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Encroachments removed in Pavittar Nagar
Ludhiana, April 22
Continuing with its anti-encroachment drive, following a directive by the High Court, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today razed many houses, constructed on an irrigation channel in the Pavittar Nagar area here today.
An alleged encroacher carries his elderly mother to a safer place as the demolition squad razed his house in Ludhiana on Friday An alleged encroacher carries his elderly mother to a safer place as the demolition squad razed his house in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Delay in land clearance puts project for shawl industry on hold
Ludhiana, April 22
Thanks to slow pace of work in government departments, the project for setting up a dyeing and finishing unit for the shawl industry here, under the Cluster Development Programme, is yet to see light of the day.

Candidates not allowed to sit for paper
Amloh, April 22
The conduct of matriculation and plus II classes of the CBSE at Maghi Memorial Higher Secondary School has come under a cloud after students were yesterday allegedly allowed to copy during examination.


Controversial cop Guddu surrenders
Ludhiana, April 22
Shamsher Singh Guddu, a cop, who had been evading arrest for a long time surrendered before the court of the Additional Sessions Judge-cum-Presiding Officer of Fast Track Court, Mr Sunil Arora, today.

PUDA officials inspect colony
Ludhiana, April 22
Responding to the initiative taken by the Janta Enclave Residents Welfare Society and to assess the need for development projects in the area, a team of PUDA officials took round the colony in Urban Estate on the Dugri-Dhandra road here today.

Married woman dies of burns
Ludhiana, April 22
After battling for life for four days, a married woman allegedly set on fire by her husband died a painful death at the Civil Hospital here today. The police has so far found no clue about the whereabouts of the accused, who has been absconding since the incident.

Attack on police: case registered
Jagraon, April 22
A case under Section 307 of the IPC has been registered in a local police station against the youth who had allegedly attacked a police patrolling party yesterday in Janet village.

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Gabria’s appointment may sound death knell for factionalism
Ludhiana, April 22
The appointment of Mr Hira Singh Gabria, ex-MLA, as the district president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has not only removed the clouds of uncertainty hovering over the post but also helped in curbing the factionalism in the party in the Ludhiana district.

Muslims pray for world peace on Prophet’s birthday
Ludhiana, April 22
Muslims across the region today prayed for the peace in world. Addressing various religious congregations organised to commemorate the birthday celebrations of Prophet Mohammad, the Muslims leaders pointed out that the Prophet always preached peace. They said it would be the greatest tribute to his preachings to work towards the peace all over the world.

Postal Dept celebrates Earth Day
Ludhiana, April 22
Earth day was celebrated with zeal and vigour by the Department of Posts. In city Postal Division, the celebrations were inaugurated by Senior Superintendent of Posts Manisha Bansal Badal, IPS, by planting five trees in Head Post Office.

The Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Ms Manisha Badal, plants a tree on the Ludhiana Head Post Office complex on Earth Day on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
The Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Ms Manisha Badal, plants a tree on the Ludhiana Head Post Office complex on Earth Day on Friday

Juneja elected taxation body chief
Ludhiana, April 22
Noted taxation lawyer and chairman of the Punjab Tax Bar Association, Mr Ashok Juneja has been unanimously elected president of the local Taxation Bar Association at the general body meeting held here today.

Pensioners meet on April 24
Ludhiana, April 22
The Government Pensioners’ Association has convened a meeting of its activists on April 24 to discuss the Punjab Government’s move to hand over government-run hospitals, schools, ITIs and unbundling of the Punjab State Electricity Board. Being former employees, they share the concerns of the working staff who would be affected by the privatisation move.

Vegetable sellers’ strike called off
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 22
The Ahmedgarh Vegetable and Fruit Sellers’ Association has called off its strike after the authorities at local Market Committee assured them that the contractor would be charging market fee on the commodities strictly according the norms laid down in the law. The union leaders on the other hand promised that no transactions would be concealed from the authorities.


3 held in theft cases
Ludhiana, April 22
The police today claimed to have busted a four-member gang of robbers by nabbing a gangster besides recovering stolen goods from his possession. Addressing a press conference here today, SP Gurpreet Singh said the nabbed gangster had been identified as Mohammad Itraaz of New Delhi.

Car, cellphone snatched
Jagraon, April 22
Two persons are alleged to have snatched a car, some cash and a cell phone at gunpoint here. Amarjit Singh of Dehrka and Lakha made an Indica car (DL-3C-2440) to stop in Dalla village.

Charas smugglers held
Ludhiana, April 22
The police today claimed to have busted a gang of narcotic smugglers, who were involved in supplying drugs to youths, by arresting its two members. The two have been identified as Tiwari and Mohammad Imam from Bihar. Three kg of charas was recovered from them.

Woman kidnapped
Ludhiana, April 22
Three unidentified youth, in a white Maruti car kidnapped Jagjit Kaur (22) at Kheri village near Khamano in this district. According to an information, the girl, along with her mother was returning from gurdwara at around 6 pm yesterday when these youth forcibly took her away in the car. A red alert has been sounded.


CII to concentrate on Ludhiana circle
Ludhiana, April 22
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organised a session on “Enhancing Competitiveness Through Cluster Development” here yesterday. Addressing the session, the Chairman of the CII, Punjab State Council, Mr M.C. Munjal said the CII had taken a lot of initiatives in the northern region to enhance industry competitiveness.



Privatisation would harm education sector: educationists
Ludhiana, April 22
The state government’s decision to privatise primary and middle schools has invited widespread criticism. Educationists feel the government had failed to provide free and compulsory schooling to children up to the age of 14 years as mentioned in Article 45 (Directive Principals of State Policy) of the Constitution. They feel that it would be a suicidal to hand over the education sector to private hands.

Kids celebrate family values
Ludhiana, April 22
Planet K, a nursery school at South City, celebrated the theme of family values and the spirit of Baisakhi here today. Grandparents of the students had been invited. Children in danced to Punjabi folk music. The Principal, Ms Manjula Jain, emphasised the need for inculcating the right values in children through various activities at home and school rather than just talking about these. 


Sewerage board vehicles put to auction
Ludhiana, April 22
A city court has ordered to auction two vehicles belonging to the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Ludhiana, for recovering Rs 1,27,500, as the board had failed to make the payment despite court decision.



Prosthetic limbs provided at camp
Ludhiana, April 22
The Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Kendra organised a camp at Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic Hospital in Haibowal on Wednesday. Four physically challenged persons from different parts of the state were provided artificial limbs free of cost. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Jagan Nath Jain.


Entry fee imposed on NFL matches
Ludhiana, April 22
Even as there are too few takers of the football game in this part of the country, the Football Federation of India (FFI) has imposed gate entry fee for the viewers of the last two encounters of the ongoing second phase of the 9th ONGC National Football League matches scheduled to be held here on April 26 and April 30, respectively, making the things worse for the spectators.

Seminar for coaches
Ludhiana, April 22
As many as 150 coaches drawn from different districts of Punjab attended the three-day seminar being conducted at Guru Nanak Stadium here yesterday. Inaugurating the seminar, Mr Prag Jain, DIG, Ludhiana Police Range, appreciated the Punjab Sports Department for organising the seminar.


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