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Rain, lightning, squall plunge city into darkness
Ludhiana, May 22
Light showers and high velocity winds that lashed the city late last evening wreaked havoc on the electricity supply to several city localities. Even as power could not be restored in some parts of the city, where LT and PVC cables were damaged by rain and squall that had hit the city on Friday night all through the day, many more areas were plunged into darkness with similar weather conditions continuing on Saturday evening as well.

Showers bring down temperature
Ludhiana, May 22
Rain, thundershowers, high-velocity winds that lashed the region in the past 24 hours, not just cheered residents, but they also got a sigh of relief from the scorching heat. At the same time, a family had a narrow escape when lightening struck at their house last night.


Majority of kidnapping cases those of elopement: Police
Ludhiana, May 22
If the data available with the city police is any indication, more than one-third of the total kidnapping cases registered with the police stations have turned out to be those of "elopement' in which minor and major girls and boys left their homes on their own. While there are genuine cases of kidnapping too, a majority of the reported cases of kidnapping have turned out to be those of elopement. "Initially, the cases are registered to be that of kidnapping, but when the police investigates the matters in detail, it is found that a majority of boys and girls (both minors and adults) leave their homes on their own wish," said Ishwar Singh, Commissioner of Police here. As per available data, in the year 2010, the city police registered 108 cases of "kidnapping", out of which 23 were found to be fake while seven cases were settled during the investigation period. In 68 cases, the girls and boys had left heir homes on their own. Out of the total number, the genuine cases of kidnapping were 29.

Shanti Devi Woman’s earrings snatched
Ludhiana, May 22
Haibowal seems to have become a haven for snatchers, who commit the crime and conveniently escape from the scene. In the last three-four days, about seven incidents of snatching have been reported from several localities in Haibowal area.
Victim Shanti Devi


The Sahnewal-Kohara road in a bad shape Punjab govt gives nod
Sahnewal,May 22
The Punjab government has finally approved the proposal of repairing Sahnewal-Kohara road under its Head 3054-Non Plan. An amount of Rs 1.80 crore has been estimated for the work.

In state of neglect:
The Sahnewal-Kohara road in a bad shape. A Tribune photograph

Chefs at Hotel Fortune Park Klassik prepare an Italian dish during a food festival in Ludhiana Italian food festival on
Ludhiana, May 22
Italy is a country of great diversity nearly in every fact of life and food is one of them. From south to north, one can encounter a large variety of crops such as tomato, lemon, garlic and olive in south, rice and maize in north. For food lovers, this diversity is locally available at Hotel Fortune Park Klassik. Italian food festival is on at Astral Coffee Shop from May 21 to May 30.

Tempting: Chefs at Hotel Fortune Park Klassik prepare an Italian dish during a food festival in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Doctor delivers talk on liver diseases in US
Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, dean academics, and professor and head of gastroenterology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, recently visited Louisiana Medical University in Shreveport, US, and delivered a talk on “Liver diseases in India”. Dr Chhina met university chancellor Robert A Barish and initiated talks for study exchange between the two institutions. Dr Chhina also presented a paper on “Leptospirosis - Is it a predisposing factor for liver failure”.

Sharjah invites traders for investment
Ludhiana, May 22
Sharjah Airport International Free Zone is providing platform to the businessmen wanting to venture abroad. Also known as “SAIF Zone”, today it has over 5,000 companies operating out of it from 92 countries, of which 40 per cent are of Indian origin carrying out varied business activities like light to medium manufacturing, trading and providing services such as IT, consultancy etc. One can start business by investing as little as $ 7,700.

Fund-starved MC pays Rs 22 lakh extra for power bill
Ludhiana, May 22
The cash-strapped municipal corporation paid an excess amount of Rs 22 lakh to the electricity board when the power connection secured for the Leisure Valley in the city’s Sarabha Nagar locality was changed from under the head of “non-residential supply” to that of “streetlights”.

A small plane drops paper petals at a marriage venue in Kaind village on Sunday A rural wedding in style!
Ludhiana/Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 22
It was a wedding in style. Unlike any other marriage where friends and relatives of the two families converge on the stage or eatery stalls during peak hours of the event, a majority of those present at the wedding, including the bride and the groom, had come out of the decorated hall. Waiters and the staff of the marriage palace were no exception.

HEAVENLY ‘SHOWERS’ A small plane drops paper petals at a marriage venue in Kaind village on Sunday. Photo by writer

Newly carpeted road dug up again by MC
Newly carpeted main road in New Shivpuri that has been dug up to divert sewerage in Ludhiana Ludhiana, May 22
Strange are the ways of the Municipal Corporation, it seems, the right hand does not know what the left is doing. The main road in the New Shivpuri locality, along the Budha Nullah, which was re-carpeted at a cost of Rs 26 lakh a few months ago, has once again been partly dug up for diverting the sewerage disposal system, which earlier used to flow into the nullah.
STRANGE WAYS Newly carpeted main road in New Shivpuri that has been dug up to divert sewerage in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Sale of cut fruit goes unabated
Ludhiana, May 22
Although the district administration has issued instructions under the Epidemic Act to the officials concerned to curb the sale of rotten and cut fruits, the illegal practice continues. As a result of this many cut fruit selling shops have been mushrooming up in an unhygienic way. Standing at busy public places near dusty and broken roads of the city, these small shopkeepers are selling cut fruits, including watermelons, melons, papayas and mangoes, full of dust and bacteria while the consumers are becoming an easy prey to it.

Students of DCM Presidency School perform during the annual prize distribution function in Ludhiana on Sunday Plays, choreography mark cultural function
Ludhiana, May 22
“Exuberance 2011”, the annual cultural and prize distribution function of DCM Presidency School was held today, in which students raised key issues like female foeticide, corruption and drug addiction through plays and choreography, which received tremendous applause from audience.
IN SYNC Students of DCM Presidency School perform during the annual prize distribution function in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

‘Teaching for no monetary benefit’
Sahnewal, May 22
It has been more than four years now since Surinder Singh, a lecturer in physics, posted at Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, Sahnewal, retired from his job but not from his passion of teaching rural students, especially girls. What is most striking is that Surinder does so not for the sake of any monetary benefit, but for the hard fact that the government has failed to appoint any physics teacher at his place till date.

Graduation ceremony
LUDHIANA: The graduation ceremony of kindergarten was organised at Green Land Convent School, Civil City, here on Saturday. The ceremony began with a dance item presented by children as a dedication to their mothers and teachers. Rajesh Rudhra conferred graduation certificates on the kindergarten graduates. School principal Jyoti Pujara congratulated the students and parents. The celebrations were marked with colourful dance performance and story show by the tiny tots.

Participants take off at the start of the marathon organised by the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha in Ludhiana on Sunday BJYM marathon loses way, as residents run to stay fit
Ludhiana, May 22
The issue of corruption took a backseat as Ludhianvis ran for fun and fitness during the marathon organised by the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) to raise their voice against inflation and corruption here today.

breaking free Participants take off at the start of the marathon organised by the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Local govt dept issues order against Cong councillor
Ludhiana, May 22
The department of local government has issued an order against Congress councillor Gurdip Kaur for misusing her position to unlawfully construct four shops in a residential area of Dugri and asked the MC authorities to take action in this regard.

Mullanpur ROB opened
Jagraon, May 22
The newly built railway overbridge (ROB) on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur line was finally opened to public by Punjab PWD minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa at Mullanpur this evening.

Batsmen put their best foot forward during cricket trials to select Ludhiana U-22 probables in Ludhiana on Sunday Cricket probables selected
Ludhiana, May 22
Over 50 aspirants turned up for the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) at the Arya College ground here today. Probables were selected to prepare for the upcoming Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship (u-22) to be held at different venues across the state from June 12 onwards.
Batsmen put their best foot forward during cricket trials to select Ludhiana U-22 probables in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Easy outing for Sunday Morning Club
Ludhiana, May 22
Sunday Morning Club, Ludhiana, drubbed Gill Sports Cub of Ghawadi 9-4 in the senior section on the second day of the 2nd edition of the Prithipal Singh Memorial Six-a-Side Hockey Festival being organised by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association at Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium of Jarkhar village, near here, today.

3 city athletes corner glory
Ludhiana, May 22
Three athletes, who are the being trained by senior athletics coach Sanjeev Sharma, brought laurels by claiming various positions in the All-India Police Athletics Meet held at Rohtak from May 14 to 18.

Strike by contract coaches, staff on May 25
Ludhiana, May 22
Coaches and other administrative staff recruited by the Punjab Sports Department on contract will observe strike on May 25. This was stated by Parminder Singh, president of the Punjab Sports Department Outsource Employees Union, while addressing a meeting of coaches and other staff at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Trials to select softball squads
Ludhiana, May 22
The Punjab Softball Association will hold trials here at Ramgarhia Education Complex, Miller Ganj, on May 29 from 9 am to select the Punjab men as well as women squads to take part in the North Zone Softball Championship scheduled to be held at Guru Nanak Dev University campus, Amritsar, from June 13 to 15 and the Federation Cup at the same venue from June 10 to 12.




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