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MC removes encroachments
Ludhiana, February 7
A team of the tehbazari wing of the Municipal Corporation today cleared temporary encroachments in several localities, issued challans for goods stacked on the roadside and impounded vehicles for wrong parking and obstruction.

Firing incident
Councillor’s supporters give cops 48 hrs to arrest accused
Ludhiana, February 7
A day after the firing incident outside the office of Ward No. 16 councillor Radhe Krishan, his supporters gave a 48-hour deadline to the police for arresting the husband of a former woman councillor and his accomplices.

Supporters of the councillor hold a protest after the firing incident in Ludhiana on Thursday. A file photo


BSP protests against ‘lawlessness’, price rise
Ludhiana, February 7

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today held a protest march from Jagroan Bridge to the Mini-Secretariat against the "anti-people polices" of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and the SAD-BJP government in Punjab.

BSP activists hold a protest at the Mini-Secretariat in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Poisonous fodder leaves 10 head of cattle dead
Ludhiana, February 7
Ten head of cattle died after reportedly consuming poisonous fodder at Purni Gaushala near the Division No. 3 area here this evening. Giving details about the incident, Sham Lal Sapra, coordinator of the gaushala, said the incident came to light at around 6.30 pm when the caretaker saw the cattle collapsing.

90-year-old Azad Hind Fauj veteran in penury
Ludhiana, February 7
Sitting on a chair at a general store near Government Senior Secondary School, Dholewal, 90-year-old Azad Hind Fauj veteran Narender Singh, who now lives in penury, recalls his good old days. "I was a soldier in the Azad Hind Fauj under Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. My number was 77986." Once a proud soldier of the Azad Hind Fauj, Narender Singh is now at the mercy of residents of Dholewal as there is none from his family to take care of him. He has been staying at Government Senior Secondary School, Dholewal, since 1950. He usually spends his day at the general store near the school.

Staff of TB, AIDS wings call off strike
Ludhiana, February 7
The Ludhiana TB Employees and AIDS Control Employees Welfare Association called off its strike after an assurance was given to it that its demands would be met. While employees of the AIDS wing have called off their strike till February 12, employees of the TB wing have given the authorities time till February 28 to fulfil their demands.

I-T Department surveys 3 firms
Ludhiana, February 7
The Income Tax Department conducted surveys of three firms in the city. The surveys were conducted on the directions of Income Tax Commissioner Binod Kumar under the supervision of Additional Commissioner, Range V, IPS Bindra. The firms surveyed deal in tools, mobile towers and real estate. Teams of the Income Tax Department surveyed two premises of Formative Engineering Company located at Sua Road and Kanganwal Road. The other two firms which were surveyed were Namdhari Industrial Traders and Sun View. No details were available regarding the findings of the teams during the surveys. TNS

Grant for Sahnewal
Sahnewal, February 7
The PWD Minister, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, announced grants worth 7.25 crore for the pending projects at Sahnewal today. At a function organised at Gurdwara Reru Sahib, Dhillon announced a grant of Rs 5 crore for the pending sewerage work. “The rest of the amount will be used to improve the roads of the town,” the minister said. — TNS


Online admit cards
Poor server mars PSEB initiative
Ludhiana, February 7
The initiative of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) to provide relief to students and school managements by issuing online roll numbers proved to be a damp squib. The server remains busy for most of the time and the school managements fail to download the roll numbers of the students.

Orientation programme
Ludhiana: To motivate National Cadet Corps volunteers towards joining the defence forces, No.4 Pb Air Sqn NCC organised a lecture-cum-orientation class for the SSB interviews. Over 50 cadets, including 24 girls, attended the session at the unit office in Sarabha Nagar. Enthusiastic and inquisitive cadets interacted with the guest speaker, Wing Commander Chauhan, education officer at the Air Force Station, Halwara.

From schools
Rangoli competition
Ludhiana: A rangoli-making competition was organised for the primary wing students of GNPS, Model Town. Students made beautiful patterns based on different themes. Headmistress Dr Harjit K Dua said such competitions helped in developing students’ aesthetic skills.

Science and technology entrepreneurs’ park
Free courses attract youth
Ludhiana, February 7
Youths are heading to the Science and Technology Entrepreneurs’ Park on Gill Road to get enrolled on various free courses started under the National Skill Development Programme. Courses, which cover various sectors such as business process outsourcing, information technology and retail, are open to those who have completed matriculation, said Puneet Singh, head of IT department and consultancy coordinator.

Students attend a class at the Science and Technology Entrepreneurs’ Park on Gill Road in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana scan
Medical camp
Ludhiana: Ludhiana Mediways Hospital organised a free multi-specialty medical check-up and awareness camp at Gurudwara Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha, Barewal on Friday. More than 200 patients were provided free consultation by a team of medical experts. The patients also availed benefit of free sugar and BP tests.

Members of the Contract Multipurpose Health Workers Union hold a protest outside the Civil Surgeon’s office in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Motion IIT-JEE to launch its first centre in city
While evaluating local educational trends in Punjab, Motion IIT-JEE is going to launch its first centre in Ludhiana. According to company executives Motion IIT-JEE will hold bi-yearly baseline talent search examination at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Director Achint Goel said the students could come directly to the venue on February 9 to give the exam and to avail the scholarship worth Rs 1 crore.

Artscape 2014: A delight for the senses
Ludhiana, February 7
A five-day art exhibition, titled 'Artscape 2014', began today at MS Randhawa Art Gallery in Punjabi Bhawan. Organised by Kalpana Fine Art Society, the event is exhibiting works of 22 artists from the city. Artists from all walks of life, including students, pensioners, homemakers and freelancers, are displaying three to four paintings on different issues.

GCG hosts inter-college competition
Ludhiana, February 7
An inter-college competition was held by the department of fine art at the Government College for Girls. The function was presided over by the principal, Gurminder Kaur.

Suspected swine flu case reported
Ludhiana, February 7
One more suspected case of seine flu has been reported in Ludhiana. His blood sample has been sent to the PGI, Chandigarh. "The swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious. The best way to protect oneself from this flu is to take precautions and maintain proper hygiene," said Dr Gautam Aggarwal from SPS Apollo Hospital. Dr Aggarwal said washing hands frequently and properly was the best way to prevent the spread of infections. One should use a tissue while sneezing.

Different strokes: For the love of art
Ludhiana, February 7
Fazluddin, or Baba, as he prefers to be called, moves places selling paint brushes to fine art students and artists. A former government auctioneer based in Delhi, Fazluddin has his brushes on display at Punjabi Bhawan, where an art exhibition is being organised.

Fazluddin with his paint brushes at Punjabi Bhawan

Minister lays foundation stone of animal dispensary at Khanna
Khanna, February 7
Animal Husbandry Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike along with Ranjit Singh Talwandi today laid the foundation stone of block-level animal dispensary building at Khanna to be constructed at the cost of Rs 60 lakh. Ranike stated that the dispensary would have facilities such as x-ray and scanning machine for animals.

PRTC pensioners hold protest
Ludhiana, February 7
Pensioners of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) organised a rally against the state government as well as the PRTC here today. Pensioners said they had not received pension for the last two months and even the arrears were pending.

Pensioners of the PRTC hold a rally against the state government in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Cloudy weather to continue, sunny days after Feb 10
Ludhiana, February 7
The cloudy weather would continue and there is also a chance of thundershowers in the city in the next 24 hours. Weather experts at Punjab Agricultural University have said the city residents would enjoy sunny days only after February 10. Even the maximum temperature is likely to go up by a few degrees after February 10.

Police crack whip on traffic violators
Ludhiana, February 7
The city police today challaned motorists for installing black films on their vehicle’s windowpanes besides designation plates on the bumpers of their vehicles.

A drive against designation plates and black films in progress at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photographs

Iron and steel traders flay new policy
Ludhiana, February 7
A large number of iron and steel traders, led by Maninder Pal Singh, president of the Ludhiana Beopar Mandal, burnt an effigy of the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, at Loha Mandi on Gill Road. The traders also shouted slogans against the sales tax authorities for non-payment of input tax credit. Maninder said the new policy of the Sales Tax Department was unclear and not acceptable at any cost. It will ruin the small traders, he added. "The officers of the departments concerned should understand the reality before forming a new policy. If the government will not take the policy back within the next seven days, then the traders will intensify their protest," he added. TNS


Two proclaimed offenders arrested
Ludhiana, February 7
The police have nabbed two proclaimed offenders who were wanted by the Uttar Pradesh and Sahnewal police. They have been identified as Sunil Kumar from Ittawala Chowk in Shimlapuri and Bachitter Kumar, alias Natta, from Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Two proclaimed offenders in police custody on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

1 held with 8 gm of heroin
Jagraon, February 7
The Jagraon police have arrested an alleged drug peddler and have seized 8 gm of heroin from him possession. The accused has been identified as Jagdeep Singh alias Deepa, a resident of Sherpur Kalan village near Jagraon.


Nav Bharti lads lift basketball title
Ludhiana, February 7
Nav Bharti Public School of Ludhiana (Sr) in the boys’ section and Government Senior Secondary School, Mall Road, Amritsar, in the girls’ section emerged champions in the BFI-IMG Reliance Punjab Schools Basketball League that concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Agricultural varsity all set for college basketball league
Ludhiana, February 7
The city is all set to organise the BFI-IMG Reliance College Basketball League, which would kick start at the basketball courts, Punjab Agricultural University, tomorrow. A total of 20 teams, 10 each in the men and women's category, would participate in this league, which would end on March 15.

School holds athletics meet
Ludhiana, February 7
The annual athletics meet was organised at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, here today. A large number of boys and girls from the primary wing competed in different sports events and fun games. Advocate BD Arora was the chief guest at the prize-distribution function. He gave away medals to the position holders. — OSR



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