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58 teachers arrested
Ludhiana, February 2
The police arrested 58 teachers, including six women, during a peaceful protest at the grain market on the Jalandhar bypass today.

Members of the SSA/RMSA Teachers Union raise slogans against the state government during a protest at the grain market on the Jalandhar bypass in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Rail passengers face weather blues
Ludhiana, February 2
With the weather showing no signs of let-up in the region and trains continuing their erratic schedule, travel on long-route trains, including the New Delhi-Ludhiana-Amritsar train, has become a nightmare for passengers. Passengers on the New Delhi-Ludhiana-Amritsar route were at the receiving end as most trains on this section were running behind schedule by more than four hours.


4 killed in accidents; 2 commit suicide
Ludhiana, February 2
Six persons lost their lives in separate incidents in different parts of the city today. While four persons, including two women and a child, were killed in road accidents, two persons committed suicide. Three persons, including a child, were killed while three others were injured when the two motorcycles they were travelling on collided head-on with a water tanker on South City Road near Sukhmani Enclave here today.

Lok sabha elections
Major reshuffle on cards in civic body
Ludhiana, February 2
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is expected to see a major reshuffle in the next few days. In view of the Lok Sabha elections, directions have been issued by the Election Commission stating that any officer who has stayed in a district for more than three years and directly or indirectly influences the election procedure needs to be changed at the earliest.

Youth shot dead in Khanna
Khanna, February 2
Old rivalry between two groups of youths turned bloody when a youth was shot dead and another injured seriously in a firing incident at Malerkotla Chowk in Khanna this evening.

Police officials examine the crime spot in Khanna. A Tribune photo

Tewari: Govt diverting funds meant for city
Ludhiana, February 2
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister and Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari today accused the ruling Akali-BJP government in the state of ignoring Ludhiana and diverting development funds from the city to other places. Addressing a public meeting at Haibowal, organised by local councillor Hemraj Aggarwal here today, Tewari said the state government was "indifferent" to the city and "hostile" to the areas represented by the Congress.

Day after, boy's death still a mystery
Ludhiana, February 2
A day after the body of a five-year-old boy was recovered from near a drain in the Kashmir Nagar area, the police have failed to make any headway in the case. The boy, who is yet to be identified and was wearing only a red cap, was found dead yesterday afternoon.


Better Ludhiana: Traffic-I
Admn’s flaws leading to traffic chaos
Ludhiana, February 2
Probably the administration and the traffic police seem to have given up on controlling the traffic chaos which has become a bane for the city. Day in and day out, the city stands stranded at the same bottlenecks, but there seems to be no way out and no escape from the traffic-jam conundrum.

The traffic situation is worse on the roads leading to hospitals in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Sometimes it’s all about money, honey!
It is an era of competition. Earlier going for tuition classes was a taboo for students, but today the scenario is entirely different. Now only studious and rich students can afford to attend tuitions and the tuition centres too hold entrance tests before admitting students.

Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Issuing notification
NRHM docs await notification, blame state government
Ludhiana, February 2
The homeopath and ayurvedic doctors, working under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), are still awaiting a written notification from the state government. The state government had assured the doctors that they will be conducting surveys under Rashtriya Baal Swasthaya Karyakaram (RSBK) for three days and for the remaining days they will be in their OPDs.

State BJP president’s rendezvous with his Facebook friends
Ludhiana, February 2
The issue of factionalism within the BJP cropped up in the face-to-face interaction of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Kamal Sharma with his Facebook friends, in Ludhiana, on Sunday evening. Sharma, while admitting that sometimes there's a clash of ambitions when people work together, claimed that not even a single rebel from the BJP had contested in the Assembly polls in Punjab. “The BJP is in a much better position as compared to other political parties. If there are any differences within the party, we will try to resolve them,” said Sharma.

Anti-Sikh riots
Protest outside Congress Bhawan
Ludhiana, February 2
The 1984 Sikh Katleam Peerat Welfare Society today held protest against the Congress leaders, Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Jagdish Tytlor and Sajjan Kumar in front of the Congress Bhawan. The protesters also burnt their effigies and disrupted the traffic flow.

Protesters burn effigies of Congress leaders outside Congress Bhawan. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Kejriwal should focus on fulfilling promises, says Kamal Sharma
Ludhiana, February 2
Refusing to comment on Delhi Chief Minister (CM) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal's list of corrupt politicians, State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Kamal Sharma today said the AAP had a fractured mandate in Delhi polls and that the Delhi CM should focus on fulfilling the promises made to the electorate.

AIDS-affected couple ties knot
Khanna, February 2
Showing a new ray of hope to the AIDS affected people, a couple, suffering from AIDS, got married at Khanna today. The couple, who reportedly met at a clinic in Ludhiana about two years ago during their treatment, started liking each other and finally took the decision to get married. The youth belongs to Moga while the woman, who belonged to Nawanshahr was married at Khanna. She got herself affected from her husband, who died of AIDS sometime ago. The woman has two children from her first marriage.

transferring male staff
Teachers’ unions flay govt policy
Ludhiana, February 2
Teacher unions have demanded an implementation of concrete policy for taking decisions on sensitive issues such as shifting of male teachers from girl’s school. Representatives of teachers’ unions alleged that every education minister imposes his personal decisions on teachers and such decision often changes with the appointment of new education minister.

Dr Dosanjh gets Randhawa memorial award
Ludhiana, February 2
Dr SS Dosanjh was bestowed with Dr Mahinder Singh Randhawa Memorial Award on his 75th birth anniversary by Kaumi Sahit te Kala Parishad at Punjabi Bhawan yesterday.

land auction
Commissioner told to hold probe, submit report in 15 days
Ludhiana, February 2
Anil Joshi, Minister, Local Bodies, Punjab, has asked Rahul Tiwari, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, to inquire into the auction of 4,000 square yards land in Amritsar and purchase of diesel for MC vehicles from a particular petrol pump by the Municipa Corporation. Tiwari has been asked to submit the detailed report within 15 days.

Ekta Manch activists block rail track over demands
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 2
To impress upon the authorities in the administration to accept their long-pending demands, activists and office-bearers of the Ahmedgarh Ekta Manch organised a dharna at the local railway station on the Ludhiana-Dhuri line here today.

Protesters stage a dharna at the local railway station in Mandi Ahmedgarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

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Traders up in arms against Excise and Taxation Department’s policy
Ludhiana, February 2
Industry is up in arms against the latest notification issued by the Excise and Taxation Department regarding iron and steel. Industrialists have termed the notification illegal and have decided to move High Court in this regard.

School compiles book on lesser-known facts
Ludhiana, February 2
Students and staff of DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, have compiled some facts about the India in a book titled, ‘It happens only in "My" India’'. Principal of the school Yogesh Gambhir said, “We exhorted our students and teachers to go ahead with the book, in order to acquaint masses with lesser known facts about the country.”

Petrol siphoned off from parked motorbikes
Ludhiana, February 2
A group of eight pilgrims from Amritsar faced a tough time visiting the historical gurdwara at Alamgir. During their visit, some persons allegedly siphoned the petrol from their motorcycles and also stole other accessories. An official from the gurdwara claimed that he was unaware about the incident.

Over 100 cars take part in rally
Ludhiana, February 2
Supporting the educational cause, NGOs Round Table India and Ladies Circle India organised the 2nd Blind Car Rally at South City today. More than 100 cars participated in the event. This car rally was flagged off by social activist Deepika Bhalla.

Participants during the car rally in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Himansu Mahajan

Minister gives away prizes
Kila Raipur, February 2
Union Minister of Broadcasting Manish Tewari and Food and Supply Minister, Punjab, Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, gave away the prizes to the winners of various events on the concluding day of Kila Raipur Sports Festival.

Police release 25 activists of TET teachers’ union
Ludhiana, February 2
The city police released 25 activists of Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) Passed Unemployed Teachers Union here today. The unemployed unionists were arrested on January 26 for disrupting the Republic Day celebrations in the city.

SBP holds 1st Zonal Athletics Meet
Ludhiana, February 2
State Bank of Patiala, Ludhiana Zone, held its 1st Zonal Sports/Athletic Meet today at Shastri Badminton Hall (Guru Nanak Stadium), here today. Pukhraj Kanther, chief general manager (CB), was the chief guest on the occasion. More than 200 bank employees and their wards participated in various events such Badminton, Table Tennis, Carrom, Races, etc. While welcoming the participants and other distinguished guests, Rajeev Kumar Sharma, deputy general manager, Ludhiana Zone, said games play a vital role in everybody’s life. “Besides keeping us healthy, games freshen up our mind and soul,” he said. TNS

DCC condemns ‘hooliganism’
Ludhiana, February 2
The Ludhiana District Congress Committee (DCC) today condemned the acts of ‘hooliganism’ committed by certain people in the party office today. The DCC president, Pawan Dewan, local MLA, former minister Rakesh Pandey and local councillor Parminder criticised the alleged indifferent attitude of the police and demanded strict action against the culprits. — TNS

Arora Mahasabha holds meeting
Ludhiana, February 2
Arora Mahasabha, Punjab, held a meeting at Circuit House under the presidentship of Diwan Amit Arora, here today. While addressing the meeting, Amit Arora said the aim of Mahasabha is to make the youth capable of fighting against injustice in the society. Ravinder Arora, co-convener of the state-level mahasabha, reviewed the district's social and political scenario. During the meeting of political affairs in the evening, Representatives of different organisations were also honoured. — TNS

Ravinder Arora, co-convener of the state-level mahasabha, addresses the gathering during the meeting at Circuit House in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


SHOW OF GRIT: The differently abled take part in the tricycle race during the 78th Sports Festival at Kila Raipur on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Kila Raipur games
Baton in hands of 3rd-gen organisers
Kila Raipur, February 2
It is the third-generation commitment at Grewal Sports Stadium here when it comes to making arrangements to ensure that Kila Raipur Rural Sports Festival is a success. The present generation includes teenagers, who were seen extending hospitality to special guests and facilitating ceremonies performed during the sports fest.

Kila Raipur sports fest ends on a vibrant note
Kila Raipur, February 2
A sparkling show of talent, guts and hard work, both in traditional and conventional sports, at the Kila Raipur Rural Sports Festival ended a with great pomp and show at Grewal Sports Stadium here today.

(Clockwise from top left) Gurmeet Singh lifts a bicycle with his teeth at the 78th Rural Sports Festival at Kila Raipur on Sunday; veteran athletes take part in the 100 m race; artistes perform bhangra at the concluding ceremony; and foreigners capture moments during various events. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

International twist to national fest
Kila Raipur, February 2
The 78th edition of sports festival at Kila Raipur witnessed huge participation not only from across the nation but also from all over the world with foreign tourists attending the function in large numbers and cherishing every moment of it. Also, foreign media was seen capturing moments at the 78-year-old sports festival, the main attraction of which was the bullock cart race.

Mini-marathon kicks off
Ludhiana, February 2
A mini-marathon was organised by Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust, here today. In the marathon, hundreds of students aged above 14 years from 30 schools and colleges participated. Pargat Singh, director (Sports), Punjab, flagged off the mini marathon and he was joined by MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, Punjabi singer Sukhwinder Sukhi and TV artist Poonam Sood. — TNS

Students take part in the mini-marathon in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Himansu Mahajan



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