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Shops razed at AC market amid protest
Ludhiana, December 14
Marred by protest and the allegations of pick and choose, the building branch of the Municipal Corporation (MC) conducted a demolition drive in the AC market under police protection here today.
A shop in the AC market that was demolished in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A shop in the AC market that was demolished in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan




Drug-resistant TB cases on the rise in district
Ludhiana, December 14
With physicians in the private healthcare sector failing to administer directly observed therapy (DOT) to TB patients, cases of multiple drug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug resistant (XDR) tuberculosis are on the increase in Ludhiana district. The therapy was made mandatory in treating patients under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP).

Industrialists recover land grabbed by ‘mafia’
Ludhiana, December 14
Two local businessmen were today able to get back possession of their property in Mullanpur Dakha from members of the "land mafia" under police supervision. It was only after Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal intervened in the matter yesterday that the Jagraon police acted swiftly.

PowerCom SDO held for graft
Ludhiana, December 14
Varinder Kumar Garg, SDO PowerCom Unit 1, Janta Nagar, was caught accepting a bribe of ` 6,000 here late this evening. A case under Sections 7 and 13 (2) of the Prevention to Corruption Act has been registered against him by the Vigilance Bureau.

2 inmates escape from jail
Ludhiana, December 14
Putting a serious question mark on the security of the high-profile jail in the home district of state minister of jails, Hira Singh Gabria, two prisoners facing serious criminal charges made a dramatic escape from the Central Jail located on Tajpur Road around 7.30 pm here today.

Online filing mandatory for some traders
Ludhiana, December 14
The excise and taxation department has made it mandatory for some categories to file details of consignments online instead of filing them at the Information Collection Centres at barriers.

8 docs appointed, villagers relieved
Ludhiana, December 14
Having been at the mercy of quacks for almost six months, residents of almost 20 villages in Ludhiana heaved a sigh of relief after the rural development & ‘panchayats’ department today recruited eight rural medical officers against vacancies in the village dispensaries.

No stopping underage driving 
Ludhiana, December 14
The incident in which two students of RS Model School hit two cyclists, killing one of them at Model Town last evening, once again brings to focus the menace of underage driving. Despite efforts at various levels, underage driving has not been curbed in the city.

Red-faced, PAU claims organisers hid facts
Ludhiana, December 14
Reacting to criticism regarding the promotion of a film, the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) authorities said the organisers had “concealed” facts and the university was not aware of the visit of actors Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif on the campus on December 12.


MC staff told to drive by the book
Ludhiana, December 14
Taking note of increasing deaths caused due to negligent driving by municipal corporation staff, the civic body authorities conducted a seminar for its drivers to raise awareness on taking safety precautions while driving vehicles here today.

MC Additional Commissioner Kuldeep Singh conducts a seminar for drivers of the civic body in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
MC Additional Commissioner Kuldeep Singh conducts a seminar for drivers of the civic body in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Probe sought into vandalising of idols
Mandi Ahmedgarh,December 14
With the administration still clueless about the identity of those who damaged three idols at Sitla Mata Mandir here 10 days ago, activists and office-bearers of various religious and social organisations have demanded a probe into the sequence of events leading to the sacrilegious act.

MC staff told to resolve complaints within 24 hrs
Ludhiana, December 14
After receiving strict orders from the Punjab government municipal corporation officials have instructed the staff of its operations & maintenance wing to ensure all public complaints are redressed within 24 hours.

Violation of Building Bylaws
MC to blame for mess
Ludhiana, December 14
Today’s action against the AC Market shopkeepers by the municipal corporation has brought to fore the problem of civic body’s apathy in passing building plans for paperwork alone, with officials not bothering to getting these implemented, leading to widespread violations of norms at a later stage.

Re-employment of employees
Sangharsh Committee opposes MC move
Ludhiana, December 14
Raising the banner of revolt against the policy of the municipal corporation to employ the retired employees of the civic body on contractual basis, a delegation of MC employees met the civic body Commissioner AK Sinha yesterday.

Paidal Yatra
YC activists reach out to youth, farmers
Rajiv Satav, president of IYC and Jitendra Singh, general secretary of the AICC being welcome by District Youth Congress chief Dimple Rana on their arrival at Railway station in Ludhiana on Tuesday.Ludhiana, December 14
The “Nav Inquilab Paidal Yatra” being undertaken by the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) under the leadership of PYC chief and Anandpur Sahib MP Ravneet Singh Bittu was today given a warm send-off at Humbran Road octroi post from where it passed through several villages under the Ludhiana (rural) territory to a rousing reception.

Rajiv Satav, president of IYC and Jitendra Singh, general secretary of the AICC being welcome by District Youth Congress chief Dimple Rana on their arrival at Railway station in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

‘Rahul’s outreach initiative paid off in Punjab’
Ludhiana, December 14
“The ‘Nav Inquilab Paidal Yatra’ will be turn out to be a milestone in the future politics of the state,” said Jitendra Singh, MP from Alwar (Rajasthan) and in-charge of the IYC, while addressing a public meeting at Ayali Kalan, near here today.

MC gets Rs. 10-lakh aid
Mullanpur Dakha, December 14
The civic body of Jassowal Kalar village, which falls under the Dakha constituency, received a grant of Rs. 10 lakh for various development works to commemorate the martyrdom of Shaheed Rajinder Singh. Manpreet Singh Ayali, chairman, zila parishad, Ludhiana, presented a cheque to SAD leaders of the village, led by sarpanch Kulwant Singh.

Stalemate at birth registration office ends
Ludhiana, December 14
In order to solve an impasse between the health branch and Municipal Corporation (MC) officials over the work pertaining to the registration of birth and deaths, the civic body held a meeting with the staff of both departments to ensure better services to residents.

Dharna by Bar assn
Amloh, December 14
In continuation of its daily two-hour dharna that began on December 6, the Amloh Bar Association staged a protest against the Family Court Act, 1984 at the courts complex here today.

From Schools & Colleges
Quiz competition
LUDHIANA: GK quiz competition was held at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School here on Tuesday. The participants were divided into three teams namely Mars, Mercury and Venus. The quiz included in six rounds — audio-visual round, rapid fire round, current affairs, morning assembly questions and general knowledge questions.

Directory launched
Ludhiana, December 14
The Fastener Manufacturer Association (FMAI) has come up with a directory “Hardware professionals”, which will be displayed at India Mart Fastener Expo 2010 to be held from December 17 to 19 at Chennai Trade Centre.


3 booked for duping shopkeepers
Khanna, December 14
The police has booked three persons for defrauding some shopkeepers of the town. According to sources, three persons — Raj Kumar, a resident of Shaheed Labh Singh Nagar, Jalandhar; Ravinder Singh, a resident of Anand Nagar, Jalandhar; and Ravinder Kumar, a resident of Jahangir Puri, Delhi — formed a company, Best Insurance Broker Company, and opened its office in the GTB Market.

Man held for entering prohibited area
Halwara (Ludhiana), December 14
The police has initiated a probe into antecedes of a suspicious person who has been booked under Sections 447/3 and 7 of the Indian Official Secret Act, 1923, for allegedly entering a prohibited strategic area falling under the jurisdiction of the SK Range of the Indian Air Force station, Halwara.

Punjab Schools Athletics Meet
Muktsar, Jalandhar, Sangrur share honours
Ludhiana, December 14
Athletes from Muktsar, Jalandhar and Sangrur shared honours, securing two titles each, while players from Tarn Taran, Hoshiarpur, Mansa, Amritsar, Ropar, Patiala and hosts Ludhiana too were at centre stage, claiming one title each, on the penultimate day of the 56th Punjab State Schools Athletics Meet-2010 organised by the Punjab education department at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Stage set for Jarkhar sports fest
Ludhiana, December 14
Arrangements have been completed to conduct the silver jubilee edition of the annual sports festival being organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club at Jarkhar village, around 15 km from here. This was stated by organising committee chairman Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu while addressing mediapersons here today.




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