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Many heads may roll in park mishap case
Ludhiana, October 24
With the substandard work done at the city parks, developed and maintained by the Municipal Corporation, coming under focus after the death of Gursimrat, a five-and-a-half-year-old daughter of a local transporter, when a slide fell over her in a park in the Model Town Extension area here on Sunday evening, the administration has decided to deal firmly with the situation and many heads are expected to roll in the process.

Riot victims’ ultimatum to govt
Ludhiana, October 24
The honeymoon between thousands of riot-affected families and the government seems to be over, with the ‘Danga Peerit Welfare Society’, a representative body of riot victims, serving an ultimatum on the state government for implementation of all measures for relief and rehabilitation within 15 days, failing which families of riot victims will gherao the residence of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.





Four more receive suspicious letters
Ludhiana, October 24
With the receipt of four more suspicious letters by residents in different parts of the district, the anthrax scare continues to grip the city. The total number of such letters received so far has increased to 10.
Inquiries revealed that different police stations were sending the suspected packets to different places in the city and outside amidst reports that no hospital had the facility to check such packet.

Govt sits over PAU recommendation
Ludhiana, October 24
The state government is yet to act on the recommendation of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for a CBI inquiry into a decade-old multi-crore land scandal, allegedly involving a former Vice-Chancellor and an industrialist. The PAU has sent another reminder to the government for a CBI inquiry.

Life term for killing taxi driver
Ludhiana, October 24
Kuldeep Singh of Zira has been sentenced to life imprisonment, besides a fine of Rs 2,000 on the charge of murdering a driver, Iqbal Singh, in Rakba village area, on December 12, 1997.
Delivering the verdict, Mr S.S. Arora held that prosecution had proved the guilt of accused beyond any reasonable doubt and the accused’s plea of leniency was declined.


Atwal to be chief guest at mela
Ludhiana, October 24
Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Assembly, will be the chief guest at the Dasehra mela being celebrated in Urban Estates, Sabzi Mandi Ground and Dugri in the city under the chairmanship of Mr Madan Mohan Vyas, Chairman, Ludhiana Improvement Trust.

Lekhak manch honours author
Ludhiana, October 24
The Punjabi Lekhak Vichar Manch organised a literary function to honour Prof J.S. Bedi, author, art critic and journalist, at a hotel here yesterday. Prof N.S. Tasneem, renowned poet and National Sahitya Akademi awardee, recalled his association with Professor Bedi during his stay at Brijindera College, Faridkot.

League apprehensive of ‘hot pursuit’ policy
Ludhiana, October 24
The Indian Ex-services League (Punjab and Chandigarh unit) has expressed its apprehensions about the so called ‘hot pursuit’ policy being devised by the Union Government at the instance of hardliners to smash the trans-border terrorism, both in Jammu and Kashmir and occupied Kashmir.


Bull kills man
Sahnewal, October 24
A man was killed by a frenzied bull at Tibba village, near Sahnewal, on Monday. According to the information available, a bull, in a violent state, entered a farmhouse and attacked the servant who was cooking food.

Case registered


Edible oil industry seeks tax exemptions
Ludhiana, October 24
“The Punjab government should exempt the oil-extracting mills, like floor and rice mills, from paying state-level taxes on direct purchase of oilseeds, as most of the units were on the brink of closure. Out of the 80 oil-extracting mills in the state, 30 have already closed down and the others were facing difficult times due to increase in cost of oilseeds, low production, and low price of imported edible oil,” said Mr A.R.Sharma, president, Solvent Extractors’ Association of Punjab, in a press conference here today.


Green manuring yields good results
Ludhiana, October 24
Farmers of 10 villages in the district are elated as a novel experiment of green manuring started four months ago by them has borne fruit in the form of good paddy crop.


Inter-school contests
Ludhiana, October 24
Inter-school for mehndi, embroidery, poetry recitation and declamation contests marked the closing day of cultural festival Ramgarhia Girls’ College here today.
In mehndi contest, Surjit Kaur (Pothohar Sayyed Khalsa National Senior Secondary School) won the first prize.

Students participate in inter-school embroidery and mehndi contests organised at Ramgarhia Girls’ College, Millerganj, Ludhiana, on Wednesday.

Talent search contest at GGN Khalsa College
Ludhiana, October 24
A talent search competition was organised at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Civil Lines, here today. Poetry recitation, choreography, solo dance, bhangra, mono-acting and modelling contests were held on the occasion. Folk singing and light classical music contests were widely appreciated.
Participants of the modelling contest at a talent hunt contest organised at GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. 
— Photo Inderjeet Vermas



PSEB told to refund Rs 31,804
Ludhiana, October 24
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed a demand of Rs 31,804 by the Punjab State Electricity board from Mr Karamjit Singh a resident of Shivpuri. The forum had also directed the PSEB to refund the amount deposited against the said demand and pay interest on the amount at the rate of 12 per cent from the date of deposit till actual interest.


Sahir Ludhianvi

Remembering Sahir Ludhianvi
Ludhiana, October 24
Though his body lies buried in a graveyard in Bombay, he lives in the hearts of lovers of poetry, music and arts. His poetry is identified with truth, beauty and goodness!
These lines eulogise one of the greatest poets of India, who by linking his name with Ludhiana has immortalised this city. He is Sahir Ludhianvi whose 21st death anniversary falls tomorrow.


Avoid smoke to fight asthma
Ludhiana, October 24

India has 15 to 20 million asthmatics. About 180,000 people across the world die of asthma every year. Over the past decade, there has been a 40 per cent rise in the number of children troubled by the disease.

Dental conference today
Ludhiana, October 24
The Indian Dental Association, Punjab state branch will organise the All-India Dental Students’ Conference at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women (Gujjar Khan Complex), Model Town here from October 25 to 28.



Is the admn geared up to deal with anthrax threat?
Ludhiana, October 24
How much time does the district administration, the Health Department and the police require to respond to frantic calls made by a resident scared of a suspicious packet ? Well over two and a half hours if the experience of an NRI woman, presently living in Sarabha Nagar, who received one such suspicious packet last evening, was any indication?

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