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MC bows to pressure tactics
Ludhiana, March 21
In an action replay of what happened at Gur Mandi in the heart of the old city on March 13, officials of the building branch of the MC had to beat a retreat from Talab Bazaar today.

The MC enforcement team and police personnel had to put off the demolition drive following a protest by shopkeepers; and (right) the protesters argue with the MC officials at Talab Bazaar in Ludhiana on Thursday. @@Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

3 killed in road mishaps
Ludhiana, March 21
Three persons were killed in road accidents in different parts of the city. Harjit Singh (28), a resident of Dhanansu village, was crushed to death by a vehicle near Kohara last evening. Harjit was an electrician at a private school at Kum Kalan. The incident took place when he was riding the bike and was heading towards school. A vehicle hit him from behind, following which he fell. He died on the spot. The police has registered a case.



Jail inmate chews off fellow’s thumb
Ludhiana, March 21
An inmate of the Central Jail chewed his fellow inmates thumb off following a fight on the jail premises today. The victim, identified as Rajiv Jain, was rushed to the Civil Hospital for treatment. The police was planning to take him to the PGIMR, Chandigarh, or Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, for surgery.

Robbery case solved, 6 held
Ludhiana, March 21
With the arrest of six persons, the city police claimed to have busted a gang of robbers. The accused had allegedly robbed Rs 3 lakh from an employee of a gas agency on February 27.

MC nets Rs 1.9 cr from parking lot auction
Ludhiana, March 21
A parking lot at Feroze Gandhi market that went under the hammer for `1.90 crore. In a history of sorts, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today netted a whopping Rs 1.90 crore from the auction of the parking lot at the city’s business hub — Feroze Gandhi Market. This is the highest ever amount that a MC has ever yielded from the auction of a parking lot.

A parking lot at Feroze Gandhi market that went under the hammer for Rs 1.90 crore. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

3 held for sneaking cellpone into jail
Ludhiana, March 21
Three persons, including an inmate of the observation home, were booked for trying to sneak in mobile phones in juvenile home in the Shimlapuri area.


Women helpline launched
Jagraon, March 21
Police officers release the women helpline number at Sidhwan Bet in Jagraon on Thursday. The Sidhwan Bet police under Ludhiana (rural) police today launched a women helpline number for protecting them crimes against the women. This women helpline has been launched with the aim of providing better security to the fair sex.

Police officers release the women helpline number at Sidhwan Bet in Jagraon on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Students suffer, courtesy PSEB
Ludhiana, March 21
The tall claims of state government of bringing reforms in the education system have fallen flat due to apparent callousness on part of the Punjab School Education Board. A number of students of class XII failed to appear for their Punjabi exam on March 18 as they had to appear for their Maths Examination (compartment) of class X under the "Golden-Chance", at the same time given by the Board. Unable to appear for two exams at the same time, these students would carry a compartment in Punjabi exam in class XII.

Govt employees intensify stir
Ludhiana, March 21
The Punjab state district offices employees intensified their agitation on the second day.

1,100 students conferred degrees in govt college
Ludhiana, March 21
Annual Convocation of Government College for Girls was held here today. As many as 1100 graduates and Post graduates were conferred degrees in the faculties of arts, science and commerce, including honours degrees in arts and commerce. Sakinder Singh Maluka, Education Minister, Punjab, was the chief guest on the occasion. Principal Gurminder Kaur accorded a warm welcome to the worthy guests and read out the annual report of the college for the session 2012-13 highlighting the achievements in the field of academics, extra-curricular activities and sports.

PAU authorities construct wall
Ludhiana, March 21
The authorities of Punjab Agricultural University have constructed a wall to cover the vacant area between maintenance stores to prevent theft but did not repair the broken windows and sheet of store yet.

40 lakh saplings to be planted this year
Ludhiana, March 21
When International Day of Forests was being celebrated around the world, Ludhiana was 'seething' with pollution and the tag of being one of the most polluted cities in the world. Ironically, no serious steps have been taken by the administration to rescue the industrial city from the jeopardising the city's health or atleast to rid this tarnished image.

Education Minister’s rap for DEOs
Ludhiana, March 21
Girls all smiles during the annual convocation of the Government College for Girls in Ludhiana. Punjab Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka today asked the District Education fficers to chalk out the rationalisation policy in a proper manner. Maluka said he was not satisfied with the policy sent by the DEOs and had given them another month to remove the discrepancies.

Girls all smiles during the annual convocation of the Government College for Girls in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

VAT target goes up by 25 per cent
Ludhiana, March 21
Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa today announced a Voluntary Compliance Scheme on VAT and excise duty. VAT target for the state has been increased from Rs 14,900 crore to Rs 17,760 crore which is 25 per cent. Lauding the move, Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner Kanwalpreet Brar said, "The scheme will motivate people to pay the taxes," Brar said.

DBA elections: Four candidates file papers on last day
Ludhiana, March 21
With four more candidates filing nomination papers today, the number of contestants for the annual elections of the District Bar Association (DBA) has gone up to 21.

Draw of lots for liquor vends today
Ludhiana, March 21
A draw of lots for the liquor vends will be conducted tomorrow. The department collected Rs 74 crore as application fee while last year it collected Rs 55 crore.


High drama at Aadhaar centre
LUDHIANA, March 21
High drama was witnessed at Gopal Nagar in the Tibba Road area, after a woman levelled serious eve-teasing allegation against the staff appointed for making Aadhaar cards.

Suicide bid by woman
Ludhiana, March 21
A woman,who was dumped by her husband nearly two months after their marriage, tried to commit suicide by consuming sedatives. The woman identified as Shveta was rushed to the Civil Hospital last evening and her condition is stated to be stable. She said she tied the knot with Rajiv Katoch of Himachal Pradesh at a local temple in Jamalpur on November 11. She said after a few months of marriage her husband deserted her.




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