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IT sleuths swoop on builder
BJP leader, kin had bagged contracts worth Rs 200 cr during CWG
Ludhiana, October 19
Income Tax sleuths today swooped on a coloniser, as a part of its nationwide raids on the premises of BJP leader and businessman Sudhanshu Mittal and his relatives following discovery that contracts worth more than Rs 200 crore, related to Common Wealth games, were bagged by them.

Rs 12.5-lakh jewellery stolen from shop
Ludhiana, October 19
Two unidentified men on a motorcycle escaped with jewellery worth Rs 12.5 lakh from OP Jewellers on the ATI Road, here today. The theft took place at around 2 pm when Om Parkash (60), owner of the jewellery shop, was alone at his shop.


Rs 2 cr that he never lost, returned
Rs 2 crore in cash being displayed before it was handed over to the industrialist, Jaswant Singh Sagar (inset), in LudhianaLudhiana, October 19
Six months after about Rs 2 crore in cash was stolen from the Sagar Engineering Works factory and was later recovered, the police handed over the money to its owner today. Jaswant Singh Sagar walked away with currency wads of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 bills amounting to Rs 19,887,000 in a huge iron box after the legal procedures were completed.

Rs 2 crore in cash being displayed before it was handed over to the industrialist, Jaswant Singh Sagar (inset), in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Gunda Nullah Project
MC to float tenders once again
Ludhiana, October 19
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has decided to once again float tenders for the much-awaited project of covering the Gunda Nullah. The corporation was forced to float the tenders as even the lowest bidder, in the previous bids, had sought Rs 4 crore more than the actual amount sanctioned by the state government. The file of this project has been sent for final approval to the Local Bodies Department in Chandigarh. Fresh tenders will be floated within three to four days.

Health dept hedges over buyers of spurious khoya
Ludhiana, October 19
The health & family welfare department has come under fire from local NGOs for not disclosing the names of the buyers of adulterated ‘khoya’ seized in the city. Officials have been unable to establish a clear link between the 700 quintals of spurious ‘khoya’, which they had confiscated from godowns located outside the city in October last year, and its buyers. The director of the central food processing industry department, Amarjit Singh Tikka, had demanded details on the buyers under the Right to Information Act.

Centre of jan (a)suvidha
Ludhiana, October 19
At least 50 to 60 people had to return disappointed as employees of a Suvidha Centre at the Mini Secretariat refused to entertain them after 12.45pm today. Though the centre closes at 1.30 pm, but security personnel did not allow anyone to enter it after 12.45 pm. Sore over the “arbitrary” attitude of the employees, people condemned authorities for unnecessarily harassing them.

‘Designer mithai’ to sweeten up this Diwali
Ludhiana, October 19
Diwali celebrations are incomplete without ‘mithai’ (sweets) that even calorie and health conscious people find hard to resist. With ‘designer mithai’ on offer in this festive season they will find it even more difficult to hold back. Gourmands can look forward to gorging on scrumptious sweetmeats during the festival of lights. Diwali sweets are as diverse as the celebrations of the festival itself. Although there are specific recipes, sweetmeat shops have begun blending them with contemporary ones to come up with “exclusive” Diwali sweets that appear more tempting. ‘Designer mithais’ are set to overshadow the most popular sweets including ‘kaju burfi’, ‘bundi ladoo’, ‘gulab jamun’, ‘khoya burfi’ and almond ‘seera’.


A noble gesture
Council gives books to needy children
Ludhiana, October 19
Members of the Children and Women Welfare Council and students of Christian High School, Ludhiana, strike a pose at a book distribution function The Children and Women Welfare Council today gave stationery to poor and needy children at Ewing Christian High School. “The progress of any country depends upon its children. A country can progress only if the children of the nation are literate. It is our duty to help those who want to study but do not have resources. A little help can really boost their confidence and help them in achieving great heights in their lives.”
Members of the Children and Women Welfare Council and students of Christian High School, Ludhiana, strike a pose at a book distribution function. A Tribune photograph

PAU Notes

Bouquet of technologies for farmers
Ludhiana, October 19
The Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) will organise an exhibition under NAIP Mass Media Project on October 20 at the institute.

Printart to kick off from Oct 23
Ludhiana, October 19
The much awaited Printart-2010 being organised by the Offset Printers Association (OPA) will begin on October 23 at Kumra Palace.

Ludhiana: Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology organised an exclusive modelling-television-acting-grooming seminar-cum-workshop on Monday. The workshop was conducted by fashion choreographer Kaushik Ghosh.

Punjabi film fest from November 12
Khanna, October 19
A film festival will be organised by the First Frame Club on November 12 and 13. Documentaries will be screened during the festival. Gautam Kapil, member of the club, said, “Various colours of our rich culture and heritage will be showcased during the festival.”

NGO comes to aid of dengue patients
Ludhiana, October 19
Salaam Zindagi Foundation, a state-awardee NGO working in the city to promote voluntary blood donation and support thalassaemic children, has recently taken the initiative to come up for the help of dengue patients.

Panel for eco-friendly steps
Ludhiana, October 19
The Ludhiana Machine Tool Manufacturers Association’s governing body met under the chairmanship of its president Kirpal Singh Sagar yesterday. Kirpal Singh emphasised on disposal of solid, liquid, gaseous waste after proper treatment, groundwater recharging by rainwater harvesting, energy saving, minimising the use of polythene and insisted on using biodegradable materials, saving water and planting and nurturing more saplings to save the environment.

From Schools

Juneja resigns as LIT chairman
Ludhiana, October 19
Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) chairman Ashok Juneja has tendered his resignation after an eventful tenure of nearly 15 months. Still recuperating from injuries sustained in a car accident on June 28 here, he decided to put in his papers after deliberating with state BJP president Ashwani Sharma and Punjab local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia.

Tipsy cop creates ruckus
Sandeep JoshiLudhiana, October 19
A tipsy head constable of the wireless wing of the local police created ruckus at the Sarabha Nagar police station this afternoon. A departmental inquiry has been ordered against him. Head constable Parmajit Singh, a wireless set operator at the police station, used foul language and hurled abuses at his colleagues, who tried to control him. Sarabha Nagar SHO Rajan Parminder Singh said they had complained to the wireless wing officials against the head constable.

Sandeep Joshi

Row over discourse at stadium
Sri Sri steps in, changes venue
Ludhiana, October 19
In a respite to the agitating sports fraternity in the city, Art of Living head Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has announced to change the venue of his function previously scheduled at Guru Nanak Stadium for November 11.

Surgeons cure facial spasm
Ludhiana, October 19
A team of neurosurgeons under professor and head Dr Sarvpreet Singh Grewal and Dr Pranshu Bhargava have successfully operated a patient for hemi-facial spasm at the neurosurgery department of the CMC here.

Amenities elude this rly station
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 19
The railway station here is in a state of neglect. Thanks to the apathetic attitude of the authorities, it even does not have toilets, water coolers and a proper waiting room.

Ex-ministers rap Badal govt
Ludhiana, October 19
Former Punjab ministers Malkiat Singh Birmi and Harnam Das Johar along with other Congress leaders on Sunday lambasted the SAD-BJP government in Punjab, charging the coalition with all-round failure.

Illegal Hoardings
Shiv Sena protests MC role
Shiv Sena activists protest against the MC Commissioner in Ludhiana on TuesdayLudhiana, October 19
Activists of the Shiv Sena organised a protest against the municipal corporation authorities for failing to keep a check on the installation of illegal unipoles/hoardings in the city by the “advertisement mafia”. Party’s state unit in-charge Rajiv Tandon said green belts in the city were being damaged due to the mushrooming of hundreds of such unipoles.

Shiv Sena activists protest against the MC Commissioner in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Shot in the arm for amputee
Ludhiana, October 19
Nirmal Singh, having lost his arm while working at a crusher last month, was brought to Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital with profuse bleeding. The amputated arm was brought by his relatives, 30 minutes after his admission to the hospital.


Four arrested with poppy husk, illicit liquor
Macchiwara, October 19
The police has arrested four persons from different places and seized poppy husk and illicit liquor from their possession. According to SHO Anil Kumar Kohali, Gurmukh Singh, a resident of Raipur Bet village, was arrested at a checkpoint with 20 kg poppy husk.

Cyclist killed
Samrala, October 19
A cyclist was killed in a road accident near Sarwarpur village early this morning. According to sources, Bhim Singh (50) and his father Rachan Singh, residents of Chari, were going towards their village on their respective bicycles when Bhim’s bicycle was hit by a speeding tempo, killing the rider on the spot.




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