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Cop gets death in triple murder case
Parents awarded RI for life
Ludhiana, November 17
A local court today sentenced a Punjab police constable to death in a triple murder case involving two brothers and a vegetable vendor. The murders had shook the city six years ago. Jarnail Singh of New Shakti Nagar, Basti Jodhewal, was sentenced by the court of Additional Sessions Judge Manjinder Singh.

‘Justice done’
Ludhiana, November 17
“Justice has been done to us after a legal battle for six years. The verdict awarding death penalty to the guilty has given us some solace, but the void that my sons have left will never be filled,” said Harbans Singh of Basti Jodhewal whose two young sons, Beant Singh and Bhagwant Singh, were killed by the constable with his service weapon.


Act of faith

Devotees offering prayers on Id-ul-Zuha in Ludhiana
Devotees offering prayers on Id-ul-Zuha in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Detonation exercise
Pregnant women, newborns face risks
Haider Nagar/Selkiana, November 17
The Army’s ongoing operation to detonate explosives is set to be a tough test of endurance for women who are expecting and newly born children in Sekehwal, Haider Nagar, Kalewal and Selkiana villages.

Wedding plans go awry
Haider Nagar, November 17
Though the Army had decided not to detonate any explosives for two days in November and four days in December due to weddings scheduled in Haider Nagar, Sekhewal and Kalewal villages during these days, the ongoing exercise appears to have dashed the plans of prospective grooms.

Day 2: 100 explosives detonated
Entire job done by 4.10 pm; villagers thank the Army
Haider Nagar/Selkiana village, November 17
More than 100 explosives were defused on the second day today. The Army plans to detonated 17,000 explosives weighing 200 quintals near the Mattewara forest area. Tremors of the four explosives that were detonated were felt at Bourree village, which is located five kilometers away from the site.
A farmer ploughs his fields at night as the detonation exercise is not allowing them to do so during day time
A farmer ploughs his fields at night as the detonation exercise is not allowing them to do so during day time. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Residents of three villages feel Army pinch
Sekhewal (Ludhiana), November 17
Life is taking one test after another of the residents of Sekhewal, Haider Nagar and Kalewal villages. The residents, who are heavily dependent on livestock and dairy produce, are suffering heavy losses due to the detonation of explosives in the Mattewara forest area.

Nursing college declared illegal
Ludhiana, November 17
With the Punjab revenue and rehabilitation department declaring the nursing college at Dr BL Kapur Memorial Hospital as unauthorised and unapproved, the role of the hospital authorities has come under scanner once again. The land revenue branch of the revenue and rehabilitation department has pointed out in its inquiry report that the managing society of the hospital had taken the land on lease in 1950 for 30 years, but had failed to forward a request for the renewal of the lease after 1980.

Rise in female smokers alarms health experts
Ludhiana, November 17
That smoking among girls and women is steadily increasing is evident from the spurt in the incidence of oral and lung cancer and respiratory problems reported by them. Physicians in both private and public medical institutions in the city expressed concern over the growing number of female smokers showing at their clinics and hospitals with multiple problems that have been triggered by chewing or smoking tobacco.

Higher input costs hit apparel makers hard
Ludhiana, November 17
The steep rise in raw cotton prices and the resultant spurt in prices of cotton and polyester yarns have begun affecting the garment manufacturing sector. Though cotton farmers and growers may be rejoicing, factories making cotton and woollen apparel, hit by higher raw material costs and under pressure from global competition to keep the production costs low, are facing a squeeze.


Beautification of Ferozepur Road
Callous MC, contractor fail to install caution boards
Ludhiana, November 17
The apathy of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation towards the safety of the common man could be well judged from the fact that its officials have not even bothered to install caution signs on the busy Ferozepur Road, where the work of beautifying the central verge could lead to major accident. The municipal corporation has uprooted the existing big cement blocks for replacing it with the new ones.

Boulders hinder smooth flow of traffic on the Ferozepur road in the absence of any caution signs. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Boulders hinder smooth flow of traffic on the Ferozepur road in the absence of any caution signs

Parleys over bus service end on happy note
Ludhiana, November 17
There is good news for residents, who have been facing a lot of inconvenience due to traffic congestion, as some serious efforts are being made for starting two main public transport systems- the monorail and the bus service-in the city.

Metro, a boon in disguise for city
Ludhiana, November 17
For residents of the city jostling with air, water and noise pollution as well as traffic congestion, the Ludhiana metro rail project will come as a big respite as it would solve most of these problems.

LIT gets into auction mode
24 commercial sites, 4 plots to go on the block on Nov 30
Ludhiana, November 17
The newly appointed chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), MM Vyas, it seems is getting down to the daunting task of putting the institution back on track.

Last molars useful in tooth transplant: Dentist
Ludhiana, November 17
Referred to as “back benchers”, wisdom teeth are the last molars that usually surface around 18 years of age. Appropriate to their reference of back benchers, wisdom teeth face the typical problems of no place to sit and then they tend to create elbow’s space, thereby creating trouble for the adjoining teeth.

‘Organ transplant a life saving surgery’
Ludhiana, November 17
World Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation will be celebrated on November 20 by GLODAS (Gift of Life and Organ Donation Awareness Society) in collaboration with the DMCH at KVM School, Civil lines, Ludhiana.

Trade union protests exploitation of workers
Ludhiana, November 17
The FCI Workers Palledar Union and Punjab Palledar Union yesterday staged a protest against exploitation of workers through black laws and lock outs at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in mini secretariat here.

FCI workers stage a protest in support of their demands in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph
FCI workers stage a protest in support of their demands in Ludhiana

Emphasis laid on teachers’ role
Doraha, November 17
Dr Vandana Sharma, department of psychology, Punjabi University, Patiala, yesterday spoke on the “Role of Self System in Teacher Effectiveness” during the 13th refresher course on environmental studies being held on the university campus.

From Schools & Colleges
An inter-house Hindi paper-reading contest was organised by the Sub-Junior Humanities Forum for students of the primary section today at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines. The contest aimed at providing students with a chance to use the language proficiently with correct expression.

DCC reshuffle on cards, lobbying intensifies
Ludhiana, November 17
Lobbying has intensified for the post of the president of the District Congress Committee (Urban) as the new chief of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Capt Amarinder Singh, is expected to take in hand the task of the reorganisation of district units of the party.

MC order passed, not enforced
Vehicles yet to bear phone numbers
Ludhiana, November 17
The municipal corporation (MC) authorities hardly pay any heed to issues raised by its own elected members. A testimony to this fact is that despite directions during the general house, officials of the civic body are yet to write phone numbers on its vehicles for facilitating residents to complain about rash driving by MC staff.


Immigration official sexually assaulted, 2 held
Phillaur, November 17
Two waiters and a manager of a local hotel have allegedly sexually assaulted a verification officer of a Chandigarh-based Germany Immigration Office. The trio even tried to rape her, the woman alleged.

School Games: Club road is a mess
Ludhiana, November 17
Poor disposal of contaminated water and rotten food during the Punjab school games left a mess on the club road, inconveniencing commuters. The house of the Municipal Corporation Commissioner is also situated on the same road.

Waste lies scattered outside the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Waste lies scattered outside the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana

Tarn Taran eves overall champs

Ludhiana, November 17
Tarn Taran athletes secured 18 points to bag the overall trophy in the Punjab State Rural Games for Girls (U-16), organised by the Punjab Sports Department and the Sports Authority of India, which concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.
Young dancers perform during the closing ceremony of the Punjab State Rural Games in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Young dancers perform during the closing ceremony of the Punjab State Rural Games in Ludhiana

Ramandeep, Pardeep declared fastest cyclists
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 17
Pardeep Singh and Ramandeep Kaur of Government Senior Secondary School Guram emerged the fastest cyclists during the annual sports fair that concluded on the school premises on Wednesday.

A kabaddi match in progress at Guram, near Ahmedgarh, on Wednesday. Photo: Mahesh Sharma

A kabaddi match in progress at Guram, near Ahmedgarh



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