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13 samples fail test 
Ludhiana, October 4
More than one dozen samples collected by the district health department in last three months have failed the purity test.

MC fuel bills mounting 
Ludhiana, October 4
The state government maybe "dreaming" of starting the Metro project and coming up with "Mission Ludhiana" in the industrial city, but the reality seems to be totally different. The government has been announcing to come up with new projects worth crores, but the municipal corporation here seems to be struggling hard to overcome the "financial crunch" phase.

28 sand laden tractor-trailers impounded
Ludhiana, October 4
The police today impounded 28 tractor-trailers which were being used for commercial purposes. The sand laden tractor-trailers were parked at Partap Chowk. The action was taken following a complaint lodged by RTI activist Sarabjit Singh Kahlon.


Slack regulatory measures abetting illegal construction activity in city
Ludhiana, October 4
While development of unlicensed colonies as well as commercial exploration of land in the mega city continues with impunity, slack enforcement of existing laws and the absence of a regulatory mechanism are no less responsible for the malady.

City has little to offer to stargazers
Outdated equipment at Nehru Planetarium.Ludhiana, October 4
As World Space Week is being celebrated to the delight of astronomy enthusiasts and stargazers, youngsters in the city have no choice but to gnash their teeth in frustration.

Outdated equipment at Nehru Planetarium. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Punjab government to bear entire cost of bringing back bodies
Doraha, October 4
The entire cost involved in bringing back the bodies of Rajvir Kaur and her three sons, who were found murdered at their home in Belgium, would be borne by the Panjab government. Stating this, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and local MLA Charanjit Singh said, “We are with the Jhajj family in this hour of grief and whatever help the family needs will be provided by the government.”

Pak delegation’s day out
Members of the Pakistani delegation visit a shop in Ludhiana on Thursday.Ludhiana, October 4
A Pakistani delegation, which had come to offer prayers at Rauza Sharif Dargah of Sheikh Ahmad Faruqui Sirhindi yesterday, visited the city today. The members of the delegation spent most of the time shopping in the city. They visited Nilibar, Lyall Book Depot, Khadi Bhandar and Sarabha Nagar market.

Members of the Pakistani delegation visit a shop in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Vet scientists shine at international conference
Ludhiana, October 4
Dr AL Saini and Dr Chandrahas of the department of livestock production management at the College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) presented their research papers at an international conference in Gran Canaria, Spain, recently.

Ayurveda way of immunisation introduced in city
Ludhiana, October 4
After successful results in South India, Swarna Prashan, a unique Ayurvedic way of immunisation for infants, has now come to the city. Swaran Prashan is given to infants in the form of drops to boost their immunity.

DMCH to conduct exchange programmes with UK-based college
Ludhiana, October 4
Dayanand Medical College & Hospital signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Imperial College, UK, for faculty and student exchange training programmes recently.

Colourful beginning to youth fest
Students present giddha during the youth festival at Cordia College in Sanghol on Thursday.ludhiana, october 4
A many as 37 colleges and above 1,500 students are participating in the three-day Zonal Youth Festival of Punjabi University, Fatehgarh Zone, which started at Cordia Group of Educational Institutes, Sanghol, on Thursday.

Students present giddha during the youth festival at Cordia College in Sanghol on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Change in flights’ timings
Ludhiana, October 4
Sahnewal Airport Authorities have released a new schedule of flights’ timings to come in force from tomorrow. These new timings will remain in force till October 26.

schools notes
Joy of Giving Week
Students of Olive Kid School at Bal Bhawan in Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana on Thursday.Ludhiana: With the intention to help the needy children, the Olive Kid School is observing the "joy of giving week". The students were taken on a trip to Bal Bhawan in Sarabha Nagar where they distributed gifts to the children. The school kids played with the inmates and also made some friends there.

Students of Olive Kid School at Bal Bhawan in Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana on Thursday. A tribune photograph

SHO’s transfer sparks controversy
Ludhiana, October 4
The transfer of a traffic police SHO Beant Juneja has snowballed into a controversy in the police department. The residents, who are unhappy over the transfer of the cop, are venting out their anger on social networking websites.

Old rivalry leaves 3 injured in firing
Jagraon, October 4
Panic gripped the residents of Chakar village when some villagers opened fire on another group of villagers, due to an alleged old rivalry, on the outskirts of the village near here this evening.

GTB College girls shine in giddha
Jagraon, October 4
The girls of host college GTB National College, Dakha, won the first position in giddha competition during the Punjab University Zonal Youth Festival Ferozepur-Moga Zone (A) here today. Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, secured the second position, while GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, and GN College, Moga, jointly won the third position.

Treasure hunt
A boy looks for coins thrown by devotees in Sutlej.
A boy looks for coins thrown by devotees in Sutlej. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan 

Tribal prints the latest fad in city
Ludhiana, October 4
Tribal prints seem to have caught the fancy of many in a big way as a number of youngsters are today happily flaunting these in various modern styles, colours and silhouettes. Not only Bollywood, but also Hollywood beauties are seen spotting tribal designs.

8 test positive for dengue
Ludhiana, October 4
Eight more persons have tested positive for dengue. District epidemiologist Dr Puneet Juneja said,"Out of the eight patients, six are undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital while two are at Christian Medical College and Hospital. Three patients are city residents, two belong to Hoshiarpur, one hails from Moga while the remaining two are residents of Sangrur and Chandigarh."

Pending VAT refunds annoy industrialists 
Ludhiana, October 4
Thousands of refund cases pending with the excise and taxation department has blocked the industry's capital. Although the department is promising to make the refunds online from January, 2013, the traders are worried about their outstanding refunds.

C Forms to be available online from January onwards
Ludhiana, October 4
Giving relief to the industry, DP Reddy, Financial Commissioner (Taxation),has announced that C Forms would be available online and refunds of VAT would also be generated electronically from January, 2013, onwards.

Ludhiana scan 
Office-bearers of the SC/BC Teachers Union, Ludhiana, have condemned the state government for increasing the school timings. In a press statement, president of the union Balwinder Singh "Latala" said: "The education experts have always considered that school timings should be between 8 am and 2 pm in summers and 9 am and 3 pm in winters. The union demanded to change the new closing time of 3.20 pm. They also demanded that the state education department should issue the grant for uniforms and scholarships for students on time.


Notorious gang busted
Accused in police custody at Raikot on Thursday. Raikot, October 4
The Raikot police has claimed to have busted a notorious gang involved in robbing people by waylaying them. Four members of the gang were nabbed near a deserted building near Bassian town last evening. At least five miscreants, however, succeeded to flee.

Accused in police custody at Raikot on Thursday. A tribune photograph

Youth held with pistols
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 4
The Dehlon police has arrested a youth of Kaind village under the Arms Act and recovered two pistols from his possession. The seized weapons include a pistol bearing manufacturing stamp of the USA.

Husband, in-laws held for assaulting woman
Khanna, October 4
Khanna police has registered a case against Lovlash Sood of Khanna and his parents for allegedly trying to kill his pregnant wife. She is presently admitted to a hospital at Mohali in a serious condition.

Case to be registered against policeman
Ludhiana, October 4
The police will book a policeman involved in an accident that took place near Hathi Complex two days ago.


HC stays eviction
Ludhiana, October 4
On a fresh petition filed by 13 petitioners (riot victims), who were to vacate the flats by tomorrow, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the dispossession of the petitioners. The High Court has also directed the District Administration and GLADA to consider the claim of the petitioners in the light of the earlier decision of the court and pass an appropriate order in accordance with the government policies within four months.

Indian Oil begin campaign with win
Players vie for the ball during the All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament in Ludhiana on Thursday.Ludhiana, October 4
The current champions, Indian Oil (Delhi) began their campaign with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Border Security Force (Jalandhar) on the opening day of the eighth All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament being organised by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association at Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium at Punjab Agricultural University today.

Players vie for the ball during the All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Chakar emerge football champs
Jagraon, October 4
Chakar emerged champions in the rural football tournament organised by the Shere Punjab Sports Academy at Chakar. Chakar team beat Bilaspur in the final held yesterday.

Athletics meet from today
Ludhiana, October 4
The annual Ludhiana District Athletics Championship for boys and girls will be held at the Guru Nanak Stadium on October 5 and 6.




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