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MC turns night operator
Razes religious encroachments after dark
Ludhiana, January 11
Taking advantage of the intense cold conditions, the municipal corporation has begun razing illegal structures located at the city’s places of worship at night to ensure there are no problems. The civic body is presently conducting an anti-encroachment drive clandestinely at these locations to avoid any backlash.

Inter-state gang of vehicle thieves busted, 1 held
The accused in the custody of the Mandi Ahmedgarh police Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 11
The Dehlon police has busted an inter-state gang of criminals that has been stealing and snatching luxury cars in Punjab and neighbouring states. While cars stolen from other states were sold in a local market after getting fake documents prepared from various transport offices, those stolen from Punjab were disposed of in other states.

The accused in the custody of the Mandi Ahmedgarh police. Photo by writer


Too late to turn back the hand of time
85-year-old Nikki at the Women’s Jail in LudhianaLudhiana, January 11
Though she is more than 85 years old the inmates and other staff members at the women’s jail here call her by her nickname ‘Nikki’. Though she has been trying hard to “make amends” for the crime she committed in the past, she realizes it is too late to wish she had not done it. She along with her daughter-in-law had killed a neighbour over some dispute in Sham Churasi in Hoshiarpur district.

85-year-old Nikki at the Women’s Jail in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Bicycles for school kids under SSA
Small units want level playing field
Ludhiana, January 11
With the Sarv Sikhiya Abhiyaan (SSA) inviting tenders from big cycle manufacturers under its scheme to provide free bicycles to poor students, small scale cycle manufacturers have cried foul over the alleged discrimination and favouritism by the government.

18 building inspectors, but none qualified
Ludhiana, January 11
In what may be a major reason for the unabated construction of illegal buildings across the city, the building branch of the municipal corporation does not have a single technical inspector to check the maps as required under the statutory building bylaws. According to sources, the state government had, in a communiqué sent to the civic body, asked about the total number of technical inspectors working with it.


Akhand path, nagar kirtan mark Gurpurb celebrations
Students partake langar from the community kitchen on the occasion of Gurpurab at Malwa Central College of Education for WomenLudhiana, January 11
The birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh was celebrated with religious fervour here today. Kirtan darbars were organised in all city gurdwaras. Shabads were recited and devotees partook of langar to mark the occasion. Besides gurdwaras, the festival was celebrated at religious institutions as well. A programme was organised at Sarjit Gurdwara under the guidance of Khalsa Dewan by Malwa Central College of Education for Women.
IN FAITH: Students partake langar from the community kitchen on the occasion of Gurpurab at Malwa Central College of Education for Women. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

EPFO, banks short-changing pensioners
Ludhiana, January 11
Retired private sector company employees, covered under the Employees Provident Fund Act, are sore over frequent delay in remittance of payment by the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to the disbursing banks, and then time taken by the nodal branch of the bank concerned to forward the same to its branches in the mega city for affecting credit to the beneficiary.

MC erects central verge to ease traffic
Ludhiana, January 11
In order to streamline the ever-increasing traffic, local police along with municipal corporation authorities have stated erecting central verge in small chowks of the city, which were the main cause of traffic chaos.

Internship Programmes
US varsity delegates hold talks with PAU counterparts
Ludhiana, January 11
A two- member delegation of the University of Wisconsin, USA, today held a meeting with Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), and deliberated on the course curricula and collaborative students’ internship programmes. Kang told the visiting delegation that PAU had a number of collaborative programmes with the various universities of US and would like to further strengthen the collaboration with Wisconsin University in various disciplines with the focus on academic exchange in terms of faculty and students.

BSNL employees demand merger of IDA
Ludhiana, January 11
Workers of the BSNL Employees Union held a massive daylong dharna on the call of United Forum of BSNL Unions. A massive rally was also organised during the lunch hours in front of the General Manager’s Telecom office, Bharat Nagar.

‘West Canada hub of skilled workers’
Ludhiana, January 11
Saskatchewan, one of the provinces in west central Canada, has become a melting pot for professionals seeking Canadian immigration and permanent residency within 12 to 15 months.

MC dives headlong into another dud project
Ludhiana, January 11
Five years after stalling a project for covering Ganda Nullah, only after spending Rs 2 crore of public money, the MC is set to allot the work of covering the nullah from Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran to Shingar Cinema at a cost of Rs 24 crore.

Sun brought smiles to the faces of children who were seen flying kites all through the day in Ludhiana on Tuesday Residents bask in year’s first sunshine
Ludhiana, January 11
Residents got a big respite from the biting cold today after the sun emerged from the clouds in the city after a fortnight. The maximum temperature rose by about 2-3 degrees Celsius to 15.2 degrees while the minimum recorded was as low as 3.8 degrees. According to the forecast by the meteorological department, Chandigarh, the weather will remain dry in Punjab and Haryana while ground frost may occur in isolated places in Punjab during the next two nights. After a foggy morning people were relieved when the sun shone brightly at around noon. As Tuesday was a holiday, they were seen sitting outdoors in the sunshine to soak in the much-awaited warmth.

year’s first sunshine:
Sun brought smiles to the faces of children who were seen flying kites all through the day in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Riders without helmet on cops’ radar
Ludhiana, January 11
Acting tough with under-age drivers and those driving two-wheelers without helmets, the traffic police today initiated a challan drive against violators. On the first day today, till the filing of this report, more than 350 persons were challaned at various points in the city.

Pranav Chopra Local shuttler bags national title
Ludhiana, January 11
Ace shuttler Pranav Chopra brought laurels to the city by winning the mixed doubles title at the 75th National Badminton Championship held at Rohtak here yesterday, according to a communiqué issued by the District Badminton Association. Pranav and Prajakta Sawant outclassed top seeds Arun Vishnu and Aparana Balan 18-21, 21-11 and 21-14. Aparana Balan is a Commonwealth Games gold medal winner in the doubles category, while Arun Vishnu is a senior international player.

Pranav Chopra

Honorarium for cagers, coaches
Ludhiana, January 11
A large number of players from Punjab figure in the list issued by the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) for honorarium for their outstanding performance.

45 girls show up for handball trials
Aspirants take part in trials conducted by the Punjab Handball Association to select probables for the Junior National Handball Championship, in Ludhiana on TuesdayLudhiana, January 11
As many as 45 junior girl aspirants turned up for trials conducted by the Punjab Handball Association (PHA) at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. A selection panel, consisting of Sports Authority of India (SAI) coaches Harinder Sharma and Inderjeet Singh, Punjab Sports Department coach Jaswant Singh and Ludhiana’s assistant education officer (sports) Rupinder Singh Ravi, assessed the participants.
Aspirants take part in trials conducted by the Punjab Handball Association to select probables for the Junior National Handball Championship, in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Rural Olympics
Attractive prizes for winners
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 11 In order to boost the morale of sportspersons, the organisers of the platinum edition of the Kila Raipur Rural Sports Festival a.k.a. Rural Olympics have announced attractive prizes for the winners of various events.




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