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21 govt employees found missing from office

Ludhiana, February 14
Twenty-one employees working in government offices across Ludhiana were found missing from their duty during the surprise raids carried out today by the district administration. This was the third round of raids wherein five teams comprising the senior administrative officials checked the offices of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC), senior town planner, superintending engineer PWD, Zila Parishad, Civil Surgeon, district sainik welfare board, Punjab Power Corporation Limited (PPCL), where 21 employees were absent from work.
Officials check the District Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs office during a surprise raid in Ludhiana Officials check the District Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs office during a surprise raid in Ludhiana.
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Valentine’s turns out to be a damp squib
Ludhiana, February 14
An abundance of red roses and chocolates, pretty little gifts and the company of your beloved amid lavish sprinkling of feelings - what more can one ask for on Valentine’s Day? Just a hope that cops don’t come raiding.

Heart-breakers? Mounted police patrol in Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Heart-breakers? Mounted police patrol in Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana

Cops keep hooligans at bay
Ludhiana, February 14
Foolproof security arrangements by the police, consisting of 100 nakas, foiled all plans of hooligans to create ruckus on city streets on Valentine’s Day. Heavy contingent of police force deployed at key sensitive points ensured that the lovers’ day passed off peacefully.

Feroze Gandhi Market
Parking lot allotment draws a blank
Ludhiana, February 14
Perturbed over the implementation of strict traffic norms and unsatisfied by terms and conditions set by the Municipal Corporation for allotting a parking lot in Feroze Gandhi Market, no bidder turned up for getting the parking space of the most important commercial hub of the city.
A sea of vehicles parked at the Feroze Gandhi market in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
A sea of vehicles parked at the Feroze Gandhi market in Ludhiana

16-yr-old hosiery worker found dead
Ludhiana, February 14
A teenaged hosiery worker was found dead in a vacant plot near his residence in Mundian Kalan here today. The victim was identified as Shiv Ram (16), a resident of Gonda district in Uttar Pradesh.

PAU students’ strike ends as govt heeds to their demand
300 vacancies in agriculture dept to be filled in first phase
Ludhiana, February 14
Waking from its deep slumber after the student community put pressure on it, the state government finally decided to fill 300 vacancies in the agriculture department, Punjab, in the first phase.

Question mark on TB control programme
Dispensary number 5 in Dhandari Kalan sans medicine
Ludhiana, February 14
The non-availability of the medicine for tuberculosis at the ESI dispensaries catering to the employees coming from economically weaker sections has put a question mark on the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP).


Advt sub-committee
Members refuse to discuss agenda
Charge MC authorities with poor working
Ludhiana, February 14
Irked over the “poor” working of the Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities, members of the sub-committee of advertisement refused to discuss new agenda until the earlier agenda passed by them was not implemented.

Jain group sweeps Lodhi Club poll
Ludhiana, February 14
Jagmohan Krishan Jain’s camp swept the Lodhi Club elections held here on Sunday by bagging seven out of 10 seats, defeating the opponents by a massive margin. The results of the poll were declared late last night.

‘Bharat Puttar’ award for Phallewal youth
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 14
Residents of Phallewal village in Sangrur district near here are jubilant as their son Gurdeep Singh Grewal, an NRI settled in Vancouver, has been conferred the “Bharat Puttar” (Son of India) Award by some organisations in Canada.
A file photo of Gurdeep Singh Garewal, an NRI from Phallewal village, receiving the ‘Bharat Puttar’ Award in Vancouver.
A file photo of Gurdeep Singh Garewal, an NRI from Phallewal village, receiving the ‘Bharat Puttar’ Award in Vancouver

Animal fair ends
Farmers vow to bring white revolution
Jagraon, February 14
The fifth Progressive Dairy Farmers’ International Animal Fair concluded here amid resolutions and promises to adopt latest technologies in animal husbandry for improvement of the livestock reared by dairy owners of the region.

A dairy farmer looks at hydroponics plant installed at PDFA Fair at Jagraon. Photo: Mahesh Sharma

A dairy farmer looks at hydroponics plant installed at PDFA Fair at Jagraon

Sexed semen straw for Rs 100
Jagraon, February 14
Dairy farmers of the state will be provided sexed semen of exotic breeds of cows and buffaloes at subsidized rate of Rs 100 per straw, said Finance Commissioner, Dairy Development, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Department, Gurinder Jit Singh Sandhu on the concluding ceremony of the fifth Progressive Dairy Farmers’ Association (PDFA) Animal Fair here today.

MC’s double standard on encroachments exposed
Ludhiana, February 14
The widespread encroachments in the city’s Fieldgunj locality cause a lot of hassles for commuters every day but they suddenly seem to vanish whenever any “VVIP” visits the area. This clearly reflects the municipal corporation adopts completely different yardsticks for the common folk and politicians.

A year after MC drive, illegal structures sprout again
Ludhiana, February 14
The basic purpose of the drive against encroachments conducted by the municipal corporation in the past appears to have been defeated as civic officials have failed to check unauthorised structures cropping up again all over the city. This is evident from the details on new encroachments obtained under the Right to Information Act.

Discharge of effluents
MC moves PPCB against erring units
Ludhiana, February 14
Acting tough against big industrial units for discharging effluents in the Municipal Corporation’s sewerage system, the civic body has asked the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) authorities to take stern action against erring units.

Former sarpanch convicted in cheque bounce case
Ludhiana, February 14
Judicial Magistrate Rajvinder Singh has convicted Rajinderpal Singh, former sarpanch of Bhutta village, and Satpal Singh, vice-president of Akhara Co-operative Society, to undergo one-year imprisonment in a cheque-bounce case.

Reporters' Diary
What a waste
The state government adopts strange policies. It has imposed two-days' power cut on industry in the city, which means the industry will go powerless on Sundays and Mondays. At the same time, streetlights in industrial area remain on throughout the day. What a novel way to save electricity.

From Schools
Silver jubilee
LUDHIANA: Scholars of Shifaly International School, Shifaly Public School and Helianthus School celebrated their silver jubilee function. Over 600 scholars of Shifaly and Helianthus Schools presented a musical dance drama “Jai Ho”. The show was based on the theme “Vision 2020”.

From Colleges
LUDHIANA: Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) students’ chapter of Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology (GNIMT) organised a workshop for its MBA students. A warm welcome was accorded to the two resource persons on this occasion -- Col (Dr) GS Ahluwalia, a former Army officer, and Anshul Dhingra.


Jails no bar for kingpins
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 14
If revelations made by some suspected drug-peddlers and smugglers arrested by the police recently are to be believed then jails of the region are serving as nurseries for organising and promoting new gangs, with kingpins of notorious gangs running their illegal trade on mobile phones while sitting behind bars.

Thieves strike at grocery store
Ludhiana, February 14
Thieves struck at a grocery store on Tagpur road and decamped with cash, dry fruits and desi ghee worth Rs 3 lakh. The incident came to light this morning when Bunty, owner of the store, opened the shop and was shocked to find it ransacked.




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