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Few takers for vanity numbers
Ludhiana, October 12
It seems inflation has also started affecting the e-auction of vanity registration numbers. In the recent e-auctions held by the Transport Department, less than 30% vanity numbers of different series were auctioned.

Wife, son plotted man’s killing, three arrested
Ludhiana, October 12
The food van owner, whose body was found in the fields of Jandiali village in the Ram Nagar area a few days ago, was killed by his wife, son and a contract killer. The Moti Nagar police today claimed to have cracked the murder case with the arrested of these three persons.

Construction of ‘illegal’ building stopped after MC intervention
Ludhiana, October 12
The building branch of the Municipal Corporation has got the construction of a building at Shivpuri stopped. It was being constructed without an approved building plan. Earlier, it was alleged that the building was part of an “illegal” colony and the MC was not demolishing it under pressure from a SAD leader of Ludhiana.

Festive Rush
Special train for Ludhiana-Saharsa section
Ludhiana, October 12
The migrant population settled in the industrial capital of the state has something to cheer about as Northern Railway has announced yet another festival special train on the Firozepur-Ludhiana-Saharsa section to meet the increased rush of passengers during the coming festivals of Diwali and Chhath Pooja.


Dengue patient count climbs to 51
Ludhiana, October 12
Four more patients have tested positive for dengue and the count of patients diagnosed with the disease in the local hospitals has climbed to 51, of whom 35 belong to Ludhiana, 15 to other districts and one belongs to Uttar Pradesh (UP).

Man killed, 14 injured in accident
Ludhiana, October 12
One person was killed and 15 were injured after a speeding mini bus hit the divider while trying to avoid collision with a stray cow near Sahnewal near here last night. The deceased has been identified as Hardeep Singh of Haibowal. He was married nearly two months ago. The injured passengers said when accident happened Hardeep was telling his wife on the phone that he was coming home soon to break her Karva Chauth fast.


Swachh Bharat still a distant dream in Doraha
Doraha, October 12
The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan being carried out throughout the country began in Doraha as well, but officially neither the council, nor the residents, seem to be serious about it. The residents continue to dump the garbage openly and the council, who just blames companies for any such callousness, has yet to imbibe swachhta in their day-to-day acts.

Self-employment raises standard of living: PSSSB chief
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 12 Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board (PSSSB) chairman Santa Singh Umaidpuri exhorted rural youths to raise their standard of living by seeking self employment through various schemes being launched by the government.

delimitation of wards
Admn’s ‘pick-and-choose’ policy angers politicians
Malerkotla/Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 12
Irked over the “pick-and-choose” policy adopted by the administration in the process of delimitation of wards, office-bearers of various political parties have urged the Punjab Local Bodies Department to review maps.

Practise what you preach
The city traffic police has issued strict instructions against the widespread practice of seating one or two passengers on both sides of the driver’s seat on the three-wheelers plying in the mega city to check the alarming rate of road accidents. For some time, the drivers violating the orders were also challaned and hefty fines were imposed upon them. However, one comes across the policemen, and even the traffic cops sitting alongside the driver of three-wheelers on the city roads which send a wrong signal that those donning ‘khaki’ or uniform of traffic cops are above the law. If the police force will continue to flout traffic rules like this, who will enforce the rules on others is the big question.

From colleges
Zonal Youth Festival concludes at GNIMT
Ludhiana: The Day 3 of the PTU Zonal Youth Festival started with colourful folk dance (Giddha) at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Ludhiana. Dr MS Kang, former Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, was the chief guest for the concluding day. He appreciated PTU and GNIMT for organising the festival successfully.

DAZZLING DIVA: Girls pose for a photograph after their performance at the concluding function of the Zonal Youth Fest (Zone-II) at GNIMT College in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Breast cancer awareness month
Let’s conquer cancer
Ludhiana, October 12
Health talks will be organised by Fortis Hospital in schools to create awareness among students and teachers about early diagnosis of breast cancer. October is being observed as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month all over the world and Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana, is observing ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Week’ from October 13 to 18.

Tamil classic Thirukkural’s Punjabi version released
Ludhiana, October 12
Punjabi Sahit Akademi, Ludhiana, in collaboration with the Central Institute of Tamil organised a function to release a translated Tamil classic into Punjabi named as ‘Thirukkural’ here today at Punjabi Bhawan.

Let there be light: A woman looks at lamps displayed at an exhibition in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

City in a poetic image: Workers install the statue of Prof Mohan Singh at Aarti Chowk in Ludhiana. 
Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Take care of your loved ones
Ludhiana, October 12
To celebrate World Mental Health Day, Manas Foundation, a city-based NGO, organised its eighth annual caregiver meet today. Around 300 caregivers from various parts of Punjab attended the programme. Dr GS Wander, chief cardiologist, Hero Heart DMC Institute, was the chief guest.

Samrala Civil Hospital cries for attention
Samrala, October 12
Although Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is in full swing at several places in the state but the bad condition at the Civil Hospital, Samrala, tells a different story. There are high bushes in several parts of the hospital and standing water has become a den for the mosquitoes to breed and other water-borne diseases to break out.

World Arthritis day
Deform cigarettes, and not joints
Ludhiana, October 12
On World Arthritis Day, people and organisations join hands to create awareness about rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Dr Amit Kansal, rheumatology specialist, DMCH, said rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was a chronic, progressive and disabling autoimmune disease of joints affecting 0.8-1.0 per cent of Indians. “Its onset is generally between 20 and 60 years, although it can occur at any age.

Get primped this festive season
Ludhiana, October 12
"Elan 2014”, a two-day exposition showcasing the most exquisite collections, began at Park Plaza today. From limited edition pashminas to stylish designer wear with exclusive watches, heritage jewellery, handbags and expert consultancy in luxurious weddings presented by Ahuja Sons, Frontier Raas, Kapoor Watches, Khanna Jewellers, Judith Leiber and CSV Couture Weddings, the exhibition has it all.

The young brigade: Youths take out a dastar rally in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Unified Delivery Centres on anvil
Ludhiana, October 12
The state government is in the process of opening Unified Service Delivery Centres in the state. The centres will be like Suvidha Centres, but the services will be taken from departments such as police, health and transport.

Looking at remarriage from a different perspective
Ludhiana, October 12
One of the most popular on-screen couples, Anup Soni and Smita Bansal, who are known for their effortless chemistry, made an appearance in the city today. Both the actors were in the city to stage a play titled “Hum Do Hamare Woh” being organised by Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam.

MP comes down heavily on state govt
Ludhiana, October 12
MP Ravneet Singh Bittu today flayed the Punjab Government for “letting down” the medal winners of the state by not fulfilling its promise. The MP said: “It’s shameful that the sportspersons who have brought laurels to the state by winning medals at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) and Asian Games are yet to receive Rs 2.65 crore, their share of the prize money as announced by the state government. The Haryana Government has already given the entire prize money of Rs 13.75 crore to all its CWG medal winners.”

Bankers told to celebrate a gift-free Diwali
Ludhiana, October 12
Public sector banks and insurance companies have been advised by the Finance Ministry to refrain from doling out freebies. Hence, there will be no gifts on Diwali this year.

Chaos all the way
It seems that it is raining chaos in the city. Begging, congestion and encroachments have been a bane of the industrial hub. The problems are soaring as the civic authorities are snoring. One can see garbage strewn at every nook and cranny. Accumulation of sewage, waste disposal in the open, flooding, non-functional air compressors at fuel stations, polluting autos and their pathetic road discipline, potholed roads, glaring high-beam lights, poor maintenance of parks and public toilets, dangling old hoardings, filth at the bus stand and the railway station are some of the issues that need to be addressed at the earliest.

Quilts given to needy
Ludhiana, October 12
Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir and Lala Jagat Narayan Nishkam Sewa Sangh organised its 206th ration distribution function today. Monthly ration and quilts were given to more than 700 widows at Shri Gyan Sthal Temple. Balramji Dass Tandon, Governor, Chhattisgarh, was the chief guest. Text books were also given to the needy. A truck loaded with quilts was also flagged off for flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir and Ratan Lal Garg donated Rs 21,000. Tandon appreciated the efforts of the trust under. He assured them of doing the needful. Among others present included Sunita Aggarwal, Senior Deputy Mayor, Ludhiana MC, office-bearers of several social organisations, district administration and police officials. tns


Man arrested for raping stepdaughter
Samrala, October 12
The police have arrested a person for raping his stepdaughter. The accused has been identified as Raja Ram, a resident of Diwala village. On the statement of the victim, the police have registered a case under Sections 376, 506,109 of the IPC. The accused will be presented in the court tomorrow. SHO Ashwani Kumar said the victim had a daughter and was staying with her father in Delhi. He said they had informed the Delhi police about the incident. — OC


TT: Harnoor, Tanya claim titles
Ludhiana, October 12 Harnoor Singh and Tanya Munjal reigned supreme, clinching three and two titles, respectively, in the Ludhiana District Table Tennis Tournament that concluded at Shastri Hall today. Harnoor Singh, a student of DCM Presidency School, emerged champion in the junior boys singles, youth boys and men’s singles to stamp his superiority while Tanya of DAV Public School proved her supremacy in sub-junior girls and junior girls’ sections.



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