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City reels under cold wave, power cuts
Ludhiana, January 7
A rickshaw puller makes his way through a thick blanket of fog in Ludhiana on Monday. After facing power cuts due to huge gap between demand and availability during summer, there seems to be no respite for city residents from erratic power supply even in the extremely cold weather conditions. The residential localities in the city are facing frequent power cuts of a minimum duration of half-an-hour for four to six times a day, from early morning to late in the night

A rickshaw puller makes his way through a thick blanket of fog in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan and Inderjeet Verma 

Rail traffic remains erratic, courtesy fog 
Ludhiana, January 7
With foggy weather coupled with low visibility showing no signs of improvement, the rail traffic in the region continues to be erratic.


Students forced to study in dark, dingy classrooms 
Ludhiana, January 7
Students sit in a low-lit classroom in Ludhiana. Power cuts have added to troubles of government school students as the classrooms turn dark due to foggy weather. Expect from some schools like Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, where the building is new, most of the government schools of the city have been facing the same problem.

Students sit in a low-lit classroom in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph 

PAU increases walkers' fee 
Ludhiana, January 7
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has increased the walkers' entry fee on its campus, saying that morning walkers harm experimental areas which affect the research works.

Man commits theft at sister’s house 
Ludhiana, January 7
In a glaring example of deterioration of relations and social fabric in the city, a man committed theft at his sister’s house after sedating his nephew.

10-year RI for raping minor
Ludhiana, January 7
The Court of Additional Sessions Judge Mandeep Pannu has convicted Vijay Kumar of Nanda Colony, Basti Jodhewal, on the charges of raping his 14-year old sister-in-law. He was sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment. The court also ordered the accused to pay Rs 25,000 compensation to the victim.

Mystery shrouds boy’s disappearance 
Ludhiana, January 7
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of a 13-year-old boy of the Mundian area, who went to a dairy to fetch milk on Sunday evening, but did not return.


Expecting good sale this Lohri, a street vendor roasts groundnuts in Ludhiana on Monday. Ludhianvis gear up for Lohri
Ludhiana, January 7
Residents are preparing for Lohri in full swing. People have already started finalising the plans for the day while “gachak”, peanuts and “bhugga” have already become the flavour of the day. It is the old city areas, which completely immerse into the spirit of the festival with kite flying during the day time and bonfire during night.

Expecting good sale this Lohri, a street vendor roasts groundnuts in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Family plays great role: experts 
Ludhiana, January 7
More youngsters are becoming addict to heroin, in Ludhiana district. There is a singnificant increase of 50 per cent, in the number of heroin addicts, in Ludhiana district.

Banks accused of delaying benefits to pensioners
Doraha, January 7
Government Pensioners Association, Doraha, held a meeting today at KK Kaushal Memorial Bhavan which was presided over by Pawan Kumar Kaushal. He gave a detailed report regarding the tehsil level dharna and a vast rally at Mohali in December which was met with success from all quarters.

Khanna bus stand in deplorable condition
Khanna, January 7
A pitiable condition of the road at the Khanna bus stand. The condition of bus stand at Khanna is very pitiable. Municipal Council Khanna earned Rs. 2,32,84,219 just in four and a half years, from all the earning sources of city’s main bus stand but it is really shocking and disappointing that not even a single penny has been spent in the public interest.

A pitiable condition of the road at the Khanna bus stand. Tribune Photo

15-member IAS delegation visits PAU
Ludhiana, January 7
A 15- member delegation of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officials (trainees) (2012 batch) visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today and interacted with the senior officials, deans, directors, additional directors of the university and members of the PAU Kisan Club. In his remarks, Dr RK Mahey, Registrar, PAU, informed the delegates that the university was established in 1962 on the pattern of Land Grant Colleges of the USA.

Industrial body for using hydraulics to increase productivity
Ludhiana, January 7
Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) organised a training program on “Effective Use and Maintenance of Hydraulics", today.

CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers protest issuing of permits to cell autos run on diesel
Ludhiana, January 7
Drivers of LPG/CNG-run auto-rickshaws protest in Ludhiana. The CNG/LPG run auto-rickshaw drivers in the city feel cheated as the District Transport Department has begun issuing permits to cell auto-rickshaws, which will be run on diesel. The agitated CNG/LDG run three-wheeler drivers said that respecting the sentiments of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to make the city “pollution-free”

Drivers of LPG/CNG-run auto-rickshaws protest in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Effluent treatment plant to become operational from January 16
Ludhiana, January 7
Pollution control board chairman Ravinder Singh at a meeting at Ludhiana. Representatives from different industries met Ravinder Singh, chairman of the pollution control board, who was in the city today. At a meeting it was announced that the common effluent treatment plant (CETP) at Bahadur-ke-Road would be made operational from January 16.

Pollution control board chairman Ravinder Singh at a meeting at Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet verma

Heaters provided to staff on evaluation duty
Doraha/Ludhiana, January 7
The university staff and teachers deployed on evaluation duty by Panjab University to evaluate the answer sheets of postgraduate semester classes were provided heaters while evaluating answer sheets today.

Now, cycles to have reflectors on mudguards
Ludhiana, January 7
Keeping in view the safety of the riders, the local cycle industry has started using reflector tapes on bicycles. During the celebration of traffic awareness week, the industry was urged by traffic officials to use reflector stickers on cycles to avoid accidents.


One held for raping minor girl
Phillaur, January 7
The Phillaur Police has arrested one Barnala resident youth Rajesh Kumar under Section 376/366 of the IPC on the charges of kidnapping and raping a minor girl. The girl was admitted in local civil hospital for medical examination. 

Vehicle lifters along with impounded motorcycles in police custody in Ludhiana on Monday. 3 vehicle lifters held
Ludhiana, January 6
The police arrested three vehicle lifters and recovered for stolen motorcycles from their possession. They have been identified as Deepak Kumar, Vijay Kumar and Ashok Kumar, all residents of Seeria colony at Pakhowal road in Ludhiana.

Vehicle lifters along with impounded motorcycles in police custody in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Woman held with contraband in jail
Ludhiana, January 7
In two separate incidents, the Central Jail authorities nabbed a woman with contraband and recovered three mobile phones from toilet located inside the jail.

Thieves strike at jewellery shop
Ludhiana, January 7
Thieves struck at a jeweller's shop at Sarafan Bazar and decamped with 250gm of gold jewellery and Rs 1 lakh cash. Kamal Dhanda, owner of the jewellery shop, the thieves trespassed into the shop by breaking the door located on the roof top.

19-year-old raped in Jamalpur area
Ludhiana, January 7
A 19-year-old girl was raped by a youth in the Jamalpur area here today. The victim, who lives in a shanty at Jamalpur, claimed that Deepak (21), who lives in the nearby shanty, forcibly took her to a secluded place and raped her.


MPS Grewal hockey tourney to begin from January 19
Ludhiana, January 7
The XVIth All-India Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Women's Hockey Tournament is scheduled to be held here at the Olympian Prithipal Singh AstroTurf Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University, from January 19 to 22.



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