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Industrial Area, a neglected lot
Roads water-logged, stray animals abound
Ludhiana, August 1
Buyers from all over the world come to the city to book their orders for hosiery items, cycles and cycle parts, sewing machines and machine tools as Ludhiana has registered its name in the world map for manufacturing world-class goods.

The badly damaged roads in Industrial Area, Ludhiana, give poor impression to businessmen from all over the world. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Power Supply
Poor distribution network bane of residents
Ludhiana, August 1
Even as the power supply situation in the region is far better in comparison to previous years and the scheduled power cuts are also relaxed to a great extent, poor distribution network in the city, frequent breakdowns, coupled with inordinate delay in rectification of faults continue to haunt the city residents.


Mayor in ‘dock’ over misuse of public money
Ludhiana, August 1
City Mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura is in the dock for allegedly wasting huge amount of public money by making several proposals for a development project in his ward during the past one decade.

NGO to aid of thalassaemic children
Adopts kids abandoned by parents
Ludhiana, August 1
Abandoned by their either parents, four thalassaemic children today got a foster family, as “Salaam Zindagi”, a city-based NGO, adopted them at a formal function organised in Ludhiana. Taking an oath to sponsor the education, living and treatment of the abandoned kids, the NGO members also volunteered to support three more thalassaemic children from economically weaker sections of society.

Members of the NGO “Salaam Zindagi” with the children adopted by them. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Space constraints at PAU disappoint students
Ludhiana, August 1
Teething problems with the commencement of the new academic session at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) are keeping the university authorities busy. Students as well as their parents are objecting to “inadequate” space in colleges and hostels.

A clarification
Ludhiana, August 1 Martyr Udham Singh killed Michael O' Dwyer in the Caxton Hall in London on March 13 in 1940 and not Brig-Gen Reginald E Harry Dyer as was erroneously mentioned in these columns today. The error is regretted.


Revised norms for school board exams
Teachers, students still in dilemma
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 1
Even as one-third of the present academic session has lapsed, Class X and Class XII students of schools affiliated with the Punjab School Education Board are not clear about the revised criteria for deciding their fate in annual examination.

From Schools & Colleges
Teej celebrations
The primary wing of Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, celebrated Teej with fervour on Saturday. Students came dressed in colourful Punjabi attires and danced to the beats of Punjabi music. They took part in activities like grain pasting, flower making and chart making etc. Gifts and chocolates were distributed among students by school director BK Aneja and vice-principal Parveen Kumar.

Stigma of outsider still haunts migrants
Denial of ration cards deprives them of essential commodities, medicare
Ludhiana, August 1
Despite having contributed immensely to the overall growth of the city, the migrant labourers, who have permanently settled here, are still living with the stigma of being “outsiders.” The denial of the ration cards by the department of food, civil supplies and consumer affairs not only deprives them of essential commodities on subsidised rates but they are also left without crucial medical aid in case of any emergency.

Drunken masters cock a snook at police orders
Ludhiana, August 1
A few days after Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh banned drinking in the open, the practice continues unabated as the boozers cock a snook at the commissioner's orders. Tipplers can be seen consuming liquor on the roadside, in the cars parked in front of shopping malls, parking lots and drinking palaces and several are seen gulping liquor inside their vehicles.

Sarabha Nagar market: Den of tipplers
The Sarabha Nagar market was once considered one of the safest and pleasant weekend destinations, especially for women and children. The place, which was famous for its nightlife, high-end restaurants and fast-food joints, has turned into a den of boozers.

Flight of contention
Tewari lashes out at claims of SAD-BJP govt
Ludhiana, August 1
Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson of All India Congress Committee (AICC) Manish Tewari today lashed out at the SAD-BJP government in the state for “spreading lies” about the city airport. He also ridiculed the state government for acting as the propagandist for the private Kingfisher Airlines.

Admission in pvt medical college
3 doctors booked for fraud
Jagraon, August 1
The police has busted a gang of doctors for duping prosperous families of lakhs on the pretext of getting their wards admitted to private medical institutes in various states.

Corporal Punishment
Residents demand teacher’s removal
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 1
Not caring two hoots for the ban imposed by the Supreme Court on corporal punishment in schools, yet another teacher, brother of a member of judiciary, has been accused of beating and caning at least 12 students of his school. The alleged brutal incident infuriated villagers, including parents of the students, who aired their anguish by staging a dharna and protest rally in front of the school.

Irregularities in registration of voters
Admn officials pass the buck
Ludhiana/Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 1
All complaints regarding alleged irregularities and discrimination during registration of prospective voters for the SGPC, made to the Gurdwara Election Commission, Government of India, by Sikh organisations seemed to have been dealt with by the administration by passing the buck from the senior to junior level within the setup.

250 dentists converge for update on implants
Ludhiana, August 1
More than 250 dentists from all over the state gathered in the city yesterday to get an update on new educational concepts on dental implants. The workshop, “Simplifying Implants”, is being conducted by the local branch of the Indian Dental Association. Manish Tewari, a local MP, inaugurated it. Punjab Dental Council chairman, Dr Vimal Sikri, was the guest of honour.

‘Split in family can cause mental disorder’
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 1
Terming splitting of families as major factor behind increasing incidences of psychological disorders and drug dependence, psychiatrists led by Dr Naresh Bansal urged office-bearers of various social organisations to launch coordinated movement to bridge the widening gap between various constituents of society.

Move afoot to make city green
Ludhiana, August 1
In an effort to make the city green, district administration, municipal corporation, police department and GLADA started a move to plant saplings at every nook and cranny of the city. Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh, Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha and Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari at the Sutlej Club planted saplings yesterday. Tewari said the forest department, a few NGOs and industrialists had also extended their support. Not only in city, but the saplings will be planted in various villages as well. He said 5 lakh saplings had already been planted while another 5 lakh would be planted shortly.

Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh, MC Commissioner AK Sinha and Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari plant a sapling at the Sutlej Club in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

This service road is nobody’s baby
Doraha, August 1
The service road which links the national highway with the southern bypass at Doraha is nobody’s baby. Its condition has worsened to an irreparable extent this monsoon.

Kingfisher starts city-Delhi flight
Ludhiana, August 1
Kingfisher Airlines today launched daily direct flights on the New Delhi-Ludhiana-New Delhi route. It is the only private airline to offer services to Ludhiana.

Course for mothers
Ludhiana, August 1
The directorate of extension education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), will organise a refresher course on importance of nutrition for pregnant women and lactating mothers on August 3 and 4 at Kairon Kisan Ghar.

Textbook on dentistry released
Ludhiana, August 1
Dr Abi M Thomas, principal of Christian Dental College (CDC), released the first textbook in India on “Ethical and legal issues in dentistry”. Dr Saurab Bither, assistant professor, department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, Christian Dental College, and Dr Rupika Bither, a postgraduate student, National Dental College, Dera Bassi, has authored the book.

Shopkeepers stage dharna
Ludhiana, August 1
Sore over the apathetic attitude of the civic body towards the metalling of the road connecting Field Ganj with the Jagraon Bridge for long, at least 150 shopkeepers staged a dharna and blocked the road for more than four hours yesterday.


Stage-managed robbery exposed, ‘victim’ held
Ludhiana, August 1
The urge to usurp creditors’ money without inviting their wrath drove an industrialist to stage-manage a robbery in the wee hours yesterday and landed him behind bars.

BVM wrestlers make clean sweep
Ludhiana, August 1
After making their presence felt in football, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (BVM) Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar branch, stamped their authority in wrestling, winning titles in different age groups in the Ludhiana Inter-School Zonal Wrestling Competition for boys organised by the education department at Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal, here yestersay.

Inter-School Zonal Meet
10-wkt win for Baba Ishar
Ludhiana, August 1
Davinderjit Singh excelled with the bat and ball (36 not out and 1 for 15) as Baba Ishar Singh Nanaksar Senior Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar branch, recorded a convincing 10-wicket win over Government Model School, Jawaddi, to enter the semifinal of the Ludhiana Inter-School Zonal Cricket Tournament for boys (u-19) at BCM School, Shastri Nagar ground, here yesterday.

Shakti school claim basketball title
Doraha, August 1
Shakti Public School overpowered Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School to claim the inter-school zonal basketball title in under-19 category at Doraha Public School.




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