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Finally, MC cracks down on encroachers
Ludhiana, May 7
The Municipal Corporation today demolished more than 15 "illegal" shops and a few houses in the posh Ghumar Mandi area.

(Clockwise from left) A demolition drive under way at Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana on Wednesday; police women tackle protesters; and a police official detains area councillor Gurpreet Gogi. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan


Demolition drive biased, says Congress
Ludhiana, May 7
The demolition drive took a political colour when two legislators and a Member of Parliament (MP) opposed the drive.

Anandpur Sahib MP and Congress nominee from city Ravneet Singh Bittu talks to mediapersons at Division No. 8 police station in Ludhiana on Monday; and (right) Independent legislator Simarjit Singh Bains and members of the Shopkeepers’ Association at a press conference. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Demolition men: (Clockwise from above): Police personnel maintain law and order at the demolition site; a woman salvages items from a shop; a policewoman, who fell unconscious, being rushed to the hospital; officials walk through the debris; and an Municipal Corporation official turns a protester away during an anti-encroachment drive at Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan 

Youths nab snatcher after chase
Ludhiana, May 7
A youth and his friend nabbed a snatcher, who was fleeing after snatching the purse of his sister. The incident took place in the Jamalpur area last evening. According to Sukhwinder Singh, he was sitting in his car and was talking to his friend AK Rana waiting for his sister Perminder Kaur near her workplace. A motorcycle rider came from behind and snatched her purse containing Rs 1,000.

Ex-husband, friend held on charge of rape, fraud
Ludhiana, May 7
Former husband of a woman and his friend have been booked by the Daba police on charge of duping, raping and assaulting her. The accused have been identified as Pawan Kumar of Model Town and Ravinder Kaumar of Lajpat Nagar in Model Gram.


Theft incidents on rise in Jagraon
Jagraon, May 7
The incidents of theft are on the rise in Jagraon these days. Reports of thefts keep surfacing almost every other day, which have spread a feeling of fear among the residents. Several incidents of theft have taken place in Jagraon town as well as surrounding areas during the recent past resulting in huge financial loss to the people who have become victims of these thefts.

PAU Kisan Club holds camp
Ludhiana: The monthly training camp for the members of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Kisan Club was held at Halwara, near Tughal village in Ludhiana. A meet of the women’s wing of the club was also organised wherein women from various parts of Punjab participated.

Educational institutions encourage students to fill in forms on their own
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 7
Even as majority of educated elderly persons shy away from filling in routine forms and completing other odd formalities at public dealing offices, and expect the help of different officials, the present day youth have shown an opposite trend as most of them are adept in filling in forms and documents.

A student fills in a form for opening an account at a bank in a village near Mandi Ahmedgarh. A Tribune photograph

Misuse of domestic LPG rampant
Jagraon, May 7
Use of domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purpose is banned strictly yet the practice of using the domestic LPG cylinders at commercial places has been going on at a large scale in Jagraon. One can often see the domestic LPG cylinders being used for commercial purpose at various commercial places in the town in violation of government rules.

A domestic LPG cylinder being used at a roadside dhaba in Jagraon. A tribune photograph

Oral zinc remedies common cold
Ludhiana, May 7
Oral zinc, when consumed as a supplement, can take care of children, if given for at least five months before the onset of the common cold. A study by pediatricians of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, revealed this. The study was published in the journal of American Medical Association this month.

Ludhiana scan
Power shutdown
11 KV Model Gram feeder fed from 66 KV Ferozepur Road sub station, will remain shut down on Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm for urgent maintenance work. During this period, power supply to Jagjit Nagar, Green Field, Kartar Colony, Friends Colony, Shakti Nagar, Sargodha Colony, New Lajpat Nagar, Canal Colony, Nehru Sidhant Kendra and Pakhowal Road areas will be affected.

No specific funds for power bills in govt schools
Ludhiana, May 7
The Punjab state government does not have any provision to pay the electricity bills of schools. The schools authorities pay the bills through other funds or collect the money from students.

Residents prefer yoga to strenuous workouts
Ludhiana, May 7
Find it hard waking up in the morning to trudge to the nearby park to attend yoga classes? From now on, experts will come to your place and teach yoga in the comfort of your home. The trend is fast catching on as people are preferring learning yoga at home rather than in group classes at public parks or gymnasiums. Pankaj Sehgal, who has been teaching yoga at home for years, said: "The working class prefers learning yoga at home," said Sehgal. "Yoga is the answer to many physical and mental ailments. Medicines resolve an ailment, but cause distress due to side-effects," he said.

Docs to prescribe in capital letters
Ludhiana, May 7
Medical Council of India’s (MCI) advice to the doctors to prescribe in capital letters has fallen on deaf ears. Health Ministry is likely to issue a gazette notification directing doctors to write prescriptions in block letters to avoid medication mistakes that add to patients' woes.

PAU scholar selected for prestigious scholarship
Ludhiana, May 7
Babita Mukhija, a Ph D student of Punjab Agricultural University, has made her alma mater proud by bagging the prestigious ‘Prime Minister's Fellowship for Doctoral Research’ in microbiology.

A starry affair
Ludhiana, May 7
Starcast of the upcoming Punjabi movie "Myself Ghaint" was in the city. Actor Gaurav Kakkar said the flick was based on situational comedy. Dolly Sidhu said the music of the movie would be liked by all. The songs have been sung by singer Mika Singh, Bollywood singer Kailash Kher, Feroze Khan and Javed Ali.

Now, shell out more for Tiger Safari at Ludhiana Zoo
Ludhiana, May 7
Visitors to Tiger Safari at the Ludhiana Zoo will have to shell out Rs 50 instead of Rs 20. The hike in the entrance fee has not gone down well with residents. Amit, a visitor, said the fee had been doubled. Another visitor said they were ready to shell out more, but the authorities should use the money in the maintenance of the zoo.

Run for cause: Children take part in a race organised by Fortis Hospital to observe World Asthma Day at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Wednesday. photo: Inderjeet Verma

Campaign against child malnutrition
Ludhiana: With a mission to help people live better lives and achieve their potential, Amway unveiled a global campaign named “Raise your hand, fight global child malnutrition.” Under this initiative, Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF) launched ‘Power of Five’, an advocacy programme to build awareness about child malnutrition. Amway distributors, employees and NGO partners came forward at 105 locations to provide colourful handprints to a global mural. For every handprint, Amway will donate US $1 summing up to a total of US $ 400,000 to CARE International to support the underprivileged children. By doing so, AOF attempts to break the 30,000 handprint Guiness World record. — TNS

RPF personnel issue challans to 24 violators
Ludhiana, May 7
Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel have issued 24 challans to vendors and illegal taxi operators. Eight challans were issued today while 16 were issued yesterday. Five unauthorised vendors, who were selling food items at platforms, were challaned today. Three taxi drivers, who did not have licences, were also challaned. Yashwant Singh, in-charge, Railway Protection Force, said, “The Railways have its own authorised vendors to sell food items at platforms. Sometimes, other vendors start selling items at the station. So we launch such campaigns to check the practice.” — TNS

Teacher marks ‘fee defaulter’ on answersheet
Ludhiana, May 7
The teachers at Bal Bharati School allegedly wrote “fee defaulter” on marked answer sheet of a student, who got 10 out of 10 in a class test but did not deposit the fee due to ongoing conflict of parents and school management, here today. The parents who have been protesting against the management of Bal Bharti School against fee hike released photographs of marked answer sheet. The parents had been protesting against the school management since April 15 and children of these protesting parents did not deposited fee. The protesting parents will meet deputy commissioner tomorrow and show him evidence. Principal said “I am not aware about the incident. Our teachers cannot do this. We have received 88 per cent fee of the students.” — TNS


Couple arrested for duping youth
Khanna, May 7
The Khanna police claimed to have arrested a person and his wife for defrauding youths of the area on the pretext of recruiting them into the Army on the basis of fake documents. The alleged accused has been identified as Sukhwinder Singh and his wife Seema Rani, residents of Baghour village.




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