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Highway Robbers’ Case
Wife of accused offers Rs 18-lakh bribe to SHO
2 relatives arrested with money; woman flees
Ludhiana, January 12
In a shocking turn to the highway robbers’ case, the wife of Gurdeep Singh, the prime accused in the case, allegedly gave over ` 18 lakh to the Laddowal Station House Officer with an intention to bribe him.

Bigg Boss Season 4
Disheartened Khali alleges results were fixed
KhaliLudhiana, January 12
Disheartened over losing “Bigg Boss” WWE wrestler Khali openly criticised the show’s format and said the results were fixed. It was “Bigg Boss” who made Shweta Tiwari win otherwise she was no match to my popularity. Khali was in the city to meet his friend ADCP, Sajjan Singh Cheema.


Prices of bricks shoot up
Ludhiana, January 12
Prices of bricks have started showing an upward trend. The rates of the bricks (per thousand) vary between ` 4,200 to ` 4,500. The production of bricks, which has been halted from the past seven months has lead to massive increase in prices. With sun playing hide and seek and shortage of labour, the brickkiln owners have not yet decided about re-starting the production. First it was monsoons followed by strike by the brick-kiln owners and then the winters hampered the production.

LPG Crisis
Dept doing little to check multiple connections
Ludhiana, January 12
Unable to cope with nearly 60 per cent increase in demand for domestic LPG cylinders, oil companies are unable to supply enough cylinders to gas agencies in the city, causing a delay in the delivery of refills.

Raids on hotels, roadside vendors
Ludhiana, January 12
Waking up to the call given by LPG consumers harassed by shortage of gas cylinders, the teams from the district food, civil supplies and consumer affairs department today seized 10 domestic cylinders being used for commercial purposes.

6 deaths last year, but MC blind to open manholes
Ludhiana, January 12
A broken manhole on the Link Road Broken manholes on major roads of the city are posing a grave threat to the life of commuters, but the civic body has yet to pay any attention towards it. Moreover, no boards have been installed at such places to warn commuters about uncovered manholes or pits. One such manhole is in front of the District Administrative Complex, where the top brass of the district administration sits to redress the grievances of residents. The manhole poses danger on the busy Ferozepur Road but nobody has done anything about it.
A broken manhole on the Link Road

‘84 Riots
Victims meet Canadian MP, relive horror
Ludhiana, January 12
Twentysix years after victims of ‘84 riots lost their kin and were rendered homeless, they are nurturing a grudge against the successive governments for not having been rehabilitated.

Maghi Mela
Govt flexes muscles once again
Pvt operators told to ferry passengers, not to ply buses from today
Ludhiana, January 12
To flex its muscle in the Maghi Mela, which is to be held in Muktsar district on January 14, ruling party has once again “requested” private bus operators to provide their “services.” For three days (January 13 to January 15) the buses of these operators have been requisitioned to ferry large number of villagers to the main venue.


House Tax
Over 3 lakh buildings but only 86,075 assessees
Ludhiana, January 12
In an example of the laxity of the Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities in collecting revenue, house tax has been collected from only 86,075 buildings in the city even though the number of buildings have increased manifold.

Hargobind Nagar Locality
Overflowing sewage, slush is a common sight in Hargobind Nagar locality in Ludhiana Sewage overflowing on streets
Ludhiana, January 12
While city Mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura is holding Sangat Darshan across the city claiming that it will solve the problems of different localities, residents of Hargobind Nagar locality in the ward adjoining that of his is crying for basic civic amenities.

Overflowing sewage, slush is a common sight in Hargobind Nagar locality in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Steel prices up by 4 per cent
Ludhiana, January 12
Industrialists began the New Year on a sore note with prices of steel going up by 3 to 4 per cent. Integrated steel plants have raised prices of steel by a hefty margin from Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000 per tonne. The argument that the inputs to manufacture steel have gone up is not justified. The price of iron ore has also gone up by 5 per cent. The cost of iron ore in the manufacturing of steel is hardly 15 per cent. So, the increase of 5 per cent in iron ore prices cannot correspond to the same increase in steel prices.

Minimum temp dips as low as 2 °C
Ludhiana, January 12
Though two-days sun-shine has brought much relief to the residents, who were tired of the biting cold, the minimum mperature dipped as low as 2 degrees celsius here in the past 24 hours.

Dragon swallows Bareilly
Downward swing for domestic kite string market
Ludhiana, January 12
It is an invasion of a different kind. After mobile phones, electronic goods, make-up products and fashionable jewellery, China has now sent its kite strings to capture the Indian skies. Light-weight Chinese string is selling like hot cakes across the city. Priced at Rs 300-Rs 500, a big reel of plastic string is enough to fly a kite as far as 80 km. Though Chinese kites made of durable plastic and auto-thread winders, besides battery-operated kites, can be seen in the market, but these have not gained much popularity due to high prices.

‘Govt on stone laying spree’
Ludhiana, January 12
A rousing reception awaits Union Minister for External Affairs SM Krishna when he arrives along with Minister of the State in his ministry Praneet Kaur, on January 14 to formally inaugurate the passport office in the city.

CPI cautions govt against rising prices
Ludhiana, January 12
The CPI has cautioned against rising fundamentalism, which it feared, could split society as well as lead to a serious economic crisis in the country.

‘Lohri for girls a farce, Punjabis still prefer male child’
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 12
Despite a large number of social and religious organisations pretending to fight against the gender bias, celebrating first lohri of daughters, Punjabis love for male child is still strong in both rural and urban areas of the state.

Daughter, a reason to smile
Mothers celebrate first the Lohri of their daughters at a special function at Punjab Bhawan in LudhianaLudhiana, January 12
“Love for a daughter made me a mother for the third time and celebrating her first Lohri is a pleasure for the whole family, including my sons," revealed Sharanjit, the mother of one of the 14 infants (female) who were given fixed deposits of Rs 5,100 on Lohri Mela, celebrated today at Punjabi Bhawan.

Mothers celebrate first the Lohri of their daughters at a special function at Punjab Bhawan in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

86 poor students given scholarships
Ludhiana, January 12
Scholarships worth Rs 2.40 lakh were distributed to 86 poor and needy students of 12 girls colleges and one school by Senior Citizens Conclave (SCC) here today.

Single-window help desk for industry opened
Ludhiana, January 12
The Central Excise Commissionerate has launched “Income Tax Single Window Help Desk” facility at the Central Excise House, Rishi Nagar, to redress the queries of the trade and industry in a prompt and smooth manner. The help desk was inaugurated by Central Commissioner Excise Charanjit Singh.

Lohri celebrated with fervour
Ludhiana, January 12
The Sarabha Nagar Senior Citizens Welfare Society today celebrated Lohri dedicated to "nanhi chaan". All grandparents of the girls were given mementos. Ajit Singh Pahwa, president, recited a poem on the girl child while Harbhajan Singh speaking on the occasion expressed concern over the decreasing number of girls in the state.

Judges, lawyers celebrate too
Ludhiana, January 12
Lawyers and Judges celebrated Lohri with gaiety at the District Court Complex here today. In the joyous atmosphere, several lawyers, judges shared jokes and sang couplets and songs.

People oppose mobile tower, meet DC
Ludhiana, January 12
In order to get a tower of a leading mobile company removed from a residential locality of the city, residents of the area met the Deputy Commissioner and demanded immediate action in this regard as it was posing serious threat to their life and property.

People protest encroachment bid
Ludhiana, January 12
Irked by a few persons attempt to encroach upon a piece of public land once again after an illegal construction was removed from it by the civic body recently, residents of New Kartar Nagar locality lodged their protest yesterday.

DS Cheema is PAU dean
Ludhiana, January 12
Dr Devinder Singh Cheema, head, vegetable department, has been appointed Dean, College of Agriculture, Punjab Agriculture University. The decision was taken during meeting of the Board of Management of the PAU at Mohali today.



Man’s foreign dream turns sour
Three neighbours dupe him of Rs 11 lakh
Ludhiana, January 12
Angrez Singh, son of Jagir Singh, a resident of Bhagwan Nagar, Dholewal, was duped of Rs 11 lakh by his neighbour Hoshiar Singh and three others, for sending the former to Spain on a fake visa.

Proclaimed offender arrested
Jagraon, January 12
The Ludhiana rural police has arrested a proclaimed offender near Chownkiman village. The accused, Dilbag Singh, of Kaunke Kalan village, near Jagraon, was wanted in a criminal case registered against him in 1992.

Punjab eves win silver, men bronze
Ludhiana, January 12
Punjab men's and women's teams performed well to finish among position holders in the 32nd Senior National Softball Championship held at Engineering College, Sector 12, Chandigarh between January 5 to 10.




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