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Record sale of seeds at Kisan Mela
Ludhiana, September 28
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) witnessed a record sale of various seeds during the two-day Kisan Mela which concluded on campus here today. The university sold seeds worth Rs 38 lakh during the mela, breaking all previous records.

Kisan Mela
Farmers being demonstrated the techniques of bed planting at Kisan Mela and (right) farmers after buying seeds at the mela held in Ludhiana. — Photos Inderjit Verma

Minimise cost of cultivation, farmers told
Ludhiana, September 28
The two-day biannual Kisan Mela — known to be the largest professional gathering of the Punjabi farmers — came to a close here today with a call by Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, to the farmers to meet the challenges of the WTO by minimising the cost of production, improving the quality of produce and selling their produce directly after processing and proper packing.





Five new police stations approved for Ludhiana
Ludhiana, September 28
The state government has finally given its nod to the proposal of establishing 5 new police stations in Ludhiana city. The clearance for two more police stations is almost in the final stages. The move is aimed at better control of crime in the city.

School teacher’s long wait for retirement benefits
Ludhiana, September 28
For Mr Ganpat Rai, a retired teacher of the SD Senior Secondary School, Dugri, it has been a long wait for claiming his retirement benefits. More than 15 months have passed since he retired from the service and he is yet to get any of the retirement benefits as the officials continue to pass the buck.

Traffic ASI dies in mishap on duty
Ludhiana, September 28
Mr Kuldeep Singh, an ASI posted with the city’s traffic police, died on the spot after he was hit by an unknown truck near the Mata Rani Chowk here yesterday.


Speaker inaugurates 24-hour power supply
Ludhiana, September 28
The Punjab Government has earmarked Rs 2235 crore during the current financial year for infrastructural development and priority will be accorded to the plans in which aim to provide basic amenities and other such facilities to villages.

Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha,
inaugurates the 24-hour power supply in Katani Khurd village in Ludhiana district on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Youth Cong activists hold rally
Ludhiana, September 28
Youth Congress activists, led by district president of the party, Mr Parminder Mehta, today staged a dharna and a rally to protest against skyrocketing prices, blackmarketing and scarcity of essential commodities and rampant adulteration in edible items.

Tributes paid to Bhagat Singh
Ludhiana, September 28
Glowing tributes were paid to Bhagat Singh on his 94th birth anniversary here today. A function was organised by the Indian Youth Congress (Urban Development Cell) at the local Congress headquarters under the leadership of its chairman, Mr Pawan Dewan, where floral tributes were paid to the national hero by senior leaders of the party.

Shiv Gauri Welfare Society formed
Ludhiana, September 28
The Shiv Gauri Welfare Society has specially been formed for the welfare of needy and destitute women.


Police arrests eve-teaser
Ludhiana, September 28
Mr Gurmit Singh, ASI, posted at Ghumar Mandi police post, arrested Sajjan Mehta, son of Mr Ramesh Chander, resident of Shahpur Road, while he was teasing girls and women near the Bharat Nagar Chowk yesterday. The accused has been booked under Sections 509 and 294 of the IPC at the division number five police station.

Boy sodomised
Machhiwara, September 28
In a heinous crime which took place at a nearby Roar Majri village yesterday evening, a minor boy of 12 years was reportedly sodomised.


Industry resents unscheduled power cuts
Ludhiana, September 28
The industrial associations here have condemned the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for the frequent power cuts without any prior announcement and the imposition of additional meter security worth Rs 27,000 on all large supply consumers.


WTO has farmers worried about their future
Ludhiana, September 28
Farmers in the state are standing on the crossroads due to the impact of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). They are doubtful about their future and do not know what exactly they have to do to survive in the tougher times ahead.


Minister’s assurance on exam centre charges
Ludhiana, September 28
The Association of Principals of PSEB Affiliated Schools, Ludhiana, held a meeting with the Education Minister, Punjab, State Minister of Education, Education Secretary, Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board and the DPI (Schools) yesterday.

City colleges hold NSS camps
Ludhiana, September 28
The NSS units of Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College and Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women have organised a 10-day camp in their respective colleges. Students are being taught about traffic rules and regulations, common diseases and knowledge of the first aid.

Career counselling cell inaugurated
Ludhiana, September 28
To give timely guidance to the students regarding various career opportunities and to answer their queries, a career counselling cell was inaugurated at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, here today.


Life term for one in double murder case
Ludhiana, September 28
Devidyal (60), of Uttar Pradesh has been sentenced to life imprisonment on the charges of killing two relatives Kallu and Premia, by inflicting ‘kahi’ blows on September 10, 1996, in the Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar area in the city.


Sadanand Balakrishnan, kathakali dancer, and members of his troupe Mesmerising Kathakali performance
Ludhiana, September 28
Dripping with sweat throughout the programme, Sadanam Balakrishnan performed Kathakali to demonstrate the beauty of this dance to the students of Kundan Vidya Mandir. This well-known exponent of Kathakali was here to make students aware of this colourful dance of Kerala, courtesy by the SPIC MACAY.

Sadanand Balakrishnan, kathakali dancer, and members of his troupe put on their laborious makeup before the presentation of the dance at Kudan Vidya Mandir in Ludhiana. — Photos Rajesh Bhambi

Raghu Rai’s slide show bewitches audience
Ludhiana, September 28
The photographer par excellence Raghu Rai was in the city yesterday as part of a cultural extravagance by SPIC MACAY, a society that aims to promote classical music, art and culture among youth of India. The slide show was held at the Dumra Auditorium of Dayanand Medical College& Hospital.


Patients throng camp
Ludhiana, September 28
A faith healing camp, which was inaugurated on September 26 at Janj Ghar, Model Town, here, will continue till September 30. It is organised by the local unit of the Sarb Rog Ka Aukhad Naam Mission. The founder of the mission is Mr Hardayal Singh, a former IAS.

‘Cardiac Olympics’


Winners of the Ludhiana District Roller Skating Championship along with the chief guest, Mr Dalip Singh Naamdhari, which concluded on Thursday in Ludhiana. Rippenpreet adjudged best skater
Ludhiana, September 28
Damanbir Singh Sandhu, a student of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, and Rippenpreet Kaur of Guru Nanak International Public School, were at the centre-stage of the 4th two-day Ludhiana District Roller Skating Championship, which concluded at the rink hall of Satguru Partap Singh Academy at Bhaini Sahib village, near here, yesterday.

Winners of the Ludhiana District Roller Skating Championship along with the chief guest, Mr Dalip Singh Naamdhari, which concluded on Thursday in Ludhiana. — Photo Inderjeet Verma


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