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Train fire tragedy shocks residents
Ludhiana, May 15
Close on the heels of a devastating fire, which struck the Khud Mohalla locality in the old city last week and claimed 13 lives, besides rendering more than 70 persons injured, the fire in coaches of Golden Temple Mail, in which 38 passengers, including women and children, were charred to death near Ladhowal on the outskirts of the city, has shocked the entire population of the industrial hub. 
GOOD SAMARITANS GOOD SAMARITANS: Munj Phagguwal villagers set up a langar for passengers and rescue workers at the rail accident site near Ludhiana on Thursday. — PTI

Schools flout fire safety norms
Ludhiana, May 15
While the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has made it mandatory for all its affiliated schools to be well-equipped with fire-fighting systems, a majority of the city schools are playing with the lives of innocent children and flouting the norms with impunity.


Ditched accident victim needs help
Ludhiana, May 15
A young migrant worker, Kali Patri, hanging between life and death after a nearly fatal road accident, finds himself ditched by those responsible for causing the accident. His bicycle was hit by a car. No family members, relatives or friends, are there to support him during his convalescence and recovery, which would still take a long time, if at all.

PSHRC takes up satta operators’ plea
Ludhiana, May 15
Taking up a petition filed by two alleged satta operators -Subash Katty and Bittu Chawla- that some Ludhiana cops were threatening them with dire consequences, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission(PSHRC) has directed the SSP here to immediately inquire into the allegations and provide them security, if need be.


Hope for Sukhdev memorial
Ludhiana, May 15
Hope has once again risen for the conservation of the ancestral house of martyr Sukhdev Thapar, as today on the occasion of his birth anniversary an old tenant living in the house agreed to vacate it.

Floral tributes being paid to martyr Sukhdev Thapar in Ludhiana on Thursday. — IV
Floral tributes being paid to martyr Sukhdev Thapar

Romance of reading withers
Ludhiana, May 15
The other day a list of best 50 novels by women writers appeared in many dailies. Incidentally, Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize-winner, “The God of Small Things”, was voted the 20th best in the list.

Complete flyover project

am a regular reader of your esteemed newspaper for the past 50 years. I am running my business on the main GT Road and am facing great hardships due to gross negligence of the authorities in completing the flyover under construction from Jagraon Bridge to Chand Cinema. 

Id celebrated
Ludhiana, MAY 15
Id-ul-Milad, or the sweet Id, was celebrated with religious fervour all over the town and its surrounding areas , today.
Muslims in large numbers gathered at the mosques of their respective areas to offer their prayers in the morning. After that the Muslims greeted the Sikhs and Hindus on the occasion. 

Muslims celebrate Id-ul- Milad at Shivpuri in Ludhiana on Thursday. — IV
Muslims celebrate Id-ul- Milad at Shivpuri

Restaurant owner assures cooperation
Ludhiana, May 15
Reacting to the orders of the district administration to close down the restaurants operating from the basements, some of the owners today said they were prepared to cooperate with the district administration to ensure fire safety measures.

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Move on power tariff worries industry
Ludhiana, May 15
The reports regarding the possible hike in power tariff to the tune of 10 to 15 per cent have sent shock waves in the industrial sector of Punjab. The industry, which claims to be reeling under recession, has warned that it will oppose any such hike. It was pointed out that only in October last year the power tariff was increased by about 11 per cent.

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Punjab Agro revives sunflower cultivation
Seh/Naulari (Samrala), May 15
Sunflower cultivation, which was given up by Punjab farmers on account of loss suffered in the absence of marketing infrastructure in the past, has got a new lease of life following its revival through contract farming by the Punjab Agro Foods Corporation (PAFC).

Farmers of Samrala block along with officials of the PAFC, inspect the sunflower crop at Seh village on Thursday. — IV

Farmers of Samrala block along with officials of the PAFC, inspect the sunflower crop at Seh village


RS Model students shine in plus two exam
Ludhiana, May 15
Students of RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, have outshone in the result of Plus Two examination conducted by the Punjab State Education Board that were declared in the city here today.

Dance contest held in school
Ludhiana, May 15
The Dance and Drama Club of New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, organised a dance competition for primary and middle section students here today.
Nearly 24 participating students were divided into three categories.

Students celebrate annual day
Ludhiana , May 15
Students and staff of Government Elementary School, Kailash Nagar, celebrated their annual day here today . The students of different classes sang the welcome song, which was followed by skits and gidha .

Students of Government Elementary School, Kailash Nagar, present a group song on the occasion of the annual prize distribution function on Thursday.— Photo IV
Students of Government Elementary School, Kailash Nagar,present a group song on the occasion of the annual prize distribution function

'Smirnoff Experience' in city today
Ludhiana, May 15
Smirnoff will organise a party in the city tomorrow, bringing with it the best electronic music from around the world and leading DJ Apollo to enthrall dance lovers.


Global Health Care System introduced
Ludhiana, May 15
Children of upper middle-class families are becoming addicted to fast food, thanks to television advertisements and parents’ yielding to their consistent demands. Result — obesity and various deficiencies in the body. 

Avoid over exposure to sun

unburn is a common problem during summers . It is a painful skin condition, which occurs as a result of over-exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. It affects persons of all age groups. Children and infants are especially sensitive to the burning effects of the sun. 


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