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Sukhbir on inauguration spree
Fountains on Ferozepur Road, Ludhiana, which will also be inaugurated by Deputy CM Sukhbir BadalLudhiana, December 14
With an eye on the state Assembly elections, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal would be on an inauguration spree in the city on December 17.

Fountains on Ferozepur Road, Ludhiana, which will also be inaugurated by Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Assembly Polls
Councillors make a beeline for ticket
Ludhiana, December 14
With the state Assembly elections approaching, more than a dozen municipal councillors of the city are seeking ticket from their respective political parties.


Hoax caller arrested
Ludhiana, December 14
The Government Railway Police (GRP) has arrested Pradeep, resident of Street Number 4, Kirpal Nagar, Basti Jodhewal, for making hoax bomb calls. The accused has been sent in police remand till December 17.

With nurses on strike, an intern takes care of a child at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital in Ludhiana Strike on, patients suffer
Ludhiana, December 14
The ongoing strike of staff nurses, paramedical staff and laboratory technicians today entered the third day and affected patients at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital. Although the emergency services are being provided by doctors, but indoor patients remain at the receiving end.

With nurses on strike, an intern takes care of a child at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Fall of rupee a boon for local industry
Ludhiana, December 14
Consistent fall of rupee against the US dollar ($), which skidded beyond 53 in the Forex market (Rs 53.45) might have an adverse impact on the Indian economy. And any further fall, which right now seems imminent, could also have disastrous effects on the trade deficit of the country. But for the local industry, especially the export segment, there is a brighter side of the otherwise gloomy picture.

A torn and dirty sheet in the maternity ward of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana New maternity ward, but already soiled
Ludhiana, December 14
Filthy floors and torn bedsheets mark the newly constructed maternity ward of the local Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital which was inaugurated about a month ago.

A torn and dirty sheet in the maternity ward of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

A dud winter for hosiery manufacturers
Ludhiana, December 14
The delayed winter this time around has already spelt losses for local manufacturers. They said the winter season was usually preceded by a good wedding season, but this time it remained dull as winter was late. Even now if it becomes very cold, it would not make much difference as it was already too late.


Grain Market
Choked drains block business
Jagraon, December 14
The local administration has been neglecting old grain market for the past several years despite the fact business worth several crores is done here on daily basis. Offices of most of the commission agents, wholesale shops, godowns of distributors and dealers of various companies and stockiest are located, but it lacks basic amenities.
Authorities sleeping
Child labour goes unchecked in Ludhiana
Child labour goes unchecked in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Loose electricity wires worry residents
Jagraon, December 14
Loose electricity wires at the local Old Grain Market Chowk pose a serious threat to the commuters as well as those residing in the area. Though, the residents have brought this to the notice of area’s junior engineer and higher authorities of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited on numerous occasions, the authorities have not paid heed to their requests.

Encroachers make hay as Jagraon MC suffers
Jagraon, December 14
A large number of people have encroached upon a piece of and belonging to the municipal council under railway overbridge at the Tehsil Road here. They are running their business from there without paying even a single penny to the council.

Fire extinguishers in circuit house lying defunct
A fire extinguisher hanging in front of a room at the Circuit House in LudhianaLudhiana, December 14
Fire-fighting equipment in Circuit House, Ludhiana, are lying defunct since ages. There are water hydrants on the premises, but these are without hose. Even the hosepipe, which is supposed to be kept in a firebox near hydrants, is missing. Rather, the fireboxes with broken glass are no less than garbage bin. Both hose reel and hosepipe are lying in a storeroom.
A fire extinguisher hanging in front of a room at the Circuit House in Ludhiana.

Arms banned at weddings
Ludhiana, December 14
The Deputy Commissioner Police (DCP), Ashish Chowdhry, has enforced ban orders under Section 144 on all marriage palace owners, disallowing arms and ammunition at wedding ceremonies on their premises. The orders, which were issued today, will remain in force till February 29.

Lab technicians go on mass leave
Phillaur, December 14
The agitating lab technicians, working in government hospitals and dispensaries, after observing pen down strike on December 12 and 13, went on mass casual leave for four days today. People suffered as medical services remained paralysed in hospitals. The technicians are agitating under the banners of the Punjab State Medical Laboratory Technician Association.

A girl is all smiles during Christmas shopping in Ludhiana Santa Claus paints the city in festive colour
Ludhiana, december 14
Lifesize Santa playing a saxophone, smaller one on the sleigh with golden reindeer, yet another poking his head through the roof of a house, the tiny one hanging by the decorative parachute, the old ho-ho-ho man has started painting the town red, quite literally.

A girl is all smiles during Christmas shopping in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Santa descends on CMCH
Ludhiana, December 14
The Christian Medical College and Hospital celebrated Christmas yesterday evening. Institutional choir comprising 65 students of CMC, CDC, CON and college of physiotherapy led by Joel Stephen sang carols.

Major reshuffle in Municipal Corporation
Ludhiana, December 14
There has been a major reshuffle in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. Municipal Commissioner A K Sinha has been promoted as the Director, Local Bodies Department. So in place of Sinha, Additional Municipal Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi has been made the officiating Municipal Commissioner.

‘Less qualified teachers conduct seminars’
Ludhiana, December 14
The education department does not seem to follow any criteria to deploy the resource persons under In Service Teacher Training Centers. Many senior lecturers have been working as coordinators instead of resource persons.

PAU Notes
Three training courses in Dec
Ludhiana, December 14
The Directorate of Extension Education of the Punjab Agricultural University will organise three training courses in December for farmers and farm women.

Cleanliness drive by NSS
Ludhiana, December 14
NSS volunteers and students of GADVASU conducted an awareness and cleanness drive in Valmiki Colony, Sarabha Nagar. They worked in identified slum areas and interviewed slum dwellers through questionnaire problems like health hygiene, living conditions, and prevalence of disease and told them about the precautionary measures. Awareness campaign on issues such as AIDS, drug addiction, health and hygiene, female foeticide through charts, posters and banners was conducted in slum areas. Dr SS Hassan, NSS programme coordinator, told slum dwellers about AID, drug addiction, female foeticide, unhygienic condition and its prevention. The campaign focused in reaching to urban slums and to inform slum dwellers about harmful effects of the diseases.
All ears
Students of DRSP Vidya Mandir listen to a guest lecturer in Ludhiana
Students of DRSP Vidya Mandir listen to a guest lecturer in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

From schools & colleges
Energy conservation day
Ludhiana: Sai Public School conducted a special assembly on National Energy Conservation Day. School principal, Amrita Gakhar, motivated the students to conserve energy. The students were told about importance of energy conservation, judicious use of electrical appliances and CFLS, solar cookers and panels.

Assembly polls
Industrialists lay claim to Atam Nagar seat
Ludhiana, December 14
Charging the SAD-BJP government with failure to safeguard the interests of the industry, leading to stagnation in the economy, members of the industry here have staked their claim to Congress ticket from the Atam Nagar Assembly seat in the city.

City youngsters wedded to YouTube
Ludhiana December 14
YouTube is the buzzword among youngsters as it helps them in choosing their favourite songs. “I will not think twice if I have to listen to my favourite music as YouTube comes in handy. I hardly purchase any music album. I find the very idea of purchasing these dull and boring,” says a 17-year-old.

Proposed power tariff hike upsets industry
Ludhiana, December 14
The proposal of 55 per cent hike in power tariff made by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) with the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission in its annual revenue requirement report, has given a rude shock to the industrial sector which is already passing through a grave crisis.


Mystery stone
A foundation stone, which was erected in front of Green Land Senior Secondary School near the Jalandhar bypass, was there till October 27 but went missing on Wednesday
A foundation stone, which was erected in front of Green Land Senior Secondary School near the Jalandhar bypass, was there till October 27 but went missing on Wednesday. photos: Inderjeet Verma

City can boast of global shooters, but has no shooting range
Ludhiana December 14
The city has produced international, national and state-level shooters, but there isn’t any air rifle or air pistol shooting range for shooters to practice. A large number of shooters from the city have established 10-meter air pistol range in their houses. And those who could not afford such infrastructure are practicing in a shooting academy run in the Government College of Boys. There isn’t any permanent coach to train these shooters. Only one coach, appointed on contract basis, is providing his services at Guru Arjuna Shooting Academy in the college.

Jarkhar Sports Festival begins today
Ludhiana, December 14
The stage has been set for organising the 26th annual sports festival, popularly known as Mini Modern Rural Olympics, by the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club at Jarkhar village, about 15 kilometers from here on the Malerkotla-Ludhiana road from December 15 to 18.





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