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Voices of dissent at F&CC meeting
Ludhiana, January 8
As the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation met here today to give nod to 245 development works involving an estimated expenditure of over Rs 75 crore, there were voices of dissent from councillors, both from the Congress and the ruling coalition.
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria (in turban) chairs a meeting of the F&CC in Ludhiana on Wednesday. MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari (second from right) is also seen. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria (in turban) chairs a meeting of the F&CC in Ludhiana on Wednesday. MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari (second from right) is also seen. A Tribune photograph


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Work at the DCís office suffered due to the strike by the ministerial staff in Ludhiana on Wednesday. DC office staff go on 3-day strike
Ludhiana, January 8
There seems to be no end to the woes of visitors to the Deputy Commissioner's office as the ministerial staff at all DC offices in the state went on a three-day strike today. Work at the DC's office is bound to suffer as about 150 employees are on strike.

Work at the DCís office suffered due to the strike by the ministerial staff in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

ADCP-I Nilambari Jagdale shows the fake curreny in Ludhiana on Wednesday; and (right) the accused, Bashir Ahmed. Kashmir resident arrested with fake currency
Ludhiana, January 8
The city police have arrested a resident of Kashmir and seized Rs 52,000 in fake currency from him. The accused, Bashir Ahmed, was nabbed by Kotwali SHO Surinder Mohan and his team last night.

ADCP-I Nilambari Jagdale shows the fake curreny in Ludhiana on Wednesday; and (right) the accused, Bashir Ahmed. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Police vehicle hits scooterist
Ludhiana, January 8
A 40-year-old scooterist suffered injuries after being hit by a police vehicle near the Mini-Secretariat here today. The injured has been identified as Tejinder Singh. He was admitted to a multi-speciality hospital with multiple injuries. According to eyewitnesses, he was riding a scooter when a police vehicle belonging to the Haibowal police station hit him. Tarlochan lost control over the scooter and fell on the road.

Despite HC orders, MC fails to remove encroachment
Ludhiana, January 8
Blame it on political interference or apathy of the municipal corporation authorities, the civic body has failed to remove a permanent encroachment from a public street in the Malerkotla House locality for several years despite clear-cut directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard.

Sand-laden tractor-trailers parked on a road in Haibowal in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Illegally mined sand being sold with impunity
Ludhiana, January 8
While the police claim to be going strict on illegal sand mining, the fact is that illegally mined sand is being sold with impunity.


Sand-laden tractor-trailers parked on a road in Haibowal in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


COMMUNITY

Workers prepare the venue for the National Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana on Wednesday. City gears up for youth fest
Ludhiana, January 8
The district administration has pulled its socks up to hold the 18th National Youth Festival at Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), as teams of around 4,500 boys and girls will start arriving to the city from across the country tomorrow onwards.

Workers prepare the venue for the National Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

At farm varsity, work on in full swing
Ludhiana, January 8
Preparations for hosting the National Youth Festival are on in full swing at Punjab Agricultural University. The youth festival is scheduled to be held from January 12 to 16 on the university campus.

Congress workers stage dharna on highway, want Majithia booked
Protestors block traffic in Jagraon on Wednesday. Jagraon, January 8
A large number of Congress workers led by former Jagraon MLA Gurdeep Singh Bhaini and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) general secretary Major Singh Bhaini staged a protest against Punjab Revenue and Public Relations Minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia outside the Judicial Court Complex, Jagraon, today.

Protestors block traffic in Jagraon on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Congress workers burn Punjab Cabinet Minister Bikramjit Singh Majithiaís effigy in Doraha on Wednesday. Activists burn ministerís effigy at Doraha
Doraha, January 8
Congress activists today burnt the effigy of Revenue Minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia in Doraha. Demanding his immediate removal from the cabinet, they said that a case should be registered against him.

Congress workers burn Punjab Cabinet Minister Bikramjit Singh Majithiaís effigy in Doraha on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

shifting of teachers
ETT Union gheraoes DEOís office
Teachers lay a siege to the DEOís office in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Ludhiana, January 8
The Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) Union, Punjab, gheraoed the District Education Office today. Teachers working under zila parishads want to be absorbed under the Education Department. The department, however, has sent a list of around 277 teachers who will be shifted under the department, while around 700 teachers will continue to work under zila parishads.

Teachers lay a siege to the DEOís office in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

LPG auto drivers air grievances at Atam Park in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Auto drivers up in arms against administration
Ludhiana, January 8
The hike in the rate of non-subsidised domestic gas cylinders has not only disturbed the household budgets, but also affected the auto-rickshaw operators running their vehicles on LPG.
LPG auto drivers air grievances at Atam Park in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

postal department
Philatelists await new calendar
Ludhiana, January 8
Although it's been more than a week since the start of the New Year, the website of the Postal Department still sports the old philately calendar.

Children catch kites on tracks at the Ludhiana railway station. Rail tracks their playground
Ludhiana, January 8
Failing to learn a lesson from previous accidents on Railway tracks, a large number of children can be seen flying kites on the tracks at the local railway station.

Children catch kites on tracks at the Ludhiana railway station. Tribune photo: himanshu mahajan

PAU union poll
Groups slam incumbent union over holidays issue
Ludhiana, January 8
The groups of the PAU employees contesting the union elections are at loggerheads on the issue of deduction of four gazetted holidays from the calendar of for financial year 2013-14.

Voluntary Compliance
City excise division to rake in Rs 170 cr
Ludhiana, January 8
Ludhiana division of the Central excise and service tax will earn a revenue of Rs 170 crore from service tax deposited under the Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme (VCES)-2013 of Service Tax.

Rare-breed dogs catch residentsí fancy
Ludhiana, January 8
It seems the popularity of the rare breeds of dogs is mounting in the city. Many residents have rare and lesser-known breeds, including huge guard dogs, "gun dogs" and show dogs.

Pups of the alabai breed; (center) Dr Jaspreet Singh with his Australian silky terrier, and (right) a pair of the alabai breed.

Pups of the alabai breed; (center) Dr Jaspreet Singh with his Australian silky terrier, and (right) a pair of the alabai breed. photos: inderjeet verma

Special Lok Adalat to be held at jail
Ludhiana January 8
Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary of the Legal Services Authority KK Singla today sensitised jail inmates about the plea of bargaining in the criminal justice system.

FIRING incident
Chemists block highway
Khanna, January 8
Several chemists of Khanna along with some residents of the city came on the national highway in protest against the shooting of a chemist, injuring him seriously, by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants yesterday.

chinese strings
Sahnewal police conduct raids on shops
Sahnewal, January 8
The Sahnewal police have begun to show its teeth to the sellers of plastic and Chinese strings in the town. Regular raids on the sellers are being made to catch them red-handed and to book them if found guilty.

People made aware of health insurance benefits
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 8
The Rotary Club organised an awareness camp at the Hind Hospital and Diagnostic Centre to educate people in rural areas about health insurance facilities being provided by the state government for the members of cooperative institutes.

Ludhiana scan
Felicitation
Ludhiana: SP Singh Oberoi, an entrepreneur from Dubai, will be honoured by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur International Foundation on January 9. President of the foundation, KK Bawa said the award was being conferred upon him for taking up tasks for social welfare and rescuing 17 youth from the jails of Dubai.


CRIME

The accused in police custody. Gang of robbers busted
Ludhiana, January 8
The Anti-Narcotic Wing of the city police has claimed to have busted a five-member gang of robbers who posed as auto-rickshaw drivers or passengers to rob innocent commuters.



The accused in police custody. A Tribune photograph

Notorious criminal held
Ludhiana, January 8
The Division No. 4 police nabbed a notorious criminal, Naseem Shafi, alias Billa, and recovered 20gm of heroin from his possession.

Thieves decamp with ATM in Samrala
Samrala, January 8
Some unidentified thieves struck at an ATM of the HDFC Bank last night in front of the Gill Regency on the outskirts of Samrala and decamped with cash along with the ATM.



Rajat at a felicitation function. Budding karateka wins gold at national championship
Ludhiana, January 8
Rajat, a budding karate player of the city, has won gold medal in the Open National Karate Championship held recently in West Bengal. Rajat (13) participated in the 25-30 kg category. He started practising Karate two years ago under the coaching of Aftab Ahmed. He is a student of class VI and resides at Ashok Nagar in the Jalandhar Bypass area.





Rajat at a felicitation function. A Tribune photograph

DSP Gurmit Singh and others felicitate Pawandeep Singh at Phallewal village, near Ahmedgarh. Power lifter felicitated
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 8
Local power lifter Pawandeep Singh, a student of BA III, has brought laurels to the town by emerging winner in his category in Panjab University Inter-College Power Lifting Championship held recently.



DSP Gurmit Singh and others felicitate Pawandeep Singh at Phallewal village, near Ahmedgarh. A Tribune photograph

 


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