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Councillor alleges fogging scam
Vigilance starts probe

Ludhiana, September 10
An alert councillor of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, today exposed an alleged scandal involving workers of the civic body after two MC workers sought a certificate from him without spraying the entire mixture of chemicals meant for fogging in his area.

Bad roads, open manholes a threat to life
Ludhiana, September 10
Residents of many areas of the city have complained of bad roads, uncovered manholes and lack of repairs in their localities. They claim that all their complaints to the local civic body went unheeded and they are suffering due to the want of immediate action.

A bad patch on the Dhobi Ghat road, uncovered manhole on the Jagraon bridge and uncovered manhole on the Dugri road pose a threat to commuters in Ludhiana
(From left) A bad patch on the Dhobi Ghat road, uncovered manhole on the Jagraon bridge and uncovered manhole on the Dugri road pose a threat to commuters in Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Onion prices double... and rising
Ludhiana, September 10

A shortfall in supply has resulted in a steep rise in onion prices, from about Rs 10 per kg to Rs 15-20 per kg in the retail market within a week. Market observers say the prices are likely to shoot up to Rs 30 in the coming few days as the shortage is expected to continue.

Onion price rises in the Ludhiana market on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Onion price rises in the Ludhiana market on Saturday

Transformer thieves arrested
Ludhiana, September 10
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is not only reeling under an acute power crisis but also suffering major losses in the form of theft of transformers and meter wires in the past few months. As many as 26 transformers and 3,200 m wires were stolen in the recent past, causing a loss of over Rs 20 lakh to the board.

CMC to initiate faculty development institute
Ludhiana, September 10
CMC is entering into a partnership with the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), a sister organisation of ECFMG, USA, to start a CMC-FAIMER regional institute. The proposed institute will focus on faculty development as a whole in addition to teacher training.

Passing Thru


Police seeks locals’ help for Chhapar Mela
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 10
The Jagraon police has sought cooperation from the social and political organisations of the area in managing the affairs of Chhapar Mela commencing on September 16. Meanwhile, the mela in-charge claimed to have made necessary arrangements to make the event memorable.

Officials absent at martyr’s function
Ludhiana, September 10
Tributes were paid to Major Bhupinder Singh MVC, who had made supreme sacrifice during the 1965 Indo-Pak war at a function be organised at Bharat Nagar Chowk here today. But those present on the occasion were annoyed as no representative of the district administration or local politician turned up for the event.

Shankaracharya Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati Misinterpretation of religion led to terrorism: seer
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 10
None less than Jagat Guru Shankaracharya Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati, chief of the Jyotirmath Badrika Peeth, one of the four revered maths in the country, is of the firm opinion that terrorism has its genesis in the wrong interpretation of the scriptures of any religion and this demon can only be contained when religious figures shed their biases and spread the true message of the ancient sages and prophets.           Shankaracharya Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati 

Paddy bonus sought
Samrala , September 10
Reacting to the decision of the Punjab Government for free power supply to tube- wells in the state, Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, national general secretary of the Bharti Kisan Union, said though late but it was a step in right direction.



Bank of India celebrates jubilee
Machhiwara, September 10
The local branch of the Bank of India cut a cake to mark the celebrations for the Bank entering into 100th year. In a function organised by Manager Hakam Singh, and other employees of the branch, the cake-cutting ceremony was performed by Mr Anil Sood, president of Nagar Council of Machhiwara and Mr Amrik Singh Kahlon, former president of the Arhtiya Association of Machhiwara.

Arhtiyas, traders apprised of bank schemes
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 10
Local branches of the State Bank of Patiala (SBP) organised a joint meeting with commission agents and traders and apprised them of various schemes launched by the bank recently.



DTF flays poll duty for teachers
Ludhiana, September 10
The Democratic Teachers Front of Ludhiana district has criticised the government’s decision to engage primary teachers in the forthcoming nagar panchayat elections. Mr Bhajan Singh, Mr Joginder Azad and Mr Joginder Sinh Kamalpura, spokespersons of the DTF, have condemned the decision of the Punjab Government to engage teachers in non-teaching jobs despite the assurances given to them in the past that the teachers would not be given non-teaching work.

Workshop on road safety ends
Ludhiana, September 10
“In case you meet with a road accident, do not panic. Just fold your hands and say to yourself that you are going to think calmly. Call up the police and while you drive see the roads you are travelling on and learn to see the direction you are going on so that you can give it to the police,” explained Mr Rohit Baluja, president, Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE). The conclave was conducted by the IRTE in coordination with the Ludhiana traffic police.

From Colleges
Freshers accorded warm welcome
Ludhiana, September 10
A freshers’ party “Rendezvous” was organised at the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology here to welcome the first year students of BCA, BBA, MBA and MCA. The senior students presented a variety of cultural items on this occasion to welcome their juniors. Jasmeet, Shavinder, Ripudaman and Simranjeet of MBA and MCA presented a Punjabi group dance.

From Schools 
BCM students, staff meet Kalam

Ludhiana, September 10
Fifty students of BCM Arya Model Senior School, eight teachers along with the Principal, Ms Paramjit Kaur, and Capt V.K. Sayal were on cloud nine when they got the life time opportunity to meet but interact with the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, in Rashtrapati Bhawan on September 8.


Dance from the Roof of World
Ludhiana, September 10
The Tibetans living in Ludhiana organised a fund-raising cultural show “Dance from the Roof of World” at Guru Nanak Bhavan last night. The Prime Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration (also called the Tibetan Government in exile), Prof Samdon Rinpoche, was the chief guest.

Tibetan artistes perform traditional dance during a cultural show held at Guru Nanak Bhavan in Ludhiana on Friday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Tibetan artistes perform traditional dance during a cultural show held at Guru Nanak Bhavan in Ludhiana

African life on display
Ludhiana, September 10
It is for the first time that four African artists have brought their works to India. Their works are displayed at TAC Art Gallery, Rajguru Nagar. The exhibition titled “Art Africa” displays 27 works. Mutungi Emmanual, Keyeyune George, Gwoktcho Stephen and Shake Makelele Masia are the four artists whose works are displayed.. Mr Mutangi Emmanuel is the director of the Nommo Art Gallery, Uganda


Machhiwara wrestlers, boxers excel
Machhiwara, September 10
Students from the local Shakti Public Senior Secondary School and Chopra Public Senior Secondary School brought laurels to this town by performing well in the district wrestling and boxing competitions held at A S Senior Secondary School, Khanna.


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