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City’s migrant lifeline breached
Workers leave for home to celebrate Divali
Ludhiana, October 29
The festival of lights would leave the industrial town vacant of almost 30 per cent of its population that comes from other states. Due to the festive season migrants from UP and Bihar have started leaving for their homes, which is likely to result in a steep decline in industrial production.

HOMEWARD BOUND: Migrant workers from UP and Bihar leave for homes to celebrate Divali. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Migrant workers from UP and Bihar leave for homes to celebrate Divali


Divali spells doom for owls in Ludhiana
Hapless birds sacrificed to appease Goddess Lakshmi
Ludhiana, October 29
Owl — the Greek symbol of wisdom — faces threat in the city due to superstition and black magic every year during the Divali days. Despite being declared an endangered species, these birds of prey are sacrificed every year by the tantriks in the city, who mint money from industrialists who have fallen on bad days.

Precautions for safe Divali
Ludhiana, October 29
In keeping with its social commitment to help the general public, Fortis Hospital, Mohali today issued an advisory here on ways to observe a ‘healthy and safe Divali’.

Dengue still cause of worry for admn
Ludhiana, October 29
In the past fortnight dengue has already claimed six lives in the city. Over 200 suspected cases have been reported to local hospitals during this period.

NRI doctor donates 22 medicated stents 
Ludhiana, October 29
In a three-day cardiology workshop at the Hero DMC Heart Institute which concluded here on Friday, Dr Anil Kumar Mehra, Programme Director, Interventional Cardiology, University of Southern California implanted 22 medicated stents worth Rs 20 lakhs on 17 needy patients.


Acute factionalism prevails in SAD
Ludhiana, October 29
The Shiromani Akali Dal leaders do not appear to have learnt any lessons from the defeat in the last assembly elections in 2002. The party continues to remain a divided house. Irrespective of the fact that the assembly elections are approaching fast, there is acute factionalism prevailing within the party and among leaders as well as workers.

PPCB asks industrial units for authorisation
Ludhiana, October 29
Punjab Pollution Control Board has asked the industrial units to ensure that hazardous waste generated by them must be stored and disposed off strictly as per provisions of Hazardous Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2003. The board officials said that it was obligatory on part of all the hazardous waste generating units to obtain authorisation by the pollution board.
The hazardous waste generated by industrial units poses a threat to the lives of city residents. More than 100 such units are being run in the city without the Punjab Pollution Control Board authorisation
The hazardous waste generated by industrial units poses a threat to the lives of city residents. More than 100 such units are being run in the city without the Punjab Pollution Control Board authorisation. — A Tribune photograph

Model area for the city soon, says Dawar
Ludhiana, October 29
The Parliamentary Secretary for Power, Housing and Urban Development Mr Surinder Dawar, who represents Ludhiana East Assembly segment in the city, has said with development works worth Rs 3.5 crore being undertaken in different localities, the segment would soon become a model area.

PSEB to conduct consumer survey
Ludhiana, October 29
The local chapter of the Akhil Bhartiya Grahak Panchayat has hailed the decision of the Punjab State Electricity Board to get the public perception of the quality of power supply and services the board was providing.

Lavish Divali of ‘babus’
Ludhiana, October 29
For most of government officials here, including the police, Divali does not only bring in lights but it also brings in tonnes of gifts. The number and quality of gifts depends upon the importance of post the official holds.

Idols of Lakshmi flood Ludhiana
Ludhiana, October 29
Tall idols of Goddess Lakshmi, made of clay, have flooded the houses of artists on Sherpur Road. These idols are being created by expert artists from Bihar. Ram Prasad who hails from Darbhanga has bought other artists from his home town, who are busy creating the idols.

Idols of Goddess Lakshmi are being crafted by artists at the roadside on the Sherpur Road in Ludhiana. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Idols of Goddess Lakshmi are being crafted by artists at the roadside on the Sherpur Road

Appeal to check sale of adulterated “khoya”
Ludhiana, October 29
An extra-ordinary meeting of the National Forum for Consumer Rights was held today at it’s office to take note of the activities of district administration and it’s preparedness for any eventual mishap on this festival of lights.

Pensioners’ meeting today
Ludhiana, October 29
The Punjab Government Pensioners Association will hold a meeting on October 30 at 10.30 am at the Arya Model College for Women to discuss the government’s recent notification regarding rationalisation of pensions/family pensions of pre-96 retirees.

Yellow pages launched
Ludhiana, October 29
Mr K. Balasubramanian, General Manager, Marketing, GETIT Infomediary Limited, said here yesterday that the market for yellow pages in Punjab, particularly in Ludhiana, held immense potential.


2 arrested, poppy husk seized


Dry fruit prices touch all-time high
Ludhiana, October 29
Thanks to the changed preferences for Divali gifts, for the first time in the last over 15 years, the prices of fresh fruit have come down during this festive season. Market for dry fruits, on the other hand, is flourishing with prices touching an all-time high. Estimating a major demand during the festival season, the supply of fresh fruits was almost doubled by traders. Even storage of fruits was postponed for a couple of weeks.

Festival season brings brisk business for florists
Ludhiana, October 29
Festival season has brought brisk business for the city florists. Be it big flower shops or road-side flower-sellers, the natural as well as artificial flowers are being sold here like hot-cakes. The big florists have booked plenty of ‘rangoli’ orders to celebrate the festival of lights. According to sources, florists in the city make several lakhs of rupees on Divali.

Chetan Shah Need to generate awareness on medical insurance
Ludhiana, October 29
The medical fraternity can play a key role in spreading awareness among the masses on the importance of medical insurance, said Dr Chetan Shah, CMO, HDFC Standard Life Insurance, while addressing a conference of doctors here yesterday.



From Schools
Divali celebrations at school

Ludhiana, October 29

An art and craft exhibition was put up in GMT Senior Secondary Public School here today. Attractive candles, diyas, decorative bangle boxes, models, pen holders and paintings were exhibited by the students of classes IV to XII.
Students of Delhi Public School, Ludhiana, present a dance at a function held in the school on Saturday
Students of Delhi Public School, Ludhiana, present a dance at a function held in the school on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

From Colleges
Discussion on teaching modules

Ludhiana, October 29
Discussing multi-media approach of teaching and teaching modules, eminent educationist and subject expert Dr Shashi Trehan advised education students to teach at the reflective level. She was interacting with B.Ed class students of the Partap College of Education Humbran here yesterday.

Dhanvantri pooja at college
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 29
The staff and students of Guru Nanak Ayurvedic Medical College and Research Institute at Gopalpur village, near here, vowed to dedicate their lives to the service of humanity.


Forum notice to MD of LG Electronics
Ludhiana, October 29
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has issued notice to the managing director of L G Electronics India Limited, New Delhi and Mr Sanjay Dhamija, partner M/s New Mehtab Radios, Model Town Market, Ludhiana to show cause why action be not taken against them for not complying with the orders of the forum.

Lok Adalat on October 31
Ludhiana, October 29
To dispose of pending complaints, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum will organise a Lok Adalat at the office of the forum, near Clock Tower, here on October 31.

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