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Pressure horns: Police acts tough A policeman asks a bus driver to crush a pressure horn under the wheels at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana; and (below) a traffic official removes a pressure horn from a bus. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan against violators
Ludhiana, March 11
Miffed over the nuisance of pressure horns installed by bus drivers, the city traffic police has found a novel way to get rid of the menace.

A policeman asks a bus driver to crush a pressure horn under the wheels at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana; and (below) a traffic official removes a pressure horn from a bus. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan


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GLADA auction a big draw
Ludhiana, March 11
GLADA officials conduct an auction of residential plots in Dugri, Phase I, Ludhiana, on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma A public auction conducted by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) for the sale of residential plots in Dugri, Phase I, here today turned out to be a huge draw with 16 plots being sold for a little over Rs 13.75 crore against a reserve price of Rs 9,86,58,000, yielding a premium of around 40 per cent on the floor price.

GLADA officials conduct an auction of residential plots in Dugri, Phase I, Ludhiana, on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Get water connections regularised, MC tells residents
Ludhiana, March 11
Residents having illegal water supply and sewer connections can get these regularised under the voluntary disclosure scheme by paying a nominal fee. The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has asked city residents to get their connections regularised by March 31. Failure to do so will invite action.

MC general house meeting set to be a stormy affair
Ludhiana, March 11
The general house meeting of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, to be held tomorrow, is all set to be a stormy affair with several councillors set to raise several issues, including those pertaining to property tax, stalled development works, dwindling financial position of the civic body and poor maintenance of civic amenities among other things.

Watch out! Drunk women can make your life hell
Ludhiana, March 11
The families that once "inspired" their women to taste hard drinks as a status symbol are now ruing the day. Cases of inebriated women getting violent and beating up their husband and in-laws are being reported to counsellors and psychiatrists in Ludhiana. "The husband who loves to see a peg of wine in the soft hands of his wife is taken aback when the same hands go on a slapping spree," says a man who has had to bear the brunt of his tipsy wife's violent outbursts.

Wine culture fast catching on among women
Ludhiana, March 11
Women in the city are fast taking to wine. Considered "sophisticated and suave", the wine culture in fast catching on with some women taking to it in a big way. Some women feel it is a "healthy choice because drinks are considered good for the heart".

Kidnapped boy found murdered
Ludhiana, March 11
The body of 13-year-old Akash, who was kidnapped nearly a fortnight ago by four youths of the Dhandari area, was recovered from the septic tank of a factory unit in the Dhandri area here today.

Swine flu claims youth's life
Ludhiana, March 11
A 26-year-old youth from Ludhiana City, who was under treatment at the CMCH for swine flu, died yesterday. With this, seven persons have so far died of swine flu from Ludhiana district alone. As many as 24 positive swine flu cases have been reported this season.





COMMUNITY

Teachers doubt boardís claims on copying 
Ludhiana, March 11
The Punjab School Education Board claims that it has been adopting strict measures to curb the menace of copying in board examination this time. However, many teachers feel that due to certain flaws, cases of copying are still being reported from various examination centres as seen during the Class XII examinations.

100 schools yet to submit forms to Education Dept 
Ludhiana, March 11
Tomorrow is the last day for schools to fill the forms under the Right to Education Act, which are to be sent to the Education Department.

In Ludhiana district, women outnumber men in post offices 
Ludhiana, March 11
The department of posts in the district is one of the few workplaces where women outnumber men. The number of postal assistants in Head Post Office is 34 whereas the number of men is 25. Preponderance of women, in fact, reflects throughout the postal division in the district.

Stage set for 47th PAU kisan mela
Ludhiana, March 11
A few people know that legendary Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar once wrote a song for kisan melas: "Jatta jaag oye, shera jaag oye, luttya na jave tera Punjab oye", to make the farmers aware of modern farming techniques and the use of improved seeds.

HC relief for city resident
Chandigarh, March 11
Over three decades wait for a Ludhiana resident may come to an end in three months. Thirtyfour years after Charan Kaur applied for the allotment of a plot, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has built up her hopes by directing the Ludhiana Improvement Trust Chairman to look into her claims in three months.

MC meeting: Oppn to take up unfinished projects
Ludhiana, March 11
The Lakkar Bridge project site. The first general house meeting of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is all set to take place tomorrow. But the MC officials as well as the ruling SAD-BJP combine is all set to face fireworks as the councillors will be raising several issues concerning the city.





The Lakkar Bridge project site.

Outsiders give tough time to PAU security
Ludhiana, March 11
Outsiders, specially youngsters, have become a major headache for the security staff of Punjab Agricultural University as they use their "influence" to enter the campus. They visit the PAU with different motives and if the security staff try to stop them, they ty to enter the premises by hook or by crook.

A demolished shop in Ludhiana. 16 illegal shops razed
Ludhiana, March 11
A total of 16 unauthorised shops were demolished by the building branch of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation in the Haibowal area here today. The demolition drive was carried out by the building branch of Zone D.



A demolished shop in Ludhiana. 

Ludhiana chapter of ASSOCHAM Ladies League launched 
Ludhiana, March 11
The ASSOCHAM Ladies League (ALL), Ludhiana chapter, was launched during a meeting of the ASSOCHAM members at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan.

Reversing glaucoma impossible: Experts
Ludhiana, March 11
Glaucoma once detected can be prevented from worsening, but reversing it is impossible. Even if you havenít reached the age of 40, a regular eye checkup, including the glaucoma test, is advisable. This has been suggested by Dr GS Dhami.

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CRIME

Pharma unit raided
Ludhiana, March 11
A day after its employee Sunil Katyal was arrested by the Fathegarh Sahib police for his alleged involvement in a drugs trafficking racket, the police raided a pharmaceutical company.

Thieves decamp with 45 tola jewellery, cash 
Ludhiana, March 11
Thieves struck at a house at Phase 3, Durgri, and decamped with 45 tolas of gold ornaments, Rs 45,000 and other valuables.

President of Gurdwara Path Sahib, 40 assailants booked 
Ludhiana, March 11
The police inspects the spot after miscreants ransacked Dalitsí houses in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma President of Gurdwara Path Sahib, Issa Nagri, along with 40 assailants were booked for land grabbing and thrashing its Dalit occupants. The accused identified as Gurbaj Singh alias Baja and his hired men were booked following complaints of Keval, Rajpal, Nanu Ram and Ashok Kumar.



The police inspects the spot after miscreants ransacked Dalitsí houses in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Man fabricates robbery tale
Ludhiana, March 11
A debit-ridden man concocted a robbery story to pocket his employer's money. The city police today arrested Mahesh Kumar and recovered Rs 2 lakh from his possession.

Man creates ruckus on PAU campus
Ludhiana, March 11
An outsider created high drama near the Dr Mohinder Singh Randhawa Library on the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today. The man seemed to be drunk.

42 probables selected for cricket coaching 
Ludhiana, March 11
As many as 59 aspirants attended the trials conducted yesterday by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) to select the probables (U-16) for the Regional Coaching Centre (RCC).

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