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Murder case cracked, youth held
Ludhiana, September 4
A youth, Pawan Panday (27), who died under mysterious circumstances on February 6, was administered chloro compound (a group of insecticides) in liquor. The police today arrested the accused, Harish Verma, a youth hailing from Harcharan Nagar, and claimed that he had confessed to the crime.

Police officials give details about the Panday murder case in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Police officials give details about the Panday murder case in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


RTI act
Info panel slaps Rs 25,000 penalty on civic body PIO
Ludhiana, September 4
Disagreeing with the explanation filed by the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the municipal corporation over the delay in supplying information, the State Information Commission, Punjab, has directed the Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, to take strict disciplinary action against the PIO concerned and other officers. At the same time, the government has been asked to review the existing arrangement of appointing PIOs in civic bodies.

Mother-in-law syndrome grips women undergoing C-section
Ludhiana, September 4
Ludhiana may be a mega city, but when it comes to expectant women, the city still seems to be living in primitive times. City-based medical experts have found that would-be mothers suffer from psychological fear of their mothers-in-law while undergoing caesarean section. Lying on a table at an operation theatre and waiting eagerly for an anaesthetist before a C-section, 30-year-old Rajni (name changed) pleaded before her gynaecologist, "Please tell my mother-in-law that I will be perfectly alright after the surgery and will be able to work like any other normal human being."

Teacher's Day today
Teachers blame govt, society for commercialisation of education
Ludhiana, September 4
Teachers, responsible for providing a strong foundation to future generations, are a disgruntled lot. They are peeved at disparity among various cadres of teachers in the matter of salaries. Senior government teachers draw a salary of about Rs 1 lakh per month in colleges and about Rs 40,000 per month in schools. However, the ad hoc and guest faculty get between Rs 7,000 and Rs 22,000 per month. Due to this huge disparity, those being paid less adopt various other means to make their both ends meet.

Dy CM, DCs to discuss illegal sand mining today
Ludhiana, September 4
Core issues, including illegal sand mining and the new policy on the regularisation of unauthorised colonies, will be among the major issues to be discussed by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal during a meeting with deputy commissioners in Chandigarh tomorrow.

PAU slaps fine on two students
Ludhiana, September 4
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) authorities have slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 and Rs 20,000 on two of the three students who were allegedly found lying in fields in an inebriated condition on July 21. The PAU authorities displayed the much-awaited notice regarding the reviewed decision here today. Contrary to expectations, the authorities gave a shock to the students through this notice.


Online classes give new meaning to student-teacher bond
Ludhiana, September 4
Eklavya had considered Dronacharya as his teacher whom he had never met. The new age students too have started learning from teachers whom they have never met in person. The computer interface is all they know as their way of from the distant teachers.

LEADING THEM FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT: Visually impaired teacher Maya Mehlawat teaches students in Braille on the eve of Teacher's Day at the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Board members of Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE) Limited welcomed Dr Vijay Asdhir on being nominated as the Public Interest Director on the Governing Board of the exchange. He was nominated during the board meeting held on Tuesday. "The Board looks forward to having the benefit of his valuable experience and meaningful deliberations during the Board/Committee meetings,” said VP Gaur, chairperson of LSE.

Assn points out misuse of SAFTA
Ludhiana, September 4
The Federation of Association of Small Industries of India (FASII) has expressed serious concern over the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) as all the items, mainly manufactured by micro and small enterprises (MSE), have started coming through imports from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka under SAFTA.

Tribune impact
Co. initiates repairs on NH-1
A recarpeted stretch of the National Highway No. 1 near Sahnewal.Sahnewal, September 4
Much to the relief of commuters and residents, the private contractor has initiated repairs on a stretch of National Highway 1, which was in a bad shape. The local residents and villagers had to not only endure a bumpy ride on this potholed road, but also put their lives to risk crossing it during rain when the road is waterlogged. Stagnant water filled the whole area with foul smell, thus giving a tough time to passers-by and commuters.

A recarpeted stretch of the National Highway No. 1 near Sahnewal. A Tribune photograph

High drama at market
Ludhiana, September 4
High drama was witnessed at the Sarabha Nagar market after a tenant and the owner of a shop locked horns with each other and levelled serious allegations. The ruckus led to the closing of many shops. The incident took place this morning when Samarjit Singh, a chemist, levelled allegations against the woman owner of the shop that she, along with certain men, tired to forcibly evict him from the shop.

Government to spend Rs 1,700 crore on link roads
Amloh, September 4
The development pace in the state will continue uninterrupted and Rs 1,700 crore will be spent on the link roads. This was stated by the Rural Development and Panchayats Minister, Surjit Singh Rakhra, at a function organised to handover the charge of block samiti to the unopposed elected chairman Kashmira Singh Shahpur and vice-chairperson Kamaljit Kaur today.

Tewari for setting up NIFT in city
Ludhiana, September 4
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has sought the setting up of a national institute of fashion technology in Ludhiana. In a letter to Union Textiles Minister Kavuru Sambasiva Rao, Tewari said, given the scope of the garment and textile industry in Ludhiana, there was a dire need to set up such an institute in the city, which could provide trained manpower locally.

‘Formula-making’ contest held
Ludhiana, September 4
To explore the skills along with the knowledge of government school students, the Education Department organised a competition of 'Formula-making/Paper folding activity of mathematics' for the first time in the district. Under the guidance of DGSE, Punjab, the district level event was held today at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road.

Students take part in a “formula-making” contest at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Corrections in voters’ list from Jan 1
Ludhiana, September 4
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said on the instructions given by the Election Commission of India the amendment or correction in the voters’ list will start from January 1, 2014. Under this correction programme, those seeking amendment in the names and addresses can put their objections or claims with the booth-level officers and Election Registration Offices from September 6 to October 4, 2013. Tiwari said, “From September 11 to September 14 the drafts of corrections will be read-out by booth-level officers at the gram panchayats, wards and Mohalla Sudhar Committees. The officers concerned will dispose of the objections and claims.” Tiwari also appealed to the masses that those, who had not registered their names in voters’ list, must fill Form Number 6 and submit it to the respective booth-level officer. — TNS

Shops selling meat, eggs to remain closed on Sept 9
Ludhiana, September 4
Neeru Katyal, ADC (G), has issued orders that on the occasion of Samvastari on September 9, the festival of Jains, the meat and egg shops will be closed in the district, including the subdivisions of Jagraon, Samrala, Khanna, Payal and Raikot. She said the ban orders were issued keeping in mind people's religious sentiments. — TNS


11 drug peddlers booked
Ludhiana: Eleven persons were booked by the police in a special drive launched against drug peddlers. The drive was launched two days ago following the orders of the Commissioner of Police, PS Gill. The accused have been identified as Mohan Singh of Salem Tabri, Harpreet Singh of Bharat Nagar, Paramjit Kumar of Meharban, Parminder Singh of Manjit Nagar, Mohinder Singh of Chuhrpur, Gurjit Singh and Sandeep Singh of Dugri, Rajinder Sahni of Dana Mandi, Ajay Masih of Jodhewal, Prabhjit Singh of New Janta Nagar and Narinder Singh of Kuliewal. The police seized 15 grams of heroin, 370 grams of psychotropic powder, 310 grams of charas, 2 kg of poppy husk and a huge quantity of habit-forming drugs from the accused.

The accused in police custody at Mandi Ahmedgarh on Wednesday. Couple held for supplying drugs
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 4
The police has nabbed a couple from Ludhiana who was involved in supplying habit-forming drugs to addicts by organising stalls at deserted places in the town and the surrounding areas. As many as 24,500 tablets of phenotil and a motorcycle being used in the crime were seized from their possession.

The accused in police custody at Mandi Ahmedgarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

938.5 kg of poppy husk seized
Phillaur, September 4
The police has recovered 938.5 kg of poppy husk in two different cases here. Sarabjit Singh Rai, DSP, Phillaur, said on a tip-off, the police party headed by Kewal Singh, SHO, Phillaur, raided near Mao Sahib village on the banks of the Sutlej and impounded a Tata canter. The police recovered 920 kg of poppy husk kept in 23 bags. All the accused, identified as Balwinder Singh and Satnam Singh of Mao Sahib, and Daljit Singh of Palakdim village, managed to escape. In another case, the police has arrested a drug peddler, identified as Gurdial Singh. The police also recovered 18.5 kg of puppy husk from his possession near Dosanjh Kalan village. — OC

Two drug peddlers nabbed
Ludhiana, September 4
The police has nabbed two drug peddlers, including a physically challenged youth, and seized 10 grams of heroin from their possession. The accused have been identified as Gurjit Singh and Sandeep Singh, residents of Bhai Himmat Singh Nagar and Durgi, respectively. The police arrested them at a check post at Bachittar Nagar. Gurjit Singh is addicted to drugs. SHO Aman Brar said Gurjit and Sandeep started selling drugs so that they can earn money to buy his quota of heroin. — TNS

The drug peddlers in police custody in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

2 killed in road mishap
Phillaur, September 4
Two occupants of a car were killed on the spot, while four others sustained injuries when their car rammed into a tree and overturned near Uppal-Jagir village here yesterday. The deceased have been identified as Parminder Singh and Sunny Kumar of the same village. The injured persons, Ranjit Singh, Kuldip Singh, Tirth Singh and Gurchetan Singh, were admitted to different hospitals. — OC

Kidnap case: Accused denied bail
Ludhiana, September 4
The court of Additional Sessions Judge HS Grewal today dismissed the bail application of Deepali Bassi, the alleged kingpin of industrialist Munish Barara kidnapping. Dismissing the bail plea, the court observed that it would not be proper to grant bail to him at this stage, keeping in view the serious allegations against the accused. Ransom amount of Rs 4.83 crore (out of a total amount of Rs 5 crore) has been recovered from the accused by the Himachal police.


Amtoj fashions Ludhiana City Zone’s title win
Ludhiana, September 4
Amtoj Kang, student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, played the pivot role in Ludhiana City Zone's championship win in the Inter-Zonal Football Championship (u-14) organised by the District Education Department held at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, here recently. Amtoj captained the team and was instrumental in their entry into the final. He again proved his mettle in the title clash between Ludhiana City Zone and Raekot Zone.

The victorious Ludhiana City Zone team with the organisers of the Inter-Zonal Football Tournament. A Tribune photograph

Sacred Heart Convent School emerge basketball champs
The Sahnewal Sacred Heart Convent School basketball team with the trophy. Sahnewal, September 4
The basketball team of the local Sacred Heart Convent School has won a championship recently organised in Patiala. A total of 22 teams from different districts took part in it. Captain of the team Anmolpreet Kaur and the coach Ajay Agnihotri said in their league matches, Sacred Heart Convent School defeated Barnala, Muktsar and Mohali.

The Sahnewal Sacred Heart Convent School basketball team with the trophy. A tribune photograph



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