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Indoor stadium work lingers on 
The under-construction indoor stadium on the Pakhowal road. Ludhiana, July 29
The completion of the under-construction indoor stadium on the Pakhowal road is likely to surpass another 'deadline' fixed by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. The civic body had claimed that this project would be ready by August.
The under-construction indoor stadium on the Pakhowal road. Photo: inderjeet verma

Underpass awaits inauguration for 3 months
Ludhiana, July 29
Even as municipal corporation Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma supervised the construction work of pedestrian underpass (PUP) in Aggar Nagar area today, the PUP opposite the mini-secretariat is awaiting inauguration for almost three months when it was completed.

Stray dog causes accident, man dies
Ludhiana, July 29
A 26-year-old medical representative was killed and three persons were seriously injured after the car they were travelling in collided with a tree near Neelon Bridge near here during the wee hours today. The driver of the car rammed it into the tree while trying to save a dog that abruptly came in front of the vehicle.


Taxpayers left high and dry
Ludhiana, July 29
With millions of taxpayers trying to log in to the website of the Income Tax Department for the filing of their returns online, the website has developed a snag.

A self styled astrologer sits on the roadside with his parrot near mini-secretariat in Ludhiana.
A self styled astrologer sits on the roadside with his parrot near mini-secretariat in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ultrasound machine sealed
Ludhiana, July 29
A team of the health department sealed an ultrasound machine at Sachdeva Hospital near Basti Jodhewal yesterday. According to Dr AK Handa, deputy medical commissioner, Ludhiana, “The machine was sealed, as the radiologist was not coming there from last 10 days. The medical officer in charge, Dugri (urban) dispensary, was a member of the checking team.”

Industry to go on indefinite stir
Ludhiana, July 29
Industry is going on an indefinite hunger strike from August 9 against the recent notification issued by the Excise and Taxation Department regarding the furnishing of online data of goods that are delivered even within the state. A meeting of Punjab Pardesh Beopar Mandal was held at which different industrial associations participated. They decided to boycott the new notification. Former health minister Stapal Gosain has extended his full support to the agitating industrialists.

Vacant plots in residential areas a health hazard
Ludhiana, July 29
A vacant plot that has become a garbage dump in a locality in Ludhiana. Despite the fact that the local Municipal Corporation has hired A2Z Company for the lifting of garbage from garbage dumps, there are many residents who still prefer to throw garbage in the nearby empty plots. Little do they realise that by following this unhygienic practice, they make these places breeding grounds for mosquitoes and flies that spread diseases.

A vacant plot that has become a garbage dump in a locality in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: himanshu mahajan


Police feels burdened
Ludhiana, July 29
Difference of opinion galore during a de-addiction camp organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM) School in Civil Lines, here today. While the senior police officers consider drug-addiction to be the root cause behind increasing crime and emphasise on the fact that by conducting such camps they could decrease the incidents of snatchings and drastically. The lower rung police thought otherwise. They feel burdened by non-policing jobs.

Performance rider irks maths teachers
Ludhiana, July 29
Math teachers of Government Senior Secondary Schools are unhappy with the condition of Director General of School Education (DGSE) that the department would transfer the teachers on the basis of their performance.

‘Reject bogus parameters of poverty line’
Ludhiana, July 29
In a bid to mobilise strong public opinion in favour of the long pending Food Security Bill, the four left parties; the Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India - Marxists (CPI-M), Forward Block and the Revolutionary Socialist Party will stage a 5-day dharna at the Parliament House in the national capital from July 30 to August 3, 2012.

Membership drive
Ludhiana, July 29
A meeting on the membership drive of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) was held at the Circuit House on Sunday. Yuva Morcha general secretary Malwinder Singh Kang and in charge of the state membership, Jeevan Gupta, attended the meeting.

Green drive: Forest department fails to meet sapling demand
Ludhiana, July 29
The Principal Secretary for Forests asked the authorities concerned in a recent communication to plant more saplings in all districts of Punjab. At the same time, the government also asked the district administration to take the plantation campaign seriously by encouraging departments to grow more saplings.

Car falls off overbridge near gurdwara, 5 injured
The damaged car after it fell from an overbridge on Sunday.Doraha, July 29
Five occupants of a car were reportedly injured when the car fell from an overbridge in front of Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Kottan, early morning today. The Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire (DL8CAN-4168) was on its way to Pathankot. The occupants were bringing the body of a relative in an ambulance from New Delhi. Five out of the six occupants of the car, identified as Ritika (22 yrs), Yuvraj (6 yrs), Supriya (30 yrs), Reema (46 yrs) and Anupam (43 yrs), sustained injuries, while the driver of the car, escaped unscathed. The accident reportedly took place as the driver dozed off.

The damaged car after it fell from an overbridge on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

College ground will not be acquired, says Education Minister
Ludhiana, July 29
Coming as a big relief to the authorities and students of Government College for Women, State Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka said the government would not acquire the sports ground of the college for any purpose.

Industry opposes decision
Ludhiana, July 29
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) announcement to impose four weekly offs on induction/arc furnace and three weekly offs on general industry falling under Cat-2 and Cat-3 has proved a death knell for the industry.

Power cuts throw life out of gear
Ludhiana, July 29
The entire life has been thrown out of gear because of frequent scheduled and unscheduled power cuts, pestering the public day in and day out. Instead of asking for the well being of each other, the frequently asked question is, “Do you have electricity in your house?” From children to senior citizens, all are feeling the pinch of power cuts and keep cursing the situation and staring towards ceiling fans with a hope that its wings will move the next moment, but all in vain. All feel that the work efficiency is getting affected with the power cuts.

Youngsters falling prey to drug menace: SC Judge
Ludhiana, July 29
"Punjab is emerging as a leading state of drugs consumption. It's a matter of concern that thousands of youngsters are falling a prey to the menace," stated Justice Swatantar Kumar of the Supreme Court of India while addressing a gathering during a seminar on "Drug abuses " held by the District Bar Association.

17-yr-old ends life
Ludhiana, July 29
A 17-year-old youth, allegedly a drug addict, committed suicide by hanging himself with a ceiling fan at his house in Jamalpur road. The victim, identified as Vijay Kumar, who had reportedly stopped going to school after being addicted to drugs.

Govt teachers to be recruited soon: Maluka
Ludhiana, July 29
For better implementation of the Right to Education Act, the state government would fill 98 per cent vacancies of teachers in government schools within three months, said Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka.

10 days on, 10 arrested
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 29
The Sudhar police has arrested ten out of the twelve youths who had allegedly beaten three youths of the Rajgarh village on July 19. MMS's of the incident were allegedly recorded before the victims — Gurwinder Singh, Satwinder Singh and Jagtar Singh — were released by the alleged accused.

School Notes
Sapling plantation
Ludhiana: The students of Tagore International Senior Secondary School planted saplings of decorative plants and other shrubs on the school premises as part of the Green Plantation Day. A quiz contest on environment was also held on the occasion. Nursery classes were educated about the difference between junk food and healthy food at the school canteen.

Reporters’ Diary
Journalists or yellow pages?
With the press easily accessible and more and more people becoming aware of the reach of the fourth estate, there are occasions when journalists get calls from the readers for odd tasks. One such call was made to one of my colleagues at midnight asking him to get the sewerage of his colony cleared. When my colleague told him that it is not his job, the person at the other end started arguing and said it was the duty of the press to solve the problems faced by the people. 

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‘Punjab will become self-reliant’
Mandi Ahmedgarh: Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Charanjit Singh Atwal, claimed that the state would become self-reliant in power sector after commissioning of three thermal plants at Rajpura, Talwandi Sabo and Goindwal, work on which was going on war footing.


Sports dept lacks coaches
Ludhiana, July 29
The Punjab government might be pretending that it is working hard to promote the sports culture in the state, but it is a harsh reality that there is an acute shortage of coaching staff to shape the sporting skills of budding players in the department.

Ludhiana to host World Kabaddi Cup final
Ludhiana July 29
"We are set to organise the third World Kabaddi Cup and the final will be organised in Ludhiana," said Punjab Kabaddi Association organising secretary Sikandar Singh Maluka. He said negotiations with kabaddi teams of various countries were going on. African teams would be the centre of attraction, he added.

Honey Grewal’s bullocks emerge fastest pair
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 29
A bullock cart heads towards the finishing line during a race at Kila Raipur, near Ahmedgarh, on Sunday. Bullocks belonging to Honey Grewal of Kila Raipur and Sukhchain Singh Dheengee emerged the fastest runners at the bullock cart race organised as the supplementary session of the Kila Raipur Rural Sports at Kila Raipur today. The winner and runners-up pairs of bullocks completed the race on a kutcha road in 24.53 and 25.18 seconds, respectively.
A bullock cart heads towards the finishing line during a race at Kila Raipur, near Ahmedgarh, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph 

Ludhiana cagers record victory
A match in progress during the Mahindra NBA Challenge Basketball League in Ludhiana on Sunday. Ludhiana, July 29
The Ludhiana academy lads continued with their winning streak, scripting another easy victory 118-4 over Green Land Model Senior Secondary School on the second day of the ongoing 3rd Mahindra NBA Challenge Basketball League being held at the Guru Nanak Stadium today.

A match in progress during the Mahindra NBA Challenge Basketball League in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Green Land paddlers hog limelight
Ludhiana, July 29
Paddlers from Green Land School branches proved their mettle by bagging five out of six titles in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex (LSSC) Table Tennis Tournament that concluded at DCM Presidency School, Urban Estate, Chandigarh road, today. The sixth title at stake was won by DAV Public School, BRS Nagar branch.

Arnav, Ankit enter third round
Ludhiana, July 29
Arnav Jain and Ankit survived many anxious moments before overcoming their opponents to advance into the third round in the ongoing Open Ludhiana District Badminton Championship being held here at the Shastri Hall near the Guru Nanak Stadium here today.



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