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DC Gurjar transferred
Vikas Garg to take charge
Ludhiana, January 27
After remaining in the midst of controversies, Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar has been transferred out of the city. Orders to this effect were issued at Chandigarh today. Patiala Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg has been asked to take over the reigns of the district.

F&CC Meeting
MC’s fast one on contractors
No work for those quoting rates more than estimates
Ludhiana, January 27
In an attempt to break the nexus between municipal corporation officials and contractors, the Finance and Contracts Committee today decided to not allot work for brick lining of streets in unauthorised colonies to those contractors who quote rates more than estimates.

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Probe Panel
Report holds Dr Batra guilty of wrongdoing
Ludhiana, January 27
The district unit of department of health and family welfare, Punjab, in its recent report has pronounced Dr Rajesh Batra, owner of Batra Eye Hospital, guilty of performing eye operations without registration of his diploma from the Punjab Medical Council.

‘DRESS’ REHEARSAL

A jawan arranges the dress of a fellow ahead of Republic Day parade in Ludhiana on Monday.
A jawan arranges the dress of a fellow ahead of Republic Day parade in Ludhiana on Monday.Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

‘Tainted’ Naib Tehsildar back at work
Ludhiana, January 27
The “tainted” Naib Tehsildar, who was caught red-handed by the Vigilance Bureau while taking bribe of Rs 5,000, resumed work at Mullanpur Dakha Sub-Registrar’s Office, raising many an eyebrow. Much to the surprise of residents, Naib Tehsildar Salinder Singh was back to work today in the same office and at the same position pending an inquiry into his arrest by vigilance being conducted by ADC Patiala APS Virk.

Gang of robbers busted, four held
Jagraon, January 27
The local police has busted a gang of robbers by arresting four of its members who had been active in the Jodhan-Pakhowal area. The four were arrested following a tip off provided by an informer that they were hiding in an abandoned mixture plant near Gureh village and planning a robbery in the area.

Man robbed of Rs 7.8 lakh
Raikot, January 27
A local trader was reportedly robbed of Rs 7.8 lakh by three persons in broad daylight at the bus stand here this afternoon.

To Mohna, with love
Joginder Singh, a local resident and classmate of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, with a card wishing him early recovery in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, January 27
“I wish speedy recovery to my friend ‘Mohna’,” prays Joginder Singh, a childhood friend of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. He has prepared and sent a handmade card with PM’s picture pasted on it reading “Manmohan Singh, Get Well Soon”. City resident Joginder Singh and Dr Manmohan Singh were classmates for four years from 1937 to 1941 at a government primary school in Pakistan.

Joginder Singh, a local resident and classmate of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, with a card wishing him early recovery in Ludhiana. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi


COMMUNITY

Suicides by students raise concern
Ludhiana, January 27
Three suicides reported in less than a week, all involving students, and an abduction story concocted by a student of Jagraon have sent the alarm bells ringing. In two cases, it was the examination pressure that led to the death of two city girls who were studying in Class X, while mystery surrounds over the death of Preety Sharma, a BEd student of Partap College.

Patriotic spirit grips city residents
Singers during a musical evening decidated to martyrs in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, January 27
A musical evening "Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo" dedicated to the martyrs was organised by the cultural society Dhvani at the Punjabi Bhavan. The programme included quiz on Indian National Movement. Rashi Sood set the tone of the evening when she sang "Ye Kaun Chitarkaar hai" while Dr Vikram took it further with "Jahan daal daal pe sone ki chiriyaan karti hai basera"

Singers during a musical evening decidated to martyrs in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Teachers to go on mass leave today
Doraha, January 27
As per the call given by the Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (PFUCTO), the teachers of all universities, government and private-aided colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh will proceed on mass casual leave to protest against the dilly dallying attitude of the government as far as the implementation of MHRD notification is concerned, in front of D.P.I Colleges at Chandigarh tomorrow.

Downturn
Migrants continue to leave city
Migrant labourers board a train for hometown due to unemployment. Ludhiana, January 27
Global economic meltdown has hit the local industrial workers the hardest. Having lost their jobs in the wake of large-scale lay offs by the industry, these workers, majority of whom are migrants from various parts of the country, have no option left but to return to their native lands, from where they had come to the city in search of a better life.

Migrant labourers board a train for hometown due to unemployment. A Tribune photograph

55 rural doctors join statewide protest
Ludhiana, January 27
As many as 55 rural doctors from village dispensaries in Ludhiana district, along with 350 doctors from other districts of Punjab, reached Anandpur Sahib to take part in a dharna staged by the Rural Medical Service Association (RMSA) against the state government for its failure to regularise their posts.

MC
Irregularities alleged during tender opening
Ludhiana, January 27
Corruption is allegedly going on unabated at the local municipal corporation as once again the fact came to fore today during the opening of advertising tenders.

Emphasis on women poets’ plight
Ludhiana, January 27
A seminar on "Naari Kaav: Sirjan ate Chintan" was organised at Punjabi Bhavan by the Punjabi Sahit Akademi and Central Punjabi Writer's Sabha. While a kavi darbar was also held. Dr Amia from Delhi read his research paper on the topic. She gave various examples to prove her point and also talked about the problems faced by the women poets.

Yash Pal Sharma bereaved
Ludhiana, January 27
Sandhya Devi, mother of Yash Pal Sharma, former cricketer and now a national selector, died here last evening after a prolonged illness. She was 96 and survived by two sons and five daughters.

Small benefits not enough for disabled: Guv
Punjab Governor S.F. Rodrigues donates tricycles to physically challenged during the R-Day celebrations in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, January 27
Punjab Governor Gen SF Rodrigues (retd) has called for more professional approach while working for the welfare of the disabled and other special categories of the underprivileged. Interacting with state aid beneficiaries who were given sewing machines and tricycles at the Republic Day function here yesterday, he said the administration needed to have a more professional approach for the long-term settlement of the special people.

Punjab Governor S.F. Rodrigues donates tricycles to physically challenged during the R-Day celebrations in Ludhiana. A Tribune Photograph

Absence of SAD-BJP MLAs draws flak
Ludhiana, January 27
Jassi Khangura, MLA (Kila Raipur), said it was highly regrettable that the district Akali-BJP MLAs did not attend the 60th Republic Day function here yesterday.

Barn owl rescued
Ludhiana, January 27
A barn owl was rescued by a bird lover after it got entangled in a kite string on a treetop here this morning.

From Schools & Colleges
Children celebrate the Republic Day at a local park in Ludhiana. Ludhiana: The Republic Day was celebrated by the staff and students of Jesus' Sacred Heart School. March past, skits, group dances and aerobics brought out the zeal of students. Anju Banga, principal, highlighted the importance of the day.




Children celebrate the Republic Day at a local park in Ludhiana. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi


CRIME

3.5 kg opium seized, 3 held
Jagraon, January 27
The police has recovered 3.5 kg opium and arrested three persons in different incidents yesterday. In the first case, the Raikot police arrested Paramjit Singh alias Baba of Akalgarh village and recovered 510 gm of the contraband substance from his possession. The ASI, Malkait Singh, in charge of Lohatbaddi police post had intercepted him at Rajgarh village.


Charanpreet adjudged best athlete
Prize winners with Lt. Col. Jaswant Singh, Sagar Chand Jain, and CK Jija at Mullanpur Dakha. Mullanpur Dakha, January 27
The annual sports meet of Peace Public School was held here. The meet was an impressive one, displaying stamina, speed and strength in various track and field sports. Hockey Olympic silver medallist Retd. Lt. Col. Jaswant Singh, opened the sports meet. A colourful cultural programme replete with dance and synchronised exercises followed.

Prize winners with Lt. Col. Jaswant Singh, Sagar Chand Jain, and CK Jija at Mullanpur Dakha. A Tribune Photograph


 






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