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Shock, grief, disbelief
Ishmeet SinghCity mourns Ishmeet’s death; mother in trauma
 Ludhiana, July 30
When Ishmeet’s father, Gurpinder Singh Sodhi, saw him off at the Chandigarh Airport on Sunday he had not imagined he would not see his son again. Three days later, his unfortunate father was at the New Delhi airport to receive his son’s body.

Fans throng community websites
Ludhiana, July 30
Soon after the news of the demise of Voice of India winner Ishmeet Singh Sodhi hit the headlines last evening, grief-stricken friends and fans, who could not make it to his house, thronged community websites like Orkut and Face Book to pay their tributes.


MC chief’s order on streetlights flouted
Ludhiana, July 30
A day after the MC commissioner, Vikas Partap, ordered that no streetlight would be switched on before 8 pm, lights were switched on in Field Ganj and the college road at 6.30 pm.

Panel on nullah to meet on Aug 6
Ludhiana, July 30
The committee set up by the Chief Minister to look into the pollution caused by the industry in Budda Nullah would meet on August 6 to discuss the issue.

Inflated Land Prices
Blame it on speculation
Ludhiana, July 30
Speculators, property dealers and colonisers are at it again as prices of residential plots in Dugri, Phase II, sold by Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) through an auction yesterday registered an increase of more than 75 per cent, which is grossly disproportionate to prevailing land prices elsewhere in the city.


Tempers fray as power bill counters shut early
Ludhiana, July 30
Thousands of residents had to return disappointed from the bill collection centres of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) in different parts of the city today after the staff refused to accept payment of bills after 11.30 am, claiming it was the last working day of the month, as July 31 was a public holiday.

Harried consumers show unpaid power bills Consumers argue with PSEB staff over latter’s refusal to accept payment of bills in the Aggar Nagar division, Ludhiana
Harried consumers show unpaid power bills; and (right) Consumers argue with PSEB staff over latter’s refusal to accept payment of bills in the Aggar Nagar division, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Teachers in shock over Ishmeet’s death
Ludhiana, July 30
Jagdeep Kaur, the music teacher who nurtured Ishmeet since his childhood days at Guru Nanak Public School, could not stop sobbing, today, ever since she had heard about the death of her ‘star student’. The story was no different with Gurinder Kaur, another music teacher, who felt shattered with the "very fact that a permanent vacuum will stare her face from the space occupied by a child who was our pride".

A file photo of Ishmeet Singh with his teachers during his recent visit to Guru Nanak Public School Residents throng his house to offer their condolences in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
A file photo of Ishmeet Singh with his teachers during his recent visit to Guru Nanak Public School; and (right) Residents throng his house to offer their condolences in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

‘He wasn’t snooty’
Ludhiana, July 30
"Ishmeet used to sing songs for us. Whenever we were free, entire group would catch him to hear our favourite numbers in his melodious voice," said Paritosh, Ishmeet's friend and classmate in BCom I at SCD Government College here with a heavy voice. "We are not ready to accept the harsh reality," he said adding that the last song, the Voice of India sang for them, was ‘tum ko bhi hai khabar, mujh ko bhi hai pata’, when he visited college about four months back.

Promising talent cut short: Sukhbir
Ludhiana, July 30
Sukhbir Singh Badal, president of the SAD, visited Ishmeet’s house to offer his condolences late last evening.

PSEB raids four more schools
Ludhiana, July 30
A team of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) officials raided four schools affiliated with the board here today. A total of eight schools had been raided by the PSEB officials so far.

Varsity clears files of six employees
Ludhiana, July 30
The management of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) has cleared the files of six of its employees for the post of assistant accounts officers (AAOs).

Mobile phone dealer penalised
Ludhiana, July 30
The District Consumer Forum has ordered the owner of Sachin Gift Gallery, Model Town extension, Ludhiana, to refund Rs 38,688, the price of defective mobile sold to a consumer.

‘Corruption’ case: Hospital staff boycott OPD
Ludhiana, July 30
Continuing their protest against the Vigilance Bureau, Ludhiana, the Punjab State Pharmacists and Paramedical Association and District Unit of PCMS association staged a protest at Civil Hospital, here for the second day today.

Interest rate hike rattles residents, industry
Ludhiana, July 30
City residents and local industry have expressed fear that the hike in interest rates announced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will hamper growth instead of dealing with inflation.

Dairy farmers educated on cattle nutrition
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 30
Showing concern over falling reproductive capacity of the milch animals at the cost of alleged attempt to increase milk yield by feeding nutrient specific concentrates, Dr Inder Jit Singh, director of the Punjab Dairy Development Board, advised dairy farmers of the area to make use of seminars and camps being organised by the department.

World War II Veterans
British Parliament to fix quantum of relief
Ludhiana, July 30
British Parliament will decide the quantum of compensation to be paid to the kin of war veterans of the Second World War. British Parliament had inconclusively debated on the subject last month. Now, it will meet in September.

Waterlogging Gosain meets mayor
Ludhiana, July 30
Deputy speaker and local MLA Satpal Gosain held a meeting with city mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura yesterday to discuss problems of water logging faced by residents of Janakpuri here.

Potholes dot bridge over Bhakra canal
Khamano, July 30
Big potholes have surfaced on the bridge over the Bhakra canal near Kajauli village on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road.

Co-operative Society elects office-bearers
Khamano, July 30
Members of the Co-operative Society, Hawara Kalan, unanimously elected office-bearers at a meeting here.


One booked for assault
Jagraon, July 30
Harkamaljit Singh of Kothe Sher Jang has been booked for allegedly assaulting Gurminder Singh of his village with a sharp-edged weapon on July 24. No arrest has been made so far. The Jagraon police has registered a case under Sections 323, 341 and 506, IPC.


PNB records 5.3 pc growth in profit
Ludhiana, July 30
Punjab National Bank has recorded a 5.3 per cent rise in its operating profits for the first quarter of 2008-09 in comparison to the corresponding period of previous year.



Horticulture workshop opens at PAU
Ludhiana, July 30
A two-day horticultural workshop was inaugurated at Punjab Agricultural University by vice-chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang yesterday.

Nursing students get warm send-off
Ludhiana, July 30
Students of College of Nursing bid adieu to their seniors at DMCH. Vice-principal of the college Suresh Sharma, in his address, congratulated the outgoing students and extended his best wishes for their future.

Language lab opened
Doraha, July 30
With a view to enhance students’ proficiency in language, Green Grove Public Senior Secondary School, Mohanpur, opened a language lab today.


Alpine school paddlers shine
Players in action during the Ludhiana PAU Zone Table Tennis Tournament at Alpine International Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, July 30
Hosts Alpine International Senior Secondary School performed well as its players advanced into the finals in all age groups of the PAU School Zone Table Tennis Tournament being held here today.

Players in action during the Ludhiana PAU Zone Table Tennis Tournament at Alpine International Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

Ewing Christian School lads throwball champs
Ludhiana, July 30
Teams from more than 30 schools took part in the eighth edition of the Ludhiana District Throwball Championship organised by Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, that concluded yesterday.

SVM register easy win
Ludhiana, July 30
Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, beat Saraswati Model School by 77 runs in the inaugural match (U-16) of the PAU School Zone Cricket Tournament, which started at the SDP Girls College, Circular Road here today.



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