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Smog engulfs city
Problem to compound on Divali, feel environmentalists

Ludhiana, October 25
Even though Divali is a week away, the city and other parts of the district have already started feeling the effects of air pollution, thanks to the rampant burning of paddy stubble by farmers, who cock-a-snook at the ban orders of the District Magistrate.
A thick blanket of smog engulfs the Ludhiana-Mullanpur road in the evening in Ludhiana on Tuesday A thick blanket of smog engulfs the Ludhiana-Mullanpur road in the evening in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

Labourer buried alive while digging well
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 25
A 38-year-old labourer of Dhaul Kalan village was buried alive while his associate was rescued by a team of the civil administration, when both of them were buried when a well which they were digging caved in this morning.


Man sets house on fire
Ludhiana, October 25
Blinded by his love for his paramour, a 40-year-old man of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar here today set his house ablaze in a bid to kill his mother and three children, who were against his relations with the woman.

Physically challenged man to show way
Baljeet Singh A physically challenged city resident intends to show a way for others to emulate. Thirtytwo-year-old Baljit, who is restricted to a wheel chair, will celebrate Divali by planting 11 trees in various parts of the city on the day.  “When everybody will be busy lighting the crackers, poisoning the environment around, I will plant pipal trees that would help save the environment to some extent,” says a determined Baljit, who has already planted 2000 trees in various parts of the city during the last two years.                 Baljeet Singh

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BJP decries rising onion prices
Ludhiana, October 25
The BJP has condemned the failure of the Congress led United Progressive Alliance government to control the skyrocketing onion prices. The state secretary of the BJP, Mr Anil Sarin, condemned the government’s indecision regarding the import of onions when it is in short supply.

Bhattal for women’s empowerment
Ludhiana, October 25
Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal called upon the girls to acquire excellence in different vocations, so that, they could avail the employment opportunities created on large scale all over the world in computer-based technology.

Poll duty: DC seeks list of schools
Ludhiana, October 25
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma has asked the District Education officer (Elementary and Secondary) to let his office know the list of the schools from which disproportionately large number of teachers have been put on duty for revision of electoral rolls.

Ex-servicemen’s league dissociates from forum
Ludhiana, October 25
The Indian Ex-Servicemen League, (IESL), today disassociated itself from the Punjab Rights Forum, (PRF), after claiming that the latter was being "politicised" and was watching the human rights violations of "particular persons."

NGOs settling marital disputes through counselling, says secy 
Ludhiana, October 25
Social Security Women and Child Development Secretary R.S. Kalsia has informed that Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) were involved in settling marital disputes through counselling in the state, so that, such couples could be prevented from facing harassment in courts.

Bank staff observe fast
Ludhiana, October 25
In protest against the management’s policies, employees of the State Bank of Patiala will observe a full-day strike on November 10 in Punjab. The employees had decided to go on relay fast from October 24 to October 28 at the bank’s head office and also at the regional and zonal offices.

Insurance employees hold demonstration
Ludhiana, October 25
Protesting against non-implementation of their long pending demands, employees of the National Insurance Company today held a demonstration outside the company’s divisional office near Atam Park here.

Implication in false cases alleged
Ludhiana, October 25
Beleagured former chief of the International Sant Samaj Shamsher Singh Jaghera today claimed that he was being implicated in false cases at the behest of certain Congress leaders, including Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.


Theft in Aman Nagar house
Ludhiana, October 25
Cash and jewellery worth Rs 50,000 was stolen from the house of an embroider in Aman Nagar when he was away in Delhi for two days. Mr Ashwini Kumar, the embroider, who had rented the house a week ago came back yesterday evening to find that his house was broken into.

Three booked for assault
Jagraon, October 25

Vijay Kumar, Hardev Singh and Sandip Singh have allegedly entered the house of Jagrup Singh and assaulted him. The police has registered a case. The injured has been admitted to the local Civil Hospital.


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Shortage of teachers hits Khamano schools
Khamano, October 25
Due to the shortage of teachers in Khamano block, many schools are on the verge of closure. A primary school situated at Prempura village, near here, has already closed due to the non-availability of teachers. There are a total of 81 primary schools in Khamano block and the Prempura school has been closed and there are several schools that are without teachers.

45 students participate in declamation contest
Ludhiana, October 25
At least 45 students from 23 schools affiliated with the CBSE participated in the Giani Harjit Singh memorial declamation contest held a Gujarwala Guru Nanak Public School here today. A team of two students presented their views on the topics given in Punjabi as well as in English.
A student presents her views at the Giani Harjit Singh Memorial Declamation Contest held at Guranwala Guru Nanak Public School in Ludhiana on Tuesday
A student presents her views at the Giani Harjit Singh Memorial Declamation Contest held at Guranwala Guru Nanak Public School in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Exhibition at Khalsa college
Ludhiana, October 25

Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, organised a pre-Divali exhibition of decorative items at the college campus here today. The exhibition is held every year to showcase the talent of students.

Products made by students of Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, on display at an exhibition in the college campus here on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Products made by students of Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, on display at an exhibition in the college campus here on Tuesday

From Colleges
Engineering student honoured

Ludhiana, October 25
The students’ chapter of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College here was honoured by the SAE-India (North Section) when one of its students, Gurpreet Singh Virdi (batch 2001-2005), was given an award comprising Rs 4000 and a letter of appreciation.

A.S. College alumni annual function on October 29



Need for TB hospital in city stressed
Ludhiana, October 25
In the wake of increasing environmental pollution and influx of migrants in the industrial hub of the state, which had led to a substantial rise in the number of tuberculosis (TB) patients, the Ludhiana TB Eradication Society has called for setting up a TB Hospital here.

US surgeon to visit CMCH
Ludhiana, October 25
Renowned joint replacement surgeon and senior consultant orthopaedician at the Texas Technical Medical School, Lubbock (USA), Dr C.V. Ananthakrishnan, will be visiting the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here from November 10 to 25.


Badminton body faction clarifies
Ludhiana, October 25
A faction of the Ludhiana District Badminton Association, led by Mr Chand Kapoor, has denied allegations levelled by the other group against the joint secretary of the association and District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, Mr Gianinder Singh.


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