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Vacation Rush
Rlys to run summer special trains
Ludhiana, March 18
The Northern Railway will run special trains from April 1 to June for meeting the demand of increased passenger traffic during the summers. The summer special trains will run between Jammu Tawi-Delhi, Jammu Tawi-Varanasi, Jammu Tawi-Bandra Terminus (Mumbai), Udhampur-Delhi and Amritsar-Bandra terminus during this period.

Centre fails to keep promise on CNG filling stations in city
Ludhiana, March 18
Three months after the Central Government had, in principle, agreed to introduce CNG (compressed natural gas) in Ludhiana, the city is yet to have its first CNG filling station.

Even Mayor fails to end Giaspura woes
Ludhiana, March 18
Disgust is the word that describes
Giaspura, constituency of Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, which despite being the vote bank of the Shiromani Akali Dal has rotting garbage dumps, clogged sewerage, stagnant pools of water and open drains.

A garbage dump in Giaspura. The area, prone to seasonal diseases, is also referred to as a vote bank of the SAD.


Health centre understaffed
Ludhiana, March 18
Despite reporting maximum number of gastroenteritis and dengue cases last year, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC) and the health department have failed to set up the proposed dispensary at Giaspura Chappar.

Overgrown Congress grass at the only subsidiary health centre in Giaspura points towards the apathy of the government towards public health. Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Nominations filed for PAUTA elections
Ludhiana, March 18
The nominations for the coming Punjab Agricultural University Teachers' Association (PAUTA) elections were filed today.


Returning officers review poll preparedness
Rehearsals to take place on April 22, May 7
Ludhiana, March 18
Though the proposed visit of assistant lection commissioner of India Navin Chawla on March 21 in the city has been postponed till first week of April but a number of returning officers (ROs) and assistant returning officers (AROs) reviewed the arrangements in their respective areas today.

Mayawati to launch campaign
Ludhiana, March 18
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati will launch the party poll campaign for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections in Punjab in a state-level rally to be held in city April 28.

State BSP president Avtar Singh Karimpuri addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Impact of Sukhbir’s Visit
Akali groups begin campaigning for Galib
Ludhiana, March 18
After Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s visit to the city on March 13, local Akali leaders are coming forward for making the campaigning of Gurcharan Singh Galib, SAD candidate, a success.

Educational tour to fire service station
Ludhiana, March 18
Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School organised an educational tour to the fire service station, the Hambran road. The kids were shown the importance and working of the fire service stations and were told by fire officer how fire tenders extinguish fire. Principal Veena Aggarwal explained to the children the importance of awareness and to be cool in case of fire and they should tell their parents to adhere to the norms, which are prescribed by the fire department. TNS

Schoolchildren on a visit to a fire station to know about safety norms in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Cong panel against ticket to criminals
Ludhiana, March 18
The labour and employment wing of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) has made a fervent plea with the party high command to maintain distance from criminal elements and ensure that no person with a criminal background was allowed to contest the Lok Sabha election on the party ticket.

Preparations in full swing at the PAU for the two-day kisan mela. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

City Concerns
Need to reserve sites for community functions
In the fast paced life of today, it pains me to see hundreds stranded on the city roads very often, just because some “sobha yatra” is crossing. The occurrence is so frequent that I have got used to see stranded ambulances and relatives of sick peeping outside, virtually praying that the “sobha yatra” clears the path for traffic.

Service station owner accused of damaging house walls
Samrala, March 18
A woman, residing on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road, has been running from pillar to post against owner of a service station who has been damaging walls of her house with excessive use of water.

Chain fast by subordinate staff
Ludhiana, March 18
On a call given by the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation and the Punjab/ UT Employees Joint Action Committee in all districts headquarters in Punjab, six employees sat on a chain fast for 24 hours in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office for the second day today. The employees are protesting against the non-implementation of the 5th pay- commission.

Employees protest against the non-implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission by the government in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Complications in stem cell therapy discussed
Ludhiana, March 18
Dr Vikram Mathews, professor, clinical haematology, CMC, Vellore, delivered a lecture on “Mesenchymal stromal stem cells and dendritic cells in allogeneic stem cell transplantation; Bench to side rounds” at CMC, Ludhiana.

Importance of first-aid education stressed
Ludhiana, March 18
Special emphasis was given on proper and regular health check up programmes and first-aid education in schools, as well as role of healthy family environment for schoolchildren, during a seminar of service providers organised at the Government In-service Training Centre (GITC) on the directions of Director-General of School Education Krishan Kumar, here yesterday.

English classics now in Punjabi
Ludhiana, March 18
Language is not a problem for those who wish to read classics in English literature with translated versions of English legends available in the market. And some of the English classics been also been translated into Punjabi.

Books of English literature translated into Punjabi being sold outside Punjabi Bhawan in Ludhiana. Photos: Rajesh Bhambi

DJ remanded in police custody
Ludhiana, March 18
The court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Lachhman Singh today remanded Avdesh Kumar Sharma, a disc jockey, in one-day police custody following his arrest late night yesterday.

Vet varsity to focus on livestock professions
Ludhiana, March 18
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) will focus on new livestock related professions, which were easy to run by women, youth, senior citizens, etc. who were already in traditional livestock profession during the Pashu Palan Mela to be inaugurated tomorrow.

Schools’ no to pass certificate
Ludhiana, March 18
The school authorities are having a tough time dealing with the parents of the students who have failed in Class IX and XI. Some of the parents insist on procuring pass certificate from the schools when their wards had actually failed in their classes.

Seminar on financial management
Ludhiana, March 18
A seminar on financial management and investments was held today at Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, Ludhiana.

Mass Copying
Class XII exam at Gondwal centre cancelled
Raikot, March 18
The social studies exam of Class XII that was conducted by the Punjab School Education Board on March 14 at SGG Senior Secondary School, Gondwal, has been cancelled.

‘Jagran ki raat’ in April
Amloh, March 18
Sheetla Mata Mandir Committee, Amloh, has decided to organise the “jagran ki raat” at the Sheetla Mata Mandir on April 4.

‘Educationists should sow seeds of change’
Ludhiana, March 18
UK based sculptor Avtarjeet Dhanjal interacted with PAU Vice-Chancellor, Manjit Singh Kang, deans, directors and officers of the PAU on various issues concerning agriculture and society at a meeting held on the campus today.

Child found, sent to Bal Bhawan
Ludhiana, March 18
A speech-impaired child who was and found by the police yesterday has been sent to the Bal Bhawan by the SDM today.

Homoeopathy workshop
Khanna, March 18
The Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians organised a week-long homoeopathic workshop “Prerna-09” here today.

81 PAU students qualify test
Ludhiana, March 18
Eighty one students of the PAU have cleared and qualified the entrance test for the post of agricultural officers.

Prize distribution function
Samrala, March 18
MAM Public School organised its annual prize distribution function on Friday. The function was attended by the local MLA Jagjivan Singh. Sukhdev Singh Mahal, SDM, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Man’s body found
Ludhiana, March 18
The body of an unidentified man was found from near the Kara Bara road, here yesterday morning.


Robbery Bid
Two more arrested
Mullanpur Dakha, March 18
Two more robbers of a gang, which tried to commit robbery at the house of money exchanger in Jagraon, have haven arrested. With this, at least four persons have been arrested so far.

Board to honour national players
Ludhiana, March 18
Newly appointed chairman of the Youth Development Board and SOI national president, Gurpreet Singh Raju Khanna, vowed to keep a check on the menace of drug addiction in the state during a press conference organised here today.




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