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Sewage fills streets as transformer conks out
Ludhiana, November 19
Officials of the Sewerage Board were caught unawares on Saturday night when a snag developed in a transformer installed at the sewage treatment plant (STP) in Bhattian village. Of the two generator sets, only one could be pressed into service immediately, while the other could be started only later. By that time, water had started accumulating in nearby areas, from where water reaches the plant for treatment.

Repair work under way at a transformer installed at the sewage treatment plant at Bhattian village in Ludhiana; and (right) sewage that has accumulated in nearby areas.
Repair work under way at a transformer installed at the sewage treatment plant at Bhattian village in Ludhiana; and (right) sewage that has accumulated in nearby areas. Tribune photographs


7,000 workers insured under government scheme
Ludhiana, November 19
To provide maximum benefits to workers in the unorganised sector, the district administration, in coordination with the Labour Department, has started making insurance cards of workers in the district. About 7,000 workers in the district, working under MGNREGA schemes, have already been insured under the Construction Workers Board Scheme.

Equipped with camera, MC staff clear encroachments
Ludhiana, November 19
The "tehbazari" wing of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation seems to have become smarter. Tehbazari wing officials today carried out a drive to clear encroachments in Jawahar Nagar Camp and the adjoining areas of the city.

Worm found in mid-day meal
Ludhiana, November 19
To the dismay of students, a worm was found in the mid-day meal served to students at Government High School, Kot Mangal Singh. It is learnt that when the mid-day meal was served during the lunch break at the school, a worm was found in the cauliflower dish. Some students had already had the meal by then. Students got horrified and did not have food following the incident.

The worm (encircled) that was found in a dish served under the mid-day meal scheme at Government High School, Kot Mangal Singh. A Tribune photograph

5 snatchers held with 10 mobile phones
Ludhiana, November 19
With the arrest of five youths, the city police claims to have busted a gang of snatchers. It has recovered 10 mobile phones which the gang had recently snatched from different areas in the city.

Chhat puja
Devotees’ rush spells traffic jams
Phillaur, November 19
Massive jams were today witnessed between Phillaur and Ludhiana as lakhs of migrants were on their way to the Sutlej for the Chhath Puja ritual. Most devotees parked their vehicles just before the toll plaza at Ladhuwal in order to avoid toll tax, causing inconvenience to commuters in the evening.

Devotees perform Chhat puja on the banks of the Sutlej in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Drug peddler, accomplice held
Ludhiana, November 19
The city police has arrested a drug peddler and his accomplice, and has recovered nearly 3 kg of opium and cash from their possession.



Heaps of garbage
No respite for college road commuters
Doraha, November 19
Regular dumping of garbage on the college road of Doraha continues to stare the passer-bys and the residents in the very face. This despite the fact that the issue has been highlighted several times through the columns of the Ludhiana Tribune. This particular spot, where the garbage is dumped as a matter of routine, has become an eyesore for the commuters, majority of who comprise of school and college going staff and students, bank employees and localities.

Little angels:
Students participate in the annual function at Gupta Model High School in Ludhiana on Monday. photo: inderjeet verma

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Tributes paid to Indira Gandhi
Tributes were paid to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 95th birth anniversary here on Monday. The function was held at the Congress Bhawan. The party leaders paid floral tributes to Gandhi's portrait.

Traders to back drive against encroachments
Mandi Ahmedgarh, Nov 19
Recognising traffic congestion due to encroachments in front of business establishments as a major factor behind a decline in business here, office-bearers and activists of different trade and social organisations have vowed to support a movement launched by the local municipal council against encroachments along roads and on streets.

Humour is spontaneous, says Surender Sharma
Ludhiana, November 19
Veteran poet and humourist Surender Sharma, who has been making people laugh with his “domestic” sense of humour for years was in the city for “Hasya Kavi Sammelan” organised in the city yesterday. He said he has had a long association with the city as he has been here many a time,. He even performed here once during the days of terrorism, with comedians Jaspal Bhatti and Javed Jaffery in the days and “more than 20,000 people enjoyed the programme till midnight, in the days when people didn’t venture out of home after dusk,” he says.

Excise Department comes out with festive offer
Ludhiana, November 19
The Punjab Government has come up with grand festive offer lucky coupon scheme under which it is offering attractive prizes to the customers/retail purchasers who take retail invoices (bills) from their respective shopkeepers for their retail purchases.

Another manhole caves in at Jagraon
Jagraon, November 19
A cemented sewerage manhole cover, which was fixed only a couple of months ago during fixing of interlocking tiles at the local College Road, caved in today early morning. The manhole remained uncovered for more than four hours thus posing a serious risk to the lives of the commuters traveling on this road.

SAFTA giving tough time to local industry
Ludhiana, November 19
Items manufactured by the MSME sector and also traded through South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) are giving a tough competition to the local cycle and knitwear industry. The industry wants that products manufactured by the MSME sector should not be allowed to trade through SAFTA.

Left party slams FDI in retail
Ludhiana, November 19
The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has expressed serious concerns regarding allowing FDI (foreign direct investment) in retail and many other sectors. The Punjab state committee of the party, which met here today under the leadership of Prem Singh Nanwa, observed that the entry of FDI in different sectors would spell disaster for the national economy.

Subscriber protests against telecom firm
Ludhiana, November 19
A lack of proper communication and explanation at the time of the installation of broadband connection for its FTTH fibre broadband by the BSNL has seemingly led to a confusion and dissatisfaction among customers.

Cultural items mark founder’s day at DPS, Khanna
Khanna November 19
The Second Founder’s Day was celebrated at the Delhi Public School, Khanna today. Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Punjab, was the chief guest for the evening. Scot Slessor, Consul General, Canadian High Commission, Chandigarh was the Guest of Honour.

Children celebrate founder’s day at Delhi Public School in Khanna on Monday. A Tribune photograph

‘Vadmulla Teacher’ released
Ludhiana, November 19
A book titled Vadmulla Teacher was released in the city today. The book, authored by city-based Prof PK Keshap, notes techniques of how to become a creative and more effective teacher, by incorporating latest techniques in teaching and achieving a better life.

PAU employees stage protest
Members of the PAU Employees Union stage a protest at the PAU in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, November 19
A rally was organised by the PAU Employees Union (recognised) to protest against the state government and PAU authorities for not releasing 70 per cent arrear of revised pay scales which has been pending for the two years.

Members of the PAU Employees Union stage a protest at the PAU in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Parliamentary Secy for check on doctors
Khanna, November 19
Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, Parliamentary Secretary, has said it was the right of every citizen to keep a check on doctors who are drawing salary from the Punjab Government and also do private practice in violation of the rules. She was speaking to media persons at DPS School here on the occasion of the school's founder's day celebrations.

Three-day national conference at PAU to commence today
Ludhiana, November 19
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) would host seventh national conference on "Krishi Vigyan Kendras-2012". The three-day event would start tomorrow at the Pal Auditorium of PAU.

Librarian attempts to rape Class VI student
Phillaur, November 19
A librarian of a government school in Pasla village in Phillaur Sub-Division allegedly attempted to rape a sixth standard Dalit student in the school library.

7 more confirmed cases of dengue
Ludhiana, November 19
Seven cases of dengue were confirmed from various city hospitals today. Three of these cases are from Ludhiana while one each from Faridkot, Ferozepur, Nawanshaher and Hoshiarpur were reported.


Man commits suicide
Jagraon, November 19
A middle-aged man allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his house in Mullanpur past night. The deceased has been identified as Nachatar Singh, who used to colour turbans, dupattas and other clothes at Mullanpur.

Thieves decamp with gold ornaments
Ludhiana, November 19
Thieves struck at a house in the Salem Tabri area and decamped with gold ornaments, cash and electronic items. The theft came to light here today when Hem Raj Dhir, a retired government employee, returned to the house after attending a marriage in Jalandhar.


All set for World Kabaddi Cup
Ludhiana, November 19
All the preparations have been completed for the third edition of the World Kabaddi Cup slated to be held at different venues across the state between December 1 and 15. This was informed by Paramjit Singh Aujla, Principal Secretary, Sports, Punjab, here today. He visited the city to review the arrangements made for the final matches and the closing ceremony scheduled to be held at Guru Nanak Stadium here on December 15.

Kabaddi trials under way in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahahjan

Women outnumber men in kabaddi trials
Ludhiana, November 19
Women aspirants outnumbered men as more than 225 of them turned up to attend the trials conducted by the Punjab Kabaddi Association at the Guru Nanak Stadium here today. The trials are being held to shortlist players for the upcoming 3rd World Kabaddi Cup to be held from December 1 to 15.

Sikandar Singh Maluka, Education Minister, addresses the media in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahahjan

Carrom: BCM Arya eves in quarterfinals
Ludhiana, November 19
BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana, secured a berth in the quarter finals in the girls’ section of the CBSE National Carrom Championship being held at BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road, on the second day here today. The hosts BCM School, Alpine Public School from Solan, Aditya Birla Public School, Vikram Nagar, Madhya Pradesh, Happy Model School, DLW College, Varanasi Public School and Dr Amrit Lal School, all from Varanasi, too, came out triumphant to join BCM Arya Model School in the last eight stage.



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