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Officials, residents wield brooms on Modi call
Ludhiana, October 2
The nationwide cleanliness drive, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, has gained popularity here in the last few days. Politicians, social organisations, NGOs and educational institutions are chipping in to make the drive successful. However, many residents feel the authorities concerned should strictly deal with anti-social elements who litter the city roads with impunity.

Ashok Gupta (centre), Principal Secretary, Department of Local Bodies, and MC officials being welcomed during the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at RS Model Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana; and (right) a worker brooms the rose petals showered in the Principal Secretary’s welcome. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan


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100% water supply, sewerage by 2017: Principal Secretary
Ashok Gupta, Principal Secretary, Department of Local Bodies, Punjab, has said by 2017, all cities of the state will have 100 per cent water supply and sewerage, sewage treatment plants, night shelters, bus shelters, solid waste management facilities. He said the Punjab Government would be engaging a company named Engineers India Ltd that would conduct a comprehensive study on the cleaning of Budha Nullah.

Liquor flows despite ban
Ludhiana, October 2
Caring little about October 2 (Gandhi Jayanti) being a dry day, a few liquor vends in the city were seen selling liquor. Many vends were partially opened while others were seen selling liquor clandestinely. Liquor vends located on highways kept their shutters down till 5pm but those located in the interiors had a field day.

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Municipal corporation in dire straits
Hot mix plant non-operational, no fuel for vehicles
Ludhiana, October 2
It seems the financial position of the Municipal Corporation has turned from bad to worse. While the patch work on the roads is to be started in the wake of the rainy season, the hot-mix plant of the civic body has been non-functional for the past three or four days. Besides, a few petrol stations have refused to provide fuel to the MC vehicles as their dues have not been cleared by the civic body.

Unethical practices
Council issues notices to 25 docs
Ludhiana, October 2
The Punjab Medical Council (PMC) has issued notices to more than 25 doctors across the state who were found taking commission from diagnostic centres for prescribing tests from particular centres and giving advertisements on television in violation of the ethics of registered medical practitioners.

Committees try to cut others to size with taller Ravanas
Ludhiana, October 2
The city is all set to celebrate Dasehra. Huge effigies of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhakarna are being erected. These will be burnt before the sunset to mark the victory of good over evil. The Dasehra committees in different localities are trying to move a step further by creating bigger effigies than what they burnt the previous year.

An artiste gives the final touches to the face of an effigy. A file photograph

Teachers pick planned leave over cleanliness drive
Ludhiana October 2
The teachers and students of government schools vowed to maintain cleanliness on their school premises. The schools initiated the cleanliness drive here today. A large number of teachers, who had planned their holidays from October 2, were disappointed with this move by the Modi government. Resultantly, some teachers did not attend the event.

Teachers of Government School, PAU, take an oath to maintain cleanliness in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu mahajan

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
PAU up for clean surroundings
Ludhiana October 2
‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’ began at the Punjab Agricultural University. A large number of students, staff and faculty took a pledge to maintain cleanliness at their workplace as well as homes.

The PAU Vice-Chancellor, BS Dhillon (right), and other officials take part in the cleanliness drive at the PAU in Ludhiana. A Tribune Photograph

Employees take cleanliness pledge
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 2
Brooms, spades and dusters outnumbered any other tool used by constituents of various social, religious, educational and financial organisations of the region today. Bringing novelty to their action, some organisations took up personal hygiene projects in slums of their areas. Besides contributing via manual labour to the country’s biggest-ever cleanliness drive, employees of various government and public undertaking organisations took a pledge to ensure cleanliness in their offices and residential areas by working at least two hours per week as part of Narendra Modi administration’s “Swachh Bharat” mission.

Volunteers give a bath to children of a slum on Pohir Road near Ahmedgarh. A Tribune photograph

Villagers told to grow more trees, keep environment clean
Doraha, October 2
A team of doctors from Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana, today visited Jaspalon village near here to provide training to villagers as well as girl volunteers of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha.

Dr Daljit Singh Khurana, Professor, Vegetable Department, PAU, Ludhiana, addresses volunteers and residents at Jaspalon village on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Maintain cleanliness at house, workplace, ADC tells officials
Ludhiana, October 2
As part of the “Swachh Bharat” Abhiyan, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Amrit Kaur Gill today administered the oath of cleanliness to officers and staff of the Deputy Commissioner office at the Mini-Secretariat here. She said the officers should not only maintain cleanliness at their house but also at their workplace.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Amrit Kaur Gill along with other staff members takes part in a cleanliness drive at the DC office in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu mahajan

Gandhi Jayanti
Floral tributes paid to Mahatma Gandhi
Ludhiana, October 2
The District Congress Committee paid floral tributes to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 145th birthday today. Office-bearers and workers of the party recalled the contribution of Gandhi to the nation and society.

NSS camp
The Guru Gobind Singh College of Education, Talwandi Sabo, organised one-day NSS camp to mark Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. The camp was organised under the supervision of Dr Arun Kumar Kansal, principal of the college. Dr DR Godara, Dean Student Welfare, was the special guest on the occasion. Programme co-ordinators Jagwinder Singh and Simmi Sharma guided the students during the camp. Other staff members also participated actively during the camp.

Cleanliness campaign
Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, Sherpur Road, Ludhiana, initiated Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan on Thursday. The day began with cleaning of the library, computer lab and finally the school campus. The school management and teachers also took part in the drive. The managing director, Avinash Kaur Walia, encouraged them to vow to keep their houses and the surroundings clean as well.

Employees of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School clean the campus. Tribune photograph

Dasehra venues turn into mini-amusement parks
Ludhiana, October 2
Dasehra venues are becoming a place for enjoying fun rides during the week-long affair preceding the festival. Most of the grounds where the effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhkarna will be burnt have almost turned into mini-amusement parks. Children and even grown-ups can be seen making the most of the occasion.

People enjoy fun rides at a Dasehra fair in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Rail overbridge still a distant dream
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 2
Construction of railway overbridge seems to be a distant dream for residents of local town and surrounding localities. The residents have urged the government to at least constrict underbridges on the Ludhiana-Dhuri line. They have also urged the authorities concerned to repair the approach roads in the town, so that underbridges constructed near Ghungrana and Jitwal villages can be used by commuters.

Date of TDS, TCS deposit extended
Ludhiana, October 2
Taxpayers heaved a sigh of relief as the last date for depositing tax deducted at source (TDS) and tax collected at source (TCS) has been extended. Holidays in the first week of October were becoming a cause of concern for taxpayers as banks will be closed on these days, which would result in non-payment of TDS and TCS. Though there is also an option of e-payment, a few opt for it.

Delegation from foreign institutes visits PAU
A high-level delegation from the CIMMYT (Mexico) and the Borlaugh Institute for South Asia (Bisa), led by Dr John Shap, chairman of the CIMMYT Board, visited the Punjab Agricultural University recently. The delegation visited demonstration areas of the Departments of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Pathology, and Agronomy and Entomology.

World Elders Day
Over 100 elderly persons attend interactive session
Ludhiana, October 2 SPS Apollo Hospitals observed World Elders Day and conducted a public awareness programme at Senior Citizens House here today. Through this educative and interactive session, the hospital was able to create awareness regarding falls, psychological problems, mental disorders, memory loss, risk factor of stroke and attitude of societies towards the elders.

City residents uphold sanctity of Ashtami
Ludhiana, October 2
Kanjak Puja was celebrated on the occasion of Ashtami here today. As per the ritual, young girls were worshipped by the residents. They were offered Prasad that included halwa, puri and chane.

Club celebrates Dasehra
Ludhiana, October 2
Aastha Ladies Club celebrated Dasehra, Karwa Chauth and Diwali at a function organised at Friends Regency here. A fashion show was also organised in which members of the club participated.

Senior Citizens Day celebrated
Ludhiana, October 2
To mark International Senior Citizens Day, the Senior Citizens Social Welfare Society (regd), Urban Estate, Focal Point, organised a family get-together here today.

Teachers to protest on Oct 19
Ludhiana, October 2
A meeting of SSA/RMSA Teachers Union was held at Chattar Singh Park here today. The office-bearers of the union said they have decided to hold a protest on October 19 against the Punjab government. The president of union, Amandeep Singh, said around 13,000 teachers, working in the Centre-sponsored schemes such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan, have been serving in schools for the last six years. The members claimed that the government had promised regularisation of their jobs but the promise has not been kept yet. So the union has decided to hold a protest, said Singh. TNS


Punjab Basketball League
Ludhiana eves, Punjab Police boys retain titles
Ludhiana, October 2
Defending champions in the men’s and women’s sections, Punjab Police, Jalandhar, and Ludhiana district, respectively, won their last league encounters to retain the titles in the Punjab Basketball League that concluded at Gure village, near here, today.

The Punjab Police team with the chief guest and other dignitaries. A Tribune photograph

SAI centre trainees chip in
Ludhiana, October 2
As millions of people across the country participated in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, trainees of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centre, Ludhiana, joined officials, coaches and sports promoters to be the part of the biggest cleanliness drive here today.

170 take part in cycle rally
Ludhiana, October 2
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) Cycling Club today organised a cycle rally.




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