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Use money or return it, MC told
Ludhiana, October 17
Taking a serious note of "non-utilisation of funds" provided by him to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation from his Local Area Development Fund, Ludhiana MP and Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has asked the Municipal Commissioner to return the funds if the civic body is not interested in utilising these for the purpose these were provided for.

State not serious about tackling child labour: Panel member
Ludhiana, October 17
Expressing anguish and disappointment over the "light" manner in which the serious issue of child labour is being taken by the state government, a member of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Yogesh Dubey, has said he will soon meet the state Chief Secretary over the issue.


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No data about victims’ rehabilitation
Ludhiana, October 17
Children rescued from two factories in Ludhiana Tall claims of the district administration about its efforts to eradicate child labour from the district fall flat as there is no proper follow-up procedure and a negligible number of such rescued children is rehabilitated by the government. According to the estimates, around 275 children (boys) have been rescued by the district administration with the help of NGOs from different factory units in the district in the last two years.
Children rescued from two factories in Ludhiana. A file photograph

Dengue triggers hike in prices of kiwi
Ludhiana, October 17
With dengue fever at its peak, the prices of kiwi fruit have doubled. Since kiwi is considered good for increasing the platelet count of a patient suffering from dengue, the demand for the fruit has increased. Priced between Rs 20 and Rs 25 per piece, the fruit is now being sold for Rs 35 to Rs 40 per piece.

20 new dengue cases confirmed
Ludhiana, October 17
As many as 20 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, 16 are from the city, while the rest are from the peripheral areas.

The car that got stuck in an open drain on the NH-1 in Ludhiana Another car gets stuck in open drain
Ludhiana, October 17
There seem to be no stopping of freak accidents due to the "poor construction" of the expressway project on the NH-I near the Jalandhar bypass. In the latest incident, a Maruti Alto car got stuck in an open drain near the bypass. This is the second such incident in the past fortnight. On October 1, five persons from Amritsar had a miraculous escape after the car they were travelling in got stuck in the drain near the Jalandhar bypass.

The car that got stuck in an open drain on the NH-1 in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Monument-cum-temple a tribute to Lord Valmiki: CM
Ludhiana, October 17
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a shobha yatra of Lord Valmiki at the Daresi ground in Ludhiana Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has started his efforts to please the Valmiki community. Adding a chapter to his mission today, he said a state-of-the-art historical monument-cum-temple at Sri Valmiki Ashram (Ram Tirath), near Amritsar, would be a humble tribute by the state government to Lord Valmiki, who had preached the message of equality and universal brotherhood on this sacred land.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a shobha yatra of Lord Valmiki at the Daresi ground in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Badal for producing fuel from farm waste
Ludhiana, October 17
Aimed at optimally utilising recycled agriculture waste in the state as alternative fuel, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today constituted a committee under the Secretary, Agriculture, KS Pannu, to explore the feasibility of implementing this project successfully in the state in collaboration with a private firm.

PAU employees’ protest enters 4th day
Ludhiana, October 17
Employees and pensioners of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have been facing tough time as the state government has still not released their salaries and pensions for month of September.

High command to decide on Sidhu’s seat: State BJP chief
Ludhiana, October 17
The party high command would decide from where Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu would contest the next Assembly elections, says Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma, who was in the city for the announcement of new members of the BJP Senior Citizen's Cell.

Manpreet Singh Badal, president, PPP, at a rally in Samrala Empower farmers: Manpreet
Samrala/ Khanna, October 17
PPP president Manpreet Singh Badal has appealed to the state government to bring a new law to empower farmers of the Bet area of owner rights in the coming session from October 28. He appealed to Congress to support this bill for the welfare of the farmers of the state who are facing eviction from lands after a court verdict in this regard.

Manpreet Singh Badal, president, PPP, at a rally in Samrala. A Tribune photograph

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Victims’ protection a far cry
Ludhiana, October 17
The burning issue of protection of women, who are subjected to domestic violence, is still a far cry. In a recent case, despite orders from the local court for rescuing a victim of domestics violence, there was no protection officer available to carry out the orders.

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Govt specifies public authorities
Ludhiana, October 17
Complying with the directions of the State Information Commission, Punjab, while disposing of an appeal (AC No 33 of 2013) of city-based RTI activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira, the Secretary, Local Government Department, Punjab, has specified the public authorities to be designated for the purpose of Right to Information Act 2005 in the Municipal Corporation and Improvement Trusts in the state.

CJM for spreading legal awareness
Ludhiana, October 17
Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary Legal Services Authority KK Singla today exhorted the activists of legal literacy clubs for playing an important role in spreading legal awareness in society and for eradication of social evils.

Schools change dress code to battle mosquito menace
Doraha, October 17
Some of the city schools, in a sincere effort to protect their students from the onslaught of dengue, have changed their dress code. Some schools have asked the parents to send their children in full sleeves shirt and trousers so as to protect them from the mosquito bite.

IIT students in state for new Android software
Ludhiana, October 17
Students of the IIT are in the state to organise workshops for their upcoming Annual Tech Festival at IIT Kharagpur titled Kshitij. The students are campaigning for the next version of the Android software OS to be named as Lassi.

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National seminar on sugarcane concludes
Ludhiana: Farm scientists and officials of sugar mills from Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab attended a three-day national seminar on “Sugarcane”, which concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Thursday.

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Medical camp
Ludhiana: A free medical camp was organised at Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha. A team of doctors from Dr Ghuman Hospital, Doraha, visited the campus. Eye check-up camp was conducted by Dr Rohit. Dental check-up camp was conducted by Dr Davinder Singh and general check-up camp was conducted by Gurpreet Singh.

Farmers flay state government
The Bharti Kissan Union of Punjab in a press release stated that the government has played a crude joke on farmers by increasing the minimum support price of wheat by Rs 25. The price of wheat should be fixed according to the Swaminathan Committee and should be increased by Rs 2,500 per quintal. Ajmer Singh lakhowal, president of the union, said that the prices should be increased keeping in view the financial condition of the famers.


Relatives of the victim, Balbir Singh (inset), mourn his death in Ludhiana Cop killed in road mishap
Ludhiana, October 17
A Punjab Police Head Constable died in a road mishap in New Kailash Nagar near Jodhewal Basti today. The victim has been identified as Balbir Singh. The incident took place this morning when the 50-year-old police official was heading for his duty on scooter.

Relatives of the victim, Balbir Singh (inset), mourn his death in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph




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