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Worker dies in boiler blast
Ludhiana, September 18
One worker was killed and nine were injured in a boiler blast at Shiva Texfeb on Kohara-Machhiwara Road this morning. The deceased has been identified as Suresh Chaudhary. Three of the injured workers, Mohammad Noor Alam, Ajay Pal and Mukesh Kumar, have been undergoing treatment at Christen Medical College and Hospital (CMCH). Their condition is critical.

PAU tight-lipped on transfers
Ludhiana, September 18
The Punjab Agricultural University authorities are tight-lipped on the issue of transfers of two assistant professors late evening on September 12, the first day of Kisan Mela.

A maize trial field near Vice-Chancellor’s office on the PAU campus. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Man bludgeoned to death
September 18, 2014
Factory workers stab owners
September 17, 2014
MC has no records of 250 buildings
September 16, 2014
Cattle electrocuted
September 15, 2014
2 professors shifted for mela washout
September 14, 2014
Rain plays spoilsport at Kisan Mela
September 13, 2014
20 school buses impounded
September 12, 2014
MC dilly-dallies on High Court orders
September 11, 2014
Three booked for rape
September 10, 2014
2 hurt in attack near college
September 9, 2014
2 booked for Hawas killing
September 8, 2014

Report on buildings under construction
Do it again, MC chief tells staff
Ludhiana, September 18
Expressing anguish over the way the lists of upcoming buildings in the four zones were submitted to him, the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Pradeep Aggarwal, has issued notices to around 12 building inspectors, asking them to conduct the exercise again.

Civil Hospital makes do with single phone
Ludhiana, September 18
The local Civil Hospital is dependent on just a single landline phone for its communication needs. The hospital caters to the entire Ludhiana district. A senior medical officer, Dr RK Karkara, says: “This is the age of mobile phone, so there is no need of landline phones”.

How a fairytale turned out to be a deception for NRI bride
Ludhiana, September 18
An Italy-based NRI woman has lodged a complaint with the city police alleging that her husband was using her to obtain permanent residency in Italy. The complainant, Amandeep Kaur, tied the knot with a resident of Samrala Chowk five years ago. Amandeep, who returned to Italy in August, claimed that she was subjected to dowry harassment by her husband and in-laws in India. The torture continued in Italy and once her husband got a temporary permanent residence certificate, the latter deserted her.

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Fake driver’s licence Racket
More skeletons likely to tumble out
Ludhiana, September 18
The involvement of three noted doctors in the driver’s licence racket has jolted the medical fraternity. Until now, there were allegations against the doctors for working hand in glove with pharmaceutical companies and surgical equipment companies, but the issuance of fitness certificates to agents who were further using it for making driver’s licences has put a question mark on the noble profession.

SSC test stumps students
Doraha, September 18
Candidates who appeared in the Stenographer (Grade C and D) exam, recently conducted by Staff Selection Commission, have allegedly complained of anomalies in the paper. The question paper comprised of a total of 200 questions. Part-I of general intelligence and reasoning consisted of 50 questions, Part-II of general awareness comprising 50 questions and Part-III of English language and comprehension consisting 100 questions. All the questions were compulsory and carried equal marks.

School for Meritorious Students
Finally, non-teaching staff appointed
Ludhiana, September 18
Five non-teaching employees had joined at Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students, here today. The school was being run without non-teaching staff from last three months. Some employees of education department have been working on deputation to run the school.

Sale of land: Power employees threaten to intensify strike
Ludhiana, September 18
Resenting the proposal to sell 32 acres of prime land of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on Ferozepur Road, employees and officials of power utility today threatened to intensify their ongoing agitation if the management and the government persisted with their decision.

Regularisation of jobs, wage hike
MGNREGA employees hold protest
Ludhiana, September 18
Ten employees of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) sat on a 24-hour hunger strike outside the Mini Secretariat here today. The employees have been demanding regularisation of their jobs and hike in salaries.

Employees of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act scheme observe a hunger strike outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Ludhiana on Thursday. photo: Inderjeet Verma

Recruitment in Armed Forces
Col Kanwar Preet Singh Atwal, District Defence Services Welfare Officer, Ludhiana, has informed that for recruitment in the Armed Forces, the pre-recruitment training has been started by the Ludhiana office. He said, “The Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) will recruit constables on a large scale.” He said further details are available on their website, www.itbpolice.nic.in.

Tricycles and wheelchairs were distributed by the Bhagwan Mahavir Sewa Sansthan to the needy persons in Ludhiana. A Tribune Photograph

School notes
Food bucket challenge
The Ryan Group has launched the Ryan Schools Food Bucket Challenge. The group aims to mobilise over one million kilograms of food (mainly rice, wheat, jowar, sugar, onions, potatoes, milk powder) and distribute it to various orphanages and NGOs across the country. This is a nationwide programme and the group hopes that in addition to its stakeholders – students, parents, staff and others – the general public will also join in to support the needy. CEO Ryan Pinto said, “Hunger remains the number one cause of death in the world.

‘Tap business opportunities in CIS’
Ludhiana, September 18
There are vast business opportunities available with the Commonwealth of Indian States (CIS). This was stated by Ravi Capoor, Joint Secretary (CIS), Department of Commerce, during an interactive session on ‘Opening New Markets: Destination CIS’ organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today. He was the chief guest on the occasion.

Man reports insects in soft drink, company fails to act
Ludhiana, September 18
A local resident got a rude shock when he found three insects in a cold drink. Jatin Kumar said though the incident took place in July and he raised the issue with the company officials, they have failed to address the issue till date. Following this, he has lodged a complaint to the Civil Surgeon in this regard.

Jatin Kumar shows the bottle of soft drink containing insects. photo: Inderjeet Verma

Human trafficking
Four days gone, police yet to act
Ludhiana, September 18
After seeing the dark side of placement agencies, district child protection officer (DCPO) Shilpa has decided to rescue children working as domestic helps. “Gafoor Ansari from Bihar has agreed that eight girls and a boy were placed through him. We will soon contact the authorities concerned in Jharkhand and try to find parents of the girls and the boy, so that they can be handed over to their kin,” said the DCPO.

National voluntary blood donation day
Campaign to be launched on Oct 1
Ludhiana, September 18
National Voluntary Blood Donation Day will be observed across the nation on October 1. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Give gift in the form of life -blood donation”. In addition to this, a special drive will be launched to create awareness on blood donation from October 1-31.

Excise & Taxation Dept to upload list of bogus dealers
Ludhiana, September 18
The Excise and Taxation Department will update a list of bogus dealers on its website. Excise and Taxation Commissioner Anurag Verma said traders wanted the department to upload the list of such dealers.

GADVASU scholar brings laurels
Ludhiana, September 18
The MOU signed between Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) and University of Saskatchewan (Canada) and Free University Berlin (Germany) became more fruitful when Pallvi attended summer school at University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr Ramneek, director, School of Animal Biotechnology, said she bagged the award for best poster presentation during the summer school for the research poster.

Workshop held
Ludhiana: Primary teachers of all the 11 branches of Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Park, attended the workshop on “Effective Classroom Teaching and Class Management” on the school premises today. Resource person Fatima gave the valuable information on effective classroom techniques. The school years from nursery to Class II (children from 2 ½ to 7 years), being the foundation years, need to be handled with a lot of care, she said. As the sound recognition happens during this time, it is very important for understanding and learning any language.” Learning, she said, should be activity-based. — TNS

Health activists to stage dharna on Sept 30
Ludhiana, September 18
Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) today stated that they would urge the government to give them minimum wages till the time they were not regularised. They demanded that they should be given mobile phones and their bills should also be reimbursed, adding that they should also get identity cards, health insurance cover, uniform, risk allowance and free treatment. Amarjeet Kaur, district president, ASHA Workers and Facilitator Union, said they also wanted a seniority list. The workers decided to stage a dharna in Chandigarh on September 30. Ranjit Kaur, general secretary of the union, said the government had accepted some of their demands, but was not fulfilling those. TNS

Accredited Social Health Activists protest in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

BSNL employees’ stir
Ludhiana: Members of the Sanchar Nigam Executives Association staged a dharna outside the GM’s office. The employees have been demanding standard pay scales. They said the number of management trainees should be increased from 150 to 300. — TNS


National voluntary blood donation day
Elderly woman robbed off earrings
Jagraon, September 18
Two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths allegedly snatched the gold earrings from an elderly woman and fled here today. The victim identified as Rani Sharma, resident of Shastri Nagar locality, also received minor injuries. The incident took place at the Disposal Road, Jagraon, when the victim was returning home from a local hospital.

Travel agent booked
Ludhiana, September 18
The police have booked a travel agent, Satpal Singh of Brown Road, for duping a city resident for Rs 17 lakh on the pretext of sending him to Australia. Complainant Harpreet Singh said the accused did not send him abroad and when he asked him to return his money, the latter refused. A case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC has been registered.


Katoch Shield: Hosts corner glory
Ludhiana, September 18
The four-day match played between Ludhiana and Chandigarh at Punjab Agricultural University ended in a draw, however on the basis of first innings lead of 54 runs, hosts were declared winners of the Inter-District Senior Punjab State Cricket Tournament. Ludhiana earned three points while the visitors had to content with one point.

A match in progress during the Inter-District Senior Punjab State Cricket Tournament at the PAU in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma



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