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Student dies as auto flips
Gagandeep SinghWas ferrying 14 schoolchildren; 10 others suffer injuries
Ludhiana, January 6
A 14-year-old student was killed and 10 other children sustained minor injuries after an overloaded auto-rickshaw, ferrying students of Harkrishan Public Senior Secondary School, overturned on the Gill Road here today.

It’s all over for victim’s kin
Ludhiana, January 6
Gurmohan Singh wails over his son’s death in an accident in Ludhiana on Friday. Pall of gloom descended on victim Gagandeep Singh’s house located in a street near Panna Pakore Wala the on Gill Road after the news of his death broke.

Gurmohan Singh wails over his son’s death in an accident in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Parents also to blame
Ludhiana, January 6
Gagandeep Singh’s death has yet again brought to fore the fact that apart from school authorities and auto-rickshaw drivers, parents too are responsible for encouraging the menace of overloading of school vehicles. While their wards are stuffed in auto-rickshaws, not a single parent raises their voice against the erring auto-rickshaw drivers.

Posters in support of the SAD candidate from Atam Nagar constituency, Hira Singh Gabria, dot a median along the Sidhwan Canal expressway in Ludhiana. Poster trouble for Gabria
Faces Election Commission notice for defacement of property
Ludhiana, January 6
Defacement of public, government and private property through pasting of posters during elections has been the norm in the past. And most of the times, the erring candidates used to get away with it.

Posters in support of the SAD candidate from Atam Nagar constituency, Hira Singh Gabria, dot a median along the Sidhwan Canal expressway in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Day’s temp plummets
Ludhiana, January 6
The maximum temperature in the city saw a dip of about seven degrees in the last 24 hours. The day’s temperature, which hovered around 19.2 °C yesterday, fell to 12.4 °C today. The weatherman at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here has predicted similar weather conditions to prevail in the next 24 hours, with the maximum temperature seeing a further decline.


23 aspirants oppose ticket to Birmi
Set two-day deadline for Cong high command to rethink
Ludhiana, January 6
Levelling allegations of corruption against a senior Congress leader, 23 Congress workers, who had applied for party ticket from Atam Nagar constituency, today gave a two-day ultimatum to the party high command to rethink their decision of allotting ticket to Malkit Singh Birmi, a former minister.

Rebellion stares Cong candidates
Ludhiana, January 6
If the Congress high command made a last-minute change in the list of party candidates for Assembly seats in the Ludhiana city, and Pawan Dewan, a close aide of party MP Manish Tewari and president of the District Congress Committee (Urban), was replaced with Bharat Bhushan Ashu in Ludhiana West Assembly segment with an intent to curb rebellion, the move seems to have backfired if voices of dissent on many other local seats and an open revolt over yet another seat are any indication.

High scores make Sanskrit popular
Ludhiana, January 6
Sanskrit, the classical language, is relegating to the background with the passage of time. There are lesser takers for the language at graduation and post-graduation levels. Those, who have taken it up at graduation level, profess having opted for it because it is a scoring subject.

Three-wheeler operators violating rules
Jagraon, January 6
Three-wheeler operators in the town continue to flout rules with impunity. The operators overload their vehicles with passengers in order to earn a quick buck. These three-wheelers are a popular mode of transport in rural areas and a large number of villagers depend on these to visit various destinations everyday.

An overloaded three-wheeler in Jagraon. A Tribune photograph

High interest rates hit MSMEs hard
Ludhiana, January 6
The MSME sector is one of the vital cogs in the Punjab’s wheels of progress. The sector is the main stay of Punjab economy next to agriculture and contributes significantly towards the generation of revenue and employment avenues and a majority of Punjab’s industry is in micro, small and medium sector, but sadly they still have to pay high rate of interest on loans as their cash credit limits for working capital are not adequate.

Teachers sans December salary
Ludhiana, January 6
Many teachers serving under different posts in the education department are yet to get their salaries for December 2011. Fed up from answering to the queries made by the teachers, the clerical staff has pasted a self explanatory notice on the door of one of the offices on the premises of District Education Office (secondary), Ludhiana.

A notice outside the DEO office notifies the lack of funds with the government to disburse salaries. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Research fellows resent election duties
Ludhiana, January 6
The research and teaching fellows at Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) have expressed their displeasure towards authorities for putting them on election duties. The research and teaching fellows said since they were on contract of six months, they can not be put on such duties as per guidelines of the Election Commission.

For greener city:
Policemen check the pollution levels of an auto-rickshaw as part of the traffic safety week in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Remain active in winter, say doctors
Ludhiana, January 6
For many at this time of the year, the mood gets sulky, shoulders droop, while smiles disappear, as the weather has turned cold and inclement. As there hasn’t been good sunlight for the past few days, many admit having been affected by the winter depression.

4,500 teachers not paid salary for eight months
Ludhiana, January 6
As many as 4,500 teachers, recruited by the education department between April 28, 2011, and January, 2012, have not received their salary for the past eight months.

Over 5,000 to participate in athletics meet
Ludhiana, January 6
The 57th National School Games Athletics Meet is all set to be organised from January 18 to 23 in the city. Assistant education officer Rupinder Singh said it was the first time that such a meet was being hosted by the state. Around 5,000 students from all over the country are expected to descend to the city for the national sporting event. The students would be participating in different athletic events in U-14, U-17 and U-19 categories.

Election duty: Doctors feel the pinch
Ludhiana, January 6
More than 24 doctors and paramedical staff of homoeopathic, ayurvedic and allopathic wings have been put on election duty. An ayurvedic doctor said, “We come under emergency services, but still we have been put on poll duty.”

With poll fever on, fewer residents are turning up at cinema halls in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma Cinema business takes poll hit
Ludhiana, January 6
Poll fever has gripped everyone in the city. Even the places of entertainment such as cinema halls have started wearing a deserted look. As the election scene is hotting up, people are getting more involved in it and leisure activities have taken a backseat for the time being.

With poll fever on, fewer residents are turning up at cinema halls in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Stress on effective teaching
Ludhiana, January 6
The PTU sponsored workshop on ‘Developing Work Culture for Effective Teaching in Technical Institutes’ at Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology was held from January 2 to 6.

Seminar on career counselling
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 6
Students of Government High School, Pohir, vowed to help the administration solving problem of unemployment by exploring different avenues in self-employment after completing their studies.

Students attend a seminar on career counselling at Government High School, Pohir, near Ahmedgarh, on Friday. A Tribune Photograph

Quiz competition
Ludhiana: A quiz competition of English and Social Studies was conducted at Government Middle School, College Road. The participants were asked the objective types of questions. The winners of the competition were given prizes at the end. Sources said the DGSE office had planned block, district and state level competition of English, social studies, maths and science under the SSA.




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