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Yet another fraud rocks district admn
Literacy Mission funds bilked of Rs 37 lakh
Ludhiana, September 19
Close on the heels of the Indira Awas Yojna scam, yet another case in which public funds were embezzled has hit the office of the new additional deputy commissioner (development) Pradeep Kumar Aggarwal. This time it is Total Literacy Mission grants out of which Rs 37 lakh were allegedly siphoned off by the key suspect in the earlier fraud, Laxman Singh.

Girl’s parents thrashed for objecting to MMS
One of the victim at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on SundayLudhiana, September 19
The parents of a 16-year-old female student of class 10 were beaten up by some miscreants when they objected to latter making a cellular MMS video of their daughter in the Gyaspura area late last night.
One of the victim at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma


PSEB Semester Exams
Govt school staff absent
Ludhiana, September 19
There seems to be no end to controversies surrounding the Punjab State Education Board (PSEB) conducting semester examinations for Classes X and XII that commenced on September 8. This time, it is the staff on examination duty that has left the board red-faced.

Thieves strike at exporter’s house
Make away with jewellery, goods worth Rs 10 lakh
Ludhiana, September 19
Thieves struck at a house in the Islam Gunj area last night and reportedly decamped with cash, jewellery and electronic gadgets worth nearly Rs 10 lakh.

7-yr-old raped at rly quarters
Ludhiana, September 19
A seven-year-old girl was raped by a middle-aged man at the railway quarters here late last evening. The incident came to light when the mother of the victim lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that Sandeep Singh had raped her daughter.

End of the road for circus?
Ludhiana, September 19
The great Indian circus appears to be on its last legs today. Blame it on television and the multiplex culture in India, the circus - once considered a part of the country’s cultural heritage - is dying a slow death.

RTI: DTO office mum on pvt staff
Ludhiana, September 19
Handling of public dealing work with regard to driving licences, registration of vehicles and other work in the office of the District Transport Officer (DTO) is a routine and private persons have been employed for this purpose, but when it comes to providing information to this effect under the Right to Information Act, the DTO denies it even in the face of a list of at least one and a half dozen such persons working in his office and entrusted with the task of issuing licences and renewing registration of vehicles.


Rain leaves mark on roads, residents fume
Ludhiana, September 19
A potholed road at Phase I, Dugri, offers a bumpy ride to motorists With the top layer of roads getting washed away following heavy rain this season, commuters have been forced to have a bumpy ride as almost all important roads in the city have developed potholes. With rain leaving roads inundated in the absence of proper drainage, the water ate into the top bitumen layer and subsequent driving of vehicles worsened the situation. Things have come to such a pass that at places huge craters have developed.
A potholed road at Phase I, Dugri, offers a bumpy ride to motorists. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Heavy vehicles still use weak bridge
Despite boards put up by the authorities, heavy vehicles use the Gurthali bridge at DorahaDoraha, September 19
Despite warnings installed by the authorities, heavy vehicular traffic keeps plying on the Gurthali bridge here, endangering the lives of commuters and passersby. Vehicles get stranded for hours together due to the narrow passage that the bridge allows. The bridge is weak and unfit for the use of heavy vehicles. It is not for the first time that this problem is being highlighted through these columns. The authorities wake up every time, but sleep on it thereafter.
Despite boards put up by the authorities, heavy vehicles use the Gurthali bridge at Doraha. Photo by writer

Drive to rein in ‘peti mafia’ yields results
Ludhiana, September 19
The excise and taxation department has launched a drive to curb the “peti mafia” which has been thriving despite the efforts of the enforcement staff to check evasion of taxes through this network.
Rajiv Arora, projects director of Prakash Childrens Foundation, shows a locket carrying a miniature Bhagwad Gita in Ludhiana
Rajiv Arora, projects director of Prakash Childrens Foundation, shows a locket carrying a miniature Bhagwad Gita in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Tributes paid to Beant Singh
Ludhiana, September 19
Tributes were paid to slain former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh on his martyrdom day at a prayer meeting held at Congress Bhawan here today.

Rotarian’s succour to Christians
Undertakes restoration of damaged Malerkotla church
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 19 “We should be willing to act as balm for all wounds,” says Amjad Ali, chairman of Sohrab Group of Industries at Malerkotla, an erstwhile state of Nawabs that is recuperating after last Sunday’s incident in which St Thomas Church was damaged by some miscreants.

Candlelit march
Ludhiana, September 19
With the mission to pay befitting tributes to martyrs, a local NGO has taken upon itself the task of treating their statues well and spreading their message.

200 examined for heart ailments
Ludhiana, September 19
Dr RK Jaswal, director cardiology at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, along with his team and supporting staff examined around 200 patients suffering from heart ailments at a free cardiac check-up camp at Govind Nagar here today.

Pulse Polio Programme
Rotarians to observe immunisation camps
Ludhiana, September 19
A special team of six Rotarians, nominated by the department of health and family welfare, Chandigarh, will observe the progress of immunisation camps under the polio plus programme being undertaken in future.

Experts dwell on stress mgmt
Mandi Gobindgarh, September 19 A one-day seminar on stress management was organised at RIMT Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh. RIMT Group of Institutes chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal in the presence of neuro-psychiatrist Dr Bal Krishan Sharma, and Ruchi from Ivy Hospital, Mohali, inaugurated the seminar and stressed that the number of people, who face the problem of stress are increasing day by day.

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Guru Ravidas cartoon upsets followers
Ludhiana, September 19
An animation based on the life of Guru Ravidas has upset his followers. A delegation led by Vijay Danav met Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh and sought his intervention in this regard recently.

Homoeopaths decry govt indifference
Ludhiana, September 19
The NRHM Homoeopaths Association, representing homoeopathic medical officers working in rural health centres under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), has voiced its displeasure against injustice being done to health professionals.

Kids not eating? Blame it on moms!
Dr Muktinder Singh speaks during a medical camp at Radcliffe School in Ludhiana Nuclear families are also responsible, says doctor
Ludhiana, September 19
Nuclear families and over-possessive mothers are the major factors behind the common complaint of today’s mothers that their young children avoid eating. This issue came up for discussion during a medical camp for children at Radcliffe School here yesterday.

Dr Muktinder Singh speaks during a medical camp at Radcliffe School in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Gang dupes woman of gold bangles
Ludhiana, September 19
A gang of tricksters posing as salesmen of “Goyal copper and brass company” and who was earlier active in the old city area, has now spread its activities to other parts of the city.

C’wealth Games
City resident to officiate TT matches
Ludhiana, September 19
Paramjeet Singh, a local resident, has been nominated as technical official for the table tennis event of the Commonwealth Games from October 3 to 14.

1,500 cops to man Chhapar Mela venue
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 19 The Ludhiana (rural) police has claimed the deployment of over 1,500 cops for the security of those attending Chhapar Mela, commencing from Tuesday.

Cops bank on horses, dogs to check crime
Mounted cops during surveillance for an event at Chhapar village, near AhmedgarhJagraon, September 19
Dog handlers and horse riders at the kennel and equestrian wing of the Sidhwan Bet police station are all set to send three horses and dogs to Guga Mari Chhapar, the venue of the fair, commencing on Tuesday.

Mounted cops during surveillance for an event at Chhapar village, near Ahmedgarh. A file photograph

Squads to check flow of illicit liquor
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 19
To check the flow of illicit hooch and the unauthorised sale of liquor brought from other districts, officials with the excise and taxation department here have coordinated with their counterparts in adjoining districts, including Barnala and Sangrur.

DC supervises preparations
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 19
Identifying possible impediments in smooth and safe organisation of Chhapar Mela, Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rahul Tewari directed the rank and file in the department to ensure that minimum inconvenience is caused to those coming to pay obeisance at the shrine during the mega event, scheduled to commence from September 21.

No structure without permission
Organisers of joy rides allege harassment
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 19
Taking note of reports of joy rides, mini-circuses and other hazardous events being run without permission from the administration during the past few years, the administration today prohibited organisers from erecting structures without taking fitness certificates from the officials authorised.

Routes earmarked for conference venues
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 19
The Ludhiana (rural) police has urged organisers of various conferences at Chhapar Mela to impress upon activists of their parties to adopt specific routes to reach the venue on the conference days.

Dengue Threat
Kiwi fruit prices take off
Kiwi fruit on display at a shop in LudhianaLudhiana/Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 19
Going by the claims of experts in alternate systems of medicine over regenerative properties of kiwi fruit, the demand for the exotic fruit has grown in the city, leading to escalation in its prices. The fruit has emerged as a miracle tonic for enhancing platelet count in the vital fluid of patients, claim fruit-sellers as well as patients. Acknowledging the trend, doctors have warned against hazardous effects of consumption of rotten and infected fruits. Investigations revealed that kiwi fruit has emerged as a miracle tonic for suspected patients of dengue.

Kiwi fruit on display at a shop in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Jimmy Shergill bats for hockey
Ludhiana, September 19
“Cricket has always been every Indian’s first love. We all love cricket and every time there is a match, everyone in my family is glued to television,” quips Jimmy Shergill.




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