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Inflated estimates for projects a routine in MC
Ludhiana, August 4
Close on the heels of an incident in which a junior engineer of the Municipal Corporation was suspended and subsequently reinstated on charges of preparing an inflated estimate for paving of streets in Ward No 61 in the city, another classic case of grossly inflated (more than three times) estimate for laying of sewerage pipes in Satguru Nagar (Ward No 29) has come to light. 

Penury not glory is INA veteran’s lot
Bhaini Arora (Ludhiana), August 4
For years, she along with her husband fought for the country’s freedom. Five decades after the realisation of their dream, Sarjit Kaur, an INA veteran, is still fighting for the recognition of her husband’s contribution to the country’s Independence. Her husband Hazoora Singh Chahal, had died long ago unsung and unrecognised.

Ms Sarjit Kaur displays photographs of her late husband and son. 
— Photo Inderjeet Verma



ASI faces inquiry for selling junk
Ludhiana, August 4
An in charge of a police post in the city is in the centre of a controversy regarding the alleged sale of some parts of rusted vehicles stored in the police post as case-property. The district police has initiated an inquiry into the case. The inquiry has been entrusted to the SP (Headquarters), Mr Naunihal Singh, on the directions of Mr Suresh Arora, DIG Ludhiana Range.

Innovative way of celebrating raksha bandhan
Ludhiana, August 4
Om Praksah a small-time shopkeeper in the Field Gunj area, has no brothers or sisters. But he did not feel disappointed today on raksha bandhan. He tied not just one rakhi but two on both his wrists. And no ordinary rakhis. Each rakhi was strapped with Rs 500 notes amounting to Rs 25,000 each.

Om Prakash, a small-time shopkeeper in Ludhiana, celebrates the good returns from his savings by tying two rakhis worth Rs 25,000 each on his wrists on the occasion of raksha bandhan.

‘Punish those responsible for ’84 riots’
Mandi Gobindgarh, August 4
“Centre has failed during the past 18 years to take action against H. K. L. Bhagat, Jagdish Tytler and others who were alleged to be involved in 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi,” Mr Karnail Singh Peermohamad, president of the All India Sikh Federation (AISSF), said while addressing a workers’ meeting of circle Mandi Gobindgarh on Friday at Sangat Pura Mohalla.


Residents rue lack of civic amenities
Ludhiana, August 4
The sanitation wing, working under the Health Department of the Municipal Corporation, continues to be in poor health, tall claims made by the MC administration to the contrary notwithstanding.

Activists of the Malwa Sabhyachar Manch protest against female foeticide in Ludhiana on Saturday.

Protest against female foeticide
Ludhiana, August 4
The Malwa Sabhyachar Manch today staged a demonstration denouncing the female foeticide which has adversely effected the sex ratio in the state. The demonstration was organised to coincide with the holy festival of Raksha Bandhan, when sisters tie rakhi on the wrist of their brothers and pray for their safety and welfare. According to the chairman of the manch, Mr K.K. Bawa, the festival of sisters, was the best occasion to highlight this issue.

Udham Singh remembered
Ludhiana, August 4
Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial Trust, Ludhiana, organised an impressive function to commemorate the sacrifices made by the great martyr Udham Singh and mark his 61st martyrdom day at Shaheed Udham Singh Library at Thind market here on Thursday. Dr Jaswant Singh Chamak, secretary general of the trust, dwelt at length on the heroic exploits of the great martyr in the pursuit of freedom for the country. He said Udham Singh was a man with total conviction for the cause. He chased Michael O’Dwyer, responsible for the massacre, for 21 years before shooting him in Caxton Hall, London, on March 13 ,1940 and kissed the gallows on July 31 in a London prison, said Mr Charmak.

A college that binds two cities
Tale of Two Cities binds Paris and London with a sentimental cord. There is another tale of two cities that awaits a Dickens of Punjab. The cities are Ludhiana and Gujranwala. A manifestation of the historical bridge is Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College. For brevity it is known as GGN.

SAD-BJP govt betrayed people: Ghalib
Ludhiana, August 4
Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, Congress MP, has charged the SAD-BJP government with total betrayal of the people and pursuing such ‘anti-people’ policies that had led to virtual ruination of trade and industry and total frustration among all sections of people, including farmers, government employees and students.

‘Shobha yatra’ to mark Janmashtmi
Ludhiana, August 4
Shri Sanatan Dharam Mahotsav Committee will take out the 50th annual ‘shobha yatra’ on August 10 in connection with the Krishan Janmashtmi festival on August 12. This was stated by committee chairman, Mr Madan Lal Chopra in a press release issued today.

‘Harassment of traders’ by MC staff
Ludhiana, August 4
Akal Market Shopkeepers’ Association has charged the octroi staff of the Municipal Corporation with harassment of traders, who they alleged issued threats to extort money through various arm twisting methods. A deputation of traders led by Mr Amarjit Singh Happy, president of the association, met the MC Additional Commissioner, Mr Raminder Singh on Friday and demanded stern action against the defaulting employees.



LSE business hit
Ludhiana, August 4
With the implementation of ban on “badla” and introduction of rolling settlements since July 2, the volume of business of not only of major stock exchanges like NSE and BSE but of regional stock exchanges has gone down drastically and Ludhiana Stock Exchange has also suffered.

Industry resents ‘overload’ levy
Mandi Gobindgarh, August 4
The Punjab Government decision to impose an overload slip for excess load at the rate of Rs 150 PMT on Punjab registered vehicles and Rs 300 PMT on other states registered vehicles was a death blow to iron and steel industry of the region and specially at Mandi Gobindgarh, which sustains only on import of raw material and export of finished goods.


Surinder Shinda and Ashok Masti (right) perform at ‘Monsoon Hangama’ organised by ETC channel in Ludhiana on Friday.
‘Monsoon Hangama’ enlivens city 
Ludhiana, August 4
Punjabi songs rendered by Ashok Masti, Surinder Shinda and other noted Punjabi singers drove the audience into frenzy at Monsoon Hangama organised by Punjabi ETC Channel at Magnet Resorts, last night. Thousands of youngsters danced to the foot tapping popular numbers. A big stage along with the screens provided in all corners enabled the audience to enjoy the performance.

Sardool, Kamaljit for quality music videos
  Sardool Sikander Ludhiana, August 4
“ Most of the times the artists do not have the choice of songs. We have to sing whatever the producer tells us to do for instance in my latest album Haiya ho Haiya, half the songs are not to my liking, but I had to sing as Bhushan Kumar of T- Series had conceptualised the album”, said Sardool Sikander, famous Punjabi singer in a tete-e-tete with this correspondent last night. He was in the city to perform for Punjabi Channel ETC and so was Kamaljeet Neeru.


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