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Villagers mum on girl’s death
Suicide or honour killing?
Rurka (Ludhiana), August 8
Was the death of a young girl of this village in July end a case of honour killing or suicide? The question remains unanswered as the relatives of the girl and the other villagers remain tight-lipped on events that led to the death of the girl who had been in love.

He gave the ‘young lady’ his umbrella.
He gave the ‘young lady’ his umbrella. — Photos Rajesh Bhambi

No grant for vocational courses in government schools
Ludhiana, August 8
Non-availability of raw materials, lack of faculty and outdated technology for vocational courses has hit students of class XI and XII of government senior secondary schools in the district.



Papers of choice in their schools
Ludhiana, August 8
Ludhiana has become the first district in the state where the Vidyarthi Certificate Scheme has been launched. Under the scheme, students of senior classes will be issued whatever certificates they require in the schools itself, saving students and their parents the trouble of following lengthy administrative procedures for procuring these documents.

 Suyu, Lakhbir Singh, Sagar and  Jailakshmi
     Suyu         Lakhbir Singh      Sagar           Jailakshmi 

Survivors recount tale of horror
Ludhiana, August 8
It was a horrible experience for Ms Suyu, a Korean national, to witness such a barbaric massacre by militants. She was there at Jammu railway station last evening when innocent people were gunned down for apparently no reason.

Security beefed up at railway station
Ludhiana, August 8
More security personnel were deployed in and around the local railway station today as part of the security beefing exercise in the wake of indiscriminate firing by terrorists at the Jammu railway station yesterday.


Consult astrologers and get rid of your problems
Ludhiana, August 8
Wanna get married? Wanna find a job? No problems! There are a lot many computer astrology centres offering a solution to all your problems. They appear to have magic potions with them to fulfill the wishes of a growing number of discontented people.

NCC — in the service of nation
Ludhiana, August 8
The National Cadet Corps presents to the country an outstanding symbol of national integration, providing an excellent nurturing ground for future leaders of the country. It motivates youth to contribute to wards the cause of nation building, through service in all walks of life. With this vision in mind, NCC came into being in 1948 through the efforts of late Prime Minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru. This year, the organisation celebrates its 52nd anniversary with pride.

A scientist with a literary bent of mind
Ludhiana, August 8
Dr Faqir Chand Shukla, Professor in the Department of Food Technology, is a scientist but with a literary bent of mind. He was awarded the Punjabi Lekhak award, 2000, carrying Rs 1 lakh for popularising science fiction in Punjabi. He says, “I feel we the grown-ups have to educate the younger generation about how to keep themselves healthy and how to keep the environment healthy.

SSP seeks public cooperation
Ludhiana, August 8
The new district police chief Mr H.S. Sidhu, has sought the cooperation of representatives of the public and the political parties in providing the city an effective and responsive police administration. Mr Sidhu, who assumed the charge last week, was speaking to a delegation of Congress activists led by Mr Surinder Dawar, President, District Congress Committee (Urban), which discussed the law and order situation in the city.

Aid for animal welfare bodies
Ludhiana, August 8
The Animal Welfare Board of India, Chennai, under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, announced the sanctioning of financial aid to animal welfare organisations and gaushalas at its 90th executive meeting held at Chenai recently.

Drive against drugs
Ludhiana, August 8
“Drug-addiction is one of the burning problems in the country. It has destroyed the constructive and creative powers of million of youths and we will have to face this challenge at the grassroots level,” Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commission-er, said at a meeting on drug abuse with social organisations and chemists associations here yesterday.

Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner attempts to make a point during a news conference in Mini Secretariat at Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner attempts to make a point during a news conference in Mini Secretariat at Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Talk on drug addiction
Ludhiana, August 8
Dr Rajeev Gupta, a city based consultant psychiatrist, delivered a lecture on “drug addiction — a social problem” for the students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar and DAV Public School today.

Widow pension distribution
Ludhiana, August 8
Over 51 widows were given pension by the Shri Ram Dhand Memorial Free Medical Clinic here today during its 32nd widow pension distribution scheme.


Inter-state gang of car thieves busted
Ludhiana, August 8
The Railway Police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of car thieves, which sold stolen cars with fake registration copies in Jammu and Kashmir. The police was suspecting that terrorists in the trouble-torn state were using the cars.

Murder case solved
Ludhiana, August 8
The mystery shrouding the death of a woman whose body was recovered from Bahadur Ke village on July 20, has been solved with the arrest of an alleged murderer, who, according to the police, killed the woman to fulfil his lust.


Master plan for diversification of agriculture
Ludhiana, August 8
“The state government is assessing the Ladhowal farm land for making the bio-tech green house project and bio-tech park for the diversification of agriculture under its master plan”, said Mr Rajan Kashyap, Principal Secretary, Environment, Science and Technology, Punjab, today at a meeting with the administrative officials.

Experts’ advice to farmers
Ludhiana, August 8
The experts at Punjab Agricultural University have advised the farmers to complete the transplantation of most of the tree species by the end of this month. Dr Sinderjit Singh Gill, Head, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources most of the tree species including safeda, kikar, subabul, tahli, dek, neem and sagwan should be transplanted.


Knitting institute in need of principal, building
Ludhiana, August 8
The Government Institute of Textile Chemistry and Knitting Technology, Ludhiana, is running without adequate class rooms, laboratories and other basic amenities as the Punjab Government has not released about Rs 73 lakh grant sought by the institute to complete the building. Interestingly, the government has not felt any need to appoint a regular principal in this institute since 1994.

Old machinery lying in the open due to lack of space in the Textile Chemistry and Knitting technology Institute.
Old machinery lying in the open due to lack of space in the Textile Chemistry and Knitting technology Institute.
— Photo Inderjit Verma

Students force closure of PAU gates
Ludhiana, August 8
Activists of the Punjab Agricultural Students Association today forcibly closed all gates of the Punjab Agricultural University campus in protest against the government’s “apathy towards their just demands”.



Tender coconut water — nectar of life
Ludhiana, August 8
The “narial pani” or known by its more popular name “daab” in Mumbai and the South is freely available in Ludhiana these days. Some years ago the people could enjoy the “narial pani” only in the coastal regions of India. But now truckloads of “daab” arrive every other day in the city. The prices are twice over in Ludhiana, but the good thing is that they are available.

Zonal school tournament begins
Sahnewal, August 8
The zonal school tournament began at the Senior Secondary School for Boys here on Tuesday. About 35 schools participated in the tournament, which was inaugurated by Mr Jagdev Singh Garcha, Principal of the school.


Part of Sukhmani Towers demolished
Ludhiana, August 8
The officials of the Building Branch of the municipal corporation today razed a portion of Sukhmani Towers, a commercial complex, under construction, in Kochar Market locality in Model Gram here.

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