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Major tragedy averted
Ludhiana, January 9
A major tragedy was averted as the wheels of 1447 Jabalpur-Jammu Tawi weekly Durgawati Express diesel engine got jammed while the train was about to enter the outer signal of the Ludhiana railway station this morning.

Two test positive for swine flu in district
Ludhiana, January 9
Suspected swine flu cases from different parts of the state have started pouring in city hospitals. Today, two patients from Ludhiana district tested positive for swine flu. As per health officials, these are the first two patients from the district.


Ludhiana-Delhi flight grounded for past 20 days
Ludhiana, January 9
No flight has been operating between Ludhiana and Delhi for the past 20 days due to visibility issues. The last flight that landed in the city was on December 20. Due to foggy weather, tomorrow’s flight has also been cancelled by Air India. The lone Air India flight operates on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The sad part is that the doppler very high frequency omni-range (DVOR) device, which helps the aircraft during landing, has not been made operational, despite the fact that it was installed almost a couple of months ago.

280 duplicate mobile phones seized
Ludhiana, January 9
The city police today seized 280 duplicate mobile phones of Samsung company, 115 mobile phones body parts, 45 mobile chargers, mobile covers and Rs 2 lakh cash from a man who runs a mobile shop in the Gurmandi area.


Violations abound at Sarabha Nagar marketPuneet Pal Singh Gill
Ludhiana, January 9
Despite the anti-encroachment drive led by the Ludhiana Mayor himself, violations abound at the upscale market of Sarabha Nagar. The passageway has been encroached upon, an adjoining park is being used for commercial purposes, and several illegal ‘rehris’ and ‘farhis’ are a common sight.

(From left): An encroached passage in front of shops; illegal kiosks selling eatables outside a shop; a park adjoining the market converted into a recreational park for commercial purposes; and shops located on a residential plot opposite the market at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma.

The land where a park is to be developed by the Municipal Councillor in Sunet village of Ludhiana. A kiosk (encircled) can be seen in the picture. Photo: Inderjeet Verma. Encroachment back again
Ludhiana, January 9
The land meant for a park in Sunet village, is a clear example of MC apathy. Even though the Mayor ordered the Tehbazaari as well as the Horticulture branch that this land should be cleared of encroachments, but it seemed that the MC officials were in deep slumber.

The land where a park is to be developed by the Municipal Councillor in Sunet village of Ludhiana. A kiosk (encircled) can be seen in the picture. Photo: Inderjeet Verma.

Ensure that ambulances function properly: DC
Ludhiana, January 9
The Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Tiwari, has asked the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, to make sure that all the ambulances are in proper working condition and must be sent to the destination, as and when required.

Rail fare hike draws flak
Ludhiana, January 9
The proposal to increase the rail fare for all categories of travel from January 21, announced by the Union railway minister today, has evoked a strong reaction from all sections of the society.

Though the day saw some sunshine, the temperature dipped in the evening in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
Beating the ripping chill: Though the day saw some sunshine, the temperature dipped in the evening in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Residents wary of cyber cafes becoming dating joints
Ludhiana, January 9
The yesterday's incident where the police caught 10 couples sharing intimate moments at a cyber café in Kadwai Nagar has yet again brought to the fore the misuse of internet surfing centres as “dating joints” by youngsters in the city. Similar cyber cafes have mushroomed in different parts of the city, causing nuisance for residents.

Govt favouring contract system: Cooks’ body
Mandi Ahmedgarh/ Khanna, January 9
The Democratic Mid-Day Meal Cooks Front has threatened to launch a state-wide protest, alleging that the State Education Department has a hidden agenda to terminate services of cooks employed, at government and private aided schools by implementing the contractual system in more cities.

Accused seeks bail
Ludhiana, January 9
In the ‘Hub’ brawl case, one of the accused, Rishi Banda of Tagore Nagar, has sought bail.

New Year parties fetch Rs 3 lakh to taxation dept 
Ludhiana, January 9
Excise and taxation department managed to collect an amount of Rs 3 lakh, as entertainment tax, from New Year parties that the city's clubs and hotels hosted on the New Year eve. 

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Police detains stalker
Ludhiana, January 9
Stalking a woman guest lecturer proved costly for an alumnus of Arya College after the woman approached the police. The police detained the man, identified as Dharmender.

Parking lot employee thrashed
Ludhiana, January 9
An employee of the parking lot was injured, after makeshift stalls owners attacked the employees of the parking lot, at Mini Secretariat here today. The makeshift stall owners were irked over the municipal corporation's anti-ncroachment drive. They said that the parking contractor had allegedly used his political muscle for conducting an encroachment drive.

Shops burgled
Phillaur,January 9
In a spate of thefts in Phillaur Sub-Division, different gang of the thieves, burgled two more Karyana shops in Phillaur last night. 

3 booked for land grab
Ludhiana, January 9
Rohit Kapila, who was booked by the vigilance department for usurping the ancestral land of film actor Dharmendra in Ajit Nagar, Haibowal, has now been booked in yet another case of land grabbing.




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