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Revised policy on the anvil
Ludhiana, October 7
The much-awaited amended policy for one-time settlement and regularisation of unauthorised colonies across the state is likely to be announced soon. The Punjab Government is understood to be giving the final touches to the new policy, which aims at the revival of the crisis-ridden real estate sector and check the mounting losses from stamp duty collections.

Despite HC orders, diesel-run autos continue to ply on city roads
Ludhiana, October 7
Illegal autos continue to ply in Ludhiana. Despite a ban imposed by the High Court on diesel-run autos in the city, many such autos are plying on city roads, creating pollution.

Illegal autos continue to ply in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


New packaging norms set to push up prices of products
Ludhiana, October 7
New packaging norms, to be implemented from November 1, are set to push up product prices further. Companies say they are left with no option but to increase the prices of products to check the eroding margins. As per an amendment, all manufacturers of 19 commodities mentioned in the second schedule of the said rules will have to pack items in standard sizes and any unfair reduction of quantity will not be permitted.

Garbage dumps raise stink, make life hell for residents
Ludhiana, October 7
Even as a solid waste management project has started in the city, garbage dumps continue to raise the hackles of residents. Those residing in the vicinity of the garbage dumps have been holding protests and and have also written to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, but to no avail.

An ill-maintained garbage dump near Orient Cinema at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Project to curb stray dog menace awaits MC nod
Ludhiana, October 7
The municipal corporation (MC) is yet to give its nod to a project to curb the growing menace of stray dogs in the city. The municipal authorities maintain that NGOs from Mumbai and Bengaluru have been asked to tackle the problem, but huge funds are required for the purpose. Work on the project will begin only after the MC and the F&CC approve it.

One more blast victim dies
Ludhiana, October 7
Chhotu Ram, who was admitted to Apollo Hospital after being injured in a blast at Samrala Chowk yesterday, died this morning. The death toll in the blast has now gone up to four.


Contractors warned against ration pilferage
Jagraon, October 7
Block Primary Education Officer (BPED) Harinder Kaur today stated that strict action would be taken against those contractors who are cutting down on ration supplied to schools under the midday meal scheme.

Reporters’ diary
Children know little about Mahatma Gandhi
On Gandhi Jayanti, I asked two children from different social backgrounds about the importance of the day. To my surprise both children gave me the same answer: "Today is the birthday of the person, whose picture is there on the currency notes." I asked them what else they know about the man; to which they said this is all they know about him. One was the daughter of one my friends, while other was the daughter of my domestic help. "We are enjoying our holiday,” said both of them. Appalled, I took out some time to explain the importance of the day.

Procurement of paddy begins at Jagraon
Jagraon, October 7
The procurement of paddy finally started at Asia's second largest grain market. The procurement was scheduled to begin on October 1, but it delayed due to strike by procurement agencies.

ADC to conduct probe
Developer complains against SDM
Ludhiana, October 7
The Additional Deputy Commissioner will conduct an enquiry into the complaint made against Purshottam Singh Sodhi, Collector-cum-SDM,Khanna, for "discharging official duties with bias, mala fide intention, personal vengeance and ill-will".

Dengue: Self-protection drive launched
Ludhiana, October 7
Keeping in view the spurt in cases of dengue in the district, the Health Department has started a "self-protection campaign". Talking to The Tribune, the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, said: "Owing to the optimum weather conditions, dengue larvae have changed into adult mosquitoes.

Get trendy with new hairstyle this season
Ludhiana, October 7
Trendy hairstyles and haircuts this season is a combination of vintage and modern. The flicks, fringes, pixie crop and choppy, edgy haircuts are in and look extremely classy. Buns, curls, swirls and French hairstyles have resurged and have become popular for formal events.

Government-aided schools
Snag delays salaries
Ludhiana, October 7
Although the state government has released funds for payment of salaries in government-aided schools, the schools here are yet to receive these. The District Education Officer said there was a problem in the department’s server, which led to the delay.

from colleges
Annual day function
Students of Bhutta College present an item during the annual day function of the college in Mandi Ahmedgarh. Jaspreet Singh and Harminder Kaur were declared Mister and Miss Fresher of Bhutta Group of Colleges at a two-day annual day function 'Fete Junction 2012' that concluded yesterday. Punjab Vidhan Sabha speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal was the chief guest.

Students of Bhutta College present an item during the annual day function of the college in Mandi Ahmedgarh. A Tribune Photograph

from schools
Painting event held
Indus World School (IWS), Ludhiana, organised a colour carnival, “Colour Your World”, here on Sunday. IWS created a platform for children to come together to learn and create unique things through creative art activities. This colour carnival was open to all children of the city. More than 300 children between 2 to 10 years of age participated in the event. There were five categories. Each group had a range of activities, including painting, masquerades, textures, creating art without brushes and body art. While the children were engaged in the activities, the parents too explored their creative talents. They were actively engaged in ‘tie and dye’ event.

Air force day
NCC air wing favourite among students
Ludhiana, October 7
As Air Force Day was celebrated today, cadets of the NCC No. 4 (Punjab) Air Squadron from the city were readying themselves to attend All-India Vayusena Camp to be held in Bangalore. Nine cadets from the city have been selected for the camp.

100 yrs of Bollywood
Kala Kendra organises cultural event
Ludhiana, October 7
To commemorate 100 years of Bollywood, city-based Shobhaniya Kala Kendra organised a cultural event to pay musical tribute the world's oldest cinema at Guru Nanak Bhawan, last evening.

400 examined at eye camp
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 7
Nearly 400 patients were examined at the inaugural session of an eye camp organised by Lions Club Greater at Hind Hospital here today. Vice-district governor KM Gupta inaugurated the camp and Ravinder Puri, president, Municipal Council, was the guest of honour.

Dr Navjot Singh Chug examines a patient during an eye check-up camp at Hind Hospital in Mandi Ahmedgarh on Sunday. A tribune photograph


Man, mother booked for dowry
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 7
Following a complaint lodged by Jaswinder Kaur, an NRI from Kanganwal village, City police today booked her in-laws under Sections 498 A and 406 of the IPC for allegedly harassing her for dowry.

Snatchers, bootleggers nabbed
Ludhiana, October 7
The police nabbed Ranjit Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, both cousins and residents of Janta Colony here, at a check-post in Dugri today. The police has recovered habit-forming drugs, including cough syrups, injections and capsules from them.


Gold Cup Hockey Meet

Semifinal line-up complete
Ludhiana, October 7
Defending champions, Indian Oil (Delhi) along with the current national champions, Army XI, Punjab and Sind Bank and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited completed the semifinal line-up in the senior section on the fourth day of the Eighth All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament here today.

Players of Punjab and Sind Bank and Punjab Nantional Bank in action during a match of the Eighth All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

New turf adds colour to hockey
Ludhiana, October 7
It was the first experience for many hockey players to play hockey on the blue Astroturf during the All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament being held at Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Stadium in Punjab Agricultural University here.

Hockey veterans blame poor selection for London debacle
Ludhiana, October 7
The players are not guilty of the poor performance of the Indian Hockey team during the London Olympics as the criteria to select players was faulty. The Indian hockey team performed poorly in the London Olympics-2012 but gave a good performance in the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and other international tournaments in 2010. It is clear enough that when senior players are sitting on the lines how could a team perform well in the Olympics?''

Ludhiana athletics teams announced
Ludhiana, October 7
The following boys and girls have been selected to represent Ludhiana district in the 88th Open Punjab State Junior Athletics Meet to be held at BKS College, Muhar, Ferozepur district, from October 11 to 14, according to DS Walia, president, District Athletics Association, Ludhiana.

BCM School students shine
Ludhiana, October 7
The students of Bahadur Chand Munjal (BCM) Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, bagged two out of four titles at stake in the Sahodaya Schools Lawn Tennis Tournament held at GRD Academy, Hambran Road, here yesterday.

Brother duo shines in shooting
Ludhiana, October 7
Brothers Abinash Pratap Singh and Punar Pratap Singh have won laurels for their school, Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, finishing among the position holders in the Ludhiana District Inter-School Rifle Shooting Championship organised by the district education department at the KVM shooting range yesterday.

Women's cricket team declared
Ludhiana, October 7
The Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) conducted trials to select the Ludhiana women’s (senior) cricket team at the Arya College ground here today.

Aspirants during cricket trials in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

16 teams for IMG-Reliance b’ball league
Our Sports Reporter
Ludhiana, October 7
Eight teams each in the men's section and the women's category will be vying for top honours in the inaugural edition of the IMG Reliance Punjab Colleges Basketball League scheduled to be held here at Guru Nanak Stadium from October 9 to 12.



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