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Monsoon shower spreads cheer
Ludhiana, June 30
The first monsoon shower of the season last night brought cheer to farmers and city residents who had been reeling under extreme weather conditions and unrelenting heat wave for the past several days.

Inundated streets belie MC claims
Ludhiana, June 30
Heavy rain in the city today brought respite from the sweltering heat, besides reducing pressure on underground water and electricity. Rainwater inundated roads and several low-lying areas, exposing the claims of the MC with regard to flood preparedness.


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Robbery at Airtel office
Cash, accessories worth Rs 4 lakh stolen
Ludhiana, June 30
Two robbers took away cash and accessories worth Rs 4 lakh from the Airtel office situated near Shinghar Cinema last evening.

19 persons drugged; critical
Accused served them cold drinks laced with sedatives before ransacking their rooms and robbing them 
Ludhiana, June 30
As many as 19 persons fell unconscious after drinking cold drinks reportedly laced with sedatives last evening. The victims, including three children and a woman, were taken to the Civil Hospital this morning. The condition of all victims is stated to be critical.



Victims at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph
Victims at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Tuesday.


A waterlogged road in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
A waterlogged road in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Suspected case of swine flu
Ludhiana, June 30
The rapid response team (RRT) for swine flu comprising ENT and medicine specialists today took a swab sample of a resident of Rajguru Nagar, who had recently returned from the US and complained of fever and congestion.

PSEB staff strike work
Power supply disrupted for long hours
Ludhiana, June 30
A sit-in protest sparked off by the suspension of a junior engineer at the Focal Point division of the PSEB yesterday led to the disruption of power supply to several localities.

COMMUNITY

Fewer takers for PMET in Punjab
Govt apathy annoys PCMS docs
Ludhiana, June 30
About 25 per cent decline in the number of students appearing in Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET) in Punjab over the past three years followed by a number of resignations put up by the Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) doctors, has failed to rousing the government to take counteractive measures.

Wrong policies hit small units hard: Traders
Ludhiana, June 30

Even as the industry is crying for regular supply of power, about 38 per cent of electricity is going to waste in the form of power theft, transmission losses and no billing by the PSEB.

Small-scale traders discuss government policies in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph
Small-scale traders discuss government policies in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

Villagers vow to fight drug addiction
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 30
In many villages of Sangrur, Khanna and Ludhiana, the residents have started a movement to inspire drug addicts to shun the habit. On the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, hundreds of residents of 25 villages, falling in these districts, vowed that they would bring the addicts in their villages to the mainstream so that they could lead a healthy life.

Protest by railway employees
Ludhiana, June 30
Irked over the indifference of the railway authorities towards their demands, the Northern Railway Union (NRU) organised a protest rally here today.



A trade union leader lists the demands of railway employees at a rally in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

A trade union leader lists the demands of railway employees at a rally in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

Scarcity shoots up milk prices
Ludhiana, June 30
Decline in the milk production is resulting in its scarcity, which has led to rise in the prices of milk and its products. As a result, city residents are not only being made to shell out extra bucks on their daily quota of milk, but are also being provided with adulterated milk.

Industry pins hopes on Budget
Abolition of fringe benefit tax (FBT) is one of the most important areas on which government needs to pay attention
Ludhiana, June 30
With Central Budget to be announced in seven days, industrialists here expect it to be an industry-friendly budget, especially in the wake of global meltdown hit the industry hard.

Tehsildar Assault Case
Pamphlet campaign in support of Bains
Ludhiana, June 30
Supporters of SAD councillor Simarjit Singh Bains, who is in police custody in connection with the tehsildar assault case, have started a pamphlet campaign to garner support for him.

Commission agents to go on strike from today
Samrala/ Khamano, June 30
The commission agents of Grain Market, Samrala, and Khamano, will go on strike from July 1 to 5 due to the call given by the State Associations of Commission Agents against the direct payment to farmers by procure agencies.

Players in action during a hockey match in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Players in action during a hockey match in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Devindernath is Arya College mgmt chief
But embezzlement charge against him
Ludhiana, June 30
The new management of Arya College, Ludhiana, has taken over and its first meeting was held here today. Devindernath Sharma has been appointed as the new president of the management committee, who is the Registrar of Arya Vidya Parishad, a wing of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Punjab.

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Workshop on HR development
Ludhiana, June 30
To propagate the importance of standards in the fields of agriculture, home science and engineering, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), New Delhi, organised a workshop on “Human Resource Development/ Capacity Building in Educational Institutions” at Punjab Agricultural University here today.

Primary health centre in a shambles 
Machhiwara, June 30
The primary health centre, catering to nearly 100 villages of Machhiwara, is in a shambles for the past long time. Shortage of staff, lack of medicines and basic facilities has been upsetting the patients admitted in hospital.

Sale of mobiles sans ID number rampant
Most Chinese handsets that sell in the grey market in the city don’t come with the mandatory IEMI number used for tracking cell phones
Ludhiana, June 30
Putting national security at risk, China-made mobile sets, without the mandatory IMEI number, are being openly sold in the city. While the government has banned the sale of mobile phones without the IMEI number, the same goes unchecked here.

Fruit, veggie prices skyrocket
Ludhiana, June 30
Mango, which used to be the fruit of the common man earlier, has become unaffordable today. Not just the mangoes, prices of all other seasonal fruits like litchi, water-melon, melon, peach, plums, etc. and vegetables have increased.

Juneja is Improvement Trust chief
Ludhiana, June 30
A senior BJP leader and a taxation lawyer in the city, Ashok Juneja, has been nominated as the chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) for a period of two years.

CRIME

7 booked for abducting minor
Jagraon, June 30
The Sidhwan bet police booked seven persons for kidnapping a minor girl. Chand Singh, father of the victim, said Lakhwinder Singh alias Sonu, a resident of Rajapur village, near Ladowal, had kidnapped his his 15 year-old-daughter, Mandeep Kaur (name changed), luring her into wedding.


 






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