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Operation Saiyam ends, villagers feel relieved
Sekhewal, January 23
Three-month long exercise to diffuse about 200 quintals of explosive devices in the Mattewara forest reserve, which had virtually devastated the life of at least 1,500 people living in three villages, has finally ended. The Army officially announced end of the third phase of the “Operation Saiyam” today.

Blast creates scare
4 Armymen hurt as latent bomb goes off
Sekhewal, January 23
Panic spread in Sekhewal and other villages nearby after a latent bomb exploded Sunday during the exercise to defuse about 200 quintals of explosive devices accumulated in the Mattewara forest reserve over the past five years, leaving four soldiers of the army’s 202 bomb disposal squad injured.


Anger spreads as admn stops rations
Children alongside a vegetable seller at Sekhewal village.Sekhewal, January 23
First they were braving chilly winds, now they are feeling starved. Life seems to be playing a cruel joke with residents of Sekhewal, Kalewal and Haider Nagar villages, who have been longing for “Operation Saiyam” to end.

Children alongside a vegetable seller at Sekhewal village. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

I-T Returns
Salaried staff may be exempt
Ludhiana, January 23
The proposal of the income tax department to exempt salaried taxpayers from filing annual returns will not only prove to be an asset for people under this category, but will also help in reducing the burden of the department.

Defaced or missing altogether
Foundation stones have their tale
Foundation stone of Bhadaur House lying in debris.Ludhiana, January 23
In order to highlight the development works conducted by them, politicians and administrative officials love to get their names engraved on foundation stones, but the municipal corporation (MC), even after spending huge amounts, hardly bothers to take care of those.

Foundation stone of Bhadaur House lying in debris. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Indira Aawas Yojana Scam
Centre recommends CBI probe
Ludhiana, January 23
In a significant development that will bring under scanner numerous Centrally-funded development projects in the industrial hub of the state, the Union Ministry for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj has recommended CBI probe and special CAG audit into all schemes being implemented in the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency.


33 villages of Dehlon to go online
Land records of 925 Ludhiana villages to be uploaded before March 31
Dehlon (Ludhiana), January 23
With revenue records in connection with 33 villages of this region having been fed online for convenience of owners and possessors of immovable property and organisations facilitating agriculturalists, residents of the area will no longer to be required to shuttle between offices of various officials.

Records do lie: economist
‘National Crime Record Bureau misinforming public’
Doraha, January 23
The National Crime Record Bureau keeps the public misinformed. This was stated by Sukhpal Singh, senior economist, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

Proposal or punishment, can’t say
Recently, some local newspapers carried a write-up on a young city resident. After reading the news report, a girl called up a reporter to enquire about the resident mentioned in the report.

Life returns to normal at Sekhewal

Baljit Singh chops fodder; Jasprit Kaur prepares food; and children play at a ground in Sekhewal village on Sunday.
Baljit Singh chops fodder; Jasprit Kaur prepares food; and children play at a ground in Sekhewal village on Sunday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Youth keen on National Voters’ Day
Ludhiana/Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 23
The youth of rural localities of this area falling under Ludhiana and Sangrur districts are enthusiastic about getting their photo identity cards prepared before January 25, when the nation will celebrate the National Voters’ Day for the first time.

Representatives of PSEB schools meet
Discuss core issues plaguing them across state
Ludhiana, January 23
The general body meeting of the Association of PSEB Affiliated Schools, Punjab, was held here today on the premises of Harsh Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Subhash Nagar, under the presidentship of Rajinder Sharma.

Physically challenged student honoured
Ludhiana, January 23
A nineteen-year-old physically challenged student, Rahul Duggal, was honoured by the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) during the Rashtriya Ekta Yatra held at Hoshiarpur yesterday.

From Schools
Investiture ceremony
LUDHIANA: Investiture ceremony of the newly elected student council was held at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, today. The ceremony started with “shabad” recitation to seek the Almighty’s blessings.

From colleges
LUDHIANA: The inter-college quiz contest was organised by the Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management. Colleges from all over Punjab, including Chandigarh, Patiala, Alour, Jagraon, Sidhwan Khurd, Khanna and Ludhiana, participated in the quiz contest.

1.2 lakh given polio drops
Usha Devi, president, Municipal Council, administers polio drops to a child at civil hospital in Ahmedgarh on Sunday. Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 23
At least 60 per cent of the target children in the region were administered polio vaccine at about 200 booths in localities under Sangrur and Ludhiana districts today. The remaining children would be provided vaccine during the door-to-door campaign in the next two days.

Usha Devi, president, Municipal Council, administers polio drops to a child at civil hospital in Ahmedgarh on Sunday. Photo by the writer

675 patients examined at medical camp
Ludhiana, January 23
More than 675 patients were examined at a free -medical camp organised by the Rising Youth Association at Kular village, near Jagraon today.

With quacks on the loose, kidney failure cases spurt
Ludhiana, January 23
The Punjab health & family welfare department’s failure to check quacks has resulted in a sharp rise in the number of chronic renal failure cases reported in this district and the state at large.

Dr Satinder Sartaj performs at Mandi Gobindgarh on Saturday evening. Satinder Sartaj casts a spell
Mandi Gobindgarh, January 23
The media is a strong pillar of democracy, which highlights the ground realities of the lives of the people. This was stated by Ludhiana range DIG Paramraj Singh Umranangal here last evening.

Dr Satinder Sartaj performs at Mandi Gobindgarh on Saturday evening. Photo: Bhushan Sood

Underpass to be ready by June: XEN
Ludhiana, January 23
Traffic congestion near the district administrative complex on one of the busiest Ferozepur road might ease soon with the municipal corporation gearing up to complete an underpass ahead of the time limit set by it.

Debt waiver panel on Kerala pattern sought
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 23
With intent to get their demands fulfilled, activists of the Punjab Kisan Sabha vowed to adopt do or die policy. The oath was taken in response to a call given by president of the state unit of the Sabha, Laimbar Singh Taggar, at Dehlon.

Woes for kin after cremation
Ludhiana, January 23
In a shocking development, a city resident has alleged that the ashes of his mother have gone missing from the cremation ground opposite the military camp in the Dholewal area.

Shooting Incident
Dolly visits injured in hospital; criticises Khali
Dolly Bindra of “Big Boss” fame visits the injured at SPS Hospital in Ludhiana on Sunday.Ludhiana, January 23
Taking the in house rivalry of Big Boss to a new level, the fire brand Big Boss fame Dolly Bindra, visited those injured allegedly by the shots fired by Khali's aides at SPS Apollo hospital, here, and fired a salvo at the WWE wrestler by terming him responsible for the shooting incident.

Dolly Bindra of “Big Boss” fame visits the injured at SPS Hospital in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ban slapped on ads of magic cure
Ludhiana, January 23
In the wake of a virtual flood of advertisements of "tantrik babas" and magic remedies in print and electronic media, which even otherwise are illegal under the provisions of Drugs and Magic Remedies (objectionable advertisements) Act, the DM has imposed a ban on all such advertisements under Section 144 of the CrPC.

Street gives way in just two days
Ludhiana, January 23
Contrary to claims of the MC regarding quality of development works in the city under an effective monitoring system, a city resident has lodged a complaint of poor-quality work, with a street giving way two days after construction.

Woman thrashed, sustains injuries
Ludhiana, January 23
A woman sustained serious injuries after she was alleged thrashed by a group of persons, led by Surjit Singh, presidents of Danga Peerit Welfare Association Punjab, were taking forcible possession on the flat at in CRPF colony located in Dugri here this evening.


Cow slaughter 
A litmus test for cops
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 23
The alleged slaughter of a cow by members of a particular community near Malerkotla town and subsequent arrest of suspects has instigated leaders of radical organisations of both the communities. The administration has appealed to office-bearers of social and religious organisations to persuade their activists to maintain calm and has urged residents not to lend credence to rumours being spread by anti-social elements.




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