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District population 34,87,882 and rising
* 2.15 lakh added to city in last decade * Gender ratio rises to 869 * Literacy rate up 2 pc

Ludhiana, April 1
With the sex ratio in its population rising from 824 to 869 during the past decade, the city has provided a silver lining in the dark clouds of gender imbalance hovering over Punjab, which has earned the notoriety of being a ‘kudi maar’ (girl child killer) state in the 2011 census

Vigilance Bureau to count trees
Ludhiana, April 1
After a census count of India’s population, the trees on the National Highway No. 1 would also go for population count, to be conducted by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau. Taking note of the complaint of whistleblower Harish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal has asked the Special Secretary to probe the illegal poaching of trees on the national highway and in Jalandhar division.


Residents get through a day of hoaxes
Ludhiana, April 1
Known for their sense of humour, city residents played pranks and practical jokes on their family members and friends throughout the day to celebrate All Fool’s Day today. However, in the name of “amusement” many people had to undergo mental stress as well. As soon as Reeta Kapoor’s brother in Delhi called her up early in the morning to say he was coming to the city with his family by lunchtime, she began preparing for a grand meal. 

Wishing them good luck

City artists in Sarabha Nagar paint a 400 sq foot poster of Indian cricketers and the World Cup trophy on the eve of the final against Sri Lanka. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

City police in top gear
Ludhiana, April 1
After the midnight madness by city residents following the Indian victory over Pakistan in the cricket World Cup semifinal, the police has claimed to have made a foolproof plan to keep a check on rowdy elements before the important final.

Rs 10 lakh crackers sold on Final eve
Ludhiana, April 1
Ludhianvis are storing crackers for celebrating the ICC World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka.

Broiler sales spurt
Ludhiana, April 1
Sales of broiler chickens in the city has suddenly gone up a day before the all important World Cup cricket final between India and Sri Lanka in Bombay on April 2. Taking a cue from Wednesday, when the Indian team’s victory against archrival Pakistan in the semifinal match led to a shortage of broilers, local shopkeepers began stocking an extra number of chicks.


Narrowing of Malerkotla-Ludhiana road
Residents apprehend traffic bottlenecks 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 1
Apprehending that the narrowing of the Malerkotla-Ludhiana road even on small stretches will prove a traffic bottleneck, residents of the area have urged the government to review the plan and keep the width of the road uniform.

Powercom Demand
Industry’s no to making advance deposit

Ludhiana, April 1
The demand for advance consumption deposit (ACD) raised by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) as per provisions of the Electricity Act, 2003 has once again brought the industry and the state government at loggerheads even as the issue of central excise imposed on a section of industry is yet to be sorted out.

Powercom’s advance deposit scheme discomfits BJP
Ludhiana, April 1
Even as the threat of a power tariff hike (presently under consideration of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission) looms large over the state, especially its industrial sector, the demand raised by Punjab State Power Corp Ltd (PSPCL) for advance consumption deposit (ACD) by industry has come as yet another embarrassment to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the junior partner in the ruling coalition, with assembly elections in the state being just a few months away.

Project to identify 20 best textile units in city
Ludhiana, April 1
With an objective to know the reasons for the success of technology-based textile industry operating in the mega city, the department of science and technology, Government of India, has assigned a project entitled “Technology-based advancement of Ludhiana-based textile industries and their role in Indian economy: A case study of their success stories” to the Ludhiana Citizens’ Health Council.

Now, ride in AC buses for just ` 5
Services to start from first week of April
Ludhiana, April 1
Now, city residents will have facility to ride in Air Conditioned (AC) buses by just paying Rs 5. These buses will be launched under the City Bus Service Scheme and will be pressed into service this coming summer season.

Farmers’ bodies, trade unions slam govt for ‘black laws’
Ludhiana, April 1
Members of a farmers’ body at a press conference in Ludhiana Activists and cadres of some three dozen organisations of farmers and workers, including trade unions, will hold a massive protest rally at the Grain Market here on April 4 to mobilse the public and raise a voice of dissent against “black laws” being enacted by the Punjab government to suppress the people in general, and the working classes in particular.

Members of a farmers’ body at a press conference in Ludhiana on Friday. A Tribune photograph

MC staff pull down an illegal structure at a dhaba on the Cinema road in Ludhiana Illegal structure pulled down
Ludhiana, April 1
A team of officials and staff of the building branch of the Municipal Corporation today pulled down a structure raised on the roof of an eatery (dhaba) on Cinema Road here which had been constructed in an unauthorised manner without getting any building plans approved for the same.

MC staff pull down an illegal structure at a dhaba on the Cinema road in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Surgeon denies allegations of negligence
Ludhiana, April 1
The orthopaedician at ESIC Model Hospital whose services were terminated by the hospital authorities on March 25 following the protest staged by the family of Mangu Ram, Dr Gautam Arora, denied the allegations of negligence, adding that the inquiry report of the expert committee had yet to come.

Manpreet urges residents to support his party
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 1
Accusing leaders of various political parties of exploiting innocence of common people, Manpreet Singh Badal called upon residents of the area to join the newly constituted People’s Party of Punjab and save collapsing economy of the border state. Manpreet spoke to The Tribune after addressing a gathering here today. “This is high time when we should understand that nothing is impossible in democracy. Fate of the people should be decided by masses and not the representatives of selected clans,” argued Manpreet.

DBA poll: Ashok Mittal elected president
Ludhiana, April 1
Ashok Mittal (lifted) who was elected president of the District Bar Association with his supporters in a jubilant mood in Ludhiana Ashok Mittal won the post of the president of the District Bar Association (DBA), in the annual elections held here today. He won the election by defeating his opponent Parupkar Singh Ghumman by a margin of 207 votes.

Ashok Mittal (lifted) who was elected president of the District Bar Association with his supporters in a jubilant mood in Ludhiana on Friday. A Tribune photograph

New session begins
Students, teachers in a tizzy as books not available 

Doraha, April 1
Students of senior classes are a harried lot today.

Students of Government Model School in PAU pose with free books given to them under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan in Ludhiana SSA gives free books to students
Ludhiana, April 1
The Sarva Siksha Abhiyan’s (SSA) initiative for providing free books to students of Classes I to VIII is being appreciated by students and parents.

Students of Government Model School in PAU pose with free books given to them under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Colleges ‘not prepared’ to implement semester system
Ludhiana, April 1
The implementation of semester system in the commerce stream of Panjab University has been a long pending demand for which continuous meetings have been conducted by authorities.

Vet varsity approves budget of ` 140.17 cr
Ludhiana, April 1
The board of management, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, at its meeting had approved the budget estimates of Rs 140.17 crore for 2011-12.

Ad fads, skits mark concluding day

Ludhiana, April 1
The enthusiasm of students and participants reached its crest on the concluding day of Ectopia-2011 being held at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here.

Malawi delegates visit PAU
Ludhiana, April 1
A delegation from Malawi led by Prof George Kanyama Phiri, coordinator Green Revolution Programme, Government of Malawi, visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) yesterday. 

Industrialists worried over transporters strike
Ludhiana, April 1
The announcement of Transporters Sangharsh Committee to go on strike tomorrow has created tension among industrialists. The transporters are taking this step in protest of implementing the rule of speed governance, which was not possible at any stage.

Ban on new construction in restricted zone
Ludhiana, April 1
Additional District Magistrate SR Kaler has imposed a ban on any addition, alterations or carrying out any fresh construction in the restricted zone - within 1,000 yards from the outer parapet of the ammunition depot at Baddowal.


1 held with intoxicants
Machiwara, April 1
The Machiwara police has arrested a person and recovered a large quantity of intoxicants from his possession. Stating this in a press conference, SHO, Machiwara, Pawanjeet Singh stated that Kamlesh Kumar, a resident of Rajgarh village, was searched by a police party during a naka, near Adhiana village, who was carrying a plastic bag on his shoulder.

Gang of thieves busted
Ludhiana, April 1
With the arrest of five persons, the city police claims to have busted a gang of thieves, who had committed over 30 thefts in jewellery and grocery shops in different parts of the city over the past few months.

Reversing SUV claims 2-yr-old’s life
Ludhiana, April 1
A two-year-old boy was crushed to death by a sports utility vehicle in the Bhora colony area in Salem Tabri here today.




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