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Cops’ leave, weekly off cancelled
Ludhiana, January 5
Under pressure to control the soaring crime rate in the city as well as to solve the piles of pending cases of robbery, snatching and murder, the local police authorities have cancelled the weekly off of all police officers and personnel and have issued directions to permit leave from duty only in extremely emergent situation.

Telephone tower coming up on ‘encroached’ land
Ludhiana, January 5
Thanks to the lax attitude of officials of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust as well as the building branch of the municipal corporation, a telephone tower for proposed mobile phone services by Reliance Group is coming up not only without any permission from the authorities but on ‘encroached’ land, which is shown as a park and part of the road in posh Kitchlu Nagar locality in the city.

Bank of Punjab's ‘heartless’ treatment
Ludhiana, January 5
The tall claims of high-tech computerised banking and efficient customer service were fully exposed when the Miller Ganj branch of Bank of Punjab, a private sector bank here, took almost 10 hours to deliver a bank draft of Rs 1,00,000 to one of its customers, who had to make a payment to a local hospital against the purchase of a ‘pacer’ for his grandfather, admitted in the ICU for a serious cardiac ailment.


Ramoowalia announces Sidhwan’s candidature
Sahnewal, January 5
Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, President of the Lok Bhalai Party, declared Mr Paramjit Singh Sidhwan party candidate from the Ludhiana (Rural) Assembly seat here yesterday.

Children participate in Sahodya schools dance competition
Children participate in Sahodya schools dance competition organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, in Ludhiana on Saturday. —Photo Inderjeet Verma

Is MC drive a boon for politicians?
Ludhiana, January 5
Though the current anti-encroachment drive launched by Mr Kalsia after taking over as MC Commissioner has failed to achieve the desired results so far, it has warmed the cockles of many a politician.

SBI auctions property to recover loan
Ludhiana, January 5
The Debt Recovery Tribunal, Chandigarh’s decision to auction the properties of Darshan Group of Industries, near Dhandari Kalan here today has sent shock waves among the bank defaulters. 

Govinda look-alike waits for Lady Luck
Ludhiana, January 5
It is quite common for fans of film stars to worship their heroes or heroines. But sometimes, when a fan learns he has some resemblance to the star, the worship can attain such a feverish pitch that the fan only lives the star’s image.

Major power cut today
Ludhiana, January 5
The central office of the Punjab State Electricity Board has stated in a press note that power supply will remain suspended tomorrow according to the following schedule due to specific maintenance work. The 66 KV substation will also remain closed for the repair work.

Young Voice
‘Sports groom body, mind’
few people have fascination for both sports and studies. But here is an eve whose idea to stretch the body in swimming pool is to keep herself fresh to perform efficiently and effectively. Bhavna Maheshwari thinks that freshness and liveliness is very important in life, else life would be dull and boring.

Senior MCPI leader dead
Ludhiana, January 5
A prominent leader of the Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) and a well-known leader for trade union movement, Bhajan Singh expired last night after prolonged illness due to kidney failure in Dayanand Medical College at Ludhiana.


1 killed, 2 hurt in vehicle collision
Jagraon, January 5
A bus and tempo collided near Sherpura Chowk in the early hours today, resulting in the death of the driver of the tempo. Mr Surinder Kumar said he, along with driver Swarjit Singh and conductor Pardeep Singh, was going to Amritsar in a tempo to deliver pulses when a bus (PB-29-C-9144) of Sewak Bus Transport hit their vehicle near the PSEB office.

Cable theft: BSNL seeks police help
Ludhiana, January 5
More than 13 cases of telephone cable theft have been reported from various parts of the city and the DIG has been approached for police assistance. This was stated by Mr S.R. Srivastava, General Manager, Telecom, at a press conference here today. Mr Srivastava said the testing of WLL with 1000 lines at Mata Rani was in progress and it would be commissioned this month.
Mr S.R. Srivatava, GM, Telecom, addresses mediapersons in Ludhiana on Friday.
Mr S.R. Srivatava, GM, Telecom, addresses mediapersons in Ludhiana

Two women held on theft charge
Ludhiana, January 5
Next time you visit a hospital, make sure that you are not followed by pickpockets. Some of them are so well trained that they claim to arrange blood for patients and smartly dupe them.


Sports festival begins
Ludhiana, January 5
The annual Gujjarwal Sports Festival organised by the Amarjit Grewal Club got off to a colourful start at Shree Guru Hargobind Sahib stadium at Gujjarwal village, about 25 km from here, yesterday. Matches in kabaddi, football apart from competitions in dog races and bullock cart races were held.


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