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MC panel opposes abolition of octroi
Says move will hit development works
Ludhiana, August 30
The Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation adopted a special resolution at its meeting held here last evening, expressing its strong opposition to the government move for abolition of octroi.

1 dies, 3 hurt as building collapses
Ludhiana, August 30
One person died while three others were badly injured when a two-storey building collapsed in the Janakpuri area this morning.

The police takes out a labourer from the debris of a collapsed building in the Janakpuri area on Thursday. Photo Rajesh Bhambi The police takes out a labourer from the debris of a collapsed building in the Janakpuri area on Thursday.
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi

‘Our son has been tortured’
Ludhiana, August 30
An 18-year-old city youth has allegedly been brutally tortured by the CIA staff of the city police, which had allegedly illegally detained him for four days, ‘presurrising’ him to confess the murder of an old woman, whose body was found under mysterious circumstances at Sidhwan Bet village in Jagraon two-and-a-half months ago.





A view of Ganpati idol which will be immersed in the Sutlej, near Ludhiana, on Friday.Ganpati shobha yatra today           
Ludhiana, August 30
Ganpati Mahotsava celebrations will conclude tomorrow with a big shobha yatra starting from Cheema Chowk, Janakpuri, at 10 in the morning.

A view of Ganpati idol which will be immersed in the Sutlej, near Ludhiana, on Friday. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi 

It was an ordeal: molestation victim
Ludhiana, August 30
It could rightly be termed as ordeal of a sufferer. One day after the Punjab Agricultural University authorities finally took action against a teacher accused of molestation, the victim girl sits back and broods with anguish, the pain and sufferings she had to undergo not only in the molestation experience but also in the fight for justice.

VLCC centre raided


Govt fired for failure to tackle unemployment
Ludhiana, August 30
Congress activists today lambasted the SAD-BJP government for its failure on all fronts, and in particular for unemployment among the educated youth, which was assuming alarming proportions and causing widespread unrest and resentment among the youth.

‘Urdu spreading fragrance in the entire world’
Ludhiana, August 30
“The Urdu language is like a delightful fragrance which is everywhere throughout Asia, but doesn’t have a habitat of its own,” said Mr Bhupinder Singh Parihar, Professor of English at the Government College for Boys. He is the Editor of the Urdu journal, ‘Urdu Alive’, that saw the light of day in 1997.

Scribes end protest
Ludhiana, August 30
The five-day deadlock between the police the media here ended after the DSP accused of having misbehaved with some press photographers apologised. The District Magistrate has also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

Mystery shrouds woman’s disappearance
Ludhiana, August 30
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of a young wife of a migrant labourer, who had gone for a stroll near her house on August 25 and was not seen since then. Her husband and other relatives do not suspect anyone. They fear someone could have kidnapped her.

Minister to release edition on cow


Woollen mill defrauds bank
Ludhiana, August 30
A nationalised bank has been defrauded of over Rs 50 lakh by a firm by submitting false documents. The fraud was detected in the Chandigarh road, branch of the bank in Ludhiana. An inquiry is reportedly going on into the case and the bank is likely to get register an FIR against the company officials very soon.


Maruti to concentrate on middle-segment customers
Ludhiana, August 30
Maruti Udyog Limited will continue to concentrate on the middle-segment customers for the next five to seven years as the company has registered more than 17 per cent growth in this segment.

PNB branch declared best
Ludhiana, August 30
The Punjab National Bank branch at Feroze Gandhi Market here has been declared ‘Best Branch’ in the state and ‘second Best Branch’ in India. Mr P.N. Khurana, General Manager, PNB, Punjab Zone, said this while presiding over a function held here yesterday.



Postpone exams, demand students
Ludhiana, August 30
Parents of students of Homoeopathic Medical Colleges have demanded the postponement of examinations scheduled to commence on September 10 and an impartial inquiry into the missing answer-sheets scandal.

PhD, M Phil teachers meet DPI
Ludhiana, August 30
Demanding a separate promotion channel, the PhD and M Phil School Teachers’ Association, Punjab, held a meeting with Mr Jagtar Singh Khattra, DPI, Punjab, yesterday.

Vishesh is gen secy of students’ union
Ludhiana, August 30
The Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) conducted the annual elections to the executives and positions of the Students Welfare Association of the PCTE (SWAP) and class representatives here today.

MBBS freshers welcomed
Ludhiana, August 30
To welcome the new batch of MBBS students in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, a function, ‘Welcome Batch MBBS 2001’, was organised at Dumra Auditorium, here last evening.


BSNL told to pay Rs 4,000
Ludhiana, August 30
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to pay Rs 4,000 for deficiency in services to Mr R.G. Sharma, a resident of Sector 32.


Beauties take Ludhiana by the storm
Models sashaying on the ramp in different outfits here on Wednesday evening.Ludhiana, August 30
Ravishing beauties on the ramp kept Ludhianvis in a captivating mood for over two hours at the lawns of Hotel Gulmor here last night. The event was a mega fashion show organised for the first time in the city by Show Biz Media company.

Models sashaying on the ramp in different outfits here on Wednesday evening.


All set for sports meet: Nusrat
Ahmedgarh, August 30
Mr Nusrat Akram Khan, Sports Minister, Punjab, said the state Sports Department was determined to host national sports meet within budgeted sanction of Rs 46 crore, which is much less than one-third of Rs 146 crore spent by Manipur on the same event.


Traffic cops sent to Police Lines
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 30
In a surprise move, the district police has sent all head constables posted with the traffic police to the Police Lines. According to sources, the move has been initiated as an image-building exercise as there were a number of complaints of harassment and alleged fleecing by the head constables.

Pagers for Ludhiana cops
Ludhiana, August 30
In a bid to make Ludhiana police more responsive and accessible, the district police administration has decided to provide as many as 600 pagers to non-gazetted ranks. The Ludhiana police will become the first in the country to provide such a facility to the police personnel from September 1, when DGP Sarbjit Singh inaugurates the scheme in the city.

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