth, stench fill city

Ludhiana, August 11
The first thing that strikes one on getting down from a train at the local railway station is the nauseating smell emanating from the uncleaned tracks. One hurries out of the station in the hope of catching some fresh air outside. But the stink follows no matter which exit one takes to be on a city road.


An open garbage dump in a lane behind the Bhadaur House market in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

An open garbage dump in a lane behind the Bhadaur House market in Ludhiana.

Employees’ front flays ordinance
Amloh, August 11
The Democratic Employees Front (DTF) has flayed an ordinance issued by the state government against the teachers who had been availing themselves of the benefit of higher grade for the past 20 years on the basis of their higher qualification.

Paswan to address rally in Bathinda
Ludhiana, August 11
The Union Minister for Steel, Fertilisers and Chemicals and President of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, will address a rally in Bathinda on September 2.This was stated here today by the Secretary-General of the party, Mr Kartar Singh Patna.

BKU flays govt on petrol prices
Ludhiana, August 11
The Bharti Kisan Union today condemned the hike in petrol and diesel prices and demanded rise in minimum support prices for various crops, including cereals, paddy, sugarcane and cotton, at a meeting here.

AT THE CROSSROADS
Punjabi poet as an English novelist
T
HIS is the dilemma of a number of English teachers that they take recourse to Punjabi language for creative writing. Iqbal Singh Ramoowalia taught English at GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, but composed poems in Punjabi during that period. In 1975, he migrated to Canada where he had to work as a security guard and a taxi driver. It was much later that he once again donned the academic gown as a teacher of English.

Iqbal Singh Ramoowalia
Iqbal Singh Ramoowalia 

Postal services paralysed
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 11
Delay in resumption of rail traffic has paralysed the postal services of this town. Besides affecting other sections of society, the delay in despatch of letters have brought successful candidates of the PMET conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, in a fix.

Ludhiana youth drowned in Canada
Ludhiana, August 11
Pradeep Singh Grewal, a youth belonging to the city, died in Toronto, Canada, on August 8 after drowning in the sea. 

Doctor accused of being careless
Mandi Gobindgarh, August 11
Mr Gulshan Kumar of Ward No. 18, Adarsh Nagar, here has sought action against a doctor of the local Civil Hospital.

 

BUSINESS

FM assures industry on steel prices
Ludhiana, August 11
Representatives of various industrial organisations, including the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturing Association, yesterday met the Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, and apprised him of problems being faced by the industry, particularly the fluctuation in the steel prices.

 
AGRICULTURE

Legislative panel lays stress on crop diversification
Ludhiana, August 11
A High Powered Committee of Punjab Vidhan Sabha MLAs, under the chairmanship of Randeep Singh, visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to evaluate its performance. The other members of the committee were Mr Joginder Singh Mann, Chaudhary Rumal Chand, Dr Raj Kumar Gupta and Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura.

EDUCATION

PCCTU seeks enhanced HRA
Ludhiana, August 11
The PCCTU organised a rally at A.S.College, Kahnna, in protest against the indifferent attitude of the government towards its long-pending demands.

 
CULTURE

Teej celebrated with fervour
Ludhiana, August 11
The campus echoed with Punjabi folklore. Girls looked happy and cheerful in myriad coloured Punjabi dresses as the Teej function was arranged to mark the advent of sawan at SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, here this morning. Ms Rakhi Gupta Bhandari, IAS, Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, was the chief guest and Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, was the guest of honour on the day.
Students of College of Home Science celebrate Teej in Punjab Agricultural University.
Students of College of Home Science celebrate Teej in Punjab Agricultural University. — A Tribune photograph

HEALTH

CMCH doc to deliver lecture in Karachi
Ludhiana, August 11
Dr A.P.Dadhich, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), has been invited to take part in a conference on 'Community-Oriented Medical and Dental Education' to be organised from August 15 to 17 by Baqal Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan.

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