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Safai sewak loses life for Rs 200
Ludhiana, July 31
The manhole where a safai sewak was swept away by the sewage current in the Haibowal area in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A safai sewak lost his life for mere Rs 200 here today. The safai sewak, Pardeep Kumar (36), along with two of his friends, had taken a private “contract” of clearing the sewerage line near Dairy Complex in the Haibowal area.

The manhole where a safai sewak was swept away by the sewage current in the Haibowal area in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Northern Grid trips again
Ludhiana, July 31
Yet another failure of the Northern Grid this afternoon panicked the people who were still to come out of the shock of one of the worst blackouts of the decade in the wee hours of Monday, which lasted for more than 10 hours.



MC to lodge FIR against scrap dealer
Ludhiana, July 31
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has decided to get an FIR registered against the scrap dealer, who had hired Pardeep Kumar for cleaning a sewerage line. The civic body has already banned the opening of sewers by private persons in the city and one needs to take permission for doing the same.

Gloomy Rakhi for Babli
Ludhiana, July 31
All hell broke loose for Babli, who will not be able to tie rakhi on her brother Pardeep Kumar’s wrist on this Raksha Bandhan. Babli was at her in-laws' house in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh when the news of her brother’s death reached her.

Industrialists vent ire on power corpn
Ludhiana, July 31
Yet another Northern Grid failure, second in two days, today, sent a chill down industrialists' spine. The industry of Ludhiana, which is known as the Manchester of India, is facing a tough time due to erratic power supply and the losses incurred by the industry on account of it are giving industrialists sleepless nights.

60-year-old woman hacked to death
Ludhiana July 31
In a tragic incident, 60- year- old woman, belonging to a high-profile business family, was hacked to death by unidentified assailants at her residence in the posh Model Town area here today. The victim has been identified as Taranjit Kaur. The incident came to light around 9pm when Harkirat Singh, the victim’s son, arrived at the house and was shocked to see the body of his mother lying in a pool of blood.

Liquor peddler opens fire at police
Ludhiana, July 31
The city police nabbed three persons with 90 boxes of liquor following an exchange of fire on the Bhamia road during the wee hours here today. The suspects have been identified as Sanjiv Kumar, a resident of Indira Colony, Chandigarh Road, Gagandeep Singh and Shrivastiva of the Machiwara area.


Milk prices increased by Rs 2
Ludhiana, July 31
In yet another jolt to the common man's budget, the private milk-suppliers will increase milk rates by Rs 2 per liter from August 1. Though Verka has yet not decided whether it will increase prices or not but the dairy farmers attached with the cooperative societies have been continuously pressurising the state government to increase the rates else, they will be forced to adopt an agitating path. A dairy farmer Barewal JS Sandhu (name changed) said he had increased the rates of milk to Rs 45 per litre. "I know the rates are pretty high but nobody can match my quality. Moreover, I am not bound to the state government or that to any other agency. I will fix the prices as per my requirement. The rates of fodder have increased tremendously and farmer has no other option but to increase the prices,” he said.

Bed aspirants a confused lot
Doraha, July 31
Students aspiring to pursue a BEd course seem to be lost in dates of registration, counselling, upgradation of seats, and declaration of results. They are confused about taking admission in a private college or to wait for the counselling of the government-aided colleges, so that they might be saved from the financial burden of almost double the fee in the private colleges.

Rakhsha Bandhan sweets may taste bitter
Ludhiana, July 31
Be prepared to loosen your purse strings, as sweets will cost you more this rakhi. After the state government imposed 5 per cent VAT on sugar, sweetmeat makers have shot up the prices. An increase of 5 to 10 per cent has been witnessed in the prices of the traditional sweets.

Homage paid
: Members of Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial Trust along with MLA Simarjit Singh Bains pay tributes to freedom fighter Udham Singh on his 72nd martyrdom day at Mata Bhagwati Gurdwara in Basti Jodhewal on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

From schools
Monsoon party
Ludhiana: Monsoon season party was celebrated Mothers Pride Pre School here on Tuesday with a rain dance party in the school. Showers and sprinklers along with the splash pools made the children enjoy the day dancing out and throwing away the hot summer season.

Amended PNDT Act
Dept tightens noose on centres
Ludhiana, July 31
The Health Department is strictly implementing the gazette notification of India regarding the amended PNDT Act, which restricts radiologists from visiting more than two centres for doing ultrasonography. The department has issued these instructions to all the radiologists in the first week of June and asked them to give the department in writing as to which two ultrasound centres they would visit and what will be their working hours there. The department has also issued instructions to the owners of ultrasound centres to give them in writing about radiologists visiting them.

PAU to introduce mushroom-growing packages
Ludhiana July 31
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is going to introduce button mushroom growing packages for domestic use very soon. The university would provide packages of compost including mushroom seeds to resident. According to the experts from the PAU, thee mushroom packages can grow in the urban areas and one can fulfill his domestic requirements. Basically, mushroom growing is a rural activity because raw material, manure and other required components for mushroom farming are easily available in villages. But the PAU would introduce readymade bags of 5 kg compost including seeds, which can easily kept in homes.

School refuses entry to student
Ludhiana July 31
A high drama witnessed outside of the Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, when parents of a student along with relatives protested against the school authorities. Protesters alleged that School authorities have restricted the entry of class IX students on false ground.

Power cuts add to woes of patients, attendants
Ludhiana, July 31
Frequent power cuts are adding to the woes of patients and their attendants at the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital. Ranjeet Kumar, a resident of Chander Nagar, Haibowal, said, “I stayed here for a few hours with my uncle, who is undergoing a treatment. It became difficult even to breathe as there was no electricity.”

SHO Ashok Kumar with Krishna and his relatives at the police station in Ludhiana on Tuesday. 10-yr-old missing child found
Ludhiana, July 31
The Model Town police has rescued a 10-year-old boy of Nepalese origin, who went missing from Patiala around 12 days ago. The boy, identified as Krishna, was today handed over to his father, Dhan Bahadur, by the Model Town police. Giving details about the incident, Model Town police station SHO Ashok Kumar said it was on July 18 that Krishna lost his way home. He told the police that he was upset and wanted to go back to Nepal. He hired a bus and reached Ludhiana.

SHO Ashok Kumar with Krishna and his relatives at the police station in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Hospitality industry in city to promote organ donation
Ludhiana, July 31
To promote its organ donation campaign, Ludhiana-based organisation GLODAS (Gift of Life — Organ Donation Awareness Society) will collaborate with the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Ludhiana.

53 students take veterinarian's oath
Ludhiana, July 31
The College of Veterinary Science at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University celebrated an oath-taking ceremony of 53 passing-out veterinarians of 2007 batch. The students who graduated inclued 14 girls.

Members of the Ladies Club dance during “teej” celebrations at a restaurant in Ludhiana on Tuesday. tribune photo: himanshu mahajan

Test flight expected by weekend
Ludhiana, July 31
To check the success of a recently installed Doppler Very High Frequency Omni Range (DVOR) in five acres of land at the Sahnewal airport, the first test flight is expected to be conducted by the weekend.

Food Security Bill
Communist workers leave for Delhi
Ludhiana, July 31
Hundreds of workers of the Communist Party of India (CPI) led by district secretary Kartar Singh Bowani today left for Delhi to participate in the ongoing five-day dharna being staged by the Left parties to press the demand for adoption of the Food Security Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament.

Last date for filing of income tax returns extended
Ludhiana, July 31
Owing to the power grid failure in the northern and eastern parts of the country, the income tax department has extended the last date for filing returns by one month. Now, the last date for filing I-T returns is August 31.


60-yr-old held under NDPS Act
Ludhiana, July 31
The city police has nabbed a recidivist (habitual offender), a drug peddler, and recovered 800 gm of charas from his possession.

Man killed in road accident
Jagraon, July 31
A middle-aged man was killed in an accident when a speeding Toyota Innova (PB10 BV 3213) hit him at the Sherpur road near the Jagraon grain market. The deceased has been identified as Laxman Singh (45), a resident of old city area of the town.




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