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City Centre Project
Tax trouble for Improvement Trust
Ludhiana, June 8
Strange as it may sound, but it is true that even government departments and autonomous bodies are taking the imposition of property tax in the state very lightly. Till May 31, 2014, the last date for the payment of the tax for the financial year 2013-14 with a rebate of 10 per cent (it has now been extended to June 30, 2014), only a few government departments and institutions had paid the tax through self-assessment and the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) was also among the defaulters.

As per records available with the Municipal Corporation, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust has not paid property tax on the partially constructed city centre project, covering an area of around 26 acres under the 475 acres Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Scheme.
As per records available with the Municipal Corporation, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust has not paid property tax on the partially constructed city centre project, covering an area of around 26 acres under the 475 acres Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Scheme. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Summer flares fear of fire
Ludhiana, June 8
Fire-safety norms are being flouted with impunity in the city. Despite suffering losses running into crores, owners of shops and factories have failed to install fire-safety equipment in their establishments. Information procured under the RTI Act by Rohit Sabharwal, an activist, states that the National Building Code (NBC) is being violated by a number of private and government buildings.

Icy treat: A girl relishes an ice candy on a hot and humid Sunday in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Rehabilitation of beggars
Admn, MC on a thorny path
Ludhiana, June 8
The district administration and the civic body may have succeeded in convincing a few beggars to stay at their shelter home and shun begging, but such efforts often prove futile in the absence of campaign follow-ups.

Youth booked for molestation
Ludhiana, June 8
The police have booked a youth for molesting an 11-year-old girl. The accused has been identified as Pankaj Kumar, a resident of Gobindgarh village. The victim’s father said the incident took place on May 26 when the victim was standing outside the house.

Crime and the city
Stretching their luck too far, snatchers unleash terror
Ludhiana, June 8
Satish Kumar, a businessman who resides in Dugri, had gone on a pilgrimage. On his return journey, he had to go through a harrowing time. His train arrived at 4 am at the Ludhiana railway station. “When I stepped out, I was shocked to see auto-rickshaw drivers literally pulling passengers.

A traffic policeman removes black film from a car in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Verma


Better Ludhiana: Pollution pangs
City going from bad to worse
Ludhiana, June 8
Buddha Nullah, once called Buddha Dariya, tells the story of the deterioration of the city’s environment. A clean water rivulet with fishes of myriad varieties swimming in it is how the nullah (drain) is remembered as by those who have seen it in 1960s. Today, the erstwhile dariya (river) has turned black with effluents discharged by industries and domestic sewage disposed into it every day.

Polluted Buddha Nullah poses a threat to the health of Ludhiana residents. File photo

City industrialists pin hope on Union Budget
Ludhiana, June 8
Ludhiana—the industrial hub of Punjab—has pinned high hopes on the upcoming Union Budget. Here are some of the expectations of the industry from the newly formed government at the Centre.

Good days are here, indeed
Administration, Health Department and Municipal Corporation yesterday joined hands and picked up beggars to be rehabilitated by them. What followed next was something not expected by the beggars picked by the authorities. A hair stylist from a leading salon was called to trim and style the hair of the beggars. They were seemingly excited to get their hair styled in a Hollywood manner. One of the beggars was heard saying, “It seems as if we are a part of some Hindi movie and I am extremely excited the way we are being treated. Never in my life had I got my hair trimmed with such an élan. I hope these good days are not short lived and we continue to get attention and care.”

Road scam surfaces in Khanna
Khanna, June 8
Construction of Railway Road by Municipal Council, Khanna about two years ago, has come under scanner. PD Bansal, president, Lok Sewa Club, Khanna, disclosed this on the basis of RTI information obtained from public information officer, Municipal Council, Khanna.

Members of Lok Sewa Club show an incomplete portion of the road that was allegedly shown as renovated by MC authorities. A Tribune photograph

Traders stage dharna at Chaura Bazaar
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 8 The local police had been facing tough time following death of a Dalit youth in a scuffle between members of a trader family of the Mahavir Road area and youth from Majri village.The police faced ire of activists of local organizations for alleged failure to initiate action against unruly youths from surrounding villages who vandalised some shops and forced traders to close the shops, sympathisers of the deceased family have termed the lawlessness as major factor behind the tragedy.

Young or old, summer camps are favourite of all
Ludhiana, June 8
Summer vacations are considered as the best time to learn new skills and cultivate new hobbies. Though, days have gone hotter and the temperature has risen to a great extent, but for some residents and youngsters summer camps are a new way to experience and learn things and hobbies.

Budding artists polish their skills during a summer camp at Gallery Artmoshpere in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Loudspeakers cause nuisance, students suffer
Sahnewal, June 8
Loudspeakers are proving to be a big distraction for the students preparing for their exams, but the authorities in Sahnewal seem to be least bothered about finding out a solution to this perennial problem.

Bank staff promotes alternate channel
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 8
With intent to check environmental degradation and preserving natural resources office-bearers of various commercial banks motivated their customers and constituents to minimise use of paper by adopting alternate channels for banking transactions.

Staff at the SBI, Dehlon, explains use of green card to customers. A tribune photograph

Activists vow to fight against drugs
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 8 An oath to fight against drug menace was taken by activists of various organisations during the concluding session of a seminar on drug abuse organised jointly by the Rotary Club, Ahmedgarh, and State Bank of India, Dehlon, at Victoria Public Senior Secondary School, Lehra.

Education is the key to women empowerment
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 8
Maintaining that offering basic education to girls is one sure way of women empowerment, Dean College Development Council, Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr Jamshed Ali Khan called upon office-bearers of social, religious and business organisations to join hands for ensuring quality education to girls of their respective areas.

Pending demands
Class IV employees threaten to launch stir
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 8
Accusing the state government of overlooking their long pending demands, office-bearers and activists of the Class IV Government Employees Union have threatened to launch an agitation in case the promises made before the Lok Sabha election were not fulfilled by the government.

Mahindra launches XUV500 Sportz
Mahindra & Mahindra Limited today announced the launch of the limited edition ‘XUV500 Sportz’ built on its W8 model. Priced at Rs 13.96 lakh (Ex-showroom, Ludhiana), the ‘XUV500 Sportz’ stands out and comes packed with premium features and plush interiors. Speaking on the launch, Vivek Nayer, chief marketing officer, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “This new offering of ‘XUV500 Sportz’ aligns with our leadership position in Indian motor sports and rallying. It reflects our sporty DNA very well. The new version aims to target the customers who prefer a sporty look for their vehicles.

From schools & colleges
Summer camp concludes
Ludhiana: A 10-day summer camp at Everest Public School, Moti Nagar, concluded on Sunday. Various activities, including yoga, sports, martial arts, cooking classes, English speaking, computer education and cultural programmes were organised during the camp. Students were also given training in dance and music.

Staff at the concluding ceremony of a faculty development programme at Kamla Lohtia College in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet verma

Ludhiana scan
No to bandh call
District Ludhiana Chemist Association has decided not to lend support to the bandh call given by Punjab Chemist Association on June 12. In a release issued to the press, chairman of the association Maan Singh said, “The bandh call is unnecessary and we should continue providing our services as it can be harmful if some patients do not get medicines on time. We also oppose the incidents where innocent chemists were targeted by police”.

2-week long cultural exchange programme kicks off
Jagraon, June 8
With the aim of creating awareness about rich culture and heritage of India in other countries, a two-week long cultural exchange programme started in Jagraon yesterday. The programme is being hosted by Saint Mahapragya School, Jagraon. Students from countries like China, Philippines, Indonesia and Uganda are participating in this cultural exchange programme. “The main motive is to promote Indian culture in the other countries. They will also share information about their own culture with the students of our school,” said principal Varinder Sharma. Earlier, school director Vishal Jain along with other dignitaries welcomed the foreign students on their arrival in the school. OC

Artificial limbs distributed
Ludhiana, June 8 
Bharat Vikas Parishad today distributed free artificial limbs at Viklag Sahayata Kendra. In all, 55 physically challenged persons were given artificial limbs, tricycles, calipers and hearing aid machines.
Medical camp: Dharampal Takiyar Memorial Trust organised a free medical camp at Chander Nagar. A team of doctors examined patients and gave them medicines free-of-cost. TNS

Artificial limbs being provided to needy persons in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Hockey tournament: Doraha, Dolan clubs enter quarterfinals
Ludhiana, June 8
Friends Club of Doraha outplayed Sant Fateh Singh Club of Dolan, Jagraon, 6-3 to take their tally to 13 points.

A match in progress during the Fifth Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Festival in Jarkhar on Sunday. A tribune photograph

Amritsar complete 10-wkt win over Ludhiana
Ludhiana, June 8
As expected, the proceedings on the fourth and final day of the match between Ludhiana and Amritsar at the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship (U-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy were of merely an academic interest.

Players in action during a match between Amritsar and Ludhiana at Punjab Agricultural University on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

CMCH conducts drive in slum areas
Ludhiana, June 8
Christian Medical College and Hospital distributed baby beds with mosquito nets to mothers of newborns in slum areas at EWS Colony, Khokha Market, Bihari Colony and Jamalpur. The initiative was a part of the World Health Day 2014 programme. A team of health professionals from the department of community medicine, CMCH, led by the nodal officer of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Dr Paramita Sengupta, donated beds to 50 mothers. Health education on protection from mosquito bites was also given by medical social workers.



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