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35-yr-old woman murdered
Ludhiana, January 29
A 35-year-old migrant woman was murdered allegedly by three youngsters after a rape attempt at the Mai Baag Kaur Colony near Gobindgarh village on Chandigarh Road here last night. The victim, Reshma Devi, a mother of four, used to run a tea vend, which used to cater to nearby factory workers. Her family lives in a rented room adjoining the tea vend.

A grieving relative of Reshma Devi, who was murdered near Gobindgarh village; (right) policemen inspect the crime spot

A grieving relative of Reshma Devi, who was murdered near Gobindgarh village; (right) policemen inspect the crime spot. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan


Man tries to rape minor, held
Jagraon, January 29
A middle-aged man of Jagraon allegedly tried to rape a seven-year-old minor girl living in his neighbourhood. The incident came to light last night around 10 pm when family members and other residents of the locality heard the girl’s cries while the accused was allegedly trying to rape her. They went to the suspect’s house and caught him while allegedly trying to rape the minor girl. They beat him up and then handed him over to the local police.

2 found dead at railway station
Ludhiana, January 29
Two persons were found dead at the railway station here today. According to the Government Railway Police (GRP), both persons had died a natural death.

The Civil Surgeon’s office wears a deserted look in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Health staff’s strike enters second day; work hit
Ludhiana, January 29
Health Department services remained paralysed for the second day today due to the strike of the clerical staff. The staff began the strike yesterday on a call given by the Punjab health Department Subordinate Offices Clerical Association.

The Civil Surgeon’s office wears a deserted look in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

10 challaned for smoking
Ludhiana, January 29
The District Task Force challaned 10 persons under the Anti-Tobacco Act here today. Food Safety Officer Harpreet Kaur said, "We challaned 10 persons for smoking at public places. While nine were challaned at the railway station, one was challaned at the bus stand. We collected a fine of Rs 1,400 from the violators."

DSP Murder Case
Hearing adjourned till Feb 15
Ludhiana, January 29
The court of Additional Sessions Judge Paramjit Singh today adjourned the hearing in the DSP Balraj Gill and Monika Kapila muder case till Feburary 15.

BJP rally holds up traffic in city
Vehicles caught in a trafffic jam during a BJP rally in Ludhiana on Tuesday.Ludhiana, January 29
Traffic was disrupted at several places in the city during a BJP rally today. The rally was organised to welcome Kamal Sharma, state president of the party. Commuters were inconvenienced as cavalcades of vehicles and supporters of the party passed through the city.

Vehicles caught in a trafffic jam during a BJP rally in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Pak women make inroads into industry
An MoU being signed between entrepreneurs of India and Pakistan in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Ludhiana, January 29
Gone are the days when women in Pakistan would clad themselves in a burqa. Against the notion of the conservative society, women from across the border have made their presence felt in every field today. Apart from running fashion houses, they are also entering non-conventional professions and successfully running construction, marble and pharmaceutical companies.
An MoU being signed between entrepreneurs of India and Pakistan in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

MSME sector sees fresh hope in Europe
Ludhiana, January 29
Ludhiana industry is in a cheerful mood after India has joined hands with a European Union body to provide a platform for domestic companies, mainly small and medium enterprises, to explore business opportunities in Europe.

Lawyers meet Commissioner over new VAT form
Ludhiana, January 29
A delegation of the Punjab Tax Bar Association met Anurag Verma, Excise and Taxation Commissioner, and demanded that a new VAT form for the filing of quarterly returns should be introduced from April 1. The department today issued a pubic notice stating that the e-filing of VAT quarterly returns would be initiated from January 31.

Inflation hits common man hard
Ludhiana, January 29
"Inflation" has become a common word which people read every day. The overall increase in the cost of products and services is called "Inflation" and it is spelling doom over the common man. The cost of all the daily needs like rice, pulses, vegetables, etc. have increased in such a way that the common man has to think twice, before buying even vegetables.

Stay active to ward off cold-related problems: Experts
Ludhiana, January 29
In the extreme cold weather, people tend to become little inactive and skip daily their routine. They go for readymade food and do less physical activity. But, this change in daily routine and meals can them fall prey to problems related to muscles and joints.

Today is World Leprosy Day
A place where kids of leprosy patients shape their future
Children of leprosy patients in a joyful mood at Bal Bhawan in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, January 29
Sharing a packet of biscuits with his two younger siblings, a student of class IV, Rakesh says: "Have it. I got it with tea from the mess. I didn't beg for it." The very sentence uttered by Rakesh reflects that he wants to lead his life based on self-respect.

Children of leprosy patients in a joyful mood at Bal Bhawan in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet verma

Skit, exhibition mark health mela
Ludhiana, January 29
To make people aware about Rashtriya Swasthaya Beema Yojna (RSBY), the health department organised health mela here. On the occasion Additional Deputy Commissioner (development), Dr Rishi Pal, was the chief guest. He spoke at length about the RSBY.

Santabanta.com in the dock for evading tax
Ludhiana, January 29
Chief Judicial Magistrate, Muneesh Arora, has summoned the owner of Santabanta.com.ltd, Chandigarh, in a case of alleged evasion of the TDS amounting to Rs 1,90,002.

from schools
Pet show organised
Ludhiana: Bal Bharati Public School organised a pet show to enable children to comprehend how and why they should be empathetic and caring towards animals. They understood that animals play an important part in our lives and therefore, they should treat them responsibly, with love and sensitivity. The show was adjudged by veterinarian Dr Jaspreet Mauj, Sunny Sekhon (a reputed pet breeder) and Anil Kaushal (a famous dog breeder and trainer from Chandigarh). Pets can be a real delight if they are properly cared and carefully trained. The students were thrilled to witness an array of different breeds of dogs groomed and dressed in their best to impress the judges. The dogs of various breeds like Rottweiler, Pit Bull, Labrador, St Bernard and French Mastiff were the main attractions of the day. In addition to dogs there were many other pets.

from colleges
Fauja Singh visits college
Ludhiana: Sardar Fauja Singh, also known as the Turbaned Tornado, gave an inspiring start to the annual sporting season at Arya College. The centenarian marathon runner originally from Punjab but now residing in The Great Britain, was given a warm welcome by principal, Dr RC Tejpal. While addressing students, Fauja Singh narrated incidents from his life, which spirited him to take up marathon running at the age of 89. Giving tips for a healthy and active life, he stressed upon the need to keep one's mind and heart young at all costs.

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Issue of pending promotions discussed
The meeting of Government College Laboratory Staff Union, Punjab, was held today under Raj Kumar, district president. While speaking on the occasion he condemned the deviation in the salary scale by the government. The issue of pending promotions was also discussed during the meeting.


Woman held with drugs
Jagraon, January 29
The Jagraon police has arrested a woman for drug trafficking . The police has recovered a huge quantity of habit forming drugs from her possession.

Youth booked on charge of molesting girl
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 29
The police has booked a youth of Dullo village under Section 376 of the IPC for molesting a Dalit girl.

Sahodaya schools’ chess tourney begins
Ludhiana, January 29
The Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Chess Championship today began at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bypass, here. Rajesh Rudhra, chairman-cum-director of the Chain of Green Land Schools, along with general secretary Usha Rudhra, president Shabad Rudhra and Vijayata Rudhra and Baldeep Pandher, Principal of the school, inaugurated the championship. Around 170 students from CBSE schools participated in the event.




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