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Fire safety not MC concern
Ludhiana, February 16
In a startling revelation, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, which is responsible for the safety of city residents and manages the fire brigade, is itself not serious about the safety of its officials.

No paid parking at Children's Traffic Park in Model Town for time being
Ludhiana, February 16
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria checks parking slips at Children’s Traffic Park. A paid parking lot at the Children's Traffic Park in Model Town, which was being run by the contractor of the parking lot at the Mini Secretariat here, has been discontinued for the time being.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria checks parking slips at Children’s Traffic Park. A file photo


A collapsed wireless system tower at Civil Surgeon’s office. Crumbling towers of Health Department
Ludhiana, February 16
The wireless towers installed by the Health Department have become mere show pieces. Many rusted towers have collapsed. According to sources, during 1990-91 the state Health Department had installed wireless towers at Civil Surgeons' offices, Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres with the aim of conveying important messages to centres by the Civil Surgeons concerned. In those days, landline phone facility was not easily available?

A collapsed wireless system tower at Civil Surgeon’s office. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Minor abducted; two booked
Amloh, February 16
A 14-year-old student of class VIII of Government High School, Tibbi, was allegedly abducted by car-borne miscreants here today. Sandeep Singh, Sarpanch, and Baldev Singh, Panch, of Rayyewal village, who were accompanying the girls' parents, had filed a kidnap complaint.


Traffic goes haywire in rain
Mandi Ahmedgarh, Feb 16
Rain hit vehicular traffic in the area due to erosion of berms and stranded vehicles during wee hours here today. Railway traffic was no exception routine checking and rectification of track resulted in flowing down of the speed, accompanied with disruption. Maintaining that no major disruption had been caused in the region, divisional traffic manager claimed that Dhuri bound train had been stopped between Ludhiana and Gill stations when members of gang responsible for maintenance of the track were busy in tightening fixtures and fish plates in the morning.

Technicians rectify a fault on the railway track between Gill and Ludhiana on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Police Control Room helpline flooded with pointless calls
Ludhiana, February 16
The yesterday's incident where a tipsy woman called at the police control room and took the city police for a ride was not a stray case. According to police officials, from mobile recharge to tracking the identity of anonymous caller, the city residents are increasingly using helpline 100 for assistance. The pointless calls have left the policemen deputed at police control room high-and-dry.

Students in a jubilant mood after getting their degrees at GNG College in Ludhiana on Saturday.
Joy of success:
Students in a jubilant mood after getting their degrees at GNG College in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana scan
'Maat-Bhasha Mela' on Feb 21
The Punjabi Sahit Akademi will organise 'Punjabi Maat-Bhasha Mela' on February 21 on the occasion of International Mother Tongue Day at Punjabi Bhawan. On the occasion, Mata Jaswant Kaur Maulik Children's Book prize ceremony will also be organised on the occasion. Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president of the academy, said: “The prize will be presented to Jagtarjit for his book 'Addhi Chunjh Wali Chidi'.”

Tribute paid to Ghalib through his gazals
Ludhiana, February 16
A ghazal evening to pay tribute to Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib was organised at the Punjabi Bhawan today. The event was organised by Dhvani, an association for promotion of art, to mark the death anniversary of Ghalib. The ghazals of Ghalib were sung by Randhir Kanwal, Dr Charan Kamal Singh, Dr Sanjeev Uppal, Kawal Mohini Marwaha and Gurdev Singh. On the occasion. Prof NK Kalia talked about various facets of Ghalib's poetry and his life. TNS

Artistes perform at a ghazal evening at the Punjabi Bhawan in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Residents of Landa street cry foul
Doraha, February 16
The villagers of Landa are facing the tough times as panchayat and administration at large has failed to listen to their tale of woes as far as a particular street of their village is concerned. The street, passing from the rear side of the village Gurdwara, has reduced the life of the villagers staying on this part to a virtual hell.

A view of the Landa village street. A Tribune photograph

Miscreants make merry at deserted Octroi post
Ludhiana, February 16
The abandoned vacant rooms of the Octroi Post located on main GT Road near Jalandhar bypass chowk are being used for all the wrong reasons. This was known from the fact when a makeshift bed was seen in one of the rooms and liquor bottles were seen lying scattered there.

Pensioners resent lack of super specialist doctors in railway hospital
Ludhiana, February 16
Railway pensioners are the harassed lot due to the absence of adequate medical care, especially the super specialist doctors at the railway hospital which was upgraded from a health unit to a sub divisional hospital (SDH) two years ago.

MC commissioner pulls up building branch officials
Ludhiana, February 16
MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma today pulled up the building branch and warned the officials of departmental action in case they fail to keep a check on illegal buildings mushrooming in the city.

Cognizance 2012 winners felicitated
Chandigarh, February 16
Winners of The Tribune scrapbook competition, Cognizance 2012, were felicitated at Panjab University’s Law Auditorium here today. Around 15,000 students from classes VI to X in Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar participated in the competition from November 27 to December 31 last year.

Mankeerat Narang (class VI), Suman Gautam (Class IX), Sukhveet Kaur (class X) and Jaiyta Sood (class VII), who secured the first position in their respective categories in Cognizance 2012 during the award ceremony at the Law Auditorium in Panjab University, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Shefali’s artwork on display in city
Shefali Sehra with her artworks at Gallery Artmosphere in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, February 16
A three-day exhibition of Shefali Sehra's artwork is being organised at Gallery Artmosphere. Her work is a mixture of sculpting and painting. Rather than oil, acrylic or traditionally available colours, she experiments her paintings with a variety of materials to create art. She touched paint brush after a hiatus of long nine years after her marriage. “Always interested in art, I moved to Chandigarh after marriage.

Shefali Sehra with her artworks at Gallery Artmosphere in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Mild rain to continue, thunder showers at some places
Ludhiana, February 16
The metrological department has forecasted mild rains and cloudy sky in the city, with thunder showers at certain places in the next 24 hours. Surinder Paul, director, Weather Department, Chandigarh, said: "The weather will get cleared by evening tomorrow. Till afternoon there will be clouds and mild rainfall at certain places. The temperature at night is expected to fall day after tomorrow and the day temperature will rise too by Monday.

A cyclist paddles fast to reach his destination during the rain in Ludhiana on Saturday. 
Photo: Inderjeet Verma

From schools
Ludhiana: Delhi Public School Khanna conducted a seminar on "The future of education." Vipin Shishodiya was the resource person for the event. This workshop was on cognition neuroscience technology, which is the future of education. A large number of parents attended the seminar. They appreciated the efforts made by the school for organising such workshops, which help them understand the changing face of education.

PAU former scientists form alumni association
Ludhiana, February 16
Retired scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have set up a new tradition in their monthly meeting as scientists conduct proceeding of monthly meeting in poetic form. Jagmohan Singh, a member of the Alumni Association, PAU, informed that a retired professor Dr Gurdev Singh Sandhu gives poetic touch to the proceeding of meeting of retired teachers and alumni.

LIT to auction Jhansi Road complex in March
Ludhiana, February 16
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust has again decided to auction its commercial complex located on Maharani Jhansi Road, near Ghumar Mandi, on March 6. This complex was unsuccessfully auctioned in December, 2009. No bidder had taken part in the earlier auction.

BSNL employees hold protest
Ludhiana, February 16
BSNL Employees Union held a dharna in front of the BSNL, Bharat Nagar, office here yesterday. The call for dharna was given by the Central Head Quarter of the BSNL Employees Union against the non-settlement of 78.2 per cent Industrial Dearness Allowance (IDA) merger with the basic pay.

BSNL employees hold a protest outside the BSNL office in Bharat Nagar, Ludhiana, on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Fuel price hike making life miserable: Residents
Ludhiana, February 16
There was a mood of despondency amongst residents as the fuel prices were increased yet again, . The price rise was steep and frequent. The price of petrol and diesel were hiked by Rs 1.5 and 50 p, respectively.

Senior Agronomist of PAU felicitated
Dr Jasjit Singh Kang, a Senior Agronomist of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana was given the Award of Honour for his outstanding contributions in various fields.


Man held with 52 kg poppy husk
Ludhiana, February 16
The CIA-I branch of the police has arrested a man with 52 kg poppy of husk. The man has been identified as Jatinder Singh, alias Kaka (24), a resident of Ayali Kalan village, here. The accused owns a shop, Kewal Opticals, in the Guru Teg Bahadur Market, near Clock Tower, here.

3 arrested with heroin
Ludhiana, February 16
The local police has nabbed three persons for carrying 20 gm of heroin here yesterday. The accused have been identified as Dinesh, Rajesh both residents of Dhuri and Vikas of New Vijay Nagar.


Man gets life term for raping, killing seven-year-old girl
Ludhiana, February 16
The court of Additional Sessions Judge Mandeep Pannu has convicted Asif Khan (24) of Bhajneek Da Dhaba, Sham Nagar, Ludhiana, on the charges of raping and killing a seven-year-old girl. He has been sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 15,000.



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