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Protesters block traffic on Chandigarh road
Ludhiana, October 4
Vehicular traffic on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh highway was disrupted for more than two hours today after the activists of the Panthic Morcha held a dharna on the main road at Khamano Mandi to protest against incidents of burning of ‘birs’ of Guru Granth Sahib at several places in the state.

Traffic lights on the GT Road are usually switched off. This leads to chaos and traffic jams on the busy road. WHEN THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS ARE SWITCHED OFF!
Traffic lights on the GT Road are usually switched off. This leads to chaos and traffic jams on the busy road. A truck rammed into the traffic lights at Old Vegetable Market Chowk on Wednesday night.
— Photo Inderjit Verma

Land registered in name of non-existent woman!
Ludhiana, October 4
This may sound incredible but it is true. The land revenue officials have entered about seven acres of land in the name of a woman who does not exist. Four brothers, who claim to be the actual owners of the land, have filed so many cases and won. Yet the revenue officials remain adamant in still showing the ‘non existing’ woman as the owner of the land.




‘Computer education in govt schools a flop show’
Mr Tota Singh, Education Minister, Punjab.Ludhiana, October 4
Computer education programmes in collaboration with private companies cannot be successful in government schools. Students from such schools are usually not ready to pay the fee even though it is much less than the charges they would have to pay at any private centre. Since the private companies target at least 200 students per school and there are not as many applicants, such programmes turn out to be flop shows.

Lakkar Bazar shops burgled
Ludhiana, October 4
A group of burglars invaded a couple of shops in Lakkar Bazar chowk and decamped with Rs 4,000 and a 14-inch colour TV set from one of the shops dealing in furniture last night.

No shortage of storage space for paddy, claims Mittal
Ludhiana, October 4
The contracts a for capacity of 22 lakh metric tonnes covered godowns has already been finalised by the government and tenders for another eight lakh MT were in the process, which would be in addition to the existing capacity. This was stated by Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Minister for Food and Supplies, Punjab, here today while claiming that there was no shortage of storage space for the paddy being procured by the government agencies.

Alarming trend of drug addiction among schoolchildren
Ludhiana, October 4
There is an alarming rise of drug addiction among schoolchildren in Ludhiana. According to some leading psychiatrists and teachers of various educational institutions students of Class VIII and above are the most affected. Despite vigil by parents and teachers, more and more adolescents are getting hooked to various kinds of drugs, including cough syrup, proxyvon capsules and sleeping pills. Those among addicts who do not get a “good kick” from these drugs, they get dependent on drugs like opium, charas and even smack.

‘Demolition issue will not be politicised’
Ludhiana, October 4
The managing committee of the Durga Mata Mandir Trust today resolved that it would not allow the issue of the demolition of the outer pillars of the temple to be communalised or politicised. Addressing a joint press conference on the temple premises here today, the members said it was a purely religious issue involving the faith and belief of lakhs of people.


BJP used temple issue to settle scores?
Ludhiana, October 4
There is more to it than meets the eye in the shifting of Dr S.S. Sandhu, Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, following the demolition of an extended wall of a temple, adjoining the Durga Mata Mandir, here on Saturday last.

Sandhu’s removal condemned
Ludhiana, October 4
A number of industrial and trade associations here have condemned the state government’s decision to remove Mr S.S. Sandhu, Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, who had ordered the removal of encroachments on public land by a religious trust. They have alleged that no person has been given full charge of the MC. They have resented the manner in which Mr Sandhu was removed by the Chief Minister at the behest of some local politicians.

Ban on SIMI flayed
Ludhiana, October 4
The Khalsa Action Committee and a faction of the Sikh Students Federation (SSF), while opposing the ban imposed on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) by the Union Government, have charged the ruling BJP with attempts to implement its hidden agenda.

Bank employee awarded Jeev Raksha medal
Ludhiana, October 4
Mr Tilak Mohan Chibber, senior manager, Punjab and Sind Bank, has been awarded the Jeev Raksha medal by the St. John Ambulance Association for an act of gallantry. The medal was presented to him on September 25 in New Delhi.

Time for designer gardens and waterfalls
A designer waterfall at a filling station in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, October 4
What can one expect after people show craze for designer clothes, watches, jewellery, shoes etc? Of course! designer homes, pools and gardens. The salient feature of these garden has to be an artificially created waterfall. There are special landscape designers all over the country, who specialise in creating waterfalls using stones, slates and foliage that gives a stunning effect. The Ludhianavis are having their waterfalls designed by such landscape artists.

A designer waterfall at a filling station in Ludhiana. — RB



University employees hold dharna
Ludhiana, October 4
The Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union held a dharna in front of Engineering College here today in support of their demands.

Blood donation camp


Cultural festival from today
Ludhiana, October 4
The Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) is organising a two-day cultural festival from tomorrow.Laadley Dashmesh de play being staged at Punjabi Bhavan in Ludhiana.

A versatile personality
Ludhiana, October 4
Amarjit, a poetess, feature writer, theatre artiste and television artiste is a multifaceted personality.

Laadley Dashmesh de play being staged at Punjabi Bhavan in Ludhiana.


BP patients should avoid hurry & worry
oday’s fast-paced life has its due share of stress, worries and tensions. The disease of high or low blood pressure is the outcome of this environment. Why the blood pressure is important? Because high blood pressure, also called hypertension, affects million in India.


Cricket meet
Ludhiana, October 4
Sargodha National Public School will take on Government Senior Secondary School , PAU, in the opening match of the Parle-G Inter-School Cricket Tournament at the Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, tomorrow being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association.

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