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Police crack down on sand mafia
Ludhiana, June 18
The Meharban police have seized an indigenous boat with a borewell pump through which sand quarrying was done on Sutlej bed. The police said such boats were used in Gujarat. They have also arrested one person while the others managed to escape.

The boat that was used for quarrying sand on Sutlej bed.

The boat that was used for quarrying sand on Sutlej bed. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan


Dark days, even darker nights, no respite in sight
Ludhiana, June 18
Unscheduled power cuts, load shedding, tripping and frequent breakdowns in most areas of the city have added to the woes of residents who are already facing a tough time.

City has only three licensed de-addiction centres
Ludhiana, June 18
Only three de-addiction centres in the city have licences. At many centres, it is learnt that addicts are tortured physically and mentally. “In Ludhiana, there are seven to eight registered centres. As many centres are operating illegally, their licences have not been renewed,” said Dr Sudha Vasudeva, district nodal officer for mental health.

Fire at Vallabh Factory
Ludhiana, June 18
A fire broke out at Vallabh Factory last night. It took firefighters four hours to douse the flames. A short-circuit is said to be the reason behind the fire.

Dope that duped them of their precious lives
Police officials discuss the side-effects of drugs with addicts in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Ludhiana, June 18
A day after Police Commissioner RK Jaiswal directed officials to send drug addicts to de-addiction centres at the Civil Hospital, eight youths approached the police for help. Some of them, working as contractual employees with the Municipal Corporation and hooked on heroin, shared their experiences with The Tribune.

Police officials discuss the side-effects of drugs with addicts in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Local party denounces hike in bus fare
Activists of the district unit of the CPI hold a protest march in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Ludhiana, June 18
The district unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) today held a protest march from Bhai Bala Chowk to Mini Secretariat. The protesters condemned the hike in bus fare, announced by the Punjab Government.

Activists of the district unit of the CPI hold a protest march in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

City Bus Service: Civic body starts afresh, recruits conductors
Ludhiana, June 18
A private company, hired by the Municipal Corporation for providing conductors, has started with the fresh recruitments of conductors for city buses. The recruitment process has been initiated by the Patiala-based agency, SS Service Providers, from today onwards.

Drug abuse in Punjab: CICU holds police-public interaction
Ludhiana, June 18
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) organised a police-public interaction to create awareness and overcome the problems of drug abuse by Punjabi youths, here today.

Tax refunds: I-T dept amends Form 4
Ludhiana, June 18
The Income Tax Department has issued Form 4 for the filing of income tax returns, for the financial year 2013-14. Some important amendments have been made in the forms. After the amendments, tax refunds will be faster as credit will be done through Electronic Clearing Service (ECS) only.

AAP leader content with party’s performance in LS poll
AAP leader Manish Sisodia (centre) interacts with party workers in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, June 18
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia, who was in Ludhiana today, sounded upbeat about the party’s performance in the Lok Sabha polls. He said the party has performed better than expected. “It was the first Lok Sabha election of the party. The party’s performance has been quite good so far,” said Sisodia.

AAP leader Manish Sisodia (centre) interacts with party workers in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Girls cover their faces on a sunny day. No let up in heat: Met Department
Ludhiana, June 18
With sun shining so bright and sunny, the city is awaiting rain anxiously. The Agrometeorological Department of the Punjab Agricultural University has predicted light showers at isolated places during night.

Girls cover their faces on a sunny day. Tribune Photos: Himanshu mahajan

Visitors sweat it out at Civil Surgeon’s office
Ludhiana, June 18
Those coming to the Civil Surgeon’s office for getting birth and death certificates are facing a tough time in the absence of water and seating arrangement. In the hot and humid weather, people are forced to wait in the sweltering heat. They don’t even get drinking water.

A student of the fishery department protests outside Gate No. 5. gadvasu protest
No respite despite continuous strike
Ludhiana, June 18
After the meeting Cabinet Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike, the striking students of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) have decided to continue with the ongoing strike as nothing fruitful came out of the meeting.

A student of the fishery department protests outside Gate No. 5. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

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Shopkeepers write to MC Commissioner
Ludhiana, June 18
Shopkeepers of Sarabha Nagar Market have submitted a representation to the MC Commissioner that the paid parking, that had been implemented in Sarabha Nagar Block I, was not justified as it was a small market with around 175 houses.

No hard work for homework
Ludhiana, June 18
Nowadays, students are asked to create several projects to help them create new and to provide them practical exposure. Schoolchildren have been given such projects as ‘holiday homework’ during the summer break. But many students just make a short work of the projects simply by copying the project work from online websites and change it a little to project it as their own project.

Safai sewaks not keen on working for 7 days
Ludhiana, June 18
The safai sewaks, who have been asked to report on duty on Saturdays from now on wards, have categorically told the authorities that either all regular safai karamcharis be asked to give duty on Saturday or they be provided extra wages (for Saturdays). If both the conditions were not acceptable to authorities then an agitation will be started by safai-sewaks against their biased attitude. At the same time, the authorities maintain that while regularising them, it was made clear that they had to follow safai karamchari bylaws and they agreed to it. But now they were going against the bylaws, which was not agreeable to authorities.

Farmers switch over to direct paddy sowing
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 18
Identifying labour problem as a major impediment in the completion of paddy transplantation, a large number of farmers have switched over to direct sowing and mechanical transplantation with specially designed machines.

Mall authorities’ callousness exposed
Workers put up a hoarding outside Pavilion Mall without safety equipment in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, June 18
It seems that the Pavilion Mall authorities have learnt no lesson from the past incident where a construction labourer had died after falling from scaffolding. Today, labourers were seen putting up film posters outside the mall without wearing safety equipment.

Workers put up a hoarding outside Pavilion Mall without safety equipment in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Budding Punjabi singers aim to perform abroad
Ludhiana, June 18
Though most of the Punjabi singers have been coming up with albums and singles for the passion of singing, earning a fan following and fame and promoting culture, many of the singers nowadays are simply bringing out their albums to fulfill their dreams of going abroad.

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Assistant entomologist awarded
Ludhiana: Dr Satnam Singh, assistant entomologist (cotton) at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), regional station, Faridkot, has been awarded the prestigious Raman Post-Doctoral Fellowship by University Grants Commission, New Delhi. He will be joining professor Suba Reddy Palli’s Lab in the Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky, for a period of one year. Dr Singh will be working on the identification of gene (s) associated with vital and unique physiological processes in the model insect system using a nanocarrier-based system for the delivery of dsRNA/siRNA in the insect directed towards down regulation of these genes. The award carries the fellowship amount of 36,000 USD, to and fro airfare and 1,200 USD for attending the conference/meeting or workshop in USA.

Girls dance at a summer camp organised by the Kala Nikhar Dance Academy in Ludhiana.
Girls dance at a summer camp organised by the Kala Nikhar Dance Academy in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Top laurels for GGI students
Ludhiana: The Gulzar Group of Institutes has once again set a new benchmark by securing highest number of positions in the merit list of top 10 students declared recently by PTU, Jalandhar, for the session 2013-14. Thirty-seven students of GGI secured various positions in BTech courses in the university merit list for the session 2013-14. Shamsher Singh of BTech (automation and robotics) third semester, Sweta Jaiswal of BTech (automation and robotics) fifth semester, Gopal Kumar BTech (automobile) third semester, Junaid of BTech (automobile) fifth semester and Vishal Kumar Mittal of BTech (EEE) third semester secured the first positions.

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Jatinder Khurana, an advocate, has been unanimously appointed as the executive member of the Indian Taxation Advocates Association (ITAA). Khurana thanked the members for appointing him as the executive member and assured them that he would work honestly and faithfully to solve issues of the association. Khurana has been working as the general secretary of the Taxation Bar Association and is also the president of the Taxation Young Lawyers.


Seven nabbed for stealing scrap
Ludhiana, June 18
The city police have nabbed seven persons who were stealing scrap from containers in Sahnewal area here last night. The accused have been identified as Rajiv Kumar alias Bawa, Balwinder Singh (truck driver), Jagjit Singh, Paramjit Singh, Satnam Singh, Kuldip Singh and Sonu Thakur.

Three youths arrested with drugs in Khanna
Khanna June 18
The Khanna police claimed to have arrested three youths and recovered 30 gm of heroin from their possession during two separate incidents in the area.

Residents heave a sigh of relief after snatchers’ arrest
Jagraon, June 18
Residents of Jagraon have been feeling quite relieved after the local police netted two alleged members of a snatchers’ gang that had been involved in several snatching incidents in the area. The gang had carried out as many as 11 snatching incidents in Jagraon town alone during the past 12 days.

A match in progress on the PAU ground in Ludhiana. Dhruv Pandove Trophy: Jasinder hogs limelight
Ludhiana, June 18
After gaining vital lead of 101 runs, Mohali restricted Ludhiana to a modest score of 175 runs in the second innings on the penultimate day of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship (u-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy.

A match in progress on the PAU ground in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan




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