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LIT under fire for unadjusted advances
Ludhiana, April 14
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has earned the wrath of the auditors from the Directorate of Local Fund Accounts, Punjab, for unadjusted advances worth about Rs 71.93 crore, some of which have not been reconciled for the past more than 30 years.

A devotee at Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Corporation sleeps over regularisation certificates
Ludhiana, April 14
Under the Punjab Apartment and Property Regularisation Act 1995, the last date for providing regularisation certificates to applicants is April 16 (for the state governments). There are around 20,000 applicants but only around 1,000 of them have been issued certificates so far.

UGC circular a bolt from the blue for new colleges
Ludhiana, April 14
The recent circular issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to the regional universities against opening new colleges in 2014-15 has come as a jolt to at least five such colleges in Punjab that are almost complete and are waiting for university affiliation.


Employees spin web of excuses to avoid poll duty
Ludhiana, April 14
Poll duties are no less than a "burden" for some employees. While some use their contacts with influential persons to avoid election duties, others make excuses, which are hardly defendable. An employee approached an officer at Mini-secretariat, with an excuse. "Madam, I am to get married. Kindly grant me exemption from poll duty," he told the officer. But when the officer asked him who were the persons (the names mentioned under “R.S.V.P.”) whom one could reply to with regard to the invitation, the employee simply said: "Pata nahin".
Illustration by: Sandeep Joshi

Head constable kidnapped, dumped for dead
Sahnewal, April 14
A Sahnewal police station head constable, Rakesh Kumar, was kidnapped and dumped near Bhairomunna village by his kidnappers on Saturday night. He was admitted to a hospital and was out of danger.

AAP worker attacked, hospitalised
Ludhiana, April 14
A worker of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Manpreet Singh, has alleged he was assaulted by persons owing allegiance to the BJP at Haibowal last night. Manpreet Singh, who was rushed to the Civil Hospital, lodged a complaint with the Division No. 4 police today. The Division No 4 SHO said the police had started investigation.

Aam Aadmi Party worker Manpreet Singh at the hospital. tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Man booked for rape
Ludhiana, April 14
The city police have booked a middle-aged man for raping a 15-year-old servant. The accused has been identified as Naveen Sharam of Gian Enclave, Pakhowal Road. The victim told the police that her mother worked as a domestic help and she used to assist her in the work. The incident took place on April 7 evening. Her mother did not accompany her to work. She said while she was returning home after work, the accused, Naveen Sharma, raped her. She reported the matter to the police and got a case registered. TNS

Youngsters open fire at Dhandri
Ludhiana, April 14
Panic spread in Dhandri and its surrounding areas after two motorcycle-borne youngsters opened fire at another youngster. Jeeti, who got married six days ago, said the motorcycle-borne youngsters stopped the bike close to him. The youth sitting pillion pulled out a weapon and fired two shots at him. Eyewitnesses said after firing the shots, the motorcycle-borne youngsters fled the scene. The police reached the spot and started investigation. TNS


Baisakhi Buzz

Prayers in progress at a gurdwara in Ludhiana on Monday.

Baisakhi fervour: Kids of Maple Bear Playway School celebrate Baisakhi amid wheat crops which is ready for harvest.

A worker prepares jalebis.

A child drinks sweetened milk. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana votes 2014
Kartar Singh sarabha still not a national martyr
Stir over status called off
Sarabha, April 14
Jasbir Singh Pamali, general secretary of the Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Naujwan Sabha, called off his hunger strike today. Seeking national martyr status for Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha, Jasbir had been on strike since last Wednesday. Jasbir said candidates contesting elections from the Ludhiana constituency assured him of fulfilling his demand after the formation of the government.

Support pours in for SAD candidate
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 14
Office-bearers and activists of 20 organisations of the town and surrounding areas announced to support SAD candidate from the Fatehgarh Sahib constituency Kulwant Singh. The announcement was made in response to an appeal made by Legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan during a function organised at Aggarwal Sadan, Hargobindpura village, last night.

Poll din on PAU campus
Ludhiana, April 14
As the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers' Association (PAUTA) elections round the corner, groups have started lobbying. Last year, the elections were held on April 30. This year, the poll will be held after May 15. Last time, Dr Harmeet Singh Kingra was elected the PAUTA president as he had defeated his rival Dr Mukesh Siag by 19 votes. Dr Kingra got 354 votes whereas Dr Mukesh Siag got 335 votes.

Electronic voting machines to be kept at farm varsity
Ludhiana, April 14
Security on the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus has been beefed up in view of the Lok Sabha elections. After the completion of voting, the electronic voting machines (EVMs) would be kept at the PAU and the counting of votes would also be done there.

An inspiration for many
Ludhiana, 14 April
Congress candidate for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat Ravneet Singh Bittu said Dr BR Ambedkar's vision had given a strong base to the country. "Dr Ambedkar has guided us to work for equality, secularism and integrity and every citizen of India has followed his thoughts," said Bittu.

Ludhiana scan
101 units of blood collected
As many as 101 units of blood were collected at a camp organised by Shri Guru Nanak Sewa Mission in association with the NGO Zindagi Live Foundation. The Mayor, Harcharan Singh Gohlawaria, inaugurated the blood donation camp and donated the vital fluid as well. The camp was held under the supervision of Dr Victor Masih and a team from Christian Medical College and Hospital. The Mayor appreciated the foundation for sponsoring the transfusion medicines and filters of 94 underprivileged thalassaemia patients. He was also all praises for mission for holding such camps.

From schools
Thanksgiving mass
Ludhiana: The ceremonial beginning of the golden jubilee year of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, kicked off at the school auditorium, where the staff and students gathered to offer prayers. The mass started with prayers by Rt Rev Dr Franco Mulukkal (bishop of Jalandhar diocese).

Students take part in an adventure activity at KVM City Campus in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Child trafficking
4-member SIT to probe case
Ludhiana, April 14
The police will investigate the alleged child trafficking case in which two Railway Protection Force (RPF) officers were booked for kidnapping a three-year-old girl. A four-member special investigation team (SIT), including Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police MS Dhesi, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Deepak Hillori, ACP Jaswinder Singh and in-charge CIA- II Rajesh Kumar, has been set up.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Jaswinder Singh, a member of the special investigation team, shows the picture of a missing girl at a press conference in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Heart diseases on the rise among rural population, says doc
Ludhiana, April 14
The urban-rural divide in the state is decreasing in terms of the incidence of lifestyle diseases. In Punjab, both rural and urban areas report a very high incidence of diabetes, high blood cholesterol level and obesity, says Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, head of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Christian Medical College and Hospital.

Paper on road safety a hit with students
Doraha, April 14
Students who appeared for the “environment education and road safety” paper conducted by Panjab University recently welcomed the component on road safety. They said preparing for the section made them aware of rules and regulations to be followed on roads.

Sickles fast becoming obsolete
Ludhiana, April 14
With the adoption of modern implements in agriculture, sickle is becoming obsolete during the harvesting season. Gone are the days when farmers used to buy sickles before Baisakhi to harvest the wheat crop.

Tax relief for partnership firms?
Ludhiana, April 14
In what could bring a major relief to partnership companies, the Income Tax Department is set to clarify that income of a firm that has been exempted from tax cannot be taxed for the profit credited to the firm’s partners.

New range of plywood
Ludhiana: Kamdhenu Ispat Limited, a TMT bars, structural steel and paint manufacturing company in India, has entered the Punjab market with its trademark Kamdhenu Plywood. Company director Sunil Agarwal said the fast growing state of Punjab had a huge demand for building and interior materials, and the company wanted to tap this market.

Floral tributes paid to Dr Ambedkar
Ludhiana, April 14
On the birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, Vishwa Guru Ravidass Mission organised a bicycle march today. The event aimed at apprising the poor of the right to vote. Chief Engineer, Powercom, Ludhiana, Rashpal Singh flagged off the rally.

Firing at food and supplies controller's office
Employees ask for security cover
Ludhiana, April 14
After two persons opened fire at the District Food and Civil Supplies Controller's office at Sarabha Nagar a few days ago, the staff want the department to step up security.

Exams postponed
Ludhiana April 14
The Controller of Examination, Panjab University, has postponed sociology, chemistry and law exams that were supposed to be held in the evening on April 16. Parminder Singh, Controller of Examination, Punjab University, Chandigarh, said:"The teaching staff will be busy rehearsing their poll duties on April 16. We requested the Election Commission to reschedule the rehearsal duty, but they refused to do so. We were left with no option, but to postpone the exams." The university has not announced the new dates. The new schedule will be announced in a day or two. — TNS


Cricket meet: Jawahar Coaching Centre win title clash
Ludhiana, April 14
Penetrative bowling by Lincon (5 for 13) and sensible batting by Vicky (42) enabled Jawahar Coaching Centre, Jalandhar, to script a five-wicket victory in the final against SDP Coaching Centre, Ludhiana, during the eighth Sanjeev Kaushik Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-16) at Bharat Box Factory cricket ground on Jail Road.



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