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Close shave for five students
Ludhiana, January 5
Five girl students had a providential escape after they fell off a moving Shatabdi Express train at the local railway station. They were allegedly trying to catch the train. A 21-year-old BSc final year student of the Government College for Girls (GCG) got stuck in the space beneath the footrest of the train while Paramjit Kaur (name changed) was dragged to a distance.

An injured student under treatment at a hospital in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Crime file
Two dupe employer of Rs 4 lakh
Ludhiana, January 5
Two employees of a company were booked for forging the signature of their employer and duping him of Rs 4 lakh. The accused, identified as Amit Kumar and Akhilesh Kumar, both residents of Vaishali district in Bihar, have been booked under sections 380, 406, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC for fraud and criminal breach of trust.

Atta Dal scheme
Staff face tough time tracing beneficiaries
Ludhiana, January 5
The state government has asked the authorities here to prepare a fresh list of people who are eligible for the Blue Cards so that they are provided the benefits of the Atta-Dal scheme, which was re-launched in the state on December 1. The last date for completing the lists was December 31 but being one of the largest districts, employees are finding it difficult to trace the "real" beneficiaries in Ludhiana, hence the delay in winding up the survey.

Inclement weather throws rail traffic out of gear
Ludhiana, January 5
After a respite of few days last week, a thick blanket of fog again covered the region, throwing the rail traffic out of gear. Several trains, including most of those running on the trunk route (New Delhi-Amritsar and New Delhi-Jammu) were delayed by hours due to poor visibility, causing immense inconvenience to passengers.

Passengers wait for their trains on a foggy day. A file photograph

F&CC meeting on Jan 8
Ludhiana, January 5
The much-awaited fourth meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) has been scheduled for January 8. This is after a period of two months that this meeting has been scheduled. During the meeting, orders of several development works are likely to be issued.

Police launch awareness drive
Ludhiana, January 5
The Commissioner of Police, Nirmal Singh Dhillon, launched a traffic awareness drive today. In the first phase, the police installed reflectors on the rear end of auto-rickshaws, buses, tractor-trailers and trucks. The reflectors were donated by Sarbat Da Bhala, an NGO. Speaking on the occasion, Vinod Kumar, SHO (Traffic), said as per the Vehicle Amendment Act 104, 2009, all commercial vehicles should have white reflectors on the front, yellow ones on the sides and red ones on the rear end. He said commercial-vehicle drivers should comply with the orders. During the winter season, reflectors play a vital role in avoiding accident, he added. — TNS


Election fever grips Sutlej Club
While the elections of the Sutlej Club here are expected to be held somewhere in March, 2014, but the election fever has already gripped its members. Those, aspiring to contest on various key-posts have already started doing home-work so that the influential people in the city do not give a word to any other candidate. And for this, the candidates have started visiting them, who are well-connected with the city residents for getting their blessings.

Better Ludhiana: parking woes
City continues to grapple with parking problem
Ludhiana suffers from maddening traffic and very less space for public parking. Moreover, due to overcharging by contractors, residents prefer to park their vehicles on the roadside, leading to traffic snarl-ups. In the first part of the series, Ludhiana Tribune reporter Puneet Pal Singh Gill takes stock of the situation

Demoted lecturers up in arms against government
Ludhiana, January 5
The demoted teachers are up in the arms against the state government, particularly the department of education for being inefficient and taking a wrong decision, which had ruined their careers.

Members of the Punjab Master Cadre Union stage a protest in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Beating the chill: People warm themselves around a bonfire in the biting cold. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

College notes
NSS camp
A seven-day NSS Camp was organised at Gobindgarh Public College, Alour, Khanna. On the first day, the Inaugural ceremony was performed by the chairman of the college Vimal Vinod Bansal. The day began with an enchanting prayer by the volunteers. Principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni welcomed the students and motivated them towards participation in the activities for the welfare of society. The volunteers were then addressed by Prof. Mandeep Singh [Dept. of Punjabi], on power of yoga. An hour of meditation rejuvenated students and the NSS volunteers were ready to head towards Government Senior Secondary School, Naraingarh, with brooms in their hands. School playground, lawn, cycle-stand and passage of the school were cleaned. More than 100 volunteers participated in this program.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar colony
Residents up in arms over stalled works
Ludhiana, January 5
Residents of 475-acre Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), which was transferred to the Municipal Corporation for maintenance in July last year, are up in arms over stalled developmental works and lack of sanitation and other basic amenities.

300 examined at medical camp
As many as 300 patients were examined at a homeopathic and orthopedic camp on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. The camp was organised by Bhai Ghanayya Ji Sports and Welfare Club at Ram Bhawan on Sunday. The camp was inaugurated by halqa in charge Jagdeep Singh Cheema and council chief Vicky Mittal. The chief organiser councillor, Darshan Singh Cheema, thanked Bhagat Pooran Singh Social Welfare Society, Khanna, and Guru Gobind Singh Youth Club, Amloh, for extending their cooperation.

sandalwood smuggling
Ten months on, case hangs fire
Ludhiana, January 5
The arrest of three persons, including a woman, who were involved in the stealing of sandalwood worth Rs 2 crore has yet again brought to the fore the matter of recovery of 27 ton of sandalwood in April last year. Sandalwood worth over Rs 14 crore in the international market was recovered from a shed in Doraha, following a complaint of a Jalandhar-based exporter manufacturing nuts and bolts.

Khamano all set for on-the-spot challan system
Khamano, January 5
On the guidelines by the state government, the offenders who violate traffic rules will no longer have to go to the district headquarters to deposit the challan charged, instead they will have to pay the amount there and then.

Property tax
Statewide protests from Jan 17
Bant Brar, secretary, CPI, Punjab, addresses a convention at Punjabi Bhawan in Ludhiana on Sunday. Ludhiana, January 5
A state-level convention in protest of property tax and fee for regularisation of plots was held at Punjabi Bhawan, here today. During the convention, a 21- member committee was formed and it was decided that protests against the state government will be organised on district as well as tehsil level from January 17 onwards.

Bant Brar, secretary, CPI, Punjab, addresses a convention at Punjabi Bhawan in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Swindlers decamp with fabric
Ludhiana, January 5
Four women duped a shopkeeper of his expensive cloth material at the Focal Point area here today. Victim Chanderparkash, owner of Apsra Readymade Garments on Metro Road, said two women entered his shop and started taking a look at the cloth materials.

Ailing man needs help
Mandi Ahmedgarh, Jan 5
A marginal farmer, Ajit Singh, of Kalakh village in Ludhiana district is in a dire need of financial assistance as his only son, 26-year-old Jagmohan Singh, is suffering from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and status epilepticus, a rare disorder. “Though the hospital management has waived treatment charges, huge money is required for purchase of medicines and diagnostic tests to be conducted at other centers,” said Ajit Singh, maintaining that the family had already exhausted its sources on treatments undertaken at other medical centers. Ajit Singh alleged that none of the government agencies and organisations that work for welfare of farmers have come forward to save the life of his only son. — OC

Camp held for physically challenged
Ludhiana, January 5
Bhagwan Mahaveer Sewa Sansthan, in collaboration with Sharmanji Sangh, organised a camp to distribute wheel chairs and tricycles to physically challenged persons. Prem Sagar Jain presided over the function in the presence of Rakesh Pandey, MLA, Gurmel Singh and Yash Pal Jain. Rakesh Jain, president of the sansthan, said the organisation had lent assistance to more than 1,300 physically challenged and polio-afflicted persons. TNS

Office-bearer appointed
Ludhiana, January 5
Keshav Sayal has been appointed as the coordinator of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) NRI Wing. The president of the district Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Parveen Bansal, congratulated the newly-appointed coordinator on the occasion. “Sayal's appointment will help strengthen the party in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls,” said the president of the district Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Parveen Bansal. TNS

High drama at Jamalpur
Ludhiana: A high drama took place at Jamalpur when a man climbed to the top of a mobile tower and threatened to jump if his demands were not met. He was convinced to come down. Residents said he took the step after his marriage proposal was rejected by a girl. He reportedly suffered from depression. — TNS


Fertiliser-laden vehicle looted
Jagraon, January 5
Three unidentified robbers allegedly looted a vehicle loaded with fertilisers worth Rs 2.5 lakh near Gurdwara Begampura Bhora Sahib on Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway last night. The robbers allegedly thrashed the driver and looted Rs 1,200 from him before fleeing away in the vehicle laden with the fertilisers.


Balwinder Singh XI emerge victorious
Ludhiana, January 5
Sparing some time from the routine schedule, District Sales Tax Bar Association organised a cricket tournament for advocates here today. The teams took part in 12-overs-each-side matches at Arya College. The final was played between Balwinder Singh XI and Rajesh Malhotra XI in which the former came out victorious by 10 runs.

The winning team in a jubilant mood after the prize distribution ceremony in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma



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