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MC wakes up, clears gravel on roads
Ludhiana, February 23
MC employees collect debris from a road in front of the Panjab University Extension Library in Ludhiana It took the death of 60-year-old Sita Ram Malhotra yesterday to shake the Municipal Corporation out of its slumber and clear the debris and other construction material strewn on all major roads in the city.

Whose was it anyway?
Social activist moves PSHRC
Not ours, claims MC
Not ours either: GLADA
MC employees collect debris from a road in front of the Panjab University Extension Library in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Colony residents caught in no man’s land
Ludhiana, February 23
Caught up between regulations on land registration dating before the country gained independence and those in force now, the owners of shops and houses in a colony in Doraha town find themselves at the receiving end for no fault of theirs.

State cabinet to take up issue: DC
State exchequer loser


Teachers coaxing schoolkids into using ‘guides’
Ludhiana, February 23
Bringing the numerous educational reforms introduced by the Central Board of Secondary Education to naught, the city's top schools are recommending “guidebooks” to their students to help them sail through the forthcoming final examinations. Yes, guidebooks that were hitherto forbidden in schools and considered to be “low grade” have now made their way into the schoolbags of numerous students, courtesy teachers. 

40 pc robberies fake: Police Commissioner 
Ludhiana, February 23
Police investigations have revealed that about 40 per cent of robberies committed in the city were stage-managed. The police department will soon submit the recovery details of these fake robberies to the Income Tax department. Besides, Section 420 will also be liable on the guilty in addition to Section 182 of the IPC.


Two prime sites to be auctioned on March 14
Ludhiana, February 23
The sale of two prime commercial sites, with floor areas of 1.016 acre and 0.90 acre on the Ferozepur Road, through open an auction on March 14 by Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) is virtually going to prove a litmus test if past experiences of putting large chunks of commercial lands under the hammer are any indication.

Trade union activists leave for Delhi 
To stage protest in front of Parliament 
Ludhiana, February 23
Workers at the Ludhiana railway station Huge rush was witnessed at the local railway station last night as a large number of workers left for Delhi to take part in a protest march towards Parliament in New Delhi. 

Workers’ Demand

Workers at the Ludhiana railway station on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

People asked to register domestic help, tenants
Ludhiana, February 23
Giving another chance to residents of the city to get their domestic helps and tenants registered with the police, a help centre has been established by the Division Number 8 police. Besides, the police has also started conducting door-to-door survey in the residential colonies to bring the crime graph down.

Councillors excluded from MC budget decisions
Ludhiana, February 23
Though every year the municipal corporation makes a budget allocation of crores of rupees for civic projects in the city, the elected representatives of the residents are never included in the decision making process involved in the decision making process.

Speaking out
Feeling left out

Proposing a total outlay of Rs 801 crore in its annual budget for 2011-2012, the biggest civic body of the state will set aside Rs 495 crore for the development of the city. The amount is 61 per cent of the total budget amount. Also, 35 per cent of total budget has been kept for expenditure on establishments. The MC is likely to discuss the budget in a meeting proposed to be held tomorrow but not without the common man feeling left out of the planning for the budget. The proposal is just decided amongst a handful of MC babus. Tribune staffer Manvinder Singh spoke to several councillors and here is what they had to say:

TUFS Withdrawal
Textile industry banks on budget

Ludhiana, February 23
The rollback of the Technology Upgradation Fund (TUF) Scheme midway has dealt a big blow to the textile industry. Now, the industry is pinning its hopes on the forthcoming Budget, anticipating the revival of the scheme.

Environment takes backseat
Ludhiana, February 23
Of all the problems faced by the city, the one concerning environment protection and depletion of the green cover needs to be addressed in earnest. The budgetary provisions regarding the sustenance of green cover in the city need to be implemented in a proper manner.

No planning for sustainable growth
Ludhiana, February 23
Rapid urbanisation has taken place in the city in the last two decades due to which a lot of burden has increased on the resources of the Municipal Corporation (MC).

Feroze Gandhi Market
Ludhiana, February 23
All efforts of Municipal Corporation’s authorities to allot parking lots of the prestigious Feroze Gandhi market to private contractors failed after yesterday’s auction was postponed due to the lack of proper quorum.

MC asks advertisers to remove illegal unipoles
Ludhiana, February 23
The advertising sub-committee of the Municipal Corporation has asked leading adversities to get their illegal unipoles removed from the prestigious Sarabha Nagar market and other places of the city.

Post office street 
Life is a hell here

Doraha, February 23
One comes across choked sewers in every nook and cranny of Doraha. Presently, sewer of the post office street, which is overflowing for the past 15 days, has made the life of residents miserable.

Cleanliness drive
Amloh, February 23
Health and education is necessary for overall development of the country. Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, MLA, stated this during a cleanliness drive launched by Amloh unit of Sant Nirankari Mandal at the local civil hospital today.

Sanskriti Express comes to town
Ludhiana, February 23
Visitors take a look at the works of the legendary poet Rabindra Nath Tagore displayed in Sanskriti Express in Ludhiana The five-coach exhibition train called 'Sanskriti Express', giving a deep insight into the life, works and paintings of versatile genius Rabindra Nath Tagore, today reached Ludhiana for three days.

Visitors take a look at the works of the legendary poet Rabindra Nath Tagore displayed in Sanskriti Express in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo by writer

‘Batalavi reincarnation of John Keats’ 
Ludhiana, February 23
Shiv Kumar Batalavi with his undying romanticism, illustrative writing and love for beauty is indeed an "incarnation" of the English writer John Keats, opines Professor KBS Sodhi, a retired professor of English. Having translated 33 poems of Keats in Punjabi language and compiling them under the title "Asan Da Jauban Rutte Marna", the professor has called upon the authorities of universities to introduce a special paper on five classical English writers in MA, Punjabi.

Myopia among drivers causing mishaps: Doc
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 23
Claiming that poor vision of drivers was the major reason behind majority of vehicular accidents taking places during night hours, Dr Rajesh Garg, an ophthalmologist at the local civil hospital, urged residents to shun the tendency of ignoring minor eye defects.

GADVASU scientists’ research paper gets first prize
Ludhiana, February 23
Three scientists from the department of Animal Genetics and Breeding, GADVASU, participated in the VIII Annual Convention of Society for Conservation of Domestic Animal Biodiversity (SOCDAB) and National Symposium on “Animal Genetic Resources for Sustainable Livestock Sector in India” at Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT), Bhubneshwar recently.

Avoid new queen bees from abroad: Expert
Ludhiana, February 23
The second day of honey fest at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today witnessed "experience exchange workshop on prospects and promotion of apiculture for augmenting hive and crop productivity" , organised by the PAU Department of Entomology in collaboration with the Directorate of Extension Education.

PAU is numero uno farm varsity: VC
Ludhiana, February 23
Four years ago when Vice Chancellor, Dr MS Kang of Punjab Agricultural University had taken over and the Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal had asked him about the university's ranking in the country, he had reluctantly named Tamil Nadu Agricultural University as the number one.

Training Programme
Students get certificates

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 23 Students who completed a training programme under the “Hunar Se Rozgar Tak Scheme” launched by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, were given certificates by Desh Bhagat Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology here yesterday. The function was presided over by Minister for Tourism and Cultural Affairs Hira Singh Gabhria.

From Colleges

From School

Monika fastest among girls
Doraha, February 23
The 37th annual athletics meet of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, concluded here today. The meet was inaugurated by Dr Suresh Tandon, vice-chairman, Punjab School Education Board.

Paramjit, Surinder best athletes
Ludhiana, February 23
Paramjit Kaur in the girls’ section while Surinder Singh in the boys’ section were adjudged best athletes in the two-day 91st edition of the annual athletics meet of Satish Chander Dhawan Government College, which concluded here today.




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