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Traffic Blues- IV
12,000 unregistered autos plying

Ludhiana, July 2
Autorickshaws are Autorickshaws cause a traffic jam near Clock Tower in Ludhiana said to be the major cause of traffic chaos in the city. According to an estimate, around 35,000 autorickshaws ply everyday and ferry more than 1 lakh commuters to various destinations.

Autorickshaws cause a traffic jam near Clock Tower in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


EARLIER STORIES


Stamp Paper Scam 
Woman gets police remand till July 9

Ludhiana, July 2
Duty magistrate Kapil Sharma today remanded Bhupinder Kaur, alias Jyoti, one of the accused in the multicrore fake stamp paper scam, in police remand till July 9.

Power hotline for mini sectt offices
Ludhiana, July 2
As a fallout of regular power cuts, all offices of the district administration at the mini secretariat are set to have uninterrupted power supply through electricity hotline from next week.

Power Cuts
Temporary relief for farmers, industry

Ludhiana, July 2
Two short spells of pre-monsoon showers in the city and the downpour for about two hours that followed in the forenoon yesterday, brought much respite to the city residents from sweltering heat and prolonged power cuts during the day and night since the past three weeks.

City Concerns
Major GS Benipal (retd), a tehsildar, was beaten up inside his office, dragged out and stripped in full public view allegedly by some Akali youth wing activists in the city recently. For, he had “refused to register their revenue document out-of-turn”.
Interestingly, there has been a been a negligible, almost none, citizen reaction to the thrashing of a public servant. The incident puts a question mark on the security of a common citizen when even officers are not safe in their own workplace. Ludhiana Tribune will like citizen reaction to the incident and lacunae in the administrative handling, if any, along with suggestions for improvement. Responses, in not more than 200 words, can be mailed to ludhianaconcerns@tribunemail.com or sent to our city office at Bhadaur House, Ludhiana.

— City Editor


COMMUNITY

Waterlogging at Transport Nagar in Ludhiana Rain spells trouble for residents
Ludhiana, June 2
Potholes and water logging are back in the city with the arrival of monsoons. The heavy pre-monsoon showers, followed by a spell of the first monsoon rain, exposed the tall claims of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation in dealing with the problem of water logging in various parts of the city.


Waterlogging at Transport Nagar in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Summer Break
No jewellery business for 3 days
Showrooms to remain shut till July 5
Ludhiana, July 2
Those planning to buy jewellery here will have to wait for three days from tomorrow as all jewellery showrooms in the city will remain closed due to “summer holidays”.

Officials want old office timing back
Ludhiana, July 2
With monsoon hitting the region earlier this week, resulting in sharp fall in the mercury, government officials are demanding revocation of the state government directive to change office timing from 9 am-5 pm to 7.30 am-1.30 pm.
College students filling admission forms in Ludhiana
College students filling admission forms in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Excise staff to go on leave today
Ludhiana, July 2
Officials, ministerial staff and Class IV employees of the excise and taxation department have decided to go on mass leave on July 3 and all barriers, mobile wings and district offices of the department would remain close in protest against the attack on an ETO.

Chamber seeks tax holiday for Punjab 
Ludhiana, July 2
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, Ludhiana, has sought tax holiday for Punjab as has been given to Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir to make industrial products competitive and meet the crisis caused by the global meltdown.

Ripening of fruits 
Use of chemicals rampant

Samrala/Khamano, July 2
Before laying your hands on fruits in the market, just take a peek beneath those sheets where fruits are kept. Chances are that you’ll find chemical laid in baskets storing banana, mango, and sapota to ripen them early.

Chemicals are increasingly being used by vendors to ripen fruits and vegetables
Chemicals are increasingly being used by vendors to ripen fruits and vegetables. Photos by writer

Spurt in snakebite cases
Labourers want it declared agricultural accident

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 2
Alleged indifference towards educating farm labourers about preventive measures against agricultural accidents has resulted in spurt of snakebites among labourers engaged in paddy transplantation.

City Rotary club brings laurels 
Ludhiana, July 2
Rotary Club, Ludhiana, won laurels in the Rotary district 3070, comprising rotary clubs of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, in the district awards function held at Hamirpur.

Seminar on ill-effects of drugs 
Ludhiana, July 2
Punjab Youth Forum under its anti-drug addiction movement, CHETNA, organised a seminar on repercussions of drugs on health, financial and social life.

Flower show at Aastha Ladies Club
Members of the Aastha Ladies Club during a fashion show in LudhianaLudhiana, July 2
It was all flowers, fruits and vegetables day at Aastha Ladies Club here today. Club members sashayed down the ramp with jewellery made from flowers and vegetables.




Members of the Aastha Ladies Club during a fashion show in Ludhiana on Thursday.  A Tribune photograph

Transporters, CPI resent hike in petro prices
Ludhiana, July 2
The Ludhiana Transporters’ Association has condemned the Central government’s decision to increase the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs 4 and Rs 2, respectively. Darshan Singh, president of the association, said this was the second such “gift” by the UPA government, which had put common man in trouble. Earlier, the toll tax was increased by about 3 per cent.

MCPI (U) rubbishes claims of zero inflation 
Ludhiana, July 2
The state committee of the Marxist Communist Party of India (United) has rubbished the claims of zero inflation in the country.

Tewari seeks daily flight between city, Delhi
Ludhiana, July 2
Manish Tewari of the Congress today urged Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel to resume at least one daily flight between Ludhiana and Delhi.

Illegal nursing homes violate land-use bylaws
Ludhiana, July 2
Unauthorised hospitals and nursing homes in residential colonies of the city have become a den of quackery, which are not only violating the land use byelaws but also infringing the healthcare tenets.

Cancer centre being upgraded
Ludhiana, July 2
Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation is being upgraded to a multi-speciality hospital. Around Rs 60 crore is being spent on the construction of new wards and latest technology.

Heart patient in need of aid
Ludhiana, July 2
Having been diagnosed with severe heart disease, Parmod (32), a migrant labourer, is in a dire need of financial help. The sole bread earner of his family, this farm labourer is supporting his four children and wife in addition to his aged parents.

CRIME

Man confesses to killing 3 more, toll rises to 7
Jagraon, July 2
A serial killer captured by the local police has confessed to have killed three persons. With this, the toll has now risen to seven. Karam Singh, alias Pamma of Rasulpur village, along with two of his accomplices- Shingara Singh of Dolon Kalan and Yahid Mohammad of Kila Rehmatgarh village in Malerkotla-were arrested on July 25 for committing the crime.

Man booked for sending 100 abroad
Mandi Gobindgarh, July 2
The Fatehgarh Sahib police today booked a person for fraudulently sending at least 100 people abroad. Most of the victims are from the town and a few from Himachal Pradesh.

Woman booked
Khanna, July 2
The local police today booked a woman of Dholanwal village for beating up a resident of her village yesterday morning. The victim, Harnek Singh, in his complaint lodged with the police alleged that Gurmeet Kaur, wife of Balbir Singh, beat him up in the village.

1 hurt in accident
Khanna, July 2
A resident of Theh village sustained injuries in an accident that took place today evening. The victim, Davinder Singh, was on his way to Theh village on a bicycle when an unidentified car coming from Khamano side hit him. Davinder was rushed to the local civil hospital where he undergoing treatment. A case has been registered in this connection.

Dhruv Pandove Trophy
Ludhiana, Patiala share point each

A batsman flicks the ball during a match between Ludhiana and Patiala at the PAU, LudhianaLudhiana, July 2
The two-day match between Ludhiana and Patiala in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy, played at the Punjab Agricultural University campus ground, remained unresolved here today.



A batsman flicks the ball during a match between Ludhiana and Patiala at the PAU, Ludhiana, on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

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