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Manufacturers go on strike
Ludhiana, July 22
Hosiery, yarn, oil and plywood manufacturers in the city today went on a strike against the changes made in the e-trip system by the Excise and Taxation Department.

Representatives of industry organisations burn an effigy of the e-trip system in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Hundreds take part in awareness rally on dengue
Ludhiana, July 22
The Punjab Medical Representatives Association (PMRA) today organised a rally to create awareness about dengue. The rally was organised as part of an initiative of the Civil Surgeon and the state government to observe July as the month of creating awareness about dengue and its prevention.


Glada projects
Proposed industrial park, urban estates face rough weather
Ludhiana, July 22
The proposals mooted by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) to acquire 1,125 acres around Sahnewal for an integrated industrial park-cum-urban estate and another 429.54 acres at Bondli near Samrala for the development of an urban estate on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road face rough weather.

4 found unconscious on train
Ludhiana, July 22
Four unidentified migrant labourers were found unconscious on a train at the railway station here this morning. The migrants had boarded the Jan Seva train at the Amritsar railway station and were headed for Bihar.

Man held for duping business partner of Rs 1.13 crore
Ludhiana, July 22
The city police has arrested a person for allegedly duping his business partner of Rs 1.13 crore here. The accused has been identified as Manish Kumar, a resident of Ram Nagar.

Dept to hold meetings with industry associations
Ludhiana, July 22
Following the protest held by industrialists, the Excise and Taxation Department has decided to hold meetings with their associations from tomorrow to know about their problems. If a need arises, the department may "rectify" the notification.

2 samples of eatables fail purity test
Ludhiana, July 22
The samples of two eatables, "aam papad and chum chum", collected by the Health Department in June, have failed the purity test. The District Health Officer, Ludhiana, Dr Avinash Kumar, said, "The reports of these two samples have been received from the Food Analyst, Chandigarh. The sample of "aam papad" was collected from a grocery store near Bharat Nagar Chowk. The sample of "chum chum" was collected from a sweets shop at Haibowal. It has been declared unfit for human consumption as it was found containing non-permitted colour."

Another illegal shop springs up; MC caught napping
Ludhiana, July 22
The building branch of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation in Zone D has failed to keep tabs on illegal constructions in the city. Another illegal shop has come up right opposite the Sarabha Nagar main market with the MC turning a blind eye to the violation. The issue of illegal constructions near the Sarabha Nagar main market was recently highlighted in these columns.

The illegal shop that has come up in a residential area opposite the Sarabha Nagar main market in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Rural docs to go on strike from Aug 1
Ludhiana, July 22
To press upon their demand of 60 per cent MD /MS quota, meant for in-service doctors working in rural areas, the rural medical officers (RMOs) working in the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats are going on strike from August 1. It was decided at the general house meeting of the Rural Doctors' Services Association, Punjab, here today. They also decided to hold a state-level rally in Chandigarh on August 2 to protest against the biased attitude of the state government for ignoring the doctors working under various zila parishads in Punjab.

Old equipment behind power woes
Jagraon, July 22
The old electrical equipment and devices have emerged as the root cause behind the regular technical snags in the power supply. A day after a major disruption of the power supply for more than 24 hours in more than two dozen villages falling under Dakha Suburban, sub division of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PowerCom), due to some technical snag, it was learnt that the old equipment installed many years ago were the main reason behind the fault.

Ludhiana scan
Foundation day
To mark its foundation day, NGO Ann Jal Sewa Trust organised a seminar on drug addiction, "Dasha te disha", at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital Ludhiana on Monday. The gathering was addressed by medical officer incharge, Opioid Substitution Therpay at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital Ludhiana, Dr Raj Krishan Karkra and Dr Jasbir Singh. While J Elinchalian, Joint Police Commissioner of Police (North), appreciated the efforts of the NGO regarding drug addiction. Shiv Ram Saroy, founder of the NGO also distributed pamphlets related to drug addiction.

From colleges
Students excel in MSc (IT)
Students of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women brought laurels to the institution by securing excellent marks in the recently declared results by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Neha Narula secured fifth rank in the university by securing 86.78 per cent, Ankita Bhatia stood 10th by securing 85.43 per cent, while Rimple secured 12th rank in the district by securing 84.56 per cent.

Freshers attend an orientation programme at the Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

From schools
Poetry competition
Students of Class III to Class V participated in the final round of poetry competition at Ryan International School, here on Monday. The students outpoured their sentiments in the form of heart touching poems on the topic 'Environment'. The participants used various props and recited the poems confidently. The competition was judged by Neetu Sethi, Associate Professor, Doraha College. The judge praised the students and appreciated the fact that the students at a tender age had developed a sense of poetry.

New academic session
Day 1: Colleges abuzz with activity
Ludhiana, July 22
Confusion and excitement writ large on the faces of students as the new academic session in colleges began today. Freshers, who had taken admission in undergraduate courses, including BA I, B.Com I, BCA I, BBA I etc looked enthusiastic and happy as they would not have to wear uniforms anymore and there would be more freedom here than they had in schools.

Girls on the first day of the academic session at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana in Monday. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

PAU notes
‘Protect poplar plantations’
According to the entomology experts at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), the poplar plantations and nurseries were infested with poplar leaf defoliator, clostera fulgurita and clostera cupreata during the past fortnight. "The attack has become serious in the past few days and is resulting in severe defoliation of nurseries and plantations throughout Punjab, particularly in the riverine belts (Bet areas)," said Dr Balwinder Singh, head of entomology department, PAU.

Irregularities: Notice of motion to VC of PTU
Ludhiana, July 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice of motion to Dr Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University for not considering the grievance of petitioner Joginder Kular and has asked the VC to report regarding the compliance of the orders by September 27, 2013. The recent orders were issued by the High Court on July 15.

Finally, MC general house meeting on August 2
Ludhiana, July 22
After a week-long protest by Congress and Independent councillors, the general house meeting of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is likely to be held on August 2. Last meeting was held more than four months ago on March 12.

Residents get tips on water-borne diseases
Jagraon, July 22
To create awareness among the masses about water-borne and vector-borne diseases during the rainy season, a joint medical and health awareness camp was organised by the Health Department and Jagraon Municipal Council at Bagh Kheta Ram locality of Jagraon today.

Milk tanker gets stuck as road caves in near Kitchlu Nagar
Ludhiana, July 22
A road near Kitchlu Nagar caved-in today. The poor quality of road is believed to be the reason behind the incident. Due to this, a milk tanker remained stuck for a long time on the road. It was after a long time that the driver managed to leave the spot.

The milk tanker that got stuck after a portion of a road caved in near Kitchlu Nagar, Ludhiana, on Monday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Industrialists urged to take up production of set-top boxes
Ludhiana, July 22
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has called upon the industrialists, especially those from Ludhiana, to venture into the making of set-top boxes and earn money, which is otherwise going to China, Taiwan and South Korea as India is importing the boxes from these countries.

Lack of appreciation deters doctors from taking initiatives
Ludhiana, July 22
The noble profession of medicine seems to be lacking in the spirit of dedication and enthusiasm, which was evident in the doctors of yesteryears. The doctors are not giving their best as many of them feel that there is no appreciation even for their distinguished services. A doctor said, "When I was posted in one of the peripheral areas, I was very regular. It doubled the number of OPD patients. But, all my efforts remained unrecognised."

Army recruitment rally from Aug 5
Ludhiana, July 22
An open recruitment rally for the youngsters of Districts Ludhiana, Roopnagar, Moga and SAS Nagar will be held at the Military Complex of Dholewal Chowk from August 5 to 13. Army recruitment officer Davindera Singh said the recruitments would be made under the categories such as includes sepoy (general duty), Sikh Majabi, Ramdasia, soldier (technical, soldier nursing, soldier clerk , and storekeeper.

Police accused of inaction
Ludhiana, July 22
Demanding a fair inquiry, Balwant Singh Minian, president of the International Dharam Parchar Council alleged that the police had not been taking any action against the people, who allegedly barged into his home and assaulted him and his wife.

Balwant Singh, president, International Dharam Parchar Council, addresses mediapersons in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

At PAU, hostel inmates arrive, complete registration process
Ludhiana, July 22
The campus of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) was once again abuzz with activity as the new academic session began today. Students were seen completing their registration process in their respective departments.

Freshers on the Punjab Agricultural University campus in Ludhiana. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Now, get certificates for disabled at civil hospital
Ludhiana, July 22
Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludiana, said that certificates for the handicapped and the disabled, which were earlier issued at the Civil Surgeon Office on every Thursday, will now be issued at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana.

DTO holds camp at school
Ludhiana, July 22
The District Transport Department (DTO) held another camp to check the documents of drivers and operators of school vans and buses at DAV Public School today. A good number of drivers and operators came forward to get their documents verified. — TNS


Two arrested in cattle slaughter case
Ludhiana, July 22
The city police arrested the main accused in the cattle slaughter case here today. The accused have been identified as Abdul Majid, alias Mahajan, a resident of Banaras (UP). In the case, the police had arrested Nadeem Yunis, alias Bunty, and Arshad Ali, alias Sonu, of Chhawni Mohalla on July 15, while Abhul Majid had managed to escape. The police arrested the accused from the Meharban area.


Indian badminton league
Mumbai Masters pick city lad
Ludhiana, August 22
Pranaav Jerry Chopra of Ludhiana was picked by Mumbai Masters for the Indian Badminton League (IBL) to be held later this year. A press note issued by the Ludhiana Badminton Academy here today said the auction was held last evening in New Delhi and 150 players, including a number of international stars, went under the hammer for this league, which would be organised on the pattern of the Indian Premier League (cricket).

Pranaav Jerry Chopra. A Tribune photograph



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