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Hike in power tariff hits consumers
Ludhiana, July 16
Though the increase in power tariff is on expected lines and will come in handy to cut down the revenue deficit of around ~3,400 crore of the power utility for the financial year 2012-13, but the increase of 53 to 58 paise per unit across board for all categories of consumers is bound to hit them hard. It’s official. Power consumers in the state will have to shell out more with the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission announcing an average tariff hike of 12.8 per cent. The new power tariff will be applicable from April 2012.

Though the increase in power tariff is on expected lines and will come in handy to cut down the revenue deficit of around Rs 3,400 crore of the power utility for the financial year 2012-13, but the increase of 53 to 58 paise per unit across board for all categories of consumers is bound to hit them hard.



Youth from Jagraon stabbed to death on NH in Haryana
Jagraon, July 16
A youth hailing from Kothe Rahlan village on the outskirts of Jagraon was stabbed to death by some unidentified persons near Murthal in Haryana. The deceased has been identified as Raju, a taxi driver, who went to New Delhi for dropping passengers. The incident came to light a couple of days ago when a team from the Murthal police station found the body of a youth in his mid-twenties laying along the Ludhiana-New Delhi highway near Murthal. The police took the body in custody and sent it for post-mortem to the Murthal Civil Hospital.

Project cost escalates to Rs 58 crore in 15 yrs
Ludhiana, July 16
The much-hyped Lakkar Bridge project is hanging fire since 1997. It’s a clear reflection of the sad state of affairs in the state government as well as the Railways that even after 15 years a civic project that was aimed at reducing traffic congestion in the city remains incomplete. Ironically, even the cost of project has escalated from Rs 13 crore to Rs 58 crore.

PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon supervise the construction work of Lakkar Bridge in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Lakkar Bridge to be completed by year-end: Dhillon
Ludhiana, July 16
There’s good news for city residents as the much-awaited Lakkar Bridge will be complete in the next five months. PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon today claimed that all formalities have been completed and the project would be ready by December 31.

Moon is still on the wane, students avoid admission
Ludhiana, July 16
It is said that education enlightens and enables one to rise above superstitions. But the situation is different when it comes to taking admission in an educational institute. The admission process in colleges has begun from July 9, but the number of students getting admitted to various courses is comparatively slow. The reason: Most of the students and their parents are waiting for the bright phase of the moon to begin, as according to them, the brighter side denotes brightness in all the endeavours undertaken throughout the year.

Tractor crushes woman to death
Ludhiana, July 16
A woman was crushed to death by a tractor-trailer on Jassian Road today. The incident took place when the victim, identified as 40-year-old Parvati, mother of three children, was riding pillion on a motorcycle with her husband Ram Salochan. Eyewitnesses said when the motorcycle reached near MM Dying on Jassian Road, a tractor- trailer loaded with sand hit the motorcycle.


Various fruits available in market during monsoon.Rainy season
Eat cautiously
Ludhiana, July 16
With the onset of rainy season, many complain of inflammation in stomach, indigestion and sometimes diarrhoea and vomiting. But rarely people bother as what, where and how they are eating. Many eat without washing their hands properly and do not bother about the way the food has been cooked up and consume contaminated food in one form or the other and thus become an easy prey to gastroenteritis.

Various fruits available in market during monsoon. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

PAU notes
Experts to dwell on healthy diet during monsoon
Ludhiana, July 16
A two-day training course on “Household practices during the rainy season” will be organised by the directorate of extension education on July 19-20 at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Farm women and rural youth from various parts of the state will participate in the course, which will focus on special cookery, cleaning and care of household articles.

Keep vigil on e-filings by new assesses: Industrialists
Chief parliamentary secretary for excise and taxation Sarup Singla during a meeting in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, July 16
A delegation of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries’ Associations met Sarup Singla, chief parliamentary secretary for excise and taxation, and apprised him about problems of the industry.

Chief parliamentary secretary for excise and taxation Sarup Singla during a meeting in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

From schools
Picture reading contest at GNPS
Ludhiana, July 16
Education is viewed today as an acquisition of skills rather than of bookish knowledge. To inculcate special talent in students and to meet the imperative need of the curriculum, Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Birmi, organised a picture reading competition for classes I and II and best out of waste competition for classes III to VIII. The picture reading competition was held in two rounds and the shortlisted groups from each class participated in the final round. They showcased their endowment and had a cut-throat competition.

Opening online bank account a headache
Ludhiana, July 16
The initiative of the education department to open bank accounts of middle-school students has become a cause of inconvenience for teachers and parents of students. Teachers claim that bank authorities are not cooperating with students. Long queues can be seen at the banks recommended by the education department.

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Training to students
Schoolchildren learn first-aid tips during a training session organised by the Ambulance 108 at Bhai Dan Singh Senior Secondary School, Manuke, on Monday. Staff of “Amulance 108” imparted first-aid training to students of Bhai Dan Singh Senior Secondary School, Manuke, on Monday. Jatin Malhotra, cluster head of Ludhiana-2 for Ambulance 108, said, “We made students aware as how to take care of a patient in emergency and how to take away the patient to the doctor.”

Schoolchildren learn first-aid tips during a training session organised by the Ambulance 108 at Bhai Dan Singh Senior Secondary School, Manuke, on Monday. A Tribune photograph

‘Dhoti salwar’ gains popularity among girls
Ludhiana, July 16
Men attires have inspired dresses for women. Shirts and suits were initially menswear and went through customisation, which transformed into women’s wear. But this customisation was mostly in the western wear.

Three-act play staged in city
Ludhiana, July 16
The play, "August: Osage County" was staged at Guru Nanak Bhawan on Saturday. The staging was organised by the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam.

Beggars detained during drive
Ludhiana, July 16
The traffic police cracked a whip on beggary and detained several beggars who have become a traffic hazard and cause unnecessary botheration to commuters, as they keep seeking alms when the car stops at the traffic light.

Policemen order beggars to leave the place; and (right) beggars being taken to a police station in Ludhiana on Monday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Rare open heart surgery at CMCH
Ludhiana, July 16
Vikas Masih with his family and doctors at the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana. Vikas Masih, a 35-year-old teacher, had developed a large blood clot in his lungs called massive pulmonary embolism due to which he was not able to breathe. Dr HS Bedi, head of cardio vascular endovascular and thoracic surgery at the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), Ludhiana, found that Vikas was in imminent danger of death, as his oxygen levels were dangerously low. This was damaging his brain and kidneys.

Vikas Masih with his family and doctors at the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Road doubles up as garbage dump
Ludhiana, July 16
On one side the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is holding meetings for maintaining cleanliness in the city while on the other a road in the Shivaji Nagar area has been literally reduced to a garbage dump. While one side of the road is used by vehicular traffic, the other is being used as garbage dump.

Theft at RTI activist’s house foiled
Ludhiana, July 16
Alert residents foiled a theft and nabbed a suspect red-handed while he was committing a theft at the office of an RTI activist at midnight. The office belongs to Rohit Sabharwal. Rohit said it was during midnight that he received a phone call from a youngster living in the neighbourhood of his office.

A man shows a window through which a thief entered the house of an RTI activist in Ludhiana on Sunday night. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ryan School rolls back closing time
Ludhiana, July 16
The Ryan International School has rolled back the afternoon closing time for students from 2.40 pm to 2 pm as desired by the parents of some students. However, the school has not changed the arrival time in the morning. "We have not shifted to the old timings, as the children of class I and II would come at 9 in the morning," said principal Parveena John, while talking to The Tribune.

Rotary Club team assumes charge
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 16
The office-bearers and activists of the local unit of the Rotary Club have vowed to serve society in the ensuing year. Water conservation, health care for the poor and adopting deserving and needy students for higher education were declared as their priorities.

Joyride: Children enjoy a ride on a rehri amid muggy weather in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ill-treatment by police official alleged
Ludhiana, July 16
An RTI activist alleged that a police official deputed at the Zone A office of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, near Mata Rani Chowk, misbehaved with him today. He alleged that the official was posted outside the office of MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi, where he had gone to attend a hearing of an RTI case.

Mixed reaction to diary move
Ludhiana, July 16
Education Minister of Punjab Sikander Singh Maluka has ordered teachers to maintain the teachers diary weekly. Earlier, teachers used to fill in the diary daily. There is a mixed reaction to the move from teachers. While some welcomed the move as they feel the government has lessened their workload, the others are dissatisfied as they feel that the diary should be maintained regularly, which keeps teachers updated about students' performance.

IT Dept all set for filing of return
Ludhiana, July 16
With only a few days left for the filing of income tax return (ITR), tax payers, lawyers and the IT Department all are seem to be busy like a bee. Some amendments have been made this year and the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has also issued guidelines for filing ITR. Three major changes were made this year based on taxpayers' annual income.

'AIDS cases have reached saturation'
Ludhiana, July 16
Cases of AIDS are steady in India now. The country has witnessed a saturation point in AIDS cases. This revelation was made by Dr JK Maniar, consultant in HIV positive cases, Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai, who was here last evening to participate in a CME on "HIV Update -2012" organised by Christian Medical College and Hospital and Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.

Court notice to MLA
Ludhiana, July 16
Taking cognisance of a petition alleging disobedience and breach of its injunction order, a local court has issued a notice to MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik and Updesh Singh of Alamgir village for July 23.

Police cracks whip on drunken driving
Ludhiana, July 16
Several city residents were seen using all their political connection in order to avoid being tested by alco-meter during a drive launched by the traffic police.

Man held with illicit liquor
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 16
The Dehlon police has arrested a man on charge of trafficking of illicit liquor, drugs and narcotics. About 9,000 millilitres of illicit liquor and a large quantity of the banned pharmaceutical products were seized from his possession.

Debate on overpopulation at govt school
Ludhiana, July 16
The community health centre, Payal, organised a debate on the world population fortnight at the Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, Payal. A number of students spoke about causes and fallout on society as a result of overpopulation.

Advances in mgmt of epilepsy discussed
Ludhiana, July 16
The Indian Medical Association (IMA), Ludhiana, organised a cardio-neuro CME here on Saturday.

Music album released
Ludhiana, July 16
A music album, “Lafzan De Gehne”, was released recently. The uniqueness of the album is that poets have sung their own compositions.


Chain snatched
Ludhiana, July 16
Two youths on a motorcycle snatched the gold chain of a woman in Maya Nagar today.




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