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Elite Arcade owner held for fraud
Ludhiana, February 23
The owner of Elite Arcade, Mall Road, was arrested by the Gurgaon police from the city here today in a fraud case involving crores of rupees. The accused has been identified as Rajesh Gupta.

House Tax: MC losing crores
Wide disparity in taxes being charged from hotels
Ludhiana, February 23
House tax generates maximum revenue for the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, yet it seems to be making least efforts to collect it. The fact came to fore from the data collected from the local hotels.

“Save Tiger” brings this doctor from Brazil
Marie, a Brazilian, at the Tiger Safari in LudhianaLudhiana, February 23
The nationwide campaign “Save Tiger” has managed to draw a woman from Brazil who comes with a message to save the big cat.

Marie, a Brazilian, at the Tiger Safari in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma



LIT to hand over 3 colonies to MC
Ludhiana, February 23
Decks have been cleared for handing over three residential colonies developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) to the MC for maintenance as per the provisions laid down in the Punjab Town Improvement Act.

Do away with footpath billboards: PSHRC
Ludhiana, February 23
A complaint by a social activist, Arvind Sharma, has led the Punjab State Human Rights Commission to ask the Ludhiana MC to remove illegal billboards dotting the city’s footpaths, by March 19.  Sharma said: “With the billboards dotting the footpaths, there is virtually no space for pedestrians to walk and after a report was published in The Tribune dated August 1 -- “Signboards eat into sidewalks”, I wrote to the commission.”

No let-up in IT surveys
Ludhiana, February 23
The income tax department will be carrying out more surveys in the near future. The department has already conducted 207 surveys in the Ludhiana range, which has yielded undisclosed income worth Rs 103.16 crore.

From Schools
Sports meet at GGN Public School
Ludhiana, February 23
GGN Public School organised a sports meet for GGN Kids' Kingdom here today. The meet was inaugurated by principal Stapreet Kaur. Events such as frog race, hurdle race and 50m race were held.

Beheading of Sikhs
BJP burns Taliban effigy
Ludhiana, February 23
Upset over beheading of Sikhs by Taliban in Peshawar town of Pakistan, BJP activists today burnt an effigy of Taliban and held an angry demonstration at the Clock Tower Chowk here today.  Rajiv Katna, district president of the party, said acts of Taliban and that of terrorism were being perpetrated by the Pakistan government in India to destabilise the country called for firm and effective steps.

DMCH overcharging, says Civil Surgeon
Ludhiana, February 23
The meeting of the Red Cross and the Punjab State Aids Control Society to push NGOs for voluntary blood donation became stormy when the Civil Surgeon accused the DMCH and the CMCH of overcharging patients for blood after getting it from the NGOs.

Demolition drive in old city areas
Encroachments in Talaab Bazaar in the old city area of Ludhiana being razedLudhiana, February 23
Targeting the old city area markets, the municipal corporation today held a demolition drive at Talaab Bazaar and on the stretch from Division No. 3 to Baba Thann Singh Chowk. ATP Harpreet Ghai said around 55 encroachments in the form of extended structures were removed, along with 24 telephone poles, that had reduced the width of the road.
Encroachments in Talaab Bazaar in the old city area of Ludhiana being razed. A Tribune photograph

Cycle units want better technology
Ludhiana, February 23
After China, India has become the second largest producer of bicycles in the world. But the cycle industry feels that the gap of production between India and China had widened recently as the latter kept on upgrading the technology. But, India could not produce more than 15 million bicycles annually due to “insufficient” support by the government. The expectations of the industry are high from the Central government’s Budget to be declared on February 28.

Remembering God in testing times
Schoolchildren pray to God ahead of their exams in LudhianaLudhiana, February 23
With exam fever spreading across the city, educational institutions and students are turning to the Almighty with only one prayer in their minds - that their efforts should bear fruit. After rigorous academic efforts, coaching and counselling sessions, numerous workshops and seminars, city schools and colleges are milling around Gods for help in exams. Havanas, prayers, Akhand Path, meditation have become the order of the day in educational institutions across the city.

Schoolchildren pray to God ahead of their exams in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

419 students walk proud with degrees
A student gets a degree during the  convocation at LD DAV College, Jagraon, on TuesdayJagraon, February 23
Golden jubilee convocation at LR DAV College, Jagraon, was held here today in which 419 students of various streams were conferred degrees. Degrees were awarded students of postgraduate classes in English, Punjabi, Economics and History, and students of graduate classes -BA, BSc, BCom and BCA and students of PGDCA.

A student gets a degree during the  convocation at LD DAV College, Jagraon, on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Awareness programme on quality mgmt
Ludhiana, February 23
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises - Development Institute, Ludhiana, organised a one-day awareness programme on quality management systems in collaboration with the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) here today.

State of Health in Rural Areas-III
Docs, staff skip duty 
Ludhiana, February 23
With doctors and paramedical staff playing truant from the primary health centres, subsidiary health centres and sub-centers in villages of the Ludhiana district, the villagers are left with no option but to avail the services of the nearest private practitioner or fall back on the quacks.

500 examined at medical camp
Ludhiana, February 23
The IDPD in collaboration with Joint Council of Trade Unions and Working Women Forum, Ludhiana, held a free medical check-up camp at Dhandari Khurd near here today. Over 500 patients were examined for different diseases and medicines were distributed free of cost.

Roadways staff stage protest
Ludhiana, February 23
A few trade unions under the aegis of the Punjab Roadways employees today held a gate rally at the workshop to lodge protest against the government and police repression on working class in general and murder of BKU activist Sadhu Singh Takhtpur in particular.



Migrant dies in accident
Khanna,February 23
Mintu Lal, a migrant, died after an unidentified speeding tractor him from behind. Mintu was pulling a cart at the roadside when the accident took place. The tractor driver fled away after hitting Mintu.

Five booked for drug peddling
Jagraon, February 23
The Jagraon city police yesterday achieved a major success with the arrest of a poppy husk peddler. About 1, 000 kg poppy husk was recovered from his house. Family members of the accused, however, managed to escape. The value of the poppy husk in the international market is Rs 1.5 lakh.


Ad agency challenges BJP’s claims
Ludhiana, February 23
Advertisement rights have brought the advertising agency, Greenline, and the BJP at loggerheads.  While BJP councillors held a press conference yesterday and lashed out at the advertisement agency, alleging a scam behind the allotment of tender and loss of over Rs 30 crore, the firm today challenged the councillors’ claims.

Harleen adjudged best athlete
Ludhiana, February 23
Harleen Kaur of BA Ist year was adjudged best athlete in the annual athletics meet held at the Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women, Kidwai Nagar, here today. Deepali Sharma, student of BA IInd was declared the best NCC cadet.

Kirandeep wins 100m sprint
Ludhiana, February 23
Kirandeep Kaur, student of B.Ed, who emerged victorious in 100m sprint besides fetching titles in the long and high jump events was adjudged the best athelet in the annual sports meet of the Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Civil Lines, held here today.

Neeraj clinches bronze medal
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 23
Neeraj Verma, student of RIMT - Maharaja Aggrasen Engineering College clinched bronze medal in the 47th National Roller and Inline Hockey Championship held at Chandigarh. He stunned his rivals with a spell-bounding performance. Earlier, he also brought laurels to the Institution by participating in the 47th National Roller Skating, held at Nagpur recently.




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