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World Environment Day
But pollution is a way of life here!

Ludhiana, June 5
Ludhiana lived to its reputation of being the most polluted city in the state even as the rest of the world celebrated environment day today. The local industry continued to pollute the air and water and the vehicles emitted poisonous gases like any other day here today.
The chimney of an industrial unit in Ludhiana releases toxic gases in the air even as the rest of the world celebrated World Environment Day on Tuesday
The chimney of an industrial unit in Ludhiana releases toxic gases in the air even as the rest of the world celebrated World Environment Day on Tuesday
While the civic authorities all over India are banning the use of polythene bags, Ludhiana remains an exception.
While the civic authorities all over India are banning the use of polythene bags, Ludhiana remains an exception.—Photos by Inderjit Verma 

Plundering the green belt with impunity
Ludhiana, June 5
It is an irony that even on World Environment Day the officials responsible for protecting the environment failed their duty and literally turned a blind eye to the widespread and indiscriminate ravaging of the precious green belt along the Ferozepore road.







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Ditto on Jalandhar road
Ludhiana, June 5
After polluting the Budda Nullah, the municipal corporation and the dyeing industry are now “killing” the forest cover on roadsides as a number of trees on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar road are dying slowly, thanks to the chemical-laced water released in the forest land.

Trees face death due to polluted water being released in the forest area on Ludhiana-Jalandhar highway

Trees face death due to polluted water being released in the forest area on Ludhiana-Jalandhar highway

All that glitters is gold
Govt to make hallmarking compulsory

Ludhiana, June 5
All that glitters is not gold. Maybe it was while keeping this dictum in mind that the government decided to making mandatory the hallmarking of all gold and silver jewellery to assure its purity. The rule will come into place next year. Compulsory hallmarking means every article of jewellery that is bought would bear a mark stating the purity of the metal. So far only 316 jewellers in this region have taken license from the Bureau of Indian standards (BIS).

Industry belligerent on P. Ram panel regulations
Ludhiana, June 5
Local industry appears to be in no mood to adhere to P Ram Committee’s regulations on not throwing their waste in sewerage. Alleging that it was adopting “anti-industry” activities, a section of industry has demanded that the P Ram Committee be dissolved and a new committee be formed in its place.

Vendor murder: 2 arrested
Ludhiana, June 5
It was a group of drug addicts who killed an ice-cream vendor near the Jagraon bridge here on May 31. The police claimed today that the accused murdered him for just Rs 600 in their desperation to arrange money for buying a dose of narcotics.

The two persons who were booked on murder charge were presented before mediapersons in Ludhiana on Tuesday. 

The two persons who were booked on murder charge were presented before mediapersons in Ludhiana on Tuesday.


COMMUNITY

World Environment Day celebrated
Ludhiana June 5
A large number of farm women and farmers participated in the celebrations of World Environment Day, organised by the Directorate of Extension Education, PAU, Ludhiana, at Sherpur Kalan village, in collaboration with the cooperative societies.

 
Art of Living course
Ludhiana June 5
The Art of Living is organising an art excel and youth empowerment seminar (YES) for the youth in the age group of 8 to 13 and 14 to 18 years, respectively from June 11  to 16.

Members of the Art of Living foundation address a press conference in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photogtaph

Members of the Art of Living foundation address a press conference in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

Sangat darshan: 30 complaints redressed
Ludhiana, June 5
The sangat darshan programme has brought people closer to the government as more and more people are coming to these durbars to get their grievances redressed.



Deputy Commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar listens to complaints at a sangat darshan programme in Ludhiana on Tuesday.—Photo by I.V.

Deputy Commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar listens to complaints at a sangat darshan programme in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

Parwinder KaurDera Violence
Kanwaljit’s widow to help victims

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 5

She lost her husband during a recent violence related to the Sacha Sauda conflict. Now when she is coming to terms with the reality, Parwinder Kaur (24) has resolved to help Sikh girls who had lost their parents during the violence. Her husband Kanwaljit had joined a religious congregation at Talwandi Sabo on May 17 and was shot dead outside a dera on return.
“What is more important for me is that lakhs of Sikhs led by apex organisations of the community have recognised the supreme sacrifice of my husband.

Mystery shrouds migrant labourer’s death
Khamano, June 5
A migrant labourer died here yesterday due under mysterious circumstances.

Banda Bahadur’s martyrdom day to be celebrated in Delhi
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 5
Thousands of activists of the Bairagi Mahamandal Punjab would reach Mahrauli (Delhi) to pay tributes to Baba Banda Bahadur on June 9, his martyrdom day, claimed Krishan Kumar Bawa, president of the organisation.

 

BUSINESS

Tanishq comes out with new offer
Ludhiana, June 5
Tanishq, a jewellery brand from the Tata group, today launched a new exchange offer for its customers wherein after assessing the purity of their gold, it would provide them with gold at a lower rate.

Save steel industry from collapse: Chamber to PM
Ludhiana, June 5
The apex chamber of commerce and industry, Punjab, has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the steel units of the country have not paid any heed to his advice and raised the prices arbitrarily. The rise in steel prices was causing great hardships to the steel-consuming industries, particularly the small industries.


 
AGRICULTURE

 ‘Agriculture is not all green
Ludhiana, June 5
Working in green fields should mean one is not contributing to damaging the environment. But Punjab Agricultural University experts say that is not the case. Like any other industry, agriculture also contributes to pollution.

Leaf colour chart released for paddy
Ludhiana, June 5
In a state-level meeting of the agricultural extension specialists, a leaf colour chart was released by Dr B.S. Dhillon, director of research, and Dr N.S. Malhi, director of extension education, PAU, Ludhiana.


EDUCATION

Khalsa College BCA students secure top positions
Ludhiana, June 5
The students of BCA-I, II, and III of Khalsa College for Women have secured top positions in the university merit list for the year 2006-07.

Schools hold events to save environment
Ludhiana, June 5
World Environment Day was marked by some contests at the Green Land Senior Secondary Public School here today.



Students of Green Land Public School take out a rally to mark World Environment Day in Ludhiana on Tuesday. —Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Students of Green Land Public School take out a rally to mark World Environment Day in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

 

 

HEALTH

700 patients examined
Ludhiana, June 5
More than 700 patients were examined by a team of doctors of Dr B.L. Kapur Memorial Hospital at a medical camp organised by the Nishkam Sewa Dal at Bal Singh Nagar here yesterday.

 
Apollo Hospital gets international certification
Ludhiana, June 5

Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospitals here has achieved global accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI), USA.

(From left) Jugdiep Singh, Dr G.L. Avasthi, Dr S.P. Singh, Shiv Kumaran and Dr P.S. Bhatia display the JCI certificate awarded to SPS Apollo Hospitals in Ludhiana on Tuesday. —Tribune photo by Inderjit Verma

(From left) Jugdiep Singh, Dr G.L. Avasthi, Dr S.P. Singh, Shiv Kumaran and Dr P.S. Bhatia display the JCI certificate awarded to SPS Apollo Hospitals in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

 

 

A colony the authorities forgot
Ludhiana, June 5
Residents of Rajguru Nagar colony, which is situated on Ferozepur road, are agitated at the callous attitude of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust towards maintaining the roads and cleanliness there.

 

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