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Diet clinics a fad in city, residents go for detox diets
Ludhiana, January 29
Diet clinics are mushrooming in the city with detox diet plans becoming a trend among health-conscious residents. But experts caution that such regimes should be undertaken only under the supervision of experts and dieticians should also be chosen with utmost care as some un-qualified self -claimed experts are also running clinics in the city.


5.4 quintal of poppy husk seized
Ludhiana, January 29
In a major crackdown on drug peddling, the team of CIA- I raided a house located at Jain Colony near Grain Market in the Salem Tabri area and seized 5.4 quintal of poppy husk. The house was being used as a godown by a drug peddler. The stored contraband was being supplied to various districts, claimed the police.

MC slaps notices on 30 defaulters
Ludhiana, January 29
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has slapped notices on 30 defaulters in all four zones of the city to remove encroachments from their premises or be prepared to face the music, as a major anti-encroachment drive will take place on January 31. On the High Court's directions, the MC will remove about 1,700 encroachments from all four zones.

Under-construction auditorium a white elephant
Ludhiana, January 29
The under-construction auditorium at Punjab Agricultural University has turned into a white elephant for the university authorities. The work is still going on at a snail’s pace and the budget has doubled from initial Rs 9.5 crore to round Rs 20 crore.

I-T Dept surveys Jain Group; 36 parcels without bills seized
Ludhiana, January 29
The Income Tax Department conducted a survey on the premises of the Jain Group. Surveys were conducted on the directions of BB Nanavati, Commissioner of Income Tax (I), under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner of Income TaxRavinder Mittal and Joint Commissioner of Income Tax Vivek Aggarwal.

Officials of the Sales Tax Department confiscate goods without bills at Ludhiana railway station on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

MC Commissioner promises to streamline traffic
Ludhiana, January 29
Municipal Corporation Commissioner Rahul Tiwari today gave nod to several projects which, if implemented, will substantially ease traffic chaos in the city. The projects were given the nod during the monthly meeting held with the traffic police here today.

Heavy rush for Aadhar cards
Ludhiana, January 29
After the price of domestic LPG cylinders has increased to Rs 1,310, there has been a spurt in the number of residents getting their Aadhar cards made. Earlier, the residents were not taking Aadhar cards seriously, but after the price of domestic LPG cylinders shot up, the residents could be seen making a beeline to several places where Aadhar cards were being made. The number of Aadhar card applicants have increased.


LIT pays no heed to govt’s orders
Ludhiana, January 29
Despite the Punjab Government instructing the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) to cancel the allotment of land for a community centre, the latter has failed to do so. The government had issued the orders more than a month ago. Annoyed with LIT authorities, area residents approached the Punjab Minister for Local Bodies.

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Non-teaching staff flay government
Ludhiana, January 29
On the call of the Private Colleges Non-Teaching Employees Union, Punjab-Chandigarh, employees of Arya College held a protest on the premises of the college today. The protesters urged the state government to release the pending arrears of revised scales. Non-teaching staff of as many as 150 government-aided colleges, across the state, is under the union at present.

LPG and CNG Auto Welfare Society submits memorandum
Ludhiana, January 29
The LPG and CNG Auto Welfare Society today submitted a memorandum to the District Transport Officer (DTO), Anil Garg, and demanded to stop plying of cell and geo auto-rickshaws within the limits of Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana.

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Tubewell installation
The work to install tubewell in Ward Number 41 started under the guidance of Surinder Dabar and Pawan Dewan on Wednesday. The area councillor, Pinki Bansal, thanked Manish Tewari for the initiative.

School heads told to update info on dept's website
Ludhiana January 29
The Education Department, Punjab, has instructed the heads of government middle, high and senior secondary schools to update the information pertaining to their respective schools on the department's website. The department had launched the web portal last year and all the schools in the state had uploaded the information related to their teachers, staff, students and existing infrastructure.

From schools
Web safety session
Ludhiana: Students of Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Park, were sensitised to web safety. Two sessions were organised for students. The resource person, Rakshit Tandon, who is associated with the Cyber Crime Cell of the Delhi and Haryana Police, detailed about all the activities related to cyber crime. He said adolescents commit many cyber crimes like hacking, cyber bullying and others. Tandon also made the students aware about the IT Cyber Law Act and the punishment and fine cyber crimes draw.

Pending demands
Chain hunger strike by activists enters 14th day
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 29
Chain hunger strike launched by activists and office-bearers of over two dozen local organisations entered its 14th day today. Member of Parliament Sukhdev Singh Libra and legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan assured protesters of acceptance and implementation of their genuine demands, while the Sub-Divisional Magistrate said he had already forwarded the charter of demands to the higher authorities.

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PAU pensioners paid after 28 days
Ludhiana, January 29
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) pensioners finally received their pension for the month of December 2013 on Tuesday. There was nearly a month-long delay in disbursal of pension despite the fact that the court had directed the PAU authorities to release pension as well as other retirement benefits on time.

The Thapar Hall on the Punjab Agricultural University campus in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Punjabi losing out to Internet a cause of worry for language exponents
Ludhiana, January 29
It is said that the survival and growth of a language directly depends on the literature produced in that language. However, the Internet has hindered the growth of Punjabi even as literature in the language is being churned out. Today’s generation is hooked to Internet and seldom spares time for reading books.

Chairs at the library in Punjabi Bhawan remain vacant for the better part of a day. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Youth for change in political system
With scams and incidents of crime hitting headlines almost every other day, functioning of governments in the state and at the Centre have become a topic of discussion. Ludhiana Tribune spoke to students in the city to get their viewpoint.

Food that brings good fortune
Ludhiana, January 29
Chinese restaurants will remain packed to capacity over the next few weeks. Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, will be celebrated on Friday (January 31), marking the start of the Year of the Wooden Horse. Chinese New Year 2014 is the 4711th year of the Chinese calendar.

Rustic reverie: An elderly pedals his way home after a long day. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

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Geraldine Dzeka adjudged best foreign student
Ludhiana January 29
Geraldine R Dzeka, a student of the PCTE-Institute of Pharmacy, has been conferred with the Best Foreign Student 2013 Award by the Punjab Technical University. The award was presented during a function organised to mark the 18th Foundation Day of the university.

12 shanties, over 35 shops pulled down
Ludhiana, January 29
The tehbazari wing of the civic body today removed encroachments from Vardhman Colony. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is to lay the foundation stone of a government hospital in Sector 32 (Vardhman Colony) on February 1. He may hold a public meeting too.

A structure being razed at Sector 32. Tribune photo: Himanshu mahajan

LETS reduces 5 per cent rate for water treatment
A special meeting of office-bearers of the Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society (LETS) was held with the JBR Technologies Private Limited, the operator of common effluent treatment plant functioning in Ludhiana. As the industry is passing through recession, LETS management impressed upon the operator to reduce the rate by minimum 15 per cent for treatment of effluent water.

One killed, 11 hurt as van carrying labourers overturns
Ludhiana, January 29
A migrant labourer was killed and 11 injured after a van ferrying labourers overturned on being hit by a pickup truck near Chandigarh Road today. The incident took place this morning when the labourers were comimg from Kohara to Ludhiana in a van. When they reached Bharomunna village, a pickup truck came from behind and hit the van while overtaking. Van driver Prem Singh lost control over the vehicle and it overturned.

MC finds out ways and means of saving power
Ludhiana, January 29
The Municipal Corporation will ask a Delhi-based company to replace 15,000 bulbs (streetlights) with light emitting diodes (LEDs) within a week. Though the city has 1 lakh points (streetlights), only 15,000 bulbs will be replaced.

Jhabewal case: Youth’s uncle backtracks
Ludhiana, January 29
The uncle of a 25- year- old youth, who was found dead yesterday, today backtracked from earlier his statement that his nephew was kidnapped and killed. The body of Sarabjit was found in the fields of Jhabewal village near Chandigarh road on Tuesday morning. The victim’s uncle Paramjit Singh had yesterday claimed that his nephew did not die a natural death and was killed. However, he did a volte face today after the autopsy report indicated that the death was caused due to strangulation. Meanwhile, the victim's father, Malkit Singh, stated to the police that his son had committed suicide at his aunt's house. — TNS

Demand for regularising MC staff working on DC rates
Ludhiana, January 29
Valmiki Sewak Sangh submitted a charter of demands to MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari here today. Members of the sangh said their long pending demands are yet to see the light of day. Sangh members said the MC must regularise employees working on DC rates. Members urged the authorities concerned to pay salaries to the safai sewaks on the first of every month. “The pay scales should also be raised,” said a member of the sewak sangh. While submitting the memorandum, the safai karamcharis said they should also be provided with safety kits. — TNS

Visually impaired to zoom through 20 cities
Ludhiana January 29
Round Table India and Ladies Circle India will organise the 'Blind Man Rally 2014' on February 2 from 9 am to 2 pm. The first rally was held in April last year. This year, it is being held in more than 20 cities across the country by Round Table India. "Anyone above 18 years of age and having a valid driving licence can participate. Visually impaired persons will navigate while participants will drive for two hours on a 40-km route," said Anand Gupta, chairman, Round Table India. — TNS


Cricket: KVM get better of PAU School
Ludhiana, January 29
Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM) trounced Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, by 186 runs during the Inter-School Tournament (U-16) for the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup at Nankana Sahib Public School.

It’s time for some action
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 29
Organisers of the Kilaraipur Rural Sports, popularly known as Mini Olympics, are busy making arrangements for the mega event commencing tomorrow. Sports enthusiasts have started arriving at Grewal Stadium. Bullock and dog owners are among those flocking to the stadium. Deepa, a resident of Lohgarh village, said he had brought his jockeys and bullocks to the stadium so that they could become familiar with the tracks.

Beant Kaur declared best athlete, Sunita best player
Ludhiana, January 29
Beant Kaur was adjudged the best athlete and Sunita was declared the best player of 2013-14 in the 71st annual athletics meet of the Government College for Girls that concluded today. Surjit Kaur Maluka and Satinder Kaur Bisla were the guests of honour at the prize distribution function. Gurminder Kaur, principal of the college, congratulated the winners. Former captain of the Indian women's hockey team and head of the physical education department proposed the vote of thanks.

Students take part in tug-of-war at the Government College for Girls in Ludhiana
on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma



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