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Showers choke city’s low-lying areas 
Ludhiana, July 22
Dirt and filth at the Feroz Gandhi market emit foul smell throughout the day during the rainy season. Rain that lashed the city today left roads and a few low-lying areas inundated.

Dirt and filth at the Feroz Gandhi market emit foul smell throughout the day during the rainy season. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Hospitals, health dept differ over gastro cases
Ludhiana, July 22
Privately run hospitals and the district’s health officials are giving varying figures of the number of gastroenteritis cases in the city, adding to the confusion about the disease’s prevalence. 


Ludhianvis wade their way to work

Vehicles seen on the waterlogged GT road. 

A tractor stuck in puddled water. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

A rickshawpuller at the flooded Dholewala Chowk in Ludhiana.

Lack of funds hampers MC
No hope in sight for residents for years
Ludhiana, July 22
Even as most parts of the city get inundated after heavy rain year after year, there is no hope for proper drainage of rain water in the coming years as the Municipal Corporation feels crippled to solve the recurrent problem owing to the shortage of funds.

Meanwhile, covers of many hues
Ludhiana, July 22
When it rains, wet weather can always put a serious damper on anyone's morning or worse it can even spoil a fun Sunday shopping. Why not add some excitement by adding some colour to these rainy days.

Price hike pinches poor
Ludhiana, July 22
The revised rate of full-cream Verka milk from Rs 26 to Rs 27 per litre has added to the kitchen expenses of the economically weaker sections and lower-middle income groups.

I Tax staff strike brings cheer to business, traders
Ludhiana, July 22
The city’s business community are glad no income tax officials will not be able to conduct any surveys and raids due to the ongoing “noncooperation movement” by I-T staff. The department’s group B, C and D employees, who are protesting again nonfulfillment of their long pending demands, have decided not to accompany I-T officials on raids and surveys.


Hockey Olympian’s LPG godown raided 
Used to directly steal gas from tankers 
Mullanpur Dakha, July 22
The food and civil supply department and the Ludhiana police jointly raided godowns of Sant Paramjit Gas Agency (HP) near Humbran and caught its employees red handed while they were directly stealing gas from gas tankers. The agency owned by Hockey Olympian Hardeep Singh is located near Jalandhar bypass.

Residents protest, burn MC chief’s effigy
Mandi Gobindgarh, July 22
Residents of Amloh organised a protest march in the town today and raised slogans against municipal council chief and executive officer. They burnt the effigy of the council chief for not being able to provide proper sewerage system.

Encroachments removed near Chandigarh road
Ludhiana, July 22
A man looks at the demolished extention near the Chandigarh road in Ludhiana More than 334 permanent extensions were removed by the Building Branch Department of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana (Zone A), near 33-feet road, Bhamiyan Road, Mundiyan road and Radha Swami road, near Chandigarh road here today. About 40-50 police personnel accompanied the MC officials led by Town Planner Harpreet Ghai.

A man looks at the demolished extention near the Chandigarh road in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Museum no fun for village kids
Ludhiana, July 22
For children living in villages, a shopping mall is akin to a museum and caters more information than an educational trip to a museum depicting the Punjab’s culture. The fact came to light when at least 110 students from four government primary schools located at villages near Khanna visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

Contractual workers to be affected in 31 FCI depots
Ludhiana, July 22
The Ministry of Labour has prohibited implementation of exploitative contract labour system in as many as 60 depots of FCI of which 31 depots pertain to Punjab Region. This action of the government gave impetus to achievement of social justice by protecting the interest of unorganised labour. It was expected that corporation would also adopt the same policy with regard to the implementation of such a notification by absorbing erstwhile contract labourers in these notified depots instead of rendering them employed as was done where similar notifications prohibiting employment of contract labour were issued during the years 1985 and 1991.

Excess fluoride harmful for children 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 22
Excessive and inappropriate use of fluoride containing dental products, including toothpastes and mouth rinses are threatening the oral health of children.

13-yr-old needs monetary help
Ludhiana, July 22
“Please help me,” are the words of a 13-year-old boy suffering from a painful condition of chest as his father is not able to afford his treatment.

500 examined at dental camp
Ludhiana, July 22
Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Hospital organised a free dental check-up and awareness camp at DCM Presidency School, Jamalpur.

Training to make ‘babus’ public friendly
Ludhiana, July 22
General public generally faces “harassment” at the hands of government officials/employees. To make these employees public friendly and sensitive towards public, the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Patiala, organised a course to impart training to A, B and C grade employees of 10 municipal councils falling under Ludhiana district.

High drama witnessed at SAN school
10 shown the door for not performing well in surprise test
Ludhiana, July 22
A high drama was witnessed at SAN Jain Public School near Daresi here this morning when the school authorities shown the door to 10 non-medical students of class XI for scoring less marks in a surprise test.

Education consultant accused of fraud; row resolved
Ludhiana, July 22
An 18-year-old girl allegedly duped by a city-based educational consultant that promised to send her abroad on a student visa approached Lok Bhalai Party leader Avtar Singh Mullapuri after the agency refused to return the money she had paid it.

100 saplings planted at college
Khanna, July 22
The Rotary Club, Khanna, has organised a tree plantation drive at AS College, Khanna, wherein 100 saplings were planted on the college campus.

Role of teachers discussed
Ludhiana, July 22
Asit Ghosh, director of Tuff Track International from Shanti Niketan, delivered a lecture on faculty development programme sponsored by the PTU at Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology here today.

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Youth booked for raping cousin
Suicide bid by the victim foiled, now recuperating at DMC Hospital where her condition is said to be serious
Ludhiana, July 22
The police today booked an unemployed youth on the charge of raping his cousin. The case was registered after the girl, who tried to commit suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan on July 19, narrated the tragic tale to her mother.

Theft bid at apparel store
Thieves try to flee with locker after they fail to open it 
Ludhiana, July 22
After failing to break the locker containing cash nearly Rs 8 lakh, thieves tried to flee with the locker itself.

Sahil lifts sub-junior title 
Ludhiana, July 22
Top seeded Sahil Nayyar from Ludhiana proved his class and outstaged Sadawar Singh of Patiala by two frames to nil to emerge as champion in the sub-junior section on the fifth day of the Punjab State Snooker Championship being held at the Sutlej Club here today.




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