Hindu group supports rodents, make bridge namesake

LUDHIANA: Taking a dig at inquiry report regarding collapse of retaining wall of Gill Chowk Flyover in which rodents were seen as the reason behind the incident, members of Hindu organization Shiv Sena Punjab named the bridge as Pehalwan Chuha Pull (wrestler Rat Bridge). They have also advised MC to use rats for dismantling of buildings or other illegal structures instead of using the JCB machines for saving money. They have also demanded a state level award for these rats from local bodies minister Navjot Sidhu for their power. The…

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UCPMA demand raise of minimum limit of E-way bills

LUDHIANA: A Delegation of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) met state industry minister Sunder Sham Arora at Hoshiarpur on Saturday evening. The delegation which was led by president of UCPMA, Inderjit Singh Navyug, discussed various issues of bicycle industry such as delayed VAT refund, problems being faced from Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and E-way bills in the meeting. According to Pardeep Wadhawan, vice president of UCPMA, “The main focus of the meeting was to discuss major issues related with PSPCL and E-way bills. We have demanded…

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Bicycle chain manufacturers hike prices by Rs 25 per kg

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LUDHIANA: Worried over the ever increasing rates of the raw material used in making steel, the cycle parts manufacturers of the city organised a meeting at office of Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation (FICO) on Sunday. During the meeting, the manufacturers unanimously decided to hike the rates of the chain by Rs 25 per kilogram to Rs 110 per kilogram. The manufacturers have also decided that they will not give more than 30 days of credit to their buyers and all the manufacturers will abide by the decision taken…

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Rains hike retail veggie prices, hit residents hard

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LUDHIANA: The high retail prices of vegetables have started affecting the lives of residents. The unforeseen weather conditions in the past few days have severely damaged crops in Punjab. Capsicum rate has increased from Rs40 to Rs80; cauliflower has jumped to Rs40-60, where earlier it was Rs20 only; coriander prices have hiked from Rs10-20 to Rs80. A similar kind of increase is seen in other vegetable prices. A bulk of the problems are faced by residents who have to buy vegetables from retail shops. These prices are expected to further…

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Online portal assures speedy redressal of businessmen’s grievances

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LUDHIANA: The ‘Business First Portal’ launched by the Punjab government recently is proving to be a great success for the state and the industry as well, claimed industry minister Sundar Sham Arora on Sunday. Arora said, “Punjab government is committed to establish the new industries for which the creation of congenial atmosphere is the prime necessity. The grievances of the entrepreneurs received through the portal would be processed speedily, and the portal would carry the complete information about the capital investment by the industrialists. The concerned unit would be provided…

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Tractor runs over 55-year-old man

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LUDHIANA: A tractor ran over a 55-year-old man while cleaning a pond in Ranwaan village of Machhiwara on Sunday. “Pal Singh, a resident of the village and daily-wager, was aiding the pond cleaning work. When a tractor-trolley was removing sand from the pond, its tailgate came undone and hit Singh. As he fell on the ground, another tractor ran over him. Singh died on the spot,” said a cop. The workers called up the police, who took Singh to civil hospital. But he was declared brought dead. “The body would…

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Started last month, bus service on two routes stops

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LUDHIANA: Due to heavy losses and few commuters, the city bus service operator has closed down two routes started last month. The routes — Jalandhar bypass chowk to Manakwal and bus stand to Thareekay — were started with much fanfare. Both the routes were started earlier, too, but were discontinued for similar reasons. The municipal corporation officials, however, showed ignorance about it. The route from bus stand till Thareekay, passing through Ferozepur Road, BRS Nagar, Rajguru Nagar, was started at the behest of area councillors on May 12 and the…

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Minors jump before train as ‘parents oppose relationship’

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LUDHIANA: Two minors, who were allegedly in a relationship, tried to commit suicide by jumping in front of a train near Jassian Kalan railway crossing, along Buddha Nullah, on Friday night. Ludhiana Government Railway Police investigating officer assistant sub-inspector Ratan Lal said, “The 17-year-old boy and the 16-year-old girl have suffered severe head injuries. They are undergoing treatment at PGI, Chandigarh, where their condition is stated to be critical. We will record their statements after they gain consciousness.” “The two were in a relationship, which their families disapproved of. This…

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Auto driver arrested for peddling heroin

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LUDHIANA: Police arrested an auto-rickshaw driver with heroin at Gill Chowk on Saturday evening. Ludhiana Special Task Force (STF) in-charge Harbans Singh said, “An auto was stopped near the electricity office at Gill Chowk. During checking, a handbag was recovered from the possession of its driver — Sanjiv Arora, 24, a resident of Guru Nanak Nagar. The bag contained a talcum powder bottle filled with 303gm heroin.” During questioning, Arora told the police that he had been peddling drugs for the past three years. “He told that he procured drugs…

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2 sentenced to 5-year rigorous imprisonment in snatching case

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LUDHIANA: A local court has sentenced two persons to five-year rigorous imprisonment after holding them guilty in a snatching case. The court of additional sessions judge Munish Singal also imposed a fine of Rs 2,500 each on the two convicts and in default of payment of fine they will have to further undergo rigorous imprisonment for six months. On October 18, 2016, Samrala police booked Pargat Singh and Kulwinder Singh of Lolhri Kalan in Samrala under Section 379 B (snatching) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for snatching cash and mobile…

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