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No check on Illegal colonies
Ludhiana, February 24
Tall claims regarding regulatory measures being taken against developers of unauthorised colonies by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority outside the city limits and the municipal corporation within the city limits notwithstanding, unscrupulous developers are thriving with construction going on in full swing in unlicensed colonies, both outside and within the city limits.

Structures have come up on the area earmarked for a park in an unauthorised colony in Ludhiana.
Structures have come up on the area earmarked for a park in an unauthorised colony in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Police cracks the whip on overloaded auto-rickshaws
Ludhiana, February 24
Over 200 motorcycles and overloaded auto-rickshaws were challaned during a drive by the traffic police here today. Over 25 policemen, including staff of three PCR vehicles, stopped motorcycle riders and auto-rickshaw drivers at a checkpoint on the Mall Road.

Police officials challan the driver of an overloaded auto-rickshaw at a checkpoint on the Mall Road in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Two injured seriously as cricket players exchange blows
Ludhiana, February 24
A cricket match turned ugly after two teams exchanged blows over an umpire's decision. Two players sustained serious head injuries in the incident, while eight players were hurt. Those injured seriously have been identified as Rahul (21) and Sanjiv (24). Both have been admitted to the Civil Hospital.

Patients' health concerns whitewashed at Civil Hospital
Ludhiana, February 24
The Civil Hospital authorities seem to have turned a blind eye to the well-being of patients. The gynaecology ward, where patients are under treatment, is being whitewashed. The hospital authorities did not feel the need to shift patients from this ward to some other room. As a result, some of them decided to move out of the ward.

 A ladder kept in a ward of the Civil Hospital for whitewash work; and despite a ban on smoking, beedi and cigarette buts lie scattered on stairs in the hospital.
(Left) A ladder kept in a ward of the Civil Hospital for whitewash work; and despite a ban on smoking, beedi and cigarette buts lie scattered on stairs in the hospital. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Lax security at city railway station
Ludhiana, February 24
While the police has beefed up security across the country following the twin blasts in Hyderabad, the security at the railway station, one of busiest railway junctions of the region, is far from satisfactory. In 2009, dreaded terrorist Balbir Singh Bhootna had killed a tea vendor, Santosh, at the station and injured two policemen in his bid to escape. He was arrested and sent to jail.

Man held for firing into the air
Ludhiana, February 24
Firing celebratory shots into the air proved costly for Ravinderpal Singh, owner of Pritam Ka Dhaba. Ravinderpal Singh, who was attending the wedding of his cousin Bablu, had opened fire into the air with his .32-bore revolver at midnight.


Meat shops closed today
Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh has ordered closing of meat shops, butcher-shops, egg stalls and making non-vegetarian food in hotels and dhabas in the police commissionerate, Ludhiana, on the occasion of birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas on February 25. He said that on this day, killing of an animal is considered inauspicious and such an act may hurt religious sentiments.

Students from various schools take part in a cycle rally, “Cyclogreen”, in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

LUDHIANA calling
Facebook friends get together
No doubt social network site "Facebook" organised the people for the revolution in some countries and people mobilised through the Facebook and came forward for social causes in the country. But in Punjab, the Facebook came with different types of revolution. A few days ago some Facebook friends organised a get together at Punjabi Bhavan.
Rail passengers wait for their train at a platform in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

PAU notes
Experts give tips on agriculture
Ludhiana, February 24
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised three guest lectures today, which were delivered by the eminent speakers namely Prof Dilawar Ali Khan, Pakistan, Sandip Das, special correspondent, National Daily, New Delhi and Dr Lakhwinder Singh Hundal, Head Division of Soil Science, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, USA. The talks were hosted by the Society for Advancement of Academics, Sports and Cultural Activities; PAU Science Club; Department of Journalism, Languages and Culture; and the Department of Soil Science of PAU. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, and the University deans, directors, additional directors, heads and faculty of various departments participated in these lectures.

Admn fails to check stray cattle menace
Jagraon, February 24
There is no relief from the menace of stray animals in Jagraon. The number of stray animals has been increasing constantly and despite repeated requests of the local residents, the administration has failed to tackle this problem. The presence of a large number of stray animals including cows, bulls, dogs etc in various residential localities and roads of the town has become a common scene in Jagraon.

Stray cattle obstruct traffic on a road in Jagraon. photo by writer

More people coming forward for blood donation
Mandi Ahmedgarh, Feb 24
Screening of their blood for ruling out possibility of infection diseases has emerged a factor for success of blood donation camps being held by organisations which ensure a safe blood supply for everyone who may need transfusions.

From schools
Farewell party
Ludhiana: Harsh Vidya Mandir situated in New Subash Nagar, celebrated farewell party for the students of Class X. On the occasion, several cultural programmes were presented by the students of class IX. The environment of school had become musical when students performed giddha, bhangra, Punjabi songs to the tune of DJ. Various activities showcased by the students, which were highly appreciated by the students. In the end, principal Meena Sharma and director DP Sharma of the school gave best wishes to the students for their board exams.

Children enact a wedding ceremony during the annual day celebrations of Mother’s Pride School at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Stone of sub-station laid at Bhagpur village
Ludhiana, February 24
Punjab Minister for Public Works Department Sharanjit Singh Dhillon laid the foundation stone of 66 kv sub-station in Bhagpur village. KD Choudhry, Chairman and Managing Director of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, and Santa Singh Umaidpuri, Chairman, Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board Punjab, were also present on the occasion.

State wrestling squad finalised
Ludhiana, February 24
A large number of aspirants attended the trials organised by the Punjab Wrestling Association (PWA) at Alamgir Akhara on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road today. Pehalwan Ram Krishan and Pehalwan Harmail Singh Kala, president and general secretary, respectively of the PWA announced the team after the trials.

Ensure quality education or face the music, teachers told
Ludhiana, February 24
Director General of Secondary Education (DGSE) KS Pannu has warned teachers of government schools to teach students or else face the music. He said, “The lackadaisical attitude of teachers will not be tolerated and they will not be allowed to play with the future of students.”

Children given polio drops
Ludhiana, February 24
The five-day pulse polio campaign to administer polio drops to the children up to the age group of 5 years was launched in the district today. According to the information from the health department officials, on the first day of campaign 16,2203 children were administered the polio drops at various booths and houses in the city. Volunteers of department also covered 15,6371 houses to administer drops.

Polio drops being given to a child in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Civic body clears encroachments from service lane
Ludhiana, February 24
Continuing its drive to clear all temporary and permanent encroachments from the service lane along the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road (national highway), the team of officials from the tehbazari wing of the Municipal Corporation today removed rehris, farris and venders from several places in the service lane from Gulmor Hotel to Aarti Chowk and further upto Sidhwan Canal.

Circus entertains city residents with comic acts, stunts
Ludhiana, February 24
Great Bombay Circus is entertaining the residents of the city with its tricks and stunts. Manipuri boys performed stunts, and African performers juggled the caps and played with fire to impress the crowd. Tube jugglers and Russian sari dance also drew applause for the skill and perfection.

Acrobats and artistes of Great Bombay Circus showcase their skills during a show in Ludhiana.
(From left) Acrobats and artistes of Great Bombay Circus showcase their skills during a show in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Singh

Gadvasu notes
Varsity to host book fair on February 27, 28
Ludhiana February 24
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University is going to hold the sixth Annual Book Exhibition February 27 and will conclude on February 28. Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, will inaugurate the exhibition on February 27 at 11.00 am in the examination hall of College of Veterinary Science, Dr RS Brar the university librarian, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, informed.

Weaving magic with modern gadgets
Ludhiana, February 24
Disappearing a TV tower, playing tricks with your mobile phones, laptops and gadgets, Rajesh Kumar is making people guffaw with wonder and amusement.


Youth beats up woman with bat, booked
Ludhiana, February 24
A 42-year-old woman has claimed that she was thrashed by a youth with a bat. She has also suffered a pelvic bone fracture. The victim, identified as Manjeet Kaur, of Bahadurke village was taken to the Civil Hospital today where Ladhowal the police recorded her statement and registered a case against a man, identified as Sunny. She said that Sunny's grandmother had indulged in a heated argument with her over a minor issue of leaking sewerage pipe. Manjeet Kaur complained that Sunny's grandmother was accusing her for breaking the sewerage pipe.


Senior Punjab State Body building Championship
Ravi Kumar is Mr Punjab
Ludhiana, February 24
Ravi Kumar from Fatehgarh Sahib emerged as Mr Punjab-2013 in the 40th edition of the Senior Punjab State Bodybuilding Championship organised by the Punjab Amateur Bodybuilding Association (PABA) at Mangla Gaushala Asharm, near Sugar Mill, Dhuri, today.

Govt has done little for football in state: Assn
Ludhiana February 24
The Akali-BJP led Punjab Government has been claiming that the government has been promoting sports in the state to save youth of Punjab from drug addiction but the ground reality tells a different story from the political statements. Except kabaddi, other sports are suffering due to the ignorance of the state government.

Speed Fund Scheme
Sports Department to conduct trials tomorrow
Ludhiana, February 24
The Punjab Sports Department, under its Speed Fund Scheme for 2013-14, will conduct trials in as many as 10 disciplines at Guru Nanak Stadium on February 26. This was announced by Kartar Singh Sehamby, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana.



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