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Festive Rush
Bedlam on city roads

Ludhiana, October 25
The festival season has thrown life out of gear in the city with long serpentine queues, traffic jams, incidents of road rage and chaos all around. Be it the interior part of the city or the outskirts and posh areas, it takes over 40 minutes to cover a small stretch.
Rush in Ghumar Mandi on the eve of Diwali in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Rush in Ghumar Mandi on the eve of Diwali in Ludhiana on Tuesday


They will forgo their Diwali festivities to make ours better
Ludhiana, October 25
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), like many other departments responsible for the maintenance of emergency services, is required to ensure round the clock power supply. And Diwali is no exception.

Serving the ailing
Ludhiana, October 25
When city residents celebrate Diwali tomorrow, a few doctors here will be serving the sick and the injured. Dr Gurvinder Kaur, medical officer of Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, says: “My duty will start at 8 pm tomorrow and go on till 8 am the following day.
Dr Gurvinder Kaur, medical officer at the Civil Hospital, being readied for duty by her children. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan
Dr Gurvinder Kaur, medical officer at the Civil Hospital, being readied for duty by her children

Celebrations after 9 pm
Ludhiana, October 25
Traffic personnel Sukhjeet Singh, Zora Singh and Harjap Singh will be able to join their families for Diwali celebrations only after 9 pm as they will be on duty from 8 am to 9 pm tomorrow.

Maintaining vigil against fire
Ludhiana, October 25
While Diwali is a time to celebrate, the fire brigade personnel of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) will have to remain vigilant and in the highest degree of preparedness on this day.

Sale of firecrackers slack
Ludhiana, October 25
This time, Diwali may be less noisy and less polluted thanks to inflation. Last year, fireworks worth Rs 10 crore were burst in the city. The amount spent on crackers may decline by 40 per cent as reflected in the slump in the sale of crackers this year as residents are not splurging on fireworks.
Cracker boxes bearing pictures of Bollywood stars to boost sales. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
Cracker boxes bearing pictures of Bollywood stars to boost sales

MC clerk suspended under RTI Act
Ludhiana, October 25
For the first time in the history of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC), a clerk posted in the health branch of the civic body has been suspended for failing to provide information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. This action was taken by MC Commissioner AK Sinha during a hearing related to RTI cases here today. The suspended official has been identified as Naveen Kumar. He was responsible for compiling information sought under the RTI Act, but failed to do so.

Baby born midair; citizenship an issue
Sahnewal, October 25
Despite having put the life of Kuljit Kaur and her unborn baby, who was born aboard the New Delhi-Toronto flight on Saturday, in danger to realise their foreign dream, their family is not certain if the girl, who was born midair, would be a citizen of Canada.


Acquisition of land: Panic grips farmers
Khanna October 25
Panic gripped the farmers of more than a dozen villages whose land falls near main railway line between Khanna and Doraha as the Northern Railway authorities have identified a big chunk of the fertile land for railway yard.

‘Animal husbandry major contributor to agricultural GDP’
Ludhiana, October 25
The school of animal biotechnology at GADVASU successfully completed ICAR sponsored 21 days Winter School on “Advanced Molecular Biology Tools used in Animal Disease Diagnosis and Development of New Generation vaccines.”

sc’s instructions
Pollution board fails to implement advisory
Ludhiana, October 25
The Punjab government paid a huge amount of money to publicise the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) through an advertisement mentioning directions issued by the Supreme Court of India (SC) to appeal to the general public concerning Diwali.
A firecracker shop offers discount in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
A firecracker shop offers discount in Ludhiana

Shopkeepers sell firecrackers without details of their chemical compositions in Ludhiana
Shopkeepers sell firecrackers without details of their chemical compositions in Ludhiana.

Docs for pollution-free Diwali
Ludhiana, October 25
A seminar on “safe Diwali” organised by the Punarjot Eye Bank Society in association with the Ludhiana branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA) has emphasised the need for observing safety measures scrupulously so as to make Diwali injury-free and pollution free.

Residents going for eco-friendly Diwali
Ludhiana, October 25
“My son brought a placard carrying messages of celebrating eco-friendly and cracker-free Diwali from his school,” said Amrit Singh. “So when he insisted on buying crackers, I reminded him about the messages, he stopped being adamant and instead asked me to buy him a sapling,” he smiles.

Inflation eats up purchasing power this festive season
Ludhiana, October 25
“My pockets aren’t deep enough this Diwali to spend freely,” says Ramesh Kumar. “I have already spent enough of what my pocket allowed during Karva Chauth and Dasehra, but I have little to spend this this Diwali,” he further added. He works with a private bank.

Students pledge to go green
Ludhiana, October 25
Students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated the festival of lights with great vigour. Students adorned their classrooms with beautiful bandanwars, rangoli and earthen lamps.

Visiting MC offices with gifts in hand
Ludhiana, October 25
Even as Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) Commissioner AK Sinha had warned MC officials for not accepting costly gifts from any person other than their family members and friends, the offices of the civic body remained abuzz with activities today, as a large number of people visited these offices, holding gifts.
A person enters the Zone A office of the Municipal Corporation with a gift in Ludhiana.
A Tribune photograph
A person enters the Zone A office of the Municipal Corporation with a gift in Ludhiana

‘Polio is endemic in India’
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 25
Members and office-bearers of the Rotary Clubs owing allegiance to Rotary districts 3070, 3080 and 3090 vowed to put in their best to achieve target of a polio-free society by the end of the ensuing year.

No salary for 10 months, teachers to observe ‘black’ Diwali
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 25
At a time when people illuminate their houses on Diwali, it might be ‘dark’ for the children of those who are employed in private government aided schools of Ludhiana and Sangrur district.

youth fest
COCH clinches overall trophy
Ludhiana, October 25
The Inter-College Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University concluded last evening. A spectacular event, marked with mirth and ecstasy, was full of colourful extravaganza and buoyant spirits. The student-artistes of the university took part in a vast array of items, including dance, drama, music, literary and fine arts.

‘Organ donation a gracious act’
Ludhiana, October 25
The Gift of Life and Organ Donation and Transplantation Society (GLODAS) will celebrate its annual function on November 5 at Guru Nanak Public School here which will mark the “World Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation” and strive to create public awareness about the noble deed of organ donation after death.

Training in smart packaging ends
Ludhiana, October 25
A valedictory function was organised at Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) to mark the end of the 14-day training programme on “Smart Packaging Techniques for Shelf Life Enhancement and Retention of Bioactive Compounds in Food”.

from colleges
Youth fest winners felicitated
Ludhiana: Students of GMT College won laurels in the Youth and Heritage Festival organised at the Bhutta College of Education recently. In fine arts, Navdeep won the first prize. Lalita and Simranjeet got the first and second prize, respectively, in the on-the-spot painting.

Orphanage takes in month-old abandoned baby
Ludhiana, October 25
A one-month-old child, who was found abandoned at Kochar park in Model Town Extension, two days ago, was today adopted by a government of India Approved orphanage, Swami Ganganand Bhuriwale International Foundation Dham Talwandi Khurd.
Doctors hand over the abandoned baby to officials of the Swami Gangagiri Bhuriwale International Foundation Dham at Talwandi Khurd on Tuesday. Photo: Anupam Bhagria

Doctors hand over the abandoned baby to officials of the Swami Gangagiri Bhuriwale International Foundation Dham at Talwandi Khurd on Tuesday


Three booked for snatching car from near police station
Ludhiana, October 25
An Innova car (PB-10-BS-0016) was snatched by three unidentified persons in the wee hours today from near the Sarabha Nagar police station. The owner of the car, Hardeep Singh, a resident of Sahnewal, informed that he had sent his driver Kuljinder to a relative’s house at Rajguru Nagar to deliver some goods in the wee hours.

Man held with 1.5 kg of opium
Ludhiana, October 25
Jatinder Kumar from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, was arrested today and 1.5 kg of opium, which is worth Rs 85,000, was also seized from his possession. He had come to the city to supply the drug to a drug mafia.




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