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Finally, residents reach ashore
Ludhiana, February 11
Much to the relief of the residents of five colonies developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), the Punjab Government has decided to reverse the transfer of the colonies to the Municipal Corporation. The Local Government Department, Punjab, through its memo number 14/70/2013-3LG dated January 24, 2014, informed the MC Commissioner that resolution number 35 dated March 12, 2013, (in respect of taking control over LIT colonies) had been cancelled.

16 persons fined under Tobacco Act
Ludhiana, February 11
The district Health Department fined 16 persons for smoking in public place in the city today. A file of Rs 1,510 was collected from persons who were spotted smoking in Civil Lines, Transport Nagar and Samrala Chowk. A city-based oncologist said: “Tobacco kills more than five million people every year worldwide and one out of 10 tobacco-related deaths are due to passive smoking.”


Bank strike cripples industry
February 11, 2014
Fire breaks out at Silver Arc Mall
February 10, 2014
MC plans 4 parking lots
February 9, 2014
MC removes encroachments
February 8, 2014
F&CC clears key matters
February 7, 2014
Snatchers’ gang busted
February 6, 2014
PAU don put on notice
February 5, 2014
TB, AIDS patients at receiving end
February 4, 2014
58 teachers arrested
February 3, 2014
Man dies of ‘cold’ near night shelter
February 2, 2014
Iron hand in velvet glove
February 1, 2014

Banking operations hit
Ludhiana, February 11
Bankers' strike had a crippling effect on the city. With automated teller machines (ATMs) running out of cash, residents had to face a tough time. Office-bearers of the United Form of Bank Unions said 80 per cent of the ATMs were without cash in the city. Bank employees stocked the money machines on Saturday. Manjeet Singh Jaggi, district manager, Lead Bank, said the two-day strike had hit banking operations as 1.60 lakh cheques worth Rs 2,500 crore could not be cleared.

A customer reads a notice pasted outside a bank. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

3 bidders willing to 8-lane Ferozepur Road
Ludhiana, February 11
Three bidders have shown interest in undertaking the project to eight-lane Ferozepur Road. The companies are Simplex Constructions, Navyug Constructions and Seagle India. The bidders reportedly kept certain conditions before the civic body.

Kisan Sabha stages dharna
Ludhiana, February 11
Activists of the district unit of All-India Kisan Sabha, farmers, farm workers and members of other working classes today staged a dharna at Mini-Secretariat to press for their demands.

17-year-old girl dies as scooter falls into canal
Ludhiana, February 11
A 17-year-old girl drowned, while two of her friends suffered injuries, after their scooter fell into a canal at Hambran village yesterday. Gurbir Kaur, the only child of her parents, was cremated today.

Man dies following surgery
Ludhiana, February 11
The relatives of 45-year-old ASI Avneesh Kumar, who died following a heart surgery in Sobti Hospital last night, blocked Rajpura Road near DMC Hospital. They held a protest demanding the registration of a criminal case against two doctors.

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LPG consumers at receiving end
Ludhiana, February 11
In the absence of any official circular telling the residents that no linkage using Aadhaar card was required to get a subsidised LPG cylinder, the gas agencies have not yet amended their rules and it is the customers who are at the receiving end. The price of a non-subsidised cylinder in February is Rs 1,203, including VAT, while it was Rs 1,310 in January.

There are about 9.5 lakh LPG customers in Ludhiana out of which only 45 to 46 per cent have got their Aadhaar cards linked to banks. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Orders issued
The Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Baldev Singh Dhillon, has ordered not to construct any new building or renovate an old building within the circumference of 1,000 square yards of the Ammunition Depot, Baddowal Army. The orders, issued under Section 144 of CrPC, will be effective till April 10.

A volunteer donates blood at a camp in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Kitty parties go ‘unisex’
Ludhiana, February 11
The kitty party culture has always been a rage among women. Breaking the stereotype, even men anticipate the occasion eagerly now. The general name used for pooling in money is usually called ‘committee’ and men have been pooling in money since years, but now they prefer to term the practice as ‘kitty party’.

Strengthening of tributaries will benefit farmers: Deputy CM
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 11
The Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal, said renovation and strengthening of tributaries in the region would benefit thousands of cultivators of the Malwa region, without affecting underground water resources.

V-Day mania grips city residents
Ludhiana, February 11
With the onset of the Valentine week, it has become difficult to escape the mania that has gripped the city. From hearts and roses to teddy bears all are available in the market or is just a click away. Not only the youth, but even the middle-aged people and elderly too are being targeted by the market. “These ‘symbols’ of Valentine’s Day are ubiquitous and hard to resist,” says Anita, a resident. “Even though we don't particularly celebrate the day, but my husband and I end up celebrating it to some extent by shopping some articles for each other,” she says.

Day of love to be warm this year
Ludhiana, February 11
City residents would celebrate a shiny Valentines’ Day this time as the weather experts say that sunny days would continue till February 14 at least. They informed that there would also be an increase in the day temperature. With the sun shining bright today, it was after several days that the residents have got respite from the clouds and thunder showers.

Anti-encroachment case
MC chief told to appear in court
Ludhiana, February 11
In a contempt of court proceedings related to an anti-encroachment case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Commissioner of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) to appear before it with relevant records during the next hearing.

Awareness camp
Ludhiana: Under the guidance of Dr Manohar Singh Saini, director, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, an Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp (EAC) is being organised at Science and Technology Entrepreneurs' Park (STEP), a sister concern of GNDEC from February 11 to 13. During the camp, students will interact with prominent personalities from the field of IT and Entrepreneurship.

President of SIFT Anjali Avasti introduces short-term courses in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Students attend United Nations conference
A team of BCM Arya School, including five students and one faculty advisor, visited the US to participate in the Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) Conference which brought together more than 3,000 students from 200 schools and 36 countries to grapple with the issues of serious international import. BCM Arya was the only school from Punjab, India, to participate in the four-day conference.

Students of BCM Arya School in a jubilant mood after being honoured by the school management in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

30 farmers attend course
The Directorate of Extension Education of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised a training course on 'Production of cereal crops and their processing' for the farmers of Bihar. About 30 farmers participated in the course, held under the guidance of Dr HS Dhaliwal, dean, College of Agriculture and Director of Extension Education, PAU. The course coordinator, Dr TS Riar said the trainees were educated about food production and its management.

People unaware of procedure
Ludhiana, February 11
The Lok Sabha elections are on the anvil. People, whose constituency changed due to one reason or the other, do not know how to get their votes prepared in the new constituency. Narayan Singh, a resident of Dugri, said, “I have been running from pillar to post to get my daughter-in-law’s vote made here. But no one has guided me properly. I got it done after putting in efforts for many days.”

Tributes paid to Khanna shootout victim at Goslan
Khanna, February 11
Tributes were paid to Kulwinder Singh Kala at Goslan village. Kala had died in a shootout at Khanna recently. A large number of people, including youths from the area and political leaders, attended the bhog ceremony amidst heavy police force. Samrala SHO was also present on the occasion.

District Red Cross team meets ex-soldier
Ludhiana, February 11
A team of District Red Cross Society and deputy director Sainik Bhalai Board visited Narender Singh, an ex-Army man and a soldier of Azad Hind Fauj, at Government Senior Secondary School, Dholewal.

Pollution control officials visit city
Ludhiana, February 11
A team of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is in city for collecting the samples of water and air. The team has been taking the samples from various areas of the city and its outskirts. The team will stay for three weeks in city and will submit the report of samples after three months.

NGO felicitates environmentalist
Ludhiana, February 11
Manav Vidyak Mission, a non-governmental organisation, today honoured Dr Arvind Kaur Walia during the Basant celebrations of Manav Vidya Mandir, Bet area.

Robbery: Police groping in the dark
Ludhiana, February 11
The police have failed to make headway in the Rs 15.9 lakh robbery case. A forex trader, Deepak Kumar, was shot at and robbed of Rs 15.9 lakh when he was returning home in Mullanpur on Monday evening.

Schools, Civil Hospital get grant from govt
Ludhiana, February 11
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal dispatched financial assistance for the up-gradation of schools and hospital infrastructure, where he visited last week. Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, said the CM made a visit to PAU along with other schools located at Haibowal Kalan, Cemetary Road and Model Town.

School accused of fraud
Ludhiana, February 11
High drama took place when students of DD Jain College for Girls along with their parents reached Division Number 2 police station and demanded the registration of a case against the head of the Computer Department.

21 food samples collected
Ludhiana, February 11
The Health Department today collected 21 food samples from different parts of the city. Following a number of complaints, a team comprising four food safety officers under the supervision of District Health Officer Avinash Kumar collected samples of gram, flour, black gram and sambar from Rakh Bagh. Samples of pulses and gravy were collected from Hambran Road while samples of papaya and banana were taken from New Sabzi Mandi. The teams also collected samples of chocolate, chana dal, moong dal, rice, kabuli chana and soft drinks from shops at Pakhowal Road. The samples collected will be sent to the food laboratory in Chandigarh. TNS

I-T surveys at 5 firms
Ludhiana, February 11
The Income Tax Department conducted surveys of five firms in the city today. The surveys were conducted on the directions of BB Nanavati, Commissioner of Income Tax I, under the supervision of Vivek Aggarwal, Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, Range III. The surveys were conducted at Lovely Garments, Sunidhi Garments at Bahadur-ke-Road, Jain Group, Luxmi Synthetics at Shuvpuri and Hem Hosiery at Noorwala Road. All these firms deal in hosiery, garment and dyeing. Balance sheets and computer records were checked by the surveying team. The surveys were still on till the filing if the report. TNS

Safai sewaks’ strike enters second day
Mandi Ahmedgarh: Continuing their strike for the second day, office-bearers and activists of Safai Mazdoor Union held a protest march here. Members of other allied unions supported their protest. Bharat Bhusan and Roop Lal Kalyan, office-bearers of the union, alleged Administration inaction in implementing their already accepted demands. Ajay, Baljinder, Shital, Ashok, Manjit Singh, Hari Chand and Mohammad led the protesters. — OC




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