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Govt in no mood to oblige
Ludhiana, July 27
An illegal colony that was razed by GLADA officials. Even after several rounds of meetings between senior functionaries of the state government and representatives of the colonisers and developers, the crucial issue of regularisation and compounding of more than 1,700 unauthorised colonies within and around the mega city still hangs fire as the government has apparently adopted tough postures and does not seem to be in a mood to oblige the developers despite hectic lobbying by them.

Hide-n-seek proves costly for two boys from Rourkela
Ludhiana, July 27
Playing hide-n-seek in a train proved costly for two boys from Rourkela in Odisha, as the Hira Kund Express Train brought them around 1,700km away from their native place. The two boys identified as Sher Singh (8) and Naval Kumar (9) were spotted crying at the Ludhiana Railway station at midnight.




Man held with 560-kg poppy husk
Jagraon, July 27
The accused with the recovered contraband in Machchiwara on Friday. The Jagraon police has arrested a drug peddler and recovered 560 kg of poppy husk from his possession. The accused has been identified as Sikandar Singh, a resident of Maherna Kalan village, Raikot.

The accused with the recovered contraband in Machchiwara on Friday. Photo by writer

11 bags seized at Machchiwara
Machchiwara, July 27
The police has arrested three youths with 11 bags of poppy husk. Samrala DSP Jagwinder Singh Cheema said the accused were nabbed during a naka near Bhattian village. Seven bags of poppy husk was recovered from them. The accused have been identified as Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Daata village, and Makhan Singh, a resident of Kadhiana village. A case has been registered in this connection.

Towing away of vehicles
Now, police to face heat if vehicles get damaged
Ludhiana, July 27
Finally, the Commissioner of Police has come to the rescue of the city residents whose vehicles are towed away by the police officials and are damaged in the process. Many vehicles that were towed away in the recent past had been damaged and following complaints made by the residents, Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh directed the police that the residents could lodge their complaint with the senior officials.

Rising gun culture taking toll on residents lives
Ludhiana, July 27
Suicide by 17-year-old son of a property dealer has yet again established that the craze for weapons is proving counter productive for city residents. The police said victim Rupinder Singh put the .12 bore pistol of his father in his mouth and pressed the trigger. Jasdev Singh, Rupinders father, maintained that Rupinder was not good in studies and took the extreme step in sheer frustration.

With anti-ragging panel in place, students feel safe
Ludhiana, July 27
Acting upon the directions given by the Additional Deputy Commissioner to form anti-ragging committees and squads, the local colleges have formed committees and displayed the list on the notice boards.

2 more test positive for dengue
Ludhiana, July 27
Two more patients have tested positive for dengue. The health department confirmed today after testing the samples at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital Ludhiana.


Filing of Income tax returns
July 31 Deadline nears
Ludhiana, July 27
With the July 31 deadline for filing of income tax returns nearing, there is a huge rush among taxpayers. While some are delegating the task to tax consultants and chartered accountants, others are busy filing the returns themselves. Filing of income tax returns online has emerged as a better option and is becoming increasingly popular.

Youth in the state to be technically skilled: Maluka
Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka is welcomed at Government College for Women in Ludhiana on Friday.Ludhiana, July 27
Punjab government is gearing up to introduce skill development courses at the graduation level to make the youth technically skilled for the jobs in the industrial sector. Sikander Singh Maluka, minister of education and languages, Punjab, made this announcement at a function held at Government College for Women here today.

Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka is welcomed at Government College for Women in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

FBOs elated over extension of licence registration date
Ludhiana, July 27
The extension of deadline to obtain mandatory licence or registration for food business operators (FBOs) for another six months, i.e. up to February 5, 2013, has brought a sigh of relief to the Halwai Association, Punjab.

Trauma centre yet to become functional
Khanna, July 27
The much-awaited trauma centre at the Civil Hospital in Khanna, the foundation stone of which was laid in January last year by former Health and Family Welfare Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla, is yet to become functional as the construction work on the building is still not complete. There is no infrastructure in place and staff is yet to be deputed there.

DMCH staff stages dharna
Ludhiana, July 27
Alleging that unfair labour practices were being followed at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, the employee union of the institution staged a protest at the labour office here today.

Ludhiana scan
MC chief welcomed
A delegation of the Municipal Sanitary Inspectors Association, Punjab today met the newly appointed Commissioner of Municipal Corporation RK Verma to extend their welcome to him. The members of the association apprised Verma of the day-to-day problems faced by them. The MC Commissioner asked the sanitary staff to pay special attention to sanitation in city and take preventive steps against water-borne diseases rampant during the rainy season.

Rationalise posts before transfers, demands Computer Teachers Union
Ludhiana July 27
Computer teachers working in government schools of the state are seeking rationalisation of their posts before transfers. Education department had offered the teachers transfer to their choice stations. After these transfers, teachers would not be able to apply for the transfer of work stations for next two years, according to the state education minister.

Govt will put in efforts to achieve greater heights: Atwal
Ludhiana, July 27
Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Charanjit Singh Atwal today said the SAD-BJP government in Punjab had launched development programmes for infrastructure development in rural and urban areas and the commitment to provide a clean, transparent and corruption-free governance would be fulfilled.

School notes
Boat race
Ludhiana: Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, organised a boat race for the students to wish the Indian contingent at the London Olympics 2012. The race was not the usual rowing kind with paddles and skulls, but a competition between little toy boats floating in the school swimming pool. The kids brought beautiful bright-coloured paper boats which were first exhibited and then released into the pool much to the delight of the kids.

college notes
Stress laid on girl education
Growth of a society depends on the education of girls, said Sikander Singh Maluka, minister of education and languages, Punjab. He was addressing students and faculty members of Government College for Women in a function organised by the college to honour its meritorious students on Friday. Maluka was the chief guest at the function. Principal Gurminder Kaur highlighted the achievements of the students. Maluka expressed his happiness over their accomplishments.

Raksha Bandhan
Girls making a beeline to gift stores
A girl takes a look at a greeting card in a shop Ludhiana, July 27
With Raksha Bandhan nearing, the city residents have started making a beeline to gift shops. Whereas girls are seen buying rakhis, boys are busy looking for gifts. "It is not only an occasion to celebrate in general, but the time to celebrate the relation of a brother and sister.

A girl takes a look at a greeting card in a shop at Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Good news for numismatists
Ludhiana, July 27
Numismatists in the city have a reason to cheer as India Government Mint, Mumbai, is going to release a commemorative coin of the denomination of Rs 1,000. Many of numismatics enthusiasts have already booked the coin. This is a significant coin, as the highest denomination for commemorative coins so far has been Rs 150. "Release of coin of such high denomination was awaited for a long time, but it is finally going to be out, and it is a matter of joy for numismatists," says Mukesh Malhotra, a numismatist and philatelist.

World Hepatitis Day
Awareness on vaccination must: Expert
Ludhiana, July 27
"A simple blood test can detect the presence of hepatitis B and C. Treatment of hepatitis varies depending on the type of the virus. But awareness about the vaccination for hepatitis B is still low. Hepatitis B and C are most life threatening and need to be diagnosed on time."

Stars converge on city
Ludhiana, July 27
Star cast of the movie "Dil Saada Luteya Gya" came to the city yesterday. Ashmit Patel, who plays the lead in the movie was also present along with other actors, including Jonita Doda, Ridham Arora, director and producers of the movie.

PAU notes
Kisan Club member awarded
Ludhiana: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has conferred the ‘Jagjivan Ram Innovative Farmer Award 2011’ upon Rajvinder Pal Singh Rana, member of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Kisan Club, in recognition of his innovative farming practices.

Infocomm-2012 to begin on August 24
Ludhiana, July 27
Keeping in view the low IT input in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector in present day scenario, the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) is organising Infocomm 2012 to promote and facilitate IT usage in the sector from August 24 to 26.


Member of inter-state gang held
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 27
The Dehlon police today arrested Dharminder Singh, member of an interstate gang of robbers, who had fled from the police custody in Bathinda when he was being presented in court over a year ago.

Woman charred to death
Ludhiana, July 27
A 24- year- old woman was charred to death in a one-room quarter located in Mundian here today. The incident took place in the wee hours here today when the residents saw the quarter on fire and tried to douse it.

Proclaimed offenders held
Jagraon, July 27
The Jagraon police has arrested two proclaimed offenders wanted in two cases. The accused have been identified as Rachpal Singh, alias Vicky, a resident of Mohhalla Mori Gate, Jagraon, and Budha Ram, alias Fauji, of Bagh Kheta Ram, Jagraon.

Habit-forming drugs seized
Ludhiana, July 27
Health officials today conducted a raid at a chemist shop and seized habit-forming drugs worth Rs 12,000.


Table tennis
DCM presidency, BCM, DAV share honours
Ludhiana, July 27
Hosts DCM Presidency School, along with BCM Senior Secondary School, Green Land Public School and DAV Public School shared honours in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Table Tennis Tournament that began here today.

Basketball league from today
Ludhiana, July 27
The stage is set for the third edition of Mahindra NBA Challenge Basketball League to be held at Guru Nanak Stadium between July 28 and September 9.

Badminton meet kicks off
A match in progress at Shastri Hall near the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Friday.Ludhiana, July 27
The first day of the annual Open Ludhiana District Badminton Championship saw participants sweating it out in their respective matches at Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

A match in progress at Shastri Hall near the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan



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