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Gas agents set up complaint forum

Ludhiana, February 7
City residents suffering harassment due to shortage of domestic LPG cylinders, especially after it was exposed that gas agency owners were diverting domestic use gas to commercial sector, have finally got a forum to make complaints.

Man stage-manages looting; nabbed
Ludhiana, February 7
To cover the losses incurred in lottery gambling, an employee with a Field Gunj-based trading company allegedly stage-managed a robbery incident to show that members of a "mirchi gang" had looted Rs 65,000 from him near Rishi Nagar late last evening.


Bullock cart race in progress on the opening day of the Annual Sports Festival at Kila Raipur
FAST & FURIOUS: Bullock cart race in progress on the opening day of the Annual Sports Festival at Kila Raipur on Thursday. Tribune photo Sayeed Ahmed

Green Hope
Park panels to get money

Ludhiana, February 7
The Punjab government has now cleared the proposal of the local municipal corporation to make payment to the park management committees at the rate of Rs 1 per sq metre for the maintenance of the parks in compliance of the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

BJP backs industrialists
Ludhiana, February 7
The fourth day of agitation by industrialists against the rising steel prices had industrialists pulling rickshaws in the city today. Associations of the industrialists also burnt effigies of union minister of steel Ram Vilas Paswan.

1 charred to death in factory fire
Jagraon, February 7
One person was charred to death and other five injured in the fire which broke today in the early hours of the morning in a cotton factory at Kothe Fatehdin, 2 km from here. The fire tenders were summoned from Moga and Ludhiana and it took about three hours to extinguish the fire.

IT sleuths unearth Rs 1.25 crore
Ludhiana, February 7
An undisclosed income of Rs 1.25 crore was unearthed by the Income Tax Department here today.

Man killed for teasing girls
Ludhiana, February 7
Rishi Pal, 45, horse cart owner, was allegedly stabbed to death late last night by two unidentified persons near Dugri.

Supply cut to Nirzag agency
Taking swift action on the LPG scandal in which domestic gas was being diverted to commercial use by some gas agencies, the Indian Oil Company has suspended supply of Nirzag agency, Ludiana.


Unscheduled power cuts disrupt life
Ludhiana, February 7
With the cold wave continuing to lash the region, and the power situation going from bad to worse, life has been thrown out of gear. The mixed feeders in the urban areas are being subject to a daily power cut ranging from three to five hours whereas the power supply scenario in rural areas is still worst with the cut lasting from anything like 10 to 12 hours every day.

Work comes to a halt as PSEB staff observe strike
Ludhiana, February 7
Routine work in all the circle, divisional and subdivisional offices of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) here came to a complete standstill as the technical and a part of clerical workers observed a day-long strike in response to a call given by the Joint Forum of PSEB Unions. The cash counters all over the city remained closed and fault-repair service was also affected.

Manch calls off hunger strike
Ajay Malhotra, president of the Ahmedgarh Surakhsha Manch, calls off a strike near the Bhagat Singh Chowk at Ahmedgarh Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 7
Activists of the Ahmedgarh Surakhsha Manch called off the relay fast strike that was started six days ago to impress upon the owners of lone gas agency at the local town in order to improve supplies to consumers. The decision to call off the strike was taken after Jaipal Singh, owner of the agency, agreed to provide extra facilities at the agency office besides improving home delivery service.

Ajay Malhotra, president of the Ahmedgarh Surakhsha Manch, calls off a strike near the Bhagat Singh Chowk at Ahmedgarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph 

Kin of special kids live under stress 
Ludhiana, February 7
First few years of child’s life are crucial. During this period, they learn about themselves and the world around them. But for a disabled child, the experience of growing and learning can be very painful and frustrating. It becomes more painful when the disabled child comes from an environment where survival was an everyday affair. Coming from deprived families, their disability gets compounded further by malnutrition and parental ignorance.
Handicrafts from Tamil Nadu on display at the Nehru Sidhant Kendra in Ludhiana
Handicrafts from Tamil Nadu on display at the Nehru Sidhant Kendra in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Protest against overflowing sewers
Ludhiana, February 7
Residents of EWS Colony today took to the streets to protest against the overflowing sewers in their area and to shake the municipal corporation authorities out of their slumber. Led by Dr Ajit Singh, the residents raised slogans against the mayor and commissioner and said that nobody had bothered to do anything about their plight.

Watchman electrocuted
Jagraon, February 7
Chamkaur Singh (55), a tube well No.6 watchman at Hira Bagh, died after being electrocuted yesterday. He was on night duty. When Karam Chand came to start the tube well motor at 5 a.m, he found smoke coming out from the room attached to it. There he found the charred body of the watchman. The body was handed over to Chamkaur’s relatives after the postmortem at the local civil hospital. A case has been registered.

MC confiscates vehicles
Ludhiana, February 7
The Tehbazaari department today confiscated haphazardly parked scooters
from the Feroze Gandhi market. Superintendent, Tehbazaari said they had confiscated more vehicles from Kochar market. Goods kept near ESI hospital were also picked up. — TNS


Kisan mela at PAU on March 13
Ludhiana, February 7
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) director of extension education, Dr N.S. Malhi, said today that a two-day kisan mela would be organised on the university campus. The theme of the mela would be “save environment, save Punjab.” This was decided in a meeting to finalize the preparations for the kisan melas to be organised at Ludhiana, Bathinda, Ballowal Saunkhri, Rauni (Patiala) and Gurdaspur.


A girl looks at a painting during an exhibition organised at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana
A girl looks at a painting during an exhibition organised at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

From Schools
Sophia wins declamation contest at KVM 

Ludhiana, February 7
An inter-house declamation contest was organised for the middle section of Kundan Vidya Mandir (City) here today. The students spoke on topics like “As you sow so shall you reap”, “self-discipline” and “failures are the reap to success.” Headmistress Namita Raj Singh applauded students. Results: English declamation: Richi Sharma Ist; Richa Sethi 2nd; Devanshu Malhotra 3rd; and the consolation prize was won by Vidhi Gumber.


Lawyers demand action against sub-registrar
Allege he had banned their entry
Ludhiana, February 7
As if the hospitalisation of sub-registrar, Mukesh Kumar, after a controversy erupted with advocates and property dealers, was not enough, a number of local advocates have demanded action against him for allegedly misbehaving with them.

Four cops face action for taking summons ‘lightly’
Ludhiana, February 7
Four cops have earned the ire of the city police SSP for not informing him about the urgent summon orders by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on a bail application moved by an accused.



Camp on female foeticide 
Ludhiana, February 7
Camp on female foeticide was oganised at Government Girls Senior Secondary, Katani Kalan; here today.Sahnewal senior medical officer K.L. Kapoor was the chief guest.

Workshop on first aid
Ludhiana, February 7
Crucial issues of emergency rescue and first aid were discussed in detail in a lecture and demonstration organised by Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) at a local hotel for its employees today.


Mangewal lift kabaddi title
A kabaddi match in progress at Kanganwal village near Ahmedgarh Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 7
Mangewal village team emerged winners in the 42-kg category kabbadi matches organised on the opening day of the three-day rural sports fair at Kanganwal village near here today. Chonda village was the runner up. Abdul Gaffar, former minister, inaugurated the event and Sunit Hind was the chief guest.

A kabaddi match in progress at Kanganwal village near Ahmedgarh on Thursday. 
Photo Mahesh Sharma 

Lodhiana, GCW triumph
Ludhiana, February 7
The Lodhiana Academy and Government College for Women emerged champions in the men and women sections, respectively, of the 58th Ludhiana District Basketball Championship today. — OSR



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