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Revenue officials won’t budge
Boycott to continue as talks with Divisional Commissioner fail
Ludhiana, January 11
Agitating tehsildars and naib tehsildars refused to budge from their stand today and decided to continue with their protest by boycotting work in all revenue offices of the Patiala division after their talks with the Divisional Commissioner for an amicable solution failed to yield result.

Register tells road tales
Ludhiana, January 11
While the municipal corporation has failed to listen to residents, a resident of Haibowal Kalan has done a survey of roads and asks people to write what they feel about their roads. Rakesh Talwar was so upset with the condition of roads in his ward that he came up with this idea. The register titled “Are you satisfied with your roads” has two columns — one marked satisfactory and the other unsatisfactory.


Friend behind kidnapping of retired principal
Jagraon, January 11
The police has arrested three members of a gang that would kidnap people. The SSP (Ludhiana rural), Gurpreet Singh Bhuller, addressing a press conference, said a case of kidnapping and looting had been registered on the statement of Manjit Kaur, wife of Major Singh, a retired principal of Manuke village, against six persons.

The alleged kidnappers in police custody. Photo: Rakesh Gupta

Cops canecharge ETTs
Leaders of union rounded up
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 11
Hundreds of activists of the ETT Union from local town and surrounding villages marched towards Malerkotla to protest against the alleged unconcern of the state government towards their genuine demands.

Winds of Change
Lohri celebrations now for girls too
Ludhiana, January 11
Winds of change have started blowing. Lohri, which has been a festival of celebrations on the arrival of the male child, is no longer a male bastion. Even the traditional songs of the Lohri are meant to welcome a male child. But now people have changed their mindset regarding the birth of a girl child and have started celebrating Lohri on the arrival of a newborn girl child also.

Lohri being celebrated with a girl at Sutlej Club in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Winter Shatabdi restored
Ludhiana, January 11
Giving in to popular demand, the Northern Railway has restored the Ludhiana-New Delhi winter special Shatabdi Express (2013A/2014A).

Also on police list — school admissions
Ludhiana, January 11
Besides maintaining law and order and providing security to high-profile politicians, the police has also been assigned the “task” of ensuring the admission of children of relatives of politicians or senior bureaucrats to primary classes.


Police academy introduces meditation course
Ludhiana, January 11
Stress, tension, fatigue etc have become common words these days. But the cops, who in general are considered to be "pachyderms", too, have started becoming victims of stress due to tremendous work-pressure. Seeing the increasing levels of stress/tension among cops, Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, has taken an initiative to destress them by introducing meditation and acupressure courses in their regular curricula.

Impasse on as truckers’ strike enters 7th day
Unions adamant, want their leaders release first
Ludhiana, January 11
With the impasse between the transporters and the government continuing, the truckers' strike entered the seventh day today even as the Centre has called a meeting of all state transport ministers in Delhi tomorrow.

Truck drivers stand idle on the seventh day of the truckers’ strike at Transport Nagar in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Good singers don’t last long: Sukhwinder
Ludhiana, January 11
Both hands of the Punjab-based playback singer Sukhwinder Singh are full. After singing in Hollywood films, he is also planning to try his luck in acting.

Mafia luring people from Rajasthan, UP into begging
Ludhiana, January 11
With the district administration failing to keep a check on the “beggar mafia,” a large number of people from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have entered the city, thereby adding to the woes of those who commute on main roads and intersections of Ludhiana.

Beggars operating in the Fieldganj area move in a group for seeking alms. A Tribune photograph

2, 000 garlic farmers feel cheated
Compared to last year they could realise only between Rs 150 - 300
per quintal

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 10
At least 2,000 farmers from this part of the Malwa region, who had been nurturing their families by cultivating garlic in their small land-holdings for the past many years, have failed to repay the bank loans and moneylenders this time as the prices of their produce have drastically slashed.

Police personnel check bags of customers ahead of Lohri at Chaura Bazar in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Meter Theft: Power board wants to hush up case
Mullanpur Dakha, January 11
Officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board (Dakha subdivision) it seems are in a mood to hush up the case of the electric metre theft from the office storeroom.

Benefits for 216 illegal colonies put MC in dock
Most of the settlements are in SAD leaders’ wards, constituencies
Ludhiana, January 11
Selecting 216 illegal colonies from more than 1,000 unauthorised localities that have mushroomed in the city in the past few years has raised numerous questions on the functioning of the local municipal corporation.

BJP blames UPA for Satyam scam
Ludhiana, January 11
The investor cell of the BJP has charged majority of the companies with fudging their books of accounts to sell their growth story and befool the retail investors. In such a scenario, what happened to Satyam was just about to happen.

Residents want sewage project implemented
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 11 Inefficient sewage disposal system and inadequate water supply are the major issues being projected before the prospective candidates for the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

Death due to asphyxiation
Nirmala’s brother worried about her future
Ludhiana, January 11
Laying semiconscious state on a bed in the emergency ward, Nirmala, knows nothing about what future has in store for her. She only wants to reunite with her husband. Though she was told about her children’s death, but her husband’s death has not been disclosed to her.

Paramedics lectured on shifting of patients
Ludhiana, January 11
A workshop on “Shifting of Critical Patients” was organised at DMCH for the paramedical staff working in emergency and the critical care areas, a press release said here today. The panellists during the workshop included Dr Sanjeev Uppal, Dr Gautam Ahluwalia, Dr Dinesh Sood, Dr Rajinder Bansal and Dr Harish Matta.

From Schools
Cultural bonanza at Rising Stars School
Ludhiana, January 11
Lohri festival was organised at Rising Stars School under the guidance of Sonia Sharma, principal. Many activities were organised like musical chair, tickle my back etc. in which both parents and students participated. Kite flying competition was the main attraction.

Students participate at the annual prize distribution at Green Land Convent School, Dugri. A Tribune photograph

Over 550 patients examined
Ludhiana, January 11
More than 550 patients were examined, free medicines were distributed and diagnostic tests like ECG and blood sugar were conducted, at a multi-speciality free medical camp organised by Rising Youth Association in collaboration with Palam Vihar Welfare Society at Central Model School, Pakhowal Road, here today.

SAD-BJP activists take part in Malerkotla rally
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 11
A large numbers of SAD and BJP activists marched to Malerkotla town for taking part in a rally chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Usha Rani Sood, president, Municipal Council, and Vijay Goel, BJP president, led the activists from various wards of the town and nearby villages.

Artificial limbs distributed
Ludhiana, January 11
Artificial limbs distribution and polio surgery camps were organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust at the Viklang Sahitya Kender here today. Harjit Singh, secretary, Social Security and Women and Child Development, Punjab government, was the chief guest.

The Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust distributes artificial limbs among the needy in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Three quintal Thai magoor seized
Ludhiana, January 11
Over 3 quintal of Thai magoor fish, a banned variety of fish in India, was seized here today during different raids conducted by the fisheries department, Ludhiana. Under the instructions of DS Syal, director, fisheries (Punjab), the local team led by assistant director, fisheries, PK Verma today conducted several raids to seize Thai magoor.

Athletics meet at BCM School
Ludhiana, January 11
A large number of students, representing Gulmohar House, Shaimar House, Pukhraj House and Kohinoor House, took part in the Annual Inter-House Athletics Meet of the BCM School, Dugri branch here yesterday. Competition in the regular as well as fun sports was held in this one-day event.

Girls participate in a race during an inter-house annual athletics meet organised at BCM School, Dugri; and (right) position holders pose with their medals. Tribune photographs

T20 tourney from Jan 18
Ludhiana, January 11
The 3rd edition of the Open Twenty20 Cricket Tournament to be organised by the Ludhiana District Twenty20 Cricket Tournament will be held here at the Government Polytechnic College ground, Rishi Nagar from January 18.




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