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Now, Central team to probe welfare scheme scams
Ludhiana, May 20
Eight months after a scam in Indira Awas Yojna (IAY) came to light and the subsequent disclosure of the government in a special audit report that funds were embezzled in all Central and state government welfare schemes implemented through the Additional Deputy Commissionerís office, the state government has failed to register an FIR in the case even as a special team of the Auditor-General (AG) of the Government of India has initiated an inquiry into the alleged scams.

Strike affects work at Civil Surgeonís office
Ludhiana, May 20
The office of the Ludhiana Civil Surgeon lying vacant following a pen-down strike by employees. The ongoing strike of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union has affected the work at the Civil Surgeonís office where people have been making rounds to get certificates issued.

The office of the Ludhiana Civil Surgeon lying vacant following a pen-down strike by employees. Photo: Inderjeet Verma





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Suspected kidnappers of 6-yr-old held
Ludhiana, May 20
The police on Friday arrested two men, identified as Narsi and his accomplice Abhishek, alleged to have kidnapped a six-year-old boy who surfaced three days later at the train station in Bharatpur in Rajasthan and was reportedly unharmed. The suspects, both migrant labourers and residents of Bharatpur, were apprehended near the Jawaddi canal road in the city.

Cops zero in on shooting suspects
Ludhiana, May 20
Cops show a sketch of the robbers who shot at ASI Gurdial Singh in Ludhiana Two days after a police assistant subinspector was shot at twice by suspected robbers in the cityís Bhagat Singh Nagar locality, and who is now struggling for his life at a local hospital, the cops are reported to have identified the two suspects.





Cops show a sketch of the robbers who shot at ASI Gurdial Singh in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Garment units rope in prisoners
Faced with an acute labour crisis, the garment industry has engaged prisoners in the Central Jail to stitch uniforms and T-shirts that would be supplied to various stores. The scheme has been launched with the aim to generate jobs for the inmates and make them self-reliant.

COMMUNITY

Minister presented with set of books
People of Punjab and Bengal have played a laudable role towards Indiaís struggle for freedom. Stalwarts like Rabindra Nath Tagore, Kartar Singh Sarabha, Bhai Sahib Bhai Randhir Singh, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, who motivated fellow countrymen to struggle for freeing the country from the British, acted like a bridge between the two states. The youth needs to be made aware of the untold sacrifices made by them.

Burden that health department is forced to carry
Broken chairs at a dispensary in Guru NanakpuraBasti Abdullapur
Staff: One medical officer, three auxiliary midwife nurses, a pharmacist and two Class IV employees.
Shortcomings
This dispensary operates from a small park owned by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation for the past 25 years. Due to inadequate staff it is unable to cater to the area populace. In absence of proper storage, medicines meant for TB patients, given under directly observed treatment-short course (DOTS), have been dumped in a corner. Layers of dusts could be seen on the packs of these medicines. Expect for Class IV employees, dispensary staff were nowhere to be seen at 9.30 am.
Broken chairs at a dispensary in Guru Nanakpura


Municipal Corporation officials dismantle an illegal canteen located in the basement of Calibre Plaza, near Bhadaur House, in Ludhiana MC seals Calibre Plaza office
Ludhiana, May 20
A team of municipal corporation officials sealed the office of M/S Calibre Plaza, located in the basement of a building situated near Bhadaur House, for violation of building bylaws here today.

Municipal Corporation officials dismantle an illegal canteen located in the basement of Calibre Plaza, near Bhadaur House, in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Demolition drive begins on Lalheri road
Khanna, May 20
The long pending removal of encroachments on the Lalheri road started today with a group of the civic body officials and the local administration, armed with a JCB machine and the police force present on the spot.

MC to engage extra hands for dog sterilisation
Ludhiana, May 20
Following the slow pace of work on the sterilisation of stray dogs in the city, the municipal corporation is set to involve more companies for the job. Tenders for the purpose will be floated and the work is expected to start soon.

Revenue Patwar Union protests police inaction
Ludhiana, May 20
Revenue officials stage a dharna against the police department in Ludhiana The members of the Revenue Patwar Union, Ludhiana East and West, held a protest at mini-secretariat here today. Gurmel Singh Grewal, president of the union, said one Harjinder Singh had misbehaved with a patwari, Jeet Singh, in 2009.


Revenue officials stage a dharna against the police department in Ludhiana on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Voter cards to be ready by June 30 
Ludhiana, May 20
Kusumjit Sidhu, Chief Election Officer, Punjab, said yesterday that all deputy commissioners of state had been directed to prepare photo identity cards of all voters by June 30. They have also been told to make arrangements for conducting free and fair Vidhan Sabha elections in Punjab.

4,610 needy given free legal aid under govt scheme
Ludhiana, May 20
The Punjab Legal Services Authority has provided free legal assistance to 4,610 persons under the state government scheme for free legal aid to the poor.

Cityís top cop pays visit to police stations
Ludhiana, May 20
Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh (third from left) inspects the site of newly constructed Kotwali police station in Ludhiana Close on the heels of the shooting incident in which an ASI, Gurdial Singh, was shot at by robbers, Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh visited the police stations across the city here today.





Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh (third from left) inspects the site of newly constructed Kotwali police station in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet verma 

Just four of 27 commercial sites go under the hammer
Ludhiana, May 20
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority today sold two shop-cum-offices (SCOs) and two shops on the Old Jail Road, near Civil Hospital here, for Rs 2.52 crore through a public auction.

New IT, central excise chiefs take over 
Ludhiana, May 20
Jagdeep Goel today joined as the new income tax commissioner, CIT III. Goel has replaced KK Sinha, who has been transferred to Karnataka. Goel is from 1989 batch and joined the department as the assistant commissioner at Surat.

Residents hold protest against police
Ludhiana, May 20
Members of the Trade Union Coordination Centre held a protest against Jagatpuri police officials after a woman was allegedly snubbed by the police in a theft complaint against her here today. 

Investiture ceremony at GMT school
Ludhiana: The valedictory function was organised at GMT Public School during morning assembly. The decipline committee of the school elected a perfect council on the occasion. Four houses presented their perfects before the entire school. The head boy and the head girl were announced for the new session. The council was adorned with sashes and badges by school principal. Amrinder and Jasleen from Class XII were elected head boy and head girl while Jatish and Simranjeet of Class VI and VII, respectively, were elected junior head boy and head girl.

CRIME

Woman killed in fire mishap
Jagraon, May 20
A woman died yesterday after coming in contact with fire while she was preparing meal for her family on a gas stove in the kitchen of her house.

Softball meet from May 30
Ludhiana, May 20
The 11th edition of the Ludhiana District Softball Championship for sub-junior boys and girls will be held at Ramgarhia Educational Complex here from May 30 to June 2.

Cricket trials
Ludhiana, May 20
Trials to select cricket probables (u-22) will be held at the Arya College ground here on May 22 at 8.30 am, according to Ludhiana District Cricket Association honorary general secretary Vinod Chitkara.

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