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Flood Threat Stark: 20-ft trench on dhussi bundh
Ludhiana, August 24
The 20-ft trench on the dhussi bundh at Khera Bet village caused by the gushing waters of the Sutlej has added to the danger of a flood-like situation in 11 villages falling in a radius of 2 km. The 8-10 feet wide dhussi bundh has been reduced to 3 feet.
Axed trees being positioned on the dhussi bundh at Khera Bet Axed trees being positioned on the dhussi bundh at Khera Bet. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Farmers fear repeat of 1988 floods
Ludhiana, August 24
Recalling the nightmare in 1988 when Punjab was hit by devastating floods, Avtar Singh, a resident of Khera Bet village, said: "We dread to think of that time when most residents in my village virtually lost everything.


Field Ganj Waterlogged: A cyclist wades through the inundated road in Ludhiana
Field Ganj Waterlogged: A cyclist wades through the inundated road in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Rain fails to dampen spirit of martyrs’ sisters
Ludhiana, August 24
Inclement weather did not deter two women from visiting the statue of their brother, who fell in the Kargil conflict, today morning. Like every year on the festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan', Baljit Kaur and Surjit Kaur arrived with ‘rakhis’ (ceremonial threads) in their hands in Gill village near here, where the statue of their brother, Naik Paramjeet Singh, has been erected.

Jail inmates fight back tears as sisters tie rakhis
Ludhiana, August 24
"I'm sorry sister I’m in jail and I can’t protect you from social opprobrium and those with evil intentions, but I promise I’ll be out soon and then we would be able to lead a normal life”. Assurances in a similar vein were echoing today inside the premises of the city’s Central Jail, located on Tajpur Road, on the festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan.’

ASI’s Death
NH contractor booked for negligence
Ludhiana, August 24
A day after the plight of the National Highway (NH-I) between Jalandhar and Panipat was highlighted in The Tribune, the Sahnewal police today booked the contractor of the construction company SOMA for negligence.

Feng shui symbols charm
Ludhiana, August 24
Can symbols, colours and alignment of objects bring good luck and fortune? People who are into feng shui would say yes. The origin of good luck charms are in myths and legends that have been handed down through generations. Dragon, phoenix, and the unicorn are mythical figures and supposed to bring good fortune.


It’s a bumpy ride in Dugri
Ludhiana, August 24
Residents of Dugri Urban Estate Phases I and II are sore at the pathetic condition of the main and internal roads in the colony. Not only are the roads full of potholes, with broken berms and depressions, but also basic amenities like sewerage, disposal of rainwater and streetlights are virtually non-existent.

Fountains outside MC office not working
Ludhiana, August 24
Two fountains installed outside the municipal corporation’s (MC) Zone A office are in a sorry state, but officials apparently care little about it. The non-functional fountains have become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Non-functional fountains outside the Municipal Corporation’s office. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Non-functional fountains outside the Municipal Corporation’s office

He sows paddy to mitigate others’ sufferings
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 24
Virpal Singh Dhillon, a resident of Ghungrana village near here, who has been growing paddy since long, has supplied Basmati 1121 saplings free of cost to farmers of the Ghaggar belt in Malwa who have been spending sleepless nights after the nurseries prepared by them were washed away in the recent floods.

Gabria gives hope to industry
Ludhiana, August 24
The Punjab government is committed to promoting industrial growth in the state and measures are being taken to address the problems of industrial units on priority, besides facilitating the setting up of units. This was claimed by Hira Singh Gabria, minister for tourism, cultural affairs and jails, while addressing a meeting of the Ludhiana Auto Parts Manufacturers Association (LMPA) here last evening.

Industry welcomes move on additional bonus
Ludhiana, August 24
Ludhiana industry in general and the bicycle and bicycle parts manufacturing industry in particular, has thanked Manish Tewari, local MP, for getting additional 2 per cent bonus on the export of bicycles and its parts.

Here criminals roam freely
Interiors of Ludhiana, Sangrur dists used for eliminating victims
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 24
The interior parts of the region falling under the Ludhiana and Sangrur district are being used for disposing off the bodies of those killed by their enemies somewhere else.

Elimination of Rangian youth
SIT to submit report within 6 months: DGP
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 24
The SIT (special investigation team) constituted by the Director General of Police, Punjab, to probe into the allegations levelled by a farmer of Rangian village near here regarding alleged elimination of his son by three cops posted at the Dehlon police station in 2005, has been directed to complete it expeditiously and submit the same within six months.

Malls, marriage palaces to have CCTVs
Ludhiana, August 24
To check the rise in snatching incidents, the Commissioner of Police, Ishwar Singh, has issued strict guidelines to owners of shopping malls, marriage palaces and money exchange offices to install close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on their premises within 30 days.

Mushroom Production
PAU gets Rs 50 lakh project
Ludhiana, August 24
Horticulture has a great scope as it can help diversify the agriculture and generate income and employment, said director of extension education, PAU, MS Gill, while elaborating on new projects funded by the National Horticultural Mission (NHM) to promote horticulture through training and research.

PAU Notes
Fellowship for PAU don
Ludhiana: Surjit Singh, senior extension specialist (Agronomy), has been honoured with the fellowship of the Indian Society of Weed Science for the year 2008-09. The award was presented to him during the national symposium on the integrated weed management in New Delhi.


Schoolboy killed in mishap
Mandi Gobindgarh, August 24
A motorcyclist died after being hit by a speedy truck here today. The victim has been identified as Avisekh Goswami (14), son of Sanjiv Goswami, a resident of Dashmesh Colony, Mandi Gobindgarh.




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