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Wife was shot before being set afire
Charred body was found on Oct 26; husband on the run
Ludhiana, October 31
She was shot in the head before being set afire. After four days of search, the police has managed to solve a murder case. The victim, identified as Dimple (34), a resident of Noorwala road, was suspected to be killed by her husband.

Short of staff, fire dept braces for Diwali
Ludhiana, October 31
A view of the Central Fire Station of Ludhiana that is ill-equipped to handle exigencies on Diwali. Instead of being prepared to fight any exigency on Diwali, employees of the municipal corporation’s fire department appear to be leaving it to luck to help them out on the festival.

A view of the Central Fire Station of Ludhiana that is ill-equipped to handle exigencies on Diwali. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Gambling Fever
Stakes, here, run into lakhs
Ludhiana, October 31
Gambling stakes in the city range from a few hundred to a couple of lakhs during each session. Gambling begins around Dasehra and continues till Diwali night, or at times, even beyond that with several crores of rupees changing hands during these weeks.

Youth arrested for raping 15-year-old
Ludhiana, October 31
A youth has been arrested for raping a 15- year-old girl in a hotel room. The accused, identified as Honey, a resident of Salem Tabri, had even threatened to circulate her MMS if she dared to reveal his identity.

Girl who cried rape booked for extortion
Ludhiana, October 31
He was branded as a rapist and languished in jail for over 189 days, undergoing severe mental trauma. For nearly four years he suffered legal onslaughts hoping one day he would come out with his record clean. His family members faced social ostracism for a crime their child claimed he had never committed.

Despite SC ruling, accident victims refused treatment
Ludhiana, October 31
Ignoring the Supreme Court’s directive to all healthcare institutions to immediately provide first aid to accident victims, numerous privately owned and charitable hospitals in the city have been refusing admission to accident victims.

Case against Wikipedia for hurting Valmikis
Ludhiana, October 31
Google’s Wikipedia and three other websites have been booked for putting objectionable biographic information about lord Valmiki on the Internet. The case against www.wikipedia.org was registered following the complaint of Ambedkar Vichar Manch president Rajesh Dutta.

Street Vending Bill
Absence of record makes execution difficult
Ludhiana, October 31
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation might call a special meeting to frame the rules for implementing the Street Vendor (Protection and Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill 2009 shortly, but top municipal officials believe that they wont’ be able to get it implemented as there is no record of number of vendors with the department.


Green Land School karatekas emerge champions
Ludhiana, October 31
Hosts Green Land Senior Secondary Public School emerged overall champions in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Karate Championship (boys and girls) at the Jalandhar bypass branch here. Spring Dale Public School and GMT Senior Secondary School secured second and third positions, respectively.

Players in action during the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Karate Championship at Green Land Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Grain markets full to brim with paddy
Farmers forced to dump produce at odd places
Mandi Ahmedgarh/Mullanpur Dakha, October 31
Even as the government claims to have expedited the paddy procurement process, farmers in several mandis of the district are dejected as they have been waiting for the past several days for their produce to be lifted.

Sacks filled with paddy stacked in the grain market; and (right) produce dumped in the compound of a cinema located near the grain market at Mullanpur Dakha. Photos by writer

Ludhiana South
E. coli found in water samples
Ludhiana, October 31
The water being supplied at Sherpur, Lohara and Daba areas in Ludhiana South Assembly segment is contaminated with high quantity of E.coli found in samples. This particular area usually witnesses a gastroenteritis outbreak every year.

Chaos on city roads
Even in routine, the traffic on the city roads have to be seen to be believed, but the festive season, coupled with periodic obstructions created due to protests, langars and religious processions, have virtually created a chaos on the roads with vehicles and commuters caught in traffic snarls for hours together.

LUDHIANA: Guru Nanak Institute of Design and Technology organised a Girls perform Haryanavi dance during an annual cultural function at Arya College in Ludhiana on Sunday. freshers’ party-cum-designer competition. It was an evening full of music, dance and talent. Besides the question-answer round for new students of BSCFT and MSCFT, the main attractions of the evening were designer competition rounds, which had two themes -- purple drapes and Canadian bling - designed by the final year students of MSCFT.

Girls perform Haryanavi dance during an annual cultural function at Arya College in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

LUDHIANA: The most awaited event of the year, Wiztech 2010, was organised at DCM Presidency School in which over 300 students from Chandigarh, Faridabad, Ferozepur, Ambala, besides Ludhiana, participated in IT events like web designing, C++ programming, Q-basic, PowerPoint presentations, IT quiz, declamation, e-chess, I-paint etc.

Obama’s Visit
Left campaign against US policies
Raikot/Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 31
Responding to a call given by Left-wing parties to stage a countrywide protest during US President Barack Obama’s visit, office- bearers and activists of these outfits launched a public awareness campaign in the area today.

Tributes paid to Indira Gandhi
Ludhiana, October 31
Rich tributes were paid to Indira Gandhi on her 26th death anniversary at prayer meetings organised by Congress activists in different parts of the city today. Congress workers, led by District Congress Committee president Jagmohan Sharma, remembered the slain Prime Minister, saying she had taken the country to new heights during her tenure.

Congmen hail Capt’s nomination as PPCC chief
Ludhiana, October 31
Congress activists today celebrated the nomination of former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh as president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) at a meeting organised by the Urban Development Cell of the PPCC at Circuit House here.

Chamber seeks notification on VAT refund
Ludhiana, October 31
The working committee of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings has condemned the lackadaisical attitude of the Punjab government in not issuing the relevant notification for the release of 75 per cent pending VAT refund amount to the trade and industry of the state.

New laparoscopic technique to treat cancer
Ludhiana, October 31
A local urology and laparoscopy hospital here today announced a new laparoscopic technique to surgically treat malignant genito-urinary diseases like cancer of prostate, kidney, bladder, adrenal glands and ureter. The technique is a better option in many urological operations, as it provides better magnification to carry out operations more precisely and completely.


194 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Ludhiana, October 31
About 194 cases, worth Rs 2.22 crore, were settled in the quarterly Lok Adalat organised at the district court complex yesterday. Most of these were cheque-bounce cases. About 116 cases out of 134, worth Rs 8.3 lakh, were amicably settled by the bench headed by Judicial Magistrate Rajvinder Singh.




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