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MC house meeting adjourned abruptly
Mayor passes agenda in a jiffy after controversy
Ludhiana, January 18
Congress councillors stage a protest outside the venue of the general house meeting in Ludhiana on Tuesday. It was another unfortunate day for democracy in the Municipal Corporation (MC) as the meeting of the general house called for discussing agenda was adjourned abruptly.

Congress councillors stage a protest outside the venue of the general house meeting in Ludhiana on Tuesday.


Under fire for move to regularise encroached land
Ludhiana, January 18
Efforts by city mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura to allegedly benefit his relatives by regularising the land encroached by them in Giaspura raised the hackles of his adversaries at today’s meeting of the municipal corporation general house. This led him to adjourn the house within 10 minutes after getting the agenda passed amidst protest by councillors of his own party.

MC councillors, officials get a taste of city buses
Ludhiana, January 18
Though residents might have to wait for some more time before they can comfortably ride in the new city buses, municipal corporation officials and councillors had this privilege on Tuesday when representatives of the Tata Motors, the firm that will supply the buses, gave them a “demo” ride.

Not going to be easy: That's what the picture of city bus service, stuck in traffic near Durga Mata Mandir, reveals. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Slum dwellers, disabled
Enumerators told to compile accurate data for Census
Ludhiana, January 18
The enumerators to be trained for the Census duty should be very specific in compiling the statistics of the residents living in slum areas and people with disabilities, as they had been ignored in the previous Census, said Seema Jain, Director, Census Operations, Punjab.

Student unions toothless tiger
Fail to address real issues
Ludhiana, January 18
Except for showing muscle power, most of the student unions constituted by various political parties fail to address the real issues of students. Though the newly appointed leaders claim to bring radical changes for the welfare of the students, majority of students in colleges believe that the leaders fight for their own issues. Gagandeep Singh (name changed), a student of MA English of GGN Khalsa College here, said the leaders were nominated as per their weightage in the political party.


70 PCRs for 40 lakh people!
Residents question police prepardeness
Ludhiana, January 18
Following sensational Tanishq robbery in Chandigarh and subsequent arrest of robbers from New Delhi, residents are pondering whether the local police is prepared to prevent similar incident from taking place in the financial capital of the state.

Hike in steel prices
Dearth of raw material to blame: Furnace units
Ludhiana, January 18
Countering the allegations that the secondary steel sector comprising of induction furnaces and re-rolling mills are behind the hike in steel prices, the secondary sector today came out with their point saying they are facing a critical time as the raw material for induction furnace was getting scarce.

PAU VC holds meeting with CCA experts
Ludhiana, January 18
A meeting was held in the PAU to discuss the India Certified Crop Advisor (India CCA) programme with PAU scientists. Rajeev Dhar, chief executive officer, Indian Society of Agri-business Professionals (ISAP) Kanwar Singh, CAP manager, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)-India office, and Chander Rekha, Assistant Project Manager, ISAP, participated in the discussion with PAU scientists of different disciplines such as plant pathology, extension education, soil science, agronomy and communication.

Artificial scarcity behind the hike: CICU
Ludhiana, January 18
Rising prices of steel has become a major cause of concern for the industry. Avtar Singh, general secretary, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking, said today that Indian steel manufacturers like SAIL, Essar, Ispat, TATA and JSW had created artificial scarcity. This had shot up the prices of HR Coil in the domestic market.

DTO officials ignore RTO order to attend probe
Ludhiana, January 18
Repeated refusal of the city’s district transport office (DTO) officials to appear before the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) in connection with the pending inquiry into alleged corruption in the DTO has raised questions over the latter’s functioning. The office’s staff has been accused of demanding and taking bribes to issue driver’s licenses and vehicle registration and fitness certificates.

Passage of Bills
Panel to stage protest on Jan 20
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 18
Terming the Punjab Prevention of Damage to Public and Private Property Bill-2010 and the Punjab Special Security Group Bill-2010 as infringement of Constitution, office- bearers of the joint action committee against the bills have called upon all democratic forces to stage protests on Thursday.

Youth Congress takes govt to task
Holds protest against stalled development projects, block traffic
Ludhiana, January 18
Charging the SAD-BJP government with resorting to a foundation stone laying spree all over the state with eyes on the coming Assembly elections, the District Youth Congress (DYC) today held a massive protest at Buddha Nullah bridge on Haibowal main road against stalled development projects.

Youth Congress activists hold protest against stalled development projects at Haibowal in Ludhiana on Tuesday. The protest led to chaos on the Haibowal and Rajpura roads.Motorists stranded for a long time
Youth Congress activists hold protest against stalled development projects at Haibowal in Ludhiana on Tuesday. The protest led to chaos on the Haibowal and Rajpura roads (right), leaving motorists stranded for a long time. Tribune photos

Cong councillors stage protest
Ludhiana, January 18
Congress councillors staged a protest outside A zone office of the municipal corporation for not laying sewerage lines in the area of their party colleague today. The councillors resented the manner in which authorities of the civic body had got stopped the work being done under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in ward No. 4 of Congress councillor, Santosh Chaudhary. They alleged that the municipal authorities had stooped the work as Congress MP Manish Tiwari had inaugurated it.

Workshop on IT refund
Ludhiana, January 18
The District Taxation Bar Association (direct taxes) organised a workshop on tax deducted at source (TDS) and income tax refund related issues at Aayakar Bhawan.

Cycle traders welcome change in tenders’ filing
Ludhiana, January 18
Changes made in specifications for filing tenders under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan’s project have relieved small cycle manufacturers to greater extent.


Four thefts reported in a day
Ludhiana, January 18
Four cases of theft were reported in the city during the past 24 hours. Three thefts took place in Dugri while one case was reported from near Guru Nanak Engineering College. As per information, the three thefts were attempted in Dev Marker, Dugri area. Thiefs decamped with cash, personal computers and other items. The owners of the shops got to know about thefts in morning at the time of the opening their shops.


7-yr RI for abduction, rape
Ludhiana, January 18
The Court of Sessions Judge SP Bangarh has convicted Wasim Khan of Shakti Nagar, Ludhiana, on the charges of abducting and raping a minor. He was ordered to undergo rigorous imprisonment (RI) for seven years and pay a fine of Rs 5,000. A case under Sections 363, 366 and 376 of the IPC was registered against the accused on September 24, 2008, at the Division No 4 police station, on the statement of the father of the victim.

Students take part in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Chess Championship at KVM, Ludhiana. Green Land, BCM School share honours
Ludhiana, January 18
Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar bypass branch, and BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar branch, shared honours by clinching two titles each in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Chess Championship held at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, here yesterday.

Students take part in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Chess Championship at KVM, Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma




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