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Irregularities in plot allocation
Govt freezes allotments by improvement trust

Ludhiana, March 5
Taking a stern view of observations made by the Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission regarding “non-allotment” of a plot to a displaced person by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) and other irregularities in the allotment process, the state government has frozen all allotments made from April 2, 2007, and the entire process of allotment of plots have been stayed till the complaint pending with the commission is disposed of.

Rescued, bonded labourer boy still has hopes
Arjun, the bonded labourer who was rescued.Ludhiana, March 5
Eleven-year-old Arjun, who had worked as a bonded labourer in the house of a Kila Raipur peasant for the past five years and was rescued by the administration following pressure from an NGO

Arjun, the bonded labourer who was rescued. Photo: IV


EARLIER STORIES


Bacchus lovers say cheers in Malwa
Traders offer hefty discounts on all brands of liquor 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 5
Boozers in this part of Malwa never had it so good. After a sharp decline in beer prices, liquor is now available here on hefty discounts. Liquor merchants in the city have slashed the rates of all brands of whisky by anything between 25 per cent and 40 per cent, thus opening a new price war in the business.

Stinking sewer system blot on the city
A choked drain near Dholewal Chowk in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, March 5
The pace of development in sewerage and drainage system never matched the increasing population of the city which is approximately 40 lakh today. This is how Ludhiana has been surviving for the past many years despite the fact that both Congress and the SAD-BJP alliance have been given various chances to bring development. But sorry to say every rainy season, it's the same old story.

A choked drain near Dholewal Chowk in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Rakh Bagh in Ludhiana is attracting a lot of pigeons and other birds these days, providing a panoramic view to morning and evening walkers.
AVIAN PARADISE: Rakh Bagh in Ludhiana is attracting a lot of pigeons and other birds these days, providing a panoramic view to morning and evening walkers. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Graft Charge
Reader of naib tehsildar arrested 
Khanna, March 4
A reader of a naib tehsildar at Machhiwara was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau today for allegedly taking bribe in lieu of an affidavit. In his complaint to the vigilance bureau, Mahinder Singh, a resident of Daulatpur village in Chamkaur Sahib, accused the reader Yashpal Gopal of not handing over him the affidavit. 

3 students hurt in mishap
Ludhiana, March 5
Three school students sustained serious injuries when a motorcycle they were riding was hit by an over speeding truck near Vardhman Chowk here this morning.

COMMUNITY

Price Watch
Steep fall in veggie prices 
Ludhiana, March 5
Prices of fruits and vegetables have registered a remarkable decline over the past fortnight with potato being the only exception as it continued to be stable at Rs 5 to Rs 6 per kg even today. Tomato came down from Rs 12 per kg to Rs 8 per kg this week, while onion was priced at Rs 15 today. 

A doctor examines a patient at an eye camp, organised by GTB Hospital at Jammu Colony, in ludhiana on Thursday. 379 examined at medical camp
Ludhiana, March 5
A team of doctors, led by Dr Brijinder Singh Rana from Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital, conducted a free eye and medical check-up camp at its Jammu Colony dispensary here today, under the programme “Diabetic retinopathy initiative”.

A doctor examines a patient at an eye camp, organised by GTB Hospital at Jammu Colony, in ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph


Participants at A cultural programme "Holi ke Rang" organised by the Aastha Ladies Club in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Participants at A cultural programme "Holi ke Rang" organised by the Aastha Ladies Club in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Students display software skills
Ludhiana, March 5
The ISTE student’s chapter of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, organised seventh annual national-level students’ competitions “Infovision-2009” here today.

PAU fails to rectify motor; plants dying
Ludhiana, March 5
With non-operational motor, the plant nursery at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here is in a miserable condition. For more than 15 days now, the authorities have not been able to get the motor rectified. With the result, hundreds of plants, which have not been irrigated, are almost dying.

The Doraha civil dispensary. 55-yr-old dispensary in a shambles 
Doraha, March 5
The local civil dispensary, presently catering to the medical needs of 20,000 to 25,000 people, is literally in shambles. This nearly 55- year-old rented building in which the dispensary is housed needs urgent repairs. Apart from the plasters that have peeled off from majority of the places, the inner rods and bars, too, are lying naked from major portions of the roof.

The Doraha civil dispensary. A Tribune photograph

IMA to hold medical camp on Women’s Day
Ludhiana, March 5
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) will observe the International Women’s Day here on March 8 by holding an awareness programme and a free medical camp for women.

Federation burns state govt’s effigy 
Employees burn an effigy of state government in Ludhiana on Thursday.Ludhiana, March 5
Activists of the UT and the Punjab Joint Action Committee and the Punjab Subordinates Services Federation burnt an effigy of the Punjab Pay Commission in the mini secretariat here today. They warned if the pay commission report was not tabled till March 8, they would sit on a chain fast in Chandigarh on March 9.

Employees burn an effigy of state government in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Speaking Out
Youths have little hope from political parties 
Ludhiana, March 5
New voters in the city have no hopes from either the political parties in the
ensuing Lok Sabha elections. A majority of the youth are not even aware
from left:Amandeep Kaur, Ridhima Kochar, Harpreet Singh, Navpreet Ghuman
that the election dates had already been announced. However, the youth of today feels that the entire system needs an overhauling if the nation has to progress.

from left:Amandeep Kaur, Ridhima Kochar, Harpreet Singh, Navpreet Ghuman

City Concerns 
Religious yatras should be better managed 

Regular religious processions are now becoming more frequent and elaborate day by day, which cause immense harassment to an already congested town. These cannot be banned for obvious reasons, but here are a few workable points which, if kept in mind, would help to alleviate the problem.

Singing contest in memory of Sahir 
Ludhiana, March 5
To commemorate the birth anniversary of renowned poet Sahir Ludhianavi, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), under the aegis of "Dhvani", is organising an inter-college singing competition for the students of medical, dental and nursing colleges of the city here on March 9, at the college auditorium.

Mercury rises in city
Ludhiana, March 5
A sudden change in the day temperatures, particularly from the past couple of days, in the city and surrounding areas are a clear signal for the coming long season of summer. The night temperatures have also risen leading to a some people switching on the fans.

CRIME

Shifting of Rajiv Raja 
Gabria smells a rat; to get prisoner’s escape probed 
Ludhiana, March 5
Perturbed over the manner in which Rajiv Raja escaped from the police custody while being brought to the city for hearing in a murder case, Minister for Jails Hira Singh Gabria has decided to initiate a probe into the issue.

Cops-Criminal Nexus
Cops ‘help’ Binderjita gang members get bail
Raikot, March 5
It seems that the local police is inclined to give the Binderjita gang benefit of doubt in getting bail in a case registered against them. About 20 members of this gang were booked on March 2 for gang war and seriously injuring four persons at the local Bajigar basti.

Night driving a nightmare 
Ludhiana, March 5
At night, danger of meeting with road accidents in majority of the areas, continue to lurk hapless drivers. Death of the Zila Parishad chairman’s relative in a road accident, recently, has brought to the fore this danger.

Ex-serviceman commits suicide
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 5
Jaswant Singhg (60), an ex-serviceman, committed suicide by allegedly killing himself with .12 bore DBBL gun today. Amandeep Kaur, his wife, was sitting in a room of their house in Preet Nagar when she heard the gunfire. He was alone in the room. He was immediately rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police is investigating the case. —OC

COURTS

The illigal buildings that have come up on a public park in Ludhiana. Construction on despite HC orders 
Ludhiana, March 5
As many as two residential buildings have come up on a public park despite a stay by the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders. Though all buildings on this public park were sealed by Municipal Commissioner G.S. Ghuman on February 10, some of the owners have broken the seal and are busy getting finishing touches to the buildings.

The illigal buildings that have come up on a public park in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


A young girl participates in a javelin throw during the opening ceremony of Annual Athletics Meet at Guru Nanak Dev Engineeting College, Ludhiana, on Thursday.
A young girl participates in a javelin throw during the opening ceremony of Annual Athletics Meet at Guru Nanak Dev Engineeting College, Ludhiana, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Team India kicks off World Cup campaign 
Ludhiana, March 5
Asia's leading sports broadcaster ESPN STAR Sports will exclusively telecast select matches of the ICC Women's World Cup Australia 2009 commencing on March 7. The tournament, to be played at six venues over 16 days, is the first women's event to be staged after the merger of the International Women's Cricket Council and the ICC in 2005. The tournament will feature hosts and holders Australia, as well as England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, the top eight ranked women's cricket teams in the world.





 






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