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Alarming rise in Drug addiction
Quantity of drugs seized last year three times more than 2011
Ludhiana, January 13
Drug addiction has assumed alarming proportions in this part of the region. To tighten the noose around drug peddlers, who have spread their tentacles all around and are allegedly hooking the youth to drugs, the police cracked the whip on them. It recovered a huge quantity of drugs, including opium and habit-forming tablets, in 2012.
A labourer injects a drug into his hand to get a kick; and (right) a teenager inhales a drug-smeared handkerchief in Ludhiana.
A labourer injects a drug into his hand to get a kick in Ludhiana.  Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Snap trade ties with Pakistan: Industry 
Ludhiana, January 13
The killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistani forces has sparked a wave of resentment among the traders' community. The industry in the city wants the government to snap trade ties with the neighbouring country.

Thrown from rooftop, girl may take months to recover
Ludhiana, January 13
"Girls are not even safe in their houses. My daughter has been rendered bedridden by an anti-social element for no fault of hers," said Shamsher Singh, father of an 18-year-old girl who was allegedly thrown from the rooftop of her house on January 10 after she turned down a marriage proposal.

Green belts in Dy Mayor's ward in bad shape
Ludhiana, January 13
Green belts and parks located in Deputy Mayor RD Sharma's ward number 25 are in poor state. The situation is almost the same in other green belts in the city.

kite flying
Ban on plastic string goes up in thin air
Ludhiana, January 13
Girls fly a kite on the occasion of Lohri in Ludhiana on Sunday. The tall claims made by the police regarding imposing a ban on the sale of plastic strings for flying kites fizzled out completely as the "killer thread" today led to the death of birds and took its toll on residents as well. Complaints from residents, especially commuters, regarding receiving cuts from plastic strings, which were used by many to fly kites today, kept arriving till late this evening.

Girls fly a kite on the occasion of Lohri in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


cancellation of pension scheme
Teachers resent govt’s move 

Doraha, January 13
The teaching community seems to be in a state of shock as the Punjab Government has repealed the Act of Pension Scheme of 18/12/96. It has asked the Chief Minister to withhold his assent to the Bill by way of reserving for consideration to save the future of higher education and democracy in Punjab.

Drivers lose control over trucks, damage three vends
Mandi Ahmedgarh, Jan 13
The two trucks that rammed into vends at Dehlon Chowk near Ahmedgarh on Sunday. Two trucks coming from different sides damaged at least three vends and installations at the bus stand in Dehlon village when the drivers lost control after colliding with each other last night.

The two trucks that rammed into vends at Dehlon Chowk near Ahmedgarh on Sunday. A tribune photograph

Sambar enters Kalirao Mohalla, rescued
Khanna January 13
Panic gripped old area named Kalirao Mohalla, Khanna, when the residents spotted a Sambar in their locality. An area resident, Joginderpal heard some noise in the morning and sensing any thief he got up and went out. He said that he was surprised when he saw a Sambar near his house.

reporters’ diary
All for a piece of paper!
Be it small kids, youngsters or middle-aged men, kite-flying has always been an attraction during the Lohri festival. Especially, here in the interior parts of the city, residents purchase kites, strings worth several hundreds of rupees to enjoy the festival. But just for a piece of paper or to cut other's kite, becomes "status-symbol" for many at times. 

contractors’ dues
MC seeks Rs 100 cr loan
Ludhiana, January 13
The cash-strapped Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is all set to take a loan of Rs 100 crore by pledging its properties as collateral security, which may include its office buildings. The civic body is in talks with three prominent banks. Only one bank has submitted its proposal for the loan so far.

Notices to contractors
Ludhiana, January 13
The Central Excise Department has issued show-cause notices to the contractors, who have been awarded contracts for towing away vehicles, for not paying service tax.

Aggar Nagar underpass to miss deadline
Ludhiana, January 13
Iron bars at a pedestrian underpass near Aggar Nagar have been rusting for the past six months. The pedestrian under pass opposite Aggar Nagar is all set to miss its February deadline as there has been no work on the project for the past more than eight months. The contractor says the civic body has not cleared his dues worth more than Rs 2 crore, due to which has been forced to stop construction of this underpass.

Iron bars at a pedestrian underpass near Aggar Nagar have been rusting for the past six months. photo: Inderjeet verma

Cafe culture fast catching on in Ludhiana
A view of a cafe in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, January 13
With the winters at its peak, Ludhiana, which has rightly been labelled as a tea-addict city, is suddenly going crazy over coffee. With the trend of reading cafes emerging at an enviable pace in the city, the cafe culture is experiencing a defining moment.

A view of a cafe in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Meeting order rush
Hosiery industry offers incentives to labour
Ludhiana, January 13
Workers busy finishing orders in a hosiery unit in Ludhiana. With the extreme cold conditions proving to be a boon for the hosiery industry and fresh orders still pouring in, it is not only the industrialists but also the workers who have both their hands full. The industry, which has been facing a labour crunch, is offering special incentives to workers to make them work till the orders are finished.

Workers busy finishing orders in a hosiery unit in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

2 test positive for swine flu
Ludhiana, January 13
Two patients from Sunam And Sangrur, who are under treatment at the local Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, have tested positive for swine flu. 

Schools resent PSEB decision
Ludhiana January 13
The affiliated schools have resented the decision of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) that it will not constitute examination centres in affiliated schools where the strength of students is less than 120 in urban areas and 90 in rural areas.


Jarkhar sports fest begins today
Ludhiana, January 13
The stage is set for the 27th annual sports festival to be organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club at Jarkhar village, about 20 km from here. The festival will begin tomorrow and conclude on January 17.

Jagtar Memorial tournament
Pakistan, Bangladesh teams register for hockey meet
Ludhiana, January 13
Two teams from across the borders will be seen in action during the 7th All-India Jagtar Memorial Hockey Tournament (u-21) scheduled to be held at the Olympian Prithipal Singh Astro Turf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University in the first week of February.



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