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Construction material on road causes traffic jam
Resident arrested, booked
Ludhiana, May 6
The concept of "government property is our Construction material lying on the road blocks traffic outside Arya Senior Secondary School property" is soon going to change here, as the city police is going strict on the residents who keep construction material on road and create traffic jam.

Construction material lying on the road blocks traffic outside Arya Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana. photo: Inderjeet Verma


Pitiable road to blame for Shekhupura mishap
Big potholes on road at the accident site near Shekhupura village on the Ludhiana-Moga highway.Jagraon, May 6
 The pitiable condition of the Ludhiana-Moga highway is said to be the reason behind the tragic accident that took place near Shekhupura village on this road this morning. Five women pilgrims from the same village in Moga district lost their lives, while more than one dozen persons were injured in the accident involving four vehicles.

Big potholes on road at the accident site near Shekhupura village on the Ludhiana-Moga highway. photo by the writer

After CMCH, more hospitals may come under RTI
These hospitals also enjoy house tax exemption by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation
Ludhiana, May 6
After Christian Medical College Ludhiana has been declared a public authority by the State Information Commission (SIC), other city hospitals which are having exemption of house tax might fall under the RTI purview soon.

lit colonies
Recovery of water, sewerage user arrear charges poor
Ludhiana, May 6
While urban development bodies are always found wanting in the execution of development projects, and most of the time even urgent development works are pushed to the back-burner due to the paucity of funds, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has nothing to write home about as far as the recovery of user charges of water supply and sewerage in the colonies under its administrative control is concerned.

With MC poll nearing, councillors keen on using Facebook
Ludhiana, May 6
After seeing their senior counterparts successfully spearheading their campaigns in virtual world, many sitting councillors as well as those willing to contest the upcoming MC elections have started creating their profiles on the Facebook and other social networking websites and even Youtube. Terming this “initiative” as the most convenient and cheaper way of connecting with their voters, some of the leaders are busy learning ways to use these social networking websites.

Bag snatched at pistol point
Ludhiana, May 6
The city police has booked five persons for allegedly snatching the bag of a resident at pistol point. According to the complainant, Sunil Kumar, a resident of Civil Lines, Ranjodh Singh, Mintu, Jinder, Sarabjit Singh and Bobby snatched the bag from him containing Rs 10,000 and important documents.

Boiler kept in truck explodes
Ludhiana, May 6
A truck turned into rubble and two houses were damaged here today on the Tajpur road following an explosion in a boiler kept in a truck in a soap factory that was burning animal fat.


No end to traffic woes
Jagraon, May 6
There seems to be no end to traffic woes of commuters and residents of the College Road where traffic jams have become an order of the day. The hour-long traffic jams at this road have become a common phenomenon and one can often see vehicles stuck in the jam throughout the day.

Volunteers donate blood in Ludhiana on Sunday.Ludhiana scan
ABVP meeting
A meeting of the Punjab unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) was organised here on Sunday. It was presided over by Gurvinder Singh, secretary of the unit. and activists form all over Punjab attended it. Gurvinder Singh said the ABVP would start a movement against expensive education.
Electrical safety: In continuance of the electrical safety week (May 1 to 7), a seminar was organised by the electrical department at the Ludhiana railway station power substation.

Volunteers donate blood in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Reporters’ Diary
Pleasure in violating traffic rules!
Residents of the city do not leave a single opportunity to violate traffic rules. Although the police has become strict, they still manage to break the traffic rules and go uncaught. Today when I was standing at the traffic lights, I saw two policemen busy to stop a truck that had jumped a red light. Seeing the policemen busy with a traffic violator, people standing at the red light jumped the light, as they knew the two policemen were not watching their moves.

Maintaining work-life balance challenging for working women
Ludhiana, May 6
Working women in the city are finding it challenging to maintain work-life balance. About 85 per cent of the women working in different fields find it difficult to maintain a balance between work and life and family support is the key for managing both work and home, says a survey.

Cosmetics are harmful: Study
Ludhiana, May 6
Can any of us even think of living without soaps, shampoos, deodorants and lipsticks? Or even think that they could cause any harm to us. Cosmetics are being used without even thinking about the ill effects they can cause to our skin.

Unkempt roads pain Ward No. 3 residents
Ludhiana, May 6
Although many of the roads near councillor Rakesh Kumar’s residence are clean, some are yet to be carpeted in other areas of Ward No. 3. The roads in areas like Nanda Colony are uncarpeted. The residents of Laxmi Colony also complain that there is little upkeep of roads. Rain wreaks havoc on the roads of Vishal Nagar. Overflowing sewage is a regular problem in the Nanda Colony, New Nanda Colony, Bawa Colony, Royal Estate areas.

Development irrelevant for residents of Vardhaman Nagar
Ludhiana, May 6
The development status of Ward No. 4 can be easily gauged from the fact that in the colony where area councillor Sudesh Chaudhary resides, the word development is irrelevant for the residents. Apart from street number 1, 2 and 3, all the streets of Vardhman Nagar are bereft of any developmental activity. A few areas of the ward have seen carpeting of roads and are clean. But most of the colonies are facing the problems of sewerage blockage, improper supply of water and damaged roads.

Swiss govt move worries city elite
Ludhiana, May 6
Big wigs of the city, who have accounts in Swiss banks, should beware as Switzerland has agreed to provide the details of secret bank accounts of individuals sought by the Indian Government even on the basis of limited information. This development will help remove the menace of black money.

Price of tomatoes heads north
Ludhiana, May 6
It has been nearly a month that tomatoes are priced between Rs 40 to Rs 50 per kg. Highly priced tomatoes are making city people see red, which are now switching to purees instead. Tomatoes are coming from Mumbai since there has been less cultivation of tomatoes in the state and as a result of which the cost of transportation is also borne by customers in the form of high price of tomatoes.

Asthma Patients
Unpredictable weather adds to woes
Ludhiana, May 6
Unpredictable weather conditions have added to the woes of patients suffering from asthma. Consistent cough, sneezing and chest tightness are some of the symptoms, which should not be ignored by the patients who are already asthmatic.

Focus on facilitating finances for MSMEs
Ludhiana, May 6
In order to facilitate its members to interact and resolve credit and finance related issues of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the PHD Chamber organised an interactive session with senior management of Federal Bank. The focus of the session was facilitating finance for MSMEs.

Firemen try to douse flames at Sainik Textiles Mills Private Limited near Ahmedgarh on Sunday. Goods, property worth lakhs gutted
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 6
Goods and property worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a fire that broke out at Sainik Textiles Mills Private Limited at Kup on the Malerkotla-Ludhiana road on Saturday evening.

Firemen try to douse flames at Sainik Textiles Mills Private Limited near Ahmedgarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

‘Create posts of vice-principals’
Ludhiana, May 6
After the statements of the director general school education and education secretary, school lecturers decided to discontinue doing the administrative work in the absence of school principal. The Government School Lecturers’ Union demanded to create a post of the vice-principal in government schools for doing the administrative work in the absence of principals. Earlier, the education department cancelled the authority of officiating principals and senior lecturers to use drawing and disbursing officer powers (DDO) in the absence of permanent school principals. According to these orders of the director public instructions (secondary), if the post of principal or headmaster is vacant, then the principal of the neighbour school will take care of the school and use DDO powers.

From colleges
Students win laurels
LUDHIANA: Baljeet Kaur, a student of MCom first semester, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujharkhan campus, Model Town, secured fourth position in Panjab University. A total of 25 students secured more than 70 per cent marks. The management and principal Kawaljeet Kaur congratulated the students and faculty members for their outstanding results.

Problems of printing industry discussed
Ludhiana, May 6 A meeting of executive members of the Offset Printers’ Association (OPA) was held today to bid farewell to Vishav Bandhu, outgoing general manager (GM), District Industries Centre (DIC), Ludhiana, and to welcome Mahesh Khanna, who is the new GM of DIC Ludhiana.

Centres overcharging students
Ludhiana, May 6
The government is facilitating students by conducting examinations through open school centres, but these centres are overcharging poor students. The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) provides a chance to those students who want to study but not able to join full-time schools through these centres.

MC poll
Tonni to join SAD
Mandi Gobindgarh, May 6
In the wake of civic body elections in the state, the Congress got a big blow when Gobindgarh Steel Chamber and Industry chief Bharat Bhushan (Tonni) Jindal at a meeting attended by industrialists and traders declared to join the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) along with his co-members.


1 killed, 3 hurt in road mishaps
Mandi Gobindgarh, May 6
One person was killed, while three received injuries in two separate road accidents here today. Raj Kumar, a resident of Ladpur village, died on the spot when he was going on a cycle towards a factory where he was working.

2 held with stolen cars
Ludhiana, May 6
With the arrest of two persons, the city police has claimed to have busted a gang of thieves and recovered two stolen cars from their possession.




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