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Admn gives in to riot victims
Condition of minimum income withdrawn
Ludhiana, October 4
Buckling under pressure of riot victims who protested here yesterday, the state government has done away with the condition of minimum income for the allotment of flats. Announcing this here today, the Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Tewari, said the condition that every riot victim should not have a monthly income of Rs 1,536 if he applied for the allotment had been withdrawn.

Robbers strike yet again
Waylay bank staff, take away Rs 20 lakh
Ludhiana, October 4
The injured guard Two armed assailants waylaid a bank vehicle and took away around Rs 20 lakh by shooting at a security guard on the Alamgir road near Dhandra village here today. The incident took place at around 11 am when Sanjiv Kumar, cashier, Balbir Singh, driver, and Raj Kumar, security guard, working with Indian Overseas Bank (Malhar road) were going to Sihar village near Alamgir in an Indica car.


Narinder Kaur Woman commits suicide, 3 booked
Ludhiana, October 4
In yet another suspected case of dowry death, a 32-year-old woman committed suicide at Khud Mohalla, near Field Gunj, here today. The victim, identified as Narinder Kaur, reportedly consumed some poisonous substance early this morning. Jagpreet Singh, husband of the victim, said he went to the health club in the morning and when he returned, he found his wife lying dead on the bed.

Couple consumes poison, wife dies
Ludhiana, October 4
Strained relations and frequent fights led a couple to allegedly consume poison in the Kot Mangal Singh area here this afternoon. While the wife died, the condition of the husband is stated to be serious.

Drink out, face action
Ludhiana, October 4
Anybody found drinking in the open and even outside liquor vends would be videographed and prosecuted. In a move that would help curb the menace of public drinking and resultant social problems, the Police Commissioner today passed an order under Section 144 of the CrPC, imposing restriction on the consumption of liquor in public.

Simultaneous protests hit work
Ludhiana, October 4
With the Punjab state ministerial employees going on indefinite fast today, work in government offices was suspended for the fourth consecutive day. More than 21 employees from various government departments observed hunger strike from 10 am to 4 pm outside the mini secretariat here.
Punjab state ministerial employees protest in Ludhiana
Punjab state ministerial employees protest in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Traders bear brunt of clerical strike
Ludhiana, October 4
Traders are having a tough time with the clerical staff of the excise and taxation department observing a strike. Though the filing of the quarterly VAT return has begun, the ongoing strike is making it difficult for traders and businessmen. The strike began on September 30 and will continue till October 10.

Traders seek change in master plan
Ludhiana, October 4
The Small-Scale Industrialists and Traders’ Association today urged cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria to make necessary amendments to the master plan of Ludhiana so that residential status of New Janta Nagar, Shimlapuri and adjoining colonies could be changed to facilitate the small-scale industries and traders of the area.


MCPI (U) leaders raise concern over corruption, inflation
Doraha, October 4
The two-day Punjab State conference of the MCPI (U) concluded at Comrade Krishan Kumar Memorial Hall here today. In all, 150 delegates from various districts of Punjab participated in the conference. Condolence resolutions were passed to offer tributes to Shiv Ram, Parichay Das Gupta, Kirpal Singh Hans, Amarmeet Singh, Ganda Singh and Balbir Singh.

Platelets for dengue patients
NGO opens helpdesk at DMCH
Ludhiana, October 4
The Salaam Zindagi Foundation, an NGO working for promoting voluntary blood donation and supporting thalassaemic children, launched a 24-hour helpdesk outside the emergency of the DMCH for providing SDP (platelets) to needy dengue patients here today.
A helpdesk set up by an NGO to provide dengue patients with platelets at the DMCH, Ludhiana, on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
A helpdesk set up by an NGO to provide dengue patients with platelets at the DMCH, Ludhiana

Problems of auto spares industry discussed
Ludhiana, October 4
Problems being faced by industry in general and auto sector in particular were discussed during an interactive session organsied by the Federation of Auto Parts Manufacturers (FAPMA). A large number of industrial community from all over Punjab attended the meet.

Promise of easy bucks lures residents
Pay Rs 5500, get Rs 47 lakh, says ad
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 4
Having a 50-square-yard plot? You can hit the jackpot. At least, this is what a luring advertisement, appearing frequently in some vernacular dailies, is saying. Though nobody knows what the outcome will be, residents of this town are leaving no stone unturned to grab the opportunity.

Move to shift call centre girls
Protest hits power complaint booking
Ludhiana, October 4
Work at the centralised call centre set up by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) at its Janta Nagar division here for booking of complaints came to a halt this morning as operators deployed to receive telephone calls and enter complaints into the computers went on a strike against the proposed shifting of some of them to other locations.
Deserted workstations at the PSPCL call centre, as (inset) telephone/computer operators hold a protest in Ludhiana
Deserted workstations at the PSPCL call centre, as (inset) telephone/computer operators hold a protest in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Lawyers protest against colleague’s booking
Ludhiana, October 4
Bringing the routine work at the district courts to a screeching halt today, lawyers protested against the registration of a criminal case by Ludhiana rural police against a city lawyer, Surinder Dogra, here.
Lawyers watch TV in the Bar room as they struck work in protest against the registration of a case against their colleague in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph
Lawyers watch TV in the Bar room as they struck work in protest against the registration of a case against their colleague in Ludhiana

Farmers seek more steps to safeguard paddy
Jagroan/Raikot/Mullanpur Dakha, October 4
Apprehending mismanagement during procurement and lifting of paddy arriving in mandis, farmers of the area have urged higher authorities to direct commission agents to make necessary arrangements for saving their produce from the vagaries of nature.

‘Harassment’ by officials harries farmers, rice millers
Ludhiana, October 4
The forthcomming paddy procurement has added to the apprehension of farmers who are fearing harassment by officials of the district food, civil supplies and consumer affairs (DFSC) in the name of moisture content.

Rising crime has residents worried
Khanna, October 4
With the increase in number of incidents of murder and robbery in the past few months, local residents have been forced to live under the shadow of fear and insecurity.

Bicycle industry offers Rs 1 lakh for cycling medal
Ludhiana, October 4
To promote cycling, the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations has announced to honour the Indian cycling team with a Rs 1-lakh award if any of their players wins a medal at the ongoing 19th Commonwealth Games.

Gatka team honoured at railway station
Ludhiana, October 4
Bir Khalsa Dal, the gatka group that has been making waves on Indian television, was accorded a warm welcome by the Akali Dal, Delhi, at the local railway station here today. The team finished second runners-up in reality show “India’s Got Talent” on Colors.
Members of the Bir Khalsa Dal being welcomed at the Ludhiana railway station on Monday. A Tribune photograph
Members of the Bir Khalsa Dal being welcomed at the Ludhiana railway station

Lecturers’ Seniority
General category body to protest
Phillaur, October 3
The General Categories Welfare Federation, Punjab, has rejected the new seniority list of lecturers by the Director-General, Schools, recently and has decided to launch a statewide agitation against the decision.

Reporters' Diary
Roads in posh areas cry for repair
With the rains having wreaked further havoc on city roads, almost the entire network of roads, streets and service lanes all over the city is in a pathetic state of disrepair. Deep potholes, chipped top coat, broken berms and layers of premix missing on long stretches tell the story of the apathetic attitude of the civic body towards the people.

Hope for special children
Ludhiana, October 4
The World Animal Day was celebrated by Hope Animal Society by organising a session for special children of Darpan, Centre for Autistic Children, here on Monday. The children enjoyed the company of pet dogs and parrots brought by Hope founder Poonam Kalra.
Special students of Darpan celebrate the World Animal Day with pets in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph
Special students of Darpan celebrate the World Animal Day with pets in Ludhiana

From Colleges
Ramgarhia girls win laurels
Students of Ramgarhia Girls College brought laurels to the institution by securing 24 prizes, both group and individual, in the Ludhiana zone-B youth festival of Panjab University, hosted by the college.

Man fights on to save son
Ludhiana, October 4
Determined to save his 25-year-old, life is a constant battle for Som Prakash of Raison village, near Karnal in Haryana, for whom the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here has become a second home.

SAD wins bank poll unopposed
Machhiwara, October 4
All six Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidates for the Machhiwara Land Mortgage Bank were declared elected unopposed as the nominations of five Congress candidates were cancelled and the sixth withdrew his nomination.




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