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Swine flu rears its ugly head again; 4 more die
Number of deaths in city this year rises to 8
Ludhiana, March 10
With four more people succumbing to swine influenza at the Dayanand Medical College & Hospital (DMCH), the total number of deaths since January in the city due to the highly contagious respiratory disease in the city has gone up to eight. This year's mortality rate among those inflicted is 70 per cent with patients testing positive for H1N1 in city hospitals numbering ten.

MC staff gets serious only when bosses show up
Ludhiana, March 10
That civic employees ordinarily get down to business only when their top bosses make an appearance was again in evidence on Thursday when temporary encroachments that had come up in the Bhadaur House area were shifted elsewhere ahead of a visit by MC Commissioner AK Sinha. The staff members went all out to ensure he did not have a first hand look at their failures.


Excise Duty
Garment industry to go on indefinite strike from Mon
Ludhiana, March 10
The local readymade and knitwear industry has decided to go on an indefinite strike from Monday against the proposal of 10 per cent central excise duty imposed on the industry. The call for the strike has been given by the Federation of Readymade Hosiery and Made-ups Association and the Federation of Hosiery Manufacturers Association of India.

Golden chance for old PU students
Never too late to get a degree
Ludhiana, March 10
The decision of giving a golden chance to students for completing their graduation and postgraduation from September 2011 has been welcomed by educationists and students. The decision was taken during a Syndicate meeting of Panjab University, Chandigarh, recently. RP Josh, a syndic, said people could sit for a particular examination (compartment case or for an exam that could not be taken due to any reason) after September 2011.

Eatery owners told to install CCTV cameras
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 10
With the police having started a hunt for the miscreants involved in snatching of vehicles by serving spiked eatables to drivers of trucks parked at roadside dhabas, the civil administration has directed all dhaba and restaurant owners to install the CCTV on their premises.

Traffic cops go into overdrive
Three-fold increase in challans
Ludhiana, March 10
Cracking the whip on reckless drivers in the city, the police has intensified its challan drive. Data available with the department shows that the number of challans had increased three times in the last two months compared to January-February last year.

Bollywood stars descend on city
Ludhiana, March 10
Bollywood actresses Raveena Tandon and Neeru Bajwa visited the city on Thursday to promote sundry products and services. Dressed in a red ‘salwar kameez’ Raveena looked as ravishing as ever, while Neeru in a blue outfit and large sunglasses captivated every one present.


Govt college teachers protest for arrears
Stage dharna to impress upon their long-pending demand
Ludhiana, March 10
The Punjab Government College Teachers Association staged a protest dharna at SCD Government College under the aegis of Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers Association (PFUCTO) to impress upon their long-pending demands and expressed their anguish against the SAD-BJP alliance government in the state.

German scientists visit PAU
Discuss arsenic and selenium toxicity in soils, water
Ludhiana, March 10
A three-member delegation from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, is on a visit to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for exploring the possibility of collaborative research project in the field of arsenic and selenium toxicity in soils, water, plants, human and animals. The delegation, comprising Professor Dr Thomas Neumann, Dr Elisabeth Eiche and Dr Mini Bajaj, held a meeting with PAU Vice- Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang today.

World Kidney Day
‘Diabetes patients more vulnerable to kidney failure’
Ludhiana, March 10
On the occasion of “World Kidney Day” ,Deep Kidney Care Centre, today launched an education CD for the patients to help them under stand functions of kidney, importance of early detection of kidney disease, dietary precautions , and various treatment modalities available to patients. 

City bus service launch
MC to upgrade workshop
MC Commissioner AK Sinha, Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, Senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal and other MC officials enjoy a bus ride in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, March 10
Gearing up to update its infrastructure and manpower for the launch of the city bus service on April 1, the top brass of the municipal corporation (MC) has decided to upgrade its workshop for maintaining the fleet of buses.

MC Commissioner AK Sinha, Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, Senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal and other MC officials enjoy a bus ride in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Patient’s death sparks outrage
Khamano, March 10
Alleging negligence on the part of a doctor at a private hospital, leading to the death of a woman patient, several residents of Bathan Kalan village and employees of PowerCom blocked traffic here today, demanding the registration of a criminal case against the doctor.

Absenteeism at MC office to be history
Biometric attendance for staff
Ludhiana, March 10
In order to check the persistent absence of municipal corporation (MC) staff, the civic body authorities have now decided to start the system of biometric attendance at its offices, work on which is likely to commence next week.

Teachers’ anti-cheating mantra
‘All exam centres on ground floor’
Ludhiana, March 10
A group of teachers has asked Punjab Education Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan to have all examination centres on the ground floor to keep a check on cheating. The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) will conduct the second-semester examinations for classes X and XII from tomorrow.

SAD-BJP will have to pay: Congress
Ludhiana, March 10
Reacting strongly to the ‘repressive’ measures of the SAD-BJP government in the state to hide its ‘acts of omission and commission’, the Congress today said the coalition would have to pay dearly for poor governance in the Assembly elections.

Malkit for ridding Punjabi music of vulgarity
Ludhiana, March 10
Endorsing the view of doing away with obscenity, addiction and violence in music videos, UK-based Punjabi singer Malkit Singh today said he and his group would work towards upholding the tradition of Punjabi music.

Strike by municipal council employees
Town fast turning into garbage dump
Jagraon, March 10
With the ongoing indefinite strike of the Municipal Employees Action Committee in support of their various pending demands entering the fourth day, the town is turning into a garbage dump.

Sukhdev Market
Shopkeepers irked over non-allotment of booths
Garbage dumped near Sukhdev Market in LudhianaLudhiana, March 10
Irked over the non-allotment of booths despite repeated assurances by the Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities for the past three decades, the shopkeepers of Sukhdev Market have again asked the authorities to pay attention towards their demand.

Garbage dumped near Sukhdev Market in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

C and H Forms
Submission date extended
Ludhiana, March 10
The notification for extending the date for the submission of C and H forms for the financial year 2009-2010 has been issued by the department. Though the announcement was made in November last year but the notification was not issued by the department.

Sixth Pay Commission
Ex-servicemen seek removal of anomalies
And grant of parity in pension by April 30
Ex-servicemen from Punjab and Chandigarh at a state-level rally in Ludhiana on Thursday.Ludhiana, March 10
A rally of ex-servicemen and veterans organised by Indian Ex-services League (IEL), Punjab and Chandigarh today served an ultimatum to the Union Government for removal of anomalies of the sixth Pay Commission and grant of parity in pension by April 30 or else face a nationwide agitation.

Ex-servicemen from Punjab and Chandigarh at a state-level rally in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Temporary Sanitary Staff
MC begins regularisation process
Ludhiana, March 10
Finally bowing to the pressure of various sanitary unions, the municipal corporation authorities have started the process of regularising temporary sanitary workers by giving appointment letters to over 400 of them.

In pursuit of promoting classical music
Ludhiana, March 10
Love and passion for Indian classical music combined with methodical training under noted classical vocalist Padma Vibhushan Girija Devi earned Kapil Sharma a President’s award this January. However, it was his resolve to give the Indian vocal music a new direction that gave this 24-year-old artist the honour to become the visiting professor of Indian classical music at the University of SOAS in London, the UK.

Mega lok adalat on March 26
Ludhiana, March 10
The District Legal Services Authority today held a meeting of officials of insurance companies and lawyers to mobilise them for settling maximum motor accident claim cases in the coming mega lok adalat scheduled to be held at the district courts complex on March 26.

Prosthetics camp on March 13
Ludhiana, March 10
The Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust, Punjab, will organise a free artificial limbs distribution camp on March 13 at the Viklang Sahayata Kender at Rishi Nagar here.

160 students felicitated
Ludhiana, March 10
More than 160 students got academic prizes during the annual prize distribution function of Ramgarhia Girls’ College here recently. 

From Colleges
Priya adjudged Miss Farewell
Participants await there turn for the Miss Farewell contest at Government College for Women in Ludhiana on ThursdayLudhiana: Having enjoyed the college life for three years, the final year students of Commerce at Ramgharia Girls College, Miller Ganj, were given a farewell party on Thursday. Students of B.com II year presented a cultural programme, including dances and songs. Ranjodh Singh, resident, Ramgarhia Educational Council and Rajinder Kaur, GS Radiators presided over the function as chief guests.

Participants await there turn for the Miss Farewell contest at Government College for Women in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

From Schools
Play performed at Bal Bharati school
Ludhiana: Bal Bharati Public School added one more flower to garland of learning when students were made to express their feelings through one-act play. The students displayed various emotions through their act and experienced the world of fantasies. It was a foundation stone for the little masters who possessed great potential and love for art of expression.


Proclaimed offender arrested
Jagraon, March 10
The Ludhiana rural police has arrested one proclaimed offender wanted in a theft case registered against him in 2001. The accused has been identified as Des Raj alias Teetu of Noorpura village near Raikot.

Sports meet at Firsteps
Ludhiana, March 10
The fifth annual sports meet of Firsteps pre-schooling system was held here today at the Glitz Green Farms. The theme of the Sports Day was "Save Earth".




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