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Admn seeks Army help to dispose of explosive scrap
Ludhiana, July 25
The district administration here has sought the assistance of the Army for the disposal and diffusion of explosive material and other ammunition from the heavy melting steel scrap (HMSS), lying in the Container Freight Station (CFS), managed by the Punjab Warehousing Corporation at the Dry Port, Dhandhari Kallan, near here.

Court order brings relief for cops, ‘rape victim’
Ludhiana, July 25
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the local Senior Superintendent of Police to conduct a high-level probe into the allegation of rape that a Dalit woman has levelled against a local Akali worker.

Power plants face coal shortage
PSEB fails to make payments to suppliers, Railways
Ludhiana, July 25
The cash-starved Punjab State Electricity Board was finding it difficult to arrange an adequate supply of coal to its three thermal power stations and the same have limited stocks of coal.

MC razes unlawful structures
Ludhiana, July 25
A team of Municipal Corporation enforcement wing, headed by Mr Harjinder Singh, Joint Commissioner, here today demolished 38 structures to clear the way for widening of the road in Kashmir Nagar locality, near Shingar cinema.

‘Verdict on Bhondsi shows law prevails’
Ludhiana, July 25
Residents of the city have welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court to ask the Haryana Government to takeover 500 acres of Bhondsi Ashram of a former Indian Prime Minister, Mr Chandra Shekhar. They say that the decision will go a long way in discouraging politicians from allotting land to a chosen few.

Johar in PPCC poll manifesto panel
Ludhiana, July 25
Mr Harnam Das Johar, former Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, has been nominated a member of the Punjab Pradesh Congress election manifesto committee by the All-India Congress Committee (AICC). The committee is headed by a former Union minister, Mrs Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder.

Building bylaws violation under vigilance probe
Ludhiana, July 25
A team of vigilance officials in the Local Government Department, Punjab, headed by the Chief Vigilance Officer, Mr L.C. Sharma, today inspected several commercial complexes and other buildings in the city to ascertain the alleged violation of building bylaws. The vigilance officials also examined the relevant files and took in their possession some of the files and other documents for scrutiny.


Mr Amar Singh in hospital after heart surgery in Ludhiana. God in the guise of Samaritan
Ludhiana, July 25
Amar Singh, who was suffering from a severe heart problem, needed immediate double valve replacement but had no money for the expensive treatment. He had lost faith in God until a good Samaritan, whose identity was not known, rendered him the financial aid for his treatment. The person paid an amount of Rs 90,000 to the hospital for his surgery.

Mr Amar Singh in hospital after heart surgery in Ludhiana. — Photo Inderjit Verma

SHSAD activists join SAD
Ludhiana, July 25
Many activists of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal have switched their loyalty to the ruling SAD headed by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. At a meeting, convened by Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Director, Markfed and party in charge for the Ludhiana (Rural) assembly segment at Bhari Randhir Singh Nagar here, Mr Harjit Singh, Mr Manmohan Singh Kang, Mr Manwinder Singh, Mr Gurwinder Singh, Mr Rajinder Singh, Mr Dalip Singh, Mr Gurmeet Singh, Mr Chanchal Singh and Mr Ravinder Singh formally joined the SAD.

‘Continuing elevated road project a bold step’
Ludhiana, July 25
A score of literary and cultural bodies, social organisations and political activists have hailed the elevated road project, the work on which has already commenced. The Rs 32 crore project, claimed to be first of its kind in the region, entails construction of a 2.5-km-long elevated road over the Old G.T. Road from Jagraon Bridge to Chand cinema in the city.

Trust flays closure of ‘bhandaras’
Ludhiana, July 25
The Bhole Bhandari Charitable Trust has sought the intervention of Prime Minister regarding the matter of closure by the Jammu and Kashmir administration of bhandaras providing tented accommodation to pilgrims.

Commercialisation of rakhi ?
Ludhiana, July 25
Rakhi in its new avatar has gone online, one can find musical and designer rakhis and the variety of rakhis that have flooded the market almost a month ago has taken the buyers by surprise. In a race for buying unique rakhis for one’s brothers, one does not perhaps even remember the genesis of rakhi. 
A wide range of rakhis are available in the market, making it difficult for customers to make a selection.
A wide range of rakhis are available in the market, making it difficult for customers to make a selection. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Glory gone with the wind of Partition
Ludhiana, July 25
About seven decades ago, Meena Bazar, which is near Chaura Bazar, echoed with the sweet sound of the anklets of Begum Jaan and many other dancing girls like her.

Without power supply for 8 days
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 25
Residents of Ward Nos 10 and 11 of Mohalla Behlanwala and Jattpura in Sirhind city have been living without power supply for the past eight days. The children, patients and old people are the worst affected.

Prediction on summit comes true
Ludhiana, July 25
Ludhiana astrologer Vinod Kumar Gupta’s prediction about the failure of the Indo-Pakistan summit has come true. On July 8, Mr Gupta had predicted that the summit would not yield any positive results and was bound to end in failure. The prediction was carried in several newspapers on July 9.

For spreading Guru’s message
Ludhiana, July 25
The newly elected head of Takht Sri Harmandir Patna Sahib, Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, said a special campaign for religious propagation in north India would soon be launched at Takht Patna Sahib.


Arrangements for paddy procurement
Ludhiana, July 25
The Punjab Government has made all arrangements for the procurement of paddy in the state. Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Minister for Food and Supplies, said here that the state was expecting to have a bumper paddy crop of 125 lakh tonnes this year too despite reduction in the area under paddy by two lakh hectares.


Top models of the country sashay down the ramp at the Annual Designer Awards ceremony of the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) in Ludhiana on Tuesday. ‘Fairies’ wear dresses made for them
Ludhiana, July 25
The yesterday evening was a golden opportunity for students of the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) to display their talent. The occasion was the Annual Designer Awards ceremony of the institute at a local resort. The evening had the flavour of music and catwalk by some of the most gorgeous models of the country.

Top models of the country sashay down the ramp at the Annual Designer Awards ceremony of the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi


More enteritis cases
Ludhiana, July 25
Seventeen cases of gastroenteritis were reported from various city hospitals today.


Resentment among LDBA members
Ludhiana, July 25
Resentment prevails among members of the Ludhiana District Badminton Association (LDBA) over the failure of the holding of elections of the association which have been due for a long time now.


Training programme for sarpanches, panches
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 25
Mr J.S. Kesar, Financial Commissioner, Development, and Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayats, said the state government had chalked out a two-phased programme to impart training to sarpanches and panches of all the panchayats in the state. 

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