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Multicrore Scam
Action to be taken against booked MC officials: Kalia

Ludhiana, March 8
The local bodies department would take departmental action against senior officials who were booked in connection with a multicrore scam involving the declaration of a private colony owned by a BJP councillor’s husband without taking development charges.

Vigilance phobia grips officials
Ludhiana, March 8
Municipal officials are apprehensive with 19 MC officers being chargesheeted by the vigilance department in the first week of March. Employees are looking for ways to be away from the office. While some are planning to go on leave, some others are cursing the stay orders on transfers in the wake of the Lok Sabha elections.

PAU staff oppose move to hire architect
Ludhiana, March 8
The PAU’s move to advertise the post of architect has drawn criticism from the non-teaching union. Resentment prevails among employees who feel that instead of assigning additional duties of architect to one of the employees already working in the PAU for several years, the authorities were adamant on “wasting” money at a time when the university was going through a financial crisis.


EARLIER STORIES


119 Doraha shops get demolition notice
Doraha, March 8
A demolition notice has been served by the municipal council of Doraha (on the directions of PWD and B&R) on 119 shops constructed along the NH-1 here. According to Ranjit Singh Grewal, executive officer of the MC: “After the measurement carried out by the PWD and the B&R department for the purpose of converting the four-lane highway into six lanes by the NHAI, 106 shops were served notices in November 2007 and the rest were given notice last year.

Some shops that have been issued notices by the MC, Doraha.
Some shops that have been issued notices by the MC, Doraha. Photo by writer

Poll Khol — V
Five years not enough for them
Ludhiana, March 8
Did you ever see your elected MP holding a cleanliness drive in the city or directing municipal officials to remove garbage in your street? If no, then do give it a thought how serious your elected representatives have been since 1951. Shunning responsibility is what MPs have generally been doing.


COMMUNITY

Coaching
EDUSAT society cheaper option
Ludhiana, March 8
Education has become a strenuous exercise for students. Now, Class XII examinations are in progress and after finishing with the board examinations, students will have to sit for various entrance tests.

388 students get degrees
Students with their degrees at the convocation hall of Guru Gobind Singh Educational Instituions at Kamalpura village.Jagraon, March 8
"Job-oriented education is must for the good future of students. The ability to achieve goal through hard work must be developed among the them," said Dr RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Chandigarh. He was the chief guest at Guru Gobind Singh Educational Institutions at Kamalpura village.

Students with their degrees at the convocation hall of Guru Gobind Singh Educational Instituions at Kamalpura village. A Tribune photograph

Degrees conferred on students
Ludhiana, March 8
Sri Aurobindo College organised its first convocation today, in which degrees were conferred on 110 BCom students. Dr MS Kang, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, was the chief guest.

Students of Silver Spot Convent School perform during a prize distribution function in Ludiana on Sunday.From Schools
Silver Spot distributes prizes
Ludhiana, March 8
Silver Spot Convent School organised a cultural bonanza and annual prize distribution function at Nehru Sidhant Kender here. The Deputy Speaker of Punjab Assembly, Satpal Gosain, and former director of CMCH, Dr John Parmod, were the chief guests. Students of Class IV presented choreography on several Hindi and Punjabi songs.

Students of Silver Spot Convent School perform during a prize distribution function in Ludiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

A bitch suckles a kitten at Chowkiman village in Jagraon.
BREAKING BARRIERS: A bitch suckles a kitten at Chowkiman village in Jagraon. Photo: Rakesh Gupta

Khalsa college honours students
Ludhiana, March 8
Khalsa College for Women honoured its students in its convocation, which was presided over by Dr SS Gill, Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.

Students plant 100 saplings 
Ludhiana, March 8
The students of Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College (SAVJC) celebrated International Women’s Day with a difference when they carried a tree plantation drive on 1-km stretch near the GT Road. They planted more than 100 saplings of various types.

Flying Squad Duty
Seniority ignored, allege teachers
Ludhiana, March 8
Resentment prevails among the teachers regarding the duties of the observer and the flying squad. The Government School Teachers’ Union has alleged that the Punjab School Education Board has appointed junior teachers as members of the flying squads for surprise checking of the examination centres, ignoring the seniority of the teachers.

Women’s Day
Fighting odds to make her dream come true
Sandeep Riat at her factory in Focal Point, Ludhiana.Ludhiana, March 8
She is a woman in a man’s world. All of 27, Sandeep Riat has had to fight her way up to be where she is today. The young articulate woman is not only the chairperson of Akal Springs, making leaf springs for trucks, and Akal Impex, an export house, but also an inspiration to all those who have the will to fight all odds and make their dreams come true.

Sandeep Riat at her factory in Focal Point, Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

It’s business as usual for them
Women rummage garbage to earn their livelihood on Women’s Day at Ahmedgarh. Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 8
“Hamen nahin pata Mahila Diwas kya hota hai aur kab hota hai. Hamen to logon ke kure se apni aur apne bachon ki roti dhundhni hai. (We don’t know what the Women’s Day is, and when is it observed. We are to hunt bread for us and for our children from the garbage of others).” Reshman and Bubby represent a horde of those members of the fair sex, who are forced to live in abysmal conditions of life.

Women rummage garbage to earn their livelihood on Women’s Day at Ahmedgarh. Photo by writer

Women’s day celebrated
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 8
Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences celebrated International Women’s Day yesterday. Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, presided over the function.

Water Bills 
Residents owe Rs 11 lakh to electricity board
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 8
Residents of Kilaraipur village in Ludhiana district, the title habitation of an Assembly constituency, will be remembered for defaulting in payment over Rs 11 lakh as bill for water used by them during the past several years.

Foreign cycle brands a hit with city residents 
Popular cycle brands on display at a showroom in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, March 8
If car manufacturers are flooding the market with luxury brands, why should the poor cousin, the bicycle lag behind? After catering to the needs of the common man for years, bicycle companies are now focusing their attention on the urban Indian market, especially youth and children, and are looking to expand its base in the professional and adventure categories.

Popular cycle brands on display at a showroom in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Now, domestic clients block hosiery industry’s payment 
Ludhiana,March 8
After overseas buyers,it now seems to be the turn of the domestic ones to harass hosiery manufacturers who are already reeling under the ongoing global economic crisis. Numerous cases of domestic clients blocking the payments of the local hosiery producers have come to light over the past few days.

Rakesh Syal at his photo exhibition Artmosphere Gallery in Ludhiana. Still life brings alive these pictures 
Ludhiana, March 8
He makes the ordinary look extraordinary. Daily used items like vegetables, crockery, bottles and colours are Rakesh Syal’s subjects. When everybody wants to focus on portraits and nature, Syal chooses still photography.


Rakesh Syal at his photo exhibition Artmosphere Gallery in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Lok Sabha Poll
Aggarwals extend support to SAD-BJP combine 
Ludhiana, March 8
The Punjab Pradesh Aggarwal Sammelan has decided to support SAD-BJP candidates on all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and ensure a clean sweep for the ruling coalition in the coming elections.

Members of District Youth Congress take out the scooter rally in Ludhiana on Sunday. Youth Cong takes out scooter rally
Ludhiana, March 8
District Youth Congress, Ludhiana, today took out a scooter rally that was flagged off by AICC general secretary Manish Tiwari here today. The rally passed through Jalandhar bypass and Salem Tabri, Peru Banda Colony, Netaji Nagar and Bhagat Singh Nagar before culminating at Ghanta Ghar chowk.

Members of District Youth Congress take out the scooter rally in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

BYM activists attend voters’ conference 
Mandi Ahmedgarh,March 8
Activists of saffron parties from the town and surrounding villages marched to Sangrur for taking part in the district-level “Nav Matdata Sammellans” (new voters conferences), being organised by the Bhartiya Yuva Morcha (BYM) at Sangrur today.

Deaths due to cancer, waterlogging
Worried CM meets Kang, PAU don
Ludhiana, March 8
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal expressed concern over the problem of water logging and deaths due to the cancer in the Malwa belt. He also met Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Manjit Singh Kang and soil scientist and former Additional Director (Research), PAU, GS Hira, and sought their views in tackling this situation.

No arrest of docs on frivolous charges:SSP
Ludhiana,March 8
Police will, henceforth, not arrest any doctor on frivolous charges and any action against the medical fraternity will only be taken after seeking opinion of an expert committee as ruled by the Supreme Court of India.

Speaking Out
Long way to go

What does the International Women's Day really mean? Is it a day when by some unspoken signal, women are given their rightful place in society? Wish there was some way in which we could check how many less dowry deaths were there, how many men decided not to hit their wives, or how many more girls were encouraged to get education. Are all mothers given the day off from their parenting duties? Do their husbands and children pause a moment to think about what their wives and mothers do for them on a daily basis? Is this the appointed day for them to show their appreciation? On the day, Manav Ghuman brings forth some women from different fields:

CRIME

Steno robbed inside court room
Ludhiana, March 8
Now the place, which provides justice to thousands of litigants, is not safe as thieves and pickpockets can strike anywhere at will. In a latest incident that took place yesterday, a pickpocket stole the purse of a stenographer just outside the jam-packed court room.

Body found in ditch
Ludhiana, March 8
The police has recovered a dead body from a ditch near Mundian Kalan here today. According to Mundian police post in charge Varunjit Singh, the deceased, who seems to be a migrant in his mid-thirties, was found from a ditch this morning. His body was fished out and shown to the area residents to ascertain his identity. According to the police, the deceased must have been murdered and later thrown in the ditch as there were injury marks on his head and it appeared that he had been strangulated. — TNS

 






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