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High-decibel, bloody Divali for some
Crackers worth Rs 10 crore go up in smoke
Ludhiana, November 6
Crackers worth Rs 10 crore literally went up in smoke last night, as did the appeal by environmentalists to observe a green Divali. Even the Supreme Court’s directive not to burst crackers after 10 pm had no effect in the city as residents continued to do so till 1 am, so much so that a shortage of crackers was reported after midnight. The gap in demand and supply helped dealers do brisk business as they were seen selling crackers on a premium.

Residents went overboard bursting crackers that were sold on a premium in Ludhiana after midnight.


The day after

Garbage littered on a road at Kailash Chowk in Ludhiana on Saturday morning. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

3 killed in city
Ludhiana, November 6
Sanjay Mondal (30), a migrant labourer from Bihar, was robbed and killed by three armed assailants in the Model Town Extension area and two waiters died following an altercation over the petty issue in the wee hours yesterday.

70 medico legal cases
Ludhiana, November 6
The city recorded 70 medico legal report (MLR) cases in the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital over Divali night and this morning. Emergency Medical Officer (EMO) Dr Ramninder Kaur said 40 cases were reported until this morning with a majority of victims under the influence of liquor and intoxicants.

...But 50 pc dip in burns, fire cases
Ludhiana, November 6
The number of people suffering burn injuries on Diwali night decreased significantly compared to the previous year as was evident from cases reported in the emergency wards at various city hospitals. Doctors in charge of burn units accredited the sharp fall to the "growing awareness" about the risks of firecrackers among people.

Wife’s ‘Murder’
Agra police raids house of industrialist
Ludhiana, November 6
Nearly two months after a woman who died after falling from the third floor of a five star hotel in Agra, the police raided a house here today to arrest her husband, who is an accused in the case.

Academics wary of move on central funding for PU
Ludhiana, November 6
Though the central government has reportedly decided to provide 90 per cent of funding to Panjab University (PU) under the Central Educational Institutions Act, academics associated with the varsity say they are not in favour of the move if it is implemented “at the cost of Punjab's right over PU or the Union Territory of Chandigarh”.

Parents of babies born on Divali eve rejoice
Ludhiana, November 6
Extending a warm welcome to baby girls born on Diwali evening, some Hindu parents and grandparents set a trend by celebrating the occasion as an “arrival” of the goddess Laxmi in their lives. The excitement among families who were blessed with baby boys on the festival’s eve was also evident.


Vishkarma Puja
Workers pay tributes to Lord Vishkarma and worship the tools in Ludhiana on Saturday. Industry worships machines, tools
Ludhiana, November 6
Industrialists worshipped machines and tools in their factories to celebrate Vishkarma day today. As most of the industrial units remained closed, the devotees paid obeisance at Vishkarma temple.

Workers pay tributes to Lord Vishkarma and worship the tools in Ludhiana on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Youth stranded in Libya returns
Chhajjawal (Ludhiana), November 6
It turned out to be joyous Diwali for residents of this non-descript village of Ludhiana district when they embraced a village youth, who was stranded in Libya for more than 11 months.

Hike in prices of dry fodder
Ecologists elated as burning of paddy straw declines
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 6
Hike in prices of dry fodder, including wheat chaff, has come as blessing in disguise for environmentalists in this part of the state. Hundreds of tonnes of paddy straw, which earlier used to add obnoxious gases in the atmosphere after being burnt, have been persevered as dry fodder this year.

Farmers stuck due to non-lifting of paddy
Upset as gifts remain undelivered
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 6
Farmers waiting for procurement of their produce in grain markets are upset that sweets prepared for their relatives and friends living in cities and towns on the occasion of Diwali remained undelivered this year. They proved to be the most isolated lot in society this Diwali.

Festival Season
MC’s claim of clean city falls flat
Ludhiana, November 6
The tall claims of the municipal corporation authorities of providing a clean look to the city during the festival season fell flat due to non-lifting of garbage by the sanitary staff the city. Huge heaps of garbage was seen scattered on the roads of the city.

A girl sits amidst lit earthen lamps during the festival of lights in Ludhiana on Friday. Coming together for festival of lights
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 6
Divali, the festival of lights, is no longer restricted to Hindus and Sikhs as communities like Muslims and Christians celebrate the festival with same passion. Though the traditional worship of the Goddess Lakshmi is not performed by all, illumination of premises, relishing of special dishes and bursting of crackers are common among other communities too.

A girl sits amidst lit earthen lamps during the festival of lights in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himashu Mahajan

Remains of crackers dot the region
Mandi Ahmedgarh/ Mullanpur Dakha/ Raikot, November 6 Diwali was celebrated with great enthusiasm in Ahmedgarh, Raikot, Mullanpur, Jagraon and its vicinity. Buildings, including commercial organisations, shops, markets, houses and government offices alighted with dazzling lights, wore a festive look.

Residents of Ludhiana light candles at gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib to celebrate Divali on Friday. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Verma

Students celebrate Divali with seniors
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 6
Students of MA English IInd year of Satish Chander Dhawan Government College, Ludhiana, along with their teacher, Manpreet Kaur Sahota, celebrated Diwali with inmates of an old age home at Gurdwara Karamsar (Rara Sahib) yesterday.

Smog engulfs city
Ludhiana, November 6
Glowing hues of lights, candles and diyas that mesmerised the onlookers in the early hours of Divali evening vanished under the cloud of smog as the night progressed.

GN Model School celebrates Divali
Doraha, November 6
The management, principal, staff and students of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School celebrated Divali yesterday wit religious fervour.

Fire breaks out in hoisery factory
Sahnewal, November 6
A major fire broke out on the premises of Rani Hosiery Mills near here late last night. The entire factory was engulfed in the fire within no time. Though five fire tenders were pressed into service the fire could be brought under control only in the morning.

Rani Hosiery Mills, which was destroyed in a fire, near Sahnewal on Friday night. A Tribune photo

Cops honoured for busting gang
Ludhiana, November 6
The policemen, who busted a gang of highway robbers few days back, were honoured by Director General of Police (DGP), Punjab, PS Gill.




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