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Finally, Health Dept, admn get their act together
Ludhiana, September 10
The Health Department and the district administration have finally swung into action after more than 20 cases of gastroenteritis were reported from the Jawahar Nagar area. There is a threat of an outbreak of gastroenteritis in certain other areas of the city "due to water contamination and unhygienic environment".

Sewage-laced water of Budha Nullah in Ludhiana; and (right) unhygienic conditions at a locality in Upkar Nagar. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan 


A sculptor paints idols for the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Ludhiana on Monday(L) and A milkman wades through a waterlogged street after heavy rain in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Gastro cases: Blame game begins
Ludhiana, September 10
The municipal corporation (MC) and the Health Department are at it again. The two have blamed each other for the gastroenteritis cases reported from the Jawahar Nagar locality. At least 24 cases of gastroenteritis were reported from the locality. Every time there is an outbreak of water-borne or seasonal diseases, the MC and the Health Department indulge in a blame game.

Tankers supply potable water to affected residents
Ludhiana, September 10
Cases of gastroenteritis reported from the Jawahar Nagar area kept officials of the Administration, the municipal corporation and the Health Department, and politicians on their toes today.

City areas stink, courtesy heaps of garbage
Ludhiana, September 10
Heaps of garbage in several busy commercial hubs and residential areas in Ludhiana are a health hazard. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan Even as the municipal corporation is trying to wash its hands of any blame for the outbreak of gastroenteritis in several city localities, allegedly due to the supply of contaminated water, heaps of garbage in several residential localities and busy commercial centres in the old city area tell an altogether different story.

Heaps of garbage in several busy commercial hubs and residential areas in Ludhiana are a health hazard. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Snakes enter govt offices, leave employees panicky
Ludhiana, September 10
A snake charmer catches a snake from the Excise Department office in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan Panic gripped employees of the Mini-Secretariat after four snakes entered offices of the Excise and Taxation Department and the Police Department located here today.

A snake charmer catches a snake from the Excise Department office in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Only 7 of 216 marriage palaces in dist legal
Ludhiana, September 10
Of the 216 marriage palaces in the district, only seven are legal. The startling fact came to light following the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court asking all Deputy Commissioners in the state to prepare a data of the total number of marriage palaces in their respective districts and to check whether these had proper documents. Of the 216 marriage palaces in the district, 209 are "illegal", without proper documents and only seven fulfil the norms.

e-payment of customs duty made mandatory
Ludhiana, September 10
The government has made electronic payment (e-payment) of the customs duty mandatory for importers. The move will speed up the clearance of consignments and importers will now need to update their software for making e-payments.

Now, pay for late filing of income tax returns
Ludhiana, September 10
Have you missed the deadline for filing tax return again? The last date to file your income tax return (ITR) was August 31. However, one still has time till July 31, 2014, to file the ITR, both online as well as personally, but this provision comes with certain conditions and penalties.


Pvt buses ‘overcharging’ 
Doraha, September 10
Passengers travelling by private buses from Doraha to Ludhiana have alleged overcharging by conductors, particularly during evening hours.

Craze for cycling picks up
Ludhiana, September 10
In a city like Ludhiana, which is known for its love for jaw-dropping expensive cars, cycling is also gaining craze among residents. Not necessarily for cycling, but the penchant for riding high-end bicycles also comes from the oomph factor associated with these high-end bicycles.

Experts stress on measures to save energy
Ludhiana, September 10
The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and its collaborating partners, Adelphi Consulting, International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) and Triodos Facet Consulting in association with the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) yesterday organised workshop on financing of clean production (EE&CP) measures in Indian engineering and auto sector.

Relief for drought-hit farmers sought
Ludhiana, September 10
Perturbed over the Centre’s failure to announce comprehensive package of relief for drought-hit farmers in Punjab, the Bharati Kisan Union (BKU) is preparing grounds to launch a decisive battle against the government and seek justice for the farmers in Punjab.

Felling of trees on highway to be probed
Ludhiana, September 10
The District Forest Officer (DFO) has ordered the forest range officer to conduct a probe into the alleged illegal felling of trees on the Ludhiana-Jagraon highway.

Traffic hit as oil tanker overturns
Ludhiana, September 10
A tanker, carrying diesel, turned turtle at Kara-Bara Chowk here today. The tanker driver lost control over the vehicle while overtaking a scooter.

I-T director releases book
Ludhiana, September 10
“If one is fond of reading, he or she naturally picks up a pen to write,” feels Harjit Singh Sohi, director investigations, income tax department. His reading habit culminated into his passion for writing and as a result he released his maiden book “Ek Si Mumtaz” today.

Bus Drivers block highway
Ludhiana, September 10
Some of the students of Guru Nanak Engineering College today broke the windowpanes of a bus with stones in front of college gate here. Following the incident, certain bus drivers blocked traffic by parking buses in the middle of the Ludhiana-Patiala highway.

Roadways staff argue with a police official at the roadblock site in Ludhiana on Monday; and (right) the police registers a complaint. tribune photos: himanshu mahajan

RC Tejpal Tejpal assumes charge as Arya College Principal 
Ludhiana, September 10
"Life is a common pursuit” (by TS Eliot) that is how the newly appointed principal of Arya College, Dr RC Tejpal, looks forward to his new role. The 55-year-old, PHD in English, who has over 30 years of teaching experience, believes in thinking out of the box.Perhaps, that was why he had set out on a 25-day adventurous journey on his scooter in 1994 and travelled from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.

RC Tejpal

PAU to organise kisan mela from September 21
Ludhiana, September 10
A ‘Crop Produce Competition’ will be organised by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on the first day of its on-campus kisan mela from September 21 to 22 in Ludhiana.

College email account hacked
Ludhiana, September 10
The authorities of DAV College, Phillaur, were in for a rude surprise when they got to know that the official email of the college had been hacked.

From schools


Property fraud: DC orders patwari’s suspension
Ludhiana, September 10
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari has ordered to suspend a patwari, chargesheet a kanungo and to issue a show-cause notice to a sarpanch for "transferring" property worth several crores of rupees in the name of a particular party, ignoring another legal heir of the property who lives in Jhande village, near here. The property was transferred to the party in 2011.

KVM lads score 63-run victory
Ludhiana, September 10
Fine batting by Parul Mehdiratta (28), Nimit Malhan (18) and an equally valuable contribution with the ball by Rajat Verma (4 for 6) helped Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, to score a facile 63-run victory over Government Senior Secondary School, Ayali, in the Punjab Schools Zonal Cricket Tournament (u-19) being organised by the education department at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

Pranav Chopra of Ludhiana will take part in the Li Ning Masters Tournament, scheduled to be held in Changzhou (China) from September 11 to 16. a file photo City shuttler to compete in international tourney
Ludhiana, September 10
Pranav Chopra has been selected to represent the country in two major international badminton tournaments.

Pranav Chopra of Ludhiana will take part in the Li Ning Masters Tournament, scheduled to be held in Changzhou (China) from September 11 to 16. a file photo




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