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Karnal company booked for selling spurious seeds
Ludhiana, September 9
A Karnal-based seed manufacturing company and its local distributor on Rahon road here have been booked by the city police for selling spurious seeds to farmers and in the process playing havoc with the yield.

Who pockets rickshaw pullers’ money at railway station?
Ludhiana, September 9
Rickshaw pullers at the Ludhiana railway station are made to pay about Rs 18 lakh every year to the “Railways”. While the rickshaw pullers maintain that they are told that the money goes to the Railways, they are not provided any receipt for the same.
Cycle rickshaws lined up outside the Ludhiana railway station Cycle rickshaws lined up outside the Ludhiana railway station. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed


Revision of poll rolls from Sept 15
Ludhiana, September 9
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma today said all people who could not vote during the recently held parliamentary elections could now get their names enrolled in the voters list. He said as per the directions of the Election Commission, a special summary revision of electoral rolls would be undertaken from September 15.

Homeless to get 5-marla plots, says minister
Khamano, September 9
A special survey is being conducted in the state to identify homeless poor families. There is a plan to allot 5-marla plots to the persons so identified. New villages, consisting of 300 to 400 homeless people, will be established in shamlat land of different villages and all modern facilities will be made available to them.


Register No. 13 — a rare police document
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 9
The guide map of the Chandigarh does not show Sector 13 as the figure has long been considered unlucky. But a century-old register No. 13 maintained at police station, Dehlon, has figured as a rare document of the Police Department. It exhibits the critical evaluations of the performance of the police station during the past 100 years and remarks given by then Gazetted officers who visited the place.

People’s Forum for easy visa regime
Ludhiana, September 9
An Indian delegation of the Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, New Delhi, came back from Pakistan after attending the 10th annual convention held in Lahore.

Mr N.S. Nanda presents a copy of the Punjab Tourist Guide to Mian Muhammed Aslam Iqbal, Tourism Minister, West Punjab, in Lahore, during a press conference held recently.
Mr N.S. Nanda presents a copy of the Punjab Tourist Guide to Mian Muhammed Aslam Iqbal, Tourism Minister, West Punjab, in Lahore, during a press conference

Giving rural Punjabi touch to Bridal Asia
Ludhiana, September 9
To Gunjan Virk, the only designer selected from Punjab to showcase her designs at Bridal Asia, creativity knows no limits. Her designs based on Punjabi phulkari and sitara and gota work, derives inspiration from nature and things she comes across daily.


Marriot Hotel owners booked
Ludhiana, September 9
Sachin Kumar and his father Vijay Kumar, owner of Marriot Hotel, have been booked along with eight persons, for attacking a party of sales tax inspectors which was checking various records of the hotel to detect any possible tax evasion.


Banks working towards boosting agri credit
Ludhiana, September 9
With the Prime Minister prioritising the agricultural sector, banks are working on a grand scale to boost agri credit. Apart from introducing several new schemes to benefit the farmers, kisan goshthis (meetings) are being conducted regularly. Several banks have recruited specialised agriculture officers for their commercial branches.

Ban steel export, says industry chamber
Ludhiana, September 9
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry has stressed on banning steel export in view of shortage of steel.

Brick-kiln owners submit memo to DC
Ludhiana, September 9
Development projects and all construction activity across the state will come to a halt this month if the government does not step in to redress the grievances of about 5,000 brick-kiln owners of the state, who have been on strike since July 28.

Brick-kiln owners protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma
Brick-kiln owners protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Ludhiana



PAU Academic Council decides on medals
Ludhiana, September 9
A meeting of the PAU Academic Council was held today at which important decisions regarding medals and awards was taken. The council approved the University Gold Medal for the year 2004 to Geetika of the College of Agricultural Engineering for highest overall credit point average (OCPA).

PAU students leave for Vancouver
Ludhiana, September 9
Sumit Inder Kaur and Sumeet Arneja of the College of Agriculture will join the University of British Columbia (UBC) for one academic year under an exchange programme between the foreign university and PAU.The students left for Vancouver today.
PAU Vice-Chancellor K.S. Aulakh with Sumeet Arneja and Sumit Inder Kaur, who have been admitted to the University of British Columbia for a year under an exchange   programme. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
PAU Vice-Chancellor K.S. Aulakh with Sumeet Arneja and Sumit Inder Kaur, who have been admitted to the University

Australian envoy visits PAU
Ludhiana, September 9
The Australian Commissioner to India, Ms Penelope Wensley, visited Punjab Agricultural University today and held a meeting with Dr K S Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor besides all Deans and Directors of the university.

From Schools & Colleges
Teachers hold protest

Ludhiana, September 9
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union observed two periods strike yesterday. The teachers boycotted classes in almost all colleges of Ludhiana. In some colleges, the teachers also staged dharnas. The demands of the teachers included the release of arrears worth Rs 14.4 crore on account of withdrawal of cut on grants, the release of 95 per cent grant, pension and gratuity, HRA to rural colleges and gratuity to DPEs and librarians.

History Society organises trip to Amritsar
Doraha, September 9
The History Society of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised a trip to Amritsar yesterday. Prof Williamjit Singh, Head of the Department of History, accompanied 50 students on the trip that was dedicated to the 400th year of installation of Adi Granth in the Golden Temple. The students visited various places related to Punjab history.


Making waves as an artist
Ludhiana, September 8
Ishpreet Kaur Khandpur, a student of MAII in Fine Arts, Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, has made a place for herself in painting. She did her schooling from Guru Ram Dass Academy, Ludhiana, and actively participated in exhibitions as well as competitions.


DMC stalemate continues
Ludhiana, September 9
The ongoing strike at Hero Heart Centre, a unit of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, entered the fifth day today as striking employees stuck to their stand, although they held several rounds of meetings with the secretary of the DMCH managing committee, Mr Amrit Nagpal.


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