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Vigilance lifts haze over fogging scam
Ludhiana, September 16
The alleged fogging scam involving employees of the city Municipal Corporation has taken a serious turn with the Vigilance Bureau, Ludhiana, in its preliminary inquiry report, stating that a substantial chunk of fogging was being done on paper only.

Cycle parts exporters allege harassment
Revenue Intelligence cracks down on them

Ludhiana, September 16
Cycle parts exporters today held a protest in front of the office of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) against the alleged harassment at the hands of the officials, whom they charged with forcing the exporting units to declare evasion of custom duty on their parts.
Exporters hold protest in Ludhiana on Friday Exporters hold protest in Ludhiana on Friday.


SHO nabbed on graft charge
Ludhiana, September 16
A flying squad of the state Vigilance Bureau, Chandigarh, today morning nabbed SHO, Kotwali, here while he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5000 in his rented house near Shingar Cinema from a lottery trader.

4 held for drug trafficking
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 16
The Jagraon district police claimed to have arrested four members of an inter-state gang involved in drug peddling here. Two vehicles used in trafficking, along with 20 bags of poppy husk, were seized from their possession.

Passing Thru
Dr D.P. Rastogi, Chairman, Postgraduate Committee, Central Council of Government of India.


Campaigning for local bodies poll ends
Ludhiana, September 16
Campaigning ended for the elections and byelections to various local bodies and a ward of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. The elections are being held for the Nagar Panchayats of Mulanpur Dakha, Sahnewal, Malaud and Machhiwara. The contests is mainly between the ruling Congress and the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
Manish Tiwari, secretary, All-India Congress Committee, addresses a public meeting held in support of the party candidates in Nagar Parishad elections on Friday
Manish Tiwari, secretary, All-India Congress Committee (AICC), addresses a public meeting held in support of the party candidates in Nagar Parishad elections on Friday. — Photo by I. V.

College polling booth declared super-sensitive
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 16
The district administration has declared a polling booth at Janta College for Women as super-sensitive in view of Chhapar Mela. The Sangrur police has claimed to have made adequate security arrangements at all 32 booths in the district, including 20 sensitive booths, where polling for electing representatives to civic bodies would take place on Sunday.

UT statehood: Cong conspiracy alleged
Ludhiana, September 16
Activists of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), led by party vice-president Avtar Singh Makkar, have termed the proposed statehood for Chandigarh as a deep-rooted conspiracy, hatched by the Centre which would once again push the Punjab into turmoil.

BKU warns against statehood to Chandigarh
Ludhiana, September 16
BKU (Lakhowal) has warned against granting statehood to Chandigarh, maintaining that it was part of Punjab and the territory had been allotted to the state during the Rajiv-Longowal Accord.

Huge gathering at Chhapar Mela
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 16
Thousands of devotees thronged the Guga Mari temple at Chhapar village near here to worship snake, the embodiment of “Nag devta”. The organisers heaved a sigh of relief when the first day, known as “chowkis” saw a large number of men and women attending the religious fair.

Devotees throng the Guga Mari temple at Chhapar village in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Devotees throng the Guga Mari temple at Chhapar village in Ludhiana on Friday

Chhapar Mela comes of age
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 16
A village fair that originated as a small gathering of locals to worship snakes, embodiment of Guga, 150 years ago has developed into a mega festival in the past three decades. Chhapar Mela is now an amalgamation of social, economic and political events.

Explosives at dry port to be destroyed
Ludhiana, September 16
Several tonnes of explosives, lying at the Dhandari dry port here for over a year, would finally be destroyed by the Army in October. The explosives recovered from three containers of imported scrap include rockets, mortar shells, medium machine gun cartridges, bottle bombs and hand grenades.

Shobha yatra of Ganesha begins
Ludhiana, September 16
The atmosphere went with the chants of “Ganapati Bappa Morya” when a 20 foot tall idol of Ganesha was set up in a pandal in Janak Puri Square this morning. Devotees and officials of the Baba Ganapati Sangh had turned up in large numbers to bid a farewell to Lord Ganesha before its final immersion in Sutlej later in the night.

Ganesh shobha yatra being taken out in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Ganesh shobha yatra being taken out in Ludhiana on Friday

PSEB man in vigilance net
Amloh, September 16
The Vigilance Bureau, Fatehgarh Sahib, nabbed a Class Four employee of the PSEB, Amloh, today for allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 1000 from a consumer of Ramgarh village.

Concession disparity irks pensioners
Ludhiana, September 16
Travel concession equal to one basic pension is admissible to Punjab Government pensioners after every two years. The pension of post April, 2004, retirees has been fixed by merging 50 per cent DA with the basic pay. They are entitled to travel concession by 50 per cent more than those of pre April, 2004 retirees. It is a case of disparity, as per a press note issued by the Government Pensioners Association.

Vanamahotsava at police academy
Ludhiana, September 16
Vanamahotsava was celebrated in the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, here today. All senior officers, staff members and trainees of various courses were present for the tree plantation in the academy


1 arrested for raping minor
Khanna, September 16
The police has arrested president of Ramleela Colony, Sanghol, on the charge of raping a minor of New Abadi Khana here today. Another accomplice of the accused Anil Kumar, is at large and the police is conducting raids to nab him. A case under Sections 366-A, 376 and 506, IPC, has been registered.


Senior citizens resent cut in BSNL pulse rates
Ludhiana, September 16
The All-India Senior Citizens Organisation, Purana Bazar here express resentment in a press note in connection with the cutting of the pulse rates by the BSNL without considering the plight of senior citizen subscribers of the BSNL .



Teachers rue govt apathy
Ludhiana, September 16
Teachers are sore at the Congress government’s apathetic attitude towards education. They feel that the ruling party had forgotten its pre-poll promises, which led it to victory.

From Colleges
GCW students enthral audience with individual performances

Ludhiana, September 16
The students of the department of music, Government College for Women, presented impressive individual performances in light music at a function organised by Sur Sangam, the vocal music body of the college. The function held recently was presided over by the Principal of the college, Ms Prabhjot Kaur.

Diploma students accorded farewell
Ludhiana, September 16
Diploma students of the Swami Vivekanand Institute of Paramedical Sciences were accorded a farewell by the management, Principal and staff of the institute at Las Vegas here yesterday.

Students of the Swami Vivekanand Institute of Paramedical Sciences dance at a farewell party. — A Tribune photograph
Students of the Swami Vivekanand Institute of Paramedical Sciences dance at a farewell party

Eurokids pampers grandparents
Ludhiana, September 16
Students of Eurokids (Egmont International Pre-School), celebrated the Grandparents’ Day at the school premises here today. They were accompanied by their grandparents. The school had organised various games in which the grandparents could also participate and kids prepared sandwiches to welcome their beloved grandparents.
Students of Eurokids celebrate Grandparents’ Day on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Students of Eurokids celebrate Grandparents’ Day on Friday

Teachers hold dharna
Ludhiana, September 16

On a call of the Democratic Employees Front, Punjab, hundreds of teachers of the district staged a dharna in front of the DEO’s office in the mini secretariat here today. They were protesting against the large-scale corruption, irregularities and “anti-teacher” policies.
Teachers stage a dharna in front of the DEO’s office in the mini secretariat in Ludhiana on Friday
Teachers stage a dharna in front of the DEO’s office in the mini secretariat in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph


Man gets life term for wife’s murder
Ludhiana, September 16
The Court of Sessions Judge has sentenced Bhole Shankar of Lohatbaddi village, Raikot, to rigorous life imprisonment on the charges of killing his wife, Channo. The son of the accused, Deepak (15years), who was an eye-witness to the murder, boldly deposed before the court that his father had killed her stepmother by beating her.

113 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Ludhiana, September 16
As many as 113 cases were settled today in the quarterly labour Lok Adalat held here under the supervision of Mr A.K. Singla, Additional Sessions Judge-cum-Presiding Officer of the labour court.



Rotary Club to start eye care centre
Ludhiana, September 16
The Rotary Club here is starting a rotary eye care centre at Swami Vivekananda Hospital, Model Town extension, Ludhiana, in the memory of the late K.B. Gupta who was a philanthropist. K.B. Gupta Rotary Eye Care Centre will be inaugurated by Justice N.K. Sud. This project is inspired by Dr Suresh and Dr Verinder Aggarwal who are settled in the USA.


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