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Nod to development projects worth over Rs 65 crore
Ludhiana, May 6
The finance and contracts committee of the municipal corporation (MC) today approved development projects worth over Rs 65 crore at its meeting presided over by the Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura. The meeting that lasted for over two hours held detailed discussions on quite a few items while the rest of more than 400 items were taken as approved without any opposition.

Double murder, kidnapping suspect nabbed
Ludhiana, May 6
The continuous tracking operations of the Sadar police led to the arrest of the man who is said to be behind his father’s murder and who also allegedly killed a 13-year-old boy in Amritsar a few days ago. The suspect, a taxi driver, appeared to be normal and no one had a clue he had committed two homicides besides abducting a minor girl in Simla.


Children run for cover as a sandstorm hits Ludhiana on Friday.
Children run for cover as a sandstorm hits Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

One month into new session, but no books yet
Doraha, May 6
Even after a month has passed since the commencement of the new session in schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), teachers and students are at their wits’ end as they are in classrooms, but have no books.

Students complain
Teachers rue delay
Parents Concerned

Four houses targeted, 1 mobile stolen!
Ludhiana, May 6
Efforts of thieves to strike at four houses in the South City area last night proved futile as they could manage to lay their hands on just one mobile phone.

Wooing gold buyers on Akshaya Tritiya
Ludhiana, May 6
Today being Akshaya Tritiya, the ‘most auspicious’ day to buy yellow metal, jewellers have made efforts to attract customers by offering them discounts and offers. Owning a piece of gold in any form on this day reportedly brings prosperity and most people prefer to buy gold on the occasion.


Squall wreaks havoc, farmers suffer huge loss in Mandi Ahmedgarh
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 6
Farmers of the area were forced into an exercise in damage control after a squall caused enormous loss to the reaped wheat and wheat chaff in fields besides damaging the stocks lying in grain markets and purchase centres of the region. While heaps of wheat got submerged in the rainwater at some places, wheat chaff staked in fields got scattered due to the wind.

Workers try to gather scattered wheat chaff in a field near Chhanna village; and (right) a farmer spreads bundle of harvested wheat at Jandali Kalan village for drying near Ahmedgarh

Workers try to gather scattered wheat chaff in a field near Chhanna village; and (right) a farmer spreads bundle of harvested wheat at Jandali Kalan village for drying near Ahmedgarh on Friday morning. Photos: Mahesh Sharma

Debt-ridden farmer dies, wife cries foul
Khanna, May 6
A debt-ridden farmer and father of three small kids died under mysterious circumstances last night. His wife, Jaswinder Kaur, in a complaint lodged with the SHO Koom Kalan stated that her husband had borrowed Rs 30,000 from a commission agent of the area some time ago.

‘India can be an agri-superpower’
Ludhiana, May 6
India can become an agriculture superpower, like it is in information technology. This was stated by the CIPHET Director, Dr RT Patil, during the inauguration of a 14-day training programme on ‘NAIP National Training Course on Rapid and Nondestructive Evaluation of Food Quality and Safety Factors Using Spectroscopy and Biosensing’ at the Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) today.

Dancing damsels
Students of ITI Mohali, who emerged winner in the Inter-Zonal Cultural Competitions, perform on the concluding day of the fest at Guru Nanak Bhawan, Ludhiana
Students of ITI Mohali, who emerged winner in the Inter-Zonal Cultural Competitions, perform on the concluding day of the fest at Guru Nanak Bhawan, Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

It pays to be illiterate here
Wardens of 5 proposed school hostels to get less than cook
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 6
For the first time in the history of the nation, educated persons holding higher posts of greater responsibly will be receiving salary, lower than those of illiterate unskilled employees. A cook of government school hostel will be drawing higher wages than the warden and accountant of the organisation.

1984 Riots
918 submit papers on pending claims
Ludhiana, May 6
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Agency (GLADA), the nodal agency designated by the state government to process and approve cases for the rehabilitation grant of Rs 2 lakh each to victims of the 1984 riots, has received supporting documents from 918 applicants by May 5, the last date for submission of documentary evidence in support of pending claims.

Rotarians distribute cloth bags among shoppers at Ahmedgarh. Rotarians distribute cloth bags
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 6
With an intent to sensitise residents against ban on the use of polythene bags, activists of local units of the Rotary Club distributed cloth bags among those found carrying goods in polythene bags today.

Rotarians distribute cloth bags among shoppers at Ahmedgarh. Photo: Mahesh Sharma

Workshops on CBSE’s CCE system
Working parents in a fix
Find it difficult to attend sessions on week days
Ludhiana, May 6
Following the CBSE’s guidelines, numerous city schools have been holding orientation programmes for parents to acquaint them with the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system.

Harvest time brings spurt in snakebite cases
Ludhiana, May 6
With the harvesting season in full swing there has been corresponding rise in the incidence of snake bites as the reaping period coincides with the advent of summer when snakes come out of hibernation.

Warding off bites

43 ITI centres to be set up
Ludhiana, May 6
The state government is going to set up 250 skilled training centres and 43 ITI centres across the state that would impart technical education to nearly 30,000 students.

Marx’s theory more relevant now: CPI
Ludhiana, May 6
The CPI organised a seminar to mark the 193rd birth anniversary of Karl Marx here yesterday.

Drug Addiction
PYC chief ends chain fast
Ludhiana, May 6
With the Punjab Chief Minister’s office sending a written communication on setting up a drug prevention board within one-and-a-half month, Punjab Youth Congress president and MP from Anandpur Sahib Ravnit Singh Bittu ended his chain fast by accepting a glass of coconut water from Harnam Kaur Nimmo, a resident of Maqboolpura in Amritsar, here today.

2 kids drown in gurdwara’s pond
Kasba Bharal, May 6
Satnam Singh, a Nihang of this nondescript village and his wife Manjinder Kaur, are cursing themselves for planning to pay obeisance at a religious place in Raikot.

‘Gaddi moudange, sare de sare signal todange’
Traffic expert for ban on song
Ludhiana, May 6
The Punjabi number ‘Gaddi moudange, sare de sare signal todange’ has invited the ire of a traffic expert in the city, who has written to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, demanding a ban on the song for sending a wrong message.

Bharti Walmart store opened
Ludhiana, May 6
Bharti Walmart Private Limited, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and Walmart Stores Inc for wholesale, business-to-business, cash-and-carry and back-end supply chain management operations in India, opened its fourth best price modern wholesale cash and-carry store here yesterday.

‘Accountability holds the key’
Ludhiana, May 6
Accountability is a key factor governing the success of a nation in turbulent times. This was a major suggestion at a panel discussion on “Business and politics thriving in turbulent times” conducted by the Ludhiana Management Association yesterday.

Lawyers come to blows
Ludhiana, May 6
There was high drama at the district courts complex here this afternoon, with two groups of lawyers up in arms over the allotment of chambers.




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