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DC stays last-minute transfers by Gurjar
Ludhiana, January 30
The newly appointed Deputy Commissioner, Vikas Garg, today revoked last-minute transfer orders of at least 25 employees of the revenue department issued by former Deputy Commissioner, Sumer Singh Gurjar.

Poor mobile connectivity? Thieves to blame
Ludhiana, January 30
If connectivity on your mobile phone suddenly goes off, the service provider is not to blame, for the chances are that components of mobile towers are being stolen!

Farmers refuse to lift potato from cold storage
Ludhiana, January 30
Owing to a glut of potatoes in the market, farmers of the district have refused to lift their potato produce from cold storage, giving a tough time to store owners.


EARLIER STORIES


Now, pay power bills at automated machines
Ludhiana, January 30
A consumer pays his electricity bill at the newly installed automated machine in Ludhiana Standing for long hours in queues at the divisional or subdivisional offices of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for the payment of energy bills is bound to become a thing of the past considering the automated bill payment machines recently installed in different parts of the city.

A consumer pays his electricity bill at the newly installed automated machine in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjit Verma 

Farce called Leprosy Day
No jobs, rehabilitation in place for cured patients
Ludhiana, January 30
The purpose to observe World Leprosy Day stands defeated as the government has failed to provide job and rehabilitate such patients in mainstream society, as proposed under the National Leprosy Eradication Programme.

3 killed, 23 hurt in accident
Raikot, January 30
Three persons were killed and 23 were reportedly injured in a truck-bus collision, near here, today. The accident took place near Gobindgarh village on the Barnala road at around 8.15 am when the visibility was poor due to dense fog.

Courier company penalised
Ludhiana, January 30
The permanent lok adalat (PLA) has penalised a courier company, M/s Aramex India, for deficient services in delivering goods in Australia.

COMMUNITY

Gurjar ordered hike in Lodhi Club’s fee 
Ludhiana, January 30
Former Deputy Commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar, who remained controversial throughout his tenure, had before relinquishing the charge given clearance for increasing the membership fee of the Lodhi Club by 50 per cent. The Deputy Commissioner also happens to be an ex-officio president of the Lodhi Club and the hike was cleared by him in this capacity. It would come into effect from February 1.

Kar sewa for strengthening eroded canal bank 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 30
Villagers undertake kar sewa for strengthening the banks of the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal near Karamsar village Higher authorities, including the Chief Minister, having failed to awaken canal department officials from slumber for strengthening the eroded banks of the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal, along the Jagera- Karamsar road, the followers of Sant Isher Singh Rarewale have started kar sewa to fill the earth in eroded portions.

Villagers undertake kar sewa for strengthening the banks of the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal near Karamsar village. Photo by writer

SAD-BJP alliance to sweep LS poll, says Bharowal
Ludhiana, January 30 The ruling coalition of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) will sweep the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in Punjab. The alliance will win all 13 seats and eliminate the Congress from the political scene, claimed Pritam Singh Bharowal, a member of the SAD working committee, while addressing party workers at a meeting at Ranjit Nagar on the Ferozepur Road here yesterday.

Cycle part assn against VAT on steel products
Ludhiana, January 30
Members of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association at a meeting held here today criticised the notification regarding imposition of full Value Added Tax (VAT) on iron and steel goods issued by the Department of Excise and Taxation.

Beekeeping integral to farming: Board chief
Doraha, January 30
Dr BL Sarswat, executive director, National Bee Board, has stressed that beekeeping should be made an integral part of farming system in India. He was addressing beekeepers during a special training camp organised for farmers at the Lee Bee International Institute of Beekeeping and Agro Enterprises (IBA), Doraha.

Lecture on ideas of Hegal
Doraha, January 30
The Political Science Association of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised an extension lecture on “Political ideas of John William Fredric Hegal” today.

Students perform at ‘Sur-Taal’ at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Ludhiana
Students perform at ‘Sur-Taal’ at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Ludhiana on Friday. 
Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

From Schools
Kids celebrate Basant Panchami

Ludhiana, January 30
Students celebrated Basant Panchami with enthusiasm at Bhartitya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School here today.

Newly appointed teachers await salaries
Ludhiana, January 30
Newly appointed government schoolteachers of master cadre are finding it hard to make both ends meet as they have not been paid salaries for the past three months.

Tributes paid to Gandhi
Students take part in “legacy run for peace” to mark the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi in LudhianaLudhiana, January 30
Rich tributes were paid to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 62nd martyrdom day and prayer meetings were organised in the city today. As the clock struck 11 am, the hooter sounded at the mini secretariat where all government officers and staff of various departments observed two-minute silence to pay homage to Gandhi.
Students take part in “legacy run for peace” to mark the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi in Ludhiana on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Those who forgot Bapu
Ludhiana, January 30
Patriotic fervour is apparently on the wane in schools as most schools forgot to observe two-minute silence as a mark of respect to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his martyrdom day.

Students, staff donate blood
Ludhiana, January 30
NSS unit of Kamla Lohtia SD College organised a blood donation camp on its college campus wherein students and staff donated 100 units of blood.

Now, students get lectures on recession 
Ludhiana, January 30
The economy is reeling under global meltdown and to make the students aware about its fallout, colleges have started to organise guest lectures. Colleges have started holding regular discussion and lectures for students to help them understand ways to tackle the problem and find out the reasons.

Grade ‘A’ for BCM college
Sahnewal, January 30
BCM College of Education, Chandigarh Road, which was recently assessed and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore has been accredited with Grade ‘A’ by the team.

Another villager becomes victim, dies
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 30
Eroded banks of Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal claimed another life after a tractor driven by Jit Singh (60), a farmer of Khatra village in Ludhiana district, fell into the canal near Jhamatt village yesterday.

Letters
Food adulteration

CRIME

2 drug peddlers held
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 30
The local police has busted a gang of drug peddlers that had been supplying narcotics and psychotropic drugs to the youth in this part of Malwa. Two members of the gang were arrested yesterday and today. Two bags of the poppy husk were also seized from their possession.

Athletics meet begins at KVM
Ludhiana, January 30
The three-day 64th Annual Athletics Meet of Kundan Vidya Mandir School, Civil Lines, began here today. The school premises was decorated as chief guest Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, Ludhiana, Rupinder Brar inaugurated the meet.

Children take part in a race; and (right) children cheer the participants on during athletics meet at Kundan Vidhya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana
Children take part in a race; and (right) children cheer the participants on during athletics meet at Kundan Vidhya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, on Friday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Kila Raipur sports fest from Feb 12
Ludhiana, January 30
The stage is set for a heady mix of Olympic and traditional sport events and a display of bizarre physical exploits when the 74th Kila Raipur Sports Festival unfolds its four-day sporting extravaganza on the seven-acre open stadium of this small village, located 17 km South of Ludhiana, from February 12.

Tiny tots take part in fun games
Ludhiana, January 30
Tiny tots of nursery class enjoyed while competing in fun games on the third and final day of the annual Kindergarten Athletics Meet of BCM Arya Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, here today.

Punjab softball squads announced
Ludhiana, January 30
Following boys and girls have been selected to represent Punjab in the 21st Sub-Junior National Softball Championship to be held at Dewas in Madhya Pradesh from February 2 to 7, according to honorary secretary, Punjab Softball Association, Pran Nath Passi.

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