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Former sports star held on theft charge
Ludhiana, June 26
From the champions’ podium to the line-up of alleged criminals. That is the tragic transformation of Vipin Kumar, alias Vicky, a former state champion in bodybuilding who has been done in by drugs and reduced to the status of a vehicle thief.
The five accused in police custody in Ludhiana The five accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph



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The city witnessed some respite from the prolonged dry spell as some areas of Ludhiana witnessed mild showers
The city witnessed some respite from the prolonged dry spell as some areas of Ludhiana witnessed mild showers on Monday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

PHRC slams door on MC apathy victim
Ludhiana, June 26
Dashing all the hopes of a local resident who was paralysed after allegedly falling into an open manhole, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has closed the proceedings stating that his case was subjudiced.

Power continues to play truant
Ludhiana, June 26
With prolonged power cuts continuing, there seems to be no end to the woes of residents and industry. This Monday morning was no better as most areas suffered unscheduled cuts that stretched up to even seven hours in various localities.

Murder case solved
Ludhiana, June 26
Following the murder of a factory worker in Chowni Mohallah on late Saturday night and the arrest of a co-worker, the police today gave a stern warning to industrialists to register their workers with the police or face action.

Drug De-addiction Day
Call for 2-pronged fight against drug abuse
Ludhiana, June 26
The district health administration, in association with the Mohalla Health Welfare Society, organised a district-level seminar at Janta Nagar dispensary to observe “Drug De-addiction Day” here today.

 
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A man bathes an animal in Sidhwan Canal, unmindful of the danger of fast currents
BEATING THE HEAT: A man bathes an animal in Sidhwan Canal, unmindful of the danger of fast currents. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Roads cry for repair
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 26
Tall claims by the Punjab Government about development projects in the state have become meaningless for the residents of the Malwa belt here as the condition of almost all roads here is pitiable.

Resentment over renewal of surety bonds
Ludhiana, June 26
The issue of demand of surety bonds renewal has caused resentment among the industry. Industry representatives say that the Sales Tax Department, that has sought fresh surety bonds to the tune of Rs 50,000 each, is being unjust and causing them undue harassment.

HR bus impounded; passengers stranded
Jagraon, June 26
A bus (HR-68-5308) belonging to Haryana Roadways, Chandigarh, was today intercepted by the local traffic police and about 30 passengers were stranded for about 20 minutes.

Crusade against female foeticide
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 26
Kirtani Sewa Society, an NGO functioning at Ballowal village in Ludhiana district, launched a crusade against drug addiction and female foeticide. The declaration was made on the conclusion of Guru Arjan Dev’s martyrdom celebrations on Sunday.


An office-bearer of Kirtani Sewa Society, Ballowal, announcing a crusade against female foeticide and drug addiction at Ballowal on Sunday. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma
An office-bearer of Kirtani Sewa Society, Ballowal, announcing a crusade against female foeticide and drug addiction at Ballowal

Senior citizens irked at lack of civic amenities
Ludhiana, June 24
Senior citizens of Kidwai Nagar are a harassed lot as their pleas to the civic authorities to provide basic amenities like drinking water and clean surroundings have fallen on deaf ears.

IDPD calls for an end to arms race
Ludhiana, June 26
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development has made a fervent appeal to the Government of India to take a leading role for control of small arms in the world and put an end to arms trade during the UN Review Conference, beginning in New York on June 26.

Piramyd Megastores launches ‘denimania’
Ludhiana, June 26
Piramyd Megastores at Ansal Plaza here has launched a ‘denimania’ festival for denim lovers. The leading fashion and lifestyle retail chain has introduced an exclusive denim exchange offer with lot more excitement packed in it.

Body to take up cause of Punjabis settled abroad
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 26
The Global Punjab Foundation, an international organisation engaged in rationalisation of problems being faced by overseas Punjabi fraternity, has launched a multidimensional programme to provide them a platform, according to Dr Harjinder Walia, chairman of the foundation.

Relief claims of 250 riot-hit families cleared
Ludhiana, June 26
Two hundred fifty more claims of riot victims for payment of compensation of Rs 2 lakh per family have been approved by a district-level subcommittee. A recommendation in this regard has been sent to a state-level committee and the sanction for the same is expected in two weeks, according to Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Gupta.

Sanchar Nigam panel
Ludhiana, June 26
Mr Harbahajan Das and Mr Sanjeev Kumar were elected president and secretary of the district unit of the Sanchar Nigam Executives Association in the general body meeting held here yesterday.

Lobbying on for educational body poll
Ludhiana, June 26
Hectic lobbying is on for the elections to the Sri Atmanand Jain Educational Board. The elections will be held on July 2. The society, which runs two schools in the city and will be constructing a college on the Jalandhar bypass in the coming days, has over 2,600 members.

 
AGRICULTURE

Announce MSP for rabi crops: BKU
Ludhiana, June 26
The Bharatiya Kisan Union has flayed the government for its failure to announce support prices of rabi crops, saying that farmers were feeling cheated as the government had not kept its word in declaring the support prices of rabi and kharif crops in March and September respectively.

 

HEALTH

HDHI conducts heart and dental check-up for police
Ludhiana, June 26
More than 300 police personnel were examined for cardiac and dental problems at a free medical check-up camp organised by Hero DMC Heart Institute at police lines here yesterday.

 
SPORTS

Pandey stars in Coaching Centre’s victory
Ludhiana, June 26
Sunny Pandey (87 n.o and 2 for 43) steered Coaching Centre XI to a 7-run victory over Pankaj Club in the second match of the 10th Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament (u-14) being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at the Arya College for boys ground here today.

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