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Improvement Trust richer by Rs 9.8 cr 
Ludhiana, November 30
The sale of 13 commercial properties and four residential plots through an auction conducted by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) here today yielded a whopping Rs 9.8 crore. The auction (lasting for over seven hours) coming after more than five years, evoked huge response and over 50 bidders took part.

Water, Sewerage Bills
Flying squads to recover arrears

Ludhiana, November 30
After getting stern directions from the Municipal Corporation (MC) Commissioner, operation and maintenance (O&M) branch officials have geared up for recovering pending arrears of water supply and sewerage by forming zone-wise flying squads.


Thick smoke billows out of a chimney of an industrial unit in Ludhiana
Thick smoke billows out of a chimney of an industrial unit in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Verma

MC to build down ramp at Gill Chowk
Ludhiana, November 30
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is all set to construct a down ramp at the existing Gill Chowk flyover to decongest the traffic by facilitating the flow of light motor vehicles towards the Vishkarma and the Gill chowks. Though the Gill Chowk flyover, which was inaugurated recently, had solved the traffic problem in the area to some extent commuters passing through the Vishkarma and Gill chow

‘Readymade’ projects come to students’ rescue
Ludhiana, November 30
School students are no longer losing sleep over the never-ending projects assigned to them as homework. For, booksellers and “specialists” spread across the city are offering “readymade” projects for every subject, that too at affordable prices. And, over the years, the number as well as the expertise of these "project shops" has increased manifold. Right from models, charts, files and sketches for primary classes to diagrams and electronic projects for students of higher classes - you name it, they have it!

Seminars make college students yawn
Ludhiana, November 30
To update students’ knowledge on various topics, colleges and institutes regularly conduct academic lectures and seminars on campuses in compliance with UGC and Panjab University norms. However, the casual approach of the students towards these sessions, which are also aimed at improving their personality, has left college principals, administrative officials and teachers thoroughly perturbed.

Wooing with cheaper membership fee
Ludhiana, November 30
Enticing doctors with discounted rates for lifelong membership to the district Indian Medical Association (IMA) has brought to the fore the desperation of the doctors ahead of the elections scheduled for December 19.

Jilted lover sets himself ablaze
Ludhiana, November 30
A 25-year-old jilted lover, Chirhi, committed suicide by immolating himself yesterday. A resident of Dhakka Colony, Ambedgar Nagar, Chirhi was disappointed as the girl whom he loved, reportedly declined his proposal.

Man gets RI for life for killing doctor
Ludhiana, November 30
The court of Additional Sessions Judge JS Chouhan has convicted Balbir Singh of Ganna village, Phillaur, on the charges of murdering Dr Roshan Lal of Laddowal. He has been sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for life. Pronouncing the verdict, the court also ordered the convict to pay ` 5,000 as fine. The plea of leniency raised by him was declined by the court.

School kids injured as autorickshaw overturns
Ludhiana, November 30
Harpreet Singh recuperates at a hospital in Ludhiana Three schoolchildren were injured, one of them seriously, when an overloaded autorickshaw of Shefali Public School overturned while ferrying students to school here today. The condition of 14-year-old Harpreet Singh is stated to be serious, but stable.
About 16-17 children were packed like sardines in the autorickshaw when it skidded and overturned near Rahon road. The children had a narrow escape, with two of them sustaining minor injuries.

Harpreet Singh recuperates at a hospital in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Resistance to anti-encroachment drive fading fast
Ludhiana, November 30
That the Punjab & Haryana High Court’s directive to demolish unauthorized structures in the city has boosted the resolve of the municipal corporation’s in conducting its anti-encroachment drive is becoming amply evident. In an unprecedented move the MC’s building branch razed over 200 illegal structures in the Randhir Singh Nagar locality without any protection cover of the police.

Sena protests against LPG hoarding 
Ludhiana, November 30
Activists of the Hindu-Sikh Jagriti Sena burn an effigy of gas agencies in Ludhiana Blackmarketing of the domestic LPG has become an Achilles’ heel of the department of food, civil supplies and consumer affairs that has failed to curb the ongoing malpractice as is evident from the non-availability of cylinders to the city consumers.

Activists of the Hindu-Sikh Jagriti Sena burn an effigy of gas agencies in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

24 factory workers retrenched 
Trade union moves labour court 

Ludhiana, November 30
The Moulder and Steel Workers’ Union has lodged a formal complaint against Vaishno International-a weaving unit located on the Ludhiana - Chandigarh Road near Kohara for retrenching 24 skilled and unskilled workers without serving any prior notice to them as required under the labour laws. The factory owners denied the sacked workers annual bonus and other benefits, the union alleged.

PCTE gets two awards
Ludhiana, November 30
The PCTE Group of Institutes has been conferred the “B-School which encourages innovation that leads to better development” and “B-School Leadership” awards held in Mumbai recently.

Education dept deaf to PM’s advice on hygiene 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 30
Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, may be one of the most brilliant and most honoured statesmen of the world but the state education department seems to have little respect for his valuable advice.

Medal winners honoured
Mandi Gobindgarh, November 30
RIMT - Institute of Engineering and Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, won four medals in the Inter-College Power Lifting and Body Building Tournament held at Chandigarh Group of Colleges at Gharuan village (Mohali).

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Gang of transformer thieves busted, 10 arrested 
Amloh, November 30
Transformers seized from a gang of thieves at Amloh Ten out of the 12 members gang of transformer thieves operating in the state were arrested and 10 quintals of copper and other valuable parts of the transformer along with a pick-up Mohindra Jeep were seized from their possession. This was stated by Ranbir Singh Khatra, district police chief, at a press conference organised here today.

Transformers seized from a gang of thieves at Amloh on Tuesday. Photo: Bhushan Sood

Family robbed of jewellery
Ludhiana, November 30
Six unidentified robbers, who were driving Hyundai Verna and Scorpio, robbed a family of cash and jewellery from near BRS Nagar here last evening.


Lawyers hail BCI decision
Ludhiana, November 30
The Khanna Bar Association has hailed the decision of Bar Council of India (BCI) to include Punjabi as a medium of examination before allowing law graduates to practise in court. Association president Shamsher Singh Gill said the decision had provided justice not only to the language, but also to lovers of the language and freshers to the legal profession. — OLC

Punjab police win volleyball meet
Khamano, November 30
The Punjab police volleyball team beat Sangrur to win the title in 54th Punjab State Senior Volleyball Championship in men’s section that concluded at Khamano. In women’s section, Sangrur beat Ludhiana to win the championship.

Govt urged to honour medal winners, coaches
Ludhiana, November 30
The Punjab Basketball Association (PBA) has urged the state government to honour medal winners in the recently concluded XVIth Asian Games in China and Commonwealth Games in New Delhi along with their coaches.




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