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Cong rally brings city to halt
Traffic on busy Ferozepur Road disrupted for over three hours 
Ludhiana, September 7
Long traffic jams were witnessed on Ferozepur Road today as the city was swarmed by a battery of Congress leaders for a protest rally.
Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on the Ferozepur road. Cars belonging to the Congress leaders and their security staff are seen parked on the road.
Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on the Ferozepur road. Cars belonging to the Congress leaders and their security staff are seen parked on the road. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan 


All 75 wards without councillors
Ludhiana, September 7
All 75 municipal wards in the city are now without councillors. Reason: The term of the MC House expired on Thursday and the councillors who were elected during the MC polls on June 10 are yet to be administered oath of office.

Mayoral election likely on Sept 15
Ludhiana, September 7
The election to the posts of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor is likely to be held on September 15. Earlier, the councillors were expecting that the election would be held on September 6, the day when the term of the outgoing MC house was supposed to end.

Gangster Shera was wanted by city police
Ludhiana, September 7
Gangster Gurshaheed Singh Shera, who was shot dead by the Bathinda police on Thursday, was also involved in a case in Ludhiana.

Migrant’s murder case solved: Police
Ludhiana, September 7
The city police claims to have solved the murder case of Qurbaan, a migrant found murdered at PUDA ground on September 3, with the arrest of deceased's friend Ishfaque Mohammad, a resident of the Moti Nagar area in the city.

Dengue: 15 test positive
Ludhiana, September 7
A total of 15 more patients tested positive for dengue today. Out of these, nine cases have been reported from different hospitals of the city. Three patients belong to Ludhiana, two are from Jalandhar and one each from Bathinda, Pathankot, Barnala and Patiala.


Cong Leaders stage dharna against taxes
Ludhiana, September 7
As the Congress leaders addressed the gathering during a dharna organised by the party against the taxes imposed by the Akali-BJP government, the Congress National Spokesperson and Member of Parliament Manish Tewari seized the opportunity to reiterate the Union Government's stand on the coal block allocation.

Akali protesters obstruct traffic
Ludhiana September 7
The Youth Akali Dal staged a protest outside the house of MP Manish Tewari here today. The activists also burnt his effigy. They were protesting against the involvement of Congress leaders in coal and other scams reported recently.

Marriage palace owners demand rollback in luxury tax
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 7
Owners of marriage palaces and resorts situated in rural areas have raised concern over the rise in luxury tax. The owners fear that immediate imposition of extra taxes on functions that had already been booked would result in unwanted dispute with clients, because item-wise invoices, including existing levies and taxes, had already been provided to them.

Literacy a distant dream 
Ludhiana, September 7
Even as the world celebrates International Literacy Day, a child labourer collects empty glasses at a canteen in Ludhiana. Even as International Literacy Day is being celebrated across the world, the state of the underprivileged children in the city continues to be miserable when it comes to literacy levels. Although the government claims that many child labourers have been "rescued", thousands of them continue to work at homes, shops and other commercial establishments

Even as the world celebrates International Literacy Day, a child labourer collects empty glasses at a canteen in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Spurt in snakebite cases
Ludhiana, September 7
Snakebite cases are on the rise in the state. It is learnt that snakes like krait and cobra are extremely poisonous. The venom of these snakes can cause cord paralysis.

high-security number plates
Company told to clear backlog
Ludhiana, September 7
Realising the "plight" of local residents who go through a harrowing time while getting high-security number plates from the District Transport Office here, the company concerned responsible for the delay has been asked to depute a senior official in Ludhiana district to clear the backlog.

Hike in VAT puts off brick kiln owners 
Ludhiana, September 7
All 290 brick kiln owners in Ludhiana district will observe a one-day strike on September 12 to protest against the state government's decision to increase the lump sum amount of VAT on kilns to Rs 40,000 per month. The brick-kiln owners said it came as a jolt to them as till now, they had been giving the VAT of Rs 20,000 per month. The owners also threatened to intensify their agitation if the government did not rollback the increased amount of VAT.

Residents reiterate demand to shift garbage dump
Ludhiana, September 7
Members of the Maha Sabha, an NGO, stage a protest at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar in Ludhiana. The issue of shifting of garbage dump from near Orient Cinema in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar has once again cropped up. Residents and shopkeepers of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and other adjoining areas are up in arms against A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd, the company that have been given the contract of solid waste management for the city.
Members of the Maha Sabha, an NGO, stage a protest at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Millers oppose amendment to open market scheme
Ludhiana, September 7
The Punjab Roller Flour Millers' Association has urged the Government of India to withdraw the amendment to Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS).

PAU Notes
Drug abuse a serious concern: Experts 
Ludhiana, September 7
In view of the rising consumption of habit-forming drugs among as, the scientists of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have impressed upon parents to save their children from this menace. PAU home scientist from the human development department Dr Tejpreet Kaur Kang said the term ‘drug abuse’ described habits such as smoking, alcoholism and consumption of narcotics including ganja and marijuana. 

college notes
Shaveta Thakur crowned Miss Freshers at GNIMT
Ludhiana, September 7
At the freshers’ party of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Sahil Grover was crowned Mr Freshers, while Shaveta Thakur won the title of Miss Freshers on Friday. The event was organised by the student chapter of Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) for the newly admitted students of undergraduate courses. The programme commenced with a welcome dance by Kamaldeep, followed by a cultural programme by the senior students of the institute. 

school notes
Grandparents’ day celebrations
Ludhiana: Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, organized a function to celebrate Grandparents’ Day during which children mingled with their paternal as well as maternal grandparents on the school premises. 


19 bags of poppy husk recovered
Khanna, September 7
The Khanna police has claimed to have recovered 19 bags of poppy husk from four different places here today. Addressing a press conference, Senior Superintendent of Police, Khanna, Ravcharan Singh Brar said a police party led by Inspector Waryam Singh laid a checkpost near Mandiala Kalan village and recovered six bags of poppy husk from a vehicle. 





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