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Phone services hit in city
BSNL stays cut off from private operators
Ludhiana, October 3
About 170,000 landline telephone subscribers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd in the city have been adversely affected after the state-owned telecom utility cut off services to five major private operators over payment of interconnectivity charges. Apart from BSNL customers, hundreds of thousands of subscribers of Vodafone, Reliance, Tata, Idea and Airtel in the city have not been able to connect with BSNL phones as the deadlock continues.

Health dept’s efforts to stamp out drug abuse a big failure
Ludhiana, October 3
Since the day he was appointed Punjab sports minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal has been claiming he has initiated several steps to promote sports with the aim of fighting the growing drug addiction among youth. However, the ground reality is that the government has failed to make any headway in breaking up the network of drug dealers in the state.


Waiter arrested for making hoax bomb call 
Ludhiana, October 3
The police has nabbed the hoax caller who had put it on tenterhooks yesterday after claiming that bombs had been planted at two places in the city. The police arrested 21-year-old Sukhwinder Singh in the wee hours and said it would also arrest those involved in making a bogus ID card for him.

Nehru Planetarium to get new look
Ludhiana, October 3
The planetarium at Rose Garden here is all set to get a makeover. The Municipal Corporation (MC) has decided to spend Rs 25 lakh on the planetarium in the first phase while Rs 70 lakh more would be spent in the second phase.

Poor coordination delays civic projects
Ludhiana, October 3
The virtual absence of coordination between the municipal corporation’s bridges & roads (B&R) and operations & maintenance (O&M) branches has affected the quality of development work in the city, observed officiating mayor Parveen Bansal after he took a round of some of the ongoing civic projects in the MC’s Zone A on Monday afternoon.


Remembering Father of the Nation

Students of Om Parkash Bansal Model School, Mandi Gobindgarh, celebrate Gandhi Jayanti on Monday.
Students of Om Parkash Bansal Model School, Mandi Gobindgarh, celebrate Gandhi Jayanti on Monday. Photo: Bhushan Sood

Losing cool at police station costs Armyman dear
Mullanpur Dakha, October 3
Losing cool during investigation and arbitration meeting at the police station and attacking a cop cost an Armyman dear, who will now be facing a departmental inquiry at his unit, after being booked under Sections 323, 353, 294 and 186 of  the IPC.

Security up ahead of festive season 
Dehlon/Mandi Ahmedgarh/Payal, October 3
The police has beefed up security in localities falling under Ludhiana and Sangrur districts ahead of the festive season. Specially constituted anti-sabotage teams have been directed to enhance vigil in front of the religious places, besides undertaking combing operations to keep a check on strangers and anti-social elements who might slip into the area under the garb of visitors and relatives of natives.

Ailing boy needs help
Ludhiana, October 3
Master Aniket, an 11-year-old boy (unit no: C7153608) from the city, has been on dialysis for the past two years. He is undergoing treatment at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here. He was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (stage 5) and developed recurrent episodes of peritonitis due to which his peritoneal dialysis catheter had to be removed.

CME on echocardiography
Ludhiana, October 3
To mark the successful completion of 10 years of service to suffering people, Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) here is organising a CME and workshop on echocardiography on October 5, 2011. Dr Navin C Nanda, director of echocardiography laboratories, The Kirklin Clinic, University of Alabama Health Services Foundation, Birmingham, Alabama, the USA, will be the course director.

Staying connected not easy anymore
Doraha, October 3
Private operators, in case of any emergency, cannot call the police, fire brigade or hospital, as the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has cut off services to the former. The problem has been persisting for a good number of days.

gadvasu notes 
Training course in computerised radiography begins
Ludhiana, October 3
The department of veterinary surgery and radiology at GADVASU is organising the 24th national-level advanced training course on “computerised radiography and interventional diagnostic and surgical procedures for veterinary patients" under the aegis of the Centre of Advanced Faculty Training (CAFT), ICAR.

Textile workers’ strike enters Day 12 
Members of the Textile Mazdoor Union stage a dharna outside the Labour Department office in Ludhiana on Monday. Ludhiana, October 3
Hundreds of workers representing the Textile Mazdoor Union today gathered outside the office of labour department and raised slogans to register their protest against the department officials for failing to end the deadlock between textile workers and manufacturers even as the strike of workers entered 12th day today.

Members of the Textile Mazdoor Union stage a dharna outside the Labour Department office in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Quinquennial review team visits farm varsity
Ludhiana, October 3
A quinquennial review team (QRT) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, visited Punjab Agricultural University today. The team led by Dr KM Bujarbaruah, Vice-Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University, met PAU Vice-Chancellor, Deans, directors and senior research/extension scientists of the university at Farmers’ Service Centre.

11 years on, MC yet to recoup Rs 1.8 cr in fines
Ludhiana, October 3
The otherwise “strict” officials of the municipal corporation’s building branch, which regularly conducts drives to raze encroachments in the city, appear to have slipped when it comes to collecting fines from residents. As per details procured under the Right to Information Act, the civic body is yet to recover Rs 1.78 crore in various fines imposed since 2000 from 1,245 residents. Moreover, this amount pertains to only two MC zones - A and B- and has been pending since 2000.

Playwright Gursharan Singh’s ashes to be immersed in Sutlej river
Ludhiana, October 3
Kailash Kaur, wife of Gursharan Singh, recalls his associations with Punjabi Bhawan during a function organised to pay respect to the departed soul in Ludhiana on Monday. It’s not easy to remain objective when it comes to your father. Somewhere, the subjectivity creeps in. More so when you are grieving over his death. But for playwright Gursharan Singh’s daughter, Navsharan Singh, the private moment of grief never came. “Since the night we lost him, it has been a very public affair,” she says. But she understands it and respects it in deference to the wishes of her father’s admirers.

Kailash Kaur, wife of Gursharan Singh, recalls his associations with Punjabi Bhawan during a function organised to pay respect to the departed soul in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Rs 2 lakh for info under RTI Act!
Jagraon, October 3
A perfect example of how government officials bend norms to hide or misrepresent official records while providing information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has come to light.

Trade unions stage dharna, seek hike in wages 
Ludhiana, October 3
Activists of the Joint Coordination Committee of the Central Trade Unions stage a dharna in Ludhiana on Monday. Activists of the Central trade unions-All-India Trade Union Congress, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Hind Mazdoor Sangh, Centre of Trade Unions, Punjab and the Indian National Trade Union Congress- staged a dharna in front of the mini-secretariat today. They were protesting under the banner of a joint coordination committee to press for the pending demands of workers

Activists of the Joint Coordination Committee of the Central Trade Unions stage a dharna in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Traders ponder over Industrial Facilitation Act
Ludhiana, October 3
Representatives from hosiery, cycle, auto parts, fasteners etc attended a meeting called by officials of various departments to discuss the problems related to the Industrial Facilitation Act, held at Bachat Bhawan here today.

Farmers suffer due to admn’s apathy
Khanna October 3
Although the state government claims to have purchased paddy without any delay, but it could not started officially on the second day also. Pungrain purchased quintals of paddy from the local grain market due to the strike by officials of various procurement agencies. 

Jobless vets continue stir
Ludhiana, October 3 On the third day of their hunger strike, jobless veterinary doctors Amandeep Singh and Dharminder Nayyar observed a fast outside the veterinary clinic gate on the GADVASU campus.

No tightrope walk this, circus still a hit
The circus show in the city promises entertainment for all age groups. Right from acrobats performing daredevil stunts to clowns who keep the audience in splits, the entertainment quotient of the show is high. 

From  schools 
Ludhiana scan


Gang of drug peddlers busted, 1 held
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 3 The Jodhan police has busted a gang of drug peddlers with the arrest of one of the suspects, while two of his accomplices managed to dodge the police. The gang has been active in the region for the past several months.


Kabaddi world cup
140 aspirants attend trials 

Ludhiana, October 3
At least 140 aspirants attended the three-day trials being conducted by the Punjab Sports Department at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. These trials are being held to choose the Indian kabaddi team for the forthcoming IInd World Kabaddi Cup to be organised at different venues across the state from November 1 to 20. 

Basketball meet
LBA lads go down against Punjab Police 
Ludhiana, October 3
The Ludhiana Basketball Academy (LBA) fought it tooth and nail against the Punjab Police, Jalandhar, before going down with a narrow margin of three points (65-68) in the annual Arjuna Awardee Gurdial Singh Malhi Memorial Punjab Basketball League being held at Gure village here today.



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