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Diwali rush spells chaos on roads 
Ludhiana, October 18
With four days left for Diwali, the city markets have started witnessing traffic bottlenecks. During the peak hours, one comes across long traffic jams at many busy market places like Ghumar Mandi, Model Town, Fountain Chowk, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Jagraon Bridge, Chaura Bazar, Meena Bazar and Gur Mandi.
A traffic jam at a market place in Ludhiana. A traffic jam at a market place in Ludhiana. A tribune photo 


MC prepares data on unapproved buildings 
Ludhiana, October 18
In Patiala district, around 1,500 building plans are approved on an average a year. But in Ludhiana, which happens to be the largest district of Punjab, the average figure of approved building plans is not more than 1,000. According to higher officials, if 20,000 buildings have come up with approved plans in the  district in the past 20 years, around 1.5 lakh buildings have been raised without getting their plans approved.

Speeding auto claims life 
Ludhiana, October 18
A 28-year-old youth was killed after he was hit by a speeding three-wheeler at Dugri late this evening. The deceased has been identified as Sandeep Bhatia, a resident of Aman Nagar, near Greenland School.

Gang of looters busted
Ludhiana, October 18
The city police claimed to have busted a gang of looters with the arrest of eight of members here today. The police recovered a large number of weapons from their possession. The accused have been identified as Sudesh Kumar, Tulsi Kumar, Darshanpal, Ashokpal, Jatinder, Saagar, Mann Singh and Pankaj. All accused are natives of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh but have been residing in the city for the past few years.

Structures razed
Ludhiana, October 18
The building branch officials of Zone A demolished illegal structures today. At Kailash Nagar, an upcoming structure was demolished. The officials said the owner continued with the construction within a 100-metre radius from the Jalandhar bypass despite warning.

Residents allege shoddy patch work
A truck gets stuck after a road caves in at Vishal Nagar on Saturday. It was recarpeted four months ago. Ludhiana, October 18
The Municipal Corporation authorities are under fire from the local residents for carrying out sub-standard patch work on the stretch from Ferozepur Road to Sunet village on the outskirts of the city.

A truck gets stuck after a road caves in at Vishal Nagar on Saturday. It was recarpeted four months ago. A Tribune photo

Look before you gobble down tempting sweets
Ludhiana, October 18
As demand for sweets goes up during the festive season, chances of adulteration of sweets and milk products remain high. The Health Department has been collecting samples of eatables and seizing adulterated sweets almost daily.




Paddy procurement
Fresh instructions issued
Ludhiana, October 18
Punjab Irrigation Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon today issued instructions to procurement agencies to lift paddy on time. Dhillon visited grain markets of the district and supervised the process of paddy procurement yesterday. He was accompanied by Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal.

Right to education
Schools yet to get their Act together 
Government schools in the state have failed to implement the RTE Act. Ludhiana, October 18
The implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act seems to be a distant dream in schools. The government has failed to implement the first phase of the Act even after three years.  Punjab introduced the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, in 2011. The first phase was supposed to be enforced by 2015, but nothing of the sort happened. 

Government schools in the state have failed to implement the RTE Act. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

school notes
Diwali celebrated
Students of KVM Senior Secondary School present a dance in Ludhiana.Ludhiana: BBSB Convent School, Sidhwan Bet, organised a competition. Students took part in diya and candle decoration. Principal Anita Kumari appreciated the efforts of the students and gave them prizes.

Students of KVM Senior Secondary School present a dance in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Prof Mohan Singh Mela 
A maelstrom of bright colours 
Ludhiana, October 18
Prof Mohan Singh Mela kicked off today. SS Channy, Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab, inaugurated the three-day event.
Artistes give colourful performances during Prof Mohan Singh Mela at Aarti Chowk in Ludhiana. Tribune Photos: Himanshu mahajan

Building bylaw violations rampant 
Ludhiana, October 18
Glaxzy Hotel on Ferozepur Road has been served a seven-day notice by the civic body for violating building bylaws. Dr SS Bindra, Assistant Town Planner, Zone D, said the building lacked adequate parking space and just the ground floor was approved by the MC while all other floors were constructed in the past two years without the Municipal Corporation’s approval.

Paddy procurement yet to pick up in Jagraon
Slow pace of procurement has left farmers worried. Jagraon, October 18
Paddy procurement is yet to pick up at Jagraon Grain Market. Farmers are upset over the slow pace of procurement, especially by government agencies. They said they were made to wait for long. Rice millers are procuring more crop as compared to the government agencies. But the farmers are not happy with the price they are being paid by the rice millers.

Slow pace of procurement has left farmers worried. A Tribune Photograph

Mélange of cultures blends with talent 
Ludhiana, October 18
The Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival (Ludhiana Zone A) began at the PU Regional Centre today. More than 1,500 students from 15 colleges affiliated to Panjab University are participating in the four-day event.
Girls all smiles; and (right) students take part in a “shabad gayan” competition during the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma 

Sale of crackers banned 
Mandi Ahmedgarh/ Malerkotla , October 18
The administration has banned the sale and storage of crackers. Wholesalers and retailers have been asked not to display crackers and inflammable products outside their shops. Shops located in narrow streets have also been prohibited to sell crackers.

Save water for a better future 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 18
Having triggered fights against drug addiction and dirtiness, the Education Department has pulled up socks to sensitise students about the significance of conservation of water.

Chinese printers call for mutual cooperation 
Ludhiana, October 18
A delegation of Chinese corrugated packaging industry visited the city yesterday to discuss the possible areas of cooperation with the Offset Printers Association (OPA). The print leaders from China are Alex Wang, project director, and Susie Zhang, marketing manager, Reed Exhibitions, China.

Docs, students take out ‘Pink Walk’
Ludhiana, October 18
On the last day of the Breast Cancer Awareness Week, Fortis Hospital organised a “Pink Walk”. The walk started from Hotel Le’ Baron on Ferozepur Road.


Cricket trials today
Ludhiana, October 18
The Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) will hold trials to select probables in the U-15 and U-18 categories on October 19. Vinod Chitkara, general secretary, LDCA, said the trials would be held at Arya College on Sunday from 8.30 am. Players born on or after September 1, 1999, are eligible to take part in the U-15 category while those born on or after September 1, 1996, can participate in the trials in the U-18 category.



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