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Reema Murder Case
Accused won’t turn approver; alleges torture by SSP
Court orders medical examination
Ludhiana, February 11
The sensational Reema Jain murder case today took a new turn when one of the accused, Tarsem, alias Bony, withdrew his application for becoming approver, alleging that he was tortured and pressured to move an application by the SSP, Ludhiana.

Vigilance arrests man for fake complaint 
Ludhiana, February 11
The vigilance bureau today arrested Ravinder Singh who had alleged that a probationary officer of the Punjab and Sindh Bank, Sherpur, had demanded a bribe of Rs 30,000 for passing his house loan of Rs 5 lakh.


EARLIER STORIES


Kingpin of drug peddlers heldOur Correspondent
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 11
The kingpin of a gang of drug peddlers that had been supplying drugs to youths in this part of Malwa has been arrested and 2 kg opium was seized from his possession.

Pollution clean chit to 60 dyeing units
Ludhiana, February 11
A team of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) visited 61 dyeing units whose power was disconnected by the PSEB last week and gave a clean chit to 60 units, stating that they were discharging effluents in the municipal corporation’s sewer.

DC to hold monthly review meetings 
Ludhiana, February 11
Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg would be reviewing the work of officers in the district on a monthly basis. The meetings, which are mandatory, had not taken place in the district for several years. Certain officers welcomed the step as everyone would be accountable for his/her work while some others feel that there was no need for such meetings as officers were responsible enough to handle things on their own.

Dr David Bayley, chief guest, without his hat during his convocation address at Phillaur Hiccups mar PAP convocation
Ludhiana, Phillaur 11
The ninth convocation held at Punjab Police Academy (PAP), Phillaur, was marred by uncertainties as rain played spoilsport and the venue was changed at the last minute.




Dr David Bayley, chief guest, without his hat during his convocation address at Phillaur on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

IT surveys on 7 firms
Ludhiana, February 11
The income tax department conducted surveys on seven firms here today. The surveys are being conducted under the supervision of Range 1 and Range 5 Additional Commissioner Rupinder Brar and Range 3 Additional Commissioner Rakesh Goel.

City Concerns

COMMUNITY

City Concerns - II
Dog Menace: Extermination no solution
If we voice concern over the right of survival of stray dogs then we must also remember that we should also think the same before killing mosquitoes and cockroaches. They are also living beings who create nuisance and also are the cause of a number of diseases. And if we talk of animal rights then Maneka Gandhi is also right when she says cow’s milk is the sole right of its calf.

A day of demonstrations

PSEB staff burn effigy
Power cuts prompt dharna

FCI unions seek pay revision

Dharna by patwaris

FCI employees hold a dharna in front of the office of the FCI in Ludhiana on Wednesday (above right). 
PSEB employees burn the effigy of the board management at Raikot.(above left)
Patwaris raise slogans in support of their demands at Mini Secretariat, Ludhiana, on Wednesday.  (bottom)Tribune photographs

March for healthy environment
A healthy environment march organised by the Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha in Ludhiana Ludhiana, February 11
As part of the national environment awareness campaign, the Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha, Ludhiana, organised a healthy environment march today.





A healthy environment march organised by the Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Over 4,000 house tax cases pending 
Ludhiana, February 11
Though the municipal corporation has been able to get Rs 37.39 crore as house tax till February 10, there are more than 4,000 cases pending in all four zones where the assessment has still to be approved by house tax committees comprising councillors and zonal commissioners.

Blaring music falls on police’s deaf ears
Ludhiana, February 11
A religious function where music norms are being flouted in Ludhiana In violation of the Supreme Court ruling, various religious organisations and groups continue to play blaring music and use loudspeakers during late evening or wee hours.





A religious function where music norms are being flouted in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Manch honours historian, NRIs
Ludhiana, February 11
A noted historian from Canada, Patrick Green along with NRIs Pritam Singh Grewal, Binder Grewal, Jaish Bains and Richie Bains were felicitated by the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur International Manch at a function organised at Rajguru Nagar here today.

Gifts galore for Valentine’s Day
Ludhiana, February 11
A girl looks for gifts for the forthcoming Valentine’s Day in Ludhiana Gifts are a special part of Valentine’s Day. With couples wanting to gift something special to make this day unforgettable, most marketplaces have been flooded with these. Painting the market red, shops have been decorated with roses and hearts.




A girl looks for gifts for the forthcoming Valentine’s Day in Ludhiana. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

BJP cell seeks cut in bus fares
Ludhiana, February 11
President of the Punjab unit of the BJP Investors’ Cell Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal in a letter to Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal has demanded the state government to reduce bus fare following cut in diesel prices.

Teachers demand transfer of DEO
Ludhiana, February 11
Teachers stage a protest in the mini-secretariat in Ludhiana Three teachers’ unions and one non-teachers’ union today staged a rally in the mini-secretariat to demand transfer of the district education officer (secondary), Sudesh Bajaj, and protested against her alleging dictatorial attitude towards the teachers.



Teachers stage a protest in the mini-secretariat in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

PAU employees seek more salary
Ludhiana, February 11
A meeting of the PAU employees’ forum federation and employees’ sewa dal was held near Students’ Home at PAU today.

Khalsa College girls get US scholarship
Jagraon, February 11
Principal of the Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, honours students after winning the US scholarship. About eight students of Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, got scholarship of Sikh Human Development Association of USA organised by Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council, Delhi.

Principal of the Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, honours students after winning the US scholarship. A Tribune photograph

Mind your buses, schools told
Ludhiana, February 11
In the wake of three major accidents involving school vans, which have claimed three lives and left several injured, the police is taking steps to ensure a smooth ride for schoolchildren.
Students of N.M. Jain Model Senior Secondary School with their awards during the annual prize distribution function in Ludhiana
Students of N.M. Jain Model Senior Secondary School with their awards during the annual prize distribution function in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Seminar on impact of computers
Jagraon, February 11
The computer department of Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, conducted a seminar on the impact of computers on our life. The seminar was a joint effort of KCW and IT. Experts Amit Sharma and Ritesh Kapoor narrated the various dimensions of computers, its impact and uses in various fields in daily life. Students participated in the interactive session and satisfied their quarries.

UGC sponsors seminar at Malwa College
Ludhiana, February 11
A two-day national seminar-cum-workshop, sponsored by University Grants Commission started at Malwa Central College of Education for Women today.

CRIME

One held with opium 
Jagraon, February 11
The Dehlon Police has arrested a person and recovered half kg opium from him. The accused is identified as Paramjit Singh of Raikot.

Commission agent booked for embezzlement
Mullanpur Dakha, February 11
The Sudhar police has booked a commission agent for criminal breach of trust for embezzling Rs 3.95 lakh.

Policemen outside the cyber cafe in Ludhiana Youngsters caught for impropriety, let off
Ludhiana, Ludhiana 11
Just three days before Valentine’s Day, the police caught a group of boys and girls in a compromising position at a cyber cafe here. A police team headed by SHO division No. 5 Sandeep Wadhera raided a cyber cafe near Ansal Plaza and arrested a group of boys and girls allegedly in a compromising position. After reprimanding them, the police let the youngsters off.



Policemen outside the cyber cafe in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Goods worth Rs 4 lakh seized
Ludhiana, February 11
A team of mobile wing of the Excise and Taxation department, on the directions of Assistant Commissioner Excise and Taxation, mobile wing, Tejbir Singh, seized cosmetics and readymade garments worth Rs 4 lakh from the railway station today morning.

Sukhdev Thapar pip Khalsa College
Ludhiana, February 11
Senior Town Planner BS Brar gives away prizes to the winning team of Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana A brace each by Reena and Jaspal Kaur enabled hosts, Sukhdev Thapar Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, to pip Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, 5-0 to emerge as champions in the Ranjodh Kaur Grewal Memorial Ludhiana District Hockey Tournament for Women which concluded at the Sukhdev Thapar Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk, here today.

Senior Town Planner BS Brar gives away prizes to the winning team of Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

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