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Fake Stamp Paper Case
Kingpinís associates go underground

Ludhiana, July 1
The arrest of stamp paper scam kingpin Ravinder Pal has created panic among deed writers and property dealers who used to buy stamp papers from him and were associated with him in some way or the other. Fearing that the police may pick them up for investigation, at least half a dozen deed writers have gone underground for the past two days.

PSEB buckles; reinstates JE
Ludhiana, July 1
Bowing to pressure, the PSEB today reinstated a junior engineer today. Though the reinstatement orders were received this morning at the divisional office, the decision was conveyed to the agitating staff last evening after a meeting of trade union leaders and employees of the Focal Point division with engineer-in-chief BS Bath and deputy chief engineer HS Randhawa.



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Customs still to clear shipping bills worth crores
Ludhiana, July 1
Even after holding several rounds of meetings with officials of the customs department here, exporters in the region have still not been paid their duty drawbacks pending since February. Though bills amounting to Rs 20 crore had been cleared by the department, about 3,000 shipping bills are still pending with the department.

Youth takes to cough syrups in a big way
Machhiwara, July 1
Ragpickers of Machhiwara search for what the health authorities and the police usually ignore. They have identified 20 to 30 places from where they can collect at least 1,000 bottles of cough syrups every month. They then sell these off to junk stores. Residents of these areas said the bottles were a testimony of the use of drugs and intoxicants by the youth in large numbers.
A boy with cough syrup bottles collected from various places at Machhiwara. Photo by writer
A boy with cough syrup bottles collected from various places at Machhiwara

Drugged labourers return to ransacked homes
Ludhiana, July 1
Nineteen labourers, who were drugged and robbed, found on their return home from hospital today that they had lost Rs 70,000 collectively. They were shocked to see their rooms ransacked and some of them broke down.

2 women run over by truck
Khanna, July 1
Two women, both residents of Preet Nagar, were run over by a speeding truck at Lalheri road chowk at around 7.30 pm yesterday. Princy and Rani Mankoo were trying to cross the GT Road on a two-wheeler when an oil-laden truck hit them. Both died on the spot.

The victims Princy and Rani Mankoo
The victims Princy and Rani Mankoo


The historical Clock Tower is at risk from a polluting generator installed at an adjacent building
The historical Clock Tower is at risk from a polluting generator installed at an adjacent building. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Councillorís bail plea adjourned
Ludhiana, July 1
Judicial Magistrate Amit Thind today adjourned the hearing on the bail plea of Akali councillor Kamaljit Singh Karwal till July 3 in a case of hurting religious sentiments following a dispute over Wakf property.

Long queues at petrol stations
Ludhiana, July 1
Petrol stations in the city witnessed long queues of vehicles following the news of a hike in diesel and petrol prices from midnight. Ashok Sachdeva, district president of the petrol pump dealers association, stated that the price of petrol had gone up by Rs 4 per litre while diesel had gone up by Rs 2 per litre.

Traffic Blues-III
Itís not easy being a cop
Ludhiana, July 1
With only 230 traffic cops to control over 13 lakh vehicles in the city, traffic rules are being flouted. Not only are they under immense pressure to perform, but long working hours on roads are also making them sick due to polluted air.


COMMUNITY

Farmers feel the heat as arhtiyas go on strike
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 1
To impress upon the state government to withdraw its decision to make payment for procured food grains directly to the farmers, commission agents of Payal, Malaudh, Sihar, Kanganwal, Maholi, Kilaraipur, Latala, Raekot and Ghaloti, besides that of the local town went on a strike today.
Commission agents protest in front of the grain market in Ahmedgarh Jagraon farmers lifting their produce
Commission agents protest in front of the grain market in Ahmedgarh; (right) Jagraon farmers lifting their produce on Wednesday. Photo by writers

Power Crisis
No takers for tradersí Gandhigiri
Ludhiana, July 1
The severe power crisis in Punjab and Ludhiana in particular has become a vote bank politics. This was evident from the fact that representatives of the various political parties have not relished the Gandhian way of protest by the local industrialists against the power cuts and crippling of the industrial production.

Fruit sellers use synthetic colours to give extra red ting to watermelons
Fruit sellers use synthetic colours to give extra red ting to watermelons. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Small saving schemes a boon for postal dept
People prefer small savings as interest rates is higher than banks
Ludhiana, July 1
The savings may be small but they are churning out huge revenue for the government. Ludhiana Postal Department earned a whooping Rs 6.32 crore from the small savings turning out to be the highest in the revenue generation from Punjab.

Unsafe Drinking Water
Rights panel seeks report
Ludhiana, July 1
Taking cognisance of a complaint filed by residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar about the supply of unsafe drinking water to the residents, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought a report from the Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation in this regard on the next date of hearing.

Govt to set up memorials to Kuka martyrs
Ludhiana, July 1
The government has decided to set up memorials in the native villages of Naamdhaari martyrs in connection with 150th anniversary of the Kuka Movement launched by Sat Guru Ram Singh Ji, so that the our coming generation would seek inspiration from the sacrifices of these martyrs.

Faculty development programme
CMC selected as nodal centre
Ludhiana, July 1
The Medical Council of India (MCI) in a bid to establish systems of faculty development (FD) has selected Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, as one of the eight nodal centres that will help and support FD activities.
The VC of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Dr SS Gill, addresses medical teachers in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
The VC of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Dr SS Gill, addresses medical teachers in Ludhiana

Docs seek 3 pc more for health in budget
Ludhiana, July 1
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) demanded an increase in the public spending on health in the budget of this fiscal year. In a communication to the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the IDPD pointed out that quality health care to all the citizens was the responsibility of the government, which has not been met yet.

Students of Manmohan Institute of Mathematics at a prize distribution function in Ludhiana
Students of Manmohan Institute of Mathematics at a prize distribution function in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

A blood donation camp organised by the Ludhiana branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
A blood donation camp organised by the Ludhiana branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Fee Hike
Parents submit memo to DEO
Ludhiana, July 1
The Parents Association has submitted a memorandum to the District Education Officer highlighting fee hike in private schools. In the memorandum they have urged the authorities to check the compliance of terms and conditions on which NOC were given to schools by the state education department to get affiliation from the CBSE.

From PAU
Biotech popular among students
Ludhiana, July 1
Punjab Agricultural University is witnessing an immense interest in its BSc and MSc courses in biotechnology. As many as 50 seats for BSc (biotechnology) have been filled up from among 215 candidates who appeared for the entrance test.

Paddy sowing picks up
Machhiwara/Khamano, July 1
Farmers have started sowing paddy in Machhiwara, Khamano, Samrala and its adjoining areas after the pre-monsoon rains lashed the region on Tuesday afternoon.

Heavy rain brings respite
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 1
A downpour after weeks of scorching heat though bringing respite for residents invited problems for the civic authorities who remained busy clearing the rainwater that got accumulated today.

Rs 1.35 lakh relief for farm labourers
Raikot, July 1
The local market committee today distributed Rs 1.35 lakh among farm labourers who lost their limbs in thrasher accidents. These labourers usually met with some sort of accidents in the fields during the harvesting seasons and are compensated by the committee as per the injury sustained by them.

Bhambri is mkt panel chief
Amloh, July 1
SAD working committee member Randhir Singh Bhambri took over as the chairman and Jathedar Hardial Singh Naraingarh as the vice-chairman of the local market committee today. District Planning Board chairperson Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal, SAD circle chief Kuldeep Singh Mudhrian.

Randhir Singh Bhambri, who took over as the Amloh Market Committee chairman on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Randhir Singh Bhambri, who took over as the Amloh Market Committee chairman

Swine Flu
Sample found negative
Ludhiana, July 1
The suspected case of Swine Flu from Rajguru Nagar, Ludhiana, was found to be negative following the reports of the swab sample sent to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) yesterday. aThe resident of Rajguru Nagar, who returned from the USA recently,had complained of fever and chest congestion.

City Concerns
Award Benipal for being upright, honest
Ludhiana Tribune had sought peopleís reaction to the incident wherein Maj GS Benipal (retd), a tehsildar, was beaten up inside his office, recently. He had only ďrefused to register their revenue document out-of-turnĒ. This is what a cross section of the residents has to say on the issue.

CRIME

Assault 400 booked, none identified
Ludhiana, July 1
More than a month after an unruly mob ransacked the Toll Plaza near the Satluj Bridge on the National Highway No. 1, the police has failed to identify even a single accused in the case.


National Soft Tennis
UP, Mírashtra share top spot
Ludhiana, July 1
Players from Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra shared the honours in the 5th Junior National Soft Tennis Championship organised by the Punjab Soft Tennis Association at Punjab Agricultural University yesterday.

 





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