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Debt, poverty force man to kill self, wife and 2 kids
Ludhiana, October 7
In a shocking incident, a debt-ridden man committed suicide after killing his wife and two children by deceiving them into eating poison mixed in bananas at a colony near Tibba Road sometime during last night. The incident came to light in the late afternoon today when the man's third child, an 11-year-old daughter, survived miraculously and narrated the entire tale to her relatives who informed the police.

A policeman on guard in front of a gurdwara in Ludhiana on Sunday.

Cops on guard in gurdwaras
Ludhiana, October 7
Tension prevails in the district as reports of protests against sacrilege continue to pour in. The police has provided security at least 20 gurdwaras in the city. Besides posting at least one policeman each at about 20 gurdwaras, the police has earmarked gurdwaras in an area to specific police parties, which have been directed to conduct regular patrolling.



Vanjara Sikhs from the Kota region of Rajasthan inside the Social History Museum, PAU, Ludhiana. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Vanjara Sikhs from Rajasthan visit PAU
Ludhiana, October 7
Vanjara Sikhs, a poverty-stricken community which lives in remote areas of Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, have been provided with a ray of hope by Punjab Agricultural University here, which had offered to provide the free seeds as well as other agricultural expertise to the community in order to help them in their uplift. This offer was made to a 60-member delegation of the Vanjara Sikhs, who are presently on a week-long trip to various places of religious and historical importance in Punjab.

Convenience wins as environment loses
Ludhiana, October 7
Notwithstanding repeated warnings by the district administration, Punjab Agricultural University and the Agriculture Department not to burn the stubble of paddy, farmers in the district are still continuing the practice.

Burning of paddy stubble continues in parts of Ludhiana district, causing pollution and degradation of soil. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Labourer thrown from rooftop
Ludhiana, October 7
A minor altercation among three labourers, under the influence of bhang (cannabis), allegedly led to the brutal murder of one of them, who was thrown from the rooftop of a three-storey building at Kesar Gunj chowk in Kotwali police station area at about midnight last. The police is learnt to have arrested the accused, but had yet to announce their arrest ‘officially’.

Documentary on paddy farming
Ludhiana, October 7
A team of Bollywood actors was in Ludhiana for the past two days as the shooting for a documentary film for farmers was in progress. The 20-minute documentary film ‘Sehyog’ explains how to get good quality of rice. The documentary is in Punjabi and was being shot in paddy fields of Ludhiana. The producers of the documentary plan to dub it in all regional languages later on.


BSP to contest all 117 seats
Sahnewal, October 7
The Bahujan Samaj Party will contest all 117 seats in the coming Assembly elections in the state and emerge as a strong political party. This was stated by Mr Kashi Ram, President of the BSP, here yesterday. He urged Dalits and Jats to prepare themselves for the forthcoming elections. He claimed that 85 per cent of the population of the country was with the BSP and it was capable of forming the government. The party had a stronghold in Punjab and it would not arrive at any sort of agreement with any party, he added.

INTUC to submit memorandum
Ludhiana, October 7
The Indian National Trade Union Congress, Punjab unit President, Mr Balwant Rai Kapoor, will submit a memorandum, urging elections to the state unit of INTUC through secret ballot, to Ms Sonia Gandhi, President, All-India Congress Committee.

Demand for pension scheme
Ludhiana, October 7
The Class IV Government Employees Union, Punjab, and the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board state sub-committee have urged the state government to introduce a pension scheme for the board employees and pay bonus pending for the past four years before Divali. It also asked the government to implement payment of other allowances such as washing allowance, etc.


Cable operator, employee assaulted
Sahnewal, October 7
A cable operator and his employee were beaten up, allegedly by three persons involved in the same profession, at Kohara near here on Wednesday. A case in this regard was registered under Sections 341, 323 and 34 of the IPC at the Sahnewal police station yesterday.

  • One beaten up

  • Two booked

  • Two women held

  • Dera demolished


Principal Secretary visits mandis
Ludhiana, October 7
Mr P. Ram, Principal Secretary, Food and Supplies, Punjab, visited Samrala, Doraha, Payal and Maloud mandis of Ludhiana district today. He was accompanied by Mr S.R. Kaler, ADC, Ludhiana, Mr Parveen Vij, DFSC, Ludhiana, and other senior officers of the district.


Stage events feature at ‘Koshish-2001’
Ludhiana, October 7
‘Koshish-2001’, an inter-class cultural festival, continued for the second day at the Punjab College of Technical Education yesterday. The function started with stage events, mono acting and mimicry at 9 a.m. Other events like mime, Indian solo song, orchestra, turn coat, mock press conference, face painting etc were also held.


Forum asks Concorde to pay compensation
Ludhiana, October 7
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Concorde company to pay Rs 7,000 as compensation on account of deficiency in services to Mr Ravinder Pal Singh Deol, who is proprietor of the Deol Cement Depot and Building Material Store. The forum has further directed to pay Rs 500 as cost of litigation to the consumer.



Bringing light to dark lives
Ludhiana, October 7
In the times when 'I, me and myself’' seems to be the reigning mantra, there are a few people who are left untouched by this wave of ‘individualism’. And it's because of them that one occasionally comes across success stories. One such story worth emulation revolves around the eye bank in Mansuran village in Ludhiana district. Director of the eye bank, Dr Ramesh, has been working as a medical officer at the Rural Hospital, Mansuran, since 1992.

A doctor on save sight mission
Ludhiana, October 7
“Television; if you split the word, it is tele-vision. Vision is sight. Can anyone watch television (TV) without sight? Yet not a single channel on television thinks it important to educate viewers over matters of sight. One has to realise that every sixth person in India is blind. Since TV is an important medium, it can spread awareness on healthy vision.” says Dr Arin Chatterjee.


City TT teams announced
Ludhiana, October 7
The following boys and girls of different age groups will represent Ludhiana in the Punjab State Schools Table Tennis Tournament scheduled to be held at Amritsar from October 8 to 11.

  • Cricket tourney

6 wicket win for Sacred Heart team
Ludhiana, October 7
Hosts, Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, began their campaign with a win today. They defeated favourites, Sargodha National Public School, by six wickets in the third match of the Parle-G PCA Inter-School Cricket Tournament (under-16) being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association here today.


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