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It’s peanuts, say poll duty officers
Ludhiana, May 4
Remuneration to be paid to the sector officers, Zonal Magistrates and Income Tax Inspectors deployed on election duty is far less than what is paid to presiding officers, counting supervisors, polling officers, counting assistants and Class IV staff. There is resentment among officers due to this anomaly.

Thumping win for Dr Sirsa in Sahit Akademi elections
Ludhiana, May 4
Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa defeated his rival, Dr Tejwant Singh Mann, to become the president of the Punjabi Sahit Akademi here today. Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa polled 602 votes out of a total of 846 votes in the akademi elections held at Punjabi Bhawan. Dr Sirsa has won by a margin of 369 votes as his rival polled only 233 votes. Eleven votes were cancelled by the returning officer, Dr Surjit Singh Gill.


ACP gives in-laws clean chit in dowry case
Ludhiana, May 4
The Assistant Commissioner of Police (North) has given a "clean-chit" to a couple from Durgapuri, Haibowal, against whom a case of dowry was registered by the Women Cell on a complaint of their daughter-in-law. The inquiry report submitted by the ACP to the Commissioner Police was procured under the Right to Information Act.

No check on sale of cut fruits, juice in unhygienic conditions
Ludhiana, May 4
Sale of cut fruits and sugarcane juice extracted in unhygienic conditions continues even as cases of diarrhoea are being reported across the city.

Sugarcane juice being extracted in unhygenic conditions; and (right) a vendor sells cut fruits in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet verma

Stubble burning goes on unchecked in region
Jagraon, May 4
Despite a strict ban imposed by the administration on the burning of wheat stubble and repeated appeals by the government and non-governmental organisations to the farming community to avoid it, the practice has been going on unabated. With the harvesting of wheat crop almost complete, farmers are busy preparing their fields for next crop.

A charred field after a fire broke out at Chaunkiman village, near Jagraon, on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Tyres stolen from car at Model Town
Ludhiana, May 4
Parking car even outside your own house is not safe. Thieves stole the tyres of a car parked outside a house in the Model Town area last night. A case has been registered at the Police Chowki, near Bus Stand.

The owner with the car sans wheels in the Model Town area. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Gang of thieves busted
Ludhiana, May 4
The Salem Tabri police claim to have busted a gang of five thieves who were involved in several incidents of theft and snatching in the city. A case under sections 380, 382 and 411 has been registered against them at the Salem Tabri police station.


Poll: Festival of democracy ends
It was on April 30 when the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency was humming with a lot of activity. From voters to election staff all remained enthusiastic till polling. Throughout the day, the polling stations remained overcrowded with people from all age groups. And as the polling concluded, a senior citizen standing near a polling booth said, “The festival of democracy is over, so there is pin drop silence now.”

A child dons a cap of the AAP to protect himself from the sun. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

From schools
Ludhiana: A cultural programme titled ‘Kafila-e-Jashan’ was organised by students of Class III at BCM School, Dugri. Amrita Mangat, consultant, Canadian Universities, was the chief guest on the occasion. Talent was unleashed on the stage through performances such as rock on, sufiana, pyaari betiyan, nazaaron and daastaan-e-sipahi highlighting the numerous issues prevalent in the society and depicting distinct cultures followed by a fashion show. Principal Dr Vandna Shahi appreciated the efforts of the students and teachers.

(Clockwise from top left) A student speaks during an inter-school declamation contest at Nehru Sidhant Kendra; and students perform cultural items during an annual prize-distribution function at Kundan Vidya Mandir. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana Scan
World Asthma Day
To mark World Asthma Day on May 6, the local Civil Hospital will be organising events with a common theme ‘You Can Control Your Asthma’. An interactive session with asthmatic students and their parents will be held at DAV Public School from 8.30am to 9.30am and a workshop on the Drug delivery system in asthmatic children will be held at Civil Hospital. Rajinder Gulati, peadiatrician, Civil Hospital, will be the speaker on the occasion.

Lok Sabha elections over, voters feel ignored
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 4
Voters, who happened to receive rich hospitality from supporters and followers of various Lok Sabha candidates till the day of polling on last Wednesday, have started feeling ignored after the mega event. Contrary to earlier tendency when candidates and their supporters invited them to parties and made every effort to appease voters, they (candidates and supporters) try their best to avoid the public.

from colleges
Annual convocation held
Ludhiana: The 14th Annual convocation of the Partap College of Education held in Ludhiana on Sunday. Dr SS Johl, Chancellor, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, was the chief guest. Principal Dr Balwant Singh read out the annual report of the college highlighting the academics and cultural achievements during the session.

Students in a jubilant mood after receiving their degrees during the 14th annual convocation at the Partap College of Education in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Drizzle brings down temperature
Ludhiana, May 4
Residents were in for a pleasant surprise as drizzle in various parts of the city brought down the mercury this evening. While people used umbrellas to save themselves from the sun during the day, in the evening they put these devices to a different use: fending off rain.

Girls cover their faces and take refuge under an umbrella during a hot Sunday afternoon. Light showers in the evening brought some respite to residents in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

UK-based Punjabi scholar’s works published in Queen’s language
Ludhiana, May 4
Two books were released by Punjabi Sabhyachar Akademi at Punjabi Bhawan, Ludhiana, last evening. Dr Pritam Singh Kambo, an eminent Punjabi scholar from the UK, published the English translations of his acclaimed Punjabi works.

Principal Prem Singh Bajaj (second from right) releases the translations of the books penned by Dr Pritam Singh Kambo. A Tribune photograph

Beware of testosterone supplements; consult your doctor first
Ludhiana, May 4
Men who take testosterone supplements may be putting themselves at increased risk of death, stroke and heart attack besides a decreased sperm count. The issue of misuse of testosterone supplements by the youth was raised by Dr Rupin Shah, consultant andrologist at Mumbai-based Lilavati Hospital, during a recently held international conference at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Care for birds this season
Ludhiana, May 4
Soaring mercury wreaks havoc with birds in summers. To ensure these feathered creatures don’t fall sick this season, various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are distributing earthen bowls that need to be filled with water and kept in the open for the birds to consume enough fluids.

Office-bearers of CAPE India distribute earthen bowls and bird feed in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet verma

Punjab fast emerging as heart disease capital of nation: Expert
Ludhiana, May 4
Punjab is fast emerging as the heart disease capital of the nation. Intervention cardiologist Dr TS Kler, a Padma Bhushan awardee, made this observation while talking to mediapersons recently. Dr Kler said the protein-rich diet and sedentary lifestyle was leading to heart ailments among Punjabis. He said mortality rate due to heart disease was highest among Punjabi youth in the country.

Dr TS Kler addresses a press conference in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Raising a cool toast to summer heat
Ludhiana, May 4
With the summer in full bloom, sharbats, soft drinks and mocktails are becoming ubiquitous across the city. With changing times, tastes, too, are changing. Gone are the days of good old jaljeera and rose-flavoured traditional drinks. Youngsters, these days, are taking to sweet lime soda and mojito. Iced teas in various flavours including lime and mint are also getting popular these days.

Train mishap
Police identify 2 victims
Khanna, May 4
The local Railway Police claimed to have identified two bodies of victims of a train accident while the identity of the third victim is yet to be ascertained. One of the deceased, a woman, had been identified as Sarabjit Kaur (32), a resident of Amloh Road, Khanna.

Farmers get tips on conservation of resources
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 4
The state Agricultural Department has launched a comprehensive programme for educating farmers about conservation of resources used in cultivation of traditional crops. Besides organising seminars and workshops, officials and experts of the department held demonstrations at fields and nurseries.

Chilled water for passengers
Rly station authorities seek NGOs’ help
Ludhiana, May 4
Facing a shortage of water coolers at the railway station, the authorities have sought help from non-governmental and religious bodies to set up stalls to provide chilled water to passengers and visitors. Fourteen water coolers were installed on the five platforms at the railway station on April 16. Due to a huge rush, however, these coolers fail to quench the thirst of all passengers.

Vocational programme for underprivileged launched
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 4
The local branch of Shree Ram Sharnam has launched an educational and vocational programme for welfare of poor students and underprivileged women. While students are provided with books and stationery items, desirous women are trained and helped to establish their own vocational ventures.

Members of a sewing training batch with their certificates in Mandi Ahmedgarh. A Tribune photograph

Financial literacy camp
The State Bank of Patiala on Sunday launched SBP mobile financial inclusion services and organised a financial literacy camp at Deep Nagar and Jaipura villages linked to its Doraha branch. The pilot project has been formally launched by Rajeev K Sharma, deputy general manager, Ludhiana zone.

Farmers speed up harvesting
Ludhiana, May 4
The fear of rains is making farmers in the district speed up harvesting of the wheat crop. The market committee officials say around 90 per cent of the crop has been harvested to date. The procurement of wheat is also at its peak in local markets.

I-T return: Online filing made mandatory for three more categories
Ludhiana, May 4
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has made online filing of return compulsory for three more types of tax payers: partnership firms, political parties and trusts that accumulate their income.

Gold’s import tariff value slashed
Ludhiana, May 4
The government has cut the import tariff value on gold to USD 422 per 10 grams. With this USD 9 (per 10 grams) cut, gold prices are expected to come down. Gold traders in the city, however, are not too excited. They say the amended policies of the Centre had ruined their business and such a marginal cut did not give them any relief.

Training session organised
Ludhiana, May 4
A training programme titled, ‘Climb the rope’, was organised by the JCI, Ludhiana Central, today. Organised by president of the club Gurpreet Singh Arneja, the programme focussed on management topics such as prioritisation, self-management, maximising your performance and making people work. The training was conducted by head coach of the club Rahul Ahuja. Around 40 members of the JCI attended the programme, besides non-members. Arneja told the members about the benefits of attending such programmes and adaption of theories in professional and personal lives of individuals. TNS





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