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Road recarpeting at Focal Point begins today
Ludhiana, February 24
One of the roads at Focal Point in Ludhiana Appeals to the city’s civic body by industrialists at Focal Point here appear to have been heard at last. Work on the project for recarpeting roads in the area will commence tomorrow.
One of the roads at Focal Point in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Cleaning of Budda Nullah tops MC list
5 tippers worth Rs 78 lakh bought for lifting garbage
Ludhiana, February 24
Cleaning of Budda Nullah seems to be topping the priority list of the local municipal corporation. To clean huge dumps of garbage on both sides of the nullah, authorities have purchased five new tippers and a JCB loader, which will lift more than 50,000 cubic foot of garbage near the nullah in coming days.


A-Star recall sparks panic among customers
MC officials at the site where the new machines became operational in Ludhiana on WednesdayLudhiana, February 24
The revelation by Maruti Suzuki that some of the cars of it flagship A-Star export model have a faulty fuel pump in the car has created apprehension among city residents who bought the popular hatchback. Panic stricken customers kept calling the company’s dealerships to know about the fault and some even visited showrooms to get their cars checked.
MC officials at the site where the new machines became operational in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Nothing in rail budget to cheer about: Residents
Ludhiana, February 24
Though the railway budget presented by Railway Minister Mamta Banerji in Parliament today has not put any additional burden on people by way of a hike in passenger fares or rail freight rates, it has not brought much cheer. No new trains have been proposed nor has much been said about more and better facilities for travellers and improvement in safety measures.

Traffic Bottlenecks
Commissioners take round of city
Ludhiana, February 24
Sensing the gravity of the growing traffic problem in the city, Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh, Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg and MC Commissioner AK Sinha conducted a three-hour drive to get first-hand information about traffic bottlenecks.

Jail inmate caught leaking info
Ludhiana, February 24
An inmate was caught for leaking secret information outside the jail. The accused identified as Jatinder Kumar, a resident of Dhandra who is undergoing a 20-year term in Central Jail for abducting and killing a child.

Prof attacked with swords
Ludhiana, February 24
The staff association of Guru Nank Dev Polytechnic College has condemned “police inaction” in tracking down criminals who attacked and injured a senior professor late last evening. Prof Jugraj Singh (38), head of the auto engineering department of the college, is struggling for life at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital. --TNS


Teachers seek new pay scales
Jagraon, February 24
A full day stay-in strike was observed by the unit of NTEU of the LR DAV College here. The protest was carried out on the call given by the PCNTEU Punjab and Chandigarh as a part of the on going agitation for the fulfillment of demands of implementation of new pay scales as per the Fifth Pay Commission, release of installment of 50 per cent merger of ADA, lifting of ban on new/vacant posts, implementation of pension and gratuity etc.

3-week winter school concludes
PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr MS Kang and other university officials during the concluding function of a winter school in Ludhiana on WednesdayLudhiana, February 24
A three-week winter school on "Architectural Engineering of Vegetable Crops and their Management" concluded at PAU here recently. Regional director of Hyderabad-based Centre of the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre (AVRDC) Dr Madan Lal Chadha presided over.

PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr MS Kang and other university officials during the concluding function of a winter school in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Retired PAU staff honoured
Ludhiana, February 24
The recently retired employees of Punjab Agricultural University were honoured here yesterday by the PAU Employees' Forum in collaboration with its associated groups, including PAU Employees' Federation, PAU Employees' Sewa Dal and PAU Employees' Democratic Front.

Teachers trained to handle special children
Deepak RanjanLudhiana, February 24
A seminar on academic disorder among schoolchildren was organised on the premises of GMT Public School for teachers. Dr Deepika Vig, associate professor, department of human development, was the resource person.

Deepak Ranjan

Biography-reading contest at Green Grove school
Doraha, February 24
A biography-reading competition was held at Green Grove Public School here yesterday. The contest was presided over by school principal S George. Dressed up as leaders, students of both junior and senior classes read out the life history of great Indian and foreign leaders with pride. Students represented Sonia Gandhi, Dr Manmohan Singh, Rani Laxmi Bai, Bhagat Singh, Mother Terersa, Sania Mirza, Kiran Bedi, Princess Diana, Emily Dickenson, Rahul Gandhi and Indira Gandhi.

CIPHET scientist awarded
Ludhiana, February 24
Dr Dattatreya M Kadam, senior scientist at Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), Ludhiana, has received "Young Scientist Award" during the 12th Indian Agricultural Scientists' and Farmers' Congress from Boived Research Society held at Allahabad.

BKU leader’s killing 
Farmers stage dharna, seek culprits’ arrest
Ludhiana, February 24
Farmers stage dharna outside the mini secretariat in Ludhiana on Wednesday A large number of farmers, workers and activists of various trade unions today staged a dharna outside the local mini secretariat against gruesome killing of Sadhu Singh Takhtpura, BKU (E) organising secretary, failure of the authorities to bring the culprits to book. Addressing the protesters, Darshan Singh Kohli, district president of the BKU, and other speakers alleged that the BKU leader had died at the hands of the police, political and land mafia.
Farmers stage dharna outside the mini secretariat in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

57 health department employees shifted
Ludhiana, February 24
The state government has repatriated at least 57 employees of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, who were working in ESIC Model Hospital, Ludhiana, thereby rendering the hospital without any specialists.

Baba Harnek Singh follower’s death
Villagers resist cremation by cops
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 24
The Sihar Thath issued that had remained cooled down for many years resurfaced once again with the sudden death of Baba Manjit Singh Rikhi, a follower of Baba Harnek Singh and subsequent resistance by supporters of faction lead by Baba Mann Singh ( son of founder of the sect late Baba Mihan Singh).

Govt sanctions Rs 3 crore for rural development
Mullanpur Dakha, February 24
Manpreet Singh Ayali, Chairman, Zila Parishad, Ludhiana, yesterday handed over grants worth Rs 3 crore to the sarpanches of various blocks of the Ludhiana district for improving the overall infrastructure and provide basic amenities in rural areas. These grants are to be used for the constructions of permanent structures of houses to those having temporary sheds, of sewage lines, sanitations and water supply lines.

AYUSH launches certification scheme
Ludhiana, February 24
The Department of AYUSH, government of India, in association with the Quality Council of India today launched the AYUSH certification scheme for pharmaceutical companies manufacturing ayurvedic medicines.

Nirankari mandal cleans streets
Mullanpur Dakha, February 24
Local people heaved a sigh of relief when followers of Sant Nirankari Mandal organised a cleanliness drive in the city. The drive was organised on the call from Baba Hardev Singh to his followers all over India.

Malls told to abide by parking rules
Ludhiana, February 24
The MC has asked owners of malls at Mall Road to obey parking rules. Officials made it clear that the parking space should be used only for parking and not for any other commercial activity. Kamalpreet Kaur Brar, additional commissioner of the MC, said today’s meeting was the follow-up of a meeting of all three commissioners (police, district administration and MC) held here yesterday.

Writers honoured at Punjabi Mela
Writers honoured at Punjabi Mela organised at Punjabi BhawanLudhiana, February 24
The conglomeration of Punjabi writers, belonging to the both the young and older genres, at the Punjabi Mela saw them exchanging ideas on the importance of "renaissance" of the Punjabi language in contemporary Punjab. The function, held at Punjabi Bhawan, was organized by the Punjabi Sahit Akademy.
Writers honoured at Punjabi Mela organised at Punjabi Bhawan. A Tribune photograph

Grid engineers bat for PSEB chairman
Ludhiana, February 24
HS Brar, chairman of the PSEB, has also found support from the grid substation engineers who, at a meeting convened here last evening, said the board had performed well under the chairman and the stand of the engineers’ body was misplaced in this particular case.

3 selected for beauty pageant
Ludhiana, February 24
Navjot Kaur, Jugneet Kaur and Rubina Pannu have been selected as the finalists of the ‘Fem de Sohney Sohney Mukhde Of Punjab’ beauty pageant. The winner will get an opportunity to share her beauty secrets on the TV. Nearly 100 girls from the city came together for the finale after three intense rounds. Panel of judges shortlisted three promising faces to represent the city in the grand finale to be held in Chandigarh on March 6.


Theft in four shops
Khanna, February 24
Thefts are on the rise in Khanna. Thefts have been reported in four shops during the past 24 hours. Material and cash worth rupees thousands of rupees was stolen from three shops and a theft was also reported at a garment shop last night.

Thief nabbed by alert neighbours
Ludhiana, February 24
A thief was nabbed while decamping with cash and gold jewellery worth lakhs of rupees after committing a theft near the bus stand here today. According to the police, the thief struck at the house of Manjeet Kaur in the wee hours of here today and was trying to decamp with Rs 85,000 and gold jewellery worth Rs 6 lakh when alert neighbours nabbed him.

One held for killing security guard
Ludhiana, February 24
The Sahnewal police claims to have cracked the case wherein a security guard was killed on August 24, 2009, near Nandpur with the arrest of a main accused. The accused has been identified as Saddam Hussain, a resident of Mehlo Kalan. He was arrested from near the security checkpoint on the Sahnewal road.

Boxer Vijender Singh honoured at Chakar
Boxer Vijender Singh being honoured at Chakar villageJagraon, December 24
Olympian boxer Vijender Singh was honoured at Chakar village yesterday. He was here to attend the two-day rural sport fest of the village organised by Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy and the panchayat. The academy trains the rural youth in boxing and football and boasts of many national prizes, including six gold medals in the national under various categories.

Boxer Vijender Singh being honoured at Chakar village. Photo: Rakesh Gupta

Fans laud Sachin's feat
Ludhiana, February 24
Fans in a jubilant mood in Ludhiana on Wednesday Celebrations broke out here this evening after Sachin Tendulkar created history by becoming the first cricketer to score a double ton in the one-day international cricket match. Master blaster, Sachin remained unconquered on 200 runs against the visitors, South Africa in the second match played at Gwalior as the men in blue went on to score a mammoth total of 401 runs for the loss of just three wickets.
Fans in a jubilant mood in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Athletics meet begins at Arya College
A student takes part in high jump during athletics meet at Arya College in Ludhiana Ludhiana, February 24
Ramita finished ahead of others in the 100m sprint to emerge as the fastest runner in the girl's section, while Chandan and Ropali annexed two titles each on the opening day of the two-day 63rd Athletics Meet of Arya College, Civil Lines, here today. Chandan came out triumphant in high jump and javelin throw events and Ropali romped home victor in shot put and discus throw.
A student takes part in high jump during athletics meet at Arya College in Ludhiana 
on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Sukhdeep, Hardeep best athletes
Mullanpur Dakha, February 24
Sukhdeep Singh and Hardeep Singh were jointly declared best athletes among boys, while Sharanpreet Kaur was adjudged best athlete among girls during the 59th Annual Athletics Meet of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, near here.




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