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A smoker flouts the ban at a public place in the city Day 1, ban up in smoke
Ludhiana, October 2
The government may have chosen Gandhi Jayanti as the most appropriate occasion to bring in its ban on smoking in public places, but it was hardly implemented in the city today and no one was challaned for the offence.

A smoker flouts the ban at a public place in the city. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Boozers desecrate Gandhi’s memorial
Empty liquor bottles at the Gandhi Memorial in Phillaur Phillaur, October 2
As the entire country was observing a dry day to mark Gandhi Jayanti, it was a boozer’s day out at the Gandhi memorial situated on the banks of Satluj in Phillaur here today.

Empty liquor bottles at the Gandhi Memorial in Phillaur on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


People offer namaz on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi. Right: An artist imparts final touches to Ravana, Meghnatha and Kumbhakarana
People offer namaz on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi. Right: An artist imparts final touches to Ravana, Meghnatha and Kumbhakarana. A Tribune photo

Hoax bomb caller nabbed
Ludhiana, October 2
The city police nabbed the hoax caller, who created panic in the city by making calls about bombs being planted at crowded places of the city.

Man held for killing father
Ludhiana, October 2
The city police has arrested Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Lalton village, for allegedly killing his father on the intervening night of September 29-30.


Peace rallies mark Gandhi Jayanti
Ludhiana, October 2
Congress workers pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Ludhiana Prayer meetings, peace march and rallies marked the Gandhi Jayanti as political activists, mostly Congress functionaries, paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his birthday today.

  Blood donation camp

Congress workers pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

At The Crossroads
Exploring art through camera

Ludhiana can boast of such photo-artists as can blend the beauty of form and truth of existence in their creations. Earlier T.P.S. Sandhu and Ranjodh Singh had captured the varied moods of nature in their photographs.

Sub-registrar on leave, another arrives at 12.30 pm 
Hapless people made to wait for hours in hot weather 
People wait at the sub-registrar office in LudhianaLudhiana, October 2
Resentment prevailed among hundreds of visitors who had been standing in long queues since morning as there was no sign of work at the sub-registrar West and East offices here yesterday till 1.30 pm.

People wait at the sub-registrar office in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Verma

City bus service awaits CM’s nod 
Despite tall claims of senior government functionaries, including Punjab local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia, the much-awaited city bus service is still to hit the road. In the absence of a mass public transport system, the burgeoning population in the industrial hub of the state is solely dependent either on personal modes of transport or three-wheelers and as a result, have to cope with chaos on the congested roads as also alarming level of environmental pollution, caused by modified kerosene-run engines of auto-rickshaws.

Govt must own up the responsibility

The condition of roads in Ludhiana is alarming. Who is to blame for this? Of course, those in power. Both the Congress and the SAD-BJP combine should stop blaming one another and start working with honesty. The government must own up the responsibility and make contractors use good material while laying roads. The roads of the city were never so bad around 40 years ago. The then contractors used to use quality material. Government officials used to supervise work till its completion and were held accountable to the government in case of complaint. Today’s system has gone corrupt.

Unscheduled power cuts hit production 
Ludhiana, October 2
Prolonged power cuts have reduced industrial production to half here. Unscheduled cuts of two-three hours, along with two compulsory offs in a week and daily six hours of cuts in residential-cum-industrial areas, have badly hit the functioning of all categories of enterprises.

Residents lament poor amenities
Ludhiana, October 2
Residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, a posh residential colony on the Pakhowal Road here, developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), are sore over bad roads, neglected green belts, unsanitary conditions, besides having to face serious threat of outbreak of diseases from heaps of garbage and stagnating water at several places.

Commandos to man Dussehra venues: SSP
Ludhiana, October 2
Adequate security arrangements have been made in the city in view of Dussehra celebrations after the serial blasts that rocked New Delhi and other states. The local police is on alert in and around the Dussehra venues in the town.

New series of Logan launched
Ludhiana, October 2
Mahindra Renault has launched the new collection Logan, a new line-up of its popular passenger cars.

No headway in sexual harassment case
Ludhiana, October 2
The authorities at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here may have constituted a committee to probe into the alleged sexual harassment case against the Director, Students Welfare, Dr Dulcha Singh Brar, but those attached with the farm varsity feel that there needs to be a quick investigation into the matter to end the ongoing controversy.

Cornell varsity team visits PAU
Ludhiana, October 2
A group of three scientists from Cornell University visited the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and held discussions with the varsity scientists on wheat crop.

Scrap Sept tests: Teachers, students
Doraha, October 2
Students pursuing graduate and postgraduate degree in various streams in the colleges affiliated to Punjab University have demanded scrapping of September examinations as they term it to be a sheer wastage of time and energy.

Navratras bring little cheer to retailers
Ludhiana, October 2
The beginning of festive season has failed to bring the desired buoyancy in business. Retailers, who recorded a heavy turnout of customers on the first day of Navratras on Tuesday, were disappointed with the significant decline in the number of buyers on the second day.

Children offer namaz on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr in Ludhiana Eid celebrated with fervor
Ludhiana, October 2
After 30 days of fasting, today was time for the Muslims to feast on the occasion of Id. The sweet fragrance of “sewiyaan” captivated everybody. Muslims in lakhs offered prayers outside the Jama Masjid today morning.

Children offer namaz on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Eid passes off peacefully
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 2
The Sangrur police heaved a sigh of relief after it succeeded in thwarting attempts to create disturbance in and around venues of Id celebrations in Malerkotla town and surrounding villages today.

AISC seeks hike in old-age pension
Ludhiana, October 2
The All-India Senior Citizens (AISC) organisation held a conclave on the occasion of International Senior Citizens Day here yesterday. The members demanded hike in old-age pension to Rs 1,000 and provide 50 per cent concession in both railways and roadways to the senior citizens. — TNS


Bank guard found murdered
Doraha, October 2
A security guard, who was on a night duty at a Cooperative Society bank, was found murdered outside the bank at Kaddon village, 2 km from here, yesterday.

Police registers 14 cases of gambling 
Ludhiana, October 2
With the onset of the festive season, cases of gambling have witnessed a spurt in the city with the police registering as many as 14 cases on the first Navaratra, most of them from Division Number 6.

Excise dept seizes 21 hosiery boxes
Ludhiana, October 2
Officials of the mobile wing of the Excise Department have seized 21 boxes of hosiery goods from a godown in Nanak Nagar, near Jalandhar bypass, here today. The boxes were not being supported by proper bills, sources added.

Jalandhar eves, BSF cagers win
Ludhiana, October 2
Jalandhar eves and Border Security Force (BSF), Jalandhar, emerged winners in the first leg of the 18th edition of the Punjab Annual Basketball League organised by the Punjab Basketball Association in the memory of the former captain of the Indian team and Arujna awardee Gurdial Singh Bhaiya at Gure village, near here, yesterday.

Over 300 athletes attend trials
Ludhiana, October 2
More than 300 aspirants (boys and girls’ u-16, u-18 and u-20) attended the trials conducted here today at the Guru Nanak Stadium to select the Punjab contingent for the Junior National Athletics Championship slated to be held at Mysore from November 12 to 16, said Ishar Singh Deol, honorary general secretary, Punjab Amateur Athletics Association.




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