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House Tax
Westend Mall, Flamez owe crores

Ludhiana, September 18
The Municipal Corporation is incurring losses in crores. Reason: Malls and clubs in the city are defaulting on house tax and MC officials and house tax committees have failed to recover money from these.

Maize cob sheller draws farmers
Ludhiana, September 18
Children strike a pose on a fancy tractor displayed at Kisan Mela at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana on Friday. The Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) exhibited various technologies developed by the institute, including the newly developed maize cob sheller for separating maize grain mechanically

Children strike a pose on a fancy tractor displayed at Kisan Mela at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Befooling consumers at Kisan Mela
Ice creams, soft drinks were sold without shelf life details
Soft drinks on sale at Kisan Mela in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, September 18
In blatant violation of the Prevention of Food Adulteration (PFA) Act, some local manufacturing units were selling milk and soya milk without the trademark at Kisan Mela in PAU. A large number of stalls were also selling ice creams, soft drinks and juices, which did not have a date of manufacturing or date of expiry

Soft drinks on sale at Kisan Mela in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Chawla cycle parts body chief
DS Chawla flashes victory sign after winning elections.Ludhiana, September 18
D S Chawla from Chawla International Group was elected the president of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers' Association (UCPMA) here today. Chawla defeated Inderjit Singh Navyug from Navyug Engineers. The results of general secretary post were not declared till filing of the report. 

DS Chawla flashes victory sign after winning elections. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Farming becomes costlier
Ludhiana, September 18
Farming is becoming difficult and costlier day by day. The farming crisis in Punjab has deepened this year due to the failure of the monsoon, as a result of which the farmers had to invest more money to raise kharif crops, particularly paddy. This impression was given by the farmers from various parts of Punjab, who visited the two-day kisan mela of Punjab Agricultural University. 

Veg transplanter major attraction
A vegetable transplanter on display at the Kisan Mela on Friday. Ludhiana, September 18
A vegetable transplanter developed by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) turned out to be a major attraction during the two-day Kisan Mela of PAU that concluded here today. The transplanter that can transplant seedlings from 1.5 to 2.5 acre of land in a day, attracted huge crowds.

A vegetable transplanter on display at the Kisan Mela on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan 

Kisan Mela concludes
Ludhiana, September 18
A colourful cultural programme marked the concluding function of the two-day Kisan Mela of Punjab Agricultural University here today. Punjabi singers, including Badesha Jatt, Bibi Bhupinder Kaur Mohali, Jaswinder Dhanansu, Happy Jassowal, Gurdas Kaira and Kartar Dhugga enthralled the audience. 

Notification for UGC scales in PAU
Ludhiana, September 18
A long wait for justice by teachers of Punjab Agriculture University ended when the Punjab government issued a notification for the implementation of the UGC scales for them.

US Embassy team visits PAU
Ludhiana, September 18
A four-member delegation from the Embassy of the US comprising Diane Brandt, cultural affairs-North India programmes, Matthew K. Bunt, second secretary, Anjali Gupta, supervisory librarian, the American Library, J.P.Das, country exchanges adviser, visited Punjab Agricultural University today. Meena Sanyal, electronic media adviser of the Embassy, also accompanied the delegation.

Councillor’s resignation tactic works
Work on road starts at Ruchi Jain’s ward
Ludhiana, September 18
The resignation by BJP municipal councillor Ruchi Jain seems to have shocked the Municipal Corporation and Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura completely. Though her resignation was not accepted, it seems the Mayor and the official lobby have surely succumbed to the woman's pressure tactics as the road construction was started in her ward number 52 today.

Last Friday of Ramzan
Muslims throng Jama Masjid
Muslims offer namaaz at Jama Masjid in Ludhiana on Friday. Ludhiana, September 18
Muslim community in the city today offered prayer at the local Jama Masjid on the last Friday of the month of Ramzan. People thronged the Jama Masjid at around 11 am and in no time, the entire place was filled with devotees, due to which traffic at Field Ganj chowk, Shahpur road and Jail road was halted.

Muslims offer namaaz at Jama Masjid in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Employees union threaten to shut colleges
Non-teaching employees sit on dharna in Ludhiana on Friday.Ludhiana, September 18
The Arya College Non-Teaching Employees’ Union has threatened to close down all institutes in the state, in case the alleged unconcern of the government towards their long-pending demands continued.

Non-teaching employees sit on dharna in Ludhiana on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Probe into impounding of sale deeds
DC confiscates records from sub-registrar office
Ludhiana, September 18
Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg today ordered an inquiry into the sale deeds impounded by the sub-registrar (West) following an inspection in the office here this morning.

Power board employees suspended
Jagraon, September 18
The PSEB SDO, Jagraon, suspended two of board’s employees on night duty for being drunk on duty hours. The matter came to light yesterday, when due to some fault, electricity to many residential colonies was snapped around 7 pm. When till 10 pm, the electricity was not restored by the department, many residents went to the PSEB complaint office only to find both of the night attendants drunk beyond their conscious in the office itself. The liquor bottles were lying scattered on the office floor along with them.

Carnival of Lights from today
Ludhiana, September 18
A social endeavour of the Joy De Vivre and the Purnam, two organisations, which came together in the Spring of 2006, have reiterated their commitment to the cause of disability in children time and again with their fun-filled carnivals.

Electronic Expo-29k begins
Ludhiana, September 18
Electronic Expo-29k got off to a start at Westend Mall here today. The expo has brought all the premium electronic brands on a common platform to cater to the premium segment of the society.

Rani excels in essay contest
Mandi Gobindgarh, September 18
Gobindgarh Public College (GPC) has celebrated Hindi Diwas on the college premises. More than 200 students participated in an essay-writing competition organised to mark the occasion. Rani Kumar of BA III stood first, Shahid Ali of BA III stood second, while Meena Kumari and Amandeep of BA III stood third.

City lecturer presents paper in UK 
Ludhiana, September 18
A senior lecturer in the department of mathematics, SCD College, Dr Gursharn Jit Singh Sandhu, presented his research paper at the 11th UK Heat Transfer Conference held at London last week.

50 saplings planted
Mandi Gobindgarh, September 18
A National Service Scheme (NSS) unit was set up yesterday at Desh Bhagat Engineering College with planting of saplings by senior faculty members and volunteers of the NSS.

Chahat, Dimpy win essay competition
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 18
Two students of Green Valley Senior Secondary School, Chahat and Dimpy, were declared winners in Hindi essay composition contest organised by the State Bank of Patiala here today.

City scientist gets Satish Dhawan award
Ludhiana, September 18
Director, Punjab Remote Sensing Centre, Dr PK Sharma has been awarded “Satish Dhawan Award of Geospatial Sciences, Technology and Applications for 2008” by the Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS).

Youth killed in accident
Jagraon, September 18
A youth got killed yesterday when a Bolero jeep hit him, killing him on the spot. The accident occurred on Lakha village road last morning, when Amritpal Singh (23) of Chakar village, who was going toward Lakha village on his motorcycle (PB-25-J-3595), was hit by a speeding Bolero jeep (PB-30-D-9524) coming from the opposite side.

IT survey in city
Ludhiana, September 18
The Income Tax Department carried out surveys at five places in the city yesterday. Income Tax Commissioner K.K. Sinha gave orders for conducting these surveys which were carried out under the supervision of Joint Commissioner, Range VII, S.S. Narang. Four hosiery units and one sanitary and hardware store came under the department's scanner.


Murder accused held
Raikot, September 18
The Raikot police yesterday got a shot in the arm with the arrest of notorious leader of a gang wanted in a murder case and many other criminal cases. Jugraj Singh, a resident of Kulapatti, Raikot, a proclaimed offender in the infamous 2007 murder case in Ludhiana court complex, was arrested by the police party, led by ASI Nirmal Singh on the basis of a secret information.




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