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BKU to observe ‘ardas divas’ 
on Aug 19
Ludhiana, August 3
The Bhartiya Kisan Union would observe August 19 as “ardas divas” at Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Amritsar, to seek spiritual power from the Almighty to work for empowerment of farmers and betterment of all people.

Irregularities in paddy auction alleged
Ludhiana, August 3
The All India Foodgrain Dealers and Manufacturers Association has alleged “gross irregularities” in the allotment of tenders for the sale of paddy amounting to over Rs 3 crore, for which auction was held on August 1 at Punsup headquarters.

Minor drug addicts of Kila Raipur
Kila Raipur (Ludhiana), August 3
The myth that drugs are used only by the teenagers and the youth has been shattered with the discovery that several children in the age group of 7 to 10 years are joining the de-addiction camp. One such camp is being conducted at Kila Raipur village by Dr D.N. Kotnis Health and Education Centre in association with the Social Welfare and Medical Council, Kila Raipur.



SAD-BJP Govt ‘colluding’ with drug mafia
Ludhiana, August 3
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Youth Akali Dal, a front organisation of the Akali Dal faction, headed by former SGPC President Gurcharan Singh Tohra, expressing its serious concern over the ever-increasing menace of drug addiction among the youth has charged the SAD-BJP Government with being in complicity with the drugs and liquor mafia in Punjab and providing easier access to intoxicating substances.

Badal needs to set own house in order
Ludhiana, August 3
All is not well with the ruling Akali Dal in this district and the city unit particularly is having such acute factionalism that almost all main leaders do not like to see the face of each other. The city unit of Akali Dal owing allegiance to Mr Parkash Singh Badal is having two main rivals Mr Amarjit Singh Bhatia, a vice-president of the SAD and Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, acting president of the city unit. They have quarreled even in the presence of Mr Badal a number of times and Mr Badal has failed to curb factionalism in the city unit so far. 

Shoplifting on the rise in Ludhiana

HOPLIFTING in the city is assuming alarming proportions with more and more Ludhiana residents resorting to desperate measures to possess commodities without having to pay for them, apparently under peer group to possess the latest. No business centre is safe from these shoplifters, some of whom have been apprehended from stores ranging from selling jewellery to clothing.

Students ‘taken for a ride’
Ludhiana, August 3
About 40 students of Medical Transcription, a training institute of Offshore Informatique Limited, have been taken for a ride by the management. While they were assured of 100 per cent placement after the training, they have not even been given the promised stipend. However, one of the directors of the company Mr Vinod Loomba, said they have neither refused jobs, nor the stipend to the students, but were only awaiting the business deals to settle down.
Students of Medical Transcription cause who submitted a complaint to the SSP, Ludhiana, seeking action against the management. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi 

Students of Lovely Lotus Play School,
Rakhi-string entwined with love
Ludhiana, August 3
Festival of Raksha Bandhan has come to symbolise love, affection, and the good wishes of health, wealth and happiness of a sister for her brother. Celebrated with joy and fervour in the month of Sravan, the festival which involves the tying of a thread or rakhi around the wrist of brother with prayers of a prosperous long life, has been there since the vedic times.
Ludhiana, celebrate “Raksha Bandhan” at a function held on Friday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Dowry victim’s relatives seek justice
Ludhiana, August 3
It is a tale of callous attitude of the people of a village who are not only trying to shield the accused in a dowry death case, but have also been maligning the victims family and even refusing to return the articles and items given to her by her parents in dowry.

Park or gamblers’ den?
Ludhiana, August 3
The park along the Focal Point Dasehra ground on the Metro Road has become a virtual heaven for gamblers, much to the chagrin of residents of the area who feel helpless in the matter. Rickshaw-pullers, idlers and compulsive gamblers, all start arriving in the park since morning and by the afternoon the park is full of a number of gambling groups. For every set of four players, there are an equal number or more of idlers who while away their time by watching a game of rummy.

Encroachers’ day out: Unmindful of the inconvenience caused to the common man, the encroachers do brisk business in front of Guru Teg Bahadur Market near Ghanta Ghar in Ludhiana.

Encroachers return to Ghanta Ghar
Ludhiana, August 3
The area around Ghanta Ghar continues to be under the control of ‘‘encroachment mafia’’ despite repeated attempts on the part of the police to clear the area of all encroachments. As a result of the unabated growth in the number of roadside vendors and rehris, the already congested area around the city's icon has become dirtier and more congested.

Food needs of your dog
IKE its wild cousins, the domestic dog needs more than meat in its dish to keep it going. The principal nutritional requirements are: 
Protein for body-building and repair; carbohydrates for energy; fats for energy and good health of skin and hair; vitamins and minerals for certain essential chemical reactions in the body; bulk for good digestive and bowel action, water for all processes occurring everywhere in the body. Experiment with a wide variety of treats and biscuits to see which your dog prefers.

Dry spell causes worry
Ludhiana, August 3
The continued dry spell has caused worry to the authorities of the Bhakra and Beas Management Board and the Punjab State Electricity Board as this will hit hydel generation in the region. The inflows in the water reservoirs of the main hydel power stations have dwindled to more than half compared to the inflows of water during the corresponding period of last year.

Arrest of Hardev Singh’s killers sought
Mandi Gobindgarh, August 3
The bhog and Antim ardas of Hardev Singh Nambardar, general secretary of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, Punjab, and his mother Jarnail Kaur was held at Gurdwara Guptsar, Amloh Road, Mandi Gobindgarh today.

Homeless to get shelter: ADC
Khamano, August 3
“Those persons of the “Fatehgarh Sahib district who have kuchha” or no houses will be given “pucca” houses under Indira Awas Yojna,” this was stated by the ADC, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr M.P. Arora, during “sangat darshan” programme held at Baur village, near here.

Disabled awaits allotment
Ludhiana, August 3
Mr Raj Kumar Gotam, a disabled person, has been awaiting his turn for allotment of a kiosk in the new courts complex for the past over two years. Mr Gotam claimed that applicants who had applied much after him had got kiosks. He had approached the Commissioner, Patiala Division, who had directed the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, to look into the matter and do the needful. But nothing positive had come even after this.



Industry decries erratic power supply
Ludhiana, August 3
The local industry is struggling hard to keep afloat due to erratic power supply in the city, claims to the contrary by PSEB and government functionaries notwithstanding. Despite widespread heavy rains in the entire region for quite some time now, the power scenario continues to be bleak.

Traders flay tax-evasion charge
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 3
Various trade and industry associations of the district have claimed that though Fatehgarh Sahib is considered a small district, but it continues the maximum to the government exchequer by way of central excise, sales tax, income tax and other taxes, which is evident from the fact that the district recorded a 45 per cent increase in collection of revenue from various taxes, whereas the state had recorded an increase of only 39 per cent.



CMC to start trauma unit
Ludhiana, August 3
Christian Medical College and Hospital is all set to have a state-of-the-art emergency and trauma unit. It is likely to become operational tomorrow. The unit will be equipped with latest facilities to look after victims of accidents. The unit has been built at a cost of Rs 3 crore through donations made by the philanthropists of Ludhiana under the leadership of Mr Som Nath Maini, chairman advisory committee, Medical College and Hospital.


PAU scientists’ advice to dairy farmers
Ludhiana, August 3
The veterinary experts of Punjab Agricultural University have advised the dairy farmers to take all necessary precautions to ensure normal calving of their animals. The scientists have advised dairy farmers to separate the pregnant animals from the herd at least 15 days before the expected date of calving. In case, animals do not calve, the veterinary doctors should be contacted immediately.


Alpine school win badminton trophy
Ludhiana, August 3
Alpine International Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, prevailed over hosts Gobindgarh Public School 3-2 to clinch the title in the boy’s section of the Sahodya School Complex Badminton Championship which concluded at Mandi Gobindgarh today.

  • Cricket tournament


DIG warns cops
Khanna, August 3
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Suresh Arora, today said that all those police officials who had been promoted in the ORP category would be reverted back to their original post of the ASI in case any complaint was received against them.The DIG, who was here today, said the suspended SHO of Samrala, Arvind Puri, would not be posted on any public dealing post. 

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