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Tehsildars’ strike cost state Rs 100 cr
Ludhiana, January 13
The state exchequer lost crores of rupees due to the strike of revenue officers as no registration of revenue documents was carried out in the district for the last seven working days.

Lights at ‘killer’ chowk barely work
Sahnewal, January 13
Traffic lights at Sahnewal Chowk seem to be repaired only to go out of order every now and then. The chowk on National Highway-1 branches towards Doraha, Kohara, Dehlon and Ludhiana and has become a “killer” spot in the absence of the traffic lights, which are either poorly repaired or not at all.

Supply of goods resumes
Ludhiana, January 13
Normalcy returned after transporters called off their strike late last evening. The strike was called off after an assurance by the government on their demands and the release of their leaders.



EARLIER STORIES


Truck driver killed, 7 hurt in accident
Samrala, January 13
A truck driver was killed and seven persons, including a government doctor, were injured when a speeding Punjab roadways bus collided head on with a truck due to dense fog near Hedon village early this morning.

‘Flightless’ club gets its wings
Ludhiana, January 13
After being ignored by subsequent governments for decades, hope floats for the Ludhiana Flying Club, which was on the verge of closure.

Protest against police official
Ludhiana, January 13
Activists of the Poorvanchal Sangharsh Morcha staged a protest against the alleged excesses by a police officer posted at the Sherpur police post here today.


Activists of the Poorvanchal Sangharsh Morcha protest against a police official in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Activists of the Poorvanchal Sangharsh Morcha protest against a police official in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
SP Gurpreet Singh Toor tries to pacify morcha leaders in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
SP Gurpreet Singh Toor tries to pacify morcha leaders in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: 
Inderjeet Verma 


COMMUNITY


Kite flying, dhol mark Lohri
Ludhiana, January 13
Lohri was celebrated throughout the city and was a special occasion for those blessed with babies recently and the newlyweds. Boys had fun flying kites. “Lohri is incomplete without the beat of drums. Every year my friends and I arrange for ‘dholi’. While the kids fly kites, we beat the drum. My mother had prepared carrot halwa,” Davinder, a college student, said. In the evening, it was bhangra time.
A boy looks at a huge kite being carried on a rickshaw in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Kite-flying marks Lohri celebrations every year. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi
A boy looks at a huge kite being carried on a rickshaw in Ludhiana on Tuesday.


Judges, lawyers too celebrate
Ludhiana, January 13
The District Bar Association celebrated Lohri with fervour here today. Judges also participated in the function actively. District and Sessions Judge GK Rai, DBA president Parupkar Singh Ghumman and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda prayed around the bonfire.
Dignitaries light a Lohri fire at District Courts Complex in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph
Dignitaries light a Lohri fire at District Courts Complex in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

Power Cuts
Industrial production down, workers laid off
Ludhiana, January 13
The future of industry in Punjab, especially the small and tiny sector, is bleak if production losses and resultant retrenchment of work force due to severe power shortage are any indication.

Economic Meltdown
No bailout plan yet
Small, medium units cry hoarse
Ludhiana, January 13
All claims of the government to provide assistance to small and medium-scale industries to tide over the crisis arising out of the economic meltdown have proved hollow and only large houses have benefited. This is a common feeling among most industrialists over the situation prevalent in Punjab.

Luxury brands unfazed by recession
Ludhiana, January 13
When it comes to fashion and style, Ludhianvis want it all. It is this craze for brands that has kept luxury market in the city up despite recession.

Outfoxing Authorities
Unions take to SMSes to mask protests
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 13
Instead of organising meetings to prepare for their demonstrations, leaders of various employee outfits have started exploiting SMS service provided by mobile companies for the purpose.

Election rally by BSNL employees
Ludhiana, January 13
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Employees Union, Ludhiana, held an election rally here today. The rally was organised in connection with the forthcoming membership verification of non-executives in BSNL.

Drug addiction on rise among women
Ludhiana, January 13
With college, university girls and young professional women succumbing to addiction of habit forming drugs and alcohol, there is a steep rise in the number of women addicts in the recent years.

Ailing 2-yr-old needs help
Ludhiana, January 13
Harshit Chitkara, a two-year-old child undergoing treatment at Sigma New Life Heart Institute, is in dire need of financial support.

Expert discusses cardiovascular health at PAU
Ludhiana, January 13
Dr Talwinder Singh Kahlon, fellow of the American Heart Association and research chemist “Processed Foods Research”, United States, delivered a lecture on dietary fibres, cardiovascular health and cholesterol at PAU here yesterday.

Youths operated upon, stable
Ludhiana, January 13
The two youths of Purana Bazaar who were shot at by two youths during a brawl over kites were operated upon last evening. Tarun and Kashav were stated to be out of danger even as doctors said they were kept under observation since bullet injuries were considered grave.

Classroom libraries to lessen schoolkids’ burden
Ludhiana, January 13
Small schoolchildren carrying heavy school bags had drawn flak from the educationists. The CBSE is now making an effort to lighten the bags of the schoolchildren. Most of the schoolchildren leave their bags in the schools and return home with just a tiffin box.
Students at a classroom library in Greenland Senior Secondary School. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
Students at a classroom library in Greenland Senior Secondary School.

PAU to have school of biotechnology
Foundation stone to be laid on Jan 16
Ludhiana, January 13
Realising the tremendous potential of biotechnology in increasing agricultural productivity, improving human and animal health and providing safe and clean environment, Punjab Agricultural University has established a School of Agricultural Biotechnology under the College of Agriculture.

Teachers to go on mass leave tomorrow
Ludhiana, January 13
Teachers of privately managed affiliated colleges of the district will take mass casual leave and proceed to Chandigarh to hold a dharna outside the office of the DPI (colleges), Punjab, on January 15 in support of their demands.

PSEB assn’s regional panel recast
Ludhiana, January 13
Sukhbir Singh was unanimously elected regional secretary of Ludhiana region of the PSEB Engineers Association at a meeting here today.

Book by Salohpuri released
Ludhiana, January 13
Book titled “Jagat Tamasha” authored by Satnam Singh Salohpuri was released today at Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle.

CRIME

Trader booked for fraud
Jagraon, January 13
The Jagraon police has booked a trader for committing a fraud with another trader. Rajiv Kumar in his complaint said his neighbour Anil Kumar borrowed Rs 7 lakh from him in three instalments and issued post-dated cheques of PNB, Jagraon, to him for each instalment.

 





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