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Patients suffer as docs protest
Ludhiana, November 17
A patient, who had come to get a plaster removed, was asked to come again by the doctors.The common man suffered once again as members of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Specialist Association Wing and the PCMS Dental Association today refused to attend to special cases at the Civil Hospital.

A patient, who had come to get a plaster removed, was asked to come again by the doctors. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

HC raps MC for utilising land for 13 years without paying compensation
Chandigarh, November 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has rapped the Municipal Corporation for utilising land for 13 years without compensating the owners. Coming down heavily on the corporation, a Division Bench said the owners were neither paid compensation nor provided with alternative land.


Ex-serviceman shoots himself dead at Malak village
Jagraon, November 17
An ex-serviceman allegedly shot himself dead with his licensed weapon under mysterious circumstances at his house in a village near Jagraon late last night. The victim has been identified as Kuldeep Singh (40), a resident of Malak village, about 5 km from Jagraon.

Pickpockets make most of Rath Yatra
Ludhiana, November 17
Pickpockets and thieves had a field day at yesterday’s Jagannath Rath Yatra that passed through various parts of the city. As the yatra moved through the city areas, reports of stealing of purses and other valuables started trickling out. Pickpockets took advantage of the heavy rush and mingled with the crowd.

Devotees take part in Jagannath Rath Yatra. A file photo

Conned once, attacked twice
Ludhiana, November 17
As the police are grappling to solve yesterday’s broad daylight conning incident, it has come to light that it was the second attack on the owner in the past one month. Yesterday, seven swindlers posing an Income Tax (IT) officials raided the house of sweetmeat shop owner Rakesh Kumar and took away Rs 20 lakh.

The house where the robbery took place at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana. A file photo

Truck crushes boy playing on street
Ludhiana, November 17
A one-year-old child was crushed to death in the Shimlapuri area here today. The incident took place this evening at Khanna Wali Gali when the child was playing in the street. A speeding truck crushed him to death. The local residents thrashed the driver before handing him to the police.

Girl falls off roof, dies
In another incident, a 14-year-old girl died after she fell off the roof of a house at Shivaji Nagar. The deceased was the daughter of former councilor Ashok Kumar. TNS


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Regulatory panel on the cards
Ludhiana, November 17
Daljit Singh Cheema, Education Minister, Punjab, attends a function at Sacred Heart Convent School in Ludhiana on Monday. Education Minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema today said the state government will constitute a regulatory committee to keep a check on schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Dr Cheema was in the city to attend the golden jubilee function at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar.

Daljit Singh Cheema, Education Minister, Punjab, attends a function at Sacred Heart Convent School in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Children spread message of cleanliness in Doraha
Doraha, November 17
Children of Doraha have finally come out on streets to make the area clean. Armed with dusters and brooms, they picked up the dirt and the garbage lying in various streets and shouted slogans like ‘clean and green Doraha’.

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MC to relax terms to attract bidders
Ludhiana, November 17
Unable to find bidders for the City Bus Service, the civic body has decided to relax terms and conditions. Despite extending dates a number of times, not even a single bidder submitted an application. Fresh tenders will be floated within a day or two. Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Pradeep Aggarwal said the terms had to be relaxed. At the same time, it was ensured that the MC did not lose anything while relaxing the conditions.

Fresh tenders will be floated in a day or two. A file photo

Cyclist hit by truck, escapes unhurt
Ludhiana, November 17
A 22-year-old bicyclist had a miraculous escape after he was hit by a speeding truck belonging to garbage lifting company, A2Z. The incident took place near Kakowal Road this morning when Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Uttar Pradesh (UP), was heading for work. The cycle was crushed and Rakesh Kumar suffered injuries on his leg. He was rushed to hospital.

The crushed cycle at Kakowal Road in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune Photograph

SAD tells BJP to mind MP
Ludhiana, November 17
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has asked the BJP to “rein in” former Member Parliament (MP) and BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu. The SAD secretary and Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema, while talking to The Tribune today, said the state BJP president, Kamal Sharma, had been apprised of Sidhu’s “outbursts” against the Akali Dal.

Loaders resent anti-labour policies
Ludhiana, November 17
Led by activists of the FCI Workers Palledar Union and the Punjab Palledar Union, loaders working in various grain markets today staged a dharna at the office of the District Food and Supplies Department.

Achievers: Students of New GMT Public School with the silver medal they won in a folk dance contest at St Kabir Academy. A Tribune photograph

IMA threatens to stop govt health schemes
Ludhiana, November 17
Against the alleged ‘high-handedness’ of third party administrators (TPAs), the Indian Medical Association has warned that they (TPAs) must mend their ways and clear their payments within the next 15 days else the IMA will stop providing government-funded health policies like Rashtriya Sehat Bima Yojna, Bhagat Puran Singh Bima Yojna and Bhai Ghanaya Sehat Sewa Scheme to beneficiaries.

Farm issues in focus at ICAR panel meet
Ludhiana, November 17
Farm experts from Punjab, Haryana and Delhi delved into various agricultural issues during the twenty-third meeting of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) regional committee at Punjab Agricultural University.

2,200 students add spark to celebrations
Ludhiana, November 17
A spectacular fusion of dance performances and a light-and-sound show marked the second day of the golden jubilee celebrations of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, here today.

Students of Sacred Heart Convent School present a dance.
Celebrating golden jubilee: Students of Sacred Heart Convent School present a dance. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Tributes paid to Lala Lajpat Rai
Jagraon, November 17 RK Senior Secondary School, Jagraon, today celebrated the annual day of the school. The function was organised to mark the Martyrdom Day of freedom fighter Punjab Kesri Lala Lajpat Rai. Rich tributes were paid to Lala Lajpat Rai by members of school management, faculty members, guests and students on the occasion of his 86th Martyrdom Day.

Poor road irks commuters
Khanna, November 17
Local residents are up in arms against the bad condition of Khanna-Khamano road up to Barwali. In a written application to the ADC, Khanna, several residents of Manupur, She, Goh, Saloudi, Barwali villages and some other villages said the Khanna-Khamano road was the shortest and busiest road connecting both main roads and it connects Chandigarh.

The potholed Khanna-Khamano road. A Tribune photograph

SSA office workers launch agitation
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 17
Members of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan office workers union have launched an agitation to press the authorities to implement their long-pending demands. Parity in pay with other government teachers, maternity leave and transparency in transfer policy are among the demands being the raised by the union. During the protest, the office-bearers and activists wore black badges during the duty hours and organised meetings at various places.

Lala Lajpat Rai remembered
Jagraon, November 17
The Aam Aadmi Party commemorated the 86th Martyrdom Day of the great freedom fighter, Lala Lajpat Rai, at Lala Lajpat Rai Park in Jagraon today. The party workers organised a blood donation camp.

From schools
GNPS students shine
Ludhiana: Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, clinched the first position at a state-level inter-school shabad gayan competition held at General Gurnam Singh Public School, Sangrur. Twenty teams from all over Punjab took part in the competition. The Ludhiana school got a cash prize of Rs 8,100 along with a trophy. Tanishq Anand was declared the best vocalist, while Hitesh Malhotra was declared the best tabla player. Both received Rs 1,100. Principal Mona Singh congratulated the students and the music department.
Children’s Day: Children’s Day was celebrated with great zeal at Kids Castle Pre-School. The tiny tots took part in various fun games, danced and enjoyed the bull cart ride. — TNS

Tiny tots take part in the Children's Day celebrations at Kids Castle Pre-School in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Gogi inspects mid-day meal 
Ludhiana, November 17
A team of Congress councillors led by the party’s district unit president, Gurpreet Gogi, inspected the mid-day meal being served at Government Primary School, Gobind Nagar, here today. Gogi expressed dissatisfaction over the “poor quality” of food being served to children. He said the RO system installed in the school was lying defunct. Gogi asked the school principal to upgrade the standard of meals being served to students. He said the team would visit other government schools as well. — TNS

Students present Vedic songs
Ludhiana, November 17
Ved Parchar Mandal today organised an inter-school Vedic group song competition at BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32. As many as 250 students from 15 schools participated in the competition. They presented songs, depicting moral and religious values. Police DAV Public School; KVM Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines; and Arya Kanya Gurukul, Shastri Nagar, won the top three prizes. Harish Rai Dhanda, former chief parliamentary secretary, inaugurated the event. While addressing the gathering, Dhanda expressed deep concern over corruption in the country. — TNS

A student being presented a trophy during a competition at BCM Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph


Robbers’ gang busted, 4 held
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 17
The Sadar police have arrested four members of a gang of miscreants who have been involved in incidents of robberies at gunpoint. Valuables worth Rs 90,000 robbed from a female doctor over 10 days ago, two toy pistols and a Ford Fiesta car used in the crime was recovered from their possession.

Man’s body found on road in Khanna
Khanna, November 17
The Khanna police had registered a case of murder after recovering the body of a person of the nearby Nasrali village. As per information, the Issru Chowki police falling under the Khanna Sadar police station received information that a body was lying near Nasrali on the Issru-Nasrali road.

Thieves decamp with Rs 40,000
Ludhiana, November 17
Thieves struck at five shops in Agarbatti Market near Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib and decamped with Rs 40,000 in cash. The police have recorded the statements of the owners. They said the probe was on. TNS

Man booked for rape
The Moti Nagar police have registered a case against a migrant for raping a 10-year-old girl. The accused, Raj Keswar, works in a factory. The victim’s father said the accused had entered his house and raped his daughter. He raised the alarm, but the accused managed to flee the house. Later during the day, the victim’s father reported the matter to the police and got a case registered against the accused.


New Swan Group win by 10 wickets
Ludhiana, November 17
The second CICU Corporate T20 Cricket Tournament 2014 was held at the SCD Government College for Boys yesterday. The tournament will be held every Sunday. Sixteen teams have been divided into four groups. Each team will play three league matches and the final will be played on January 11, 2015.



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