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A day of protests...
Punjab pensioners lambast govt
Ludhiana, February 25
A protest rally was staged here today by members of the Punjab State Pensioners Confederation against the Punjab Government’s failure to settle their long-pending demands. The Punjab pensioners were joined by Central Government, Railway Board Pensioners, PSEB, Municipal Corporation and ex-servicemen and Himachal Pradesh Pensioners Kalyan Sangh representatives.

Pensioners of various organisations hold a state-level protest rally  in front of the  mini-secretariat in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Pensioners of various organisations hold a state-level protest rally in front of the mini-secretariat in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
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Hit by price rise, steel consumers go on fast
Ludhiana, February 25
Irked at the apathy and indifference of the central government over the increasing prices of steel the Fasterners Manufacturers Association of India today started a chain fast as a last resort to highlight their sorry plight. A group of members of the association comprising its chairman Mohinder Pal Jain, president Narinder Bhamra, Raj Kumar Singla, Jugal Kishore and Bunty Oberoi started the fast at the busy Vishwakarma Chowk here today.

Stone laying becomes a bone of contention
Ludhiana, February 25
The laying of foundation stone for a road project by the Minister of State for Jails and Urban Development, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, in Ward No 24 here on Tuesday has led to a controversy. The area councillor, Mr Simarjeet Singh Bains, has alleged that he had already laid the foundation stone for that project on February 1. Almost 30 per cent of the work, involving an expenditure of Rs 25 lakh, was already complete. The funds for the project were sanctioned from his councillor’s quota, he has claimed

Ex-cadet held in finance racket
Ludhiana, February 25
The district police today announced the arrest of a Merchant Navy cadet-turned-racketeer on the charge of running a finance racket.

Online catalogue for PAU library
Ludhiana, February 25
Anybody wanting to check the availability of any book or research papers with the library of Punjab Agricultural University needs not make a personal visit to the library. He can simply log on to the official website of the university,, and get the required information from the newly started ‘Online Public Access Catalogue.

LUDHIANA CALLINGTraffic lights in the city continue to play truant. It has become a routine that one or the other traffic lights is out of order, causing chaos at road crossings. It has become a common scene to see the green and red light at the same time. The problem has been highlighted several times but to no avail. At Bharat Nagar Chowk and Bhai Bala Chowk, one can see both red and green light on at the same time.


2 more elevated roads for city
Ludhiana, February 25
The Punjab Government has decided to construct two more elevated roads across Ludhiana at a cost of Rs 250 crore on build, operate and transfer basis. A multinational Malaysian company will take up the project, for which the Chief Minister has already given assent. The formal MoU would be signed next month.

PAU flower show contest winners
Ludhiana, February 25
A two-day flower show organised by the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, Punjab Agricultural University, concluded here yesterday.

Rs 50,000 for animal birth control
Ludhiana, February 25
To further promote the Animal Birth Control Programme being carried out by People For Animals to keep a check on the fast-growing number of stray animals, a sum of Rs 50,000 was sanctioned by Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma here today.

Goods destroyed in factory fire
Khanna, February 25
Goods worth lakhs were destroyed in a fire that broke in a cooler pads manufacturing factory at the local Bakarkhana road this morning.

Striking workers try to manhandle scribes
Ludhiana, February 25
The striking labourers today tried to manhandle scribes covering their strike at two places. Early in the day on Tuesday when the workers blocked the road near the local bus stand, they tried to prevent a cameraman of a regional daily for taking pictures.


Man held with pistol
Ludhiana, February 25
The Sadar police yesterday arrested Suresh Kumar Mehra of Mota Singh Nagar, Jalandhar, under the Arms Act. He was arrested following the recovery of a .303-bore pistol along with two cartridges.

Three booked for rape
Sahnewal, February 25
A woman has alleged rape by three persons while she was on a visit to her brother’s house from Ghulal village, yesterday.

Cash, goods stolen from shop
Khanna, February 25
Thieves broke into an electronic goods shop on the Malerkotla road and stole cash, a colour TV, CD players and irons on Monday night.


Private bus operators suffer losses
Ludhiana, February 25
Rising diesel prices coupled with the plying of unauthorised vehicles by various state-owned transport corporations has led to huge losses to private bus operators. Lack of organisation among them is one of the main reasons for their sorry plight.

Markfed to export potatoes
Khanna, February 25
Markfed Punjab, the largest co-operative of Asia, will export 40,000 tonnes of potatoes to European countries next year. The Chief Minister of Punjab had taken the issue with the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister.



Brief breaks must during exams
Ludhiana, February 25
Keeping in mind the number of parents seeking counsellors advice to control anxiety level among their wards during examination days, several child psychologists and psychiatrists in the city feel that worrying will not, in any case, improve the performance of children in the exams. Rather, parents and teachers should stop pressurising them to work harder. Dr (Ms) Kala, Counselling Expert, Secretary General, ROSHNI, an NGO, suggests that instead of worrying, children should use their psychological energy to plan their study routine and try to carry out the targets set for the exams.

IGNOU students get degrees
Doraha, February 25
Indira Gandhi National Open University, Regional Centre, Khanna , organised its 15th convocation for the students of Punjab and Chandigarh at the ITI building in Bulepur, near Khanna, recently.

Luxor brings in exam package
Ludhiana, February 25
With examination time round the corner, Luxor Writing Instruments Private Limited, one of the leading names in writing instruments industry, has launched an entire range of ball pens for ‘Luxor Fusion’, ‘Luxor Rocky Designer’, ‘Trendy Grip’ and new fineliners called “Luxor Experto.”

College organises car rally
Ludhiana, February 25
As part of Ehsaas-2004, an inter-college literary and cultural festival to be held at Punjab College of Technical Education on Friday, a goodwill car rally from Ludhiana to Khanna was organised here today.



Biggest-ever meeting on endoscopic surgery
Ludhiana, February 25
More than 25 international experts, 40 national faculty and 1000 surgeon delegates participated in the biggest-ever conference on endoscopic surgery held here from February 18-21. Prominent among the international faculty were Dr Philippe Mouret from France, who did the first laparoscopic surgery in the world.

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