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18 freed, 10 still captive
Captors tortured pregnant bonded labourer
Ludhiana, May 4
The Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan got 18 bonded labourers, including women and children, freed from the captivity of a brick-kiln owner of Khamba village near Moga. According to the volunteers of the organisation, 10 more bonded labourers are still missing.

Some of the rescued bonded labourers with Mr Jai Singh of the NGO that got them freed, in a village near Moga on Saturday.
— Photo Inderjit Verma

Industrialist’s wife ‘stage-managed’ own kidnapping
Ludhiana, May 4
The wife of a rich industrialist in the city allegedly stage-managed her own kidnapping with the help of a ‘very close’ male relative in order to pocket a ransom of Rs 9 lakh from her husband. The alleged kidnapping drama was staged on March 14 last.


Don’t push it down my throat, mom; I don’t like it. —Photo Pradeep Tewari

Sharp drop in city’s ground-water level
Ludhiana, May 4
“The ground-water level in the city is dropping at an alarming rate and from the existing level of about 70 feet, it is expected to further go down to 87 feet in the next 7 years.” This was stated by Mr R.L. Kalsia, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation while addressing a meeting of the Rotary Club here last night.

Terrorist lands in police net after 11 years
Ludhiana, May 4
After eluding security agencies for over 10 years by living in hiding under an assumed identity, an alleged dreaded terrorist of a militant organisation, Bhindrawale Tiger force (BTF), has finally landed in the police net.


Capt Amarinder SinghMC POLL
CM to decide on ticket distribution
Ludhiana, May 4
Unable to resolve the differences over the distribution of tickets for various wards of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, all the members of the selection committee headed by local MP, Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, constituted for the purpose today moved to Delhi and left everything to Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Cong legal cell office-bearers
Ludhiana, April 4
The chairman of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Legal Cell, Mr Shamsher Singh Shergill, today released the list of office-bearers of the local unit of the Congress Legal Cell. The District Legal Cell chairman, Mr Dharamjit Singh Khera, ex-chairman PPCC Legal Cell, Mr P.D. Sharma, district convener, Mr Ashok Bhakri and Mr Hemant Kalia honoured Mr Shergill for being elevated to the post of Senior Additional Advocate General, Punjab. 

PPSC members should resign: Advocate-General
Ludhiana, May 4
Following serious allegations of corruption, the members of Punjab Public Service Commission should resign, said the Advocate-General of Punjab, Chowdhary Harbhagwan Singh, while addressing lawyers at the Bar Room, here.

Poor man’s shop-cum-bathroom
Poor man’s shop-cum-bathroom: A cool bath to beat the heat on the GT Road, Ludhiana. —PT

Sant sammelan attracts large gathering
Ludhiana, May 4
A mahan sant sammelan was held in connection with the birth anniversary celebrations of Sardar Jassa Singh Ramgharia by the Vishwakarma Ramgharia society at the Jassa Singh Ramgharia Hall in Janak Puri here today in which a large number of prominent saints and personalities of Vishwakarma and Ramgharia sects also took part.

Tearful farewell to crash victim
Khanna, May 4
Heart rending scenes were witnessed at the funeral of Mr Rakesh Bali here today. Mr Bali (42) died after a MiG-21 crashed into the building of the Bank of Rajasthan in Jalandhar yesterday. He was an employee of the bank.

Convention of Aggarwal sammelan on May 12
Ludhiana, May 4
In order to strengthen the organisational base of the community in the wake of the present political scenario in Punjab, the first state convention of the Punjab Pradesh Aggarwal Sammelan would be held at the Aggar Nagar Community Centre here on May 12.


Man loses Rs 80,000 in daylight theft
Ludhiana, May 4
An employee of a television dealer lost Rs 80,000 under mysterious circumstances from the Dugri road this afternoon. Mr Kulwant Singh was carrying the money to a bank in his car when he stopped at an auto mechanic’s shop for filling air in the tyres.

Residents complain against noise pollution
Ludhiana, May 4
Residents of Laxmi Street near Punjab National Bank in the Civil Lines have approached the SHO of the area with a specific complaint against a firm dealing in sanitation goods.


Garment manufacturers flay spurt in acrylic fibre prices
Ludhiana, May 4
An artificial scarcity and the resultant spurt in the prices of acrylic fibre has virtually created a crisis-like situation for the acrylic yarn spinners and the readymade garments industry here. 

Traders urged to unite against octroi
Ludhiana, May 4
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal has urged all trade and industrial organisations of Punjab to press the government for repealing octroi. It has also urged all factions to forget their differences to put up a joint fight against octroi.


Power, procurement situations bad: BKU
Ludhiana, May 4
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has said here that the Punjab Government and the Punjab State Electricity Board are responsible for poor power supply to the agriculture sector. It says that the average is two hours of power supply at most in a day.


Plan to set up residential law university
Ludhiana, May 4
The Advocate-General, Punjab, Mr Harbhagwan Singh, has said that the government was making efforts to establish a residential law university on the pattern of Bangalore and Hyderabad law universities.

The Advocate-General, Punjab, Mr Harbhagwan Singh, with doctors of Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital in Ludhiana on Saturday. — IV

The Advocate General, Punjab, Mr Harbhagwan Singh, with doctors of Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital

PAU entrance tests schedule released
Ludhiana, May 4
Punjab Agricultural University has released the schedule for entrance tests to various graduate and postgraduate courses offered by it for the coming academic session.

Annual day celebrated at BCM School
Ludhiana, May 4
To honour the students for their performance in academics, sports and cultural activities, the management and staff of BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector-32, Chandigarh Road, celebrated its annual prize distribution function here yesterday.

School celebrates anniversary
Samrala, May 4
Sant Kirpal Singh Sewa Panthi Public School, Neelon, 9 km from here, celebrated its ninth anniversary, yesterday. The foundation stone of the school building was also laid by Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, Samrala, on this occasion.

The foundation stone of a school being laid near Samrala by Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, on Friday.
The foundation stone of a school being laid near Samrala



Bone and joint cancer treatment in city
Ludhiana, May 4
“There is a new ray of hope for patients suffering from bone and joint cancer. They will not have to go to Delhi or Chennai for treatment as it can now be treated at Oswal Cancer Hospital at reasonable cost,” said Dr R.R. Saggar, Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopaedics, Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, at a press conference here today.

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Biomedical waste disposal: docs resent high rates
Ludhiana, May 4
Close on the heels of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation finalising an agreement with a private company for the disposal of biomedical waste, the medical community does not seem to be prepared to accept the rates fixed by the corporation for the hospitals.

Homoeopathy workshop ends
Ludhiana, May 4
A two-day workshop on homoeopathy, organised by the International Council of Ayurveda in collaboration with the Society for Service to Voluntary Agencies (SOSVA) at Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, concluded here today.


Veteran athletes for national meet
Ludhiana, May 4
Veteran athletes have been selected to represent Punjab in the forthcoming 23rd National Veteran Athletics Championship to be held from May 13 to 15 at Bangalore.


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