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Politics the spoilsport
Cloud of controversy over rural games
Lehal (Ludhiana), March 11
Tension prevails in this village near Payal subdivision over the politicisation of the annual rural event as the two village groups owing allegiance to the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal are on loggerheads with each other over the organisation of the events.

Budget ‘ambiguous’ on tax deductions
Ludhiana, March 11
The proposed Central budget is ambiguous on many fronts, especially those regarding tax deductions under different sections. The government has left some loopholes in the Financial Bill, 2002, leading to different interpretations by different tax consultants.

Research, equipment dumped 
Ludhiana, March 11
While the State Agriculture Department as well as the scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) are telling farmers to diversify the crops to face challenges of international market, the authorities at the PAU have failed to provide any space for the research material shifted from the Sugarcane Research Centre at Jalandhar last year, the land of which was acquired by the former government to be exploited commercially and to set up a medical college.


Crescendo enlivens teen spirit
Ludhiana, March 11
The enthusiasm of students and participants reached its peak on the second day of Crescendo-2002. The day began with Rangmanch (skit) in which six teams participated. 
Glimpses of a fashion show organised during Crescendo-2000 in Ludhiana on Monday. —Photos Rajesh Bhambi
Glimpses of a fashion show organised during Crescendo-2000 in Ludhiana on Monday.


Congress victory  unfortunate: MCPI
Ludhiana, March 11
The Punjab State Committee of the MCPI (Marxist Communist Party of India) meeting, which was held here today, described the Congress victory in Punjab as unfortunate. The meeting, which was presided over by Mr Krishan Kumar Kaushal and attended, among others by Mr Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri, observed that Akalis of all hues were responsible for the victory of Congress due to the 'negative role' played by them.

Club elections: graduation clause hangs fire
Ludhiana, March 11
With the transfer of the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Mr S.K. Sandhu, also the president of the Satluj Club here, the issue of abrogation of the graduation clause for contesting elections to various posts in Satluj Club has been delayed further.

Satluj Club in Ludhiana

Setluj Club in Ludhiana

United stand the Punjabi writers
Ludhiana, March 11
Punjabi Lekhak Sabha staged a novel method of protest, a Punjabi Language Convention, organised at the Punjabi Bhavan last evening. The meeting was attended by eminent Punjabi critics, novelists, and writers from four districts of Ludhiana, Moga, Patiala, and Fatehgarh Sahib. 

Shobha yatra
Ludhiana, March 11
A shobha yatra in connection with Shivaratri was taken out at Haibowal here last evening by the Haibowal Mahotsav Committee. A function was held before the start of the yatra.

Dharam sammelan
Ludhiana, March 11
A Dharam sammelan began at Ved mandir, Daresi Grounds, here yesterday with Swami Nigam Bodh giving the opening discourse. In his discourse, Swami Nigam Bodh dwelt on the aim of human life and concluded that life's purpose should be the realisation of God.


Bank robbery bid
Ludhiana, March 11
A robbery attempt at the Allahabad Bank, on Ludhiana-Chandigarh road near Vardhman Mills late last night was foiled by the Electronic Security System installed there. The robbers managed to enter the fortified premises of the bank but when they touched the safe, the alarms went off, forcing them to run away.


Gifts for BSNL subscribers
Ludhiana, March 11
Mr V.S. Srivastava, General Manager Telecom, while talking to mediapersons here today, said that all subscribers under Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Dholewal and Jugiana exchanges and some subscribers of Barewal, Dugri, Transport Nagar and Bharat Nagar will be provided with the free answering machine facility.



Lecture on Hamlet
Ludhiana, March 11
A lecture on the interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet was held at Divine Public School here yesterday.
Addressing senior section students, Principal Bhupinder Singh Garcha said William Shakespeare was a uniquely gifted person and had a better understanding of other person’s mental behaviour.

Brilliant show on Sher-e-Punjab 
Ludhiana, March 11
A light and sound show about Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s reign, spanning four decades, titled Sher-e-Punjab was presented at G.G.N. Public School ground yesterday.
The two-hour spectacle was organised by Bank of Punjab. The presentation transported the audience to the era of the Maharaja.

Tribute to grandparents
Ludhiana, March 11
Teachers and students of First Steps organised Grandparent’s Day to pay tribute to their elders.
The grandparents were visibly flattered at the attention they received from their grandchildren. They also participated in games organised for them. 


Forum penalises BSNL
Ludhiana, March 11
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to pay Rs 3,000 as compensation on account of issuing wrong bills to Mr Naresh Kumar Saggar, a local resident. 


Struggling artist waits for clients
Ludhiana, March 11
He has an enormous talent and can make pencil sketches. He is adept in fabric painting and the designs and colour schemes draw much appreciation from all the viewers, but it ends there. When it comes to brass tracks to recognise his talent and help him financially, it comes to a naught. Rampal Sehota is an extremely talented, self-taught artist who started making pencil sketches a decade ago.
Rampal Sehota with his works at an exhibition.— A file photo
Rampal Sehota with his works at an exhibition.


Dismantle Punjab Medical Council: PCMSA
Ludhiana, March 11
The PCMS Association, Punjab, has welcomed the gesture of new Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, to provide a neat and efficient governance in the state. The association also demanded to dismantle the unconstitutionally formed ‘Punjab Medical Council’ by the previous state government.

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