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BMW crash
Will it be another open-and-shut case?
Ludhiana, October 27

Be it the death of Akshit Kharbanda, son of Layallpur Sweets owner, who was killed in a BMW car crash on March 15, or Gagan Sharma and Rajat Dua, who were killed in a similar accident on October 25 near Bal Bhawan, Sarabha Nagar, in both the cases, the police worked overtime allegedly to save the sons of rich and influential businessmen by closing the case on the pretext that there was no complaint against the erring driver.

Passersby look at the front part of the damaged car. a file photograph

Charm of vanity numbers fading
Ludhiana, October 27
Vanity numbers, which once contributed a lot of revenue to the state exchequer, are now becoming a reason for loss. As many as 900 vanity numbers of five series are yet to be e-auctioned as none of the bidders has come forward to buy them.


15 months on, LIT to try luck again
Ludhiana, October 27
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), which has been without a full-time chairman (read political nominee) for quite some time now, is holding a public auction on October 30 for the sale of commercial properties after a gap of 15 months.

Ambiguity over environment clearance certificates, definition of mining
Operations at 300 brick-kilns in a limbo
Ludhiana, October 27
Nearly 300 brick-kilns in the district are lying non-functional as confusion prevails among the owners regarding the category in which they have been included. There is ambiguity over the environment clearance certificates and the definition of mining under the new guidelines.

Workers at work at a brick-kiln in Ludhiana district. A file photograph

Private schools
How fair is the admission process?
Ludhiana, October 27
Most of the private schools in the city are flouting rules in the name of interaction and mock interviews. The law prohibits interviewing parents and their wards at the time of giving admissions to children in schools. But the practice continues unchecked in the city. Under Right to Free and Compulsory Education, 2009: No school or person shall, while admitting a child, collect any capitation fee and subject the child or his or her parents or guardian to any screening procedure.

DC issues notices to latecomers
Ludhiana, October 27
A majority of employees at Sub-Registrarís Office (East), Ludhiana, today reported late on duty. Taking note of this, all latecomers were taken to task by Rajat Aggarwal Deputy Commissioner, who conducted a surprise check at the office at 8:50 am. The office starts at 9 am.

Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal checks records at the Sub-Registrarís office in Ludhiana (East). A Tribune Photograph

Senior citizensí month
Admnís efforts bear fruit
Ludhiana, October 27
The efforts of the district administration to dedicate the month of October to senior citizens has finally started showing positive results. A few schools and colleges reportedly gave a confirmation for holding regular interactions with the elderly and visiting old age homes once a month.

Senior citizens attend a seminar in Ludhiana. A file photo


Farmers fast switching over to mechanical sowing of wheat
Mandi Ahmedgarh/Sangrur, October 27
Farmers in Sangrur and Ludhiana districts are fast switching over to mechanical sowing of wheat, without burning paddy straw and stumps. The practice, besides checking degradation of soil and air pollution, is expected to lower the cost of cultivation. The latest trend is the result of coordinated efforts of the civil administrations of the two districts.

Ludhiana scan
3 test positive for dengue
Three more patients have tested positive for dengue. These include a 49-year-old woman from Khanna, 40-year-old woman from Kakowal and 28-year-old youth from Sherpur. They are undergoing treatment at Christian Medical College and Hospital. With this the total number of patients diagnosed with dengue at city-based hospitals has gone up to 110, of which 76 belong to Ludhiana, 29 to other districts and five to other states.

Short course on learning disabilities
A ten-day short course on ĎAdvances in management of children with learning disabilitiesí was inaugurated at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), by the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Baldev Singh Dhillon, on Monday. The course was organised by the Department of Human Development, College of Home Science, and was sponsored by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi.

The defaced side of city
Ludhiana, October 27
Tall claims of the Municipal Corporation of removing illegal hoardings, banners, posters and advertisements from roadsides have fallen flat. Starting from the old area to all the major roads, including Pakhowal Road, Ferozepur Road, GT Road, Fountain Chowk and Civil Lines, one can see banners/hoardings in every nook and cranny.

Political and religious hoardings have scarred the face of Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Classical renditions blend with spirituality
Ludhiana, October 27
Santoor exponent Pandit ShivKumar Sharma enthralled students at Ramgarhia Girls College during a programme organised by SPICMACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture among Youth) today. He performed raga shuddh sarang and inspired the students to feel the music before learning or trying to understand.

Santoor maestro ShivKumar Sharma performs in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Schools give vigilance awareness week a miss
Ludhiana, October 27
Many of the city schools gave the directions of the Central Board of Secondary Education to observe vigilance awareness week a miss. The vigilence week starts from today till November 6. Schools cited different reasons for not observing the vigilance week.

MC teams survey illegal buildings
Ludhiana, October 27
Teams comprising executive engineers, sub-divisional engineers and junior engineers surveyed illegal buildings in the city today. Three daysí time has been given to the teams to come up with records of each and every building. The teams are supposed to present the list before higher officials on October 30.

Vigilance Week: SBI employees pledge to eradicate corruption
Mandi Ahmedgarh/Raikot, October 27
The State Bank of India officials today vowed to eradicate corruption in all spheres of life. The bank officials from various branches pledged to strive to bring integrity and transparency in all aspects of their work. The pledge was taken on the commencement of Vigilance Week today.

The staff pledge to bring integrity and transparency in all aspects of their work at the State Bank of India branch in Dehlon on Monday. A tribune photograph

Superintendent caught taking bribe
RTI activist wants CBI to probe the case
Ludhiana, October 27
A city based RTI activist has demanded that the bribery case of superintendent, Central Excise and Service Tax, AS Dhaliwal should be shifted to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Goraya man stitches his way to glory
Ludhiana, October 27
Goraya-based Pawan Kumar Kailey, who has four records to his name in the Limca Book of Records, was recently honoured at the House of Commons, United Kingdom. Kailey was invited to the UK by Virendra Sharma, MP from Ealing Southhall, and Tej Ram Bagha, Mayor of the London Borough of Ealing.

Pawan Kumar Kailey, who runs a fashion house and has four records to his name, being honoured in the UK.

Dera followers head to Mumbai
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 27
With the intent to make Pan Mumbai Cleanliness, being undertaken by Dera Sacha Sauda Sirsa, a grand success, hundreds of followers of Sant Gurmeet Ram Rahim from the town and surrounding localities have left for Mumbai to join other followers coming from across the country.

City students in chess nationals
Students of BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, who performed well in the recently held Punjab State Chess Championship in Amritsar, have been selected for national camp to be held in November at Guwahati. The students had participated in the tournament in under-19 (boys) and under-17 (girls) categories from October 18 to October 22. School principal Dr Paramjit Kaur congratulated the coaches and team members for the excellent performance.

Workshops at DMCH
Ludhiana, October 27
Dayanand Medical College and Hospital is observing the month of October as breast cancer awareness month. The authorities are organising activities to spread awareness about the disease.

Faith in its purest form: With Chhath Puja nearing migrants buy puja material in Ludhiana on Monday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

20 students get jobs
Ludhiana, October 27
As many as 20 students were selected for a Mohali-based IT company for the position of trainees during a placement drive at the Regional Institute of Management and Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh. About 180 students of BTech and MCA took part in the technical written test. The campus director, Dr Harsh Sadawarti, said more MNCs are likely to visit the Regional Institute of Management and Technology campus in the coming days. Founder chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal and chairman Vijayant Bansal congratulated the shortlisted students and motivated them to work hard. TNS


Khanna police rescue kidnapped child
Khanna, October 27
The Khanna police have rescued a child who was allegedly kidnapped from Rajgarh village near here on October 17. 

The police hands over the child to his parents in Khanna. A tribune photograph

Husband, in-laws held for abetting suicide
Jagraon, October 27
The Jagraon police have booked a man and his kin for abetting his wifeís suicide. The woman, Amandeep Kaur, alias Rozi, allegedly ended her life by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her Bajwa Colony residence yesterday afternoon.

Thieves strike at mobile store
Ludhiana, October 27
Thieves struck at a mobile store owned by former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) RPS Bajwa and decamped with more than Rs 25 lakh. RPS Bajwa, who lives at Shamsher Avenue, said the thieves struck at his store on the intervening night of October 25/26 and decamped with mobile phones and accessories. A case has been registered.


Kabaddi World Cup: Selectors shortlist 24 players
Ludhiana, October 27
Twenty-four players (men) were shortlisted during the two-day trials at Guru Nanak Stadium. The players will participate in the fifth edition of the World Kabaddi Cup slated to be held between December 6 and 20 at different venues all over the state.

Players take part in kabaddi trials. Photo: Inderjeet Verma



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