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60 fresh cases of diarrhoea
Ludhiana, October 9
Garbage and overflowing sewage in Fauji Colony where several cases of gastroenteritis have been reported. As many as 60 new cases of diarrhoea and vomiting have been reported till this afternoon. Medical teams deployed by the health department in the affected colonies are providing treatment to patients while an elabor4 ate exercise is on to spread awareness about preventive measures against water-borne infection.

PICTURE OF NEGLECT: Garbage and overflowing sewage in Fauji Colony where several cases of gastroenteritis have been reported. — Photos by Inderjeet Verma



EARLIER STORIES


Road Rage Killing
22 Skoda owners of Patiala are suspect
Ludhiana, October 9
A week after the murder of a truck driver in a road accident near the Shivpuri chowk, the police has shortlisted 22 suspects -- all owners of white Skoda cars of Patiala -- one of whom could be involved in the killing.

Man ‘thrashed’ in lockup, hospitalised
Khanna, October 9
A 29-year-old man, Mandeep Singh, was admitted to the local civil hospital after he was allegedly beaten up by the Sadar police in the lockup last night.

Man tries to rape, kill minor girl
Khanna, October 9
A 23-year-old man was today booked by the district police for the attempted rape and murder a six-year-old girl.

It was waiting to happen
Ludhiana, October 9
The outbreak of diarrhoea was waiting to happen in Fauji Colony, Muslim Colony and several other pockets falling in the Sherpur area where two persons have died.

11 quintals of narcotics destroyed
Ludhiana, October 9
Nearly 11.50 quintals of narcotics confiscated in several cases of the NDPS Act were destroyed by the drug disposal committee near the Satluj river bed this afternoon.

COMMUNITY

IT dept begins scrutiny
7,700 cases under microscope
Ludhiana, October 9
Tax payers are panic-struck as the income tax department has started scrutinising returns of assessees for financial year 2005-06 here. The department has selected 7,700 returns from the district this year. Sources say at least 1,000 of these include returns that have been filed online.

Teachers of Bal Bharti Public School give tips in sandwich-making to children in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Teachers of Bal Bharti Public School give tips in sandwich-making to children in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Police cracks murder case
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 9
The Dehlon police claims to have solved a murder case of a migrant labourer, whose body was found in a drain near Dehlon village, near here, around two months ago.

Seminar on role of media
Samrala, October 9
Pragatisheel Vichar Manch, Samrala, organised a seminar on the subject “The role of Electronic and Print Media in the present circumstances” under the chairmanship of Sidhu Damdami, Editor Punjabi Tribune. Others present were Prof Hamdardveer, Dr Parminder Singh Benipal, Dr Bhagwant Singh, Patiala, Dr Gurdarpal Singh, Chandigarh, Mr Yashpal, Mohali and Mr Avtar Singh Gondara, Faridkot.

Mosquitoes breed as MC fails to act
Ludhiana, October 9
Dengue season is on and the Aedes mosquitoes are breeding fast but this does not bother the Municipal Corporation, who is accused of not carrying out fogging operations in the city. While Chandigarh administration has already started warning the residents through appeals against the disease that is spread by Aedes mosquito breeding in stagnating fresh water, the local MC is yet to wake up to the threat.

Threat to sales tax dept
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 9
Office bearers of various business and manufacturing associations have threatened to hand over keys of their establishments to the officials of the sale tax department in case ‘C’ declaration forms were not provided to them soon.

Body taken around in van for identification
Ludhiana, October 9
In order to crack a murder case as early as possible, the police adopted an unusual way to identify the body and get some clues. It took the body in a van to several areas of the old city last evening.

New team of Rotary Club takes over
Ludhiana, October 9
New team of Rotary Club Ludhiana Southend District.3070 was appointed by the district governor Dr S.P.S. Grover in a ceremonial function here last evening.

Drivers care a damn about blocking NH 1
Ludhiana, October 9
A bus stops at a traffic signal at Samrala chowk, much ahead of the earmarked bus stop, leading to a traffic jam on the busy national highway in Ludhiana. Every morning during the rush hour the traffic is held up on the NH 1 on Samrala Chowk as the drivers of private bus services and public transport companies stop their vehicles right at the traffic signal. The specified bus stop is not more than 50 meters ahead. The vehicles can stop there to pick up the passengers. Surprisingly the buses do not get any additional passengers from this place.

A bus stops at a traffic signal at Samrala chowk, much ahead of the earmarked bus stop, leading to a traffic jam on the busy national highway in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

MC convenes meeting on councillor room issue
Ludhiana, October 9
As the issue of councillors room in Zone-B office of the Municipal Corporation fails to die down, the civic body has called for a meeting on Thursday to resolve it amicably.

Anganwri workers seek merger in department
Amloh, October 9
On a call given by the All India Anganwari Workers and Helpers Union, meetings and dharnas were organised in the state today, said state president Usha Rani and general secretary Harjit Kaur Panjola while addressing a meeting of workers here today. A memorandum was submitted to the government through supervisors Kulwinder Kaur, Harjit Kaur and Manju Sood in the office of the CDPO, Amloh.

Too much of sangat sans darshan
Ludhiana, October 9
The sangat darshan programme seems to be losing its sheen with too much of sangat and practically no official darshan. Not a single complainant who had come to the sangat darshan programme today appeared satisfied with the response of the officials, who only tried to bide the time and kept on postponing the matters.

Labourers protest assault on leader
Members of the Punjab Nirman Mazdoor Union protest at the mini-secretariat in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Ludhiana, October 9
The members of the Punjab Nirman Mazdoor Union today staged a demonstration at the mini-secretariat against the police for not taking action against the culprits responsible for the assault on their district president Hari Singh Sahani. The demonstration was led by the state president of the union, Ganga Prasad, senior trade union leader, Mangat Ram Pasla, also addressed the demonstration.

Members of the Punjab Nirman Mazdoor Union protest at the mini-secretariat in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Advocate alleges raw deal by DC
Amloh, October 9
A local advocate, Mewa Singh, has alleged discrimination meted out to Scheduled Caste candidates by the office of the deputy commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, for not recommending his case for notary public. Talking to mediapersons here today, Mewa Singh said out of the four aspirants, he was the only one belonging to the SC category, while the other were from the general category.

Book fair organised
Ludhiana, October 9
To develop the overall personality of the students in an effective manner, Scholastic India, a private company, organised a book fare in the premises of Spring Dale Senior Secondary School here today.

Scooter lying unclaimed
Ludhiana, October 9
A blue colour LML Vespa scooter (PAI 5588) has been lying unclaimed on the premises of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College here for the past 10 days. No one has come forward to claim it so far. The college management has requested members of public to give information on the owner and asked the claimant to come forward with requisite proof.

SSP Ludhiana (rural) G.P.S. Bhullar hands over bicycles to the needy in Jagraon. 7 bicycles given to needy
Jagraon, October 9
SSP Ludhiana (rural) G.P.S. Bhullar presented seven bicycles to needy men and women at a function organised at the police headquarters here. The cycles were arranged by the local Press Club.



SSP Ludhiana (rural) G.P.S. Bhullar hands over bicycles to the needy in Jagraon. — A Tribune photograph

Kashmiris resolve to return home
Ludhiana, October 9
The annual general meeting of the Kashmiri Sabha, Ludhiana, was held here yesterday under the chairmanship of its president, SK Lidhoo. According to the sabha general secretary, Santosh Krandu, the community members resolved to return to their homeland, Kashmir, and continue efforts in this regard.

Letters
Remove encroachments
I want to draw the attention of civic administration towards the roadside shops and venders which create nuisance for the public as well as traffic movement on the roads. There is a department of municipal corporation (Tehbazari) to check the same, but unfortunately those supposed to carry out the task, seem to be rather promoting this illegal exercise by taking the “Hafta” from the unlawful occupants.

 

CRIME

Stealing scooter for mere Rs 400!
Ludhiana, October 9
A youth was last night caught stealing scooters, only to sell these off for as low as Rs 400 each, just to live on a high for 24 or 48 hours.

Rs 3.5 lakh stolen from car
Ludhiana, October 9
Some unknown miscreants stole Rs 3.5 lakh from the car of Paramjit Singh, a resident of Narottam Nagar, Khanna. In an FIR lodged with the division No. 2 police, the complainant alleged that the accused took away two briefcases containing some important documents and Rs 3.5 lakhs in cash form his Santro car (HR 01T-8085), which was parked outside Chawla watch maker around 6.30 last evening. The case is being investigated.

Drug addicts had killed factory worker
Ludhiana, October 9
It was an alleged gang of four drug addict youths, all Punjabis, who had while posing as policemen looted and killed a factory worker, Sham Lal, in Jamalpur on September 24.

Newspaper editor stabbed, robbed
Ludhiana, October 9
Four unidentified youths allegedly stabbed and robbed U.K. Sharda, editor and publisher of a local newspaper, in Haibowal late last night.

 
AGRICULTURE

Low MSP
Farmers give government agencies a pass
Khanna, October 9
Even as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal promised to urge the Centre to announce a bonus of Rs 100 and with rumours doing the rounds that farmers would get a bonus of Rs 40, several farmers at the grain market here are not ready to sell their produce to government agencies.

EDUCATION

Scientists visit PAU departments
Ludhiana, October 9
A delegation of scientists and officials from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) led by Dr Paul Fox, research program manager, visited PAU today. The delegation comprised of scientists from university of Sydney, CSIRO and Western Australia, department of agriculture.

Placement drive at RIMT-IET
Munish Kumar of Onicra Credit Rating Company addresses RIMT management students in Mandigobindgarh. Mandigobindgarh, October 9
RIMT-Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Mandi Gobindgarh, arranged a campus placement drive by Onicra credit rating agency of India Ltd., in which management students appeared for the post of management trainee.

Munish Kumar of Onicra Credit Rating Company addresses RIMT management students in Mandigobindgarh. — A Tribune photograph 

PAU brings out book on flowers
Ludhiana, October 9
In view of the persistent demand from the flower growers, the Punjab Agricultural University has published the second edition of a bulletin entitled, “Flower Cultivation and Landscaping”. The bulletin has been written by Dr Ramesh Kumar and Dr G.S. Sidhu of the department of floriculture and landscaping, PAU, and edited by Dr A.P. Singh. The title cover has been designed by Kulwant Singh Basra.

 

CULTURE

Two-day play on female foeticide ends
Mandi Gobindgarh, October 9 Two-day play on female foeticide organised by Natak Kala Sangam, Mandi Gobindgarh, concluded last night. The function was inaugurated by Alak Nanda Dayal, deputy commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, which was presided over by All India Steel Re-rollers Association president Vinod Vashist. Laxmi Mittal, Tera Panth Mehla Mandal chief, welcomed the guests.

HEALTH

Make medical facilities affordable: Income tax chief
Chief commissioner of income tax M.S. Rai inaugurates upgraded eye-care centre at Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, October 9
The chief commissioner of income tax M.S. Rai stressed the need to bring healthcare and medical facilities within reach of the common people. He said in the wake of inadequate government infrastructure in the health sector, the responsibility lied on the private institutions to provide modern medical treatment at affordable cost to the masses.

Chief commissioner of income tax M.S. Rai inaugurates upgraded eye-care centre at Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

Diabetics advised to change dietary habits, lifestyle
Doctors examine patients at a free diabetes detection camp organised by NIMA in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, October 9
More than 250 patients were examined at a free diabetes detection camp, organised by the National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) at Shivpuri, here yesterday. Some 124 patients, found to be having high blood sugar level, were further investigated for blood pressure, urine for micral test, body fat mass and BMI to evaluate any complications.

Doctors examine patients at a free diabetes detection camp organised by NIMA in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph


 
SPORTS

LBA lads emerge champs
Jesjit Singh, Anand Tiwari and Sachin Malhotra, trainees of Ludhiana Badminton Academy, who won titles in the Punjab State Badminton Championship held in Sangrur recently. Ludhiana, October 9
Sachin Malhotra and Jesjit Singh, trainees of the Ludhiana Badminton Academy (LBA), emerged winners in the doubles (boys u-10) in the Punjab State Badminton Championship held at Sangrur, recently. Another player of the academy, Anand Tiwari, in association with Bob Sharma of Patiala won the doubles title in the u-16 years category.

(From left) Jesjit Singh, Anand Tiwari and Sachin Malhotra, trainees of Ludhiana Badminton Academy, who won titles in the Punjab State Badminton Championship held in Sangrur recently. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Haibowal government school enter final
Ludhiana, October 9
Munish (53 n.o.) and Gurdeep (40) enabled Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Khurd, to demolish Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, by eight wickets in the PCA Boost Ludhiana District Inter-School Cricket Tournament for boys (u-17) being played at Bachan Singh Academy ground, Balloke near Haibowal Khurd, here today.

BVM, AS school set up title clash
Ludhiana, October 9
Hosts Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, and AS Modern School, Khanna, won their respective league encounters to set up the title clash in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Football Tournament being played here today.


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