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Gujjar protest spills over
Traffic blocked on Jalandhar bypass

Ludhiana, May 31
Gujjars stage a protest at the Jalandhar bypass by blocking the traffic in Ludhiana on Saturday. The Gujjar protest today spilled over to the city with several members of the community staging a dharna and blocking traffic on the busy Jalandhar bypass against the Rajasthan government.

Gujjars stage a protest at the Jalandhar bypass by blocking the traffic in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Consumers queue up to buy fuel
Consumers queue up at a petrol station to buy diesel in drums in Ludhiana on Saturday.Demand goes up by 30 pc
Ludhiana, May 31
The prolonged wait for the government's verdict on fuel prices is causing uncertainty with consumers resorting to panic buying in bulk and the dealers, on the other hand, refusing fuel, leading to frequent altercations between the two.

Consumers queue up at a petrol station to buy diesel in drums in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

World No Tobacco Day Today
Anti-Smoking Act goes up in smoke
Police looks the other way to complaints
Ludhiana, May 31
As many as 100 kiosks selling tobacco products located within 100 metres of different educational institutes in the city are cocking a snook at the Anti- Smoking Act that came into being four years ago.

Medicos vow to abstain from tobacco
Mandi Ahmedgarh May 31
Constituents of a few medical, educational and social organisations vowed to abstain from the consumption of tobacco and tobacco products and associate themselves with the crusade launched against the menace so that others might be warned of its hazardous effects of tobacco.

Sukhdev’s House
Legal heir joins issue with trust
Ludhiana, May 31
Joining the issue of declaring martyr Sukhdev's ancestral house as a protected monument with Shaheed Sukhdev Memorial trust, a nephew of the martyr today said that he had himself donated it to the state government and the trust had no locus standi to claim it.

2 sewermen die of asphyxia
Ludhiana, May 31
Two sewermen died while cleaning a sewer manhole in Focal Point area here today.


City remains powerless for over eight hours
Ludhiana, May 31
The electricity supply was disrupted for more than eight hours in many areas of the city today, following "preventive maintenance" by the department. With mercury hovering around 40 degree celsius, the residents had to bear the severe heat without power.

Taxing Toll
NHAI facilities negligible
Potholed roads leave commuters fuming
A potholed toll road between Sahnewal and Doraha. Doraha, May 31
The potholed toll road, particularly between Sahnewal and Doraha or for that matter even beyond, speaks of the negligible facilities being provided by the National Highway Authority of India to the commuters in lieu of the exorbitant toll fee being charged.

A potholed toll road between Sahnewal and Doraha. A Tribune photo

Beware of astrologers
The number of tantriks and astrologers is increasing in Punjab, particularly in Ludhiana. Most of them come from other states to make huge amounts of money.


Rajasthani textiles exhibited
Ludhiana, May 31
Twelve artisans from Rajasthan have put up heir products at an exhibition organised by the Samrat Hath Karga Vastra Co-operative Society.


Centre to start crop monitoring: Sibal
Mandi Ahmedgarh May 31
While union minister for science and technology and earth sciences Kapil Sibal has claimed that technological development has made significant contributions in improving the “grain bowl” (Punjab) agriculture, a few leaders led by Congress legislator Jasbir Singh Jassie contended more research and development was required in agricultural equipment.



School board course materials gathering dust
Ludhiana, May 31
Course material gathers dust at Punjab Bhawan in Ludhiana. Heaps of course materials issued by the Punjab School Education Department (PSEB) are gathering dust at Punjabi Bhawan as there are no takers for it. The course material were meant for private students appearing for Class VIII, X and XII PSEB board examination. As guides of all subjects are available in the market, there is no taker for these course materials. Even education department officials consider these books as useless.

Course material gathers dust at Punjab Bhawan in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

Students of Kiddies’ Paradise School take part in a Yoga camp in Ludhiana.From Schools
Three-day creativity camp concludes
Ludhiana, May 31
A three-day post-exam creativity camp concluded at BCM School here today. The camp aimed at exploring the creativity of students and giving them a chance to express it through myriad activities.

Students of Kiddies’ Paradise School take part in a Yoga camp in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed


Raninder’s passport released
Ludhiana, May 31
Court of Sessions Judge G.K.Rai today passed orders for releasing the passport of Raninder Singh, son of former Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh for a limited duration. He is one of the accused in the alleged multi-crore City Centre Scam.

190 cases settled in lok adalat
Ludhiana, May 31
More than 190 cases involving disputes worth Rs 4.99 crore were settled in the quarterly lok adalat held under the supervision of chairman of the Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana, G.K.Rai.



Ashok Kumar explains his painting to the donors. World’s largest religious painting under creation
Ludhiana, May 31
Six months’ hard work of a painter of making the world’s largest oil painting of Golden Temple is all set to borne fruit now. A team of experts from Limca Book of World Records have visited Ramgarhia School last week where the 51 ft x 12 ft painting is under creation.

Ashok Kumar explains his painting to the donors. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Verma


Sub-junior swimming championship today
Ludhiana, May 31
At least 200 swimmers are expected to take part in the 24th edition of the Sub-Junior Punjab State Swimming Championship to be organised by the Ludhiana District Swimming Association at the municipal corporation swimming pool, Rakh Bagh, here tomorrow.

ESI Hospital in Mandi Gobindgarh. Health director raids ESI hospital, dispensary
Staff, docs found absent
Mandi Gobindgarh, May 31
Director of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) Y.C. Markan along with a team of officials raided the State Insurance Hospital (ESI) and a dispensary today and found a few staff, doctors and safai karamcharis absent from their duties.

ESI Hospital in Mandi Gobindgarh. A Tribune photograph



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