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Love leads to killing of youth
Attacked by armed assailants at midnight, dies in afternoon at hospital
Ludhiana, May 21
Relatives of Sandeep Peter grieve over his death in Ludhiana on Monday. Falling in love proved to be a fatal decision for a 27-year-old youth, who left his nursing course and returned from England to unite with his beloved.

Relatives of Sandeep Peter grieve over his death in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph


Unauthorised Colonies
GLADA tightens noose around unscrupulous developers
Officials get power to punish those violating PAPRA
Ludhiana, May 21
In the wake of mushrooming of unauthorised colonies on the periphery of the mega city and surrounding areas, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has assigned specific areas to officials of its engineering wing so as to maintain strict vigil and take appropriate legal action against those violating the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act 1995 (PAPRA).

Girl’s body found
Ludhiana, May 21
The naked body of a girl, aged around 14 to15, packed in a bag and thrown on roadside in Kashav Nagar in the Daba area, ceatated panic among residents here late at night.

No end to visitors' harassment
Sub-Registrar offices in Ludhiana district
Ludhiana, May 21
Higher officials may be trying their best that the visitors were not "harassed" at the Sub-Registrar offices in the district in the absence of tehsildars/naib tehsildars concerned but the practice continues.

A big rush at the Sub-Registrar (East) office as officials reportedly came here late in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Motorcyclist killed in accident
No help on road; 'ambulance came late'
Ludhiana, May 21
An accident victim kept struggling for life for nearly half an hour and the public kept watching him in agony like mute spectators. Gagan Singh, a bank employee, however, mustered courage and informed the police and the emergency 108 ambulance service about the incident.

Destiny plays a cruel joke with this actor
Ludhiana, May 21
For a veteran actor and football player, spending the evening of his life at the Old Age Home of the Red Cross at Sarabha Nagar here is a sad quirk of fate. Eightytwo-year-old Gurdarshan Singh worked in about 60 movies, playing leading roles with the bigwigs of the yesteryear. It was the "golden" period of his life when he played football for India between 1950 to 1960.

Veteran actor Gurdarshan Singh with a collage of his works in the background in Ludhiana on Monday. photo: Inderjit Verma

Thieves strike at factory
Ludhiana, May 21
Two former employees struck at a factory unit on RK Road near Cheema Chowk and decamped with motor spare parts worth over Rs 4 lakh by sedating three security guards of the unit.


Shifting of electricity poles in progress in Ludhiana. Six laning of NH 1
High-tension wires shifted
Ludhiana, May 21
For speeding up the ongoing work of six laning of the National Highway number 1 within the municipal limits, the district administration got high tension wires shifted from Shivpuri Chowk this morning.

Shifting of electricity poles in progress in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

RTI activists stage peaceful dharna
‘Corruption’ in Ludhiana Municipal Corporation office
Ludhiana, May 21
To highlight the blatant corruption in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC), several RTI activists of the city have taken on to “Gandhigiri”. For this cause, they sat on a peaceful dharna against the MC Commissioner and other officials outside the MC Zone D office today.

RTI activists stage a peaceful dharna against ‘corruption’ in the municipal corporation in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ward no. 28: Need to focus on underdeveloped areas
Ludhiana, May 21
The condition of roads, potable water supply, sanitation and sewerage in ward no. 28 is somewhat better compared to the adjoining wards. However, the residents of Bank Colony, Indraprastha Nagar and Gopal Nagar are the most unsatisfied section of the ward. Certain residential areas are deprived of water supply and sewerage whereas development work is going on in other areas.

A view of Bank Colony in ward no. 28 of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ward no.29
Councillor blames poor development on politics

Ludhiana, May 21
Ward number 29 could not be taken as a well-maintained ward. It's been maintained only in patches. Garbage strewn in many parts, open drains, ill-maintained parks and roads full of potholes, this ward has it all. The residents say the area councillor, Sushil Raju Thapar, has not been able to perform up to the mark. They say the roads have not been re-carpeted despite the fact that work orders for the same had been issued a long time ago. They also blame the councillor for not taking any steps to solve the problem of garbage disposal.

A roadside garbage dump near Division No. 4 Police Station in ward no. 29. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Army recruitment rally in city from July 2
Ludhiana, May 21
Aspiring candidates, who are dreaming to become a soldier and serve the Indian Army, must not forget to take the relationship certificate stating that they are bachelor otherwise they would be shown the door even before taking part in the recruitment rally. Col MS Mahar, the recruitment officer, said many candidates don’t bring their marksheets, their caste certificate and other important documents. This creates problem for the recruitment staff and even result in the disqualification of candidate.

Col MS Mahar addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

No respite from heat
Despite drizzle max temp 39.2°C
Ludhiana May 21
Residents were hopeful that early morning drizzle will reduce the temperature, but the day ended with maximum temperature at 39.2°C. However, the minimum temperature dipped to 23 °C due to the drizzle.

Cyber crime
Fake Ids on Facebook, a pain in neck for parents
Ludhiana, May 21
Cyber crime is on the rise in the city. Everyday one resident or another lodges complaints with the police that SMSes are being sent to them from various telephone numbers (some international) of they having won a lottery. As if it is not enough, an SMS was sent to the disciples of a particular sect recently.

Exporters have nothing to cheer as buyers seek discounts
Ludhiana, May 21
Buyers globally have started putting pressure on Indian exporters to offer discounts or cut down prices as they are gaining due to the depreciation of the rupee against US dollar.

Festive spirit:
Women making rangoli with flower petals to celebrate Onam at Veer Palace in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Minimum wages
Hike will spell doom for industry
Ludhiana, May 21
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector will be hit hard by the proposed substantial increase in minimum wages in Punjab. The MSME sector is the mainstay of the state’s industrial economy and has been contributing significantly toward the gross domestic product and generation of employment avenues. But, the Minimum Wage Advisory Board’s recommendation has not been welcomed by this sector.

RBI guidelines fatal for MSMEs
Ludhiana, May 21
To check depreciation of rupee, the Reserve Bank has asked exporters to convert half of their foreign exchange reserves into rupee to make available dollars in market.

No nominations at Goraya, Phillaur on day I
Phillaur, May 21
No candidate filed nomination papers in Goraya and Phillaur on the first day of the filing of nominations for the scheduled elections to the Goraya Nagar Panchayat and ward number 2 of the Phillaur Nagar Council today.

DC asks officials to make arrangements
Ludhiana, May 21
As the municipal corporation (MC) elections are nearing, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rahul Tiwari held a meeting with officials of various departments to make all necessary arrangements on time.

Australian delegates visit PAU
Ludhiana, May 21
A two-member delegation from TAFE, New South Wales, (state department of education and technology) and the Association of Trainee Farmers’ Employees, Australia, visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today to explore the possibilities of collaborative venture with PAU in agriculture and its allied fields.

Ludhiana scan
Seminar: A seminar on saving cultural heritage and environment was organised by the Vishav Punjabi Virasat Foundation. It was said preserving the environment had become the biggest challenge. Experts talked about carbon dioxide, farms and crops, pesticides and environmental education.

PAU staff agitate, demand salaries
Ludhiana, May 21
Traffic goes for a toss at the Firozpur road, as agitated Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) employees staged a dharna and blocked the road here today.

Cong men pay tributes to Rajiv Gandhi
Ludhiana, May 21
The District Congress Committee Urban (DCC-U) today organised a function to mark the 21st death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Cop hurt as car rams into tree
Jagraon, May 21
A policeman sustained serious injuries when the Maruti Alto car (PB29 C 0048) in which he was travelling rammed into a tree near Chaunkiman village on the Ludhiana-Moga highway today afternoon.


19 kg poppy husk seized, one arrested
Jagraon, May 21
The local police has seized 19 kilograms of poppy husk in two raids. A drug peddler has been arrested while another managed to escape from the police custody under the cover of darkness.

Proclaimed offender arrested
Ludhiana, May 21
The Division No 4 police arrested a proclaimed offender (PO), who was evading arrest for over six years. The accused, identified as Soni Ghora, was booked on July 27, 2006, in connection of an assault case was evading arrest for the past six years.


Grewal Academy win first match
Prithipal Singh Memorial Hockey
Ludhiana, May 21
Grewal Academy of Kila Raipur survived a scare before romping home victorious 4-3 against Randhir Academy of Dhamot in the junior section in the Prithipal Singh Memorial Seven-a-Side Hockey Festival being organised jointly by the Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy, Jarkhar, and the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association at Jarkhar village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, about 15 kilometers from here last evening.

Cricket tournament
Day 1: Ludhiana 32 for 3
Ludhiana, May 21
Host Ludhiana was placed precariously (32 for 3) against Amritsar at close of play on the first day of the three-day Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy being played at Punjab Agricultural University today.



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