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CMís cavalcade hits ambulance
Two doctors among four injured

Ludhiana, September 21
Four persons, including two doctors, were injured in an accident involving the cavalcade of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the Dholewal Chowk bridge this afternoon.
An ambulance of the health department that was damaged in an accident with the Chief Ministerís cavalcade in Ludhiana An ambulance of the health department that was damaged in an accident with the Chief Ministerís cavalcade in Ludhiana on Friday. 

National Road is one-way again
Ghumar Mandi shopkeepers stage a protest in Ludhiana But unhappy shopkeepers stage protest
Ludhiana, September 21
The police has once again taken a tough stand on regulating traffic in Ghumar Mandi by enforcing one-way traffic on National Road.
Ghumar Mandi shopkeepers stage a protest in Ludhiana on Friday. ó Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Urban slum plan in trouble 
Only 50 nurses in 29 govt dispensaries
Ludhiana, September 21
A healthcare project for urban slum-dwellers, to be run by the state government with financial assistance from the Centre under the reproductive child health (RCH) programme, may not have been completely grounded, but is definitely facing a rough weather.






WIRED FOR DISASTER
Loose electricity cables hanging from a transformer in the Bhadaur House market, Ludhiana
Loose electricity cables hanging from a transformer in the Bhadaur House market, Ludhiana, pose a threat to passersby. ó A Tribune photograph







Dance girls silence pipe bands 
Ludhiana, September 21
Hundreds of pipe bands in peripheral villages of the city have taken a back seat with dance girls performing on the tunes of recorded songs at marriage parties and other social functions.



The bands, which commanded a price of Rs 25,000 or more a decade ago, are now paid peanuts compared to what is paid to the dance girls
The bands, which commanded a price of Rs 25,000 or more a decade ago, are now paid peanuts compared to what is paid to the dance girls

DCís office swanky; loo dilapidated
Ludhiana, September 21
The deputy commissionerís office in the main building of the mini secretariat complex in the city presents an elegant ambience. Unlike other government offices, it wears a corporate look. While the interiors have been carefully designed, the furniture seems to have been aesthetically set up. However, in stark contrast to the interiors of the office, a public convenience just opposite to the corridor is in a dilapidated condition. One comes across broken urinals, continuously running taps and stinking toilets. It is difficult to pass through the corridor without stopping your breath for a while.

ESI told to refund Rs 3.31 lakh to PAU
Ludhiana, September 21
A local court has directed the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESI) to refund Rs 3.31 lakh recovered from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) as ESIís contribution along with 6 per cent interest per annum. The court observed that the provisions of the ESI Act were not applicable to the university employees.

COMMUNITY

Badal calls on MLAs, leaders
Ludhiana, September 21
The visit of a Chief Minister to a party workerís or leaderís home means a lot and makes a great difference in the stature of the particular worker or leader in the eyes of others and particularly the administration. Besides, it also conveys the message of the particular leaderís or workerís proximity to the Chief Minister, even if he (Chief Minister) made a formal appearance for a few minutes. But that was enough for the hosts to get photographs clicked with the Chief Minister for life-long display in their drawing rooms.

... Lays stone of cowshed 

P. Ram to complain to chief secretary 
Row Over Cleaning of Budda Nullah
Ludhiana, September 21
A few days after the Budda Nullah Cleaning Committee was forced to stall the cleaning work owing to non-cooperating attitude of the district administration, the committee head P. Ram, who is principal secretary, said today that he would complain to the chief secretary in this regard.
Principal secretary P. Ram takes a stock of the situation at the Jamalpur garbage dump in Ludhiana on Friday. ó A Tribune photograph
Principal secretary P. Ram takes a stock of the situation at the Jamalpur garbage dump in Ludhian

Mayor orders removal of posters, hoarding
Ludhiana, September 21
After drawing flak from certain quarters, the municipal corporation today ordered the removal of hoardings and banners put up in the city at several places.

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BUSINESS

Bicycle cluster
Ludhiana, September 21
The CII-L.M. Thapar Centre for Competitiveness for SMEs has launched Ludhiana Bicycle Cluster. Companies like Avon Cycles, Ralson India and Bhogal Exports among others are part of this cluster . ó TNS

 

EDUCATION

PAUTA seeks greater financial aid
Ludhiana, September 21
The Punjab Agricultural University Teachersí Association (PAUTA) has urged the Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal,to bail out the university from the financial crisis. The PAUTA appealed to the CM to take immediate remedial measures against the financial crunch, depleting pension fund and also ensure fresh recruitments.

Private teachersí wages less than peonís
Ludhiana, September 21
Private school teachers feel discriminated against for their hard work, while their counterparts working in the government-run schools are being paid handsome salaries.

SKSM organises science fair
Doraha, September 21
Out of 60 prizes, the host school won a total of 16 prizes in the tehsil-level science fair organised at SKSM Senior Secondary School, Isru, recently. DAV Model School, Khanna, too won a commendable number of prizes.

MP Sukhdev Singh Libra honours students at the science fair held in SKSM SeniorSecondary School, Isru. ó A Tribune photograph

MP Sukhdev Singh Libra honours students at the science fair held in SKSM SeniorSecondary School, Isru

COURTS

Court issues notice to sarpanch
Ludhiana, September 21
Additional civil judge (senior division) Rajinder Aggarwal has issued a notice to the sarpanch of Malikpur village, Manjinder Singh, besides two others, Karamjit Singh and Santa Singh, of same village on charges of disobeying the court orders.

 

CULTURE

Exhibition on home decor
Ludhiana, September 21
An exhibition of Rajasthani clothes and decorative items is being organised by the Krashna Paramparik Kala Avem Hathkargha Udyog and another exhibition on home interiors and exteriors was also inaugurated today.



Visitors at the Rajasthani exhibition in Ludhiana on Friday. ó A Tribune photograph

Visitors at the Rajasthani exhibition in Ludhiana

HEALTH

Rise in eye flu cases in city
Ludhiana, September 21
The sudden change in weather has led to a spurt in the number of cases of viral conjunctivitis, commonly called eye flu, in several parts of the city. During the past few days, 15 to 20 per cent of OPD patients in all major hospitals are suffering with this problem. The highly contagious viral infection in the eye presents itself with symptoms like redness of eyes, irritation and watery discharge.

 
SPORTS

Punjab softball meet from Sept 24
Ludhiana, September 21
PN Passi, honorary secretary, the Punjab Softball Association, said the ninth edition of the Punjab State Softball Championship for sub- junior boys and girls will be held here at Ramgarhia Education Complex, Miller Ganj, from September 24 to 26. The players born on or after January 1, 1993 are eligible to take part in this championship.

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