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Commuters grin and bear it
Ludhiana, January 15
Long queues of vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on a road in Ludhiana. Chaos descended on city roads today. Activists of various organisations took the city to ransom by blocking roads all through the day. Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Youth Akali Dal and Mahila Congress held protests on Ferozepur Road near the Mini-Secretariat and Bharat Nagar Chowk today.  Traffic went haywire outside the Mini-Secretariat following a protest by the SAD and the party's youth wing.

Long queues of vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on a road in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Speaking out
Traffic jams due to protests bear heavily on commuters
Traffic jams due to unions holding protests on roads and blocking traffic are a common sight nowadays. Putting into chaos the daily traffic flow, these protests not only cause inconvenience to commuters and residents but also shake the whole Administration.

Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam due to protests in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Civic body suffers paraplegic attack
Ludhiana, January 15
City residents remained at the receiving end as the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation staff went on an indefinite strike against the registration of a criminal case against a MC junior engineer and an SDO of the operations and maintenance wing. The working of the civic body came to a standstill as both the engineering and technical staff as well as the ministerial staff struck work.

Thieves break open PNB ATM
Ludhiana, January 15
Thieves made away with cash after breaking open an automated teller machine (ATM) of Punjab National Bank near Swarn Palace in Giaspura last night. The incident came to light around 3 am when PCR personnel found the ATM broken. There was no security guard deployed at the ATM booth. The thieves, who had covered their faces with monkey caps, were caught on the closed-television television camera installed in the ATM booth.

Missing boy traced to Kerala
Ludhiana, January 15
A six-year-old boy who had gone missing a week ago from the Atam Nagar area, was traced to Alleppey district in Kerala. Sonu, who boarded a train while playing with other children, was spotted at the Allapi railway station. He told the police that he was from Ludhiana and his father, Gollay Yadav, worked for a tea vendor near Baba Balak Nath temple in Atam Nagar.


For illegal action, there is no reaction
Ludhiana, January 15
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation's building branch is known as the most corrupt branches of the civic body. On learning that an illegal building was being constructed at Rani Jhansi Road, officials of the branch chose not to act.

Dyeing industry ends stir
Ludhiana, January 15
The two-day strike by the dyeing industry of Ludhiana was today called off after political intervention. The industry remained shut down today, but they will not be observing strike from tomorrow onwards.

Masses apprised of road safety, traffic rules
Doraha, January 15
The Payal police today organised an elaborate programme for students, truck and tempo drivers, and sarpanches, panches of the surrounding villages, to apprise them of the road safety norms and traffic rules and regulations.

From schools
Army Day celebrations
Ludhiana: Ryan International School, Dugri, celebrated Army Day on the school premises. Students were shown a PowerPoint presentation on the Indian Army. They were told about the role and functions of the Army. Meanwhile, students of the Montessori wing attended a workshop on communication skills. Madhumita Roy, the English teacher, told the students to improve their language skills by regularly reading newspapers and talking with their parents and friends in English.

Lord Mahavir civil hospital
Diagnostic centre awaits equipment
Ludhiana, January 15
The newly constructed diagnostic centre at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital has failed to become operational in the absence of equipment. Constructed over an area of 4,200 square yards, the centre has been built under a public-private partnership. While, the land for constructing this centre has been provided by the Civil Hospital and Punjab Health System Corporation has spent Rs 55 lakh on its construction, a private firm will install equipment and run the facility.

The diagnostic centre lies vacant at Mahavir Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

AAP campaigns on city’s periphery
Khanna, January 15
Going by the overwhelming response of people from all walks of life, the Aam Aadmi Party will form the next government in Punjab. This was stated by AAP leader and former DGP Shashi Kant, who was in the town to chair a party meeting. Kant said the fear of public backlash was haunting other political parties and some forces were trying to disrupt the rise of AAP, but the people had made their mind for a change in the state.

On Day 4, they take a chill pill
Ludhiana, January 15
Running amok, coldwave has wrecked havoc on participants of the 18th National Youth Festival. Most of them have fallen sick while the others are on edge. The platform to realise their dreams has turned out to be a nightmare.

Participants engage in a chit-chat session after their performance during the 18th National Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Common effluent treatment plant yet to see light of day
Ludhiana, January 15
On one hand, the Punjab Pollution Control Board is strengthening its noose around the erring dyeing industry and on the other, the work for setting up of the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at Tajpur Road is yet to commence.

Blankets distributed
Maheeda, an NGO, distributed 300 blankets to the poor and needy people. The initiative was undertaken to counter the severe chill that has gripped the northern part of the country. Founder of the NGO Hardeep Brar said, “All the religions teach us basic and common concept of humanity and compassion.” Bharat Vikas

Drugs controversy
Akali Dal, youth wing leaders burn PPCC chief’s effigies
Ludhiana, January 15
Members of the Youth Akali Dal and the Shiromani Akali Dal protested against the Congress today. The SAD members, including PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon; chairman, District Planning Board, Heera Singh Gabria and MLAs Ranjit Singh Dhillon, SR Kler and Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, burnt the effigies of PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa and drug lord Jagdish Bhola near the Mini-Secretariat.

Akali leaders and workers burn Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa’s effigies in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

An enriching experience
Ludhiana, January 15
For the past four days, the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan has been publishing a newsletter to highlight the events of the ongoing 18th National Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University. The trilingual newsletter reports all activities everyday. A team led by Parbhat Kumar released the fourth issue today.

The bitter truth
Ludhiana, January 15
There has been no check on the consumption of liquor during the 18th National Youth Festival. People visiting the campus have been brining liquor to the venue. But this has caused a lot of inconvenience to women. "It is strange that people are consuming liquor in an educational institution," said Indu, a participant.

Gippy’s performance livens up balmy evening
Popular singer-actor Gippy Grewal belted out his popular songs last evening. The Open Air Theatre at Punjab Agricultural University was jam packed. Participants, officials and residents danced as the singer performed. Those, who had not listened to Gippy Grewal, were bowled over by his performance.

Won’t contest LS polls: State BJP chief
Ludhiana, January 15
State BJP chief Kamal Sharma today said he will not be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections this year. Sharma, who was in Ludhiana for the inauguration of a sports event, ruled out seat-swapping between the BJP and the Akali Dal for the Parliamentary polls. The state BJP chief said the names of the candidates for the polls will be announced in February on the basis of the party’s decision. There are at least three serious contenders for the party ticket from Hoshiarpur and a couple of contenders for the Gurdaspur ticket. On whether MP Navjot Sidhu will contest from Amritsar, he said the decision was not taken yet.

Food safety act
120 eateries registered
Ludhiana, January 15
The District Health Department today registered as many as 120 eateries during a camp organised at Shringar Theatre. Disclosing this, District Health Officer Dr Abnash Kumar said, "Tomorrow we will hold a camp at Sherpur. We appeal to all the eateries to get registered or get a licence issued under the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006." Dr Kumar said he has instructed all senior medical officers in the peripheral areas to register the eateries. The last date for registration or issuing licence to these eateries is February 4. — TNS

Union to hold protest
Ludhiana: Textile Hosiery Kaamgar Union will stage a protest rally outside DC office tomorrow over the delay in implementation of labour laws in the factories. — TNS


HC disposes of case
Ludhiana, January 15
Officials of the district administration, Municipal Corporation and police department got relief today. The writ petition on parking problem at Ferozepur Road was disposed of at the High Court today. The court issued orders that public/paid parking lots would be thrown open to public.


chess meet
Host school dominates on Day 1
Ludhiana, January 15
Hosts Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bypass, proved their dominance on the opening day of the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Chess Championship for boys and girls that began here today.

Students take part in the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Chess Championship at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bypass, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. A Tribune Photograph

Jarkhar Sports Fest begins today
Ludhiana, January 15
The stage is set for the 28th Coca Cola Jarkhar Sports Festival to be organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club at Jarkhar village, Ludhiana-Malerkotla Road, from January 16 to 19. Stating this at a press conference today, Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu, chairman of the organising club, and Darshan Singh Shiwalik, MLA, said though the competition would start on January 16, the festival would be inaugurated on January 17. The games torch will be brought in a procession from Manji Sahib Gurdwara, Almagir. A cycle rally will also be taken out by Avon Cycles on Friday.



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