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MC nod to development works worth crores
Oppn councillors ignored
Ludhiana, October 8
With an eye on the Assembly elections to be held in the state next year, the SAD-BJP coalition in the civic body seems to have gone a bit too far to woo the electorate by allocating huge development projects without showing much concern for the funding.

Dengue: Private hospitals using substandard kits?
Ludhiana, October 8
Denying reports of private hospitals regarding positive dengue cases, the district health authorities have accused private hospitals of using substandard kits to carry out the tests.The district epidemiologist, Dr GP Mangla, stated that a majority of the hospitals were using substandard kits manufactured by a specific pharmaceutical which did not give accurate results.


Sportspersons to protest ‘misuse’ of stadium
Ludhiana, October 8
At a time when the country’s sportspersons are shining at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, a pall of gloom descended over the Guru Nanak stadium here today. The entire sports fraternity was left fuming over the district administration's decision to allow a “spiritual guru” to hold a seminar in the stadium on November 12.

Author booked for sacrilege
Ludhiana, October 8
Dr Ambedkar Vichar Manch has filed an FIR against author Nita Mukherjee and publisher of the book “The Story of Valmiki” for addressing Valmiki as “robber”. This, it argued, despite the fact that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had passed a verdict contradicting the fable about Valmiki being a robber.

Dugri residents concerned over rising crime
Ludhiana, October 8
With the city’s Dugri locality fast becoming a hotbed of snatchers, car lifters and thieves, the general secretary of the area’s MIG Welfare Association, Kuldip Singh Kreer, has called upon police commissioner Ishwar Singh to personally visit the locality to address residents’ grievances.

TV stars wax nostalgic about Navratras in yesteryear
Ludhiana, October 8
With Navratri festivities getting under way in the city, residents appear to be set for ‘dandiya raas’ and ‘garba’ dances as well Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati ‘pujas’ - each for three days. We catch up with some of the most popular television celebrities as they reminisce about how they enjoyed the nine-day long festival during their younger days.


New DEO keen on upgrading libraries
Ludhiana, October 8
Immediately after taking charge as the District Education Officer (secondary), Harbhajan Ram vowed to improve the state of secondary education in the district.

PPCC hails Centre’s offer on loan waiver
Ludhiana, October 8
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Legal Cell has hailed the UPA government’s offer on loan waiver.In a meeting held here today, PPCC Legal Cell chairman Dharamjit Singh Khera, secretary Rana Harjasdeep Singh, convener Ashok Bhakri accused Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal of playing petty politics.

From Schools
Ludhiana: “Idea” in collaboration with Derek O'Brien Associates organised “Know What’s Your Idea”, an innovative inter-school quiz, at BCM Arya Model School today. It is the first national inter-school skit fest. Under the programme, 100 city champions will be selected from 100 cities who will slug it out in the semifinals. 

From Colleges
Workshop on network security
Ludhiana : Training and placement cell of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Model Town, organised a workshop on network security for BCA and MCA final year students. A warm welcome was accorded to resource person Ashok Maurya, director of Livon Tech. He was accompanied by Sumit Mishra, cyber crime investigator, CCNA.

Ambedkar Community Centre
DC, ADC visit proposed site
Ludhiana, October 8
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, along with Additional Deputy Commissioner SR Kler and officials of the revenue department, today visited the proposed site for construction of a community centre near Jalandhar bypass here.The centre will be named after Dr BR Ambedkar.

Parking Woes
Residents, shop owners encroach on roads
A board that says parking allowed only for visitors to a particular commercial complex in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, October 8
In the face of the acute shortage of designated parking places, coupled with increasing number of vehicles in the city, problem of parking has assumed an alarming proportion with owners being at their wits' end to find a parking lot while out shopping, visiting banks, offices or even the eating joints.

A board that says parking allowed only for visitors to a particular commercial complex in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Labourer found dead
Samrala, October 8
A resident of Sihala village died under mysterious circumstances last night. The man, identified as Rampal Singh (48), was working as a labourer.He was found lying near his house at 7.30 pm yesterday.

Stray dog mauls two children
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 8
Two children sustained injuries after being attacked by a stray dog near Bhai Vir Singh gurdwara. One of the victims, identified as Pari, a daughter of doctor couple, and Khushi, a daughter of a social activist, were rushed to a multi-specialty hospital in Ludhiana.

Road dug up by telecom company hinders traffic
Ludhiana, October 8
A dug-up road near Rose Garden in Ludhiana The road dug up by a telecom company for lying cables near Rose Garden is hindering the smooth flow of the traffic. The company had dug up the road a few days ago, but failed to re-carpet it. A huge mound of mud could be seen lying in the middle of the road just opposite to the PAU gate No 4.

A dug-up road near Rose Garden in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Lakhbir Singh market panel chief
Khanna, October 8
Lakhbir Singh Kalal Majra took charge of the local market committee chief in the presence of jail minister Hira Singh Gabria and a few other key functionaries of the Punjab government. He promised to get the problems faced by farmers in the local grain market resolved at the earliest.

Man electrocuted, suffers 90 pc burns
Ludhiana, October 8
A middle-aged man was electrocuted after he came in contact with overhead high-tension cable near Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib here today.The victim suffered 90 per cent burns.

It’s fiscal emergency, not sibling rivalry: Khangura
Ludhiana, October 8
Qila Raipur MLA Jassi Khangura yesterday asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal not to dismiss finance minister Manpreet Badal’s concern about the state economy summarily, but address these  concerns seriously.

Centre inaugurated
Ludhiana, October 8
Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya chief Rajyogini Dadi Janki inaugurated the Vishwa Shanti Sadan at Jhande village, near Aurobindo College, here today.Vishwa Shanti Sadan, the new BK Rajyoga Centre, built over an acre, is dedicated to the goal of establishing a value-based society.

YC rallies around Rahul
Ludhiana, October 8
The District Youth Congress (DYC) today joined issue with BJP and RSS functionaries over the remarks of All-India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi, terming the RSS a communal and disruptive body.

Carnival to showcase special creations
Ludhiana, October 8
Nirdosh, a school for mentally challenged children, is once again buzzing with activity with a two-day exhibition, “Carnival of Lights”, set to showcase creations of special children.The exhibition-cum-sale being organised under the aegis of “Joie De Vivre”, an initiative of Divya Dhanda to help mentally-challenged children, will commence here tomorrow.


Woman, daughter held for worker’s murder
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 8
The mother and daughter duo, who had once spread terror in and around Kup Kalan village, are cooling their heels behind the bars ultimately.Identified as Paramjit Kaur and her daughter Mandeep Kaur, the duo along with their accomplice; were booked under Section 302 of the IPC for allegedly killing Tula Singh, a worker at a private factory at Kup Kalan village.

Land Grabbing
IPS ex-officer’s sister, nephew booked
Ludhiana, October 8
Sister and the nephew of a retired IPS officer of the rank of the director-general has been booked for allegedly usurping the latter’s 11-acre worth over Rs 15 crore in Noorpur.

Rs 3.5 lakh goes missing from car
Ludhiana, October 8
Just a day after an iron trader claimed that two armed youths had robbed him of Rs 10.5 lakh at gunpoint from Dugri road, another businessman put the city police in a tizzy when he alleged that his bag containing Rs 3.5 lakh was stolen from his car parked in front of Preet Cinema here today.

Sheller owner booked for siphoning off paddy
Ludhiana, October 8
In a development that may blow the lid off a multi-crore scam, the police has booked a sheller owner for siphoning off paddy worth Rs 1.92 crore. The paddy belonged to the state government-run Pungrain.



City Centre Scam
Captain seeks relief from court appearance
Ludhiana, October 8
Former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has sought exemption from personal appearance in the alleged multi-crore City Centre scam hearing fixed before the court of Sessions Judge SP Bangarh tomorrow.

A striker looks on as he leaves the ball during the 6th Senior Ludhiana District Baseball Championship at Guru Nanak Khalsa Girls College, Gujarkhan Campus, Ludhiana, on Friday.
A striker looks on as he leaves the ball during the 6th Senior Ludhiana District Baseball Championship at Guru Nanak Khalsa Girls College, Gujarkhan Campus, Ludhiana, on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan




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