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Police says it has cop’s killer, villagers contest
No link with Jagraon rape case: police
Ludhiana, July 29
The Jagraon police has claimed that Yadvinder Singh Yadoo, a Punjab police constable and a key witness in the Jagraon rape case, who was murdered on July 19, was killed by contract killers hired by a youth named Lakhbir Singh Bholla of Bassian village.

Nailed for ‘sins’ of predecessor
Ludhiana, July 29
Punjab Agricultural University is holding one of its serving employees responsible for the alleged negligence of one of its former employees. It has issued a charge sheet to its present Press Manager for failing to produce certain files that contained the details of a reported loss of about Rs 3 lakh that the PAU had suffered during the tenure of one of his predecessors.




Forum orders PSEB to refund deposit
Ludhiana, July 29
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed the demand of Rs 11,387 by the Punjab State Electricity Board from Mr Devi Dayal, a resident of Navi Mandi, Khanna. The forum rather directed the PSEB to refund the amount deposited against the said demand along with an interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum from the date of deposit till the date of the actual payment.

Crisis grips tool making units
Ludhiana, July 29
More than 75 per cent of 400 machine tool making units in the city have closed down during the past few years because of the low productivity and poor quality of the machines as compared to the imported ones. This has resulted in the loss of jobs for more than 15,000 labourers, said Mr Kirpal Singh Sagar, general secretary, Ludhiana Machine Tool Makers Association.


Govt encouraging terrorism: Shiv Sena
Ludhiana, July 29
The state unit of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) has accused the Punjab Government of attempting to revive terrorism in the state with an eye on winning the approaching Assembly elections by playing the Sikh card.

Office-bearers of the Shiv Sena address a press conference in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo Inderjit Verma 

Tributes paid to Grewal
Ludhiana, July 29
The first death anniversary of Amarjit Singh Grewal, producer, Doordarshan Kendra, Jalandhar, and president, Gujjarwal Sports Club, was held today at Gujjarwal village, 25 km from here. He died last year following brain haemorrhage. Representatives of various sports organisations were present at the function. Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Minister for Technical Education, while speaking on the ocassion said that the just completed indoor stadium in the village would be named after him.

Sukhbir gives Rs 1 lakh to Rotary Club
Ludhiana, July 29
The SAD General Secretary and Rajya Sabha member, Mr Sukhbir Badal, has hit out at the Congress accusing it of having launched a campaign of vilification against his party. He claimed that the Congress had no issue against the SAD so it was levelling baseless charges against the party and the government.


Robbers decamp with Rs 2.17 lakh
Ludhiana, July 29
Two unidentified scooter-borne youths robbed Rs 2.17 lakh from two employees of a petrol station at gunpoint, near Shingar Cinema, late last night. The youths waylaid the employees and snatched away the bag containing the cash from Sukhwinder Singh, the manager of the Highway petrol station.



Schoolteachers meet Education Secretary
Ludhiana, July 29
A delegation of the Ph D and M. Phil School Teachers Association, Punjab, met the Education Secretary, Punjab, Mr R.S. Sandhu, on Friday and demanded special increment for the school teachers having Ph D and M.Phil degrees on the pattern of college teachers.

Tripti wins inter-school Vedic lecture contest
Ludhiana, July 29
Tripti Arora of Sargodha National Public School won top honours in the inter-school Vedic lecture contest organised by the District Arya Sabha, Ludhiana, at Arya Samaj, Dal Bazaar, here today. She spoke on ‘Dharamyodha Guru Gobind Singh’. Simmi of BCM High School, Focal Point, bagged the second prize with her excellent oration on the life of revolutionary Ram Parsad Bismil, while Vikas Goyal of Shanti Niketan Adarsh Vidyalaya got the third prize for his lecture on ‘Om, the best name of God’.

Winners of the inter-school Vedic lecture contest held at Arya Samaj, Dal Bazaar, on Sunday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Vanamahotsava observed
Ludhiana, July 29
The Department of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, observed vanamahotsava at Government Model High School, Ramgarh, under its youth programme, here yesterday.


Models sashay down the ramp at a fashion show in Ludhiana on Saturday. 
— PTI photo

Fashion show organised
Ludhiana, July 29
To celebrate the onset of the Monsoon, members of Lakshmi Ladies Club organised a ‘Zabardast Fashion Show’ on the club premises here on Saturday. The husbands of the members were the special guests at the occasion. The night was organised for them where they were pampered by their wives.

Sheetal Nayyar is ‘Teej Queen’
Ludhiana, July 29
To mark the festival of Teej, members of Geetanjli Ladies Club organised a ‘Teej Queen’ contest at the club premises here last evening. Sheetal Nayyar was selected the ‘Teej Queen’ while Pammi Sidhu was declared the ‘nightingale’ of the club.


‘70 pc of HIV infection due to ignorance’
Ludhiana, July 29
“About 10 to 12 million Indians are suffering from AIDS and 90 per cent of them do not know that they are suffering from the deadly disease”, Dr J.S.Gilada, Secretary General of the Peoples Health Organisation, said during the 26th Public Health Lecture on ‘AIDS in India’. It was organised by the Health Education Cell of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital at Dumra Auditorium here last evening.

Health awareness campaign
Ludhiana, July 29
The Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha in association with the Eco Club of the Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School for Boys organised a function as part of a health awareness campaign on the school premises here yesterday.


Probables for PCA tourney
Ludhiana July 29
Thirtyfour players were selected for the PCA Coaching Scheme (U-14) by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association during the trials conducted at the Arya College for Boys grounds on Saturday.


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