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Drug peddler with narcotics worth Rs 1.25 cr arrested
First-of-its-kind case of drugs being couriered

Cops show the sandal in which Sandeep Kumar (inset) had hidden narcotics, in LudhianaLudhiana, April 13
In what could be a lead to a major international drug-trafficking nexus between drug peddlers and courier companies, the Ludhiana police late last evening arrested a drug trafficker with narcotics worth Rs 1.25 crore. —
Cops show the sandal in which Sandeep Kumar (inset) had hidden narcotics, in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph


‘Drugs Control Act has outlived its purpose’
Ludhiana, April 13
"Way back in 1980, when I was director of PGIMER, I had urged the Punjab government not to allow liquor vends to be set up in the state. I had envisioned the alcohol addiction, which subsequently leads to drug addiction, that today ravages the state, particularly those who are uneducated and jobless," said Dr Jaswant Singh Neki, a noted physician and poet who now lives in Delhi.

Missing Land File Case 
Court orders LIT to maintain status quo

Ludhiana, April 13
A local court has ordered the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) to maintain the status quo in respect of plot No 110, measuring 400 square yards, situated in the posh Rajguru Nagar here till April 24.

Probes into MC scams yet to be completed
Ludhiana, April 13
The questions raised and inquiries marked in various scams allegedly involving the municipal corporation in recent years are still to be resolved. Though commissioners and senior officials of the civic body have kept on changing no outcome has come from probes initiated in these scams.

Mahila Cong activists burn effigy of party leaders
Appointment of new district president
The controversy over the appointment of Leena Taparia as the new president of the district unit of the Mahila Congress (women wing of the party) took a new turn when several activists, including former councillors and a former district president, held a demonstration at Clock Tower here and burnt an effigy of former chief parliamentary secretary Surinder Dawar and state president of the Mahila Congress Ratna.

Vigilance team visits city
Ludhiana, April 13
A vigilance team of the Local Bodies Department from Chgandigarh comprising senior officials, including SE, XEN and SDO, visited the city to get details on the advertisements/hoardings installed throughout the city. The officials also held meeting and detailed discussions with the MC Commissioner AK Sinha and visited various spots for getting first-hand information.

Noted poet honoured
Stone laid for city’s first book bazaar

Ludhiana, April 13
Noted physician and poet Dr Jaswant Singh Neki today laid the foundation stone of the city’s first ever book bazaar, named after Sufi mystic Sain Mian Mir, at Punjabi Bhawan here. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) have contributed Rs 10 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, respectively, to Punjabi Sahit Akademi for construction of the book bazaar building.

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A bhangra troupe celebrates Baisakhi with traditional fervour near a village in Ludhiana
A bhangra troupe celebrates Baisakhi with traditional fervour near a village in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Youth Cong pays tributes to martyrs
Youth Congress workers form a human chain to pay tributes to martyrs on Baisakhi in LudhianaLudhiana, April 13
A large number of party workers, led by president of the District Youth Congress Dimple Rana today formed a human chain from the Congress Bhawan to the Jagraon bridge and paid floral tributes to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev to mark the festival of Baisakhi.

Youth Congress workers form a human chain to pay tributes to martyrs on Baisakhi in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Jagraon MLA warns against wheat rotting in open
Mullanpur Dakha, April 13
“Thousands of tones of wheat is already rotting in the open plinths of Punjab and the wheat procured this season might meet the same fate’, said Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, Jagraon MLA, on his informal visit to the local grain market.

Gabria disburses Rs 45 lakh among needy, institutes
Ludhiana, April 13
Minister for jails, tourism and cultural affairs in Punjab Hira Singh Gabria claimed today that the SAD-BJP government was committed to the overall development; specifically for the welfare of the weaker and under-privileged sections.

Cross-border wedding grips visitors from Pakistan
Ludhiana, April 13
Sazia Fahed from Pakistan exhibits her collection at Baisakhi Bazar in Ludhiana Having already made headlines in the media, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza’s wedding with Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik has now become a hot topic for discussion at the ‘Baisakhi Bazaar’, an exhibition being organised at the city’s Hotel Maharaja Regency. At least 12 women exhibitors have come from across the border to display their exquisite hand embroidery, jewellery and shoes.

Sazia Fahed from Pakistan exhibits her collection at Baisakhi Bazar in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Shopkeepers resist anti-encroachment drive
Ludhiana, April 13
Officials of the municipal corporation’s ‘tehbazari’ wing (LMC) had to once again face the wrath of shopkeepers when their team went to remove illegal encroachments in a city market. The shopowners not only raised slogans against the civic body but also stopped the team from removing the ‘ferris’ and ‘rehris’ outside their shops in Akalgarh market.

Farmers panic, rush for combine harvesters
Ludhiana/Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 13
Cloudy weather and intermittent showers have caused panic among farmers in the area, who are now rushing to hire combine harvesters for reaping their wheat crop.

Wheat on 7 acres gutted
Amloh, April 13
Wheat crop on 7 acres was gutted at Bhagwanpura village today. It was caused in the fields of farmer Lakhbir Singh.

Test flight fails to take off
Ludhiana, April 13
Ludhianvis, it seems, will have to wait for some more time to have air connectivity with New Delhi as the Ludhiana-Delhi test flight, scheduled to take off from the city today, has been put off for a few days for some reasons.

Fire at hosiery unit
Ludhiana, April 13
Fire broke out at a hosiery unit at Street Number 3, Preet Nagar Basti Jodhewal, here in the afternoon.

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1 dead, 2 hurt in accident
Jagraon, April 13
A man died in an accident that took place between a motorcycle and a tempo trax yesterday evening. Two others also sustained serious injuries in the accident.

After kabaddi, it’s Hockey Cup
Excited, organisers fix Rs 50 lakh as prize money 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 13
Terming organisation of the World Cup Kabaddi as a landmark in the history of sports, the organisers of the events have announced that Hockey Cup would also be organised on the similar pattern.

Boxing: Chakar eves bag four gold 
Jagraon, April 13
Displaying their exemplary expertise learnt from the coaches of the Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy at Chakar villages, four of its girls managed to bag four medals in the first Sub-Junior Punjab State boxing Championship.

Cricket trials 22 probables selected
Ludhiana, April, 13
At least 22 probables were selected by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) for the coaching-cum- training camp to be held at MGM Public School,Dugri, from April 26 onwards.




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