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Suvidha Centre server tests visitors’ patience
Ludhiana, October 20
Work came to a standstill at different counters of the Suvidha Centre at the Mini Secretariat here today as the server had remained down for more than three hours.

Visitors wait at the Suvidha Centre as server remains down in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Dealers line up cars for Dhanteras deliveries
Ludhiana, October 20
With Dhanteras falling tomorrow, car dealers in the city have kept their fingers crossed after a slow start to the festive season. Dhanteras is traditionally a day when the highest number of vehicles is delivered since it is considered auspicious. Customers, who had booked vehicles as far back as August, are opting to receive delivery of their vehicles on Dhanteras.


DSP Balraj Gill murder
Prosecution concludes evidence in case
Ludhiana, October 20
Prosecution has closed its evidence in the DSP Balraj Gill and Monika Kapila murder case after examining 41 witnesses here today. Additional Sessions Judge Priya Sood thereafter adjourned the case for October 31. On the next hearing, the statement of the accused will be recorded under section 313 of the CrPC. Then they will be given an opportunity to lead defence evidence, if any.

SIT demanded for probe into child abuse case
Ludhiana, October 20
A day after a 34-year-old tutor, along with her two brothers, was booked for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy, Sukesh Kalia, vice-chairman of the Protection of Children’s Rights Commission, Punjab, today visited the city along with the activists of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan to meet the Commissioner of Police Pramod Ban. The victim was also accompanying them.

Sukesh Kalia, vice-chairman, Protection of Children’s Rights Commission, Punjab, along with the activists of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Setting trends: Healthy gift ideas for Diwali
Ludhiana, October 20
Visiting friends and relatives on Diwali and giving them gifts is a common practice. Whenever Diwali is around, the instant thought that comes to our mind is carrying a box of traditional Indian sweets to greet our near and dear ones. With adulteration of sweets being reported every other day, nobody wants to gift their relatives sweets on Diwali.


say no to fireworks
Crack the tough nut this Diwali
Ludhiana, October 20
This year, youngsters want to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali. Expressing concern over the rising pollution levels, the young brigade has decided to say no to crackers. Schoolchildren have been asked not to waste money on crackers.

Youngsters have decided to celebrate a green Diwali in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

school notes
Spell-bee competition
A spell-bee competition was organised at Green Grove Public School, Mohanpur. The students honed their skills at spelling memory, good range of vocabulary, calligraphy and importance of legible handwriting. Students from Classes I to X participated in the competition.

Youth and Heritage Festival, Ludhiana Zone A
PU Regional Centre resonates with fun and frolic
Ludhiana, October 20
The Youth and Heritage Festival, Ludhiana Zone A, entered its third day at the Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana. The day started with one act play, skit and poem recitation. The day was dedicated to Dr Randhir Singh Chand. The chairperson of the Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, Dr Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal, was the chief guest in the morning session.

Students take part in various activities during the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival, Ludhiana Zone-A, in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Don’t let iodine deficiency damage your brain
Ludhiana, October 20
Iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) can lower the IQ by 15 points. Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day is observed on October 21. During pregnancy, even milder deficiencies can affect foetal development and result in physical and mental retardation.

Prof Mohan Singh Mela
Day 3 of fair dedicated to givers, achievers
Ludhiana, October 20
The three-day 36th Prof Mohan Singh Memorial International Punjabi Cultural Fair concluded at Punjabi Bhawan today. The third day was dedicated to Kulwant Singh Lehri.

Awardees at the venue for Prof Mohan Singh Mela at Punjabi Bhawan in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana scan
Installation ceremony
Lions Club, Ludhiana, celebrated its 53rd installation ceremony. District Governor Rajeev Goyal was the chief guest. The new office-bearers are: President: Pawan Goyal; secretary Varun Chandok and treasurer: SP Sharma. Shapti Pal Verma, chairman, welcomed guests. The president said they would work for the welfare of the poor. A service project was also launched. Members distributed sewing machines among widows.

GADVASU pockets 3 gold medals
Ludhiana, October 20The faculty and postgraduate students of the Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University won three gold medals at the 38th Annual Congress of the Indian Society of Veterinary Surgery (ISVS) and International Symposium.

Cleanliness drive launched
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 20
The SAD government has launched a co-ordinated programme to strengthen and improve hygiene in rural areas. An amount of Rs 1,220 crore has been earmarked for the plan drafted and approved for the complete overhaul of 12,282 villages of the border state.

Lifestyle changes can curb hypertension, says expert
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 20
With one of every five persons suffering from hypertension in India, there is a dire need to change lifestyle and increase awareness to prevent the silent killer spread its tentacles. This was stated by the chief cardiologist, Dr Gurpreet Wander, at Hero DMC Heart Centre, Ludhiana, during a concluding session of medical check-up camp at Pohir village.

MC gets 10 bidders
Ludhiana, October 20
The pre-bid meeting on advertisements has attracted 10 bidders. Although officials refused to divulge details, those who attended the meeting maintained that many bidders were “unhappy” with the terms and conditions.

Cyclists take the green road
Ludhiana, October 20
Ludhiana Peddlers, Ludhiana, took out an awareness rally today. More than 100 cyclists, led by Ranjodh Singh, patron of the club, urged residents to celebrate a green Diwali. The cycled through Sarabha Nagar, Malhar Road and Ferozepur Road.

The cyclists are urging residents to say no to crackers this Diwali. Tribune Photo: Himanshu mahajan

Cultural fetes go global
Doraha, October 20
The Department of Youth and Cultural Affairs of the Panjab Technical University has introduced a concept of international dances in the Zonal and Inter-Zonal Youth Festivals in the current year.

Talent, creativity at its best on Day 2 of heritage fest
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 20
Over 300 students from 18 colleges, associated with A Zone of Punjab University, showcased their talent on the second day of the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at GHG Khalsa College, Sadhar, today.

Students perform during the Youth Festival at Sadhar on Monday. A Tribune Photograph

Ebola threat
Panic, concern grip African students in Ludhiana
Ludhiana, October 20
African students studying in India and having families living in the area affected by the deadly Ebola, are worried about the well-being of their people. Angeline, pursuing graduation in the city, hails from Guinea, which is one of the three badly-affected countries with the Ebola virus and fever, after Liberia and Sierra Leone. “It is distressing to know about the ill-effect of Ebola in Africa. I call home after every two-three days to inquire about the health of my family and how the situation is,” said Angeline.

Nine bread varieties launched in Ludhiana
Harvest Gold, leading bread manufacturer, launched a variety of breads in Punjab in collaboration with the UI Agro Enterprises Pvt Ltd. A manufacturing plant has also been established at Bhilaspur village in Moga.

Ayurveda students vow to work for underprivileged
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 20
Staff and students of Guru Nanak Ayurvedic Medical College and Research Institute at Gopalpur village vowed to dedicate their lives to the service of ailing humanity. Responding to a call made by the management of the college, students pledged that they would dedicate their knowledge and professional skill to the welfare of ailing humanity.

Couple accused of kidnapping child, booked
Khanna, October 20
A two-and-a-half year old boy was allegedly kidnapped by a migrant couple yesterday. The boy has been identified as Rohan Kumar, son of a migrant labourer, residing in a rented accommodation at Rajgarh village, near Doraha.

College notes: Industrial visit to ‘Ek Prayaas’
The Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, organised an industrial visit at ‘Ek Prayaas’ for the students of BBA and MBA. Manjeet Singh Chhabra, co-ordinator, GGNIMT, said the purpose of this industrial visit was to instill in them the culture of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Parvinder Singh, HOD, Business Management Department, said the visit was organised to aware budding managers of their social responsibilities.

Students during an industrial visit to Ek Prayaas in Ludhiana. A Tribune Photograph

Green Diwali campaign
The Commerce and Management Association (CAMA) of Kamla Lohtia SD College launched a green Diwali campaign on the college premises. A candle and diya decoration competition was also held. Johns Sharma and Angad Dhir of BCom I won the contest. Sourabh Rajpal of BCom I stood second and Gaurav Verma of BCom I secured third spot. — TNS

RTI activists voice anger
Ludhiana, October 20
RTI activists and residents of ward number 70 are up in arms against the civic authorities. They said a number of illegal structures had come up in the area, but the authorities had turned a blind eye to the violations. The activists burnt the effigy of Additional Commissioner Rishipal Singh near the Zone C office today. An RTI activist, Gurcharan Singh Saggu, said the authorities were not willing to take action against the violators. “We have been complaining to the MC officials about the illegality for the past two months, but the building branch has failed to take any action,” said the activist. The protesters said a list of 25 such buildings (with photographs) was handed over to the MC authorities, still no action was taken. “The authorities say they are short of staff,” said another RTI activist SP Kalsi. TNS

PAU NOTES: Food mela on Oct 21
The College of Home Science (COHS), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), will organise ‘Food and Craft Mela’ on October 21. The theme of the fair is ‘Tradition and innovation in food and craft’. The mela will begin at 10.00 am till 8.00 pm and will be open to all. The Dean, College of Home Science, Dr Jasvinder Kaur Sangha, said various stakeholders from industry, self-help groups and budding entrepreneurs, engaged in food and craft, will participate in the mela. It would provide a platform to students to interact with these stakeholders and develop a spirit of entrepreneurship, added the Dean. Nearly 50 stalls will be exhibited. — TNS

Dharna by bank staff
Ludhiana: Bank employees staged a dharna outside the regional office of the Oriental Bank of Commerce today. Harvinder Singh, senior vice-president, Punjab Bank Employees Federation, Ludhiana, said in more than 1,300 branches of the Oriental Bank of Commerce, sanitation work was being looked after by contractual employees. — TNS


Women games from October 30
Ludhiana, October 20
Ludhiana will host the annual Punjab State Women Games from October 30 to November 1. More than 2,000 players drawn from all parts of the state, besides around 300 officials, will visit the city during the three-day event.

Basketball trials today
Ludhiana, October 20
Trials to select Ludhiana basketball teams (boys and girls) will be held at Guru Nanak Stadium on October 21 at 3.30 pm. Teja Singh Dhaliwal, secretary, Ludhiana District Basketball Association, said players born on or after January 1, 2001, were eligible to take part in the trials. The selected players will represent Ludhiana in the Punjab Basketball Championship to be held at Moga from October 25 to 28. — TNS



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