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MC gets third time lucky
Ludhiana, July 29
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has finally some reason to cheer. Out of the nine parking lots alongside Ferozepur Road, the MC has managed to auction three. The MC managed to generate Rs 61.2 lakh from the auction of three parking lots.

MC officials during the auction of parking sites in Ludhiana on Monday.
MC officials during the auction of parking sites in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Improvement Trust allots plot to ineligible applicant
Ludhiana, July 29
In yet another act of criminal negligence, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has allotted a residential plot to an ineligible applicant. It has also failed to take action against the negligent officials despite being clearly directed by the state government to do so. The fact came to light in the audit report of the LIT for the year 2011-12, a copy of which was obtained under the Right to Information Act by the Council of RTI Activists.

Mixed response to PSEB’s online system
Staff of a school at Ahmedgarh upload the data. Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 29
Online registration and enrolment of students admitted to schools affiliated and associated with the Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, has received mixed response from the staff, parents and students. Enhanced efficacy and accuracy were cited as the immediate benefits of the new system while adverse affect on classroom teaching emerged as a major flaw.

Staff of a school at Ahmedgarh upload the data. A Tribune Photograph

Bharara kidnapping
Businessman under scanner for selling wireless sets to accused
Ludhiana, July 29
After the Khanna police booked a tailor who stitched police uniforms for kidnappers, a printer who made fake police identity cards and two store employees who sold a replica of the AK-47 rifle to the kidnappers of Manish Bharara, the role of a businessman who sold walkie-talkies to the accused has come under the scanner.

e-trip system
Department to send SMS alert
Ludhiana, July 29
As the industry has been raising hue and cry over the e-trip system, it fears that the password of the consigner could easily be hacked. To curb this menace, the Excise and Taxation Department, Punjab, has decided to alert the consigner through an SMS. The SMS will provide details like the names of the consignee and the consigner, bill number and date of the e-trip.

Man crushed to death
Jagraon, July 29
A 38-year-old man was crushed to death while another person accompanying him suffered serious injuries when a two-wheeler they were travelling in was hit by a speeding mini-truck on the Ludhiana-Moga highway near Sherpura Chowk in Jagraon this morning.


Chaos mars parent-teacher meet
Vehicles parked haphazardly on a road outside a school on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur National Highway near Jagraon Jagraon, July 29
Parent-teacher meet in a school, located about five kilometers from Jagraon on the Ludhiana side, resulted in a chaotic situation on Ludhiana-Ferozepur National Highway due to lack of parking space outside the school premises, on Saturday. The commuters traveling on the national highway as well as the parents who had come to attend the meeting of their wards had to face a tough time.

Vehicles parked haphazardly on a road outside a school on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur National Highway near Jagraon on Monday. A tribune photograph

4 suicides in a row shock residents
Koom Kalan/Machhiwara, July 29
Four suicides in just about 23 days in Koom Kalan village has raised a wave of fear among area residents. The family members of the deceased youths are in great shock after the incidents.

Clouds form an artistic pattern on the canvas of the sky in Ludhiana on Monday.
Shades of grey
: Clouds form an artistic pattern on the canvas of the sky in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana scan
Trolley launched
Ann Jal Sewa trust, a non-governmental organization, launched a trolley for carrying eatables for patients at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Shiv Ram Saroy, founder of the NGO, said the patients were provided free of cost meals. The trolley was inaugurated by Prem Sagar Jain, a city-based industrialist.

Commuting not easy on city roads
Ludhiana, July 29
Roads constructed by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation have developed potholes. Every year due to water accumulation, roads get damaged, after which crores of rupees are spent on the repairs. Instead of finding a permanent solution to the problem, the Ludhiana MC chooses to spend hefty sums every year.

Minister lays emphasis on livestock occupations
Ludhiana, July 29
A one-day workshop for animal husbandry officers kicked off at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) on Monday. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Cabinet Minister, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries, was the chief guest. He said research on livestock professions should be focused on the requirements and constraints of the state.

Animal Husbandry Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike at GADVASU in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

More varsities needed in state: PTU VC
Ludhiana, July 29
Talking about the controversy arising from irregularities in the distance education programme of Punjab Technical University (PTU) and corruption charges against him, Vice-Chancellor of the university Rajneesh Arora said there were malpractices in the university and being the head of the institution, it was natural for people to point fingers at him.

Minister for Industry, Punjab, Anil Joshi in Ludhiana on Monday. Anil Joshi bats for Modi
Ludhiana, July 29
The Minister for Industry, Punjab, Anil Joshi, said the country needed leaders like Narender Modi who would run the show in a better way. He sought support for Modi as the elections could be announced anytime at the Centre. Joshi was invited by the Cloth Merchant Association which wanted to thank the minister for his support and cooperation.

Minister for Industry, Punjab, Anil Joshi in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Mad scramble for Aadhaar cards
Ludhiana, July 29
With the last date for the enrolment of Aadhaar cards nearing, a large number of people have started making a beeline for the post office. As the enrolment agency officials are able to enrol 75 persons a day, heated arguments are witnessed between the applicants and the postal officials. The officials give token numbers to residents coming to the post office in the morning.

Applicants enquire about the enrolment of Aadhaar cards at the head post office in Ludhiana; and (right) residents wait for their turn.
Applicants enquire about the enrolment of Aadhaar cards at the head post office in Ludhiana; and (right) residents wait for their turn. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Furore over digging work
Ludhiana, July 29
Residents of Sham Singh Road, Civil Lines, accused a resident of 'illegally' digging up the road for connecting a sewer connection with the MC sewer line. The residents raised objections and called the police which impounded the JCB machine.

Vigilance Bureau’s bid to root out corruption
Amloh, July 29
To create awareness among people against the menace of corruption, the vigilance bureau has decided to hold public meetings at sub-division level. This was said by Balwinder Singh Randhawa, vigilance DSP of Fatehgarh Sahib, here today.

BSNL workers raise demands
Ludhiana, July 29
One lakh casual/contractual workers have been working for the BSNL for the past 12 years. Though the BSNL corporate office has issued orders asking the officials concerned to revise wages, implement social security measures like EPF and ESI, nothing has been done in this direction so far.

Protest outside Tewari’s house was peaceful, claims BJP
Ludhiana, July 29
Refuting allegations of the District Congress Committee that the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers created a ruckus outside MP Manish Tewari's residence yesterday, BJP workers said the protest was held peacefully.

Oath-taking ceremony on Aug 4
Ludhiana, July 29
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be the chief guest on the oath-taking ceremony of sarpanches and panchayat members on August 4. As many as 7,000 members will be administered oath during the ceremony. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari held a meeting with the heads of various departments at Bachat Bhawan.

Protest outside CIA office
Ludhiana: High drama was witnessed outside the office of the CIA when members of the Tower Technician Union of Punjab alleged that their colleague had been implicated in a false case. Around 40 members of the union gathered outside the office of the CIA demanding Dharminder’s release, who was booked for allegedly stealing mobile tower batteries. When an official told the protesters that Dharminder was nabbed red-handed, they returned. — TNS


2 booked for assault
Ludhiana, July 29
The city police has booked two persons for attacking a youth with sharp-edged weapon. The accused have been identified as Rupinder Singh of Jiwan Nagar and Sukhwinder of Vishwakarma Nagar. Ajit Kumar, a resident of New Puneet Nagar, said the incident took place on Sunday evening when his son Vicky and his friend were heading toward Dera Bhurelal near Samrala Chowk.

Man feared drowned, 4 booked
Machhiwara, July 29
The police has booked four persons, including two brothers, for the alleged disappearance of a worker of a sand contractor. The accused allegedly attacked the worker and in order to save himself, he jumped into the Sutlej and was washed away.


Sports coaches shift base
Ludhiana, July 29
Lack of job security has forced temporary coaches working in the state to move to Haryana. It is learnt that the state will be recruiting 500 junior coaches. The coaches claimed that they had put in efforts to promote sports in the state, but the sports department failed to regularise their services. They said they held a number of protests, but the department chose to look the other way.

This budding shooter eyes medal in Olympics
Ludhiana, July 29
Malaika Goel aims at a target. Fifteen-year-old Malaika Goel, a budding shooter, wants to strike a medal in Olympics. Malaika has done the city proud by clinching two gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal in the recently held championships in Germany. Malaika clinched one gold medal and one bronze medal during 'Meeting of Shooting Hopes' and bagged one gold medal and one silver medal in the Junior International Championship at Shul in Germany.

Malaika Goel aims at a target. A Tribune photograph

Speed Sprint from August 3
Ludhiana, July 29
Speed Sprint (car and bike rally) will be held on August 3 and 4. This is the fourth edition. The first two editions were held in Chandigarh in 2012 and the third edition was organised in Jaipur in June 2013. Entries from various parts of the country, including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Chandigarh and Panchkula are being registered. The event will be held at Ireo Waterfront.

BVM School script win
Ludhiana, July 29
BVM School beat GMT School, Jalandhar bypass, in the U-14 Cricket Tournament organised by Punjab School Games Organisation today.



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