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Sewerage cleaning machines lying unused 
Ludhiana, March 12
As many as 35 sewerage cleaning machines, worth Rs 50 lakh, bought by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation some time ago are lying unused owing allegedly to the poor quality of material gone into manufacturing of these machines.
A sewerage cleaning machine lying dumped in a park in Ludhiana A sewerage cleaning machine lying dumped in a park in Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

No gender-based discrimination in Pak, says writer
Ludhiana, March 12
Eminent Pakistani short story writer Afzal Tauseef today said that the Pakistani society was being grossly misrepresented in the western media. She said the plight of women in particular was not as bad as was being made out to be.


Fresh cases lodged in foreign exchange racket
Ludhiana, March 12
Claiming to have made fresh inroads in a fraud of foreign exchange, the Jagraon police has lodged two fresh cases against foreign exchange business tycoon, Rajesh Deol, his brother Devinder Singh Deol and father Pritam Singh Deol, who is the President of the Punjab NRI Sabha.

Indian couple gets bravery award
Ludhiana, March 12
Dr Albel Kang, a former Associate Professor at the PAU, and his wife, who are settled in Australia, have been honoured with one of the prestigious bravery awards by the Australian Government for their act of disarming a robber during their evening walk. He is the elder brother of Dr K.N.S. Kang, Director, Punjab College of Technical Education here.

Repair roads, MC urged
Ludhiana, March 12
Various associations and groups have appealed to the Municipal Commissioner, Mr S. K. Sharma, and the Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, to order the re-carpeting and repair of damaged roads in the Urban Estate, Dugri. Roads have not been repaired and no premix has been used on them during the past 10 to 15 years.

Passing Thru


Rs 5,000 cr earmarked for development, says Birmi
Ludhiana, March 12
Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, today said that the state would witness allround development. He said Rs 5000 crore had been earmarked for the infrastructure development in the rural areas. This included roads, school buildings, water channels, pavement of streets and other projects as promised by the Congress at the time of assuming power.

Crossword puzzles still find many takers
Ludhiana, March 12
“I wait for Sundays as I look forward to solving the crossword puzzle and checking the answers to the previous week’s puzzle” said Mr S. Budhiraja, an executive in an MNC. Every new crossword puzzle brings new challenges. Moreover, it helps to test one’s knowledge, practically in every field. ‘The clues can be related to literature, geography, history, films, current events and infact everything,” added Mr Budhiraja.

At the crossroads
German poet of Punjabi origin

IN the mid-seventies Rajvinder emerged as a promising poet with his first collection of Punjabi poems, Raat Lammi Zindagi (life, a long night). Shortly afterwards he graduated from Randhir Government College, Kapurthala, and went to Jammu University for his M.A. and M.Phil. degrees.

Property destroyed following fire in factory
Ludhiana, March 12
Property worth lakhs was gutted in a massive fire that broke out in an incense sticks manufacturing factory in Kutcha No. 6, Field Gunj, this afternoon. As many four fire tenders struggled for an hour to douse the flames.

Workers trying to take out finished products from an incense sticks manufacturing factory in Fieldgunj which was severely damaged in a fire that broke out on Saturday afternoon. —  Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Workers trying to take out finished products from an incense sticks manufacturing factory in Fieldgunj which was severely damaged in a fire that broke out on Saturday

2 buffaloes die
Machhiwara, March 12
Two buffaloes have reportedly died under mysterious circumstances in the nearby Burma village, 12 km from here. The buffaloes belonged to a farmer, Mohinder Singh. People feel that the animals might have died due to some undiagnosed disease. The third buffalo is moribund, according to a source.

BSNL staff threaten strike
Ludhiana, March 12
Some employees of the BSNL today demanded action against an SDO for allegedly threatening the duty staff at the Mata Rani Chowk exchange. The employees warned that in case no action was taken against the official, they would intensify their agitation.

Residents meet PUDA official



Rise in prices of cotton
Ludhiana, March 12
With the rise in cotton prices in the international market, the prices of cotton have also started improving in the region comprising Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. The cotton prices in the international markets have risen by 15 per cent during the past 15 days.



Guru Nanak Education Trust headed for showdown
Ludhiana, March 12
The Guru Nanak Education Trust, which runs the Guru Nanak College for Girls, Model Town, Ludhiana, is headed for a showdown, with the secretary of the trust Mr Prithipal Singh, announcing that he would set and circulate a broader and wider agenda which would be discussed during the trust meeting scheduled for March 29. He pointed out that according to the trust rules, which have been admitted by the president, Mr Gurbir Singh himself, it is the secretary who calls the trust meeting and sets the agenda and not the president.

Students honoured on annual day
Doraha, March 12
The Commerce and Economics Association of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, celebrated its annual day today. Dr A.K. Vashisht from Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion. He was also invited as a resource person to share his views on the ‘Banking sector in India.’ Dr Vashisht congratulated the members of the association for arranging such programmes for students.

Hamara School
A school unique in many aspects

Wylie Memorial High School, founded in 1961, is one of the oldest English medium schools in Ludhiana. The school has active links with schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Kenya. Students and teachers from these schools have visited Wylie Memorial School and interacted with the staff and students here.
Wylie Memorial High School.
Wylie Memorial High School

‘Sankalap divas’ at DD Jain College
Ludhiana, March 12
The birth centenary of Behn Devki Devi Jain was celebrated as ‘sankalap divas’ at DD Jain Memorial College for Women, here today. The programme started with Namokar Mantra, Mr Narinder Jain, president, DD Jain Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, extended a hearty welcome to all.

Nirmal Sandhu sings for PG students of Ramgarhia Girls College at a function organised on Saturday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Nirmal Sandhu sings for PG students of Ramgarhia Girls College at a function organised on Saturday

French delegation visits PAU
Ludhiana, March 12
Under the leadership of Mr Philippe Mangin, a high-powered 25 member French delegation visited PAU today and held a meeting with Dr Govinder Singh Nanda, Director of Research.


Sessions Judge visits Khanna courts
Khanna, March 12
The Sessions Judge, Khanna, Mr Harbans Lal, visited the Khanna Civil Courts here today. The judge inspected the courts and held a meeting with the members of the Khanna Bar Association. The members expressed satisfaction about the working of the courts.


‘Nalayak’ launches its music
Ludhiana, March 12

Vivek Shaque, hero of Punjabi film ‘Nalayak’ was in the city with the director Ravi Nishand to release the music cassette and CD of his film. 

Vivek Shaque in the centre, hero of ‘Nalayak’ releases film’s music cassettes and CDs at a function on Saturday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Vivek Shaque in the centre, hero of ‘Nalayak’ releases film’s music cassettes and CDs at a function


Drug de-addiction camp held
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 12
The Yuvak Sewavan Club, Jhuner village, and the local Hind Hospital join the organised an eye care and drug de-addiction camp that concluded at the hospital on Friday. Mr Parminder Singh Dhindsa, MLA, Sunam, inaugurated the camp while Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla was the chief guest.


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