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Political rivalry touches a new low
Ludhiana, June 23
Politicians’ supporters pelt one another with stones during a clash at New Shakti Nagar in Ludhiana on Sunday; and (below right) a vehicle that was damaged in the clash. A major clash took place between the supporters of SAD MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon and independent councillor of ward number 8 Daljit Singh Grewal at New Shakti Nagar in the Basti Jodhewal area this morning.
Politicians’ supporters pelt one another with stones during a clash at New Shakti Nagar in Ludhiana on Sunday; and (below right) a vehicle that was damaged in the clash. Tribune photographs

Bid to disrupt Ambulance 108 service
Ludhiana, June 23
Demanding the reinstatement of an employee of the Ambulance 108 service, his fellow employees tried to create hurdles in the emergency service. Sources said: "These employees decided to stay away from work today, demanding the reinstatement of their fellow employee. One of them also informed the health authorities about their agitation."



LIT under fire for failure to provide info
Ludhiana, June 23
It seems the Right to Information Act (RTI) is not going down well with the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), which has been drawing flak from various quarters for its failure to provide information to the applicants within the stipulated period, or for that matter the implementation of other provisions of the Act in letter and in spirit.

People mobilise help for U'khand flood-hit
Ludhiana, June 23
In this hour of crisis, the residents of the city are coming forward to help the victims of flash floods in Uttarakhand. They are sending cash and relief materials to the rain-ravaged state.

Residents take out a candle-lit march for the victims of Uttarakhand floods in Ludhiana on Sunday; and (right) volunteers collect relief material at the Sarabha Nagar market.
Residents take out a candle-lit march for the victims of Uttarakhand floods in Ludhiana on Sunday; and (right) volunteers collect relief material at the Sarabha Nagar market. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

MC apathetic to rainwater harvesting
Ludhiana, June 23
It seems that the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation as well as the city residents are not concerned about the decreasing water table in the city. This could be known from the fact that owing to the non-implementation of the laid down rules, not many people are coming forward for the installation of rainwater harvesting systems on their premises.




Raise in scholarship for SC category students sought
Jagraon, June 23
A joint delegation of the office-bearers of the Dr Ambedkar Welfare Trust, Jagraon, and the Universal Human Rights Organisation held a meeting with Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission chairman Rajesh Bagha at his office.

Phallewal lad brings laurels
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 23
Residents of Phallewal village in Sangrur district feel proud of Harjit Singh Grewal, who has been felicitated with the Best Youth Award by the British Columbia Government in Canada recently.

‘Uttarakhand disaster result of deforestation’
Ludhiana, June 23
The Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha today organised an environment awareness campaign at the Nehru Rose Garden. The campaign was organised in order to make people aware of the consequences of disrupting the environment.

Enquiry panel meeting today
Ludhiana, June 23
The building of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange. The Enquiry Committee probing the embezzlement of Rs 1 crore in Ludhiana Stock Exchange Securities Limited will hold its meeting tomorrow in which Vishal Gumbar will also be present.

The building of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Recent changes in income tax provisions discussed
Ludhiana, June 23
The Taxation Bar Association (TBA) organised a seminar on recent changes in the income tax provisions. Nishi Singh, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, was the chief guest on the occasion.

With help, came exploitation
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 23
The survivors at Ahmedgarh. Two families that reached the town after facing the most horrifying experience of their life during a pilgrimage to shrines situated in Uttarakhand carried mixed feelings for the natives of the state. While some of them tried to accommodate them, the others exploited their helplessness.

The survivors at Ahmedgarh. A Trubune photograph

Shaheed Sukhdev bus terminal faces neglect
Ludhiana, June 23
Shaheed Sukhdev Inter-State Bus Terminal, which caters to thousands of passengers every day, is in a state of neglect. The bus terminal, though one of the biggest in state, is in a miserable condition with no facility of drinking water for the passengers.

A non-functional fan; and (right) passengers sweat it out in the absence of a fan at the Shaheed Sukhdev Inter-State Bus Terminal in Ludhiana.
A non-functional fan; and (right) passengers sweat it out in the absence of a fan at the Shaheed Sukhdev Inter-State Bus Terminal in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Residents want MC to intensify fogging in city
Ludhiana, June 23
The monsoon has set in but the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is yet to carry out fogging in the city. To check the spread of dengue, the MC had purchased 75 hand-held fogging machines from Germany by spending Rs 50 lakh in April 2011. Later, these machines were handed over to councillors.

Candidates canvass at Kila Raipur village in Ahmedgarh. Farm work takes a backseat
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 23
The battle of ballot is gradually turning fierce even while the agricultural chores related to paddy sowing have not been finished yet. The candidates for the posts of sarpanch and panch are leaving no stone unturned.

Candidates canvass at Kila Raipur village in Ahmedgarh. A Tribune photograph

Floods fail to dampen devotees’ spirit
Jagraon, June 23
The flood fury in Uttarakhand has failed to deter devotees from going on Amarnath Yatra, the famous shrine of Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir. Despite hundreds of tourists and pilgrims losing lives in Uttarakhand due to flash floods, cloudbursts and landslides, the devotees planning to visit Amarnath shrine are adamant to go on the pilgrimage.

He went through virtual hell
Khanna, June 23
After having a brush with death, Ravinder Singh Babbu, a resident of Krishna Nagar, Khanna, returned home after battling for life for six days. Ravinder left for Hemkunt Sahib on June 12. He, along with nine pilgrims, was returning from the gurdwara when all hell broke loose at Gobind Dham. They saw hotels and dhabas being washed away and to save their lives ran towards a forest. Ravinder said they had to spend two days and two nights without food.

Perform election duty diligently, ADC tells staff
Ludhiana, June 23
Officials of the district administration said they were left with no other option but to put the entire staff on election duty. Assistant district election officer-cum-ADC (D) Kamalpreet Brar asked, "When the officials can work for more than 12 hours, why can't the staff? Brar said, "We have received representations stating that women should not be put on election duty.

Expert dwells on therapies in advanced tumour
Ludhiana, June 23
Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, Professor of Urology, and chief of kidney transplant, Department of Urology, at Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, and president, North Zone Urological Society of India, inaugurated a conference on recent advances in kidney cancer, which was held at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. A large number of urologists and cancer surgeons attended the conference.

Veggie prices shoot up due to rain
Ludhiana, June 23
Incessant rain has led to an increase in the prices of vegetables. The prices have doubled and are expected to see an upward trend in the coming week. Tomatoes have gone up to Rs 40 a kg, while the one that are generally priced at Rs 15 per kg are now being sold at Rs 30.

Reporters’ Diary
Rain pain: No lessons learnt
The Municipal Corporation, it seems, has not learnt any lesson from its past failures if the manner in which the entire city was inundated during the heavy pre-monsoon rain in the second week of this month.

Ludhiana scan
Workers’ meet
Pawan Dewan, president of the District Congress Committee (urban), while addressing a meeting of workers at Sarabha Nagar said in the coming Lok Sabha elections, the Congress would win with thumping majority and they were surely going to sweep the SAD-BJP alliance.



Manager, 2 others booked
Samrala, June 23
The body of Harjit Singh, a factory worker of Bhaini Saheb village, who was allegedly beaten to death by some workers yesterday, was consigned to flames at his native village today. Earlier, his body was handed over to the family members after conducting a postmortem examination at the Civil Hospital, Samrala.

Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery
Ludhiana, June 23
In a broad daylight theft incident, thieves decamped with Rs 40,000 and gold jewellery from a house at Civil City on June 21. Ashwani Kumar filed a complaint against unidentified persons at the Police Station Division No. 4.

Proclaimed offenders held
Ludhiana, June 23
The police arrested three proclaimed offenders on Friday. The accused have been identified as Jaspal Singh, alias Jassa, a resident of Goraya village, Jorawar, alias Sunny, and Lakhbir, a resident of Selkiana village, Phillaur. The police recovered 640 gm of drug powder and a stolen motorcycle from their possession.



Pankaj Club scrape past Teji Club in cricket tournament
Ludhiana, June 23
In a cut throat competition, Pankaj Club managed to scramble past Teji Club by just one run on the fourth day of the 18th Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament (U-15) being played at SCD Government College today.



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