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No bidder takes part in MC auction
Ludhiana, November 21
As no bidders took part in the Municipal Corporation auction, a currency counting machine remained unused, in Ludhiana on Wednesday. The hopes of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation of generating funds by selling off one of its prime properties were dashed when not even a single bidder took part in the auction held here today.

As no bidders took part in the Municipal Corporation auction, a currency counting machine remained unused, in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Curbing Absenteeism
MC offices to have bio-metric system of attendance
Ludhiana, November 21
To keep a check on the growing problem of absenteeism in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation offices, the civic body is all set to install bio-metric system of attendance in its offices.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria tries to read the information on the foundation stone outside the Zone C office in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Easing city traffic
Encroachments removed from road
Ludhiana, November 21
It was yet another "nightmarish" day for encroachers on the Pakhowal Road, which is one of the busiest roads of the city and witnesses thousands of vehicles daily. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria today spearheaded yet another anti-encroachment drive on the road this evening.

Mayor HS Gohalwaria supervises an anti-encroachment drive in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Jodhewal Chowk diameter reduced; Kara Bara traffic intersection closed
Ludhiana, November 21
The city traffic police today reduced the diameter of the Jodhewal Chowk, one of the major traffic bottlenecks in the city. The move proved beneficial and eased traffic congestion in the area.

Boxer gang kingpin nabbed
Ludhiana, November 21
The kingpin of the notorious Boxer gang, Rakesh Kumar, alias Boxer, and his accomplice Deepak Kumar, aka Deepu, who had been on the run since a broad daylight shootout on August 13 that led to the death of a member of a rival gang, Pinku, and injuries to his three accomplices, were nabbed by the Daba police in the Sahnewal area here today.


Mid-Day meal
No compromise on food quality: DC
Ludhiana, November 21
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari (blue shirt) holds a monthly review meeting at the Bachat Bhawan in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Taking note of the sub-standard meal, being served to the students of government schools under the MID-Day Meal Scheme, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari,during the monthly-review meeting with the representatives of various departments, asked Additional Deputy Commissioner (D) Rishipal Singh to monitor the food personally.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari (blue shirt) holds a monthly review meeting at the Bachat Bhawan in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Inderjeet Verme

Units asked to produce mixed land use certificate
Ludhiana, November 21
Industrial units falling under the Mixed Land Use (MLU) category have been asked by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to produce the certificate for the same in case they need its consent or the NOC for any purpose. Now, the owners of these units will have to spend money in the form of fee for getting the certificate.

Hearing impaired youngsters participate in Mr and Ms Deaf-2012 event at Guru Nanak Bhawan during the All-India Deaf Art and Cultural Society in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Overcoming disability: Hearing impaired youngsters participate in Mr and Ms Deaf-2012 event at Guru Nanak Bhawan during the All-India Deaf Art and Cultural Society in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Unavailability of funds hitting small units
Ludhiana, November 21
About 25 per cent of the small units in Ludhiana have either closed their business or are struggling for survival due the non-availability of easy credit and delay in payments by the big firms. The main reason behind the downturn in the SME sector is the absence of time-bound programme for credit dispensation, high cost of raw material, shortage of working capital and power shortage.

Industry worried over low duty on imports from Pakistan
Ludhiana, November 21
While traders from India and Pakistan are rejoicing over the fact that imports from Pakistan have been allowed into India with 5 per cent import duty with effect from April 1, 2013, it had failed to bring cheer to the Ludhiana industry.

Verka dealers protest
Ludhiana, Nov 21
The dealers of Verka Milk Plant today protested against the management for forcing them to sell their other daily products along with the milk. The dealers, protesting this move, said that plant management couldn’t force them for anything. It were the consumers to decide which products they wanted to consume, how could the dealers force anyone to buy products none other than Verka.

Statins no less than ‘wonder drugs’
Ludhiana, November 21
Statins are no less than "wonder drugs" for heart patients as they help in lowering the cholesterol level. But should be used only under medical prescription. Cardiologists recommend these drugs immediately to a heart patient, as these are a group of drugs, which are used to lower cholesterol level. But the experts warn of using statins without medical prescription as these have some side-effects too.

‘Digital media more effective approach to reach farmers’
Rikin GandhiLudhiana, November 21
Digital Green is an effort by the USA born, 30-year-old Rikin Gandhi to approach farmers through visual media. Rikin claims that the digital media is a more effective approach for farming practices than classical approaches to agriculture extension. Rikin, Chief Extinctive Officer Digital Green, was here to address the 7th National Conference of the KVK at Punjab Agricultural University.
Rikin Gandhi

Leaders reach pact over park gate issue
Ludhiana, November 21
Installation of a gate in a park in Udham Singh Nagar area has become a bone of contention between both Congress as well as Bharatiya Janta Party leaders.

A view of the entry gates of a new park at Udham Singh Nagar in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune Photos: Inderjeet Verma

From colleges
Student brings laurels to college
Jatinder Kaur, BEd student of Partap College of Education, Ludhiana, brought laurels to her institution by securing third position in clay modelling and second position in cultural procession during the Inter-University Youth Festival, held at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Earlier, she had bagged the first positions in the zonal and inter-zonal youth festivals, organised by Panjab University, Chandigarh, which were held at Moga and Hoshiarpur respectively. Dr Balwant Singh, principal of the college, honoured Jatinder for her success.

From schools
Story telling contest
A Hindi story telling competition for the students of classes I and II was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. They told stories like 'Bolti Gufa', 'Jaisa Sochoge Waisa Paoge', 'Jhatak Kar Aage Badh Jaayen', 'Saaras Kee Shiksha' on the occasion.

Students carry placards and banners during a rally against drugs at Mandi Ahmedgarh. A Tribune photograph

BJP holds protest against FDI in retail
Ludhiana/Jagraon, Nov 21
To increase pressure on the Congress-lead UPA government ahead of the forthcoming winter session of the Parliament, the local unit of the BJP held a protest march against the alleged anti-people policies of the Congress-led UPA Government near Jalandhar bye-pass, Ludhiana, and at the Ludhiana-Moga highway in Jagraon today. In Jagraon, a rally was organised near the SDM officer after holding a protest march. While addressing the party workers during the rally at Jagraon, Manoj Singh Detwal, president of BJP Kissan Morcha, Punjab, said the BJP would oppose the FDI in retail during the impending winter session of the Parliament .

Rumours about leopard send foresters in tizzy
Ludhiana, November 21
Rumours are being spread at Kadian village located near the Sutlej River after a leopard escaped from a bore well by hurting a forest guard while it was being rescued on November 11.

5 samples of milk products collected, milk cake destroyed
Ludhiana, November 21
A team of district health department today collected five samples of milk products from Verka Milk Plant. Food Safety Officer, Ludhiana Ravinder Garg said, "We collected samples of milk, paneer, ghee, milk cake and milk powder."

Health dept appeals to public to cooperate in cancer survey
Ludhiana, November 21
District health department is going to hold census type survey on "Cancer awareness and symptoms based on early detection of cancer" from December 1 in Ludhiana district. For the survey, which will be completed within December itself, the department has roped in ANMs and nursing college students for conducting this survey in urban areas and ASHA facilitators MPHW (M&F) (Multi-Purpose Health Workers, Male and Female) and other field staff for rural areas.

Ludhiana scan
Yoga workshop
Diet Mantra Clinics organised a two-day yoga workshop on Wednesday. Simrat Kathuria, clinic director, said yoga and food had a direct impact on our personality. Various forms of yoga like power yoga, vinyas yoga, hatha yoga and pranayama and meditation helped in curing the problems like obesity, cervical and slip disc, diabetes, depression, thyroid and breathing disorder, she said.

3 brought to city on production warrant
Ludhiana, November 21
Three persons, who were facing charges of leaving weapons at the Ludhiana Railway Station a few days before Divali, were brought to the city by the railway police on production warrant.

Leader held for firing shots
Ludhiana, November 21
President of the Hindu Shiv Sena (Rashtriyawadi) Baljit Jassian has been detained for firing shots into the air. The leader maintains that he had fired shots while celebrating the hanging of Ajmal Kasab. His wife Inderjit Kaur has lodged a complaint against the leader saying that he fired shots to threaten her and her children. Jassian, who was reportedly drunk when he fired shots from his licensed pistol, has been detained by the Jagatpuri police. — TNS

Carrying of weapons banned
Ludhiana, November 21
In the wake of frequent visits of VIPs between the last week of November and December-end, the Commissioner of Police today imposed 144 of the CrPC and issued an order banning the carrying of weapons by residents. The carrying of licensed weapons, “gandasas” and “barchis” has been banned. TNS


1 dies in road accident
Jagraon, November 21
One person was killed and two others were critically injured during a head on collision between a tempo and a truck at the Ludhiana-Moga highway last night. The accident took place near Nanaksar, five kilometers away from Jagraon, around 12.00 am . The deceased has been identified as Surjit Sngh aka Shami, a resident of Preet Nagar, Moga. Truck driver Satnam Singh and his helper Sunil Masih, both residents of Fazilka, were seriously injured during the accident.


Sports dept faces challenge of accommodating kabaddi players
Ludhiana, November 21
The decision of the Punjab Government to organise the third World Kabaddi Cup has come heavily on the officials of the sports department. The state government will somehow arrange the stay of Kabaddi teams at five-star hotels next month.

A view of rooms at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Tuesday; and (right) an open manhole right in front of the rooms. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Gaurav, Shikha emerge carrom champions
Ludhiana, November 21
The curtain was drawn on the U-19 CBSE National Carrom Championship hosted and held by BCM School, Sector 32, with the declaration of the results of the finals and prize distribution on the closing of the event here today. The event was started on November 18 with 400 carrom lovers, both boys and girls, from various CBSE schools participating in it.



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