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Gap between commuters, chaos narrows
Ludhiana, November 24
Commuters are going to have it the toughest as one side of the railway overbridge from Dholewal Bridge to Cheema Chowk will be closed for replacing expansion joints.

Expansion joints are being replaced on the overbridge. Photo: Inderjeet verma

Thieves strike at shop
Ludhiana, November 24
Thieves struck at an ice-cream parlour on Pakhowal Road and decamped with Rs 33,000 in cash. They also took away three CCTV cameras and a digital video recorder (DVR). The incident came to light last morning. Sunil Kumar, manager of the restaurant, was shocked to find the premises ransacked.


Companies act smart, gain entry into e-classroom
Ludhiana, November 24
Every school is jumping on to the digital bandwagon. With smart classes, learning has become fun. The number of companies offering digital learning software and material has also swelled up. These are now vying for the attention of schools.

Jalandhar Bypass
One side of flyover thrown open to traffic
Ludhiana, November 24
One side of the flyover at Jalandhar Bypass has been made operational. The work on the Samrala Chowk flyover, the city’s worst bottleneck, has also begun. The flyover, part of the ambitious expressway project, has been awaiting completion for the past several years. The project, which began in September 9, 2009, was scheduled to be completed by November 11, 2011.

Problems plaguing wards of city
Encroachments, uncovered Gunda Nullah asphyxiate Ward No. 39
Ludhiana, November 24
The major problem plaguing Ward No. 39 is congestion. The ward consists of areas, including Field Ganj, Khud Mohalla, Issa Nagri (locality dominated by the Christian community) and Mochpura. There are two leading hospitals — Christian Medical College & Hospital and Civil Hospital. As traffic jams are a routine occurrence here, it takes an ambulance more than half-an-hour to reach the hospitals.

Encroachments and uncovered Gunda Nullah have been the bane of Ward No. 39 in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Facebook post prompts ACP to act
Ludhiana, November 24
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Richa Agnihotri swung into action following a Facebook post highlighting traffic chaos in the Lakkar Bazar area today. She visited the area today and spoke to shopkeepers.

No headway in double murder case
Jagraon, November 24
The mystery surrounding the brutal killing of senior Congress leader Suresh Kumar Goel and his wife Shimla Devi continues to haunt the local police. The police have failed to crack this high-profile double murder case even after more than six months have passed since the tragic killing of the elderly couple.


death of newborns
Opposition slams government
Ludhiana, November 24
A day after five newborns died at the newly inaugurated mother and childcare unit, Congress workers staged a protest at the Civil Hospital and demanded the suspension of erring doctors. Local MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, too, expressed concern over the incident and said that the state government had failed to give proper healthcare facilities to the public.

AAP workers raise slogans against the Health Minister outside Circuit House in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Traffic woes plague Jagraon
Jagraon, November 24
There seems to be no end in sight to traffic-related problems being faced by commuters on a daily basis. There is hardly any stretch in Jagraon free from traffic jams and people continue to face a lot of trouble due to congestion on roads.

Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on College Road in Jagraon. A Tribune photograph

Bumpy ride greets visitors at PAU
Ludhiana, November 24
The students, researchers and visitors are a harried lot due to the pathetic condition of the roads on the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus here. A majority of roads on the campus are in a bad shape. The students, who reside in hostels, are worst sufferers as travelling on the bumpy roads poses risk of accidents.

Poor condition of a road outside a hostel at the PAU in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

from schools
Martyrdom day observed
Ludhiana: The martyrdom day of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur was observed with great devotion on the school premises of Green Land Convent School, Civil City, on Monday.

Children perform kirtan on the martyrdom day of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur at Green Land Convent School in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo

Starcast of ‘Proper Patola’ comes calling
Ludhiana, November 24
Star cast of upcoming Punjabi movie ‘Proper Patola’ was in the city for the promotion of the film. Actors, including Neeru Bajwa, Harish Verma and Yuvraj Hans, were here. Neeru is doing a double role in the movie and is playing the characters of Jeet and Preet. While one character is of a girl brought up in India, the other is based in Thailand. The characters pair up against Yuvi and Raj played by Yuvraj Hans and Harish Verma, respectively.

Starcast of ‘Proper Patola’ address the media in Ludhiana on Monday. a tribune photograph

Attendance through SMS
Schoolteachers pay no heed to norms
Ludhiana, November 24
Schoolteachers seem to be a happy lot as the system adopted by the Education Department to assure their attendance on time is now running as per their will. The schools authorities are rarely following the system. Most of the teachers are not sending Short Message Service (SMS) to mark their attendance.

BJP should take blame for state govt’s failures, says Congress
Ludhiana, November 24
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a junior partner in the coalition government in the state, cannot just wash its hands off from anti-people and contentious decisions of the state government like hike in value added tax (VAT) on diesel and increase in composition fee for regularisation of colonies and properties.

A lot needed to prevent fatal road accidents
Despite several media reports about the Ludhiana traffic police taking violators to task, accidents continue to occur on the city roads, the recent death of a schoolgirl after being hit by a speeding car in Salem Tabri being a reminder of the grave situation. To save people from such fatal accidents, speed limits should be strictly implemented by putting up signs and CCTV cameras in residential areas and near schools, hospitals and religious institutes. Rash drivers and violators must be punished. Pedestrian crossings should be controlled through traffic signals.

Students run for fun
Doraha, November 24 Students of the senior wing of Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School took part in a marathon organised by the authorities to spread the message of oneness and cooperation. The marathon started from from Ajnaud and concluded at Gurthalipull.

MLA Kaler launches cleanliness drive in Jagraon
Jagraon, November 24
Local MLA SR Kaler has launched a cleanliness drive as part of the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Members of “Team Kaler” removed garbage from various parts of the town during the drive. Vice-president of BJP’s district unit Dr Rajinder Sharma, party’s youth leader Toni Verma and several other leaders of both SAD and BJP took part in the drive.

BJP and SAD volunteers clear garbage during a drive in Jagraon. A Tribune Photograph

delay in delivery
LPG agency told to pay consumer Rs 10,000
Khanna, November 24
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Punjab, has directed a local LPG agency to pay Rs 10,000 — instead of Rs 3,000 — as compensation to a complainant for “illegal cancellation” of a booking and for long delay in supplying the cylinder.

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Cleanliness rally
Hero MotorCorp organised a cleanliness rally covering different areas of the city as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Councillor Bhupinder Singh Bhinda flagged off forty green Maestro scooters on the occasion. Company official Abhijeet Gattani said they will make residents aware about the need to maintain cleanliness.

Dog menace on the rise in Mandi Ahmedgarh, its vicinity
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 24
With the authorities showing no concern, residents continue to suffer from the stray dog menace in the area. Although, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the state government to find a solution to the problem, elderly persons, schoolchildren and commuters keep falling victim to the stray dogs, with nothing concrete being in the matter.

Mock drill conducted at railway station to check staff’s efficiency
Ludhiana, November 24
The authorities at the local railway station today conducted a mock drill to keep a check on the efficiency of the rail staff. At 4:55 pm, the authorities blown a siren and informed that a train was derailed near Phillaur and six passengers were injured. The staff was told to collect the relief emergency material and reach the spot immediately.

BJP leader makes residents aware of cleanliness drive
Ludhiana, November 24
It was a surprise for morning walkers of Gol Park here when BJP leader Rajinder Bhandari along with several others reached the public park to make the masses aware of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (campaign) initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Garbage scattered at Gol Park in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

NGO takes out rally against child labour
Ludhiana, November 24
A rally was conducted by the members of the Navchetna Bal Bhalai Committee to create awareness about the problem of child labour here.

Speeding truck collides with stationary vehicle
Ludhiana, November 24
An overspeeding truck collided with a stationary tractor-trolley stalled near Cheema Chowk late evening yesterday. As per information, the truck was heading towards Cheema Chowk. When it reached near Basant Park, it collided with a tractor-trolley parked on the roadside.

Residents oppose construction work
Ludhiana, November 24
Residents of Ward No 18 staged a protest against the decision of a higher official (elected representative) in the Municipal Corporation, which gave nod to provide way to Kabari Bazaar (scrap market) from one of the streets. Area councillor Inder Aggarwal said speculations were rife that to please one person, the wall of the street would be broken to provide way to scrap dealers.

5 months on, school still awaits staff
Ludhiana, November 24
Students at the Senior Secondary School for Meritorious Students still await the  recruitment of a principal and hostel wardens. Even the computers have not been set up till now. Although the school was the dream project of CM Parkash Singh Badal, but it is yet to receive even the basic facilities such as computers along with appointment of the non-teaching staff, including clerks. Edusat programme is yet to be operational in the school. Though, the officiating charge of principal was given to Anoop Kumar Passi, principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road, yet even after five months, the education department is yet to recruit a regular principal for the school. TNS

For a noble cause
Ludhiana, November 24
Students of PCTE B-School have donated a number of winter-related items to various city-based NGOs. During the CSR week, the students collected nearly 1,400 units of woolens, 100 mattresses, 350 blankets and 60 quilts besides stationery items. These were donated to NGOs including We Might, an NGO working for the J&K flood victims; Nishkaam Seva Ashram, Pakhowal Road; Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya, BRS Nagar; and the Missionaries of Charity, Jalandhar Bypass. TNS

NCC cadets pedal for drug-free environment
Khanna, November 24
A cycling expedition by the 19 Punjab Battalion NCC was organised at the Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Girls, Manji Sahib Kottan (under the management of SGPC). The rally was flagged off by Principal Dr Jatinder Kaur to celebrate the National Cadet Corps Day. The rally passed through all four Kot villages. The principal enlightened the students about the importance of NCC in their lives. She also inspired them to lead a disciplined and drug-free life. The rally concluded on the college campus after four hours. OC

Challan drive continues on Day 2 in Old City Area
Ludhiana, November 24
Cracking a whip on traffic violators in the old city area, the city traffic police continued its challan drive during the second day. Several haphazardly parked vehicles were locked in by traffic police and many commuters were challaned for traffic violations. The crack down on the traffic police came after complaints of major traffic chaos due to reckless parking of vehicles around Municipal Corporation’s Zone-A office and Mata Rani Chowk were received. ACP (Traffic) Richa Agnihotri said haphazard parking of vehicles would not be tolerated and strict action would be taken against those who disturb the traffic flow. TNS

NCC Day celebrated
Ludhiana, November 24
Atam Devki Niketan, Kidwai Nagar, celebrated NCC Day. NCC 19 Punjab Battalion, Ludhiana, cadets took part in a rally and made posters on the theme of female foeticide. The events were held under the guidance of Col Ranjit Singh. TNS


Students compete in yoga championship
Ludhiana, November 24
A large number of students from various schools of the city competed in the inaugural edition of the Ludhiana District Yogasana Sports Championship held at the Meditation Hall of the Swami Vivekanand Vridhashram, Model Town Extension, here, today.



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