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MC still awaits Rs 2.41-cr Central grant

Ludhiana, January 16
The city got a boost in December 2009 when MP Manish Tewari announced that the Union Ministry of Tourism and Urban Development had sanctioned Rs 3.02 crore for the beautification of major parks and historical buildings.

Clock tower and (right) Rakh Bagh that await grants for restoration.  A Tribune photograph

Ghanta Ghar
Nehru Rose Garden


Stray Dog Menace
Vehicle overturns, occupants safe

Ludhiana, January 16
Endeavor SUV that overturned near Guru Nanak Engineering College A tragedy was averted after Endeavor SUV overturned due to sudden appearance of a stray dog on the Malerkotla-Ludhiana road near Guru Nanak Engineering College here last night. Though occupants of vehicles following the SUV had to apply sudden breaks sustained minor injuries, no loss of life was reported to the police.

Endeavor SUV that overturned near Guru Nanak Engineering College. Photo: Mahesh Sharma 

Craze for fancynumbers fade 
Outsider takes 0001 for Rs 2 lakh 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 16
Vehicle owners of this area falling under the erstwhile state of Nawabs seem to be less crazy about the fancy numbers that was auctioned by the civil administration yesterday. Outsiders purchased majority of high-priced fancy numbers, including the most sought after 0001. The number 0009, which could have fetched handsome amount to the administration in any other subdivision, went uncalled for.

32 LCDs worth Rs 25 lakh stolen from showroom
Ludhiana, January 16
Armed robbers struck at an electronic appliances showroom near the Kali Mata temple in Haibowal and decamped with 32 LCDs worth over Rs 25 lakh after thrashing a security guard here late last night.


MBBS doctors using quacks for moolah
Ludhiana, January 16
With several MBBS doctors “renting” their nameplates and boards to quacks in slum areas, the city appears to have become a safe haven for self-styled physicians practising allopathic, homeopathic and ‘ayurvedic’ medicine without being qualified to do so.

Beggary menace haunts shopkeepers
Ludhiana, January 16
Shopkeepers have started to feel the pinch of beggar menace in the city. Those who run their shops adjacent to Durga Mata Mandir, near Jagraon Bridge, have now asked the administration to intervene and curb the menace.
Beggars have been a source of nuisance for shopkeepers as well as devotees visiting Durga Mata Mandir in Ludhiana. Beggars have been a source of nuisance for shopkeepers as well as devotees visiting Durga Mata Mandir in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Teleserials compromise with quality over quantity: Puri
Ludhiana, January 16
Mouli Ganguly, Rajesh Puri and Himani Shivpuri at a press conference in Ludhiana Mega teleserials are being churned in the rat race of the television channels, but are far from being termed as quality production/direction, observed Rajesh Puri, famous television and theatre artiste and a director.

Mouli Ganguly, Rajesh Puri and Himani Shivpuri at a press conference in Ludhiana on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Store purchase scheme a fiasco in Punjab
Small manufacturers blame it on PSEB
Ludhiana, January 16
The Government Store Purchase Programme, through which small manufacturers can participate in government tenders, has turned out to be a fiasco in Punjab, thanks to the wrong policies of the Punjab State Electricity Board, which has not purchased any material through this programme for the past three years.

DBA Poll
Virk elected secretary

Ludhiana, January 16
Gurpreet Singh Virk was declared as secretary of the District Bar Association (DBA) in the annual elections held here yesterday. The result was declared late last night by the returning officer, as he had to conduct re-counting of votes thrice on the persistent request of other contestants.

Punjab industrialists to visit Canada: Gabria
Ludhiana, January 16
To boost business ties between India and Canada, a delegation of industrialists from Punjab will visit Canada in the near future. These views were expressed by Punjab’s minister for jails, tourism and culture Hira Singh Gabria at a seminar organised by the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers’ Association here last evening.

Class V board exam issue draws flak
Doraha, January 16
The recent decision of the Punjab government to do away with the board examination of Class V may seem to have relaxed several students, has failed to be accepted and hence termed “improper” by schools, especially private schools.

US scientist talks on soyabean
Ludhiana, January 16
Dr Devinder Sandhu, scientist from the department of biology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, US, visited Punjab Agricultural University and delivered a talk on "Regulation of systemic acquired resistance (SAR) ­ in soyabean", yesterday in the department of plant breeding and genetics.

Students donate woollens to needy
Ludhiana, January 16
Students of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School went to the slum areas to distribute woollen clothes to the needy. The students came forward to donate woollens for the ‘woollen donation campaign’ to offer help to the poor.

UN team visit
Ludhiana, January 16
A six-member team from UNICEF and the ministry of education, Ethiopia, visited Government Girls High School, Dakha, accompanied by Dr Satnam Singh Ladhar, joint director (SC/ST), Dr Ashish from the NCST and Manpreet Kaur (district co-coordinator) for the inspection of the school under the Green School Award programme. Headmistress Manju Bhardwaj welcomed the team. 

Stray dogs kill, devour child
Jagraon, January 16
A two-year-old boy was mauled and devoured by stray dogs at Kothe Pona village, near here, yesterday.


Woman stealing purse caught on CCTV 
Ludhiana, January 16
A thief stole a woman’s purse containing 230 gram gold ornaments and Rs 2,000 in cash from a shoe shop in Model Town here this evening.

Ajit Singh in police custody for duping a bank of Rs 4.5 lakh in Ludhiana. Six booked for bank fraud
Ludhiana, January 16
The police yesterday booked six persons, including a woman, of Phillaur for committing fraud with a bank and usurping loan of Rs 15 lakh by submitting fake documents. The division No. 2 police booked Narinder Kumar, Baldev Kumar, Kulwant Singh, Karamjit Singh, Surinder Kumar, Sunita Rani of Moro and Talwer villages, near Phillaur, following the directions from SSP SS Gill.

Ajit Singh in police custody for duping a bank of Rs 4.5 lakh in Ludhiana. A Tribune photogrpah

Septuagenarian killed in accident
Jagraon, January 16
A handcart owner was killed in an accident yesterday while returning home late in the evening. Gurdev Singh (70) of Dalla village at Jagraon was a fruit-vendor. Yesterday, while returning home, on the Kacha Malak road here he met with an accident with a motorcycle.

Girl shot at, father booked
Jagraon, January 16
The police booked a man for firing at his daughter following a domestic altercation here yesterday.

Top outfits for hockey tourney
Ludhiana, January 16
Top hockey outfits of the country will vie for honours in the sixth edition of the All-India Guru Gobind Singh Hockey Tournament to be organised by the Ludhiana Sportsmen Welfare Association here at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University campus from February 2 to 8.




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