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Fire breaks out in books market
Major tragedy averted; cylinders, diesel dumped in building
Ludhiana, April 21
Had it been during the day, it could have been a major fire tragedy at the books market here in the wee hours. About 10-12 fire engines were rushed to the spot to douse the fire, which took firefighters nearly four hours to control.

A building at the books market where fire broke out in the wee hours of Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Rain triggers panic; farmers begin harvesting
Ludhiana, April 21
Showers accompanied by hail in several parts of the district sent panic waves among farmers who are waiting for the procurement of their produce in mandis and several are in the process of harvesting it.

Doctors still lax on biomedical waste disposal
Ludhiana, April 21
‘Save the Earth’ is certainly not the slogan of a large number of doctors in the city who are openly flouting guidelines stipulated by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) on disposal of biomedical waste.

Contaminated water causing illness: Residents
Ludhiana, April 21
The municipal corporation once again appears to be playing with the lives of city residents. In a typical case of gross negligence, though residents of many houses in Dashmesh Nagar, near Gill Road, have been getting contaminated water for over a fortnight MC officials have yet to address the problem.

Water of Dashmesh Nagar goes for test
Ludhiana, April 21
Taking preventive measure against water-borne diseases, a team of officials from the department of health and family welfare collected six samples of water from Dashmesh Nagar on the Gill road. Residents had been complaining of murky and pungent smelling water.

Students’ thumbs down to MC
Ludhiana, April 21
The MC is criticised for not providing basic civic facilities to residents living within its limits. The latest to join the list of the MC’s critics are school children, who say that the civic body needs “some serious lessons in keeping the city clean”.

3 bookies held for IPL betting
Ludhiana, April 21
The police arrested three bookies in the main market, Dugri, after they were found betting on the ongoing IPL matches following a tipoff late on Monday night. They were later identified as Gurcharan Singh Kohli, 48, his brother Manjit Singh, Kohli 40 and Subhash, 45.


Sikh bodies gear up to wrest control of SGPC
Ludhiana, April 21
While the chief commissioner, Gurdwara Elections, Justice HS Brar (retired) is waiting for the notification to be issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs for the conduct of the SGPC general house elections, the Sikh organisations opposed to Akali Dal (Badal) are gearing up to wrest the control of the religious body of the Sikhs from the ruling party in Punjab. Shiromini Akali Dal headed by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and earlier led by Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has been dominating the SGPC for the past many decades.

Taking exams for newly weds no child’s play
Doraha, April 21
Majority of fresh brides, presently taking their university examinations, feel that tying nuptial knots, especially when one is midway in studies, can disrupt ones physical, social, mental, intellectual and even psychological sensibilities to a considerable extent.

At the Crossroads
Wit, wisdom in Persian
In the modern times, the quest for information has relegated the pursuit of wisdom to the secondary position. The younger generation is not aware of the fact that classical languages like Sanskrit and Persian are replete with gems of wit and wisdom.

Unfair to put our staff on duty: School mgmts
Ludhiana, April 21
The educational institutes, especially the schools in the city have started protesting against the Municipal Corporation authorities for putting their teachers on Census duties. Perturbed over getting orders from the district in charge, Census 2010, private school managements maintain that it was unfair on part of the MC to put their staff on duties. Due to this, the students and their studies will be adversely affected, feel the school authorities.

Beauticians get ‘expired’ products as souvenirs
Ludhiana, April 21
In a shocking incident that came to light during a state-level seminar on beauty and hair care held in the city yesterday, over a 1,000 participating beauticians were given "expired" products as souvenirs.

Date of manufacture and expiry painted black on the bottles of toiletries that were given as souvenirs to participants. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Cuts leave residents powerless
Ludhiana, April 21
The erratic power cut schedule, coupled with unscheduled outages and frequent load-shedding, especially in early hours of the morning and late in the evening, has thrown the normal life in the city out of gear.

Google’s Internet bus comes calling
Ludhiana, April 21
To initiate schoolchildren from the lower strata of society into the computer age, Internet’s largest search portal Google has brought its unique “Internet Bus Project” to the state.

Garment maker discuss payment related issues
Ludhiana, April 21
Members of the MSME Garments Manufacturers’ Association of Ludhiana (MGMAL) held a meeting to discuss the problems being facing in getting payments here today.

Green documentaries screen
Ludhiana, April 21
Youngsters gave a “green” message to mark Earth Day during the Ludhiana International Children’s Film Festival. “Save Environment, Save Ludhiana”, a film by Saiba, Nitika and Ritika from Ryan International School, won the first prize while “The Burning Earth” by Karun, Sagar and Raghav won the second prize.

Award winning teams of the International Children’s Film Festival in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Fire continues to consume wheat crop
Jagraon, April 21
Raging fire in fields across the region continue to destroy crops. Most of the fires have been caused by sparking in overhead high-tension cables, causing huge financial losses to farmers.

Central team must assess farmers’ losses, says MP
Ludhiana, April 21
Local MP and national spokesperson for the All-India Congress Committee Manish Tewari today sought the assessment of losses suffered by farmers in the states of Punjab, Haryana and other places where they due to climate changes.

South African panel visits GADVASU
Ludhiana, April 21
A four-member delegation from Walter Sisulu University (WSU) of South Africa led by Prof PN Luswazi, former registrar and director, Centre for Rural Development, visited Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University yesterday with a view to tie up with the university on vital aspects.

Vet varsity group wins FM Burnet Award
Ludhiana, April 21
A team of scientists led by Dr Hari Mohan Saxena, professor-cum-head, department of veterinary microbiology, GADVASU, Ludhiana, has won the FM Burnet Award for interdisciplinary team research.

Water-borne diseases
Create awareness among masses: ADC
Ludhiana, April 21
Officials of the department of health and family welfare, municipal corporation and various other departments recently attended a meeting under the chairmanship of ADC (general) Kuldip Singh for “preparedness” against vector borne and water-borne diseases.

Encroachment removal discussed
Ludhiana, April 21
Senior town planners AS Tuli and Hemant Batra held a meeting on the removal of encroachments in the city at the zone D office here yesterday.

4.6 lakh tonne wheat arrives in mandis
Phillaur, April 21
At least 4.6 lakh tonne wheat had arrived in different mandis of Jalandhar district and Rs 187.35 crore had been paid to farmers till Monday.

‘Come forward to donate blood’
Ludhiana, April 21
Students, faculty and staff at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, donated 110 units of blood during a blood donation camp organised today, the 5th foundation day of the university. The camp was organised with the Salaam Zindagi Foundation, a city-based NGO working for the cause of voluntary blood donation.

Fire in hosiery unit
Ludhiana, April 21
Minor fire broke out in a hosiery/textile unit in Industrial Area-A here yesterday. Two fire engines were requisitioned to douse the fire.


Electronics shop burgled
Jagraon, April 21
An electronics shop situated in the Sidhwan Bet town was burgled last night. Mandeep Singh, owner of the shop — Thekedar Electronics — in his statement to the police claimed that his cousin had called him up from abroad last night requesting him to help one of his drunk friend, who was lying in an inebriated condition at Bhatha Dhuha village, near Humbran. He urged Mandeep to pick him up and drop him at his house at Humbran.

Auto drivers for easing traffic
Ludhiana, April 21
The District Auto-Rickshaw Drivers Federation has called for regulation of traffic in the city, specifically demanding immediate redressal of problems being faced by thousands of three-wheeler drivers.

One held with pistol, live cartridges
Khanna, April 21
A resident of Manki village has been arrested with a .32 bore pistol along with 22 live cartridges. The accused has been identified as Balwinder Singh.

5 booked for bid to steal wheat
Khanna, April 21
Five persons have been booked for trying to steal wheat and encroach upon the land of Ujagar Singh at Hol village.

City to host Punjab chess meet
Ludhiana, April 21
The Ludhiana District Chess Association (LDCA) will organise the second edition of the DD Khosla Memorial Punjab State Chess Championship for boys and girls (u-9, 13 and 17) at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, here on April 24 and 25. According to Arvinder Preet Singh, general secretary, LDCA, competitions would be held as per the Swiss League System under the FIDE (World Chess Federation) regulations.




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