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MC again ‘succumbs’ to political pressure
Ludhiana, May 6
During almost every hearing in encroachment-removal cases in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, officials of the Municipal Corporation have to cut a sorry figure for not taking action against encroachers.

(Clockwise from top) MC officials wait for orders from their seniors to launch the demolition drive; leaders hold a meeting with the Mayor; buses arranged to ferry police personnel; cops cool their heels; and earthmovers lined up on a road.


International No Diet Day: Eat right, forget dieting
Ludhiana, May 6
When most people are obsessed with getting a slim and toned body these days, some prefer a healthy lifestyle rather than starving themselves to shed flab by dieting. A lot of diet clinics have opened up in the city, to help people diet the correct way, rather than reducing the intake of food. As International No Diet Day is observed, some of the residents vouch for eating right and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, rather than reducing the amount of food intake.

Youth hurt in attack
Ludhiana, May 6
Amarjit Alia (23) was attacked by two youngsters in the Ladowal area here last evening. Preliminary investigations revealed Alia suffered deep cuts on his arm and leg. The police believed personal enmity could be the reason behind this brutal attack.

Civil Hospital CCTV camera project in limbo
Ludhiana, May 6
The Civil Hospital authorities’ wait for close circuit television (CCTV) cameras seems to be never ending. While the Health Department's project to install CCTV cameras is still in limbo, the cameras installed by the Police Department have been removed. Four CCTV cameras were installed at the hospital. There is a police post on the hospital premises. But these cameras were removed as soon as the election process was over.

Ban on combine harvester’s use from 7pm to 7am
Ludhiana, May 6
Ludhiana District Magistrate Rajat Aggarwal has banned the use of combine harvesters for harvesting wheat between 7 pm and 7 am under Section 144 of the IPC. He said these orders would remain in force till June 28. He said the wheat harvesting season had started. It is observed combine harvesters are used for harvesting wheat 24 hours a day. He said night mist increases moisture content in wheat. This indirectly affects farmers as also the grain, as moisture content increases beyond the limit set by the government.

A field set on fire to remove stubble. A file photograph

Youngster found hanging from ceiling
Ludhiana, May 6
Beant Patel, a 20-year-old youth, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from ceiling here today. Preliminary investigations reveal that Patel was a student of Kamla Lohtia College but he dropped out a few months ago and took a job at a cafe. He reportedly had an argument with a girl in the café. Today, his father found him hanging from the ceiling at his house in Islam Ganj. The mother of the deceased has gone out of station. TNS

Theft at house: Thieves decamped with Rs 29,000, 25 tolas of gold and a mobile phone from a house in the Chander Nagar area here on Monday night. The owner of the house, Rishi Kumar, was sleeping along with the members of his family on the rooftop when the thieves struck.


From schools
Colour Day
Ludhiana: The kindergarten-block students of GMT Public School celebrated Colour Day on Tuesday. The tiny tots came dressed in colourful dresses. While nursery students wore yellow dresses, children studying in lower kindergarten came dressed in red attires. Green was the colour for upper kindergarten students.

Kindergarten students don themed attires during the Colour Day activity at GMT Public School in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana scan
Surprise checking of fruits
On the directions of the Senior Medical Officer, Sahnewal, Dr Parwinderpal Singh Sidhu, a team of the Health Department conducted surprise checking of fruit and vegetable shops in the area. The quality of fruits and vegetables being sold at the shops and kiosks was inspected by the team. Uncovered and overripe fruits were destroyed. Stale juice was also destroyed by the team. The officials said they would continue with the drive to ensure consumers were not served stale and overripe fruits and vegetables.

Fee hike issue
Private schools take admn call lightly
Ludhiana, May 6
Schools, which have been facing protests by parents against the fee hike for the past few weeks, have not responded well to the district administration call for a report. Of the four such schools, two have submitted their report regarding the fee structure only while one school has demanded more time to submit the report.

World Asthma Day today
Asthma — the scourge of India
Ludhiana, May 6
World Asthma Day was observed at various hospitals in the city today. The Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, launched an awareness campaign "You can control your asthma" at DAV Public School. Dr Rajinder Gulati, head of pediatrics department, Civil Hospital, said 100-150 million people around the globe were asthmatic and the number was rising.

Experts address a gathering on the eve of World Asthma Day in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Adding effects to a picture perfect
Ludhiana, May 6
Creativity knows no bounds as a host of online photo editing mobile apps and software are becoming a hit with youngsters. Residents are indulging in creating interesting pictures through photo editing techniques more and more these days.

Online shopping gains popularity
Ludhiana, May 6
Thanks to the Internet explosion, city residents have finally started shopping online. Youngsters have also started making purchases through online stores and e-commerce portals. With the systems of delivery and satisfaction guarantee being more efficient with online retailers, youngsters in particular are happy shopping online.

Poor facilities
Activists protest at Civil Hospital
Ludhiana, May 6
The Active Anti-Corruption Group today protested against the alleged poor facilities at the Civil Hospital here today. Registering a symbolic protest, the activists also asked the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) to admit an effigy of the Health Minister, Surjit Singh Jyani, to the hospital.

Members of the Active Anti-Corruption Group ask the Senior Medical Officer to admit an effigy of the Punjab Health Minister to the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet verma

City roads drivers’ nightmare
Ludhiana, May 6
Although the civic body claims to have spent crores of rupees on the repair of city roads, the ground reality throws up a different picture. The road opposite the DMCH is a shambles. As there are nursing homes and hospitals alongside the road, traffic jams are a routine affair there.

Meritorious children of PAU staff awarded
Ludhiana, May 6
Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union today conferred the annual Kehar Singh Roopa Financial Awards on meritorious children of its members at Pal Auditorium on the varsity campus. Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh, who presided over the function, gave away cash prizes to children who secured top three positions in their classes.

Vice-Chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon addresses members of the Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

US chain opens hotel on Ferozepur Road
Ludhiana: A US-based chain of hotels has opened Best Western KG on Ferozepur Road. Managing directors of the hotel Naresh Ghai, Ashok Arora and Harjinder Singh Bawa said the chain has around 4,200 hotels across the world. "The hotel will provide quality food and other high-end facilities at a reasonable cost," said Naresh Ghai. The hotel has 32 rooms, two banquet halls with the capacity of 200 and 300 guests respectively and four kitty party halls besides a bar, coffee lounge and multi-cuisine restaurant.

Mayor visits diarrhoea-hit areas
Ludhiana, May 6
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria accompanied by officials from the operations and maintenance cell of the civic body today visited diarrhoea-affected areas at wards number 32 and 33. Residents told the Mayor that supply of contaminated water to the area had led to the outbreak. The Mayor asked the officials to disconnect the pipes that were supplying contaminated water. He also took water samples to check the contamination. Gohalwaria asked the residents to collect chlorine tablets from the area councillor. He also made residents aware of precautions to be taken. The Mayor assured the residents that clean water will be supplied to the area after replacing the broken pipes through which sewage water was getting mixed with the water. TNS

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria checks a water sample during his visit to ward number 32 and 33 in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Exporters air grievances
Ludhiana: The Federation of Indian Exporters Organisation (FIEO) organised an interactive session with exporters yesterday. Regional chairman of FIEO SC Ralhan said for the past two years, the manufacturing sector had been suffering losses due to unfavourable policies of the government and recession in the international market. "Micro Small and Medium Enterprises are the backbone of industry, but the government has been ignoring the sector," stated Ralhan. — TNS


Preparation of synthetic milk, desi ghee
Three held at Saraud village
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 6
The Sadar police have booked four persons for preparing synthetic milk and desi ghee at Saraud village near here today. Huge quantities of finished and intermediate products besides equipment used in crime were also seized. The accused have been identified as Mohinder Singh, Raghbir Singh and Chamkaur Singh of Saraud village besides Ram Singh of Babarpur village.

The accused and seized products at the Sadar police station in Mandi Ahmedgarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Five arrested for fraud in Khanna
Khanna, May 6
The Khanna police have arrested five persons for allegedly running a firm that provided high-security registration plates to vehicle owners at exorbitant prices. The suspects include Yogeshpuri, Sinderpal Mittal, Parveen Kumar, Kamaljit Singh and Jaswinder Singh, all residents of Amloh. The company being run by them is Balak Automobiles. As per government directions, Rs 500 to Rs 600 can be charged for providing the high-security registration plates. The police said the accused, who had been authorised by a Ludhiana-based firm, were charging anywhere between Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,300. They have been booked under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC. A local court sent all the suspects to a two-day police remand. OC


Achievements of Jarkhar Academy highlighted
Ludhiana, May 6
Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy, Jarkhar, has been reconstituted. The academy, which continued to hog limelight during the past one decade, organised its annual general meeting at Jarkhar village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road yesterday. The meeting was chaired by its president Paramjeet Singh Neetu.

Office-bearers of Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy, Jarkhar. A Tribune photograph

Basketball meet
Ludhiana, Kapurthala emerge victorious
Ludhiana, May 6
Ludhiana district in the boys' section while Kapurthala district in the girls' section recorded victories on the opening day of the 65th Junior Punjab State Basketball League at Bhaini Sahib today.

Softball meet
Ludhiana: The 14th Sub-Junior Ludhiana District Softball Championship for Boys and Girls (U-15) will be held from May 8 to 10 at Guru Nanak Stadium. Players born on or after January 1, 2000, are eligible for the meet. A participant should be a bona fide resident of the district. — OC



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