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5 lives snuffed out in car mishap
Mandi Gobindgarh, July 25
In a major accident, five members of a family, including a child, were killed on the National Highway-1 here this morning.
The mangled remains of the Maruti car at Mandi Gobindgarh. The mangled remains of the Maruti car at Mandi Gobindgarh. Tribune photos




All lost for the family
Ludhiana, July 25
In the fag end of their lives when brothers Sukhdev Singh and Jaspal Singh were planning their life after retirement and looking forward to spending time with their wives and children, they were left alone.

Aspiring BEd Teachers
Police uses force, detains protesters
A policeman charges at protesting BEd teacher aspirants near the Ferozepur railway line in Ludhiana on Sunday.Ludhiana, July 25
The police resorted to mild force to disperse protesting aspiring BEd teachers here today, after the latter got agitated and threatened to block traffic to lodge their protest. A number of protesters were rounded up as a precautionary measure but were later let off by the police.

A policeman charges at protesting BEd teacher aspirants near the Ferozepur railway line in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Alert as swine flu rears its head
Ludhiana, July 25
With the first positive case of swine flu surfacing in Jalandhar, the department of health and family welfare in the city has taken a double-check on the preventive and curative measures to fight against the disease.

Real-life Bunty & Bubbly on honeymoon trip
Ludhiana, July 25
Jagroop Singh Ruby, a resident of Talwan village, near Bilga, who has become the face of crime in the city after he snatched Rs 42.45 lakh from the employees of Bonn Food Industries, is on a honeymoon trip.


Lax admn fails to discipline auto, bus drivers
A man looks on after his scooter was hit by a bus.Ludhiana/Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 25
The administration has failed to tighten the noose around private bus operators and auto-rickshaws drivers, who violate traffic norms with impunity, thereby putting the lives of passengers as well as others in danger. Drivers of Punjab Roadways and Pepsu Road Transport Corporation are no exception.

A man looks on after his scooter was hit by a bus. File photos by writer

SDM orders reopening of drug stores
Raikot, July 25
Coming to the rescue of ailing residents, the SDM ordered the reopening of drug stores of Raikot that had proceeded on a three-day summer break in the area.

Badal a rogue trader: Tewari
Ludhiana, July 25
Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson of the All-India Congress Committee Manish Tewari today branded Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as a trader, saying his family was out to exploit political power to fill up their coffers.

SAD-BJP govt ‘misusing’ Central funds
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 25
Terming the tall claims being made by the SAD-BJP government on development front in Punjab an eyewash, Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson for the All-India Congress Committee Manish Tewari alleged that communal harmony and economy of the state had suffered jolts during their regime.

Sedentary lifestyle behind rising osteoporosis cases
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 25
Agricultural labourers and other workers doing their jobs while squatting suffer most from degeneration of ankle bones. Similarly, a changed lifestyle is fast leading to a rise in the cases of osteoporosis in urban residents.

‘Changing lifestyle reason for dreaded diseases’
Ludhiana, July 25
Terming changed lifestyle as a major factor behind increased incidences of cardiovascular, neurological and malignant disorders, medical specialists called upon office-bearers of social, educational and religious organisations to launch a coordinated movement to aware masses about causes and consequences of these dreaded diseases.

From Schools & Colleges
LUDHIANA: Vanamahotsava was celebrated by the Eco Club of Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School, Hambran road, here. Tiny tots of classes I, II and III planted saplings. A cultural programme was also presented by the students to mark the occasion. The chief guest encouraged the students to actively participate in such events. The principal delivered a speech to motivate the students to develop their all-round personality.

Army Recruitment
870 take written exam
Ludhiana, July 25
Out of 37,575 aspirants participated in the Army recruitment rally, only 870 could make it to the written examinations, which was conducted at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

250 examined at eye camp
Ludhiana, July 25
Over 250 patients were examined and rendered a follow-up advice at a free eye check-up camp held at Shiv Shakti Mandir in Partap Singh Wala (New Kitchlu Nagar) here today. The camp was inaugurated by Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari.

‘Clinical Establishment Bill to safeguard people’
Ludhiana, July 25
The Clinical Establishment Bill would not have come into existence had the doctors followed their professional ethics, opined Dr Naresh Trehan. He was addressing a gathering during an interactive session on the “Quality Healthcare in India, where do we stand,” organised by Hero DMC Heart Institute on Friday.


Despite the rise in number of electrocution incidents in the city, the administration seems to be insensitive towards the safety of Ludhiana residents. (1) Loose wires hang from a pole in the busy Ghumar Mandi area; (2) a network of electricity wires at the congested Sarafa Bazar; (3) a maze of wires threaten the lives of motorists in the Ghumar Mandi area; and (4) wires hanging at Mali Ganj chowk. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

IMA, YC activists plant saplings
Ludhiana, July 25
Members of the Ludhiana branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) launched a plantation drive here today for providing lungs to the city choked with environmental pollution of the worst kind. Led by the IMA president Dr Narotam Dewan, the doctors planted 50 saplings of medicinal plants in the Civil Hospital premises.

Financiers form welfare body
Jagraon, July 25 Local financiers have constituted a Financier Welfare Society to address the problems faced by them.

Bollywood next destination, says reality show winner
Ludhiana, July 25
Reality shows are for real, asserts pretty and petite Shiraz Khan. The beautiful young girl, who shot to fame after winning a reality show on a Punjabi television channel, rubbishes all allegations of such shows being scripted and fixed.

Media, society dependant on each other: Film producer
Ludhiana, July 25
Social cost, carbon credit and environment conservation are some issues, which are needed to be addressed and balanced with development.

Pyar mein kabhie kabhie enthralls audience
Poonam Dhilon and Asif Shiekh during a play in Ludhiana on Sunday.Ludhiana, July 25
Everyone has watched Poonam Dhillon on screen, but last night the city people got a chance to watch the live performance of the actress in a play “Pyar mein kabhi kabhi”. This romantic comedy was staged by Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan.

Poonam Dhilon and Asif Shiekh during a play in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ex-services league threatens protests
Jagraon, July 25
The Indian ex-services league of Punjab and Chandigarh today threatened that if their demands are not fulfilled soon, they will initiate their protests dharna at New Delhi.

Farmer dies of suffocation
Mullanpur Dakha, July 25
A farmer of Gurahoor village near here died of asphyxiation this afternoon. The deceased, identified as Balwinder Singh (42), had gone to his fields today to irrigate them.

Gastro toll reaches 3
Phillaur, July 25
Tension prevailed in Phillaur town today when hundreds of activists of the Bahujan Samaj Party and Ambedkar Sena along with relatives of Mamta (15) of nearby Chack Dhotrre village, who died due to gastroenteritis after struggling for life for more than five days in a nearby hospital of Dhahan-Kaleran today morning, went to the Phillaur SDM office and sat on a dharna in support of their demand for adequate compensation to the family members of the deceased.

Farmers given loan worth Rs 3.57 cr
Amloh, July 25
The Reserve Bank of India has reduced the interest rate from 7 per cent to 6 per cent for farmers for agriculture purposes as 80 per cent economy of the state (Punjab) depends on agriculture, said Deputy General Manager RS Nikhawat while addressing a Kisan Loan Mela organised by the State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) here yesterday.


Youth killed in accident
Jagraon, July 25
A youth was killed on the Humbran road at Sidhwan Bet on Friday night when he was hit by an unidentified vehicle. The deceased, identified as Gurpreet Singh (25) of Nathowal village, near Raikot, was taking sand from the Satluj from the Sidhwan Bet area on his tractor trolley.

Drug peddlers turn smart
Transact ‘business’ away from their native place
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 25
With an intent to evade action against them, drug traffickers neither transact illicit business in the vicinity of their area nor employ unknown persons as their helpers.

5 booked for raping physically challenged
Jagraon, July 25
The Sidhwan Bet police has finally booked the five youths accused of raping a physically challenged girl of Bharowal Khurd for three days.




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