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Debt-ridden trader shoots self
Ludhiana, August 28
A debt-ridden medicine trader shot himself in the head with his licensed revolver at his house in Model Gram, near Kochar Market, here today. The deceased has been identified as Rakesh Dutta.

Grieving relatives of Rakesh Kumar record their statement in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Rescuing kidnapped girl
High drama after girl fails to appear for examination
Ludhiana, August 28
Rescuing the 13-year-old girl, who was dumped by her kidnapper in Ludhiana, turned out to be an uphill task for District Child Protection Officer (CPO) Shilpa and social activists of the Nav Chetna Bal Bhalai Committee.


Snakes in ATM booth
Ludhiana, August 28
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus has become a haven for snakes. A visitor to the ATM booth of Bank of Baroda on the campus was shocked to find a snake coiled under the machine today. When Joginder Singh spotted the six-foot-long snake in the ATM booth, he raised the alarm. The watchman at booth and some shopkeepers in the same market said they also saw snakes in shops and on streets. Today, the shopkeepers called Manga Naath, a snake charmer of the Dugri area.

Illustration by Sandeep Joshi

Snake threat: PAU students want weeds removed from campus
Ludhiana, August 28
Students of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have urged the university administration to cut weeds from the university campus at the earliest for the safety of students and employees.

Bulldozed: A machine of the Municipal Corporation pulls down illegal shops at Model Town in Ludhiana on Thursday. a Tribune photograph

MC told to probe misuse of parking spaces
Chandigarh, August 28
Acting on a complaint, alleging misuse of parking space for commercial purposes by hospitals and nursing homes in Ludhiana, Chief Vigilance Officer of the Punjab Directorate of Local Government has directed the Municipal Commissioner to initiate action after looking into the matter.

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Amenities, LIT do not go hand in hand
Ludhiana, August 28
Thanks to the apathetic attitude of the Ludhiana Improvement trust (LIT) authorities towards the plight of residents of Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, basic amenities such as good roads, streetlights and well-maintained parks remain elusive. Repeated pleas made by the residents have failed to yield the desired response.

Encroachments spell chaos
Residents and commuters of Sahnewal have tough time passing through the town
Sahnewal, August 28
The residents and commuters passing through the single market road, Sahnewal, are in arms against the municipal authorities as well as the police department. Residents alleged that the both departments have done practically nothing, till date, to resolve the perpetual problem of encroachments in Sahnewal, which goes unabated without fear or fret of any authority, what so ever.

Seminar held
The Punarjot Eye Bank Society organised a seminar on industrial ocular trauma and its management to sensitise the people about prevention and management of ocular injuries and role of eye banks in restoration of young industrial workers having corneal blindness following eye injury during work. Dr PL Chaudhry, medical superintendent, ESI Hospital, with more than 40 doctors attended the seminar. Eye specialist Dr Ramesh said the number of blind persons in India in year 2000 was estimated to be 18.7 million of which 9.5 million were cataract-related and 3 million refractive error-related. If there is no change in the current trend of blindness, the number blind persons in India would increase to 31.6 million by 2020.

Insufficient funds put teachers in a spot
Ludhiana, August 28
The teachers in government schools are having a hard time providing school uniforms to students under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). The government releases Rs 400 to provide winter uniform, including sweater, shirt, trouser, and shoes to each student. Teachers have, however, claimed that the funds are insufficient.

School notes
Seminar on continuous, comprehensive evaluation
A seminar on continuous and comprehensive evaluation was conducted for the parents of Class VI students at Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, Focal point road, Sherpur. The seminar was held in two slots 9.00 am to 10.00 am and 11.00 am to 12.00 noon. The session started with the school song, followed by a Powerpoint presentation highlighting the achievements and activities of the school.

Co-Curriculam Education Competitions
Lovepreet clinches debate title
Ludhiana, August 28
The Quality Education and Regional Services section of Punjab School Education Board organised Co-Curriculum Education Competitions at Ramgarhia Girls Senior Secondary School here today. The organiser of Co-Curriculum Education Competitions, Ravinder Singh, said competitions of six various art items were held on the occasion.

NCC camp to commence today
Ludhiana, August 28
3 Pb Girls Battalion NCC is organising its annual training camp for over 500 girl cadets of Ludhiana, covering 19 colleges and schools, for a duration of 10 days. The training camp is expected to begin from August 29 to September 7 at the NCC Academy, Ropar. The camp will be commanded by Col Ashwani Kumar, Commanding Officer, 3 Pb Girls Battalion NCC.

Students shine in PU exams
Students of MSc (IT) second semester studying in Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women, shined in Panjab University examinations. Satinder stood first in Panjab University and secured 85.84 per cent, Ankita stood 10th in Panjab University by securing 83.2 per cent and Ekta stood 11th in the district. Samaj Rattan, Shri Hira Lal Jam, chairman of the college, Managing Committee, Kedar Nath, president, Shanti Saroop Jain, senior vice-president, Bipin, secretary, Surinder Kumar, manager, and Neelam , officiating principal of the college, congratulated the head of department, Hitesh Ahuja, staff members and students for the achievement.

Electrostatic nozzle developed
An electrostatic nozzle has been developed by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), in collaboration with the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh, and the Centre of Excellence for Farm Machinery (CSIR-CMERI Lab), Ludhiana. The electrostatic nozzle was sprayed on cotton crop grown at a departmental research farm.

Non-teaching staff of LRDAV College observe strike
Jagraon, August 28
The non-teaching staff of Lala Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, observed a strike in support of their demands. The strike was organised on a call given by DAV College Employees Coordination Committee, the protesting non-teaching staff members raised slogans against the DAV College Management.

Haj Committee takes preventive measures
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 28
Muslims going for a pilgrimage to Makkah, have been advised to attend special awareness and vaccination camp being organised by the State Haj Committee at Malerkotla on Monday. Besides undertaking mandatory vaccination, the organisers will be giving tips on preventive measures to be taken in wake of Ebola threat.

Mind Plus Retreat opens first unit
Mind Plus Retreat today announced the launch for their first unit in Ludhiana. It has specialist psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and de-addiction facilities under one roof. It is spread over 5 acres with comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms, living areas, gym, recreation facilities and landscaped outdoor space.

Kunal Kala, Managing Director, Mind Plus Retreat, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Sanitation workers continue strike
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 28 The town is fast turning into a dumping site. One can see garbage strewn in every nook and cranny. With sanitation workers refusing to call off their strike, residents are at the receiving end.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to visit city today
Ludhiana, August 28
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, will visit the city tomorrow. He will interact with children at Adarsh School (run by Bharti Foundation) at Sherpur Kalan near Jagraon, Sat Paul Mittal School, Dugri Phase XI and BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam will interact with students at BCM Arya Model school in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet verma

SCD College website provides outdated info
Ludhiana, August 28
SCD Government College is one of the oldest and renowned institution of the city and offer various computer courses but surprisingly the official website of college provides outdated information.

Being by their side in twilight yrs of their lives
Ludhiana, August 28
Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, today stated that the district administration had decided to dedicate the month of October to senior citizens. A meeting to redress complaints under the Senior Citizen Act-2007 was held today.

Clash in tajpur road locality
Registration of case sparks protest
Ludhiana, August 28
A day after a dairy owner and residents of a slum area clashed in Tajpur road, the police have booked the dairy owner, Ramesh Kumar, his son Sushil Kumar and four others in an attempt to murder case. The case was registered on the complaint of Mintu of Ram Behari Colony.

A rising tide lifts all boats, says CM
Ludhiana, August 28
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has admitted that corruption stalks the banking sector in the state. Speaking at a state-level programme at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan to launch the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, the CM said banks refused to give loans to the poor. He said sometimes the bank officials sought a “cut” of Rs 1,000-Rs 2,000 on a loan of Rs 10,000-Rs 20,000.

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal hands out a banking kit to a beneficiary at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Illegal structure pulled down
Ludhiana, August 28
Building branch officials today demolished an under-construction building near Gulati Chowk in Model Town. Assistant Town Planner of the MC (Zone D) Monica Anand said four shops were being constructed in the posh area without an approved building plan. On receiving a complaint that illegal construction was being carried out in the area, building inspector Pal Parneet was sent to the spot and the structure was razed. Pal Parneet said no resistance was put up by anybody. Anand said the field staff of the MC was on the constant lookout for any unlawful building activity or illegal change of land use from residential to commercial. — OC


rural games

Khanna athletes ride on all-round performance
Ludhiana, August 28
Khanna Block athletes emerged victorious in the boys’ category by pocketing 50 points during the District Rural Games for Boys and Girls (U-16) at Guru Nanak Stadium today. Samrala Block and Doraha finished at second and third places with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Samrala eves bagged a gold medal while Jagraon and Machhiwara stood second with 19 points. Doraha secured the third place with 15 points.

Players slug it out during a kabaddi match at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph



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