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Re-carpeting roads in a huff surprises people
Municipal officials reparing a portion of a road in Ishar Nagar in LudhianaLudhiana, May 9
With the Municipal Council elections round the corner, development in the city has taken the city residents by surprise. 

Municipal officials reparing a portion of a road in Ishar Nagar in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Beware of calls from +92, +9234
Ludhiana, May 9
Are you receiving missed calls from unidentified numbers starting with +92? Feeling tempted to call back to see if it’s from someone you know? Think twice before you do that, as the calls might be from cheats in Pakistan.


Mangled remains of Safari that collided with a Canter near Khanna 3 killed, 4 hurt in mishap
Khanna, May 9
The proposed visit of two Mathura-based families to a shrine turned sour when three persons, including two children and a woman, were killed and four injured in a road accident in the wee hours today.

Mangled remains of Safari that collided with a Canter near Khanna on Wednesday. A Tribune photo

Marriage photograph of Jasveer Kaur and Kamaljit Singh. Yet another girl duped by NRI
Jagraon, May 9
Even though the trend of sham marriages among Punjabis has ruined lives of several hundred girls in the state, still the lust for going abroad in search of greener pastures among the Punjabis does not seem to be dying down.

Marriage photograph of Jasveer Kaur and Kamaljit Singh. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

What actually is it?
Ludhiana, May 9
A sham or fake marriage is an “unwritten contract” in which huge amount of money exchange hands to send a boy or a girl abroad. The sham marriage is done to hoodwink immigration officials and abroad by gaining immigration rights for one of the spouses.

Girls protect themselves from scorching heat in Ludhiana. photo: inderjeet verma
Girls protect themselves from scorching heat in Ludhiana. photo: inderjeet verma

NRI youths in Canada take to sham marriages
Jagraon, May 9
Drug addiction and economic slowdown is prompting boys and girls of Indian origin settled in Canada to take the route of sham marriage. These NRIs are taking full advantage of Punjabis’ craze for greener pasture and ripping them off for lakh of rupees.

Routine work suffers
Ludhiana, May 9
Due to acute staff shortage in the district administration, routine work seems to be suffering. Though officials maintain that it was a temporary phase and things will be streamlined once vacancies are filled, still the "over-burdened" officials maintain that it had become too difficult to take care of two-three departments together.


Parmanand Punj ‘Tough times never last’
Ludhiana, May 9
Despite being impaired from powers of listening and speech Parmanand Punj is master of many skills. He could easily challenge any normal human being with his acts. A 32-year-old Parmanand is in pharmaceutical industry and running a medical store at Lohara village of Ludhiana. Apart form running the medical store, he is well versed in astrology. In the era of computer he is regular user of Internet and is active on face book and social networking sites.

Parmanand Punj

Demolition drive, villagers block highway
Khamano May 9
Protesting against the demolition drive of the PWD department of houses and shops hundreds of villagers, today, blocked traffic on Ludhiana-Chandigarh road for about two hours at village Pohlo Majra. The traffic was opened only after the concerned officials assured that they will not demolish any structure and they will also access losses of the affected families. It is worthwhile to say that yesterday about 15 alleged illegal structures were razed by the PWD officials with the help of the JCB.

Blocked sewers bane of ward No. 9
Ludhiana, May 9
At the outset ward no. 9 councillor's claims that he has got the roads of the ward "reconditioned" seem to be true. The streets in the ward are in relatively better condition compared to some of the other wards in the area. But lack of parks, blocked sewers, irregularity in visits by sweepers remain are the residents' complaints in some of the colonies of the ward.

A garbage dump at Guru Arjan Dev Nagar in ward no. 9 in Ludhiana.(L) and A blocked sewer in the area.  Photos: Inderjeet Verma 

Ward No. 10 better than others, but not all are satisfied here
Ludhiana, May 9
The condition of roads, potable water supply, sanitation and sewerage in ward no. 10 is better than its adjoining wards. However, the residents and shopkeepers on the Kuliwal Road are the most unsatisfied section of the residents. Some of the new residential areas are deprived of potable water supply and sewerage whereas development work is going on in other areas. Sector 32-A is a posh area of the ward where roads are full of bumps and potholes.

(Clockwise)  The pathetic condition of a street in Sukhdev Nagar at ward no. 10 in Ludhiana,  The uncarpeted Kuliwal Road in the ward no. 10, A garbage dump at a vacant plot Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Differences between Sokhi and Bains to fore 
Ludhiana, May 9
One can never imagine how the politics of the day will take a turn. Differences between municipal councillor Jagbir Singh Sokhi and MLA Simarjit Singh Bains have come out in the open with Sokhi suspecting that Bains is lobbying hard to get his ticket for the MC elections cancelled.

Commission agent fined
Jagraon, May 9
An commission agent of the Jagraon Grain Market was found guilty of packing unclean wheat in the wheat bags by the officials of Market Committee Jagraon here yesterday.

Industrialists detained in China return
Ludhiana, May 9
The three traders who were detained during the Anti-Prostitution raid by the Shanghai police on April 26, returned to the city here on Monday.

Violist performed
Ludhiana, May 9
Johar Ali Khan, a noted violist, performed today at Partap Public School. He performed various ragas and compositions.

Absent staff file reply to civil surgeon
Ludhiana, May 9
A majority of the employees of Civil Surgeon Office who were found absent from duty a few days ago during a random checking conducted by the Deputy Commsioner, Ludhiana, have filed their replies in writing.

Workshop on physiotherapy organised
Ludhiana, May 9
The department of physical therapy and rehabilitation, DMCH, organised a two-day workshop on "Complete solutions for spinal disorders by neuro musculo skeletal manual approach" here recently.

Mothers, children chain creates record
Khanna May 9
It was a matter of pride for Khanna City when Radha Vatika Senior Secondary School, Khanna, got a place in the Limca Book Of Records when the school organised a biggest chain of mothers and children on the eve of Mothers day here yesterday.

Jewellers to offer 25 per cent discount
Ludhiana, May 9
Encouraged by the excise duty rollback, domestic retailers of gold and diamond ornaments are considering offering a 25 per cent discount on making charges on all jewellery.

Problems of dairy farming discussed
Ludhiana, May 9
Labour involved and infertility in animals are two major constraints, which restrict farmers for adopting dairy farming in a big way.

Exemption from excise duty sought
Ludhiana, May 9
After Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced excise duty rollback on jewellery, the Knitwear Club has shot a memorandum to the Finance Minister, requesting him to make the textile industry free from the excise tax regime.

200 donate blood
Ludhiana, May 9
To mark the 21st International Thalassaemia Day and World Red Cross Day, the departments of transfusion medicine and paediatrics and Punjab Thalassaemics Welfare Society (PTWS) yesterday jointly organised the annual medicos voluntary blood donation camp at DMCH.

A view of the canteen at Punjab Agricultural University that is without fans. Photo: Inderjeet Verma PAU canteen has no fans
Ludhiana, May 9
With the summer season setting in and temperature touching 39 degrees Celsius each day, there are fans in the canteen at the student centre, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

A view of the canteen at Punjab Agricultural University that is without fans. Photo: Inderjeet Verma 

From schools

From colleges

PAU notes

Ludhiana scan


Gang of snatchers busted
Ludhiana, May 9
With the arrest of three persons namely Hira Singh, alias Hardeep, a resident of Amritsar district, Balwinder Singh, a resident of Ludhiana, and Mandeep Singh, alias Raju, also a resident of Amritsar district, the city police claims to have got a major success, saying that the three were involved in more than 55 incidents of snatching. A countrymade 12-bore pistol, a cartridge, a knife, a motorcycle and gold chains and earrings were recovered from their possession.




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