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LPG dealer dictating terms
Consumers wait for hours to get refills
Despite having paid for home delivery, consumers of domestic LPG in Giaspura get refills on the roadsideLudhiana, March 17
Frustration was writ large on the faces of hundreds of consumers queued up near Sua road in Giaspura as they waited for hours to take refills of the domestic LPG cylinders.

Despite having paid for home delivery, consumers of domestic LPG in Giaspura get refills on the roadside. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan 

Draw of lots for liquor vends
Excise dept looks to raise Rs 2,000 cr
Ludhiana, March 17
The Excise and Taxation Department is looking to raise Rs 2,000 crore from the draw of lots of liquor vends in the state, slated to be held on March 20. Last year, the department had raised Rs 1,728 crore from the draw. Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner Parampal Singh said this while talking to Ludhiana Tribune here today.


Bid to rape NRI girl
Marriage palace employee booked
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 17
The police has booked an employee of a marriage palace at Payal town for attempting to rape an NRI minor girl here yesterday. The accused has been booked under Sections 376 and 511 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

Visually impaired in dark
Authorities concerned find it hard to prepare list of blind in district
Ludhiana, March 17
Even as the Election Commission is trying to give a fair chance to the visually impaired to cast their vote in the ensuing Lok Sabha poll, the authorities concerned are finding it hard to accomplish it.

Industrialists want their voice heard
In spite of repeated promises on the political platform, the state has failed to bring out any industrial policy
Ludhiana, March 17
Political parties are working overtime to garner cash reserves for poll activity from industrialists who have been a peeved lot due to years of neglect leading to a virtually collapsed infrastructure and abysmally poor power supply in the “Manchester of India”.

Two held for snatching bag
The snatchers in police custody.Ludhiana, March 17
The Model Town police arrested two youths for snatching a bag of a businessman here today. According to the police, the two had created panic in the area with their snatching activities during the past few months. The accused have been identified as Amandeep Singh and Jaspreet Singh of Humayunpur village.

The snatchers in police custody. A Tribune photograph


Children pose after the graduation ceremony at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Children pose after the graduation ceremony at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

75 lakh books published for free distribution
To be given to class I-VIII students of govt schools
Ludhiana, March 17
The Punjab Education Department has got as many as 75 lakh books published for free distribution among the students of Class I to VIII in the government schools of the state. The distribution of books will start from April 1, at the onset of the new academic session starts. The books have been published by the Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyaan (SSA) under the supervision of director general schools education Punjab with the cost of more than Rs 17 crore.

Railways indifferent to city
Drags its feet over development projects
Ludhiana, March 17
Thanks to failure of the successive elected representatives of industrial hub to raise their voice in the Lok Sabha, the Railways has been indifferent to the city, both in granting new projects and executing those taken in hand till now.

DC takes stock of poll preparations
Ludhiana, March 17
Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning Officer Vikas Garg today held a meeting with the Assistant Returning Officers and government officials to discuss the poll preparations in the city.

BSP candidate likely to upset many an applecart
Ludhiana, March 17
While the SAD-BJP and the Congress candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll are busy gathering support, the announcement of Kehar Singh Ramgarhia as the party candidate from the BSP for the Ludhiana constituency is likely to upset their applecart.

INTUC rally against poor health of PSUs
Employees of the PSEB and other public sector units hold a rally against privatisation and financial mismanagement in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Ludhiana, March 17
Activists of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) today held a rally in front of the city central division of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) here to focus on poor financial health of public sector undertakings (PSUs) and policies of privatisation being pursued by the state government.
Employees of the PSEB and other public sector units hold a rally against privatisation and financial mismanagement in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Sewerage a distant dream for Amloh
A drain obstructed by encroachments at Amloh.Amloh, March 17
There is no end to the suffering of residents of the town as sewage continues to block streets and enter houses, making their lives a virtual nightmare. To top it all, some families have raised the plinth of their houses from the street level and their entrance ramps have blocked the flow of sewage. The sewage forces into the low-lying houses, leaving the occupants with no alternative but to flush it out.

A drain obstructed by encroachments at Amloh. Photo: Bhushan Sood

Organic cotton wear latest rage
Ludhiana, March 17
Cotton is the world's most popular fabric. Soft and comfortable, it's used for almost every type of clothing right from socks, shirts, sweaters, dresses, jackets to sleepwear, sportswear and more.

Singing contest
Ludhiana, March 17
“Voice of PCTE”, a singing competition, was organised at the PCTE Institute of Hotel Management. As many as 70 students participated in the event.

Workshop on cervical cancer
Ludhiana, March 17
The department of obstetrics and gynaecology, DMCH, and the Indian Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ISCP), jointly organised a CME-cum-workshop on colposcopy at Dumra auditorium.

‘Science vital for women empowerment’
Ludhiana, March 17
An interactive meeting was organised at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today by the PAU Directorate of Extension Education in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology to mobilise projects aimed at women empowerment for which the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has a programme to support innovative projects.

Free health camp for farmers
Ludhiana, March 17
The health problems of farmers will be addressed free of cost for the first time during the two-day Kisan Mela, to be organised at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on March 19-20.

PAU kisan mela from tomorrow
Ludhiana, March 17
A two-day kisan mela will be organised on the PAU campus on March 19-20. Dr S.S. Johl, the former chairman, Agricultural Costs and Prices, will be the chief guest and Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, will be the guest of honour.

Visually impaired to hold protest
Ludhiana, March 17
Members of the National Federation of Blind will be holding a march from Ludhiana to Chandigarh in the second week of April. This was stated by Professor Rajesh Mohan, general secretary, National Federation of Blind (Punjab branch) today.

Different hues of leaves
Ludhiana, March 17
AP Singh from Centre for Communication and International Linkages, exhibited his pictures at the Art Gallery, PAU, yesterday.


16 brick-kiln labourers detained
Mullanpur Dakha, March 17
The Dakha police yesterday detained 16 labourers of a brick kiln and later released them on bail. The police had booked them on the complaint of Sukhwinder Singh, who alleged that Nirmal Singh of Bhanohar and Jaipal Singh of Pamali along with 20 others had forcibly picked him up in a Tata 407 truck. 

Society official held on graft charge
Accused Balvir Singh in custody of vigilance officials in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Khanna, March 17
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today arrested a secretary of the Machhiwara Cooperative Society while allegedly taking bribe from a resident of Machhiwara. The accused has been identified as Balvir Singh, deployed as secretary in the society. He was reportedly demanding a bribe of Rs 5,000 from Harjinder Singh.

Accused Balvir Singh in custody of vigilance officials in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Youth held for killing taxi driver
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 17
The Payal police has arrested a youth of Dhamot village in Ludhiana district for allegedly killing a taxi driver of Rabon Neechi village by throwing him in the Patiala branch of Sirhind canal last week.




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