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Major reshuffle in MC
Ludhiana, August 7
In a major reshuffle in the building branch of the Municipal Corporation, Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal today shifted about 38 employees (including class IV staff) in all the four zones (A, B, C and D) of the corporation. Aggarwal’s action has come in the wake of a large number of complaints received against the employees of the building branch.
Reshuffle of a large number of employees, including head draftsmen, draftsmen and building inspectors, has come as a “shock” for many in the building branch.

PSPCL extends VDS scheme for extension of load
Ludhiana, August 7
The voluntary disclosure scheme (VDS) for extension of connected load has been extended by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) till October 4, 2014, for domestic, non-residential, small power (SP), medium supply (MS) and agricultural power (AP).


I-Day rehearsals 
Rehearsals for the 68th Independence Day commenced at Guru Nanak Stadium on Thursday. Personnel of the Punjab Police, Home Guards, National Cadet Corps (girls and boys) and schoolchildren practised in the scorching heat. Dress rehearsal is scheduled for August 13. The chief guest will unfurl the National Flag and inspect the guard of honour. The administration will felicitate freedom fighters. Tricycles and sewing machines will be given to the poor. Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, said all officials would remain present on the day. 

(Clockwise from above) A child suffers a fall while rehearsing; and students practise ahead of the 68th Independence Day at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Drug addicts shy away from getting treatment
Ludhiana, August 7
Addicts have started shying away from getting treated at the drug de-addiction centre of the Civil Hospital after a fee of Rs 200 per day is being charged for admission. They are also required to deposit an advance of Rs 1,000 in case of admission.

F&CC discusses all agenda items
Ludhiana, August 7
The third and final meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of Municipal Corporation was held here today during which almost all the agenda items were discussed.

Serving nation by enriching language
Ludhiana, August 7
Dr Surjit Patar with his newly published book “Icchadhari”.  a Tribune photograph Everyone loves to serve his nation. But serving the nation through enriched literature not only contributes to history but also establishes a deep bond with the generations to come. In his continuing effort to serve society through literature, a Padama Shri recipient, Dr Surjit Patar, has come up with an adaptation of Girish Karnad’s famous play “Naag Mandal” in the form of a book and named it “Icchadhari”.

Dr Surjit Patar with his newly published book “Icchadhari”.  a Tribune photograph


Farmers take up cudgels against drug menace
Doraha, August 7
The BKU Ekta (Ugrahan) today initiated a campaign against drug addiction and negated the seemingly consistent efforts of the Punjab Government in putting an end to the menace, apparently following a drubbing in recent Lok Sabha elections.

Poor sanitation angers residents 
Ludhiana, August 7
The Blossom Residents Welfare Association has expressed resentment over poor sanitation in the area. Residents said despite repeated pleas, the civic body had failed to drain out rainwater from the basement of the building.

Buffalo falls into drain on NH-1, rescued
Doraha, August 7
A buffalo being pulled out of a drain with the help of a crane near Doraha. A Tribune photograph A buffalo fell into around five-foot deep drain along the National Highway-1 here this evening. The case raised the question of safety of commuters on the National Highway once again. The buffalo was, however, rescued with the help of a crane as the police managed to extend timely help.
“The road is being widened by putting at risk the lives of animals and humans. So far, many children have fallen into the incomplete, unfinished drains and either died or got injured.

A buffalo being pulled out of a drain with the help of a crane near Doraha. A Tribune photograph

In pursuit of magic
Ludhiana, August 7
Students of Satya Bharti School enact a play. A Tribune Photograph As an example of how children can bring about a change in villages, students of Satya Bharti School staged plays in Balliyewal village. The plays highlighted the plight of widows. The students also interacted with the village sarpanch and a family that had ousted their daughter-in-law after the demise of their son. “Various such initiatives are being taken by the students and teachers of schools run by the Bharti Foundation, said Vijay Chadha, CEO, Bharti Foundation. He said the foundation aimed at transforming villages.
Students of Satya Bharti School enact a play. A Tribune Photograph

A crusade against malnutrition 
Ludhiana, August 7
“Inappropriate feeding practices results in a child’s death,” said experts during a state-level symposium organised by the Food and Nutrition Board of Women and Child Development to mark World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life.” Rupinder Kaur, district programme officer, spoke on protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding.

Emphasis laid on corporate social responsibility 
Ludhiana, August 7
The Women Forum of Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) organised an interactive session on “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiatives” last evening.

Demands raised 
Ludhiana, August 7
A CICU delegation met DP Reddy, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Government of Punjab, today. Avtar Singh, president, CICU, submitted a memorandum to Reddy calling for a new Focal Point near Ludhiana. He said the city should have an exhibition centre, a skill development board and model centres.

Musical treat for literary enthusiasts
Ludhiana, August 7
Literature lovers will soon get a feast to relax their nerves as a literary CD is on the anvil. Having lyrics of eminent Punjabi poets, the CD will have six songs.

Raid at vet institute
Ludhiana, August 7
A raid was conducted at Punjab Veterinary Vaccine Institute today by Dr Inderjeet Singh, Deputy Director Animal Husbandry, Ludhiana, and Dr Ranjit Singh, senior veterinary officer, Raikot.

German nationals come to rescue of poor children
Ludhiana, August 7
After getting to know about some poor students in India, German residents have come forward to their rescue through Noble Foundation, a non-government organisation. These included Wilhem Karrenberg, Nadine Schaefer, Jrmgard Haagdietz, Ariadne and Helga Karrenberg.

Fishery students’ 65-day stir ends
Ludhiana, August 7
GADVASU students show victory sign after ending their protest in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan The 65 days’ old strike by students of the fisheries department of the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) came to an end today when the university authorities showed a letter sent by the Fisheries Department, Punjab, stating that the vacancies in the department would be filled at the earliest.

GADVASU students show victory sign after ending their protest in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Experts: Need to devise new educational policy
Ludhiana, August 7
Today’s education system has become a problem creator instead of problem solver. There is a need to devise a new education policy at the national level which can ensure inclusive growth of people and make them job creators instead of job seekers.

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SAD activist eludes police
Ludhiana, August 7
An activist of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Rupinder Singh Sheela, who was booked in an abetment-to-suicide case after a former model committed suicide, is still at large.

One arrested with 20 kg poppy husk
Jagraon, August 7
The Jagraon police today arrested a man and recovered 20 kg of poppy husk from his possession.

Man beaten at police station
Ludhiana, August 7
An activist of a NGO, which provides legal aid to residents, was allegedly thrashed at a police station today.

Two held, SUV recovered
Jagraon, August 7
With the arrest of two persons last evening, the police claimed to have cracked the case wherein a Toyota Innova was robbed near Kaunke Khosa village some days ago.

Six robbers arrested 
Ludhiana, August 7
With the arrest of six persons, the police claimed to have busted a gang of looters today.

Cricket meet: Kundan Vidya Mandir record victory
Ludhiana, August 7
Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM), Civil Lines, registered victory by 55 runs over Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University Campus, in the Ludhiana Schools Cricket Zonal Tournament (U-17) being organised by the Punjab Education Department at SDP College.




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