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Elderly widow robbed, strangled
Ludhiana, May 9
Loval, daughter of Shanti Devi, breaks down on learning about her mother’s death (inset) Shanti Devi. in Laxmi Nagar, Ludhiana, on Monday. In a gruesome daylight murder, a 70-year-old woman was robbed and choked to death by unidentified suspects in near Jassian Road in the city’s Laxmi Nagar on Monday. 

Loval, daughter of Shanti Devi, breaks down on learning about her mother’s death
(inset) Shanti Devi in Laxmi Nagar, Ludhiana, on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Boy concocts abduction story
Takes police for a ride
Ludhiana, May 9
A child cooked up an abduction story, sending the police in a tizzy here today. The 11-year-old boy identified as Abdullah, a resident of Mayapuri, was found by the police with his hands tied with a rope near Shinghar Cinema this morning.

Special goods train for hosiery traders mooted
Ludhiana, May 9
A proposal has been sent for starting a special goods train for ferrying hosiery goods here. Last year the goods remained piled up at the station and traders had to send the stock through road transportation.


Irregularities in animal nutrition dept
Authorities fail to take action against erring officials
Ludhiana, May 9
“Misutilisation of mineral mixture in research projects”, “attempts to cover-up printing of pamphlets”, “shortage of important ingredients in mineral mixture”, the complaints of such senior nature seem to have no importance at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) here, as the authorities have failed to take any action against erring officials.

City’s medical facilities drawing foreign patients
Ludhiana, May 9
Having already become a popular destination for medical treatment for patients from the West, Indian hospitals and doctors have now become the choice of thousands in the underdeveloped countries as was demonstrated by an Afghan national who underwent coronary angioplasty at the City’s Hero DMC Heart Institute.

Turning wayward child beggars into model students
Ludhiana, May 9
Child beggars at a makeshift school being run by an NGO in Ludhiana. From soliciting alms on the city’s roads to studying in a classroom - a local NGO, the Noble Foundation Trust, has made this dream of many street kids come true by enrolling 50 child beggars in the city by setting up a makeshift school in the bicycle stand at a temple near Jagraon Bridge.

Child beggars at a makeshift school being run by an NGO in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Two snatching incidents in 48 hours 
Railway employees accuse police of inaction 
Railway employees protest against frequent snatching incidents at the railway diesel shed in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, May 9
Nearly 200 railway mechanics working at a diesel shed located near Jagraon Bridge held a protest against the police for its alleged failure to nab snatchers who had targeted their two colleagues in the past couple of days.

Railway employees protest against frequent snatching incidents at the railway diesel shed in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Industry opposes hike in power tariff
Ludhiana, May 9
The decision of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) to increase the power tariff by approximately 37 paisa per unit for all categories of industry has come in for criticism.

Plastic Bag Ban
Civic bodies yet to get copies of the Act; DC calls meeting of officials today 

Confusion prevails over implementation

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 9
While heads of all local bodies, including municipal councils, panchayats and nagar panchayats, having been directed to ensure the implementation of the Punjab Plastic Bag Ban (Manufacture, Usage and Disposal) Act strictly in areas falling under their jurisdiction, a majority of officials of these organisations and people governed by these bodies are not aware of the implications of the Act and consequences of violations thereof.

Vet varsity board meeting today
Members clueless about agenda
Ludhiana, May 9
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) has reportedly called an emergency meeting of Board of Management (BoM) tomorrow in Chandigarh.

Discussion on concept of patient safety
Ludhiana, May 9
An expert from the World Health Organisation (WHO) addresses doctors, surgeons and nursing staff on patient safety during a two-day workshop at the DMCH, Ludhiana, on Monday. Patient safety is one of the most important factors in the modern day hospital and the recent crisis with infections spreading through wards has put doctors, nurses and surgeons on a high alert, observed Dr Sanjeev Uppal, organising secretary of the two-day workshop on the patient safety, which got underway today at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

An expert from the World Health Organisation (WHO) addresses doctors, surgeons and nursing staff on patient safety during a two-day workshop at the DMCH, Ludhiana, on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Six-yr-old cancer patient needs help
Ludhiana, May 9
Six-year-old Twinkle is suffering from Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. Having a large swelling on her neck, she was admitted to Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) a week ago.

CIPHET scientist awarded
Ludhiana, May 9
Dr Anil Kumar Dixit, senior scientist at Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), has been conferred with Young Scientist Award by the Indian Society of Hill Agriculture (ISHA), Hill Campus, Ranichauri.

Speed up sewerage, water supply projects: Mayor
Ludhiana, May 9
With many councillors complaining against the slow pace of execution of water supply and sewerage projects in different localities of the city, Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura today called senior officials of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board and in the presence of councillors directed them to speed up all the ongoing works for laying new sewer lines, extension of existing network and other projects of boring new tubewells for augmentation of drinking water supply.

Miss India World title an answer to my detractors: Kanishtha
Ludhiana, May 9
Small-town girls from middle-class families are no less than their urbane well-to-do counterparts. Only thing that distinguishes them is the people’s perception of them, which needs to be changed, says Miss India World 2011 Kanishtha Dhankar.

Renovation of Bassi Canal Rest House
Team inspects kothi, to submit report in two months
A file photo of the dilapidated Bassian KothiBassian, May 9
The state government has decided to preserve and renovate the Bassi canal rest house, popularly known as kothi, 20 months after the world showed interest in the auction of Rani Zindan’s necklace. It was here that Britishers had detained the queen and her last Sikh ruler son, Maharaja Dalip Singh.

A file photo of the dilapidated Bassian Kothi

Room of contention
Bains scores a brownie point
Holds sangat darshan in Zone C, Mayor ‘eats humble pie’
Ludhiana, May 9
At least the first round of the ongoing tussle between Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura and firebrand councillor from his own party (SAD-B) Simarjit Singh Bains has apparently gone in favour of the latter as Bains conducted his weekly sangat darshan today in the room earlier allotted to him in the Zone C office of the Municipal Corporation on Gill Road here.

‘Proper diet can help slow artery clogging’ 
Ludhiana, May 9
“For a person suffering form heart ailments, it is essential to follow a proper nutrition chart in addition to the management of symptoms to avoid further complications,” observed chief dietician from Hero DMC Heart Institute Krishma Virk while delivering a lecture on cardiovascular diseases and the right diet at Punjab Agricultural University.

Fire on for 48 days
6,000-tonne paddy under threat
Khamano, May 9
About 6,000 tonne of paddy that is lying in the Focal Point, Ranwan, from the past several years is under constant threat of fire and a portion of it has been destroyed due to fire, continuing from March 21. Though some officials of the concerned purchasing agency Punjab Agro visited the site, no steps were taken to control the fire that is still continuing even after 48 days.

Mohit, Pushkar bring laurels
Ludhiana, May 9
Eight students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, participated in the Open State Kick Boxing Championship held at Hoshiarpur from May 6-8. The championship was organised by the Punjab Kick Boxing Association.

Slow progress of industrial clusters discussed
Ludhiana, May 9
A delegation of the industrial associations of Punjab met Uday Kumar Verma, secretary MSME. The delegation raised the issue of slow progress of industrial clusters in Punjab. They informed that presently there are around 34 clusters in the process in Punjab and three special innovative clusters are sanctioned to Punjab by the Prime Minister.

Online Billing
Protest rally on May 12
Ludhiana, May 9
A meeting of the All-Industries and Trade Forum was held under convener Narinder Bhamra and co-convener Badish Jindal.

From Schools


Gang of vehicle thieves busted, 3 cars recovered
Jagraon, May 9
The Ludhiana (rural) police claimed to have busted a gang of car thieves. The police have arrested one member of the gang and recovered three cars from his possession.

Recidivist held with 2 bikes, scooter
Ludhiana, May 9
Recidivists (habitual offenders) have become a constant headache for the police in the city. In the latest incident, the police has nabbed notorious thief Rajan Kumar from Jassian Road last night.


Clerk convicted in cheque bounce case
Ludhiana, May 9
Karam Pal Singh, a clerk of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), has been convicted in a cheque bounce case.

Six-a-side hockey fest from May 20
Ludhiana, May 9
The first edition of the Olympian Prithipal Singh Six-a-Side Hockey Tournament will be organised from May 20 to 29 by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association (LSWA) with the help of Jarkhar Hockey Academy at the Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium in Jarkhar village near here.




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