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Fire destroys hosiery goods worth crores
Ludhiana, October 18
Diwali celebrations turned into tragedy for more than four businessmen after hosiery material worth over Rs 1.50 crore, lying in eight shops-cum-stores, was destroyed in a fire caused due to a short circuit at Veer Market in Mochpura Bazaar (Asiaís biggest woollen market) late last night.


(Left) Firemen douse fire at a hosiery shop; and a fire engine stuck in a narrow lane leading to Mochpur Bazaar in Ludhiana
(Left) Firemen douse fire at a hosiery shop; and a fire engine stuck in a narrow lane leading to Mochpur Bazaar in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photos



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Thankless job, say firemen
Ludhiana, October 18
Even after giving it their best shot, fire fighters and the police have only drawn criticism from residents. Pankaj Kumar, a fire fighter who was the first one to reach Mochpura Bazaar, was allegedly manhandled by infuriated shopkeepers.

Amarjit Sharma Pankaj Kumar Rajinder Kumar
Amarjit Sharma Pankaj Kumar Rajinder Kumar

Burn, accident cases as usual
Ludhiana, October 18
Emergency wards in all leading hospitals of the city, including Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) and Civil Hospital, were abuzz with activity last night due to burn injuries from crackers; road accidents and medico-legal cases arising out of violence during gambling.

45 incidents of fire reported
Ludhiana, October 18
As many as 45 incidents of fire were reported from various parts of the city in the past 24 hours. Ludhiana stood second in the country after Delhi, which reported around 150 fire incidents, Kartar Singh, assistant area officer, said.

12 days before daughterís marriage, man ends life
Ludhiana, October 18
A middle-aged man allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the top of a multi-storied shopping mall at the Mall Road yesterday. The deceased was identified as Ranjan Malhotra (50), who was residing near the Mall Road.

Mega rangoli in vain
Ludhiana, October 18
In the wake of the pollution level in the industrial hub of the state already reaching alarming proportions, Praveen Kumar, a fine arts lecturer at the Government College for Women, along with his colleagues Balwinder Singh Khanna and Gopi Verma, made a huge rangoli on a 500 sq ft area at Kipps Market in Sarabha Nagar to convey the message of the devastating affects of crackers here.
A rangoli made to spread the message of a cracker-free Diwali at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana
A rangoli made to spread the message of a cracker-free Diwali at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

...Crackers worth Rs 12 cr burst in city alone
Ludhiana, October 18
Diwali proved to be a festival of toxic gases in Ludhiana as residents went berserk and burst crackers worth Rs 12 crore right till the wee hours of the morning, ignoring all appeals of observing a green Diwali.

COMMUNITY

Sacred stones in state of neglect
Ludhiana, October 18
A large number of stones engraved with the saying of Gurus and intellectuals are lying abandoned at various places on the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus, thanks to the apathetic attitude of the authorities.

Refusal to store 201paddy variety
Lakhowal visits grain markets; warns shellers
Jagraon, October 18
Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman, Punjab Mandikaran Board, visited the grain markets for taking stock of the situation prevailing in the market especially the facilities given to the farmers and the purchases made by the procuring agencies.


Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, Chariman, Punjab Madikaran Board, examine the 201 variety of paddy at Grain Market, Mullanpur Dakha. Photo: Rakesh Gupta
Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, Chariman, Punjab Madikaran Board, examine the 201 variety of paddy at Grain Market, Mullanpur Dakha

Public Drinking: Cops, excise dept to blame
Vends thrive due to political backing; motive is to earn profit
Ludhiana, October 18
Public drinking is becoming a nuisance for those residing in this industrial and financial capital of Punjab. The police and the excise department of the state are squarely responsible for the menace. The politicians are also not lagging behind in the race to Ďharassí the peace-loving residents.

MCPI expresses concern over farmersí woes
Ludhiana, October 18
The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has expressed concern over problems being faced by farmers in selling their produce in different mandis of the state. The party has alleged that the farmers were being made to wait for days together and further their crop was being purchased at below the minimum support price (MSP).

Silence Zones
People violate apex court guidelines, burst crackers
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 18
Residents of this part of Malwa did not spare silence zones from creating noise and environmental pollution by bursting crackers and fireworks on occasion of Diwali last night.

REMAINS OF THE DAY: A road littered with used crackers in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

REMAINS OF THE DAY: A road littered with used crackers in Ludhiana

Widow seeks donations for ailing sonís life
Issru Khurad, October 18
Having lost four members of her family due to unnatural deaths within three years, a septuagenarian widow of this nondescript village of Ludhiana district is looking toward good Samaritans and voluntary organisations to come to rescue of only breadwinner of the clan who is on the threshold of life and death due to the renal failure.

Sukhdev Singh Bittu, who needs donations for under going kidney transplant
Sukhdev Singh Bittu, who needs donations for under going kidney transplant. Photo: Mahesh Sharma

Actor Binnu Dhillon makes a mark
Ludhiana, October 18
Starting from theatre he went on to do serials, then regional movies and finally stepped into every actorís dream -- Bollywood. Patiala-based Binnu Dhillon is a busy man with lots of projects in his kitty.

Cultural mela to pay tributes to Prof Mohan Singh
Ludhiana, October 18
While inaugurating the 31st International Cultural Mela after Prof Mohan Singh, a former Professor Emeritus at PAU, and a famous Punjabi poet, PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang paid rich tributes by garlanding his statute today.

Expectants, kids more vulnerable to pollution
Ludhiana, October 18
Air pollution caused due to Diwali could harm children and expectant women as crackers contain highly toxic heavy metals like cadmium, lead, copper, manganese, zinc, sodium and potassium.

At The Crossroads
Songs that canít be forgotten
The beauty of a song lies in its being nearer to the sentiments of the people. It may make the people oblivious of its creator and invest it with the charm of a folk song. This has been the case with some popular songs of Inderjit Singh Hasanpuri.

Greeting people in advance
This Diwali, to avoid last minute inconvenience people had been wishing their near and dear ones much in advance. Residents were seen exchanging gifts two to three days before the festival so that they could be at home for the puja and for making rangoli.

Vishwakarma Day celebrated
Ludhiana, October 18
Vishwakarma Day was today celebrated in the entire city. Both owners and workers of the city industries today offered prayers to Lord Vishwakarma and performed pooja of their machines and tools. Factories and machines were today closed down in view of Vishwakarma Day.

Workers pay obesience to Lord Vishwakarma on Vishwakarma Day at Ludhiana
Workers pay obesience to Lord Vishwakarma on Vishwakarma Day at Ludhiana on Sunday.
Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Vegetables steep, still
Ludhiana, October 18
The prices of vegetables are still on the higher side. It was expected that the rates would come down after Diwali, but wholesellers and retailers maintain that the prices would come down when fresh produce arrives in markets after about 10 days.

100 units of blood collected
Ludhiana, October 18
The Hero Charitable Trust, in collaboration with Iqbal Nursing Home, today organised a blood donation camp in which more than 100 volunteers came forward to donate blood.

CRIME

Coke dealer accused of theft, booked
Jagraon, October 18
The Jagraon police has booked a Coke dealer for forcibly snatching the empty crates and cash from the employees of another local Coke dealer. Jagraon has two dealers of Coke. Gopal Katyal is responsible of distribution of Coke products within the municipal limits of the Jagraon city whereas Amritpal, alias Pappu, has rural part for distributing the Coke products.

NRI family booked for duping widow, daughter
Jagraon, October 18
The Raikot police has booked a family of an NRI and a few others for cheating a girl on the pretext of taking her to Canada. Harpreet Kaur (20) of Kalsian village near Raikot had complained to SSP Jagraon that Jasvir Singh of Talwandi Mallian village in Moga district met her mother while she was studying in Class XIIth.

Two killed in accident
Khamano, October 18
Two persons died in an accident that took place on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road near Mahespura village here. Randhir Singh, a resident of Goslan village, and Manjit Singh, a resident of Rangian village, was going a motorcycle towards Sanghol when a canter hit them near Maheshpura village.

3 booked for issuing fake insurance cover notes
Jagraon, October 18
The Raikot police has booked an insurance agent and his accomplices for issuing fake cover note to the unsuspecting customers of an insurance company and duping them after accepting the money for buying a policy.


BSF men, Ludhiana eves romp home champs
Ludhiana, October 18
The Border Security Force (BSF), Jalandhar, in the menís section and Ludhiana district in the womenís section romped home champions in the second part of the annual Punjab Basketball League organised in the memory of Arjuna awardee, Gurdial Singh Mali, at Gure village, near here.

Players of finals of Punjab Basketball League matches at Gureh village
Players of finals of Punjab Basketball League matches at Gureh village. A Tribune photograph

Athletics Meet
GMT students bag 9 medals
Ludhiana, October 18
Students of GMT Public School, Jalandhar byepass branch, secured 9 medals, including two gold, in the Ludhiana Inter-Schools Zonal Athletics Tournament held here at Guru Stadium.

T20 cricket trials today
Ludhiana, October 18
The Ludhiana District Twenty20 Cricket Association will conduct trials on October 19 at 2.45 pm here at the indoor multipurpose hall of Guru Nanak Stadium to select the Ludhiana squad.

 





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