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Highway robberies
Accused were well-organised
Ludhiana, January 8
The accused in Ludhiana police custody on Saturday. While the bone-chilling disclosure that high-profile businessmen of the city were mastermind of the highway robbers’ gang who were getting trucks stolen and giving them a new look.

The accused in Ludhiana police custody on Saturday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Armed robbers strike at jewellery shop
Owner stabbed; 20 gm gold, 2.5 kg silver jewellery looted
Ludhiana, January 8
Two armed robbers struck at a jewellery shop near Punjab Mata Nagar on the Pakhowal road today and fled away with gold jewellery weighing 20 grams and 2.5 kg of silver jewellery after inflicting injuries on a jeweller.


Nihangs’ fight turns bloody
Attack each other with swords in moving train
Ludhiana, January 8
A verbal duel between two Nihangs turned bloody when they started attacking each other with swords in the moving Ludhiana-Ferozepur passenger train here today.This panicked train passengers, including kids and women, who were seen running for cover. The train also was delayed by an hour following the fight.

Food inspector found dead
Ludhiana, January 8
A food inspector with the health department was found dead on the rear seat of his car near MBD Metropolis Shopping Mall on Ferozepur road here today.The victim, identified as Jatinder Singh, a resident of Jagraon, was posted as the district food inspector at Barnala. Prima-facie it appears that the victim died due to excessive consumption of liquor. However, the police is probing other reasons too.

Liquor flows freely near ground
Women players feel unsafe
A liquor bottle thrown near the playing arena. Ludhiana, January 8
While the players were slogging it out during the second day of the 33rd Senior National Throwball Championship being organised by the Punjab Throwball Association (PTA) on the Punjab Agricultural University campus ground, tipplers were downing Patiala pegs while sitting in their vehicles here today.

A liquor bottle thrown near the playing arena. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

DC proves to be toothless tiger
Schools' defiance of govt's closure order
Ludhiana, January 8
Even as the district administration has proved to be ineffective in getting the state government's orders on the closure of primary classes implemented across city schools, the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner today washed his hands of the issue, saying it was the responsibility of the Education Department to ensure the compliance of the orders.


Doctor accomplishes what cops could not
Girl missing since November reunited with parents
Ludhiana, January 8
A doctor enquires about Puja’s health; and (top left to right) Ravinder Kaur and Paramjit Kaur, both nurses at the Civil Hospital, who looked after Puja in Ludhiana In what is yet another example of the lack of coordination among the local police, an injured 10-year-old girl who had been reported missing for over a month was taken to a hospital with the cops not even bothering to locate and inform her parents.While the Simlapuri cops rushed the girl to the Civil Hospital, those at the police post at the city’s bus station where her missing daily dairy report (DDR) was filed tried to wash their hands off the case.

(Left) A doctor enquires about Puja’s health; and 

Powercom lays cables during peak hours
Spat between vehicle drivers holds traffic for hours
Ludhiana, January 8
The traffic chaos which resulted due to the laying of the cables near Prof Mohan Singh Chowk in Ludhiana on Saturday. Laying of power cables and a spat between a bus driver and a car owner led to massive traffic jam during the peak hours on the Ferozepore road this after noon.Commuters passed through a harrowing time when the police suddenly blocked both sides of the road near the Verka plant, after the Powcom employees started lying overhead high-voltage cables.

The traffic chaos which resulted due to the laying of the cables near Prof Mohan Singh Chowk in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Urban Estate
MC apathy to fore
Ludhiana, January 8
There is no end to the apathy of the Municipal Corporation (MC) when it comes to removing encroachments and providing basic civic amenities to residents of the Urban Estate (Phase 1 and 2).

Farmers’ training
Ludhiana, January 8
A training programme on “Preservation of fruits and vegetables” will be organised for farmers and farm women at Kairon Kisan Ghar, PAU, from January 12 to 14.Dr MS Gill, director of extension education, said to brush up the knowledge of participants, subject experts of the Department of Food Science and Technology, PAU, will equip the trainees with in-depth knowledge about the preservation of fruit and vegetables and domestic and household activities.

No let up in cold wave conditions
Ludhiana, January 8
Even as the morning and evening temperatures witnessed a marginal rise in the past 24 hours, intense chilly conditions continue to bother city residents.Though sun played hide and seek in the afternoon, it failed to give respite from the cold wave conditions. It is not just human beings who are suffering due to intense cold wave, the prevailing weather conditions are also taking a toll on animals. Today, the city recorded a minimum temperature of 4.8 degrees Celsius while maximum was 11.5 degrees.

MC to get  Rs 250-cr loan from HUDCO
Ludhiana, January 8
Even though the Municipal Corporation (MC) is yet to learn the art of managing its finances, the civic body authorities are soon going to get Rs 250 crore as loans for conducting developmental works in the city.

Promoting sunflower cultivation
Ludhiana, January 8
“As the production of oilseed crops is less than the required, the gap between the demand and the supply is increasing. In India, the production of oilseeds is only 60 per cent of the requirement. However, 50g per person per day is the optimum required.

MC empowered to okay projects up to Rs 1 cr
Ludhiana, January 8
With the aim to complete various civic projects ahead of the assembly elections, the state government has empowered officials of the municipal corporation’s engineering branch to approve projects costing up to Rs 1 crore against the present cap of Rs 30 lakh.

Doraha, Mandi Ahmedgarh wait for CM
Residents cry for amenities
Doraha, January 8
Residents of Doraha are eagerly looking forward to the visit of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who is scheduled to listen to public grievances in his sangat darshan here on Monday.

City Centre Case 
Capt’s non-appearance disappoints Congmen
Ludhiana, January 8
Former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh's non-appearance in the alleged multi-crore City Centre scam on the fourth consecutive hearing today left the Congressmen disappointed, who were waiting for him outside the court amidst much fanfare.

Licence of 5 fertilizer dealers suspended
Ludhiana, January 8
Acting tough with fertilizer dealers of Ludhiana and Moga, chief agricultural officer (CAO), Dr Rajinder Singh Pandher suspended fertilizer sale licences of five dealers.

Foundation stones of link roads laid
Sahnewal, January 8
Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, along with Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, chairman, Punjab Agro Industries Corporation, and in charge, Sahnewal Assembly Constituency, yesterday laid the foundation stones to widen the existing link roads.

I-T help desk inaugurated
Ludhiana, January 8
Central Excise Commissioner launched “Income Tax Single Window Help Desk” facility at the Central Excise House, Rishi Nagar, here yesterday to redress the trade queries in a fast and smooth way.The help desk was inaugurated by Charanjit Singh, Central Excise Commissioner.

From Schools
Handwriting contest
LUDHIANA : A handwriting contest was held at Government Middle School, Bains. The competition was held under the supervision of English master trainer Amandeep Singh.


10-yr-old girl crushed to death
Jagraon, January 8
A 10-year-old girl was crushed to death by a speeding mini-truck on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway last evening.The incident took place when a mini-truck (PB-23-F-9024), coming from Ludhiana side, hit the girl near Chownkimaan village when she was crossing the road. The girl, identified as Reshma, daughter of a migrant labour, died on the spot.

Conman dupes migrant labourer of  Rs 15,000
Jagraon, January 8
A migrant labourer was duped of Rs 15,000 by a conman in a bank here yesterday. The incident took place in a Punjab National Bank branch situated on the College road, here. The victim had come to the bank to get a draft of  Rs 15,000 made.


Arora takes charge as ADJ
Ludhiana, January 8
Sunil Arora, Additional Sessions Judge (ADJ), today took charge here in place of Additional Sessions Judge Munish Singal. Singal has been transferred to Chandigarh as member secretary of the Punjab State Legal Services Authority. — OC

Punjab, Delhi script victories
Delhi eves celebrate their win over Chandigarh on the second day of the Senior National Throwball Championship in Ludhiana on Saturday Ludhiana, January 8
Defending champions, Delhi, in the men as well as women’s sections, along with hosts Punjab scripted victories in their respective league matches on the second day of the 33rd Senior National Throwball Championship being organised by the Punjab Throwball Association (PTA) at Punjab Agricultural University campus ground here today.

Delhi eves celebrate their win over Chandigarh on the second day of the Senior National Throwball Championship in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Jr Punjab bodybuilding meet today
Ludhiana, January 8
The Ludhiana Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (LABFA) under the aegis of Punjab Amateur Bodybuilding Association (PABA) will be organising the Junior Punjab State Bodybuilding Championship here at Luxmi Narayan Mandir, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar near DAV Public School, tomorrow.




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