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Robbery motive, says police
Forex trader Sukhjinder Singh was strangled on August 17
Ludhiana, August 19
Robbery was the motive behind the killing of 33-year-old Sukhjinder Singh, a Forex trader, the police said today. The investigation conducted so far has substantiated that the Forex trader was not a victim of personal rivalry.

Road caves-in near Old District Courts
Ludhiana, August 19
An accident was averted when an overloaded truck got stuck in a caved-in road near the Old District Courts in Ludhiana on Sunday.
A major tragedy was averted when a portion of the road from the under- construction railway overbridge (erstwhile Lakkar Pul) side towards the Old District Courts Chowk caved-in and an overloaded truck plunged inside

An accident was averted when an overloaded truck got stuck in a caved-in road near the Old District Courts in Ludhiana on Sunday.


Online filing: Traders playing it safe
Ludhiana, August 19
Despite the fact that a lot of noise has been made by traders regarding the e-biling started by the excise and taxation department, nearly 2,000 registrations have already been done with the department.

Residential plots: Allottees get golden chance
Ludhiana, August 19
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has given another opportunity to allottees of residential plots on 475 acres at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on the Pakhowal Road here. The allottees have been asked to appear in person along with required documents to substantiate their claims and take possession of the plots. The plots were allotted 30 years ago.

Permission must before availing free hospitality abroad
Ludhiana, August 19
Availing free hospitality while on official tour in foreign countries will not be an easy task for government functionaries from now onwards. Making it a rule, the Home Ministry, Government of India, has written to the state governments that their (GOI) prior permission was must, if any government employee, while on official tour abroad, wanted to avail any local hospitality.

Two arrested with 10 kg opium in Khanna
The police with the recovered opium in Khanna.Khanna, August, 19
The Khanna police has claimed to have recovered 10-kg opium and arrested two persons. The accused have been identified as Rood Mal Saini and Kana Ram, both residents of Rajasthan. A case has been registered against them. Inderbir Singh, SSP, Khanna, held a press conference in this connection at the district police office.

The police with the recovered opium in Khanna. Photo by writer

Shopkeepers exchange blows in police station
Ludhiana, August 19
High-drama was witnessed at the Daresi police station here today when two shopkeepers along with their supporters allegedly entered the police station and exchanged blows.


People forced to drink muddy water
The water tank which is lying unused in Sahnewal.Sahnewal, August 19
It has been more than fifteen years since a water tank was erected by the Public Health Department to supply water to people in the town. But the water tank is lying in disuse as authorities failed to provide clean water to the residents of the town as they are compelled to drink contaminated water.

The water tank which is lying unused in Sahnewal. Photo by writer

Finally, residents to get rid of sanitation woes
Jagraon, August 19
The residents of Gandhi Nagar and Ajit Nagar, localities, located on Raikot road, will soon get rid of the problem of choking sewerage water, which is flooding the streets of the localities. Jagraon Municipal Council has decided to lay new sewerage pipes in the localities to resolve the issue permanently.

Private sector only hope to check environmental degradation: Industrialist
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 19
The traditional tree plantation drives during the observance of the Vanmahotsavs have failed to fetch desired results and now private sector have emerged as the last hope for checking deterioration of environment, Rajneesh Oswal, chairman and managing director of Shryans Group of Industries, said.

Students urged to protect environment
Jagraon, August 19
The International Council of Ayurveda, Jagraon, organised a competition and workshop on environmental pollution at Government Senior Secondary School for Boys, Jagraon. The competition and workshop was organised under the guidelines of Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, Chandigarh, to generate awareness regarding the protection of environment.

Contractual teachers stage a protest in Ludhiana on Sunday. Teacher unions stage protests in city
Ludhiana, August 19
The city became the venue for two separate protests by teachers' unions today. A state-level protest was organised by 7,654 Teachers Union demanding regularisation of their posts at Vardhman Ground near Samrala Chowk.

Contractual teachers stage a protest in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Rationalisation  policy
Future of teachers hangs in uncertainty as they wait for surplus list
Ludhiana, August 19
Despite the implementation of rationalisation policy that has readjusted the student-teacher ratio in government schools; the education department is yet to release the list of surplus teachers.

Need to create awareness about 'Neelkanth', says expert
Ludhiana, August 19
According to a popular myth in Punjab, a person is considered lucky on getting a glimpse of the bird "Neelkanth" (Indian Roller). These days, however, it is rare to see the bird, also called Blue Jay, in the state.

Riding bikes no longer boys’ domain
Ludhiana, August 19
They don't mind standing out and being different. These girls are out to prove gender equality with a vengeance in their own style. The vrooming, revving motorbikes have been considered as boys domain and thundering "bullet" the sign of masculinity, but city girls are increasingly snubbing aside the feminine scooters for motorbikes.

Companies all set to cash in on festive season
Ludhiana, August 19
The festive season is here. After Raksha Bandhan, it will be Durga puja followed by Diwali, therefore it is the time of the year when companies see a spurt in sales. So they launch new products and new advertising campaigns, and come out with attractive purchase schemes. Discounts and freebies will be the mantra for the consumer electronics companies.

Chemists' association to move court against State Drug Authority
Ludhiana, August 19
The Punjab Chemists Association has decided to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court to sue the State Drug Authority in Punjab and Haryana High Court for putting a red stamp on licences while issuing and renewing those.

Where there is a passion, there is a way
Ludhiana, August 19
Members of the Ludhiana Photography Enthusiasts Group in Ludhiana. Photography clubs are pretty popular in schools and colleges, but these cease to exist for members after leaving the institutions. But some of the photography enthusiasts from the city have gotten together to let the hobby perpetuate as they formed an amateur photography club, Ludhiana Photography Enthusiasts Group, to mark the World Photography Day today.
Members of the Ludhiana Photography Enthusiasts Group in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Madhubala’s pictures add splendour to cushion and bedsheets. Going the retro way
Ludhiana, August 19
Madhubala, Raj Kapoor, Raj Kumar, Vijayntimala are again finding their way back into living rooms. The closest ever the stars of the yore could get to their fans. Not through television and posters, they are rather adding the quaint splendour to the cushion and covers this time.

Madhubala’s pictures add splendour to cushion and bedsheets. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Panel formed to tide over dairy farmers' problems
Ludhiana, August 19
To address the problems of dairy industry in Punjab, director, dairies, Punjab, has taken a decision through which each district will hold a monthly meeting with the farmers. The state government has constituted a District Development Dairy Core Committee which will be headed by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (D). Five dairy farmers will be chosen to bring forth the problems being faced by the community.

All that glitters is ramp
Ludhiana: It was time for city women to walk the ramp on the third day of Punjab International Fashion Week as they showcased the collection of city-based designers Sulakshana Mongia and Supriya Jain.


Gold earrings snatched from woman
Jagraon, August 19
An unidentified person snatched gold earrings from a woman at her shop located at a stone's throw distance from the police station near Subhash Gate here today.

Family duped of Rs 10 lakh
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 19
The police has booked six persons, including three women, under section 420, 406 and 120 B of IPC, for allegedly duping a family of Dhaipaie village on the pretext of sending their son abroad on matrimonial basis. No arrest has been made so far.


Hockey tourney
Ludhiana, August 19
Matches for Sahibzada Ajit Singh Hockey Champion Trophy will be organised by the Sports Council of Ludhiana at the newly laid AstroTurf in Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, from October 10. The nine-day hockey extravaganza will have the biggest prize money of Rs 8.5 lakh and all matches will be played under floodlights of the PAU AstroTurf.



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