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Two injured in firing incident
Ludhiana, October 16
Panic spread in the Kochar market and the surrounding areas following a crossfire between two groups travelling by two SUVs. Two youths, Abhimanyu and Narinder Kumar, both residents of Khanna, were injured in the incident.

Three quintals of barfi, raw material seized from unit
Ludhiana, October 16
Packed barfi that was seized from a unit in the Salim Tabri area in Ludhiana; and (below) health officials inspect the raw material used in the preparation of sweets at the unit. The district health authorities today seized three quintals of "substandard barfi" and raw material from a unit in the Salim Tabri area in the city.

Packed barfi that was seized from a unit in the Salim Tabri area in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Students suffer as laboratory attendants take classes
Ludhiana, October 16
The future of students of government schools seems to be bleak as in the absence of qualified teaching staff, they are being taught by lab attendants, who have not studied beyond Class XII.


Travel by Shatabdi, Rajdhani costlier from today
Ludhiana, October 16
Close on the heels of a 2 per cent hike in the railway fares on account of fuel cost adjustment last week, the Railways is now increasing the prices of food items served on board the trains from October 17. As a result, travel by elite trains like the Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto, in which the food cost is included in the fare, will become costlier while passengers travelling in AC classes in other trains will also have to shell out more for the meals.

Eid-ul-Zuha celebrated with fervour
Ludhiana, October 16
People offer namaaz at the Jama Masjid in Ludhiana on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha on Wednesday. Eid-ul-Zuha was celebrated in the district with religious fervour today. Thousands of Muslims offered prayers at Jama Masjid in Field Ganj and at several other places in the city. Male goats were sacrificed on the occasion. People from other communities also joined Muslims in the celebrations.

People offer namaaz at the Jama Masjid in Ludhiana on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha on Wednesday. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Case under SC & ST act
2 MC sanitary inspectors sent to jail
Ludhiana, October 16
Two sanitary inspectors of the local MC, Kamaljit Singh and Anil Passi, were today sent to jail by a local court in a case pertaining to the SC and ST Act. Unaware of the implications of the case, these two officers today appeared before the court of Judicial Magistrate Shagun as they had received summons from the court.


Ludhiana Scan
Power shutdown
11-KV Cemetery Road feeder, fed from 66-KV Kitchlu Nagar substation, will remain shutdown for urgent repair and maintenance works on October 17 from 9 AM to 3 PM. Power supply to areas, including Officers Colony, Sarsang Road, Malerkotla House, Green Park, Dandi Swami, Kitchlu Nagar A-block and some parts of Tagore Nagar, will be affected during this period.

Politics over fogging machines
Ludhiana, October 16
Though the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has handed over 75 handheld fogging machines to the councillors two years ago, the residents say these machines are not being put to optimum use by the councillors, who play politics over these machines and send them for fogging only when their supporters request for the same. To check the spread of dengue, the MC had purchased 75 fogging machines from Germany by spending Rs 50 lakh in April 2011.

Notes gadvasu
Save livestock from parasitic infections, say experts
Ludhiana: With the onset of monsoon, vector-born blood protozoan diseases in animals and humans start increasing. This is due to the favourable climate for multiplication of vectors, ticks, flies and mosquitoes. Dr LD Singla, professor-cum-head, Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, said: “There is increased number of cases of blood protozoan infections, including trypanosomososis, theleriosis, anaplasmosis and babesiosis.

Mid-day meal scheme
Maluka for studying Tamil Nadu model
Ludhiana, October 16
Mid-day meal being served to students at a government school in Ludhiana. To bring improvement in the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Punjab, which has always remained in controversies for one reason or the other, Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka is planning to visit Tamil Nadu with the officials of the Education Department to study their successful model of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme.

Mid-day meal being served to students at a government school in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

PAU notes
Youth fest from October 21
Ludhiana: The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is all set to hold its Inter-College Youth Festival 2013-14 from October 21 to 27. Dr Balwinder Singh, Director, Students' Welfare, said: "The youth fest will provide an opportunity to the students to showcase their talent and creativity in vast array of events." He said, "Although the PAU is a farm varsity, yet the students have enthusiasm and passion to participate in cultural activities and win laurels."

From colleges
Students sensitised on social evils
Ludhiana: The volunteers of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha were sensitised on various social evils which were eating into the vitals of the social setup in the existing scenario. Prof Darshan Singh, a visiting professor of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, while sharing his views on the topic 'Art of Living' said man has forgotten the art of living. He wants to live for his own. Prof Darshan Singh discussed various social evils as eve teasing, drug abuse, dowry, female feoticide, corruption and degradation of moral values.

World Food Day celebrated
Ludhiana: Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School celebrated World Food Day to highlight the importance of nutritious food. Children were informed that nutritious food would not only improve their stamina but would also give glow on their faces. Moreover, they would be less prone to diseases, stressed teachers.

Students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary School enjoy nutritious food during World Food Day celebrations in Ludhiana. A Tribune Photograph

City NCC girl cadets scale17,000-foot Himalyan peak
Ludhiana, October 16
After successfully climbing a 17,000-foot Himalayan peak, two girl cadets of No 4 Pb Air Sqn NCC brought laurels to the unit and NCC Gp Ludhiana. It was on October 5 when cadets Sarita and Nancy, succeeded in completing their NCC mountaineering expedition held in Himachal Pradesh from August 28 to October 11.

Girl cadets of No 4 Pb Air Sqn NCC in a jubilant mood after climbing a 17,000-foot Himalayan peak.

Jagraon residents sitting on tinderbox
Jagraon, October 16
Residents of several localities in Jagraon are sitting on a pile of explosives as many wholesale dealers of firecrackers have stocked a huge quantity of crackers in their stores and godowns. Some of these stores where the crackers have been stocked are located in the densely populated areas.

MC forms sub-committees
Ludhiana, October 16
Though the Mayor has formed several sub-committees of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, the formation of the Finance and Contract Committee is yet to see the light of day. Even these sub-committees have been formed 16 months after the new MC house was elected. The following are the new sub-committees.

Deputy Commissioner addresses concerns of industrialists
Ludhiana, October 16
An industrial interaction was today held with Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, GS Kohli, Chief Engineer (distribution), PSPCL, Patiala, and Rachhpal Singh, Chief Engineer, PSPCL, Ludhiana.

23 new dengue cases reported from Ludhiana district
Ludhiana, October 16
As many as 23 new cases of dengue have been confirmed from the DMCH during the past three days. The patients belong to various parts of the district. Of them, 15 are from the city, while the rest are from the peripheral areas.

MC to hold camps for regularisation of illegal properties
Ludhiana, October 16
With the extension of deadline till October 25, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation drive to regularise properties in unauthorised colonies has gone slow. Now, the Municipal Corporation has pulled up its socks and has prepared a proposal under which camps would be organised in different parts of the city on a daily basis.

Bird-lovers await winged guests
Ludhiana, October 16
Bird-lovers await chirpy little visitors from the Central Asia. They arrive during the sowing season in the next month when there is a little more nip in the air. These birds keep on wagging their tails up and down, and are thus called 'wagtails'. The wagtails come from the Central Asia when harsh winter sets in there. Looking for a suitable habitat, these birds arrive at various parts of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The small birds travel long distances flying 30 km a day and they nest in shrubs. Flying in flocks, these birds come to the subcontinent in large numbers.

Shobha yatra marks Bhagwan Valmiki’s birth anniversary
Ludhiana, October 16
A Shobha yatra to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Valmiki was organised by the Bhartiya Valmiki Adi Dharm Samaj (Bhavadhas) in the city today. It was led by Dr Jodha Ram Zakhmi, national coordinator of the organisation. The religious procession was inaugurated by District Congress Committee (Urban) president Pawan Dewan.

Taxes hitting business, say traders
Ludhiana, October 16
Office-bearers of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal expressed concern over the increasing number of taxes being imposed by the state government during a meeting. State Secretary Sunil Mehra and Secretary Mohinder Aggarwal, during the meeting, said it appeared that the state government did not want trade and business to flourish in the state as it was imposing new tax every other day.

UCPMA to form single-window system
Ludhiana, October 16
To facilitate the cycle and cycle parts industry in solving their problems related with different government departments, the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) will be forming a single-window system at its association's office.

Poor imports hit city jewellers
Ludhiana, October 16
Even the start of the festival season has failed to cheer jewellers as gold imports have virtually dried up after the government introduced the 80/20 rule. Jewellers complain that most gold stocks are cornered by exporters.

Rice millers up in arms
Machiwara, October 16
Demanding relaxation in the paddy procurement norms, the rice millers of Machhiwara and Samrala have decided to go on strike and not to purchase discoloured paddy till October 18.

ESIC staff continue protest
Ludhiana, October 16
Protest by the employees of the ESIC Model Hospital, Ludhiana, entered its sixth day here today. The agitating employees burnt the effigies of the hospital authorities for not fulfilling their demands. Meanwhile, Ramandeep Kaur, president of the ESIC Employees Union, said: “Today, the hospital authorities suspended me, along with two office-bearers of the union.

Employees of ESIC Model Hospital hold a protest in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet verma


Two arrested; stolen cash, gold recovered
Ludhiana, October 16
The police has arrested two Nepalese nationals who had committed a theft at the house of their employer on October 7. The accused have been identified as Sushil Bahadaur and Ram Bahadur. The police has recovered the stolen amount of Rs 2 lakh and gold ornaments from Sushil while Rs 70,000 was recovered from the possession of Ram Bahadaur.

Sushil Bahadur and Ram Bahadur, who had committed a theft at the house of their employer, in police custody. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Cheque-bounce case
Businessman’s house, factory unit raided
Ludhiana, October 16
The Delhi police and the Ludhiana police conducted a joint raid at the house of a noted businessman of the city, dealing in milk products, in connection with a cheque-bounce case.


Bharatiya Vidya Mandir girls clinch handball title
Ludhiana, October 16
Hosts Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kithclu Nagar branch, DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, and Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, shared honours in the girls' section clinching one title each in the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Handball Tournament played at BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, here today.

A match of the under-14 category in progress during the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Handball Tournament at BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana boys emerge champs
Ludhiana, October 16
Hosts Ludhiana faced a stiff resistance from Amritsar before coming out victorious 2-0 to win the title in the boys' section of the 15th Sub-Junior Punjab State Softball Championship for girls and boys that concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium here yesterday.

Boys in action during a match of the Sub-Junior Punjab State Softball Tournament at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma



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