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Traffic cop on duty roughed up by motorist
Ludhiana, May 16
In yet instance in the city of cops being manhandled by commuters, a traffic head constable was allegedly beaten up by a young man following a heated argument at the Bharat Nagar Chowk on Monday. 

Arvinder singh, father of the accused, argues with the police at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Monday. (right) Traffic constable Baldev Singh adjusts his turban after he was reportedly beaten up by a youth. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan 

Deputy Manager of Verka suspended
Ludhiana, May 16
A Deputy Manager (production) at the Verka milk plant here has reportedly been suspended after he was found guilty of cheating the company by adding water to milk tanks in connivance with a transporter.

Two charred to death in mill fire
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 16
Two persons were killed and three injured seriously in a fire that broke out in a shed containing huge quantities of waste wool at a company in Akbarpur Chhanna, near here, this afternoon.

Education volunteer faints on 5th day of protest
Ludhiana, May 16
An activist of the Inclusive Education Volunteers Association (IEVA) collapsed after fasting for the fifth consecutive day outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today.

An education volunteer being carried to an ambulance after he fell unconscious in Ludhiana
An education volunteer being carried to an ambulance after he fell unconscious in Ludhiana on Monday.

The ambulance which was stuck in traffic for half-an-hour
The ambulance which was stuck in traffic for half-an-hour. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan 

PAU union president goes on indefinite fast
Ludhiana, May 16
Harbans Singh Mundi (c), president PAU Employees Union, raise slogans against the authorities in Ludhiana at PAU campus Seeking a permanent solution to the problem of delayed salaries, president of the PAU Employees Union Harbans Singh Mundi today sat on an indefinite hunger strike, opposite Thapar Hall, in the campus here today. The president of the union would continue the stir till the state government or the PAU authorities gave any written assurance in this regard.

Harbans Singh Mundi (c), president PAU Employees Union, raise slogans against the authorities in Ludhiana at PAU campus on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Duty stays, garment makers feel the heat
Ludhiana, May 16
The imposition of 10 per cent central excise duty on readymade garments is now showing its effects. Nearly 50 per cent orders of the garment industry are pending while the industry has not received any repeat orders this year.

A view of the Anglo Sikh War memorial in Aliwal village. War memorial restoration held up
Ludhiana, May 16
Efforts by the Punjab Heritage & Tourism Promotion Board to renovate the monument erected in memory of the last Anglo-Sikh War in Aliwal village near here has hit a roadblock with the contractor assigned the project not having received payment for the work.

A view of the Anglo Sikh War memorial in Aliwal village.


PUDA sells four shops in city for Rs  3.48 crore
Ludhiana, May 16
The sale of four single storeyed shops in Green Park Enclave yielded around Rs 3.48 crore to the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority here today. On offer were 14 shops of various sizes with a reserve price tag of Rs 2,53,493 per sq metre. But in the wake of the lukewarm response of buyers, with just about seven-eight persons turning up to offer bids, only four shops were sold in the auction at a marginal premium.

Civic bodies receive grants
Mandi Ahmedgarh/Mullanpur Dakha, May 16
Civic bodies at Hargobindpura Mini Chhappar and Mullanpur village received grants worth Rs 15 lakh and Rs 25 lakh from Ludhiana zila parishad chairman Manpreet Singh Ayali during separate functions organised yesterday.

Sunflower production up rise
Ludhiana, May 16
Due to its short duration and good remuneration, sunflower was widely adapted in Punjab particularly in the potato belt. Area under this crop increased from about 10,000 hectares in 2000-01 to about 22,000 hectares during 2009-10 in the state. Total production of sunflower in 2009-10 was about 40,000 tonnes with an average yield of about 18 quintals per hectare.

Violation of building bylaws on in city
Ludhiana, May 16
Building bylaws are being violated with impunity thanks to conniving officials as well as regulatory field staff of the municipal corporation (MC). Illegal extensions of residential and commercial buildings, construction of buildings without approved plans, raising commercial and industrial buildings in residential areas and coverage over the permissible limit are common.

MC team removes encroachment
Ludhiana, May 16
A team of municipal corporation removed encroachments from a piece of land behind the Civil Hospital here this morning.

Gosain assures Civil Hospital upgrade
Ludhiana, May 16
Newly inducted Punjab Health Minister Satpal Gosain salutes at a guard of honour at the Circuit House on his first visit to his home town after assuming office The newly inducted Punjab health and family welfare minister Satpal Gosain today committed to upgrade the existing 200-bed Civil Hospital in the city to a 400-bed modern healthcare institution.

Newly inducted Punjab Health Minister Satpal Gosain salutes at a guard of honour at the Circuit House on his first visit to his home town after assuming office on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Rude shock: Visitors find themselves shut out from park
Ludhiana, May 16
The city’s mini rose garden, built at a cost of about Rs 1.72 crore in the constituency of mayor Hakam Singh Gisapura's, has been reportedly closed to the public from Monday. Area residents said the gardener told them the park would remain locked till the time it was “formally inaugurated in the next few days”.

Digging of road causes partial collapse of house
Ludhiana, May 16
Digging of road undertaken by a private contractor engaged by Fastway Cable Network to lay optical fibre cable (OFC) in Subhash Nagar locality, near Basti Jodhewal, led to partial collapse of a house owned by Sarbjit Singh.

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Soulful play strikes chord with audience 
Ludhiana, May 16
Ludhiana Sanskrit Samagam organised Hindi play “Bhikshu aur Ganika” at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan last evening. The play was an amalgam of ancient heritage and erosion of human and spiritual values in the present times.

Artistes perform Hindi play ‘Bhikshu aur Ganika’ organised by Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Confusion over CBSE class X result
Ludhiana, May 16
Confusion prevailed among students and their parents early this morning after reports started pouring in that the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) would be announcing the class X result today.

Assistant professor to present paper in New York
Ludhiana, May 16
Seema Kapoor, assistant professor in the department of commerce and management of Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College, Hussainpura, (affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh) has been invited to present a joint research paper with Dr Vikram Chadha, professor of economics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, at the third Annual American Business Research Conference.

Dr Mahal is new PAMETI Director
Ludhiana, May 16
Dr Manjit Singh Mahal is the new Director of Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) on the Punjab Agricultural University campus here.

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Transporters protest against speed governors
Ludhiana, May 16
Transporters stage a dharna in Ludhiana The transporters union today went on a hunger strike against speed governors. The members would observe hunger strike for a week and in case their problems were not redressed they would resort to chakka and border jam.

Transporters stage a dharna in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Insurance agents protest against car dealer
Ludhiana, May 16
Over 100 insurance agents from Ludhiana and Moga today staged a protest outside a car showroom on the Ferozepore road following the alleged hurling of abuses by the car dealer at an insurance surveyor.

Women stage dharna in support of domestic help 
Ludhiana, May 16
Snubbing a woman proved dear to Jagatpuri Chowki in charge Bitten Kumar as several women residents of the locality staged a dharna against the move here this evening.

Cong to observe ‘sankalp diwas’
Ludhiana, May 16
The District Congress Committee — Urban (DCC) today decided to observe May 21, the death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, as “sankalp diwas” against various social evils ailing society.


Man commits suicide
Ludhiana, May 16
A 40-year-old man allegedly ended his life by slitting his throat by using a kitchen knife in Govind Nagar, Salem Tabri area, here today.

Youth killed in accident
Samrala, May 16
A youth of nearby Bondli village was killed when an unidentified vehicle hit his motorcycle near Shamgarh village while he was returning from Dhindsa village on Bhagwanpura road here yesterday.


Shopkeeper told to refund Rs 3,500 to customer 
Ludhiana, May 16
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered M/s Dimple Furnishers, Bharat Nagar Chowk, to refund Rs 3,500 to an aggrieved consumer for selling defective mattresses.

Day I: Ludhiana-Patiala tie evenly poised
Ludhiana, May 16
The fifth league encounter between Ludhiana and Patiala in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-16) for the ML Markan Trophy at the Punjab Agricultural University ground remained evenly poised here today.

6 Punjab cagers for national camp
Ludhiana, May 16
On the basis of their recent performances in various tournaments, the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) has picked up six players from Punjab to attend the national basketball preparatory camp to be held for the upcoming 26th FIBA Asia Championship scheduled for Wuhan, China, from September 15 to 25.




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