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GLADA gets green light to axe 900 trees
A row of trees along the Ferozepur Road that are set to be felled.Ludhiana, March 6
With approval of the forest department coming through, decks have been cleared for the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) to axe over 900 trees for the widening of the busy Ferozepur Road.

A row of trees along the Ferozepur Road that are set to be felled. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Only two among 31,000 homeless!
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 6
Officials entrusted with the counting of heads during the census seem to have ignored a large number of homeless wandering in the streets of the town every day. This is perhaps the reason why they have come across just two homeless persons in the entire town of 31,000 people.


A file photo of Ludhiana officials taking a ride in a bus in Ludhiana.City Bus Service
Staff recruitment drive under way
Ludhiana, March 6
Setting their wheels in motion for the start of the much-awaited City Bus Service, Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited (LCBSL) has initiated the process of recruiting staff to run the service, which is expected to kick off from April 1.

A file photo of Ludhiana officials taking a ride in a bus in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

80-yr-old woman moves rights panel
Govt’s claims on redressal of complaints on the doorstep fall flat
Jagraon, March 6
Notwithstanding the state government’s claims of providing police assistance to woman complainants at their doorsteps, an elderly widow of Pabbian village near Jagraon is forced to make rounds of the police stations to get justice.

Police officials addressing a press conference in Ludhiana on Sunday. Gang of snatchers busted, 5 held
Ludhiana, March 6
With the arrest five-school dropout drug addicts, the city police has claimed to have busted a gang of snatchers who were behind 50 incidents of snatching, robberies, thefts that took place in the past one year.

Police officials addressing a press conference in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph


Govt nod to flyover, vehicle underpasses in Khanna
Ludhiana, March 6
Keeping in view mind the increasing cases of road accidents involving vehicles crossing the National Highway- I (NH-I), diagonally, to enter Khanna town, the state government finally gave nod to one flyover, three vehicular underpasses and a passenger under pass in Khanna.

MC fails miserably to save city’s green cover
Ludhiana, March 6
At a time when the city is fast turning into a concrete jungle due to haphazard growth, the municipal corporation’s plans to organize a flower show may provide a temporary soothing effect to the eyes of long suffering residents. However, taken in the wider context the exercise appears to be an eyewash as civic officials have hardly done anything to maintain the green lungs of the state’s industrial hub.

Residents for steps to maintain greenery
While the municipal corporation’s move to organize a flower show in the city has evoked a good response from residents, the latter feel civic officials have paid scant regard to maintain the city’s green cover and should take immediate steps to rejuvenate parks and other open spaces. Manvinder Singh speaks to participants and visitors at the show. The city’s public parks of city are in a pathetic condition and the MC hasn’t bothered much to maintain them. In such a scenario holding a flower shows appears to be only a formal exercise though for us it's a great occasion.

Colourful start to flower show
Ludhiana, March 6
The flower show organised by the MC got a massive response as in the two-day show the civic body received around 980 entries from various participants. But the baby show proved to be a damp squib as only 60 entries came for it.

IN FULL BLOOM: Visitors check out flowers on display in Ludhiana on Sunday; PATTERNS GALORE: Students participate in a Rangoli contest at a flower show in Ludhiana.

IN FULL BLOOM: Visitors check out flowers on display in Ludhiana on Sunday; PATTERNS GALORE: Students participate in a Rangoli contest at a flower show in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Police Recruitment Drive
Damage to College Ground
Principal refutes allegation
Ludhiana, March 6
The physical fitness test for recruitment in the Punjab Police went off peacefully at SCD Government College here, conducted by the Punjab Police Commissionerate, Ludhiana. A large number of candidates, who aspire to be in the Punjab Police, participated in the test for which elaborate arrangements were made by the police administration.

Modifications to medical curriculum proposed
Ludhiana, March 6
A new Board of Governors (BOG) constituted under the Medical Council of India has proposed modifications to the existing undergraduate medical curriculum (MBBS) under “Vision-2015”, suggesting reduction in the duration of MBBS course from existing five-and-a-half years to five years. Also, some of the existing medical subjects like ENT, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, dermatology, forensic medicine and toxicology are proposed to be made optional.

A medical camp in progress at Lehra, near Ahmedgarh, on Sunday. Deficiency diseases more in villages: Docs
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 6
Deficiency diseases are more in villages than in cities, observed a team of doctors at a camp organised jointly by the Rotary Club and Victoria Public High School at Lehra village near here. Dr Bhupinder Singh Bedi inaugurated the camp and SP Sofat presided over the concluding function.

A medical camp in progress at Lehra, near Ahmedgarh, on Sunday. Photo by writer

Conducting cheating-free exams
Right move: PSEB-affiliated schools’ body
Ludhiana, March 6
A deputation of the Association of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Affiliated Schools met education minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan under the presidentship of Rajinder Sharma, along with association chief patron NK Bangia and appreciated the step of the government to conduct cheating-free examination.

Amendments to service tax discussed
Ludhiana, March 6
A seminar on the Union Budget 2011 was organised by the Ludhiana Branch of NIRC of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India here today. Eminent Scholar and Chartered Accountant Dr. Girish Ahuja from New Delhi who is a well-known tax consultant and has also authored a large number of books on taxation was the keynote speaker for Income Tax and Ashok Batra from New Delhi who is an eminent CA and author of various books was the guest speaker for service tax.

To India, with love from Pakistan
About 37 artistes from Pakistan have come to the city to take part in the Indo-Pak Drama Festival. This correspondent went to meet the artistes coming from across the border yesterday. A young woman, with shoulder-length hair cut, clad in long printed shirt with pyjama shalwar warmly welcomed me with “aadab”. As I started with my conversation in English, the woman held my hand and made a request, "do you mind if I continue with my conversation in Punjabi? See, I am from Lahore and I can not speak fluent English but I can express myself, my feelings about India in Punjabi pretty well". And then there was non-stop chatting between the two of us. Her simplicity and loving attitude was enough to impress any Indian!

Two migrant groups clash over money dispute, two hurt
Jagraon, March 6
Two groups of migrant labourers clashed with each other for the sake of money at Kaunke Kalan village near Jagraon yesterday afternoon.

Living a larger life through small screen
Ludhiana, March 6
Sara Khan who recently became the talk of the town after she tied the nuptial knot with her boyfriend Ali Merchant on the sets of reality show “Big Boss” brightened the Sunday evening of the Ludhianvis. She was here to receive an award on Women’s Day organised by an NGO, Aadhar.

A security guard who wields a paintbrush
Jasjit Singh, a security guard from Raikot, who is pursuing his hobby as a painter in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, March 6
Though city residents may view him as just another security guard stationed at the office of a firm located on Mall Road, little do they notice that instead of a baton or gun he holds a paintbrush. If you thought this modestly dressed youth was only giving vent to his creative impulses, you would be in for a surprise. For this artist-cum-security guard earns more than a B-school graduate by selling his paintings, which most of the buyers residing abroad.

Jasjit Singh, a security guard from Raikot, who is pursuing his hobby as a painter in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Dhami for Best Citizens of India Award
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 6
Recognising his exceptional caliber in the field of teaching of mathematics and administration, the Best Citizens of India Publications, New Delhi, has chosen Dr Balbir Singh Dhami for the Best Citizens of India Award.

400 examined at medical camp
Ludhiana, March 6
More than 400 patients were examined and provided free medicines at a medical check-up camp organised by the Urban Estate Ramlila Dasehra Committee and Lal Bahadur Shastri Social Forum jointly in collaboration with Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company at MGM Public School here today.


Four proclaimed offenders arrested
Jagraon, March 6
The Ludhiana rural police has arrested four proclaimed offenders from different places. Those arrested were declared proclaimed offenders by a local court in separate cases.

Shaheed-é-Azam Punjab Games
Anti-dope team collects 17 samples
Results to be announced after one week
Ludhiana, March 6
Following The Tribune report highlighting the use of performance-enhancing drugs by players during the ongoing Shaheed-é-Azam Punjab Games, a team of the National Anti-Doping Authority (NADA) officials visited Guru Nanak Stadium and conducted 20 dope tests late last night.

Shapinder, Barinder adjudged best athletes
Ludhiana, March 6
Shapinder Kaur and Barinder Singh were adjudged the best athletes among girls and boys, respectively, in the 5th annual athletics meet of the Nankana Sahib College of Education, Kot Gangu Rai, Ludhiana district.




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