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Burns cases on Diwali night decline
Ludhiana, October 24
Devotees light candles at Gurdwara Dukhnivaran Sahib on the occasion of Diwali. City people seem to have gone extra cautious while exploding crackers as there is approximately 25 per cent decrease in the burn cases reported from major hospitals in the city on Diwali.




Devotees light candles at Gurdwara Dukhnivaran Sahib on the occasion of Diwali. 

Finally, Rs 17cr sales cheer cracker sellers
Ludhiana, October 24
Firecracker sellers had a bright Diwali with the spurt in the sales yesterday. Although the sales have been lower than expected in the past week, most sellers witnessed brisk sales yesterday that helped them cross the previous yearís sales figures.


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32 fire incidents reported, no casualties
Ludhiana, October 24
Residents celebrate Diwali in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan Though nearly 36 fire incidents were reported across the city on the night of Diwali and the day after, there was no loss of human life or cases of serious burn injuries. Alert staff and adequate preparedness on the part of the Fire Brigade saved the day on the festival of lights.





Residents celebrate Diwali in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Minor clashes mar festival
Ludhiana, October 24
As city residents celebrated the festival of light with gaiety yesterday, there were reports of fights over petty issues. Nearly 106 medico-legal reports (MLRs) were issued by the Civil Hospital yesterday.

Noise pollution figures shadow green Diwali vow 
Ludhiana, October 24
Roads littered with cracker waste after Diwali night on Friday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan Though a large number of city residents vowed a green Diwali, the data of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) tells another story. There has been an increase in the level of noise pollution on Diwali night.





Roads littered with cracker waste after Diwali night on Friday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

MC chief talks tough
Ludhiana, October 24
MC Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal has sent a letter to the Chief Engineer, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), asking him to make sure that building maps were approved by the civic body.



COMMUNITY

Post-Diwali, itís all littered 
Mandi Ahmedgarh/ Raikot/ Payal, October 24
The festival of lights was celebrated with enthusiasm in Ahmedgarh, Raikot, Payal and its vicinity.

Diwali deteriorates air quality, increases health problems
Jagraon, October 24
The festival of Diwali brings happiness and joy. But this joy of few minutes for some people has been causing health related problems for many others. In fact, the crackers busted on Diwali accompanied by paddy harvesting season have deteriorated the quality of air due to which people are suffering from various health problems.

181 Helpline helped bring down crime, says SSP 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 24
The Sangrur district police have claimed to redressed all complaints received under the 181 Helpline since its inception nine months ago.

8 minor injuries reported in Khanna
Khanna, October 24
Diwali was celebrated peacefully in Khanna and surrounding areas but eight persons suffered minor injuries due to bursting of crackers. The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital, Khanna, from where they were discharged after first-aid.

Spreading the message of peace and harmony
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 24
Rotarians and their families pledged to work in tandem with the administration to promote peace and tranquility in the region.

Administration, NGO join hands to fight against social evils
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 24
The administration has launched a coordinated movement to spread awareness about the causes and consequences of social evils including female foeticide and drug addiction.

Sangrur No. 1 wheat grower 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 24
Peasants of the region are cheerful as the District Sangrur lead the tally and emerged as number one wheat grower of the nation. The peasants are thankful to the Sangrur administration led by Deputy Commissioner Arashdeep Singh Thind for valuable guidance provided by the agricultural department.

Worshipping the creator of weapons
Ludhiana, October 24
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said Lord Vishwakarma was the architect of the universe and was believed to be the designer of weapons.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal pays floral tributes to Lord Vishwakarma at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan; and (right) a factory owner offers prayers in Ludhiana. tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Professor Hazara Singh Literary doyen Hazara Singh passes away
Ludhiana, October 24
Prof Hazara Singh, an eminent educationist, a humanist, author and freedom fighter, passed away on October 22 at the ripe age of ninety-two. He has perhaps left no unfinished job as he felt satisfied with his sojourn here even during his brief illness.

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City has no place to school artists
Ludhiana, October 24
Art lovers want a college of art in Ludhiana. A File photo As International Artist Day is celebrated, art lovers and connoisseurs feel that the level of art education should be improved to produce artists of national and international repute in the city.







Art lovers want a college of art in Ludhiana. A File photo

Children celebrate green Diwali 
Doraha, October 24
Guided by their teachers, instructed by their parents and educated by various social organizations and social networking sites about the harmful effects of crackers on health and environment, majority of the kids at Doraha celebrated a green diwali this year by saying complete no to crackers once and for all.

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 Anti-cracker campaigns fizzled out as residents were seen bursting crackers on Diwali. The festival of lights turned out to be a noisy affair, adding to the pollution levels in Ludhiana, which is one of the most polluted cities. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan


CRIME

Drunk youth goes on rampage 
Ludhiana, October 24
High drama took place at the Bhadaur House market after a drunk youth, who claimed himself to be a relative of sitting SAD MLA from Mansa, went on a rampage.

Godman rapes minor
Ludhiana, October 24
A self-proclaimed godman allegedly raped a nine-year-old girl on the pretext of ridding her of evil spirit in the city.

Mystery shrouds bikerís death 
Ludhiana, October 24
A 27-year-old youth, who was injured after his bike rammed into the divider near Extension Library on the night of October 22, died in the hospital yesterday.

Man booked for sodomy
Ludhiana, October 24
The Jodhewal police have booked a man in a child abuse case. The accused has been identified as Azharul of the Mayapuri area of Tibba Road. The victimís father stated that on Wednesday evening after he could not find his son at home, he started looking for him. Later, he went to the room of the accused and was shocked to see that accused was trying to sodomise his son.

Tamanpreet, Aishvir enter semifinals
Ludhiana, October 24
Tamanpreet Singh and Aishvir recorded victories and advanced into the semifinal of the 25th Prithipal Singh Memorial Open Table Tennis Tournament that began at the indoor gymnasium hall of the Punjab Agricultural University today.

Cricket trials
Ludhiana, October 24
Sixty probables, 35 in the U-15 category and 25 in the U-18 group, were shortlisted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association. Trials were held at Arya College to select the probables. The selection panel comprising Chaman Lal Malhotra, Sham Lal, Dinesh Puri, Pawan Pandey, Naresh Marwaha and Ankur Kakkar watched the players minutely. Vinod Chitkara, general secretary, LDCA, said the panel would shortlist the probables who would be provided coaching at the regional coaching centre being run by the association.

Karate meet
Ludhiana, October 24
More than 350 players representing different schools of Ludhiana battled it out for top honours in the Ashihara Karate Grading Competition organised by the Active Anti-Corruption Group. Ramesh Bangar, president of the group, inaugurated the competition. Pankaj Kumar Sahni, an international karate player, headed the panel of judges. Seven players who won black belt are Sakshi Monga, Kailash, Abhay, Ranjit Vansh, Anand, Gurleen and Rajesh Singh.

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