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Unholy official-contractor nexus
MC suffers loss worth crores

Ludhiana, August 3
The official-contractor nexus in the MC has fleeced the civic body of crores of rupees during the past five years as only 18 measurement books (MBs) out of the total 316 have been submitted.

Gastro Outbreak 
Health dept returns over-chlorinated water
Could cause kidney failure, heart attack, warns Civil Surgeon
Ludhiana, August 3
The Department of Health and Family Welfare has sent back the “over chlorinated” water supplied yesterday by the municipal corporation in Punjabi Bagh following gastroenteritis outbreak.

10 cops booked
Had falsely implicated lottery trader, 6 others
Ludhiana, August 3
Ten cops, including a sub-inspector, have been booked by the Division No. 6 police for allegedly falsely implicating the son of a lottery trader and six others in a gambling case.



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GROSS NEGLIGENCE: Gates at the level crossing in Shastri Nagar remained open during heavy rush hours even as a train sped past in Ludhiana on Sunday evening. Northern Railway said the lapse was due to a technical snag.
GROSS NEGLIGENCE: Gates at the level crossing in Shastri Nagar remained open during heavy rush hours even as a train sped past in Ludhiana on Sunday evening. Northern Railway said the lapse was due to a technical snag. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Govt offices to open from 9 am today
Ludhiana, August 3
People heaved a sigh of relief after the state government restored old office timings in all government offices from tomorrow onwards. Thus, from tomorrow offices will open at 9 am and close at 5 pm. The government, due to hot and sultry weather, had directed all offices to remain open from 7.30 am to 1.30 pm.Though these timings were in the larger interest of the officials, staff and the public, it had resulted in numerous problems. The people were of the view that office hours were not enough for getting their works done.






 


COMMUNITY

Ultimatum to vehra owners
Ludhiana, August 3
Perturbed over the outbreak of gastroenteritis in vehras, Municipal Commissioner G.S. Ghuman has instructed the health department of the civic body to give a three-day ultimatum to vehra owners for cleaning there surroundings failing which the houses will be sealed.
A man riding pillion on a motorcycle use baby’s pool to protect themselves from the rains .
A man riding pillion on a motorcycle use baby’s pool to protect themselves from the rains . Photo: Inderjeet Verma 

Farming problems in Punjab discussed
Ludhiana, August 3
The Green Revolution was good for the country. However, it was also true that its benefits did not reach all farmers and all segments of society. Nevertheless, it transformed India’s status from a food-deficit to a food-sufficient nation. The country witnessed prosperity, which included tremendous economic growth and raised living standards of the people. Unfortunately, some farmers made choices that landed them in the indebtedness trap.

PAU Notes
Bangalore farm scientists meet Kang
Ludhiana, August 3
A team comprising four members of the Board of Regents of University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, visited Punjab Agricultural University and had a meeting with Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, on research, education and transfer of technology system of the university.

UGC Pay Scheme
Dhaka college teachers observe dharna
Mullanpur Dakha, August 3
The local unit of PCCTU at GTB National College, Dakha, observed a dharna in free lectures today on a call given by the Punjab Federation of College Teachers’ Organisation (PFUCTO).

Maths teachers’ body formed
Jagraon, August 3
A meeting of the state executive body of mathematics teachers was held here to constitute the new state body and for the nominations of district members of the body.

PAU teachers on warpath over new scales
Ludhiana, August 3
Teachers of Punjab Agricultural University today staged a dharna and suspended work for two hours to press for the implementation of the revised pay scales for the university and college teachers by the state government.

Local bodies against revocation of PMT
Samrala, August 3
Members of a few local organisations today condemned the annulment of PMT test for admissions in various dental colleges.

Building Bylaws
Govt orders go up in smoke
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 3
Civic bodies of this part of Malwa have failed to implement government’s orders in which owners of the buildings on more than 200 square yards of the plot were supposed to construct percolation pits (recharge pits) or any other rainwater harvesting structure as per the building byelaw rules.

Power cuts: Industrial workers feel the heat
Ludhiana, August 3
The regular power cuts imposed by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has not just crippled the local industry but industrial workers, too, are facing the heat.

Idol of Sai Baba installed
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 3
An idol of Shirdi Sai Baba, sculptured at the cost of Rs 7 lakh, was installed at Sant Sai Mandir at local Ram Sharnam Road here on Sunday.

Shahi Imam issues fatwa against Chander Mohan
Shahi Imam issues a fatwa against Chander Mohan, former Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana, in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, August 3
Shahi Imam today issued a fatwa against former Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana Chander Mohan for using religion for his personal gains. Maulana Habib Ur-Rehman, Shahi Imam said he had also issued a fatwa against him when Chander Mohan converted into Muslim. He changed his religion only for his selfish motives, The Shahi Imam added.

Shahi Imam issues a fatwa against Chander Mohan, former Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana, in Ludhiana on Monday.Photo: Inderjeet Verma

2 killed, 27 hurt as truck overturns
The ill-fated truck that met with an accident at Machhiwara on Monday. Machhiwara, August 3
A truck carrying pilgrims overturned near the Sutlej bridge on the Khanna-Nawashehar road today in which two pilgrims died and 27 were injured. The accident took place around 5 am.As per the police reports, the pilgrims began its journey from Maloud in Khanna to pay obeisance for a religious place near Machhiwara. 


The ill-fated truck that met with an accident at Machhiwara on Monday. Photo:Gurdeep Singh Mann

Cop suspended
Ludhiana, August 3
Miffed over the registration of a case against 10 cops who have been booked by the Division No. 6 police for falsely implicating the son of a lottery trader and six others in a gambling case, a colleague of these cops misbehaved with a scribe of a vernacular newspaper. The incident took place around 11:30 a.m. when Arshdeep Singh, reporter of the vernacular daily, went to the police station to confirm the development.

Poor civic amenities
War of words between BJP councillor, mayor
Ludhiana, August 3
Fearing that his strained relationship with BJP councillors could be leaked, Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura recently asked a few mediapersons to leave his camp office where he called BJP councillors for discussing various development works that had hit a roadblock.

Rly Station
Ticketing irregularities come to fore 
Ludhiana, August 3
Confirming earlier reports to this effect, an unholy nexus among certain railway employees, personnel of the Government Railway Police (GRP) and touts for arranging unreserved journey tickets came to the fore during a surprise checking conducted at the railway station here on Sunday by Senior Divisional Commercial Manager (SDCM) Dharmendra Kumar.

Looking smart in monsoon
Ludhiana, August 3
Every time it rains in the city, we all start dressing shabbily or compromise on what we wear. We dislike leaving our houses, as we can't dress our best. The fact is that the monsoon season is a time to brighten and cheer up your wardrobe with bold accessories or wearing lots of pastel coloured dresses and leave the dull summer colours to make one look vibrant and bright.

MCPI(U) protests on I-Day
Ludhiana, August 3
The Marxist Community Party of India (United) at a meeting held here today announced that August 15 would be observed as protest day against price-rise, unemployment and poverty. A meeting held under the presidentship of Zora Singh said a dharna and a convention would be organised in the city on the occasion.


CRIME

Pakhowal Murder Case
Two accused held after 14 months
Raikot, August 3 The police has arrested two persons who, along with their accomplices, attacked and chased two youths of Pakhowal village and killed one of them in a shop where the victims had tried to hide over one year ago.

Gang of thieves busted
Ludhiana, August 3
With the arrest of four youths, the CIA-II police today claimed to have busted a gang of thieves, who had allegedly stolen 204 mattresses from a factory unit in the Industrial Area two days ago.

Man shot dead in Manila
Jagraon, August 3
A pall of gloom has descended over the dusty Sidhwan Kalan village near here when the news of the death of Nachhatar Singh reached the village.


COURTS

Congress councillor gets bail
Ludhiana, August 3
Judicial Magistrate Balwant Singh today granted bail to Rakesh Sharma, a Congress councillor, in a case pertaining to damaging the property of the PSEB’s divisional office in Sunder Nagar on the Kakowal Road, here.

Harvest Tennis Academy opens school
Jagraon, August 3
The Harvest Tennis Academy at Jassowal village near here opened its academic wing, namely Harvest International School, today.

Badminton
Tagore school blank Sutlej school
Ludhiana, August 3
Hosts, Tagore Public School, Aggar Nagar, began their campaign on a sound note by winning matches in the boys’ U-14 and U-19 categories in the PAU Zone Inter-School Zonal Badminton Tournament being organised by the Punjab education department at Tagore Public School grounds, Aggar Nagar, here today.

Hakam outperforms Aditya in U-13 semis
Ludhiana, August 3
Hakam Singh of Bhaini Sahib Centre and Aditya Gupta of Kundan Vidya Mandir survived many anxious moments before romping home victors in the boys’ singles U-13 semifinals in the Ludhiana District Badminton Championship being played at the Prithipal Singh Sports Complex of Punjab Agricultural University here today.

TT meet: BVM paddlers excel
Ludhiana, August 3
Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (BVM) Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar branch, dominated the proceedings to win matches in all age groups (boys) in the Inter-School Zonal Table Tennis Tournament being organised by the Punjab education department, which began at BVM School, Udham Singh Nagar, here today.

 






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