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Gym trainer’s murder cracked
Ludhiana, September 3
The 36-year-old gym trainer, Honey Sharma, was killed by around 12 attackers armed with pistols, rods and other sharp weapons.

The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Wednesday;
The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune Photographs


Youths gatecrash all-girls party
Ludhiana, September 3
The role of an ASI has come under the scanner for helping a youth, who had gatecrashed an all-girls party organised at SCD Government College on August 30.

Undertrial escapes from hospital
Ludhiana, September 3
An HIV positive undertrial, who was undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital, escaped from police custody last night. The undertrial was caught recently by the Nawanshahr police in connection with a theft case. He was lodged in the Central jail, Ludhiana.

Project inaugurated twice
Ludhiana, September 3
While the Municipal Corporation authorities are shying away from the public these days as development has come to a standstill in many wards due to the paucity of funds, leaders won’t miss any opportunity to take credit for a development project in the city.

4 snatchers nabbed 
A snatcher in police custody.Ludhiana, September 3
The police have arrested four snatchers who were behind 18 snatchings reported in the city recently. While three snatchers were arrested by PAU police, one was nabbed by the Sarabha Nagar police. They have been identified as Honey Kumar of Barewal, Pankaj of the Rajori Garden area and Yaqub Ali of the Ayali Kalan area. The police have recovered two mobile phones, two blue tooth devices and Rs 10,000 from their possession. Besides, a motorcycle used in the crime has also been recovered from them.

A snatcher in police custody. A Tribune photograph

Modi’s speech: Primary schools to tune in radios 
Ludhiana, September 3
Providing relaxation to the teachers of primary schools, the District Education Officer have now asked them to arrange radio sets to tune in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on September 5. Earlier, the teachers were asked to arrange television sets and power generators.

MC wakes up from slumber, to resume demolition drive today
Ludhiana, September 3
Waking up from their slumber after about three months, the Municipal Corporation authorities seem to be all set to conduct a demolition drive tomorrow. The drive will not be a cake walk for the authorities as they are sure to face stiff resistance from “leaders” this time.
An encroachment being removed in Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana  people collect their belongings after a demolition drive.
An encroachment being removed in Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana; and (right) people collect their belongings after a demolition drive. file photographs




Use of substandard construction material
High drama during inspection of road
Jagraon, September 3
Members of the inquiry team from the Local Bodies Department argue with the complainant during the inspection of a road in Jagraon. High drama was witnessed here when members of an inquiry team, which had visited Jagraon to inspect the road following allegations of use of substandard construction material by the contractor, had heated arguments with the complainant.

Members of the inquiry team from the Local Bodies Department argue with the complainant during the inspection of a road in Jagraon. A Tribune photograph

Activists join hands with police to fight social evils
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 3
Office-bearers and activists of various organisations of the town and the surrounding localities have joined hands with the police in the fight launched against social evils, including drug addition, gender bias and eve-teasing.

Migrant labourer commits suicide
Machiwara, September 3
A migrant labourer allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance near here. The deceased has been identified as Rohit Kumar (30), a resident of Uttar Pradesh.




Strike by sweepers enters 27th day
Sewage accumulated near a house in Doraha. Doraha, September 3
The strike by sweepers has made the residents pay through the nose. The strike entered the 27th day today. As a result, sewage has started entering residential colonies. At present, sanitary conditions are in a deplorable state in Doraha. The Sher-e-Punjab dhaba street and the adjoining streets were already in a deplorable condition. Now in the absence of sweepers, the streets have turned into a pool of stagnant water. The filthy water is entering the houses.

Sewage accumulated near a house in Doraha. A Tribune photograph

Ganesh Utsav: Religious fervour grips town
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 3
Ganesh Utsav is being celebrated with religious fervour at the town and the surrounding localities. The 10-day festival is being observed at temples and households.

Confusion over holidays
Ludhiana, September 3
Due to separate calendars for gazetted holidays of Panjab University and Punjab Government, confusion prevails among students of local colleges.

 Commuters caught in the rain at Bhai Wala Chowk in Ludhiana on Wednesday.  Commuters caught in the rain at Bhai Wala Chowk in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
caught unawares: Commuters caught in the rain at Bhai Wala Chowk in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

PAU gets ICAR project 
Ludhiana, September 3
The Department of Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, is one of the centres under newly launched All India Network Project on “Conservation of Lac Insect Genetic Resources” funded by the ICAR. Under this project funds to the tune of Rs 53.93 lakhs will be sanctioned for current financial plan, said Dr Balwinder Singh, Head of the Department.

Organisation marks Punjabi week 
Ludhiana, September 3
Meri Maa Boli Punjabi (My mother tongue is Punjabi), an organisation for promotion of Punjabi, has shown concern on the non-use of Punjabi script at notice boards and documents for public dealing of centre government’s departments in state.

Mela Chhapar
Cops, SAD activists to keep tab on disruptive elements 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 3
In view of recent shoe hurling incident during chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s speech at Issru and frequent protests by agitating disappointed employees, the organisation of Mela Chhappar has become a litmus test for the Ludhiana (Rural) police. Though no formal announcement of surveillance on activities of protesting outfits has been made, the district police is learnt to have drafted foolproof security plan to prevent any untoward incident at the Mela Chhapar scheduled to commence on Sunday.

Ludhiana Management Association awards
From dreamers to achievers 
Ludhiana, September 3
The 36th annual function of the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) was held today. Balramji Dass Tandon, Governor of Chhattisgarh, was the chief guest. Six persons were felicitated. LMA-Vardhman Award for Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 was given to Arvind Dham, chairman, Amtek Group.

Ludhiana Management Association awarded six businessmen during its 36th annual function
The Ludhiana Management Association awarded six businessmen during its 36th annual function in ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Toll tax hike fuels anger 
Ludhiana, September 3
Residents expressed disgust at the toll tax hike. They voiced anger over the slow pace of work on the 291-kilometre National Highway 1. Congress leader Ishwarjot Cheema said: “The toll tax was a big issue during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections and pilgrims visiting a shrine at Phillaur had objected to the exorbitant rates. MP Manish Tiwari has failed to address the issue.”

CICU slams hike in power tariff 
Ludhiana, September 3
Taking strong exception to hike in power tariff with retrospective effect, the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) said it was unheard of that consumers be made to pay more for electricity already consumed and paid for. Avtar Singh, president and Upkar Singh, general secretary of the body, said the decision had made it amply clear that the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) was not an autonomous body and it did not take decisions on rational grounds.

It takes civic body years to repair a road!
Jagraon, September 3
The Jagraon-Kaunke Kalan link road has not been repaired for the past five years. The Jagraon-Kaunke Kalan link road is in a pitiable condition. The road was last repaired more than five years ago. Commuters avoid taking the road and prefer alternative routes to reach their respective destinations. They don’t mind going the extra mile.

The Jagraon-Kaunke Kalan link road has not been repaired for the past five years. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

When traffic jams the golden hour 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 3
Activists of social organisations have urged the administration to take preventive steps for an unhindered movement of ambulances in the region. Complaints poured in from residents that ambulances were unable to reach hospitals on time, courtesy traffic jams and inadequate infrastructure.

MP writes to Railway Minister 
Ludhiana, September 3
MP Ravneet Singh Bittu has written a letter to DV Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister for Railways, urging him to develop and upgrade the Dhandari Kalan railway station. Bittu stated: “The railway station that accommodates 100 trains lacks infrastructure. As many as 70,000 passengers visit the station every day. During the festive season, it is raining chaos at the station.”

Dangerous state of affairs: Narrow streets in the old city area tell a tale of apathy. In case of emergencies, help never reaches on time. Loose electricity wires are sounding a death knell. Still, the area is yet to catch the authorities’ attention. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan


Bank employee booked for fraud
Samrala, September 3
The Khanna police have booked a bank employee for withdrawing over Rs 33 lakh from accounts of bank customers. The accused has been identified as Deepak Kumar, a resident of Samana. He was working with the Punjab and Sind Bank’s branch at Bagli Kalan village.




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