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Air fares set to rise
Ludhiana, July 12
Air passengers will now have to shell out more as travel agents have decided to impose a service tax of Rs 225 from July 16. The agents have decided to charge service tax as the service carriers have reduced their commission from 3 per cent to 1 per cent. Sukhbir Singh, a travel agent, said: "We are left with no option, but to pass on the burden to passengers since our commission has been reduced."

Boy found dead near roadside
Ludhiana, July 12
Commuters were in for a shock when they spotted the body of a boy aged around 16 years at the roadside near Clock Tower here his morning. The police said preliminary investigation suggested that the victim was stoned to death. The victim, who appears to be a ragpicker, suffered serious head injuries, which led to his death.


Concern as mosquitoes multiply
Ludhiana, July 12
Mosquitoes breeding on stagnant rainwater that has collected in puddles and small potholes in Ludhiana. With the onset of monsoon, breeding of mosquitoes is also on full swing, even in small potholes. Due to the rain, water has collected at various places. Some posh localities have also become a regular habitat of mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes breeding on stagnant rainwater that has collected in puddles and small potholes in Ludhiana. Photos: inderjeet verma

Missing child recovered
The rescued child along with his parents in Ludhiana on Thursday. Ludhiana, July 12
Eight-year-old Suraj, who got separated from his mother somewhere between the Saharanpur and Ambala railway stations on July 10, was recovered and handed over to his parents here today.

The rescued child along with his parents in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: inderjeet verma

Two bodies recovered from canal
Ludhiana, July 12
Panic spread in Ashapuri and the surrounding areas after the bodies of a man and a woman were recovered from Sidhwan Canal here today. The bodies were spotted by commuters who informed the police. Initially, the police suspected that some lovers may have committed suicide or it may have been a case of honour killing.

Woman dies of burns; hunt to nab husband
Ludhiana, July 12
A woman who set herself afire on July 6 succumbed to her injuries at a hospital here today. The victim identified as Amarjit Kaur, a resident of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, had set herself afire after her husband Balwinder Singh Jacky allegedly thrashed her. She suffered serious burns.


Parents continue protest
Parents protest at Ryan International School in Ludhiana on Thursday. Ludhiana, July 12
Parents continue to be up in arms against the school authorities at Ryan International School against the newly introduced shift system for Classes I and II under which the students have to stay in the school till 3:00 pm. Parents gathered at the school today, and complained about the system due to which children reach home very late.

Parents protest at Ryan International School in Ludhiana on Thursday. A tribune photograph

Gap-year postgraduate students denied admission
Sahnewal, July 12
With Panjab University, Chandigarh, shifting to the semester system of examinations, students who completed their first year of postgraduation under the old system of annual examinations last year are presently not being given admission to the second year by colleges, due to lack of any instructions from the university regarding the mode of their admission.

Habit-forming drugs thrown inside jail premises
Ludhiana, July 12
In the latest incident, the Central Jail authorities seized around 9,000 habit -forming tablets that were thrown inside the jail premises here last evening. The security guards spotted the contraband that was packed in a polythene bag. Sources in the jail said that an inmate who possesses a mobile phone had ordered for it.

Encroachments razed from Chandigarh Road
A GLADA team clears encroahments on road berms in Sector 32-A on the Chandigarh Road in Ludhiana on Thursday. Ludhiana, July 12
Carrying out the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued in the course of disposal of a civil writ petition to clear all encroachments on public roads, streets and parks, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today razed structures put up on the road berms, public streets and green belts in Sector 32-A on the Chandigarh Road here.

A GLADA team clears encroahments on road berms in Sector 32-A on the Chandigarh Road in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Water-proof envelopes for Rakhi
Ludhiana, July 12
To prevent the monsoon season from dampening the celebrations, the Department of Posts has launched water-proof rakhi envelopes for the upcoming festival. The envelope has high-tear resistance and is available in different colours for Rs 7. "Rakhi" is written on the envelope along with the India Post logo. Swaraj Kaur, Senior Post Master at Head Post Office, said, "There is always a good sale of these envelopes.

Seven injured in road mishap
Biza, July 12
Seven persons, including children and women, were injured in a road accident when their Tempo traveller was hit by a speeding private bus on the Ludhiana- Ambala road in front of Gurdwara Sahib Manji Sahib, Kottann, near Biza.

MC allots contracts for development works
Jagraon, July 12
The Jagraon Municipal Council finally awarded contracts for various development works to be carried out in the town in the coming months to different contractors yesterday.

Complete budget grant will be given to PAU: Punjab Finance Minister
Ludhiana, July 12
The coordination committee of the three recognised associations of the Punjab Agricultural University, viz the PAU Teachers Association, the PAU Employees Union and the PAU Fourth Class Workers Union, met the Finance Minister of Punjab, Parminder Singh Dhindsa, and expressed their gratitude for a substantial increase in the budget allocation for the university. They, however, expressed their concern about the actual release of the budget allocation, especially the planned grant.

DC pulls up PSPCL officials
Ludhiana, July 12
Seeking an explanation of officials concerned with the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) in the electrocution case of four-year-old Harkirat, who lost his life near the CMCH yesterday while leaning close to a loose high-tension power cable that had fallen on a wall, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rahul Tiwari today warned PSPCL officials if such an incident took place in the future, they would have to pay for it.

10 days after road cave-in, civic body yet to act
Ludhiana, July 12
It seems that municipal corporation (MC) officials are not concerned about the safety of residents. This can be judged from the fact that the portion of a road at the Bal Singh Nagar area of the Basti Jodhewal caved in almost 10 days back.

Cleaning of Budha Nullah incomplete
Ludhiana, July 12
The cleaning of the Budha Nullah under way near the Chand cinema in Ludhiana. Even as the monsoon has arrived, the municipal corporation (MC) is yet to complete the cleaning of the Budha nullah. MC officials can still be seen cleaning it using machines.

The cleaning of the Budha Nullah under way near the Chand cinema in Ludhiana. Photo: Indejeet verma

20 MC employees turn out to be latecomers
Ludhiana, July 12
Frequent complaints of residents regarding the non-availability of municipal corporation (MC) staff at their offices was found to be true when 20 employees of the Zone A branch were found absent from duty today.

Skincare tips for monsoon
Ludhiana, July 12
After a hot and sweaty summer, the monsoon comes as relief, but humid and damp weather takes a toll on the skin. Some little tips and small changes in skincare routine can help have a glowing and disease-free skin during the monsoon.

Lawyers' strike enters second day
Ludhiana, July 12
Showing their resentment against the UPA government for efforts to pass certain Bills allegedly against the interests of the legal fraternity, local lawyers continued their strike on the second day here today.

Industry discusses problems with Political Secy to Dy CM
Ludhiana, July 12
Representatives of various industrial circles yesterday discussed their problems with Kamal Sharma, Political Secretary to the Deputy Chief Minister, who promised to put forward their problems to the Chief Minister.

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Poster-making activity
Ludhiana: Ryan International School, Dugri, organised a poster-making activity here on Thursday. Students were given various topics on environment. The purpose of the activity was to educate the students to love nature. Students made wonderful posters on the given topics.

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Multiplex inaugurated
A new six-screen multiplex by PVR was launched at Silver Arc on Thursday. This is the second PVR in the city. Pramod Arora, group president, PVR, said more non-mainstream movies would be screened at the facility. He said that all the screens were 2K projection screen with 3-D enabled systems along with 7.1 Dolby Digital Sound.

Cycle market to remain closed
Ludhiana, July 12
Cycle market in the city will remain closed from July 14 to 17, as cycle dealers are headed to Srinagar for a vacation. The representative of the Wholesale Cycle Dealers Association said cycle shops at Gill Road, Gulshan Market, Gobindpura, Gambhir Market, and Muradapura will remain closed for four days.


Robbers flee with Rs 4.5 lakh
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 12
Some unidentified armed miscreants robbed Rs 4.5 lakh from a safe vault of a petrol pump situated along the Sirhind Canal near Butahri village, after drugging three employees of the pump yesterday.

Three held with drugs
Jagraon, July 12
The Jagraon police has arrested and booked three persons in three incidents of drug peddling. A police team led by ASI Avtar Singh arrested Baldev Singh, alias Debi, of Mullanpur Dakha.





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