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LIT fails to attract buyers
Ludhiana, July 30
Empty chairs await bidders at the auction of commercial sites conducted by Ludhiana Improvement Trust in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Buyers and investors are staying away from the sale of commercial sites and built-up properties of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) through public auction. In an action replay of the auction conducted on July 23, no bidders turned up for yet another offer for the sale of commercial properties by the LIT today.

Empty chairs await bidders at the auction of commercial sites conducted by Ludhiana Improvement Trust in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

All set, but where are the funds
Ludhiana, July 30
The oath-taking ceremony of as many as 7,000 sarpanches and panchayat members will be held at the Grain Market on August 4 and the officials have been asked to ensure the smooth conduct of the function.


Wrongly parked garbage lifting truck leads to snarl-up at Ghumar Mandi
Ludhiana, July 30
Vehicles remained stuck in a long traffic jam at Ghumar Mandi and Rani Jhansi Road as a truck belonging to A to Z company was vertically parked on the road. The harried commuters were seen urging the driver to remove the truck, but to no avail.

Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam at Ghumar Mandi; and (right) chaos outside the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam at Ghumar Mandi; and (right) chaos outside the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan 

The deceased Kuldeep Kaur. Newlywed woman ends life
Jagraon, July 30
A newlywed woman reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at the house of her in-laws at Sherpur Khurd village near Jagraon last night. The incident came to light this morning when her in-laws broke open the door of her room, which was locked from inside, after she did not respond to their repeated calls.

Last date for filing of VAT return extended till Aug 6 
Ludhiana, July 30
The Excise and Taxation Department has extended the last date to file VAT return. The return can now be filed till August 6. The date was extended as the server of the department collapsed yesterday.

DTO employee detained
Ludhiana, July 30
High drama was witnessed at the District Transport Office today when a police team entered the clerical branch and took Gurmeet Singh, a contractual clerk, into custody.


MC’s General House to be a stormy affair
Ludhiana, July 30
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation's General House meeting scheduled for August 2 is likely to be a stormy affair. The last meeting was held on March 12. The Congress councillors as well as the Independents had been demanding that the meeting should be convened. They had even staged a dharna in front of the Mayor's office.

Girls protect themselves from scorching heat in Ludhiana.
Sizzling sun: Girls protect themselves from scorching heat in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Inderjeet Verma

16 items to be tabled
Ludhiana, July 30
Sixteen agendas will be discussed during the General House meeting on August 2. The agenda items include transfer of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust schemes to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, transfer of staff working under LIT schemes to the MC, clearance of ‘Saral’ scheme under which building plans are approved in a simpler way, besides others.A senior MC official said the number of agendas was far less as compared to agendas which were passed and cleared in other General House meetings.

Constitution of finance committee on agenda 
Ludhiana, July 30
The Congress as well as the SAD-BJP councillors have been for long demanding that the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) should be constituted. The F&CC is one of the most prestigious committees of the civic body. Even a year after the MC house was formed, the committee has not been constituted.

Trauma centre inaugurated amid protests
Khanna, July 30
ASHA workers being taken by policewomen in Khanna. Health and Family Welfare Minister Madan Mohan Mittal today inaugurated the Trauma centre at the Civil Hospital amid protests by Congress and ASHA workers. Patients remained at the receiving end as the OPD remained closed and they had to wait for long in scorching heat.

ASHA workers being taken by policewomen in Khanna. A Tribune photograph

Roll back e-trip system: Industry
Ludhiana, July 30
Though a delegation of the Knitwear Club and Plywood Industry has gone to Chandigarh to hold a meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal on the burning issue of e-trip today, the All-Industry Trade Forum, which represents about a dozen associations, has boycotted the meeting with the DCM. The forum, which represents 28 associations, maintains that there could be no dialogue on e-trip as the industry wants the rollback of the decision.

Finally, constable promoted after 23 years in service
Ludhiana, July 30
Davinder Kumar knows the meaning of stagnation and what it means to get a promotion. Davinder Kumar, who joined the police force over 23 years ago was today made Assistant Sub- Inspector.

Outdated RTI information displayed on boards on PAU campus
Ludhiana, July 30
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has failed to update the information board regarding the Right to Information for the last six months.

‘Con’ woman presented in court
Ludhiana, July 30
Suman Paul, alias Parul Gupta, who was booked by the police for fraud, extortion and filing of false rape charges against a city resident was arrested and presented in court and later let- off after furnishing a bail bond.

I have list of those involved in drug nexus: Ex-DGP
Ludhiana, July 30
The controversy surrounding former DGP (prison) Shashi Kant's claim that drug mafia is operating in prisons across the state refuses to die down.

Vegetable crops discussed 
Ludhiana, July 30
A one- day workshop on "Whitefly as a vector of begomoviruses: An emerging threat to vegetable crops and cotton," was jointly organised by the Department of Vegetable Science, and the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics (PBG) of the Punjab Agricultural University. Farm experts from USA, and various departments of the university participated in the workshop.

Dengue larvae found
Ludhiana, July 30
Two suspected cases of dengue have been reported from DMC, Ludhiana, today. One male patient belongs to Ludhiana city and one female patient is from Dhuri (Sangrur).

Starcast of ‘Naughty Jatts’ converge on city
Ludhiana, July 30
Starcast of ‘Naughty Jatts’ in Ludhiana on Tuesday. The star cast of the upcoming movie ‘Naughty Jatts’ was in the city for the promotion of the film today. Actor Neeru Bajwa along with Binnu Dhillon, Aarya Babbar, and Roshan Prince visited several places and performed on some numbers from the movie at a local college and a mall.

Starcast of ‘Naughty Jatts’ in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Students up in arms against institute
Doraha, July 30
Students of BSc (nursing) and their parents have alleged the institute, where their students completed the degrees, of not refunding their security even after the completion of a year after passing out.

from schools
Mental ability marathon
In order to judge the agility and quickness of students, a class wise mental marathon was organised by Ram Lal Bhasin Public School on Tuesday. Students from Class I to X participated in it enthusiastically. They juggled with a volley of questions based on reasoning, mental ability and quick judgment in a limited time period. Mona Thakur, principal of the school, elaborated that these kinds of activities provided a strong foothold to students to prepare for various competitive exams.


Motorcyclist killed
Sahnewal, July 30
A motorcyclist died on the spot as his vehicle slipped all of a suddennear Highway factory, Nanadpur, Sahnewal, on NHA-1 this evening.

Ailing woman commits suicide
Ludhiana, July 30
A 35- year- old ailing woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree in Punjab Mata Nagar here today. The deceased has been identified as Shanti Devi (35). She was spotted hanging from a tree this morning. Her husband Jia Prasad, a mason, was the first one to spot her. He raised the alarm. 





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