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Hoarded sugar worth Rs 3 cr seized
Ludhiana, September 20
In a joint raid, the police and the District Food and Civil Supplies Controller seized 9,780 quintals of sugar worth Rs 3.13 crore hoarded by a dealer at Jhabewal village, near here. The officials had earlier sealed three godowns for illegally hoarding sugar.

A sealed godown that was raided by officials of the food and supplies department A sealed godown that was raided by officials of the food and supplies department on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Labourers’ protest exposes fraud by godown managers
Rice being sprayed with water to increase weight
Jagraon, September 20
The practice of spraying of water on gunny bags containing rice to increase its weight has come to the fore with the protest of labourers engaged in the loading of trucks.
Rice rotting in gunny bags after being sprayed with water to increase its weight at warehouse godowns in Jagraon. A Tribune photograph
Rice rotting in gunny bags after being sprayed with water to increase its weight at warehouse godowns in Jagraon

Murder Case
Residents protest; want all accused arrested
Ludhiana, September 20
As many as 200 residents of Roop Nagar village at Dhandra staged a dharna in front of the Sadar police station and demanded the arrest of four persons allegedly involved in the murder of Mukesh Kumar (23), who was stabbed to death and thrown in a ditch on September 15.

Neonatology on back burner
Docs forced to attend CMEs at pvt hospitals
Ludhiana, September 20
The state government’s failure to promote neonatology in the public health sector has forced doctors from government hospitals in Ludhiana and adjoining districts to update themselves through workshops and CMEs being organised in the private sector.


Cobwebs in paddy fields bode well for farmers
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 20
Cobwebs, usually associated with poor hygiene in residential or business environment, are being viewed as a boon if found in paddy fields. Besides eliminating crop pests, cobwebs trap vectors of pathogens that spread dreaded diseases in human beings and cattle.

Cobweb in a paddy field near Ahmedgarh. Photo by writer

Cobweb in a paddy field near Ahmedgarh

Vasectomy Drive
Unmarried youths, drug addicts show up for money
Machhiwara, September 20
Scores of unmarried youths and drug addicts showed up to undergo vasectomy for money at the local Civil Hospital here yesterday. Besides, a number of elderly and those who had already under undergone the operation earlier also lined up outside the hospital to undergo the operation in lieu of money.

Sanghol-Bassi Pathana road needs repairs
Khamano, September 20
Residents of Khamano, Sanghol and adjoining villages have been facing hardship due to the bad state of the Sanghol-Bassi Pathana road that leads to Fatehgarh Sahib. Daily commuters going to Fatehgarh Sahib for work have to make a detour to reach their destination.
Poor shape of the Sanghol-Bassi Pathana road near Khamano
Poor shape of the Sanghol-Bassi Pathana road near Khamano. A Tribune photographs

Special trains to handle festival rush
Ludhiana, September 20
In the wake of extra rush of passengers travelling to different parts of the country during the forthcoming festivals of Id, Dasehra, Durga Pooja, Diwali and Chhath Pooja, the Northern Railway has introduced special trains with immediate effect.

Kaind Bridge
Damaged railing makes people tizzy
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 20
Thousands of commuters and motorists travelling to and fro on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road are at risk with inadequate barricade along the Kaind Bridge on a canal near Dehlon.

Stress on implementation, accountability
Ludhiana, September 20
“There is an urgent need for efficient use of subsidies for the needy with a focus on proper implementation of the subsidy programmes and making authorities accountable,” felt panelists during a panel discussion on “Subsidies helping the poor, but ruining the economy” organised by the Women Forum of Ludhiana Management Association here recently.

Core group for Gobindgarh
Mandi Gobindgarh, September 20
Reiterating its commitment towards the process of industrialisation and growth in the state, CII’s Punjab State Council today announced the formation of a core group at Mandi Gobindgarh. The meeting was chaired by council chairman Gunbir Singh. The core group comprises progressive industry leaders based in the town.

Local dance troupe on a roll in Bollywood
Ludhiana, September 20
Troupes of young folk dancers from Punjab are making their mark in Bollywood as not only are they better performers than their Maharashtrian counterparts but are also easy on filmmakers’ pocket.
These young folk artistes have become a unique example of “outsourcing” of Punjabi talent. One such group comprising 30 boys and girls from Manuke and Raikot, near Ludhiana, have become popular with Hindi film directors in Mumbai.
A poster of upcoming Hindi film “Dil Bole Haddipa” showing the dance troupe from Manuke and Raikot, near Ludhiana.
A poster of upcoming Hindi film “Dil Bole Haddipa” showing the dance troupe from Manuke and Raikot, near Ludhiana

Business guidance camp tomorrow
Ludhiana, September 20
In a bid to help entrepreneurs of the state, Punjab Infotech, in association with TiE Punjab, will organise business guidance and mentoring camps at Ludhiana and Jalandhar on September 22 and 23, respectively.

Vets want CM to implement pay panel report
Ludhiana, September 20
Veterinary officers of the state have urged the Chief Minister to implement the recommendations of the 5th Punjab Pay Commission pertaining to the grant of the non-practicing allowance as has recently been given to the doctors.

Donate for a noble cause
Ludhiana, September 20
Gulshan Kumar (23) after having been diagnosed with HIV infection, CKD-5 and acute febrile illness is fighting for his life in CMCH. Native of Raison village near Karnal, the boy comes for dialysis twice a week.

Finally, Miller Ganj road laid
Ludhiana, September 20
Slamming political pressure, the municipal corporation has finally started constructing a road in Miller Ganj, Part I, here yesterday. The construction of this road was stopped all through these years, following encroachment of 20-foot by 145-foot by a resident of the area.

NRI’s unclaimed body cremated
Mullanpur Dakha, September 20
The events took an unprecedented turn after information regarding an unidentified person’s body being cremated by the Faridkot police reached the nearby Mandiani village.

Picture of rural youth dismal
Ludhiana, September 20
The menace of drugs, dowry and foeticide have afflicted rural Punjab, women said during an interaction here. They claimed that politicians were responsible for drug addiction as they encouraged free distribution of liquor during elections.

Charitable hospital inaugurated
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 20

Nirmal Oswal, a philanthropist and owner of Shreyans Group of Industries, inaugurated Shri Shri 1008 Swami Rameshwar Giri Charitable Hospital on the Bajrang Akhara road today.

A doctor examines a patient during an eye check-up camp at Ahmedgarh on Sunday.
A Tribune photograph

A doctor examines a patient during an eye check-up camp at Ahmedgarh

At the crossroads
Ghazals galore in autumn
The name of an English movie of an earlier era, as I remember, was ‘Come September’. Perhaps the month of September has to do something with creativity. John Keats’s ode ‘To Autumn’ is a classic example. He says - ‘Where are the songs of Spring? Aye, where are they? ‘Think not of them, thou hast they music too’.

City Concerns
Hike in power tariff a bolt from the blue
The recent hike in power tariff by 17.5 per cent for the domestic sector by the Punjab State Electricity Board has affected common man. Besides this, the hike that has been implemented from back date is being termed as unjustified. The summer months have already been cruel due to power cuts.

Bank reduces interest rates on home loans
Ludhiana, September 20
Punjab and Sind Bank has reduced the rate of interest on all fresh home and auto loans from September 21 so as to meet the growing demand of consumers during the festival season. These rates will remain in force till December 31.

Spares dealers seek uniformity in VAT
Ludhiana, September 20
A meeting of the All-India Automobile Spares Dealers Association was held here in which members from all over the country took part. Subhash Bajaj was elected chairman of the association.

Varsity chair in Pt Phillauri’s name sought
Ludhiana, September 20
The Pt Shardha Ram Phillauri Memorial Welfare Society today urged the Punjab government to set up a chair in one of the state universities in the name of the noted writer and freedom fighter, who penned the famous Hindu prayer “Om Jai Jagdish Hare”.

Kids celebrate Grandparent’s Day
Khanna, September 20
Grandparent’s Day was celebrated at Euro Kids School with schoolchildren bringing along their grandparents to the school. Municipal council president Iqbal Singh was chief guest during a function.

Workshop on fabric studies
Ludhiana, September 20
A workshop on “Importance of fabric studies” was organised for students of BSc and MSc (fashion technology) under the Punjab Technical University distance education mode here today.


Land-grab Bid
Notary among 7 booked
Jagraon, September 20
The police has registered a case against five persons, including a notary, for a bid to grab the land of a widow by forging documents and using them in courts to obtain a decree of specific performance.

Two women held for aiding blackmailers
Jagraon, September 20
The Sudhar police yesterday identified the house where Gurpreet Singh was held captive by a few accused who had made his blue film along with Pinki. They achieved a major success with the arrest of another accused Karamjit Kaur, alias Baby, the owner of the house, located at Sangowal village near Ludhiana.
Karamjit Kaur in police custody. Photo: Rakesh Gupta
Karamjit Kaur in police custody

Theft at Police Colony
Mullanpur Dakha, September 20
In a daring attempt, thieves struck at the Sudhar Police Colony and fled with the motorcycle of a police official. They had planned to pick up two other motorcycles, but failed to take them along and dumped them near the boundary wall of the colony.

Thieves strike at Lajpat Nagar
Ludhiana, September 20
Thieves struck at a house in Lajpat Nagar near the bus stand here today and decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 2.50 lakh. They entered the house at midnight and stole Rs 60,000 cash and gold worth Rs 2 lakh from the house.

Man found dead
Ludhiana, September 20
An unidentified body of a man was found from a vacant plot near Jaspal Bangar village in the Shimlapuri area. The deceased, who appears to be in his mid- 30s, bore stab wounds on his body.




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