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Electrical wing of MC under fire
Councillors seek overhauling of department
Ludhiana, July 23
The electrical wing of the Municipal Corporation, responsible for maintenance of streetlights in the city, is under fire, both from the members of public and councillors, for its complete failure to provide streetlight facilities in many of the city localities, delay in execution of the new projects, slack supervisory control and many other irregularities.

Crime busters are stress busted
Ludhiana, July 23
If you visit a police station and find that some police officials are being rude to you or beating a person in your presence, sympathise with them. This is what a study on the level of mental stress among policemen recommends.

Complete bandh in Sirhind in protest against murder
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 23
A complete bandh was observed in Sirhind town today in protest against the brutal murder of a couple, on a call given by various social and political organisations of the town.



Society supports Mayor on road project
Ludhiana, July 23
While shopkeepers and councillors of the Municipal Corporation are gunning for the Mayor of MC, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, residents of the Urban Estate Residents Welfare Society have forward to his support. Supporting his stand on the elevated road project, the residents have expressed their solidarity with him in “his endeavour to execute the development schemes for the welfare of the city.”

Welfare schemes for SCs, BCs dropped
Ludhiana, July 23
How is it that government offices are all located in congested localities, are housed in dilapidated buildings with broken floors and old furniture and older discoloured steel cupboards and dusty files?. This correspondent had a tough time locating the Welfare Department for SCs and BCs. It is situated in a congested residential colony near Model Gram Station.

‘PSEB needs Rs 20,000 cr to meet current demand’
Ludhiana, July 23
The Punjab State Electricity Board is unable to meet the current level of electricity demand, about 5000 mw units, during the rainy season, as the total availability of power in the state touched about 4000 mw today including 1569 mw units purchased from the central pool.


YC stages dharna against insanitary conditions

Youth Congress activists, led by Mr Parminder Mehta, president, District Youth Congress, hold a protest march outside the Municipal Corporation headquarters in Ludhiana on Monday.

Ludhiana, July 23
Youth Congress activists today took out a protest march and later staged a dharna at the Municipal Corporation headquarters here to focus on the failure of the Health Department in taking preventive measures against diseases and worsening insanitary conditions in the city, which had led to an epidemic like situation, with more and more cases of malaria, gastroenteritis and cholera being reported each day.
Youth Congress activists, led by Mr Parminder Mehta, president, District Youth Congress, hold a protest march outside the Municipal Corporation headquarters in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Rajesh Bambi

Arya Sabha’s call against female foeticide
Ludhiana, July 23
The District Arya Sabha, Ludhiana, has given a call for a total ban on female foeticide in the country. At a meeting of the core group of the Sabha here yesterday, a resolution was passed against the evil prevalent in the country, particularly in the North.

‘Days of SAD-BJP govt numbered’
Ludhiana, July 23
“The countdown for the downfall of SAD-BJP government in Punjab has begun and the days of Badal regime were numbered”, said Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, a Congress MP, while addressing a party function at Sahnewal, near here last evening. The function was organised by Capt Sukhjit Singh Hara, President, Block Congress Committee, to felicitate Mr Gurdev Singh Lapran, the newly nominated president of District Congress Committee (Rural).

Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, accompanied by the DCC (Rural) President, Mr Gurdev Singh Lapran and Mr Nahar Singh Gill presents cheques for development grants at a function at Sahnewal, near Ludhiana.
Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, accompanied by the DCC (Rural) President, Mr Gurdev Singh Lapran, and Mr Nahar Singh Gill presents cheques for development grants at a function at Sahnewal, near Ludhiana. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Newsletter of ISCT released by Dr Aulakh
Ludhiana, July 23
Communication technologies, which have brought about a revolution, should be properly utilised for the benefit of the common man. This was stated by Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, while releasing a newsletter, “Communication Today”, of the Indian Society of Communication Technology here last evening at an impressive function in the Kairon Kisan Ghar of the university.

The crowd outside a cinema hall where Gadar is being screened in Ludhiana. Happy days are here again for cinema
Ludhiana, July 23
With a number of good movies being released, the cinema owners in the city have heaved a sigh of relief. They are hopeful of reaping benefits from the recent boom in the film industry, which had been doomed under the dark clouds of recession for the last few years.

The crowd outside a cinema hall where Gadar is being screened in Ludhiana. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Teej celebrated at ladies club
Ludhiana, July 23
The members of the Roopika Ladies Club celebrated the festival of teej in a traditional and colourful way at the club premises today. The club was specially decorated for the celebrations and presented an ambience of a countryside.

Rousing welcome to Bodhi rath
Ludhiana, July 23
A large number of Bodhis gave a rousing welcome to the Bodhi rath that reached here last night. The rath is on an all-India reaching spree. Among the organisations and associations welcoming the rath were the Buddh Dharam Parchar Samiti, Punjab, the Gazetted and Non-Gazetted SC/BC Employees Welfare Federation, the Dr Ambedkar Welfare Council, and organisations associated with Ravidass and federations of municipal workers.

Attack on shop: 3 injured
Ludhiana, July 23
At least three persons were injured when a shop-owner along with 12 unidentified persons armed with sharp-edged weapons allegedly attacked a neighbouring shopkeeper in the Surya Kiran shopping complex on the Mall Road here this afternoon. The attackers allegedly decamped with about Rs 13,000, besides some gold jewellery.

Police cat, 3 others acquitted in murder case
Ludhiana, July 23
Mr A.K. Sharma, Additional Sessions Judge, Ludhiana , has acquitted former police cat, Sukhwinder Singh ‘Bhapp’ (40), Ram Saroop (30), Lakhbir Singh (30), and Darshan Singh (32) from the charges of abduction and committing murder of Harbans Lal on June 29,1993.

Investors seek arrest of chairman
Samrala, July 23
Incan Mutual Benefit Ltd has defrauded its investors of crores of rupees in Punjab. The Incan Victims Association, Samrala, under the presidentship of Mr Dalip Singh Bhatia, has urged the Punjab Government to arrest Mr Manjit Singh Aujla, chairman of Incan Mutual Benefit Ltd, for duping its investors.


FCI workers caught selling wheat
Khamano, July 23
The police has arrested some workers of the Food Corporation of India including a driver and a cleaner, who were allegedly trying to sell 250 bags of wheat in the open market after stealing them from the FCI depot.

No clue to abducted child
Machhiwara, July 23
The local police has not been able to find any clue of the three-year-old girl, Lalita, who was abducted on July 18. After registering an FIR under Section 364 of the IPC, the police had sent teams to nearby places, but without any success.


Consumers upset over rise in edible oil prices
Ludhiana, July 23
The spurt in the prices of edible oils in the past few weeks have caught the customers unawares. The onset of festival season will further hit the pockets of common man despite government’s much acclaimed edible oil import policy and the better prospects of oilseed crop during the current year in the country.



New courses at IGNOU centre
Ludhiana, July 23
Dr U.C. Pandey, Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Center, Khanna, inaugurated the BPP and certificate courses of IGNOU at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, a special study centre of IGNOU. The management and the staff of the institution accorded him a rousing reception. Addressing the gathering, Dr Pandey highlighted various courses and programmes sponsored by IGNOU.

PCCTU hails appointment
Ludhiana, July 23
The Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers Union has hailed the appointment of Dr S.P. Singh as Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University.

Interview for PAU Comptroller held
Ludhiana, July 23
The Punjab Agricultural University yesterday interviewed the candidates for the post of Comptroller here. Five candidates appeared for the interview.


Convicted for setting ablaze tenant’s articles
Ludhiana, July 23
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Madan, has convicted Dapinder Singh (31), a resident of Industrial Area, Ludhiana, and sentenced him three years of imprisonment, besides, a fine of Rs 2,500 on the charges of setting ablaze articles belonging to his tenant, Mr Satish Kumar, on May 19, 1999. The judge also sentenced coaccused Lada alies Pushpinder Singh (30) for three years of imprisonment.



Free your mind of fear through EFT
Ludhiana, July 23
Emotional freedom techniques therapy is a radical energy therapy that relieves a person of pains, fears, phobias and addictions. A seminar on the EFT was organised by Harsimranpreet and Pradeep Goyal here today with the help of Dr Ajay and Dr Rajwinder, a psychiatrist.


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