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Of tragedy & insensitive politicians
15-yr-old girl killed in accident; MP, Senior Dy Mayor drive past scene
Ludhiana, November 14
The death of a 15-year-old girl in a road accident snowballed into a major controversy, with Kamaljit Soi, vice-president of the Punjab Road Safety Organisation, accusing Member of Parliament Manish Tiwari and senior deputy mayor Parveen Bansal of showing absolute insensitivity towards the dead and not stopping their vehicle to take stock of the situation here today.

Kamaljit Soi (in black jacket), vice-chairman, Punjab Road Safety Organisation, at the accident scene in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph


Pressure tactics by babus
MC letting encroachers breathe easy
An encroachment by an illegal dhaba at Transport Nagar, Ludhiana. Ludhiana, November 14
Under pressure from senior babus, the municipal corporation is apparently reluctant to act against encroachers in the Transport Nagar locality. This despite the fact that social activists have been picking apart the civic body authorities for turning a blind eye to one of the highly encroached areas of the city.

An encroachment by an illegal dhaba at Transport Nagar, Ludhiana. Photo Inderjeet Verma

GLADA, too, in the same league
Ludhiana, November 14
Strange are the ways of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), which has been acting in a selective manner to remove encroachments on green belts in the Housing Board Colony on the Ferozepur Road here.

Dressed To impress

Models walk the ramp during the Punjab International Fashion Week in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Illegal colonies may get sewage lines soon
Ludhiana, November 14
Even though the municipal corporation’s has failed to provide an efficient sewage system to city residents, to oblige politicians and builders the civic body along with the Punjab Water Supply Sewerage Board (PWSSB) has now begun studying the viability of laying down sewerage limes to unauthorized colonies and villages located outside the municipal limits.

Adamant villagers force deferment
Detonation exercise from today
Ludhiana, November 14
Buckling under pressure from village residents who are opposing the administration order to evacuate Haider Nagar, Sekhewal and Kalewal villages for detonating scrap bombs in their forest areas, the district administration today postponed the process for a day.

Pastor Sunil who was attacked by a mob. Tension as mob attacks man, priest
Ludhiana, November 14
Tension gripped the Moti Nagar area here this morning when an irate mob allegedly attacked a man who had recently changed his religion. The attackers later went to the nearby Arya Colony where they thrashed a priest and shut down the place from where he was allegedly carrying out the conversion exercise.

Conversion: Pastor Sunil who was attacked by a mob.

Mad rush for nursery admissions begins
Ludhiana, November 14
Come November and the city's nursery schools are deluged with a frenzied rush of anxious parents waiting in long lines to buy admission forms. Parents of first-time schoolers are leaving no stone unturned to ensure their wards gain entry into the most sought after school, flitting from one school to another to procure forms lest they miss out on any.

Social activist falls prey to road rage
Ludhiana, November 14
Virinder Bhakoo, a social activist, fell victim to road rage last night when three motorcycle-borne youths intercepted and assaulted him near Chhawni Mohalla. The incident took place around 9.30 pm when 70-year-old Bhakoo was returning home after closing his shop. “I was driving home in a car and got stuck in traffic jam at Domoria Bridge, near Chhawni Mohalla. In the meantime, three youths riding a motorcycle collided with my vehicle and started abusing me.

Jail inmate sodomised
Ludhiana, November 14
An inmate was allegedly sodomised by another at the Central Jail on the Tajpur road here last night.


Zero discharge in Buddha Nullah
MC asks sewerage board to prepare estimate
Plans to plug 12 disposal points
Ludhiana, November 14
In an effort to ensure zero discharge of contaminated water into the polluted Buddha Nullah as per orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Municipal Corporation authorities have asked the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) to prepare an estimate for plugging all disposal points out of which the sewerage water of the city currently flows into the nullah.

Foundation stones for Rs 30-cr projects laid
Mullanpur/Payal/Ahmedgarh, November 14
In an effort to harness support for prospective candidates of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) from various assembly segments falling under Ludhiana, Fatehgarh and Sangrur parliamentary constituencies, party president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal went on a foundation stone laying spree here recently.

45 get prosthetics, wheelchairs
Ludhiana, November 14
Around 45 differently abled persons were given callipers, prosthetics, wheelchairs, tri-cycles and hearing aids at a free camp organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad at Viklang Sahayta Kendra in Rishi Nagar here today. Chief guest Tushar Chawla and guest of honour Inderpreet Kaur, district social security officer, lauded the initiative of the NGO and assured their full cooperation towards the welfare of differently abled persons.

A member of the Bharat Vikas Parishad distributes prosthetics among differently-abled persons in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Children’s Day
Reaching out to thalassaemic kids
Ludhiana, November 14
Salaam Zindagi Foundation, an NGO, celebrated Children’s Day at Government College for Boys here today with 40 thalassaemic children. College principal Jasbir Kaur Makkar appreciated the efforts of the NGO for serving thalassaemic children of the city and adding a new dimension to the life of their families by providing them blood, blood transfusion charges, medicines and household items.

World Diabetes Day
Residents walk the extra mile
Ludhiana, November 14
To mark the World Diabetes Day, Ludhiana Mediciti Hospital today organised a "diabetes walk" from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to the hospital on the Ferozepur road here. Chief guest Dr MS Kang, Vice-Chancellor of the PAU, flagged off the walk.

Fake Bill Scam
Indicted officials try to forestall fresh probe
Ludhiana, November 14
After having failed to back up their statements on their roles in the ‘fake bill scam’, 11 of the 13 indicted officials of the municipal corporation’s buildings & roads branch have begun playing political games to prevent the inquiry into the fraud being handed over to an independent investigative agency.

Ludhiana Calling
Congress men make beeline for Captain’s ‘coronation’
Congress activists of all hues appeared to be bound for Chandigarh last Friday to attend the “coronation” ceremony of newly appointed Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Amarinder Singh. Sensing the occasion would turn out to be a show of strength for his supporters, local Congress leaders gathered party workers and left in a number of cavalcades for the PPCC office in the state capital to “mark their presence” at the ceremony. 

Turning her weakness into strength
Ludhiana, November 14
Being visually impaired has never been her disability. Sheela Charles has always taken things in her stride. The septuagenarian not only earns her own living, but also helps others like her, regain confidence and work towards a better tomorrow.

Stress on preserving gaushalas
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 14
Office-bearers of various religious and social organisations called upon people to come to the rescue of “gaushalas” here today. While cows provided milk, oxen sustained cultivation of fields, maintained the crusaders.

Swami Krishna Nand and others feed cows at a gaushala as part of Gopashtmi celebrations at Kaind village on Sunday. Photo: Mahesh Sharma

Fruits, veggies waste an excellent feed for animals
Ludhiana, November 14
Next time you throw the peels of veggies or fruits think twice as animals relish the fruits and vegetables waste mostly because they are palatable and nutritious. This has recently been researched by the nutritionists of Guru Angad Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).

Political Rallies: Non-availability of officials stalls work
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 14
With a majority of Congress and SAD leaders busy mobilising activists of their respective parties for political functions and rallies, residents of the town and surrounding villages have been forced to put off their important official work.

Madras Chamber Orchestra performs in city
Ludhiana, November 14
Madras Chamber Orchestra, the group that recorded AR Rehman’s Oscar winning soundtrack for “Slumdog Millionaire”, gave a performance at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan last evening.

Madras Chamber Orchestra performs in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Attacks on RSS offices condemned
Phillaur, November 14
BJP Leader and vice-chairman of the Youth Development Board, Punjab, Tarun Chugh has condemned the alleged attacks on RSS offices by youth activists at several places in the country.

Onion prices go up
Ludhiana, November 14
Onion becomes dearer this week, while winter fruits like grapes and pears have started arriving in the market.

Students told about traffic rules
Mandi Gobindgarh, November 14
Desh Bhagat Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, in coordination with district traffic police, Fatehgarh Sahib, organised a drug abuse and traffic awareness programme for the benefit of students on Friday.

Students felicitated
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 14 Children’s Day was celebrated at Victoria Public High School, Lehra, today. Around 100 students were felicitated on the day. Dev Raj Sofat, former ADM, Punjab Roadways, presided over the function, while Raj Kumar Bhagat, branch manager, State Bank of India, Dehlon, was the chief guest.

27 schools take part in cultural fest
Mandi Gobindgarh, November 14 Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised "Rainbow Fiesta", a one-day mega cultural festival for senior school students. Various competitions included singing, dancing, acting, modelling, painting, cartoon-making, collage-making, clay-modelling and creative writing.

Rural Games
Harmilan strikes gold in 800m
Ludhiana, November 14
Harmilan Kaur of Hoshipaur finished well ahead of others in the 800m race to bag the first gold medal in the Punjab State Rural Games for Girls U-16 being jointly organised by the Punjab sports department and Sports Authority of India under the Central govenment’s scheme Panchayat Yuva Karida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) which began at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

19-yr-old city girl set to make it big in cricket
Ludhiana, November 14
Parveen Khan, an upcoming cricketer from Ferozepur, would soon be seen in Indian Women's Cricket Team. 19-year-old student of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, Parveen has already carved a niche for herself with her stupendous performances recently.

Khalsa eves selected for cricket camp
Ludhiana, November 14
Nine players of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, have been selected to attend the preparatory camp for the forthcoming All-India Inter-Varsity Cricket Championship for Women slated to be held in New Delhi from November 25 onwards.

Dr Rajinder Thind (extreme left), principal, Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, interacts with players who were selected for the cricket tournament in the city. A Tribune photograph




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