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Three youths brutally killed
Gang rivalry said to be reason behind the incident; victims were into drug abuse
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 8
Three youths, including two brothers, all residents of Jassowal village in Ludhiana district, were brutally killed near here last night by six members of a notorious gang of miscreants.

The victims: Gurpreet, Jasbeer and Inderjeet
The victims: Gurpreet, Jasbeer and Inderjeet


Addiction to drugs ruins families
Ludhiana, December 8
Who is to blame for the tragedy? This question is stirring the soul of those residing at Jassowal village. The triple murder has yet again brought to fore the menace of drugs, which is ruining many youths.

Mother of slain brothers devastated
Ludhiana, December 8
She sacrificed the prime of her life hoping that both her sons would take care of her during the fag end of her life. But after the killing of Jasbir Singh (26) and Gurpreet Singh (24), sons of ill-fated Harpal Kaur (55), the poor woman has been left to fend for herself. She was in a state of shock to see the badly butchered bodies of her two sons that could barely be identified.

The victims’ wailing family members at Jassowal village on Thursday. A Tribune photo

Real estate, drug-related murders on rise
Ludhiana, December 8
Booming real estate prices, illicit relations and drug menace have been behind the 74 murders that have taken place in the city this year so far. The ratio is almost the same compared to the cases registered last year.

Newly carpeted road gives way in Ambedkar Nagar
Residents blame contractor, Ludhiana Improvement Trust
Ludhiana, December 8
A newly recarpeted stretch of the road in Dr Ambedkar Nagar near Lal Kothi here has given way, all with patches of top surface crumbling and stone metal lying scattered all around.

A resident of Dr Ambedkar Nagar shows the portion of a newly recarpated road which has crumbled in less than a month, in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Memory boosters a fad among students
Jagraon, December 8
With the college and school board examinations around the corner, students as well as parents are getting jittery. A mere thought of examination makes students stressed, which affects their preparation. In such a scenario, there is a great demand of memory-booster products among the students.

Another purse snatching incident
Ludhiana, December 8
In yet another snatching incident, two youths riding a motorcycle snatched a purse containing Rs 5,000 and other important documents from an elderly woman near the National road here last evening. The incident took place at around 8pm while she was going towards Ghumar Mandi.


Dec 8 warmest in five years
Temperature to fall after clouds clear
Ludhiana, December 8
If the data available with the Metrological Department, Chandigarh, are to be believed then December 8 was the warmest day of December in the past five years. Both maximum and minimum temperatures are 5°C to 7°C above normal due to western disturbances.

Girls wearing sweaters and mufflers to protect themselves from the chilly winds in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Aided colleges’ employees hail govt’s decision
Withdrawal of pension, CRF rule
Ludhiana, December 8
Non-government-aided colleges’ employees (retired) are feeling pleasant with the decision of the Cabinet to withdraw the Punjab Affiliated Colleges’ Pension and CRF Rule, 2002. Now employees are pleading to the government for issuance of pension payment orders under the Cabinet approved pension scheme in December 2001.

An athlete takes part in a relay race during the junior championship league at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Thursday.
On fast track:
An athlete takes part in a relay race during the junior championship league at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Cure not sure:
A quack treats a patient outside the mini-secretariat in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana scan
Gabria under fire
Ludhiana: The congress councillor Gurdeep Kaur has taken strong exception to the cabinet minister for jails, tourism and cultural affairs Hira Singh Gabria inaugurating the road work and sewerage project in her ward without intimating or inviting her to the functions. This was not only against the norms of the civic body but also was a brazen attempt to draw political mileage from the development projects, she said while adding that the SAD-BJP government will have to pay dearly for its acts of omission and commission in the coming assembly elections.

Property developers want hassle-free policy
Regularisation of unauthorised colonies in city
Ludhiana, December 8
In the wake of proliferation of unauthorised colonies all over the state, and the policy for regularisation of such colonies notified in December 2010 not yielding the desired results, the developers have called for a soft and hassle-free policy so that more and more such colonies could be regularised.

Experts dwell on research in organic farming
Ludhiana, December 8
Due to growing urbanisation and burgeoning population, requirement for food is also increasing. There is a need to take initiative regarding food security, these views were expressed by Dr BS Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor of PAU, while inaugurating a two-day research and extension specialists’ workshop for vegetable, fruit and flower crops here today.

PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr BS Dhillon, addresses participants at a workshop in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Students apprised of symptoms, remedies of hepatitis
Ludhiana, December 8
The Youth Association organised hepatitis awareness camp near Shivpuri Bypass Chowk yesterday. Dr Harmeet Singh Saluja delivered a lecture on hepatitis.

Traditional sports:
Children play “gulli danda” at a local school in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

World Bank team to assess agri projects
Ludhiana, December 8
“We want to see how projects going under the national agricultural innovation project (NAIP) are fitting into the big picture of achieving the overall growth in agriculture,” said Dr PS Sidhu, who was heading the World Bank team during the inauguration of a two-day meeting in connection with the implementation support mission of NAIP at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) here today.

Education notes
Day of fun for tiny tots
Ludhiana, December 8
Tiny tots of the pre-primary wing participated in the athletics meet with great enthusiasm at BCM, Dugri. They were curious and excited for the races, especially planned for them. They ran on the tracks chasing each other with spoons and lemons. They tried to maintain their balance in balancing race and hopping race. They enjoyed “under the table” and “draw mango race” the most. It was a fun-filled day for them. Certificates were given to winners of each race by the principal. The pre-primary coordinator remarked that such events act as stress busters and enable the children to exhibit their talents and channelise their energies.

Strike by excise inspectors paralyses industry
VAT refund worth Rs 300 crore pending with department
Ludhiana, December 8
The recent strike by inspectors of the Excise and Taxation Department, which has been “called off” today, has paralysed the industry and trade in the city. Perturbed at the “non-functioning” department, traders and industrialists said it had become difficult to run their businesses in such situation as Rs 300 crore VAT refund was pending with the department.

Illegal political hoardings deface Jagraon
MC authorities fail to keep a check on this trend
Jagraon, December 8
With election fever gripping the city, hoardings put up by supporters of various political parties in every nook and cranny has started defacing its aesthetic beauty.

A political hoarding put up by SAD supporters near the Rani Jhansi Chowk in Jagraon. Tribune photo

Shortage of funds
No question papers for classes IX, X
Ludhiana, December 8
The education department has stopped sending monthly test question papers of classes IX and X to schools due to shortage of funds. The office of Director General School Education (DGSE) has sent a notification to all schools to conduct monthly tests at their own level.

CIPHET scientist gets NAAS fellowship
Ludhiana, December 8
Dr SN Jha, head, agricultural structures and environmental control, Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), has been awarded with the NAAS fellowship.

Clock Tower renovation project begins
‘Government spending Rs 5 crore for beautification’
Ludhiana, December 8
As the Chief Minister is on inauguration overdrive, the jail and tourism minister Hira Singh Gabria too seems to have joined the bandwagon and went on an inauguration spree, here today. Gabria inaugurated the renovation project of Clock Tower today morning. Besides inaugurating the renovation project of Clock Tower, the minister also inaugurated renovation project at Sukhmani Mini Rose Garden, located in Dugri Phase-II. The government is spending Rs 5 crore for the beautification of the city, he added.

Safai workers seek Sunday as weekly off
Ludhiana, December 8
Activists of the Bhartiya Valmiki Sewa Dal at the municipal council’s zone D office before submitting a memorandum to the Municipal Commissioner in Ludhiana on Thursday Alleging that safai workers were being exploited, and in many cases made to work seven days a week, the Bhartiya Valmiki Sewa Dal (BVSD) has urged the civic administration as well as the state government to declare Sunday as day off to those employed on DC rate or working on container duty and sections.

Activists of the Bhartiya Valmiki Sewa Dal at the municipal council’s zone D office before submitting a memorandum to the Municipal Commissioner in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjit Verma


4 arrested in theft case
Ludhiana, December 8
The local police has claimed to solve a theft case with the arrest of four youths. The accused have been arrested in connection with the theft, that took place at Field Gunj on December 5 night.




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