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Tension over plot dispute
Leaders try to draw political mileage
Ludhiana, January 25
A seven-year-old dispute between the Local Wakf Board and members of the Rajashtani Samaj over the ownership of a 2,250 sq ft plot opposite the Civil Hospital resurfaced today when officials and members of the warring parties collected at the disputed site to claim possession after a gas agency owner was allegedly trying to encroach upon the plot. Not to be left behind, especially in the election days, workers of several political parties led by candidates of the constituency also assembled in large number at the site.

Decision on Tricolour a sell-out
Ludhiana, January 25
With the amended code providing liberty to the citizens to hoist the National Flag in houses, offices and shops coming into force from January 26, there has been a brisk sale of the Tricolour in the city for past two-three days.
Girls buy the Tricolour from Khadi Bhandar, Chaura Bazar, Ludhiana, on Friday. —Photo Rajesh Bhambi


Baba who makes women strip and drink his urine
Chomo Ber Kalan (Ludhiana), January 25
Residents of this village are venting their anger against an 82-year-old ‘tantric’ quack who has been duping innocent persons and indulging in objectionable practices like making young women and girls stay with him overnight and pray after removing all their clothes. Many complaints have been filed against the baba.

NCC contingent to replace police for R-Day parade
Ludhiana, January 25
With police force getting occupied in providing security cover to the candidates in the impending Assembly elections in the state as well as managing routes of VIPs, the subsequent shortage of staff for normal policing work and other duties is being affected gradually.

Stolen drafts for Rs 24.25 lakh recovered, 3 arrested
Ludhiana, January 25
The CIA wing of the city police today claimed to have achieved a major success against a gang, which was operating in the city and indulging in thefts of bank drafts from the railway station, by arresting its three key members.

Woman poisoned by in-laws
Doraha, January 25
A woman has alleged physical and mental torture and consequent poisoning by her in-laws of Kaddon village, near here. Satvir Kaur, wife of Navraj Singh has lodged a complaint with the Payal police that she was forcibly given poison by her in-laws but it was because of sheer good luck that she was saved.


Panthic Morcha supporters join SAD
Ludhiana, January 25
The election campaign of the SAD candidate for the Ludhiana Rural seat, Mr Amrik Singh Aliwal, received a big boost as a close supporter of Mr Hira Singh Gabria and Panthic Morcha activist Mr Teja Singh, president, SC/BC Cell of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, joined the SAD and pledged his support to Mr Aliwal. A large number of other supporters of Mr Teja Singh were also formally admitted to the party at a meeting.

ABVP rally against terrorism
Ludhiana, January 25
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad unit of Arya College organised a rally against terrorism here yesterday. All the students boycotted their classes and expressed their protest against terrorism by burning its effigy.

MC seeks public help to improve sanitation
Ludhiana, January 25
The Municipal Corporation has sought cooperation of the city population to bring about a qualitative improvement in the overall sanitation level in the mega city and steps were being taken in several directions to make the sanitation drive a mass movement.

Campaign against female foeticide
Ludhiana, January 25
The Department of Social Security, Women and Child Welfare has started an awareness campaign about the importance of girl child in a family. As female foeticide is threatening the social fabric in the state with the declining sex ratio, the department has decided to launch a massive campaign to check this threat.

Martyrs’ families honoured
Amloh, January 25
The second ‘barsi’ of Gurbakhash Singh, who laid down his life on January 23, 2001, while defending the country in the Kargil sector, was organised at Bhadal Thuha village, near here, yesterday.


Three booked in dowry case
Ludhiana, January 25
The Division No. 3 police has registered a case under Sections 406, 498-A and 34 of the IPC on the complaint of Ms Neelam, a resident of Neemwala Chowk, against her husband, Gurcharan Singh, brother-in-law, Gurmit Singh, and sister-in-law, Devinder Kaur. The complainant alleged on Wednesday that the accused often used to harass her for bringing ‘insufficient’ dowry.


Standardisation of farm equipment stressed
Ludhiana, January 25
Dr V.K. Sharma, Additional Director of Research (Engineering), Punjab Agricultural University, has advised the farm machinery manufacturers to opt for standardisation of farm equipment. 

PNB holds ‘Krishi Card’ distribution camp
Ludhiana, January 25
In order to fulfil the announcement made by the Union Finance Minister in his last Budget speech on the issuance of a kisan credit card to each and every farmer in India, the Khanna branch of Punjab National Bank, in association with Samrala, Bija, Doraha and Panjgraian branches, organised a krishi card distribution and retail lending camp at Khanna. 


Seminar on chartered accountancy
Ludhiana, January 25
A seminar on “‘New scheme of education and training of chartered accountancy course” was organised at DAV Public School in BRS Nagar here by the University and Higher Secondary Board Liaison Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi.

Dharna by PAU employees
Ludhiana, January 25
Members of the Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union continued their protest dharna on the campus to press for the acceptance of their demands today. As stated jointly by union president, D.P. Maur and general secretary, Amrit Pal, the Supreme Court issued its historic verdict in favour of autonomy of universities.

Students display models
Ludhiana, January 25
Students of DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, organised an art and craft exhibition here today. The exhibition was divided into primary and secondary sections. In the primary section, kids displayed their models, charts and paintings. Several modern educational kits were also displayed. 
Students of DAV Public School dressed up for a cultural programme organised by the school in 
Ludhiana on Friday. —IV

Book on metallic alloys released
Ludhiana, January 25
Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, here yesterday released a book entitled ‘Impurity scattering in metallic alloys’ written by Dr Joginder Singh Galsin, Professor of physics in PAU. 


Consumer forum penalises  BSNL for deficient services
Ludhiana, January 25
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Bharat Sanchanr Nigam Limited to pay Rs 2,000 on account of deficient services to Sukhminder Singh, a resident of Satjot Nagar. The forum has also directed the BSNL to pay Rs 500 as cost of litigation to the consumer.



‘Poll time has reversed gains of  de-addiction drives’
Ludhiana, January 25
The PCMS Association of Punjab has said that it fears a sudden rise in the incidence of consumption of alcohol and intoxicants in the state in view of the elections. It has also demanded the appointment of special observers to check this menace.


Phallewal Sports  Festival begins
Ludhiana, January 25
The 73rd Dashmesh Tournament organised by the Dashmesh Sports and Welfare Club began at Phallewal village, near here, today. Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Minister for Technical Education, Punjab inaugurated the three-day sports festival.

Double Decker XI reaches final
Ludhiana, January 25
Ajeet Pal (46) and Nishu (39) enabled Double Decker XI to register three-wicket victory over Riat XI in the first semi-final of the 6th Rajeev Gandhi and Ist Master Vishav Walia Memorial Cricket Tournament at Daresi ground here today.


Follow code or face action, DC tells candidates
Ludhiana, January 25
Deputy Commissioner S.K. Sandhu today told all candidates contesting the February 13 Assembly poll and the respective political parties to strictly follow and abide by the model code of conduct enforced by the Election Commission of India during the election campaign and cautioned that any violation would attract strict action against the defaulting candidate. Mr Sandhu was addressing a joint meeting of the candidates in fray for the 12 assembly constituencies in the district and representatives of political parties in the Mini-Secretariat here. 
Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, addresses a meeting of candidates and political parties to apprise them of the model code of conduct and other mandatory requirements for the Assembly elections in Ludhiana on Friday. —RB


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