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Rs 791-crore MC budget to be presented today
Ludhiana, February 14
The municipal corporation’s budget for fiscal 2010-11, proposing an outlay of Rs 791.3 crore, will be presented before its general house tomorrow. According to sources, of the total amount Rs 339.3 crore is expected to come from loans and share of taxes while the remaining amount of Rs 452 crore is to be collected through various income sources like house tax, VAT share, advertisement tax and octroi on electricity.

Cupid-struck youths defy moral police
Ludhiana, February 14
Despite being Sunday and threat calls given by a few radical organisations, the spirits of young generation could not be dampened as they celebrated Valentine Day today.

Girls look at Valentine’s Day cards. in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo by Inderjeet Verma


Ishwar Singh takes over as first police commissioner
Ludhiana, February 14
Finally the city has got its first police commissioner. DIG Ishwar Singh, who has an illustrious career as DIG Jalandhar and DIG Ludhiana range, took over as the first police commissioner of the city today. A recipient of president medal for meritorious service he has extensive knowledge on drug-related crimes. He is a 1993- batch IPS officer of the Punjab carder with a rich academic background with a degree in electronic and communication engineering.

Punjab page: Police Commissioner faces uphill task

Google to the rescue of new moms
Ludhiana, February 14
With the joint family system almost disappearing giving way to nuclear families, rearing children - especially small kids - has become a hard task for mothers these days. But the smart tech savvy moms have found an easy and fast way to deal with this problem. Today the answer to their queries during the initial years of motherhood is just a click away.

MC looks other way as builder flouts norms
Ludhiana, February 14
While the municipal corporation claims to be vigilant enough not to permit any encroachments to come up within its jurisdiction, unauthorized construction of a building is going on unhindered within the HIG flats complex on Rani Jhansi Road.

Encroachments that have come up within the HIG flats complex on the Rani Jhansi Road. A Tribune photograph

Thieves strike at two shops, decamp with Rs 1.10 lakh, clothes
Ludhiana, February 14
Thieves struck at two shops located in the Field Gunj area and decamped with clothes and cash over Rs 1.10 lakh. The incident came to light this morning, when Congress Leader Jung Bahadur, who own Duke outlet in Kucha No. 11, reached his shop and found the shutter of the outlet uprooted.

12 encroachers booked
Jagraon, February 14
At least 12 persons of Bhundri village have been booked for encroaching upon Panchayat land. The sarpanch of the village has in a complaint lodged with the BDPO, Sidhwan Bet, giving a list of the encroachers and had stated that despite repeated requests the accused were not vacating the land.


Cycle Manufacturers’ Body
Former, incumbent teams cross swords over directory
Ludhiana, February 14
The present and former office-bearers of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers’ Association (UCPMA) on Thursday crossed swords over the removal of messages of former president and general secretary from the association’s directory released by the old team.

From Schools and Colleges
Juniors bid adieu to seniors
Ludhiana, February 14
Students of Class XI organised a farewell party for Class XII students on the premises of GMT Public School here yesterday. The function began with a havan. Students of Class XII sang a song remembering their school days. A fashion show was also organised on the occasion. The outgoing students were given trophies as token of love. Gurkirat Singh and Chahat were declared Mr and Miss GMT Directors of the school.

Parents hope schoolbag strain on kids will be eased
Ludhiana, February 14
With school authorities having begun preparations for the new session, parents in the city are anxious about whether their children would get some respite from lugging heavy bags to classes.

Schoolchildren carry heavy bags on an auto-rickshaw in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Hope in sight for small units
Issues of small, medium industry likely to be taken up at the highest forum
Ludhiana, February 14
With the recent nomination of VP Chopra, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations (FOPSIA), as the member of the National Board for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, established by the Government of India, the small-scale industry is hopeful that the problems being faced by the industry will now be taken care of at the Central level.

Relief for rice sheller owners
FCI officials start shifting stocks inside godowns
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 14
Owners of rice shellers, whose 45,000 rice bags stacked in the open yards of warehouses at Kilaraipur, Ghungrana and Dehlon were spoilt by the rain recently, have heaved a sigh of relief with FCI officials agreeing to shift the commodity inside the godowns.

Festival Rush
Railways fail to run special trains
No room in UP, Bihar, West Bengal-bound trains
Ludhiana, February 14
With the Railways failing to run special trains, passengers with travel plans to their native places in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and North East for Holi festival and others intending to travel to Hazoor Sahib (Nanded) for Hola Mohalla celebrations are again at the receiving end.

At the Crossroads
Mirza Ghalib, a mystic poet
Tasawwuf (Islamic mysticism) is a spiritual protest against the extrinsic forms of religion. A few Urdu poets have taken liberties with a few established beliefs. This has enkindled the spirit of enquiry and awakened a sense of revolt. Dr Ali Jawad Zaidi tells that “these undercurrents in poetry upheld the supremacy of compassion and brotherhood of man, disregarding the dividing lines between faiths. The emphasis on love in the mystic system of thought came in handy to the ghazal writer, as it encompassed both the physical and the metaphysical”.

Former umpire Mahal felicitated
Ludhiana, February 14
Dr Manjit Singh Mahal, former umpire at the panel of the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI), has been bestowed upon with the life-time achievement award for excellence in sports by the Alumni Association of the College of Agriculture of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.

Weaving magic through ‘sarangi’
Ludhiana, February 14
She is committed to preserve the dying art form, ‘dhaadhi kavigicshri’. Generally it’s men who perform ‘dhaadhi kavishri’ but Parvinder Kaur is an exception in this league. She is dedicated to promoting this art form and even training young girls. Not only this, she is also an expert in martial art-‘gatka’.

Workshop on climate change
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 14
The department of civil engineering at RIMT-Institute of Engineering and Technology organised a workshop on “Awareness for reduction of carbon dioxide emissions”. Senior deputy director JS Chawla, National Institute of Secondary Steel Technology (NISST), was the chief guest.

Jagraon overbridge to be ready in 40 days: SSP
Jagraon, February 14
In what may come as a momentary relief to residents, SSP (Ludhiana rural) yesterday announced that the railway overbridge would be completed within 40 days.

Govt under fire over price rise
Ludhiana, February 14
Led by activists of the Inquilabi Kendra, Punjab, people from different walks of life, including farmers, factory workers, government employees and a large number of women, held a protest demonstration after holding a rally at Chattar Singh Park here today against price rise.

Activists of the Inquilabi Kendra, Punjab, hold a protest demonstration against price rise in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Lions Club organises ‘Ibadat-2010’
Ludhiana, February 14
The Lions Club International District 321-F organised Ibadat-2010 a pro-conference and mellow seminar here today.

Fight poverty, corruption, Manpreet to youth
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 14
The youth should come forward to take up the responsibility entrusted on us by freedom fighters, said Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal.

Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal with Market Committee chairman Randhir Singh Bhamri at Mandi Gobindgarh on Saturday. Photo: Bhushan Sood

Dead man’s eyes brighten two lives
Jagraon, February 14
The National Consumer Awareness Group, an NGO, persuaded the family of a person, who had died, to donate his eyes. The NGO project director Vijay Jain got the information that Suraj Parkash (35) of Patel Nagar Mohalla had died after a brief illness.

GTB College teachers call off stir
Mullanpur Dakha, February 14
With a commitment from the management of the college, teachers working on the aided posts at the GTB National College, Dakha, yesterday called off their agitation.

Dalits complain of harassment
Amloh, February 14
Some Dalit families of Haripur village under the Amloh police station have lodged a complaint with the Scheduled Castes Commission member Dalip Singh Pandhi here today against a villagers of abusing them.

World Hockey Cup reaches Jagraon
Jagraon, February 14
Locals and those living in surrounding areas were elated after organisers of the Hockey World Cup Hero Honda Group of Companies reached here with the cup here during the three-day tour within Punjab. Ranjan Mittal, Zonal Head, operations, North India, was instrumental in bringing the cup to this region. The cup will be taken to Moga, Ferozepur, Ludhiana, Nawanshahar, Chandigarh and Hoshiarpur.




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