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At 28 schools, water unfit for drinking
Ludhiana, May 21
As many as 28 government schools in the district have water unfit for consumption. The water drawn with the help of handpump and submersible pumps in these schools was found unfit by the health department, which tested the samples drawn from these schools falling in Sudhar, Jagraon, Payal, Manupur, Macchiwara, Malaud, Sahnewal, Hathoor, Bhaini Sahib and Kum Kalan areas. The samples failed.

Contaminated Water
Joshi Nagar residents take to streets
Ludhiana, May 21
Irked over the nonchalant attitude of the district administration for having failed to ensure the supply of potable water, residents of Joshi Nagar at Haibowal today staged a dharna and blocked traffic on the main road for almost three hours. The dharna was lifted at 12 pm.


EARLIER STORIES


Vikas Garg back as DC
Ludhiana, May 21
With the elections over, the state government today sent back Vikas Garg as the Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana.

Three killed as vehicle overturns
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 21
Timely action by the police and passersby saved the lives of six members of a party who were seriously injured when the vehicle carrying them overturned near Bajidke Khurad on the Raikot-Barnala road, near here, yesterday. However, three persons died in the accident.

Many killer tracks in Ludhiana
Accidents happen, but nothing changes
Ludhiana, May 21
The tragic death of eight schoolchildren in a van-train collision at Ghumtala village, near Bilga yesterday, has once again brought to the fore the issue of unmanned level crossings that have become killer tracks.

RTI: DTO fined for defying orders
Ludhiana, May 21
The Information Commission of Punjab has imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000 on District Transport Officer Chander Gaind for defying the orders of the commission and delaying information under the RTI Act about autorickshaws to a local resident.

Encroachers have valid power meters
Ludhiana, May 21
They may be encroachers in the eyes of the municipal corporation, but they are legal residents as far as the PSEB is concerned. The fact came to the fore when the MC staff went for a demolition drive at Pavitar Nagar in Haibowal here today. The demolition squad, along with a JCB machine and DSP Amandeep Kaur, that went to remove illegal structures on MC land was surprised to see power connections with newly installed meters.
A power meter installed at the house of an encroacher in Ludhiana.
A power meter installed at the house of an encroacher in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: 
Himanshu Mahajan


COMMUNITY

Residents want CM to take note of poor roads
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 21
Irrespective of the political allegiance, residents here want the Chief Minister to send some emissaries to the town by road to take an account of the deplorable condition of the roads that are connecting the town with Ludhiana, Malerkotla and other surrounding villages.


The deserted Chhappar road that leads to Ahmedgarh. Photo by writer
The deserted Chhappar road that leads to Ahmedgarh.

Councillors block road
Accuse police of registering false cases
Khanna, May 21
A large number of councillors and the MC president today blocked the GT Road in protest against the alleged police high-handedness. They claimed that the SHO and the additional SHO had wrongly registered cases under Sections 307 and 452 of the IPC.

LIT pays Rs 4.91 cr for flyover
Ludhiana, May 21
The local bodies department has given its nod to the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) to make an initial payment of Rs 4.91 crore to the Municipal Corporation towards its 50 per cent share for the construction of proposed motorable bridge in place of now dismantled ‘Lakkar Pul’ (foot overbridge) connecting the old city with Civil Lines here.

Mayor holds meeting to discuss water woes
Ludhiana, May 21
Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura today held a meeting with SE Kulwinder Singh of the operations and maintenance cell and other officials, including XENs, SDOs and JEs and directed them to make all necessary arrangements to ensure uninterrupted supply of water to the city.

Power Theft
Ice factory slapped with Rs 20.89 lakh fine
Ludhiana, May 21
Following a raid by the enforcement wing, in which an ice factory owner in Joshi Nagar locality in Haibowal area was found stealing power, the operations wing of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has slapped a penalty of Rs 20.89 lakh on the consumer.

Train Tragedy
Docs go out of the way to help victims
Ludhiana, May 21
The doctors and nursing staff at the DMCH, Ludhiana, suspended all work to provide best treatment and nursing care to the 18 children injured in an accident at an unmanned crossing at Bilga near Nurmahal, yesterday.

Janjua’s tribute to Lord Shiva
Ludhiana, May 21
Bollywood singer Labh Janjua is recording devotional songs in the praise of Lord Shiva free of cost. "It was my dream to be a big name in the Bollywood industry. I have struggled for many years but now God has finally fulfilled my wish and has given me much more than I could have ever dreamt of," he says.


A power meter installed at the house of an encroacher in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

2-minute silence to mark anti-terrorism day
Ludhiana, May 21
Officials and staff of the district administration today observed two minutes silence to mark anti-terrorism day and took an oath to fight against evil and to work for maintaining peace in the country. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the function and administered the oath to the participants.


Administrative officials observe silence to mark anti-terrorism day in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph
Administrative officials observe silence to mark anti-terrorism day in Ludhiana on Thursday.


PM’s wax statue sculpted
Ludhiana, May 21
To celebrate the second innings of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Chander Shekhar Prabhakar, a local resident, has prepared a wax statue of the PM and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.



Wax statues of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi being unveiled in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
Wax statues of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi being unveiled in Ludhiana on Thursday.


Car catches fire
Ludhiana, May 21
A Santro car caught fire last night on the Jagraon bridge following a short circuit in the AC wire. The fire department pressed a fire engine into service to douse the flames but by the time it reached the spot the vehicle was completely engulfed with flames.


A car that caught fire at Jagraon bridge in Ludhiana on Wednesday night. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
A car that caught fire at Jagraon bridge in Ludhiana on Wednesday night.

New courses at PAU
Ludhiana, May 21
Punjab Agricultural University is introducing a number of new courses from the new academic session- July 2009.

Swimming pool inaugurated at school
Ludhiana, May 21
Stayan Splash, swimming pool at Sat Paul Mittal School, Dugri, was inaugurated here recently. Industrialists, Kapil Jain and Lata Jain who were instrumental in the construction of overhead cover of the pool were the guests of honour.



Students perform during the inauguration of a swimming pool at Sat Paul Miittal School in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph
Students perform during the inauguration of a swimming pool at Sat Paul Miittal School in Ludhiana.

Teachers’ assn meets minister
Ludhiana, May 21
A delegation of the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers’ Association (PAUTA) led by president Dr KN Sharma, vice-president Dr Harmeet Singh Kingra, secretary Dr KS Sangha, Dr PS Brar, Dr TS Dhillon, Dr PS Sandhu and Dr JS Virk met agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah, Punjab, here today.

Bank guard’s gun goes off; one hurt
Khanna, May 21
The gun of a security guard at HDFC Bank went off accidentally and its splinters hit a juice maker near the bank here this morning.

Conference on mgmt today
Ludhiana, May 21
The Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) will organise its 6th international conference on management in changing global scenario (ICMCGS 09) and 5th international conference on downtrend challenges in IT (DCIT 09) here tomorrow.

At The Crossroads
Welcoming the golden age
Human beings have always coveted golden ages. Arts flourish, along with the progress of scientific knowledge. It is not the time to slumber but to be up and doing.

Ludhiana City Concerns
Milk Adulteration
Impose strict punishment on offenders
IN the absence of a comprehensive check by district health authorities to curb the menace of milk adulteration, local populace continues to face a glut of health problems, including chronic stomach disorders, ulcers and cancer. Despite a denial by certain milk plant authorities, it is an established fact that mixing of germ-infested water, urea mixed with water and oil in the milk to increase its volume are a few common adulterations.


CRIME

Hotel manager’s purse snatched
Ludhiana, May 21
Two unidentified motorists snatched the purse of a five star hotel manager. The incident took place last evening when Farha Taranumm, manager of the Park Plaza Hotel, was returning home on a rickshaw. The police has registered a case. — TNS



COURTS

City Centre case: Amarinder seeks exemption
Ludhiana, May 21
Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, one of the accused in the alleged multicrore City Centre scam, has moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance in the court on May 23, the date of hearing of the case.

 






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