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Extreme winter due to depleting water table
Cold wave will persist, say experts
Ludhiana, January 15
The rapid decline in water table is causing the cold prevailing in the region. Weather experts fear that the cold wave may persist. The meteorologists of Punjab Agricultural University, who have conducted a preliminary research to find out the cause of the cold weather, attributed the conditions to the lowering of water table and drought-like conditions that prevailed in the region in the summer.

Missing society secy: police clueless
Ludhiana, January 15
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of a secretary of the Dehlon Co-operative Society, who went missing on January 11 early morning with Rs 50,000 of the society. 

Doctors divided over kidney racket
Ludhiana, January 15
The exposure of kidney racket in the state has resulted in a sharp divide among the medical fraternity, which has once again brought into focus the issue of medical ethics and the manner in which doctors exploit unsuspecting, illiterate patients.


Resentment over pruning of trees
Ludhiana, January 15
Resentment prevailed among residents of Guru Nanak Pura area here today where around 20 trees were pruned in a park of the area by the area councillor.

Peepal and other trees that were pruned in a park in Guru Nanakpura area, leaving residents fuming, in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photos Pradeep Tewari
Peepal and other trees that were pruned in a park in Guru Nanakpura area, leaving residents fuming

Villagers succeed where govt fails
Khamano, January 15
After a long wait of many years for a government aid to construct animal hospital at Khamano, residents of the town and surrounding villages have come forward to construct the building. Presently, the hospital is working in one room.

A view of the new building of the animal hospital at Khamano.
A view of the new building of the animal hospital at Khamano


Members of Sree Ayyappa Temple celebrate ‘makarjyoti’
Members of Sree Ayyappa Temple celebrate ‘makarjyoti’ in Ludhiana on Tuesday evening. — IV

SAD, BJP oppose shopkeepers’ eviction
Ludhiana, January 15
The leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party today expressed solidarity with shopkeepers of the Luxmi Cinema Market against their possible eviction. The shopkeepers are observing a relay fast against the government’s proposal to evict them, as the land is to be handed over to a private builder.

Poor roads in Khamano subdivision
Khamano, January 15
The condition of roads falling under Khamano sub-division is worsening day by day due to lack of repair. The condition of the Khamano-Khanna road is so bad that people of surrounding villages have to pass through nearby villages to reach their destinations.

Concern over declining sex ratio
Amloh, January 15
The practice of female foeticide, has assumed alarming dimensions in the state where the female sex ratio has gone down to 750 per 1,000 male children. This situation can lead to numerous problems in the society and to contain these problems will be an uphill task for the government.

Phone out of order since 1995
INDLY accept my thanks for publishing the complaint of Col D.S. Grewal of Sukhdev Nagar, Focal Point, Ludhiana, regarding his phone no. 676423. He is not the only one who had expressed his harassment at the hands of the telephone authorities.
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‘Implement’ Nanakshahi calendar
Ludhiana, January 15
The International Sikh Dharam Prachar Manch has demanded the implementation of the Nanakshahi calendar at the earliest, since “it is a matter of pride for the Panth”, and would also be a ready reckoner for all important occasions of the community.

Shiv Sena district chief


Report clears driver of murder charge
Ludhiana, January 15
The post-mortem examination of the body of a Morinda man, who worked as a cleaner of a truck has ruled out the possibility of murder. The report of the examination conducted here today afternoon comes as relief to, the truck driver, Amarjit Singh, who had been charged with killing the cleaner.

Resident booked for bootlegging
Ludhiana, January 15
A raiding party of the Excise Department raided a house at Civil Lines in Samrala here and arrested Jawala Singh, owner of the house and recovered 16 bottles of whisky, including 10 bottles of 8 PM and 6 bottles of Mcdowells no. 1 whisky, meant for sale in Chandigarh only, here on Wednesday.


Cell-WLL row hits consumers hard
Ludhiana, January 15
The ongoing war between cellular and WLL companies, which led to the former barring all incoming and outgoing calls to the WLL numbers, has caused harassment to the general public. It is ultimately the people who are being made to suffer, said an angry telephone subscriber after learning that the phone calls from Spice and Airtel to Connect and vice-versa had been barred.

Bank starts telebanking
Ludhiana, January 15
Probably for the first time in the banking history of the state, Punjab National Bank (PNB) today organised a teleconference with Mr U.S. Bhargava, General Manager, Punjab Zone. He interacted with participants of zonal training centre here through video conferencing.

Bank opens all-women branch
Ludhiana, January 15
The much-awaited ‘all-women branch’ of Punjab and Sind Bank was inaugurated at Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Model Town Extension, here today. The branch, which started functioning today, was inaugurated by Ms Inderjit Kaur Gill Vashisht, Principal Government College for Women.


Judicious use of farm inputs stressed
Ludhiana, January 15
Farmers should be judicious in the use of inputs so that the cost of production on different crops can be minimised for better returns.
This was stated by Dr Kolar while speaking on the concluding session of the specialised National Training Programme on Fertilizer, water and weed management in wheat organised by the Centre of Excellence for Training in wheat production technology of the Punjab Agricultural University here today.


Plea for recruitment of principals, lecturers
Doraha, January 15
In an unprecedented move, the DPI Colleges has stopped sending nominees and experts to the selection committee for the recruitment of principals and lecturers in the affiliated colleges of Punjab, In a letter to Secretary, Higher Education Punjab (Chandigarh), Dr Ishwar Singh, president, Non-Government Colleges Management Federation of Punjab and Chandigarh, has asked for continuing the process of recruitment so that timely appointments are made and regular study is assured.


Juxtaposing current affairs with old views
Ludhiana, January 15
A humorous play with anecdotes collected by Ibne Insha in his book “Urdu ki Akhari Kitab” comes a social message under the satire. In this play, only one actor — Sanjay Solanki who acts as a servant of Ibne Insha — entertained the audience by his theatrical skills.


Sunita Rani Sunita Rani honoured
Ludhiana, January 15
The Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur honoured the golden girl of Busan, Sunita Rani, who is undergoing training at the academy, here today. As a directly recruited Deputy Suprintendent of Police, Sunita Rani is currently undergoing her basic professional training at the academy, from where she went to participate in the Busan Asian Games.


Sharma asks PMCs to resume work
Ludhiana, January 15
The Municipal Corporation has initiated another attempt to revive the Park Management Committees (PMCs) and bring about improvement in the level of maintenance and upkeep of 400 parks in Ludhiana. As a result of the imbroglio continuing between the civic body and the PMCs for quite sometime now, the parks and green belts had become a picture of neglect.


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