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MC’s slackness comes to the fore
Fails to check illegal constructions in city 
Police personnel collect jacks that were used for lifting a roof at Hira Vihar Colony in Ludhiana on Thursday.Ludhiana, May 28
The building collapse at Hira Vihar Colony, killing five persons and injuring 11, has exposed the loopholes in the system as there is no provision in the Municipal Act or the building bylaws regarding lifting of roof.

Police personnel collect jacks that were used for lifting a roof at Hira Vihar Colony in Ludhiana on Thursday.


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Residents rescue trapped labourers
Ludhiana, May 28
As the trapped labourers were crying for help, it was residents of Hira Vihar Colony, Banda Bahadur Colony and Subash Nagar, who came out to rescue them.

 A slipper of a trapped labourer tells the gory tale of the incident. Photos: Inderjeet Verma  Injured in building collapse undergo treatment at civil hospital; and  JCB machines remove debris during rescue operation in Ludhiana on Thursday.
(Left) A slipper of a trapped labourer tells the gory tale of the incident. Photos: Inderjeet Verma (Centre) Injured in building collapse undergo treatment at civil hospital; and (right) JCB machines remove debris during rescue operation in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photographs

Three of family found murdered
Jagraon, May 28
In a gruesome incident, lambardar of the nearby Lakha village, along with his wife and daughter, were found murdered at a roadside near Jagraon. The deceased have been identified as Karnail Singh (45), his wife Binder Kaur (34) and daughter Babbu (15).

No check on sale of food supplements 
Ludhiana, May 28
In the absence of any check by the department of health and family welfare, Punjab, the unimpeded sale of ‘food supplements’ manufactured by the multinational and national companies or pharmaceuticals is playing havoc with the health of the younger generations succumbing to the ‘gym culture’.


COMMUNITY

Recession-hit exporters for cost-cutting measures
Ludhiana, May 28
The global meltdown has greatly affected local exporters, forcing many of them to adopt cost-cutting procedures for survival. The big players who were exporting their products to the worst-hit countries like the US, the UK and Canada, are now targeting the domestic market, but are finding it difficult to establish themselves due to indigenous competition.

Violence Fallout
Trains still running behind schedule
Ludhiana, May 28
Even as life limps back to normal in the region after three days of violence, the movement of most of the trains on trunk routes remains erratic. Many trains are still running behind schedule, much to the inconvenience of passengers.

Punjab Violence
Trucks start plying; veggie, fruits prices likely to fall
Ludhiana, May 28
The prices of vegetables and fruits are expected to fall with movements of trucks being allowed after three days of violence in the region. This comes as a major relief for the homemakers.

Curfew relaxed for 10 hrs in sensitive areas
Ludhiana, May 28
The situation in the city remained calm in sensitive areas falling under the jurisdictions of the five police stations as the administration relaxed curfew from 8 am to 6 pm today.


Life returns to normal for gypsies too as they perform in Basti Jodhewal area of the city on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Life returns to normal for gypsies too as they perform in Basti Jodhewal area of the city on Thursday.

Campuses turn walkers’ paradise
Ludhiana, May 28
While some parts of the city remained in the grip of curfew even today following three days of violent protests, the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) campus wore a cheerful look. City residents heaved a sigh of relief after curfew was lifted from most parts of Ludhiana and were seen strolling in the lush green surroundings on the campus after three days of turmoil.

Gurdeep Singh is LIT Administrator
Ludhiana, May 28
The state government has appointed Deputy Director, Local Government, Gurdeep Singh as the Administrator of Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) with immediate effect, relieving Municipal Corporation Commissioner G.S. Ghuman of the additional charge.

Attack on Sant Niranjan Das
Militants in Pak: Intelligence
Ludhiana, May 28
Ranjit Singh Neeta, chief, Khalistan Zindabad Force, has reported to have owned the responsibility for attacking Sant Niranjan Das and his deputy, Sant Ramanand, in Vienna, Austria. Later, Sant Ramanand succumbed to his injuries there.

A transformer fitted in a rickshaw provides electricity to farmers in Jagraon. Unique way to steal power
Jagraon, May 28
PSEB employees seem to provide electricity to farmers by makeshift installation of transformers. Nobody knows whether it is the scare of thieves who decamp with the precious articles after breaking open the transformers or an arrangement between the farmers and the PSEB employees to provide them out of turn electricity supply.

A transformer fitted in a rickshaw provides electricity to farmers in Jagraon. Photo by writer

Society to install gas crematorium
Jagraon, May 28
In a bid to preserve forests and natural resources, the Anti Corruption Crime Prevention Community Oriented Policing Society (ACCP) has decided to install LPG-based gas crematorium.

New soap plan is cast
Ekta shifts from saas-bahu saga to mother-daughter bond
Ludhiana, May 28
Soap opera queen Ekta Kapoor has finally come out of her fixation with “K” alphabet. All her serials started with “K” alphabet, including the most popular “Kyunki saas bhi kabhie bahu thi”, “Kahani ghar ghar ki” etc, but this time she has decided to discontinue with her fixation and has named her new serial “Pavitar Rishta”.

Savita Prabhune and Ankita Lokhande on the sets of ‘Pavitar Rishta’.
Savita Prabhune and Ankita Lokhande on the sets of ‘Pavitar Rishta’.

Cooking sites getting popular among women
Ludhiana, May 28
Monica has planned to organise a party next month and wants it to be special. Some exotic food would add an extra dash to her party she thinks. She settles on Mexican, which she believes will impress the guests. But she does not have much time and can not attend the cooking classes to enhance her culinary skills. The quick option that she has is to click to one of the cooking sites on the Internet.

Shakti school gets five merit positions
Doraha, May 28
Students of Shakti Public Senior Secondary School, Doraha, have grabbed a total of five merit positions, thus carving a niche for themselves and their institution in the Class XII examinations conducted by the Punjab School Education Board, the results of which were declared recently.

Three Class XII students honoured
Amloh, May 28
Three Class XII students of Government Secondary School (boys) have been placed in the merit list released by the state school education board here yesterday.

Class XII Examinations
Students harassed as result delayed on Internet
Ludhiana, May 28
While the Punjab School Education Board declared the results of Class XII examinations on May 26 evening, the gazettes for the result were supplied to the depots of the board at the district headquarters in the last afternoon and the students were put to inconvenience to know their result. Even the board failed to upload the result on the Internet.

No end in sight for stray cattle menace
With no caretakers for stray cattle and inadequate capacity of a number of "gaushalas" in different parts of the city, there is hardly any road, part and corner where these are not present. Herds of bovine animals, especially bulls, roaming and sitting in the middle of the roads, busy intersections, or at times on road dividers, is a common sight.

CRIME


Gang making fake documents busted
Ludhiana, May 28
The CIA staff has arrested three youths, and has claimed to have busted a gang preparing fake official documents. The trio was operating in the district court complex posing as agents.



The accused in police custody on Thursday. A Tribune photograph
The accused in police custody on Thursday.

5 booked for assault
Jagraon, May 28
The Jagraon police has booked five persons for inflicting injuries on a person yesterday. Those booked are Kehar Singh, Tehal Singh, Karam Singh and Soni, all residents of Bardeke village and Gurtej Singh of Badhni village in Moga. 

Players selected for Ludhiana softball team
Ludhiana, May 28
Following boys and girls have been selected to represent Ludhiana in the 14th Junior Punjab State Softball Championship, slated to be held on May 30 and 31 at Guru Nanak Stadium here.


 






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