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Five get life for PAU Professor’s murder
Ludhiana, September 8
A local court today sentenced five suspects, including his wife and son, to rigorous imprisonment for the murder of a former Professor in Department of Zoology, Punjab Agricultural University, Dr Charanjit Singh Malhi.

Juvenile thieves caught in the act
A juvenile being questioned by cops in LudhianaLudhiana, September 8
Gang of juvenile thieves is on the prowl. Beware! They are in the habit of breaking the windshield of abandoned cars and fleeing with valuables lying in them.

A juvenile being questioned by cops in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Tantrik rapes 14-yr-old
Ludhiana, September 8
A 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a “tantrik” on the pretext of curing her of stomach ache in Shimlapuri on Tuesday. The matter came to light after the police registered a case against Raja Ram, the tantrik, today.

IT dept nets Rs 6.5 cr
Ludhiana, September 8
Unaccounted income totalling Rs 6.5 crore was surrendered by two leading engineering goods firms in the city during income tax department surveys, conducted by four teams led by income tax (range I) additional commissioner DS Brar.

After rain, the deluge

Commuters faced difficulty in wading through knee-deep water in Ludhiana after the Domoria bridge got flooded due to sudden rain on Thursday
Commuters faced difficulty in wading through knee-deep water in Ludhiana after the Domoria bridge got flooded due to sudden rain on Thursday. photo: inderjeet verma

Girl elopes with paramour, raped
Ludhiana, September 8
A girl, who eloped with her paramour and took Rs 50,000 from her house, was allegedly raped by her beloved and his accomplices and dumped at Rara Sahib, about 25 kilometers from the city.

Every 4th person here a migrant
Ludhiana, September 8
Every fourth person in the city is a migrant as per the latest Census. Out of a total of 16 lakh population (the official figures), 4 lakh persons are migrants who have come from states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Assam, Kerala and West Bengal in search for better avenues.

New regularisation policy leaves developers bemused
Ludhiana, September 8
Going by the poor response of real estate developers to the new policy for regularisation of unauthorised residential colonies, notified by the Punjab government in December 2010, the move has failed to serve the desired purpose-planned development with all basic amenities for the residents.




Rain hits normal life

Civil Surgeon’s office flooded with rainwater disrupts normal routine; a youth helps a girl start her two-wheeler which broke down at Domoria Bridge due to rain; and a woman and a child wade through a flooded road in Ludhiana on Thursday
Civil Surgeon’s office flooded with rainwater disrupts normal routine; a youth helps a girl start her two-wheeler which broke down at Domoria Bridge due to rain; and a woman and a child wade through a flooded road in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ready-to-eat products a hit with city residents
Ludhiana, September 8
For “busy” city residents, ready-to-eat products remain the best suited option. According to a study conducted by Manminder Singh, an MBA student of Punjab College of Technical Education, under the guidance of Chitwan Bhutani Rekhi, approximately 55 per cent people feel that a lot of time is saved while using such products. Such food products can be prepared quickly as they are half-cooked.

Only 11 docs to cater to thousands of patients!
The locked toilets at the Civil Hospital in JagraonJagraon, September 8
The Civil Hospital here is reeling under staff crunch. The hospital, which caters to thousands of patients, lacks adequate infrastructure. As per information, the 50-bedded hospital has only 11 doctors, including specialists, against the required strength of at least 15 doctors. Besides, there are no emergency medical officers in the hospital.

The locked toilets at the Civil Hospital in Jagraon. Photo by writer

Tehbazaari wing corrupt: MC panel
The illegal liquor vend near Chawni Mohalla in LudhianaLudhiana, September 8
Charging the tehbazaari wing of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation of being corrupt, working under political pressure and siding with the encroachers, the members of civic body’s monitoring committee against encroachments alleged that Ludhiana was fast turning into a city of encroachments.

The illegal liquor vend near Chawni Mohalla in Ludhiana. photo: inderjeet verma

Those helping rivals will be punished: Badal
Ghudani (Payal), September 8
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal called upon members of the Sikh community to discriminate between ‘traitors’ and authentic Sikhs, who were genuinely interested in perpetuation of tenets advocated by 10 Sikh Gurus. Addressing a rally organised in favour of party candidate Raghbir Singh Saharanmajra, Badal cautioned the SGPC electorate against ‘sinister designs of traitors’ of the Panth, who according to him were acting at the instance of their masters in the Congress. Former minister and in charge of the Payal constituency Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal presided over the function.

Habit-forming drugs
De-addiction campaigns put an end to sale
Doraha, September 8
Counselling sessions and de-addiction campaigns launched by the Doraha Chemists Association have yielded good results, as the sale and supply of habit-forming drugs in Doraha is almost negligible now.

mela chhappar
Jobless linemen to stage protest
Ludhiana, September 8
The Unemployed Linemen Union, Punjab, which has been agitating against Punjab State Power Corporation Limited and the state government for failing to provide them with the job, is all set to gherao SAD leaders during its political conference to be held on September 12 at Mela Chhapar.

Terror strike in Delhi
Security stepped up in town
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 8
In view of yesterday’s high intensity blast in Delhi, the smooth conduct of Mela Chhappar has become a litmus test for the Ludhiana (rural) police.

PAU Notes
Expert gives tips on gladiolus cultivation
Ludhiana, September 8
Gladiolus occupies prime position among commercial flower crops. The popularity of this flower is increasing due to wide flower-colour diversity of different varieties and variable floret shape. Apprising the farmers of the cultivation of gladiolus under the climatic condition of Punjab, PAU expert Dr Kiranjeet Kaur Dhatt of the department of floriculture and landscaping, said it was the only cut flower that was cultivated under open conditions under sub-tropical climate of Punjab.

College Notes

Industrial units put on notice
Mandi Gobindgarh, September 8
The Punjab Pollution Control Board, regional office, Fatehgarh Sahib has issued notice to the industries including rolling mills, induction furnace, forging unit, which are operating their industrial units without the consent to operate under water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and without getting authorization under provision of Hazardous Waste (Management, Handling & Tran boundary Movement) Rules, 2010 of the Board.

eye donation
25 families honoured
Ludhiana, September 8
As many as 25 families were honoured during a regional conference on “eye banking” organised by the IMA, Ludhiana, in association with the Ludhiana Ophthalmological Association and Punarjot Eye Bank.

Police under scanner for not arresting culprits
Ludhiana, September 8
Strange are the ways of the city police, while victims are driven pillar to post for seeking justice, culprits enjoys “special treatment” even after being caught red handed by city residents. The alleged unfair investigation carried out by the Division No 7 police has come under scanner after two residents complained that the SHO instead of helping the victim is shielding the culprits.

Mutilated body found in Budha Nullah
Ludhiana, September 8
A badly mutilated body was found floating on Budha Nullah near the Haibowal road here today. The incident came to light this afternoon when the commuters spotted the body and informed the police about the incident.

Junior engineers take to streets
Ludhiana, September 8
In a novel way to focus on the injustice being inflicted upon them by refusal of the government to enhance fuel allowance of the field-duty junior engineers of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), the Council of Junior Engineers today organised an “empty fuel tank” march of scooters and motorcycles from central zone headquarters on the Ferozepur road to the Mini Secretariat. They were demanding enhancement of fuel allowance equal to 30 litres of petrol as per agreement dated March 14, 1998.

Migrants increase, but ESI facilities remain same
Ludhiana, September 8
Patients come out of the ESI Corporation Model Hospital in Ludhiana The city’s migrant population, currently estimated at 1.9 million, has been steadily rising, with a majority being factory labourers. However, the number of health facilities for those covered under the Employees' State Insurance Corp remains the same - 12 dispensaries and one hospital. The dispensaries came into existence more than three decades ago and the ESI Hospital was declared a “model” hospital only five or six years before.
Patients come out of the ESI Corporation Model Hospital in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Face-off between garbage men, contracted firm continues
Ludhiana, September 8
There appears to be no solution in sight on ending the tussle between private garbage collectors and a private firm, A2Z Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, that secured the contract for solid waste management in the city. Both have been at loggerheads with each other ever since door-to-door collection of garbage began on August 15.


Two arrested for theft
Mandi Gobindgarh, September 8
During a campaign launched against anti-social elements, a police party stopped a Mahindra Pickup (PB10-S-3038) at a check post and arrested Mohammad Munish, alias Babloo, a resident of Malerkotla, and Rajinder Singh, alias Raju, a resident of Dhurki in Sangrur district, and recovered 19 oxygen cylinders.

4 arrested for gambling
Ludhiana, September 8
Day after a dressing down by the Commissioner of Police, the police came down hard on anti-social elements and arrested four persons for gambling and recovered nearly Rs 1 lakh.




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