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Confusion rife at interview centre
Government teacher’s posts
Ludhiana, August 2
Confusion, delay and improper arrangement marked the first day of interview of the general category candidates for the posts of government teacher held at Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, here today.

Candidates for the posts of government teacher stand in scorching heat as they wait for their turn at Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, Ludhiana, on Thursday. Candidates for the posts of government teacher stand in scorching heat as they wait for their turn at Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, Ludhiana, on Thursday. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi



Conflicting claims on ‘rape’
Ludhiana, August 2
Conflicting claims are being made over the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl of Harian village under the jurisdiction of the Koom Kallan police station. The minor was found in the fields in an unconscious condition after being allegedly raped by some persons. The Koom Kallan police has registered a case under Sections 376 and 120-B of the IPC against Meena Devi, wife of Achhay Lal, a migrant labourer.

Foundation stone reinstalled
Ludhiana, August 2
Having failed to move the state government, the district authorities and the MC administration into action over the controversy surrounding the foundation stone of a sewerage project, laid twice by him in Simla Puri locality on Saturday and subsequently removed by ruling party Councillor Ms Sukhwinder Kaur, the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal legislator, Mr Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, once again laid the foundation stone of the project at the same site today.

Tough time ahead for faction-ridden BJP
Ludhiana, August 2
The local unit of the BJP is faction ridden and there is no cohesion among the local leaders. The leaders remain busy in leg pulling and downsizing one another. They are, however, worried about the future of the party as the elections to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha draw near. The leaders are more concerned about their own future and their standing in the party rather than watching the interests of the town and the workers.

Plantation scheme fails to blossom
Ludhiana, August 2
The Punjab Government’s scheme of community tree plantation by distributing free plants through the Forest Department is on the verge of collapse due to lack of funds. Although the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at a sangat darshan programme at Raikot last month, had reiterated that plants would be distributed free of cost. The Department of Forests is unable to do that due to lack of funds. The grants have not been released for the past three years by the district administration.

‘Shriman ji Jai Hind’
Ludhiana, August 2
The policemen in Ludhiana can always be courteous and they are proving to be so. Courtesy, the appointment of the new Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Harpreet Sidhu. Known for his straight forward approach and strict discipline, Mr Sidhu has already made his presence felt in the district, with his priority being the courtesy of the police for the general public and it has already started reflecting.

The smile that lingers
OR a long time I have been in search of smiling faces, but they are seen nowhere now. Everyone is lost in the labyrinths of his own problems, real or imaginary. He is looking for an exit but he finds himself at the dead end of all the roads of escape. Fretful, he curses others for the deplorable state he finds himself in, little realising that all this has been the result of his own doing. At a particular stage in his life, he overstretched his arm to pluck the moon. Nothing short of that could appease his ardent desires and wistful longings.


Residents demand construction of road
Ludhiana, August 2
Residents of Sunder Nagar are irked over the delay in construction of a metalled road in their area. They blame the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, and the Punjab State Electricity Board for the delay. A transformer installed by a dying unit is said to be the main impediment in the construction of the road.

Removal of PSEB Chairman demanded
Ludhiana, August 2
The chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, Ludhiana, has sought the removal of PSEB Chairman for his failure to implement the decisions taken by the Chief Minister at a meeting with industrialists here on May 15.

Councillors flayed
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 2
Mr Harinder Singh Sidhu, district president of the BJP, while addressing a press conference here today criticised those councillors of the Municipal Council, Sirhind, Fatehgarh Sahib, who according to him were creating unnecessary obstacles in the development projects initiated by the council on one pretext or the other.

Insurance training programme launched
Ludhiana, August 2
The United India Insurance Company, which incurred losses to the tune of Rs 80 crore during 2000-2001, has launched an extensive training programme for its 4,000 executives to sensitise them towards result-oriented and customer-friendly performance.


Illicit liquor seized
Jagraon, August 2
Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested Gurmel Singh of Bardeka village, and recovered eight bottles of illicit liquor from him while he was selling them at his residence. A case has been registered against him under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.

Life term for killing wife
Ludhiana, August 2
Mr S.S. Arora, Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, convicted Surinder Singh, a resident of Jagraon and sentenced him to undergo rigorous life imprisonment for killing his wife Suman.

2 booked for scuffle with MC staff
Ludhiana, August 2
City police has registered a case against two persons for allegedly manhandling a Municipal Corporation employee and obstructing the work of the MC demolition team in Vasant Vihar Colony on Noorwala Road here last evening. According to police sources, Ms Beant Kaur, wife of Mr Gurnam Singh Grewal, advocate and her son Mr Gurpreet Singh had been booked on a complaint lodged by Municipal Town Planner S.S. Bhatia.

Liquor seized
Ludhiana, August 2
Officials of Excise and Taxation Department seized 20 bottles of Scotch, Champagne and wines from a car, intercepted in Ghumar Mandi area here.



Art and craft contest held
Ludhiana, August 2
An art and craft competition was organised at Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Model Town Extension, here on Thursday.



Rs 3-lakh grant for hospital
Mandi Gobindgarh, August 2
“Though it is a prime duty of the government to provide health facilities to the people, it is a pity that many of those belonging to the lower class are dying for want of proper treatment, which is very costly in our country. This was stated by Mr Lajpat Rai, MP, who was the chief guest at the annual function of Parbhat Puri Charitable Hospital held here.

“Awareness key to combat addiction menace”
Ludhiana, August 2
Drug addiction is becoming a serious problem in this industrial town. Several youngsters, especially students have become victims of this fast growing menace. There is a need to increase the awareness about the problem and education is the only effective way against the onslaught of this fast spreading social problem.


Sargodha school team wins
Ludhiana, August 2
Sargodha National Public High School, Ludhiana, scored a thumping 8-wicket victory over Guru Nanak International High School, Ludhiana, to secure their berth in the semi-final of the Inter-High School Cricket Tournament here today.

Bridge tourney from Sept 8
Ludhiana, August 2
The National Bridge Championship is scheduled to be held from September 8 to 10 at the Satluj Club, Ludhiana. The tourney will be inaugurated by Mr R.N. Gupta, chief patron, Punjab Bridge Association, while Mr K.R. Lakahanpal would preside over the opening ceremony. The Chief Secretary, Punjab, Mr N.K. Arora, will preside over the closing ceremony and distribute prizes to the winners.


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