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Residents feel the pinch as babus play hooky
Ludhiana, January 14
An office at the mini secretariat wears a deserted look in Ludhiana City residents visiting the mini secretariat here early this morning in order to get their work done fast were a harassed lot after they found officials absent in their offices. 

An office at the mini secretariat wears a deserted look in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Team arrives to check rice variety 
Ludhiana, January 14
The decision to grant relaxation in the PAU rice variety 201 specifications may be further delayed as the union food ministry has referred the matter to the health ministry for analysis of the variety. The teams of the PFA authority (Prevention of Food Adulteration Act) of the ministry have arrived in Punjab and are collecting samples of the paddy variety from stores of rice millers since no paddy is standing in the fields.

70 tins of spurious honey seized
Jagraon, January 14
The police today seized 70 tins of spurious honey being prepared by slum dwellers at Sidhwan Bet village here.

Traders clueless about mandatory PAN
Ludhiana, January 14
Traders filing their quarterly VAT returns are ignorant about the requirement for the PAN card during e-filing, which has been made mandatory for all those who got their VAT number in April last.

Vacant plots turn into garbage dumps
Ludhiana, January 14
In the absence of waste disposal sites in residential colonies, vacant plots across the city are turning into garbage dumps. Even government land is being used for waste disposal.


Octroi posts serving as shelter from winter
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 14
Uninhabited octroi booths, posts and cabins have been providing protection to hundreds of passersby and the homeless this winter.

Acute shortage of LPG cylinders
Doraha, January 14
Acute shortage of LPG cylinders has made life tough for consumers here. A long queue of gas-seekers could be seen near Araichan Colony.

Mini bus operators threaten protest on Republic Day
Ludhiana, January14
The long drawn, but inconclusive discussion of the Punjab Mini Bus Operators Association with the state government may end up in an agitation and the angry bus operators may opt to hold a protest on Republic Day.

Arson at Melbourne gurdwara evokes protest
Ludhiana, January 14
Shopkeepers burn an effigy of the Australian government in protest against the arson at a gurdwara in Melbourne (Australia), in Ludhianahopkeepers, led by activists of the Niggar Mandi Shopkeepers Association, today burnt an effigy of the Australian government to lodge their protest against the incident of setting a gurdwara in Melbourne on fire and continued racial attacks against the Indian students.

Shopkeepers burn an effigy of the Australian government in protest against the arson at a gurdwara in Melbourne (Australia), in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

DBA polls: Late night parties dominate 
Ludhiana, January 14
With the voting for the annual elections of the District Bar Association (DBA) scheduled to be held tomorrow, the contesting candidates made all out efforts to woo the voters.

Unfair promotion: Two cops resign 
Ludhiana, January 14
Two cops posted in Nakodar and Jalandhar, respectively, have resigned from their posts, giving a major setback to the Punjab government’s initiative to promote the cops working as sub-inspectors for the last 18 years.

Best poster award for CMCH dept
Ludhiana, January 14
The department of paediatric surgery at the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here has recently won the best poster award at an international conference for its recent research-based findings on foreign body aspirations.

Canadian MP Sukh Dhaliwal during a function near Ahmedgarh NGO Dehliz Foundation set up
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 14
Humanity is the best religion and social and political leaders should refrain from exploiting religious sentiments of innocent members of particular communities for harnessing meager gains.

Canadian MP Sukh Dhaliwal during a function near Ahmedgarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Emphasis on rights of girl child
Ludhiana, January 14
A resolution to celebrate Lohri with a social cause was passed at the meeting of the Urban Estate Welfare Council, Dugri.

Bihar farmers given training
Ludhiana, January 14
Farmers can increase their income many times by adding value through processing of food, said Dr RT Patil, director, Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), during the inaugural function of training on ‘Post-harvest technology for rural catchments’ for 20 farmers from Lakhisarai district, Bihar, sponsored by the Agricultural Technology Management Association (ATMA).

Farm tool manufacturers to meet tomorrow
Ludhiana, January 14
Punjab Agricultural University will organise a national meet of tractor and agricultural machinery manufacturers in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DOAC), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) from January 16-17 on its campus.

PAU Notes
Visit by French farmers

Ludhiana, January 14
A team of 24 French farmers, including 10 farm women visited Punjab Agricultural University today.

Teachers’ meeting on seniority
Ludhiana, January 14
The Principal Promotion Front, Punjab, has taken a serious note of the wrong propaganda by certain lecturers belonging to a particular category for their vested interests.

55-yr-old falls prey to cold wave
Khamano, January 14
The ongoing cold wave claimed the life of a person at Samrala last night. According to information, the deceased, identified as Amar Singh (55), a resident of Gopalpur village, near Rajpura, was found dead under the shed of the canteen of the local bus stand due to cold.


6 booked for abducting minor sisters 
Jagraon, January 14
The Sidhwan Bet police has booked six persons, including a woman, for abducting two minor sisters. The girls were abducted on the evening of January 5.

2 youths detained for creating ruckus 
Ludhiana, January 14
The Lohri celebration turned sour for residents of New Janakpuri in the Salem Tabri area when two drunkard miscreants created ruckus and misbehaved with women of the locality, late last night.

Four booked for fraud
Ludhiana, January 14
The division No. 2 police has booked four persons for conning a city-based businessman for Rs 5 lakh.

7 booked for assault
Raikot, January 14
The Sudhar police has booked seven youths for armed assault in which three persons got severe injuries.

The Punjab basketball squad (junior) before leaving for Indore Squads for national b’ball meet
Ludhiana, January 14
Rajan Sharma, a trainee of the Ludhiana Basketball Academy and Jasdeep Kaur of Ludhiana have been named captains of the Punjab boys and girls teams, respectively, for the forthcoming 60ths Junior National Basketball Championship to be held from January 17 to 24 at Indore.

The Punjab basketball squad (junior) before leaving for Indore. A Tribune photograph

Five visually challenged players for nationals
Ludhiana, January 14
Under the aegis of the Sharp Chess Federation for Blind, as many 15 visually challenged chess players from Punjab participated in the Northern Zone Chess Championship conducted at Ambala from January 2 to 5.




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