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Pleas ignored 
Shopkeepers hold commuters to ransom
Ludhiana, May 21
Protesting against frequent incidents of clashes between rival gangs in the city’s Hargobind Nagar, Shingaar Cinema road and nearby areas, shopkeepers today staged a ‘dharna’ (sit-in) at Dholewal Chowk, blocking traffic for nearly an hour.

‘VIP treatment’ for Irfan miffs fans
Cricketer Irfan Pathan enjoys his moment in the shade while attending trials in Ludhiana on FridaLudhiana, May 21
The ‘special treatment’ accorded to the Indian cricket team’s star former all-rounder Irfan Pathan left his fans and even a senior cricket coach disappointed here today.

Cricketer Irfan Pathan enjoys his moment in the shade while attending trials in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan



An elephant cools himself in the simmering heat in Ludhiana
An elephant cools himself in the simmering heat in Ludhiana. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Missing File
LIT executive officer suspended
Ludhiana, May 21
The case of the missing file of a prime residential property in Rajguru Nagar Colony, developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), took a turn after executive officer (EO) Jatinder Singh, who was earlier shifted to Sangrur for his role in the execution of the title deed of the plot, was suspended late last evening.

Robbers flee with SUV at gunpoint
Ludhiana, May 21
In yet another daring broad daylight robbery, two armed youths took away the SUV of a man at gunpoint from a residential colony in Sarabha Nagar here today. The incident took place at around 5 pm when Sulinder Jaggi, a real estate agent, reached his house in I-Block and asked his driver, Surjit Singh, to park the Tata Safari outside the house.

Four injured in chemical store fire
Ludhiana, May 21
Four persons sustained burns during a major fire that broke out at a chemical store in Trunk Bazar here today.

May 25 Revised deadline for ‘jinxed’ flyover
Ludhiana, May 21
A week after Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal failed to turn up for inaugurating Rs 22.5 crore Gill flyover, it would  finally be opened for the public on May 25.


Assault Case
Schoolboy accuses classmate, family stages dharna
A student being stopped by a teacher from joining a dharna at Nankana Public School in Ludhiana on FridayLudhiana, May 21
Supported by residents of several neighbouring villages, family members and friends of a class 12 student of Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Road, held a ‘dharna’ (sit-in) outside the school, alleging he was thrashed by another student.

A student being stopped by a teacher from joining a dharna at Nankana Public School in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

900 students conferred degrees
Ludhiana, May 21
The annual convocation of SCD Government College was held here today and over 900 students of BCom, BA, BSc, MA and MCom were awarded degrees.

Martyrdom Day
Tributes paid to Rajiv Gandhi
Ludhiana, May 21
Led by Youth Congress (YC) district president Dimple Rana, activists of the party organised a blood donation camp to mark the martyrdom day of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at the Congress Bhawan here today.

Experts dwell on causes of drug abuse
Mullanpur Dakha, May 21 A seminar on drug abuse was organised by Government Girls High School, Dakha, and Rotary Club International at Dakha village near here yesterday.

From Schools and Colleges
Exhibition on water conservation
LUDHIANA: Students of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School put up an exhibition on water conservation on the school premises here on Friday. The weeklong campaign on “Save water - Save life” culminated with students of all four houses displaying their models, charts and collages.

DA hike fails to cheer employees
Ludhiana, May 21
Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal’s decision to hike the dearness allowance of employees and the state government pensioners from 27 to 35 per cent with effect from January 1, 2010, and further to deposit the arrears from January to May 2010 in the GPF of the employees, has failed to cheer the beneficiaries, who feel that the government had shortchanged them.

Noise pollution can impair health
Noise pollution being measured at the bus stand in LudhianaLudhiana, May 21
The rising noise pollution in the city could lead to residents suffering grave health problems. This was underscored once again during a noise level measurement survey organized by GMT College of Education Foundation along with Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha, Ludhiana and the Small Scale Industrialists & Traders Associations at the interstate bus terminus here today.

Noise pollution being measured at the bus stand in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

BDPO accused of aiding encroachers
Jagraon, May 21
The panchayat of Shankar village, near Dehlon, has accused the BDPO of facilitating certain people encroach on village common land.

Bio-control agent to control foot rot
Ludhiana, May 21
The use of chemicals to control pests and diseases is sometimes debatable due to ecological and economic reasons. This was stated by Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, while releasing the talc-based formulation of bio-control agent, Trichoderma, which has been developed by PAU to control the foot rot disease of paddy.

Trade unions back agitating BSNL staff
Ludhiana, May 21
Various local trade unions met here today to extend their support to agitating casual and contractual workers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited in the Bharat Nagar Chowk. In all 28 organisations representing industrial workers, transport, electricity board, hospitals, educational institutions, banks, municipal corporation, PSSF, teachers, kisan unions, construction workers, PAU employees forum, paramedical staff, ASHA workers, istri sabha, working women, agriculture laborers, doctors, Lawyers, writers, small-scale industries and traders association attended it.

Shopkeepers stage protest near the Dholewal Chowk in Ludhiana
Shopkeepers stage protest near the Dholewal Chowk in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Levy of charges by banks
Pensioners write to PM, finance minister
Ludhiana, May 21
Peeved about deduction of money by banks on account of various charges, Sher Singh, chairman and former president of the Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association, has written to the Prime Minister, the finance minister and the Governor, Reserve of India, urging them to look into the matter.

Labour Shortage-I
Wooing domestic help with gifts
Ludhiana, May 21
There is a shortage of domestic labour force in the city as a faction of migrants have either permanently shifted to their hometown or have returned home due to the ongoing harvesting as well as marriage season. Despite this, influential people are leaving no stone unturned to woo them.

GLADA, MC tell developers to stop work
Ludhiana, May 21
GLADA has put up this warning board against purchase of plots in an unauthorised colony under development along the GT Road in Ludhiana Taking cognizance of the illegal colony being developed along the GT Road near Basti Jodhewal police station here, both the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) and the Municipal Corporation (MC) have swung into action. The Ludhiana Tribune had carried a report on the illegal colony coming up in an area of 8 acre along the National Highway 1.

GLADA has put up this warning board against purchase of plots in an unauthorised colony under development along the GT Road in Ludhiana. Photo Inderjeet Verma

Rice-sheller owners threaten to boycott FCI
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 21
Accusing certain officials at the local unit of Food Corporation of India of allegedly adopting corrupt practices during storing of processed paddy, owners of rice shellers of this area falling under Sangrur and Ludhiana district have threatened to boycott dealings with the central procurement agency from the next season.

Nishu tops commerce stream in Khanna
Khanna, May 21
Nishu Dhir of DAV Public Senior Secondary School has secured the top position in Khanna in the commerce stream in the class XII CBSE examination, the result of which was declared on Wednesday. She has also found a place in the merit list by securing 93 per cent marks.

New registrar for vet varsity
Ludhiana, May 21
Senior professor of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Dr Prayag Dutt Juyal, today joined as its new registrar. Dr Juyal had earlier headed the department of veterinary parasitology and got many awards and honours.



Youth drowns into Satluj
Mullanpur Dakha, May 21
A youth is reported to have drowned while bathing into the Satluj. He has been identified as Gurlabh Singh (22) of Hambran village. He along with his younger brother Sandeep Singh and friends Sukhwant Singh and Gurinder Singh had gone to swim in the river near Khaira Bet village.

Prithipal Singh Hockey League
Malwa Academy hog limelight
Ludhiana, May 21
Malwa Academy, Ludhiana, scored second victory in the junior section on the second day of the inaugural edition of the Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey League being organised jointly by Jarkhar Hockey Academy and Ludhiana Sportsmen Welfare Association at Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium, Jarkhar near here today.

Gobind Singh Cricket Tournament
City indifferent to differently abled
Ludhiana, May 21
The city's indifference towards the differently abled came to the fore here today during a cricket match for the hearing impaired organized between Punjab and Nepal. Not even a single spectator came to watch Shri Guru Gobind Singh Cricket Tournament organized by the Deaf Cricket Federation, Punjab, at Punjab Agricultural University.




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