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MC passes Rs 801-cr budget in 30 mins flat
Ludhiana, February 24
The general house of the Municipal Corporation (MC) today passed its annual budget worth Rs 801 crore in half-an-hour averaging Rs 26.7 crore per minute.

Development gets lion’s share of Rs 494 cr
Ludhiana, February 24
With the lion’s share of Rs 494 crore of the annual budget set aside for the development of the city, the general house of the Municipal Corporation today passed a development-oriented budget with a total outlay of Rs 801 crore.

Manhole menace dominates debate
Ludhiana, February 24
Three recent deaths that resulted after the unsuspecting victims slipped into open manholes appear to have galvanized city councillors to address the serious problem. This was evident when the issue dominated the budget session proceedings of the municipal corporation house with the councillors highlighting the insensitivity of MC officials.


Defiant, Bains stays away from Akali function 
Ludhiana, February 24
Fissures within the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) came to the fore once again when Youth Akali Dal (YAD) supremo and Akali councillor Simarjit Singh Bains continued to be defiant and boycotted a function presided over by the patron of the YAD, Bikram Singh Majithia here today.


MC Budget
Councillors take note of traffic woes only after suffering them
An overview of Ludhiana.Ludhiana, February 24
Though residents face a lot of hassles day in, day out while commuting in the city’s inner areas they hardly ever get noticed. However, after municipal corporation councillors encountered a traffic problem on Thursday they raised the matter in the MC house.

WHAT’S IN CITY’S KITTY: An overview of Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

MC officials face councillors’ wrath
Ludhiana, February 24
It was a bad day for officials of the Municipal Corporation (MC) during the budget session as they got a rap from councillors for poor working and corrupt attitude.

On World Excise Day, officers wear black badges
Ludhiana, February 24
On World Excise Day, the Superintendents of customs, central excise and service tax department lodged their protest by wearing black badges today.

Akali MLA tries to give illegal shops a breather
Ludhiana, February 24
The move by Akali MLA Harish Rai Dhanda to get a proposal on approving a 60-foot stretch of a road in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar as a “residential cum commercial” area tabled in the municipal corporation house met stiff opposition from city councillors Thursday.

Riot victims at it again
Occupy vacant government land in Dugri
 Construction of a service station continues unchecked at Dugri in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, February 24
In the wake of weak-kneed response of the district authorities and the police in dealing with mob of anti-Sikh riot-affected persons when they were out to take forcible possession of government flats in Dugri early this month, the riot victims were now eyeing other vacant government lands in the city.

DEFIANT ACT: Construction of a service station continues unchecked at Dugri in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Open auction
PUDA sells group housing site for Rs 18 cr
Ludhiana, February 24
In an overwhelming response to its offer for sale through an open auction, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) today disposed of a 2.24 acre group housing site on Barewal Road for Rs 18,13,71,300 at a premium of 39 per cent over reserve price of the land fixed at Rs 13,00,99,200.

Four missing girls recovered
Police officials pose with the four girls and their respective parents in Ludhiana on Thursday. Handed over to parents; said they had ventured too far away and could not find their way back home
Ludhiana, February 24
Leaving nothing to chance in the wake of Kushpreet kidnapping and murder incident that rocked Chandigarh two months ago, the quick action by the city police rescued four girls, who went missing from the Daba area yesterday.

LOST AND FOUND: Police officials pose with the four girls and their respective parents in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Car falls into basement of City Centre
Ludhiana, February 24
In yet another incident, a car fell into the disputed City Centre building located in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar near Pakhowal road here today.

Hookah joint controversy
Police, health dept at loggerheads
Ludhiana, February 24
The Department Of Health And Family Welfare has blamed the Police Department for the inordinate delay in action against "Mr Beans" the hookah bar in Sarabha Nagar, as the Police Department has failed to register an FIR against the owner of the coffee shop on the pretext of the offence being "non-cognizable".

Flower Show
A girl looks at different varieties of flowers during the Flower Show at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana on Thursday. Petunia, verbena on display
Ludhiana, February 24
Flowers are the emblem of bright and better land and spread joy, gaiety and mirth everywhere. Various varieties of flowers delighted visitors at the Flower Show and Competition in Punjab Agricultural University.

Nature’s bounty: A girl looks at different varieties of flowers during the Flower Show at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Pending Demands
Pvt teachers to go on mass casual leave
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 24
Accusing successive governments of ignoring long-pending demands of teachers of private colleges, members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) have threatened to intensify their agitation.

From Schools
Ludhiana: Ajay Singla of DAV Public School brought laurels to his alma mater by securing the second position in the fifth National-Level Commerce Talent Search Examination (CTSE), results of which were declared by the CTSE Foundation, Ludhiana, Punjab, here today. Ajay has won a digital camera as a prize, along with a CTSE trophy. More than 10,000 students from 201 schools took the exam which was held in January this year.

British Parliamentary Debate
32 teams to slug it out
Ludhiana, February 24
Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) was abuzz with activities today, with students looking excited, cheerful and confused, as around 32 teams from all over India gathered on the campus to take part in a two-day British Parliamentary Debate.

‘Majithia needs to learn basics of politics’
Ludhiana, February 24
Strongly reacting to former minister and patron of Akali Dal Youth wing Bikramjit Singh Majithia’s remarks on Congress and PPCC president Captain Amarinder Singh, the local party leaders today asked Majithia to restrain his tongue and maintain a semblance of decency while talking about his political opponents.

Scottish scholar reaches out to farmers
Ludhiana, February 24
Moved by the plight of farmers in the state, Tom Deiters, a scholar-cum-agriculturist from Scotland, who documented the woes of farmers in his study six years ago, has come to Punjab to educate their wards and family members.


Woman commits suicide
Phillaur, February 24
A newly married woman, Beant Kaur, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself to the ceiling of the room in her-in-laws house at nearby Miowal village in Phillaur subdivision last night.

Man strangulates wife
Phillaur, February 24
A married woman, Kuldip Kaur, was allegedly strangulated by her husband Jagdish Lal after a minor domestic quarrel in the nearby Daduwal village last night. The SHO, Zandiala, said the police had arrested the accused, who had confessed to have committed the crime.




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