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Rs 5-cr fabric reduced to ashes
Ludhiana, April 25
Four persons were injured, one seriously, while they were trying to control a fire that broke out at a factory located on the Kohara Machiwara highway here today. Blankets and other fabric material worth over Rs 5 crore were destroyed.

The Uday Crafts factory where a fire broke out in the wee hours on Wednesday(left) and Charred material at the factory.(top) Harbhajan Singh, owner of the Uday Crafts factory. Tribune photographs 


Pvt fire brigade comes handy
Sahnewal, April 25
Despite the fact that the official fire brigade reported in time, had it not been for the private fire brigade of the factory, the loss of property may have been doubled.

Staff surplus yet people prefer private schools

Ludhiana, April 25
Only six students study in a class of Government Girls High School, Lakar Bazar, where there are 44 students in all. It is a general perception that government schools do not have sufficient staff to teach students. It may be true in rural areas where the government schools have been facing a shortage of teachers but contrary to the fact, the schools in the urban areas have been facing the shortage of students and the teachers are surplus in some of the schools of Ludhiana.

Only six students study in a class of Government Girls High School, Lakar Bazar, where there are 44 students in all. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Road cleanliness drive begins
Ludhiana, April 25
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has started its special cleanliness and beautification drive on all the six roads identified by it for the purpose. Since early morning, the MC personnel were seen cleaning rubble and garbage from these roads with the help of machines.
Municipal Corporation staff clean the Ferozepur road in Ludhiana
Municipal Corporation staff clean the Ferozepur road in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Parties brace for civic body elections
Ludhiana, April 25
The young brigade of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Ludhiana, has been asked to gear up for the MC poll. The district BJP vice-president Pushpinder Singla is the new in charge of the BJYM.

Ex-Mayor not to contest poll
Ludhiana, April 25
In an interesting development ahead of the Municipal Corporation elections, former Ludhiana Mayor Apinder Singh Grewal has decided not to contest these elections this time. In this case, it is likely that some other member of Grewal’s family will contest the elections.

Ex-Mayor Apinder Singh Grewal 

Bains brothers likely to rejoin Akali Dal
Ludhiana, April 25
Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains As they say there are no permanent rivals in politics. And the same holds true for the Bains brothers, independent MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains. It is likely that both the brothers, who were expelled from the party in December last year, are all set to rejoin the SAD.

Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains


Garbage, stagnant water a common sight

Ludhiana, April 25
Heaps of garbage, overflowing water storage tank and stagnant sewerage water are an invitation to diseases in the Railway Colony, situated at the backside of the railway station.
The stagnant water and garbage thrown in a nullah, a park being used as the dumping ground; and (right) stagnant water under the storage tank at Railway Colony in Ludhiana
The stagnant water and garbage thrown in a nullah, a park being used as the dumping ground; and (right) stagnant water under the storage tank at Railway Colony in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Water wastage goes unchecked
Ludhiana, April 25
With the summer season starting, water wastage in the city is going unchecked with a large number of persons indulging in morning washing of cars. The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) seems to have closed its eyes when it comes to challan violators.
Men wash their cars at Bhadaur House and Rakh Bagh areas in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma
Men wash their cars at Bhadaur House and Rakh Bagh areas in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma 

Gadkari to attend BJP meeting
Ludhiana, April 25
The state-level executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) will be held on May 6 and 7 at the Rotary Bhawan in Ludhiana and it will be presided over by National President of the party Nitin Gadkari. This was disclosed by state general secretary of the BJP Kamal Sharma here today.

Inquiry marked against patwari
Samrala, April 25
The ongoing strike by the Patwar Union and Kanugo Union, Samrala, was called off after an inquiry was marked to the SDM Payal against a patwari in a bribery case.

Industry sceptical over announcement by dept
Ludhiana, April 25
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has recently announced that no power cuts will be imposed on the industry this summer. Although the industry is in respite over the announcement, still speculations are being heard over the announcement in the industrial circles.

Arrest accused, demands kisan union
Ludhiana April 25
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) (Ugrahan) has demanded to arrest the accused allegedly involved in a firing incident, which took place in February at Raunta village in Nihalsinghwala sub-division when two unidentified gunmen fired shots at a school teacher and left her seriously injured.

Doraha-Ladowal road: DC inspects six-laning work
Ludhiana, April 25
To make sure that work on six-laning of of the Doraha-Ladowal road stretch being carried out by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is completed within the stipulated time, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, along with the Chief Engineer PWD, Chandigarh, RP Singh, visited the entire stretch of about 32 km here today.

180 get through physical fitness test

Ludhiana, April 25
Nearly 528 candidates, including postgraduates and computer technicians, were seen vying for nearly 20 posts of jail warden during the recruitment trial conducted at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today.

Candidates wait for their turn; and a policeman measures height of one of the candidates during the recruitment trials for jail warden in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photos: Inderjeet VErma

High drama at Police Lines
Ludhiana, April 25
High drama was witnessed at the police lines here today when a city resident alleged that traffic police team damaged his vehicle while towing it away from the Jagraon bridge area.

Railway station gets reservation counter
Jagraon, April 25
A long-pending demand of residents of Jagraon was fulfilled when a reservation counter was opened at the Jagraon railway station today.

Allottees cry foul, GLADA refutes allegations
Ludhiana, April 25
Some of the allottees of houses for the poor in Sanjay Gandhi Colony here have levelled allegations against certain officials of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) that they were demanding money from them for registration of sale deeds.

Petrol car models of different companies. A Tribune photograph Freebies, discounts on petrol cars
Ludhiana, April 25
For those shying away from driving home their dream vehicles, this may be the right time to zoom off in their dream machines. To push the sale of automobiles, especially petrol-driven cars, manufacturers are offering freebies, ranging from gold coins to LCD televisions.

Petrol car models of different companies. A Tribune photograph

‘Aggressive campaign needed’
Ludhiana, April 25
As the World Health Federation revealed in a survey that 38 per cent of the country’s population is not aware that smoking can cause heart attack and 50 per cent don’t know that it can cause strokes, doctors in the city say there is a need for better, more graphic and pictorial representation of the consequences and what smoking can lead to from the administration.

Cong leaders join Akali Dal
Khanna, April 25
The Congress got a jolt at Khanna when a former MC councillor and Congress leader Jai Dev Goel joined the Akali Dal with his supporters at a function organised at his residence in the presence of former MLA and Halka in charge Ranjit Singh Talwandi.

PSEB hikes rates of books
Ludhiana April 25
Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has hiked the prices of books, and teachers as well as parents feel that it as an undue burden on students.

Faculty Members begin canvassing
Ludhiana, April 25
With the Senate elections of Panjab University scheduled for September 23, faculty members of colleges in the city interested in contesting elections have started canvassing to garner support and votes from voters from respective constituencies.

Guess papers gaining popularity among students
Ludhiana, April 25
Stepping inside colleges prior to an examination, students can be seen rapidly going through guess papers. With most students preferring these papers to hand written notes for exam preparation, guess papers are witnessing brisk sale in the market. This is particularly true of the humanities.

PAU notes

From schools and colleges


Two thieves arrested
Ludhiana, April 25
With the arrest to two persons, the city police has claimed to have busted a gang of thieves which was committing thefts at factory units and marriage palaces located in the Dehlon and Alamgir areas.




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