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Toll collection racket busted, 1 arrested
Conman used to issue fake slips to motorists
Ludhiana, February 16
Ladhowal SHO Jatinder Singh shows fake toll slips in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
A road construction firm got ripped off by a streetsmart conmen who pocketed toll amounting to lakhs of rupees from motorists every day by issuing them ‘kucchi’ (fake) slips at a toll barrier near Phillaur.

Ladhowal SHO Jatinder Singh shows fake toll slips in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Tap water in city largely unsafe
25 of 40 samples fail quality test
Ludhiana, February 16
Before you drink water from an MC tap in the city, beware - it can be contaminated. In lab tests conducted on 43 water samples collected by the health department from various residential areas almost three-fifths of them -25 - were found to be impure.


DC finds land registrations pending
Three employees absent from duty
Ludhiana, February 16
In yet another surprise check conducted by Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari, two-and-half-month-old land registrations were found pending in the office of the Sub-Registrar, Ludhiana (Central), while three employees from the Sub-Registrar office, Ludhiana (West), were found absent from duty.

Employees on indefinite strike
Ludhiana, February 16
Sixty five data-entry operators, maintaining land records, and 15 workers, involved in computerisation of revenue records, went on ian ndefinite strike at the DC office here today.

Patwari nabbed taking bribe
Ludhiana, February 16
Vigilance sleuths nabbed a patwari in a graft case here today. The accused revenue official, identified as Albail Singh, posted at Dhandra Tah, was nabbed red-handed while he was receiving a bribe of Rs 5,000 from Jagjit Singh, a resident of Karnal Singh Nagar, Phase- III.

Patwari chargesheeted for making fake land deed
Ludhiana, February 16
Taking a strict action against the officials involved in fraudulent preparing a bogus land deed, Ludhiana deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari on Wednesday issued a charge sheet to a ‘patwari’ and ‘kanungo followed by a written complaint against the ‘tehsildar’ forwarded to the Punjab financial commissioner (revenue).

LIT trustee to be booked for obstructing official duty
Ludhiana, February 16
The local police is set to book a trustee of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, Gurinderpal Singh Pappu, a day after he reportedly broke the seals put by the municipal corporation on several city shops accused of violating building bylaws. Following a complaint on the matter filed by MC officials the police may register a case against him on charges of preventing an official from performing his official duty.

Ex-Armymen wage battle against black money
Signature Campaign: Col RS Sohi signs an undertaking against black money lying in Swiss banks and corruption during the centenary function of the Signal Corps in Ludhiana on Tuesday.Ludhiana, February 16
In a unique endeavour, the retired Army officers of the Signal Corps have started a signature campaign to bring back the black money being dumped in the Swiss banks. The signature drive was started yesterday to mark the 100th raising day of the corps of signals.

Signature Campaign: Col RS Sohi signs an undertaking against black money lying in Swiss banks and corruption during the centenary function of the Signal Corps in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

KVM club provides succour to kids of adopted institution 
for a cause: A member of the Prarth Club of the KVM educates students of the Hindu Putri Pathshala about personal hygiene in Haibowal, Ludhiana.Ludhiana, February 16
In an exceptional display of zeal towards social causes, student members of the Prarth Club of Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM), Civil Lines, have been working tirelessly towards the welfare of 250 students of their adopted institution - Hindu Putri Pathshala (HPP), Haibowal village - for the past four years.

for a cause: A member of the Prarth Club of the KVM educates students of the Hindu Putri Pathshala about personal hygiene in Haibowal, Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Farmers throng bank stalls to avail loans
Jagraon, February 16
With an intent to increase their profitability, more dairy farmers have started showing interest in upgrading their existing dairies by availing loans from financial organisations and subsidies from the state government.

Decks cleared for Rs 150-cr HUDCO loan to MC
Ludhiana, February 16
With the Municipal Corporation (MC) officials finalising the terms and conditions with their counterparts in the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), decks have been cleared for a loan of Rs 150 crore for the civic body.

Book exhibition at vet varsity
Ludhiana, February 16
A two-day book exhibition organised by Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) was inaugurated by Dr Simrat Sagar Singh, Dean, College of Veterinary Science, at the examination hall of the College of Veterinary Science here. 

‘People still unaware of their rights’
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 16
Acknowledging that some professionals were trying to exploit the provisions of the Human Rights Commission, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna regretted that the common man was still unaware of his rights.

NH-1 widening to eat up road to Jaipura
Doraha, February 16
The blocked entry and exit points of the road leading to Jaipura village. Going by the latest project of the widening of National Highway No. 1, from now on no road shall lead to Jaipura village. As per the project, there will be no separate provision of entry or exit to this particular village. “We fail to understand if other villages and towns have been kept in mind and the provision of flyovers from over them have been made, then why this particular village and its adjoining areas have been left out?” Questioned the residents.

The blocked entry and exit points of the road leading to Jaipura village. A Tribune photograph 

Id-Milad-un-Nabi celebrated
Ludhiana, February 16
Members of the Muslim community celebrated Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa Sal's birth anniversary with religious fervour here today. All Muslim establishments, including the Jama Masjid, mosques, madrassas and khankas across the city served community langars.

Jaspreet, Sarabjeet excel in teaching contest
Doraha, February 16
The Panjab University zonal skill-in-teaching and on-the-spot teaching aid preparation competition was hosted by the Doraha College of Education yesterday.

Encroachments removed in Khamano
Khamano, February 16
Nagar panchayat, Khamano, in a strict action today, removed illegal encroachments from various parts of the town, including Ludhiana-Chandigarh road.

Signal Corps
Resentment over discrimination against retired officers 
Officers of Signal Corps, along with their wives, during the raising day function in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, February 16
Disappointed over the discrimination against retired officers of the Signal Corps, nearly 14 retired signallers, along with retired officers of the infantry division celebrated the centenary function of the Signal Corps’ Raising Day at a local restaurant last night.

Officers of Signal Corps, along with their wives, during the raising day function in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Verma

Cultural programme marks foundation day
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 16
Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes celebrated its foundation day with fervour. The occasion was sanctified by bhog of Sri Akhand Path Sahib and Gurbani Kirtan. Jarnail Kaur, mother of Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, was present on the occasion.

Stress on importance of political values
Ludhiana, February 16
The department of political science, Government College for Women, organised the “annual society” under the chairmanship of principal Gurminder Kaur. She was welcomed by society president Sheenam, a student of BA III.

Sukhman crowned Miss Basant
Khanna February 16
Inter-college “Miss Basant” and inter-college quiz competitions were held at AS College, Khanna, in which vice-chairperson of the Khanna Nagar Council was the chief guest.

From Schools
Ludhiana: Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, organised a farewell function for students of Class XII. A havan was also performed to seek the blessings of the Almighty. A cultural bonanza was also organised in the school auditorium. Pujan Chhibba of Class XI formally welcomed Ashwani Kumar, manager, school managing committee, Navita Puri, officiating principal, heads of various sections, teachers and students.

From Colleges
LUDHIANA: A two-day seminar on drug addiction organised by the Bhutta College of Education in collaboration with the department of life long learning and extension, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was inaugurated here today. Renu Gandhi, Dr Avinish Jolly, Naveen, Sonu Grewal, Mandeep Bhullar, etc, acted as resource persons. Dr Joginder Mukherjee, principal of Bhutta College of Education, welcomed the guests. Staff members, students and members of community participated in the seminar. Renu Gandhi highlighted the objectives of the seminar. Dr Avinish Jolly, a practicing Advocate in Punjab and Haryana High Court and a social activist, threw light on drug addiction and its prevalent influence on community. The seminar aimed at creating awareness among the community against the menace of drug addiction and its effects.

Speaking Out
Breaking MC seals
Remove trustee
Condemning yesterday’s incident in which one of the trustees of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) Gurinder Pal Singh Pappu took law into his hands, the affected residents of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar said those who couldn’t respect law had no right to be in the chair. Even the chairman of LIT MM Vyas said the trust had not given the trustee any powers to act like that.


Banned drugs seized, 2 held
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 16
The Dehlon police has arrested two members of a gang involved in the supply of banned pharmaceuticals to drug stores in Ludhiana and Sangrur districts. One of the suspects has been identified as the son of a Khanna police official. Rich haul of pills, capsule and syrup bottles was seized from the accused.

Separate counter for mobile theft complaints
Ludhiana, February 16
After witnessing a steep rise in mobile phone thefts, the city police has set up a centralised social counter to deal with such complaints. According to sources, the counter will cater to the complaints related to mobile phone thefts.

Kavita adjudged best athlete
Ludhiana, February 16
The SDP College for Women wore a festive look when its 42nd annual athletics meet was organised here today amidst fervour, gaiety and exuberance.

Athletics meet at Khalsa College
Ludhiana, February 16
Along with education, games play a pivotal role in life. Acknowledging this importance, the Khalsa College for Women inaugurated the two-day annual athletics meet here today.




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