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MC sans Leader of Oppn
Ludhiana, October 29
Although more than one month has passed since the newly elected councillors were administered oath, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation still does not have a Leader of Opposition. Even members the finance and contract committee (F&CC) and other sub-committees have not been nominated. The newly elected MC House was administered oath on September 21.

A file photo of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation headquarters (Zone A) near Mata Rani Chowk in Ludhiana.


Two of family die in road mishap
Jagraon, October 29
Two persons, including a 10-year old boy died, while five others were critically injured, when a car they were travelling in rammed into a stationary truck parked on the roadside. The accident took place near Mullanpur Dakha late last night.

Traffic police to act tough this festival season
Ludhiana, October 29
Due to the ongoing festival season, the traffic police has become "tough" while tackling a huge rush at the markets. Meetings are being convened with the shopkeeper associations to make provisions for proper traffic movement on roads, or else face the music.

During the festival season, the Ghumar Mandi road gets congested every year in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Mini Secretariat
Multi-storeyed parking to become operational on Nov 1
Ludhiana, October 29
The much-awaited multi-storeyed parking lot of the Mini Secretariat will become operational on November 1, providing relief to thousands of visitors and officials visiting the Mini Secretariat on a daily basis. The fresh bidding for the parking contract will be held on October 31 here.

Security lapse on PAU campus
Ludhiana October 29
In order to ensure security on the campus, the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has installed CCTV cameras for electronic surveillance and deputed a number of security men on the entry gates; however, the boundary wall of the campus is broken at various points leaving a chink in the security arrangements.

A boundary wall broken at two places on the PAU campus opposite Hathi Complex, and (right) near the single room flats. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

PIO served notice for delaying info
Ludhiana, October 29
Causing delay in providing information under the Right to Information Act might prove costly to Public information Officer (PIO), to the office of the District Food and Supplies Controller Rajnish Kumari, as the State Information Commission has issued a show-cause notice to her.

Fire in godown, goods worth lakhs gutted
Ludhiana, October 29
Goods worth lakhs were gutted in a fire at the godown of a famous kite maker near Iqbal Ganj Chowk area in the old city this evening. A short circuit is believed to be the reason behind this incident. Laddoo Patang Wala, a famous kite maker of the city, had stored kites and raw material used for making them in the godown.

A godown that caught fire in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Ludhiana scan
Karva chauth celebrations
Gayatri Ladies Club organised Karva Chauth celebrations at Friends Regency on Monday. Dance was performed by the members of the club. A skit on the theme of Karva Chauth was also performed. A modelling contest was also organised. Shweta Arora won the modelling contest in below 45 category and Babli Arora won it in the above 45 category. Tambola was also played during the occasion.

Women perform dandiya during Karva Chauth Celebrations in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

City hospitals organise events to spread awareness about stroke
Ludhiana October 29
Various events were organised by the city-based hospitals to observe World Stroke Day here today. CMC Stroke Unit has been carrying out several public awareness activities in the city for the past six days. Medical students, physiotherapy interns and students, doctors of CMC, and staff and students of All Saints College of Physiotherapy gathered for the "Stroke Walk".

Western festivals gaining popularity
Ludhiana, October 29
People in our country have started celebrating the western festivals without understanding the significance of the festivals, which are driven by consumerism and market forces that are alien to our culture. Halloween celebrations is such a festival that has been adopted blindly.

Festival like Halloween are being celebrated by people without knowing their actual significance. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Rly pensioners pin hope on Pawan Bansal
Ludhiana, October 29
The railway pensioners, who have been flogging the successive governments, for being indifferent and insensitive to their needs at the fag end of their lives and turning a deaf ear to their demands are seeing a saviour in the new Union Railway Minister Pawan Bansal. Elevation of Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari as Mos (independent charge) as if is an additional advantage to them.

Use mehendi cautiously, it may cause allergy!
Ludhiana, October 29
Coloured mehendi may well be the flavour of the season as Karva Chauth is round the corner, but caution must be exercised while using such products as they may cause skin allergy.

Value added tax
Confusion prevails while filing returns
Ludhiana, October 29
The number of forms to be attached with the Value Added Tax (VAT) return has been revised. Earlier there were two forms, before the department switched to a single form. From this quarter, however, once again two forms have been introduced. Ironically, some of the banks refused to accept the reintroduced form due to lack of awareness.

Civil hospital
Patients inconvenienced by lack of toilets
Ludhiana, October 29
Due to lack of proper sanitation facilities at the civil hospital here, people are forced to defecate in the open on the hospital premises.

A wall of the old emergency ward that is used as urinal; and (right) a pond on the rear side of the new building where sewerage water gets accumulated at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Gadvasu notes
Fine arts rule first day of youth fest
Ludhiana, October 29
The third youth festival of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) commenced with fine arts events being held today. The College of Veterinary Science, the College of Dairy Science and Technology, the College of Fisheries, the School of Animal Biotechnology participated in the festival along with other affiliated colleges, including Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar.

Students participate in collage making; and (right) on-the-spot painting competitions during a youth festival at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University in Ludhiana on Monday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Rajpal Yadav visits city to promote directorial debut
Ludhiana, October 29
Actor Rajpal Yadav was in the city today. Having visited the city a number of times earlier too, he said it was always nice to be here as people were warm hearted and full of life. He was here to promote his upcoming film Ata Pata Laapata in which he has also donned the director’s hat. The movie is produced by his wife Radha Rajpal Yadav.

Hurricane warning in USA leaves kin anxious
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 29 The declaration of emergency in several states of the United States of America due to hurricane Sandy, which is expected to hit the eastern coast of the United States has spread panic among the residents of the area, whose relatives and friends have settled in the eastern states of the USA. Those who had talked to their relatives over the phone were relieved of anxiety while others knowing little about the exact location of their friends and dear ones remained stuck to TVs for getting updated information on the latest situation.

NSS camp concludes at Sidhwan Khurd
Jagraon, October 29
A week-long NSS camp, organised by Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, concluded with a valedictory function during which Dr Devinder Kaur of Sran Hospital, Mullanpur, was the chief guest.

Dr Devinder Kaur delivers a lecture during an NSS camp at Sidhwan Khurd on Monday. A Tribune Photograph

No norms for fixing rates of medicines, reveals RTI
Khanna, October 29
There is no restriction on pharmaceutical companies regarding the fixing of rates of medicines at the time of launching of medicines and the companies fix rates on their own. This has come to light after an RTI activist PD Bansal of Khanna sought information regarding norms of fixing the rates through from the National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority of India through RTI .

Candidates announced for treatment society’s polls
Ludhiana, October 29
With elections to the Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society (LETP) that looks after the affairs of Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) round the corner, one of the factions contesting the elections announced the names of the candidates to four posts today.

Health dept collects milk samples
Ludhiana, October 29
In the wake of the festive season, a health department team collected samples of milk and sweets from various shops in rural areas of the district. District Health Officer Dr Kulwinder Singh said milk samples were collected from vendors at Jallaldiwal and Boparai Khurd villages. Samples of sweets were taken from Delhi Confectionery, Punjab Sweet Shop and Guru Nanak Sweet Shop at Raikot. TNS

Folk festival at PAU today
Ludhiana, October 29
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will be organising "Golden Jubilee Folk Festival" at the open air theatre here tomorrow. Teams from Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur; Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar; GADVASU and PAU will participate in the festival. — TNS


Youth held on rape charge
Ludhiana, October 29
The crime-graph in the city may have witnessed a decline in recent times but crime incidents continue to happen the city, which has a population of over 17 lakh.

Woman dies in road accident
Samrala, October 29
An old woman was killed in a road accident near the bus stand, Samrala, when she was hit by a speeding canter. Mukhtiar Singh, havaldar, Samrala police, said the woman, identified as Balvir Kaur, was going to pay obeisance at a gurdwara.

Girl commits suicide
Ludhiana, October 29
An unidentified 18-year-old migrant girl committed suicide by jumping in front of a train today. Her body was recovered by the GRP at Dhandari Railway Station. The police has started probe into the matter and trying to locate the relatives of the unidentified girl.


Roller skating meet
GNPS bag overall trophy
Ludhiana, October 29
Students of Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sarabha Nagar, gave stupendous performance to keep their supremacy over others and bagged the overall trophy of the 15th Ludhiana District Roller Skating Championship, held at the Leisure Valley Skating Rink, Sarabha Nagar, recently. The skaters of the school virtually made a clean sweep by winning in the sub-junior, junior as well as senior boys' and girls' sections to prove their supermacy.

A player performs during the Ludhiana District Roller Skating Championship in Ludhiana. Photo by writer

Cricket tournament
Green Land enter final
Ludhiana, October 29
An all-round performance by Rahul ( 24 runs and 4 for 17 ) enabled Green Land Senior Secondry School, Jalandhar, to script an emphatic 40-run victory over Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, and secure a berth in the final of the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Cricket Tournament. The tournament is being organised at Green Land Stadium, Manj Phagowal, Ludhiana-Jalandhar road, near Laddowal.



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