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Attack on Tehsildar
Revenue officials call off strike
Ludhiana, June 28
With the agitating revenue officials calling off their strike at Jalandhar today, the residents, whose works were pending since long heaved a sigh of relief. The agitation spearheaded by the revenue officials, who were seeking justice for Tehsildar Maj GS Benipal (retd), continued for a week. 

Ganda Nullah Cleaning
Now, photocopies found missing
Ludhiana, June 28
The Ganda Nullah meeting scheduled for tomorrow would once again turnout to be a surprise for Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda and Vidhan Sabha’s Deputy Speaker Satpal Gosain.

 



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Sportking godown reduced to ashes
A fireman trying to douse the fire that broke out in KP Textile. Photo: Inderjeet VermaLudhiana, June 28
Sportking godown storing thread at Sahni village near the Kanech Chowk, Sahnewal, was reduced to ashes here late last night. Goods worth crores were destroyed in the fire. The halls of the godown caught fire at around 11.30 pm yesterday night. Fire tenders from Khanna, Samrala and Ludhiana were pressed into the service.

A fireman trying to douse the fire that broke out in KP Textile. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Body fished out from Sidhwan Canal
Ludhiana, June 28
The Model Town police fished out the body of a youth from the Sidhwan Canal here today afternoon. The deceased has been identified as Harjinder Singh, a resident Machhiwara. The identity of the deceased was established from documents found from the clothes he was wearing.

One killed, 16 injured in accident
Damaged bus and the truck that met with an accident at the Satluj Bridge. Machhiwara, June 28
One person was killed and 16 others sustained injuries in a head on collision between a tourist bus and a truck that took place on a bridge over the Satluj in the wee hours today. The private bus with Vaishno Devi devotees collided head on with the parked truck

Damaged bus and the truck that met with an accident at the Satluj Bridge. A Tribue photograph 

Traffic Blues Part-I
Ludhianvis care two hoots about traffic
Ludhiana, June 28
Traffic chaos is adding to the woes of city residents who are already reeling under severe heatwave. From administration to the police and finally residents all blame each other for the traffic mismanagement.

Vet varsity changes timings
Ludhiana, June 28
As per the Punjab government's decision regarding the change of official timings of the government establishments, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, has also changed its timings from tomorrow onwards.


COMMUNITY

Optional Class X Exam
Sibal’s plan evokes mixed response
Ludhiana, June 28
Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal’s idea of making Class X board examination optional in order to destress the students has received a mixed response from a few educationists. Our educational system needs to be reformed first. On one hand the HRD ministry is proposing to scrap the board exams and on the other the Punjab School Education Board is holding board exams in Class V, VIII, X and Class XII.

Life is full of challenge: Ali
Ali MughalLudhiana, June 28
Ali Mughal, one of the finalists of reality show "Sarkaar ki Duniya" aired on Real channel, has kept his fingers crossed as the final episode of the show is fast approaching. If luck smiles at him, he wants to spend the entire prize money of one crore.

Play on educational system staged
Mullanpur Dakha, June 28
A play ‘Refund’ was enacted at Gursharan Kala Bhawan here today. The play was staged by the Nete Art Group of Patiala in which all seven participants were postgraduates of Punjabi University, Patiala.

Book on importance of Urdu released
Ludhiana, June 28
Urdu has always been the language of the poets. A book focusing on the importance of Urdu, “The romance that stayed: window on select Urdu progressives”, by Dr Harbhajan Singh Deol, former Commissioner, ministry of languages of India, was released yesterday by the Sahir Memorial Society.

Ishmeet's first death anniversary observed
Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC president (third from left), Gurpinder Singh, Ishmeet’s father (second from right) release the CD of Ishmeet on his first death anniversary in Ludhiana on Sunday. Ludhiana, June 28
"Life gives brief moments...but sometimes in those brief moments one gets memories that last a life time..." It was on this cruel day that Ludhiana's "Voice of India" Ishmeet Singh was drowned into silence forever. City lost its star voice last year while the singer was drowned in a swimming pool in Maldives.

Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC president (third from left), Gurpinder Singh, Ishmeet’s father (second from right) release the CD of Ishmeet on his first death anniversary in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Pay salary or face stir, warn rural pharmacists
Ludhiana, June 28
The state committee of the Punjab Rural Health Pharmacists Association, during a meeting here today under the chairmanship of state president Satpal Cheema, served an ultimatum to the state government to meet pending demands by July 10, failing which rural pharmacists will launch a state-wide agitation.

Innovative Idea: Sick of the scorching heat, residents cool beer bottles in the Sidhwan Canal in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Innovative Idea: Sick of the scorching heat, residents cool beer bottles in the Sidhwan Canal in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph 

Unsafe drinking water
Residents move rights panel
Ludhiana, June 28
Residents of 475-acre Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar colony here have moved the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) against poor chlorination of water supplied to the residents through nearly 450 tubewells in the wake of a report that chlorination dosers of more than half the tubewells were non-functional.

Water Crisis
Residents seek divine intervention
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 28
Following an appeal made by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to swallow the tough measures taken by the state government in the wake of power crisis due to a delayed monsoon coupled with increased demand for power, the water-starved residents have taken recourse to the ritual of pleasing the Almighty according to their belief and faith.

Power Crisis
Traders give 10-day ultimatum to govt
Ludhiana, June 28
State president of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal lambasts the state government for the state of power crises in Punjab. Hotline connections of the Punjab Chief Minister, Governor, and other cabinet ministers must immediately be scrapped only then they will be able to realise the plight of a common man. The “useless” Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) had failed to supply enough power to the consumer, it must be dissolved and a private sector should be handed over the responsibility of providing the power to people who are living in pathetic condition.
State president of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal lambasts the state government for the state of power crises in Punjab. A Tribune photograph

Small industries cry for attention
Ludhiana, June 28
The Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India has demanded that the Central government should hold separate pre-budget meetings with their representatives as was done in earlier times (1991-2004). The members feel that the government, by not holding meetings with small industries, watched the interests of big corporates only while they were left ignored.

Govt must disburse arrears, says railways’ union
A railway employee adresses a meeting of the Northern Railwaymen Union in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, June 28
A meeting of the Northern Railwaymen’s Union was held here yesterday under the presidentship of Shivgopal Mishra. Members of the union discussed their charter of demands in detail and asked the government to meet the genuine pending demands at the earliest. Daljeet Singh, divisional secretary of the union, said the government must disburse its 60 per cent arrears without further delay.

A railway employee addresses a meeting of the Northern Railwaymen Union in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Quackery a profitable business here
Health dept remains mute spectator
A quack deals with his patient at Khanna. Mandi Gobindgarh/Khanna, June 28
Quacks in and around Mandi Gobindgarh and Khanna are ruining people’s health, with health authorities failing to keep a check on this flourishing “business”. It’s during the summers that most of the infections spread. But, the poor ignorant people are making a beeline for these quacks.


A quack deals with his patient at Khanna. Photo by writer

Rural infrastructure to be upgraded: Gabria
Ludhiana, June 28
Punjab Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria stated that the state government had chalked out a comprehensive programme to upgrade infrastructure in rural areas of the state and had already sanctioned a development plan of Rs 555 crore.

Tough time ahead for malls
Ludhiana, June 28
Imagine who is giving modern mega malls a tough competition - the traditional bazaars - which are still doing a lucrative business compared to the lavish and plush big stores.
A match between Ludhiana and Muktsar in progress during the Punjab State Inter District Cricket Tournament (u-19) for Dhruve Pandove Trophy at PAU in Ludhiana on Sunday.
A match between Ludhiana and Muktsar in progress during the Punjab State Inter District Cricket Tournament (u-19) for Dhruve Pandove Trophy at PAU in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Swine flu
No need to panic, say ayurvedic physicians
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 28
Westernisation of lifestyle and deterioration of environment are major factors for decreased immunity resulting in epidemics like swine flu, authorities in the ayurvedic system of medicine have called upon office-bearers of various social, religious and medical organisations to launch a co-ordinated move to save environment.

TDS seminar for accountants
Ludhiana, June 28
The Ludhiana Accountants Welfare Association (LAWA) organised its first educational seminar on TDS related law in Ludhiana here today.


CRIME

Bank accused of committing fraud
Jagraon, June 28
Residents of Bhundri village yesterday protested against a bank for operating an account of a dead person. Activists of the Bharti Kisan Union, Pendu Majdoor Union, and Inqulabi Kender joined villagers in taking out a rally at Bhundri village bus stand and later assembled in front of the Bhundri branch of the UCO Bank to stage a protest.

Unidentified body recovered
Jagraon, June 28
The Sidhwan Bet police yesterday recovered an unidentified body of a 25-year-old girl, which was found floating in the Sidhwan Branch canal near Bharowal village. A few passers by saw the body and informed the Bhundri police post about it.

Bid to rob petrol station, five booked
Khanna, June 28
Five persons have been booked and one of them arrested in connection with an attempt to commit robbery in a petrol station. The cops were tipped off about a gang, which was planning to commit a robbery in the petrol station near Doraha on Friday night. 


National soft tennis
UP girls dominate
A girl plays a shot during the ongoing 5th Junior National Soft Tennis Championship on the PAU campus in Ludhiana on Sunday. Ludhiana, June 28
On the third day of the 5th Junior National Soft Tennis Championship being organised by the Punjab Soft Tennis Association at the Punjab Agricultural University campus ground here today, Uttar Pradesh girls proved dominance over their opponents.

A girl plays a shot during the ongoing 5th Junior National Soft Tennis Championship on the PAU campus in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph


 






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