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Ruling combine ready for another victory: Tandon
Ludhiana, October 26
The Punjab Minister for Local Bodies, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, today asserted that the party would stake claims to a greater number of seats in the coming elections to the Punjab Assembly, which could be held anytime around February.

Organisers ignore fire-safety measures
Ludhiana, October 26
In case of any major fire at any public place or functions, the Fire Department is always blamed for loss of property and life. Often people criticise firemen for reaching late at the spot, but nobody bothers about the fire-safety measures to avoid major tragedies.

The effigy of Ravana goes up in flames at Daresi Ground in Ludhiana on Friday. Ravana goes up in flames
Ludhiana, October 26
Dasehra was celebrated all over the city with usual fervour and gaiety here today. The day began with people worshipping Lord Rama in temples and at homes. This was the day when Ravana was done to death by Lord Rama.

The effigy of Ravana goes up in flames at Daresi Ground in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma



Web sites gear up for festival season     
Ludhiana, October 26
With the festival season in full swing, all major online shopping malls have acquired a new look and are offering several new schemes. Some are offering all-range gift hampers with no delivery charges, others have announced cash on delivery schemes, free greetings, gifts with purchases, heavy discounts and arrival of new products to attract customers online.

College managements, PU on collision course
Ludhiana, October 26
The Non-Government Aided Colleges Management Federation, Punjab, and the Panjab University authorities seem to be on a collision course over the reconstitution of college governing bodies. While the university authorities seem adamant to get the bodies reconstituted, the federation feels the move is aimed at infringing the management rights of college bodies.

Fall in city hotel business
Ludhiana, October 26
The business of city hotels has substantially declined during the past few days in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the WTC in the USA and the continuing war in Afghanistan. The flow of importers from the USA, UK and other western countries, who used to throng the city hotels by this time of the year to order hosiery products, has almost come to the halt.

Spurious furnace oil racket busted, three held
Ludhiana, October 26
The local police claimed to have busted a well-organised racket in marketing of spurious furnace oil in the city with the arrest of three persons and seizure of a large quantity of ingredients and equipment from a firm on the GT Road, near Sherpur.

Body found with multiple stab wounds
Ludhiana, October 26
A body of a man aged about 35 with multiple stab wounds was found near the Partap chowk, here this morning. The dark-complexioned man was clean shaven and was wearing a white shirt, purple pants and shoes.


Does sangat darshan help solve problems of poor?
Ludhiana, October 26
Sangat darshan is no answer to the travails of the rural poor who continue to suffer at the hands of the police, which more often than not favour only the rich and the influential.

SHSYAD to hold protest marches on November 1
Ludhiana, October 25
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Youth Akali Dal (SHSYAD) will organise protest marches and demonstrations at all district headquarters in Punjab on November 1 to press for bringing to book the culprits of 1984 massacre of Sikhs.

Pollution-free Divali likely
Ludhiana, October 26
The nation will probably celebrate a noise and pollution-free Divali this year. The Supreme Court has issued directions to control noise pollution in the country during Dasehra and Divali. Unprecedented air and noise pollution is caused every year due to burning of crackers.

Speaker disburses grants
Machhiwara, October 26
The Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, distributed cheques for Rs 10.26 lakh among nine gram panchayats of the Machhiwara block and pension letters among 300 beneficiaries at a function organised by the Machhiwara Kham gram panchayat on Wednesday.

‘Oct 31 to be observed as Ekta Divas’
Machhiwara, October 26
Mr Ishar Singh Meharban, general secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, said here yesterday that October 31 would be observed as Ekta Divas in the Punjab.

RSS volunteers take out a ‘route march’ to mark Vijay Dashmi and the foundation day of the sangh in Ludhiana on Friday.RSS volunteers take out march
Ludhiana, October 26
The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) today organised a ‘route march’ in the city to mark its foundation day and the festival of Vijay Dashmi. RSS volunteers of all ages marched through main bazaars of the city in full dress, while a flower bedecked vehicle carrying portraits of senior leaders of the sangh and a group of volunteers carrying firearms led the march.

RSS volunteers take out a ‘route march’ to mark Vijay Dashmi and the foundation day of the sangh in Ludhiana on Friday.

Remove obscene posters: YAD
Ludhiana, October 26
The Youth Wing of the SAD while expressing serious concern over proliferation of obscene film posters all over the city, has threatened to launch direct action against the menace in case the district administration failed to deal with the offenders with a firm hand.


One killed in road accident
Ludhiana, October 26
The Sahnewal police is on the lookout for the driver of a Swaraj Mazda Canter truck (PB-11 N-172) that hit a pedestrian, Raj Kumar, a resident of Valmiki mohalla, Sahnewal, on the GT Road yesterday, killing him on the spot. The accused managed to flee the scene of occurrence.



Writing, painting contests held
Samrala, October 26
The Punjab Education Department with the collaboration of the National Foundation for Communal Harmony and National Integration, Delhi held a contest on the “Sampardayak Sadbhawna and Maharaja Ranjeet Singh”, in the local Government Senior Secondary School, Samrala, here yesterday. There were contests in writing, painting and Punjabi vars and kavishri gyan.


Forum tells PSEB to refund deposit
Ludhiana, October 26
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to refund Rs 7,922 and 1,550, respectively, to Mr Rajinder Singh, a resident of Dashmesh Nagar. The forum has further directed the PSEB to pay interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum on the said amounts from April 22, 1994 till their actual payment.

Murder accused acquitted



Dental conference inaugurated
Ludhiana, October 26
A four-day All-India Dental Students Conference was inaugurated at the Guru Nanak College for Women, Model Town, Ludhiana by the Higher education Minister, Master Mohan Lal. Dr J.S. Gujral, Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, was the guest of honour. Dr U.S. Krishna Nayak, President, IDA (Head Office), and Dr V.M. Veerabahu, General Secretary, IDA, were also present on the occasion.

A step towards TB-free city
Ludhiana, October 26
The Ludhiana TB Eradication Society was set up by two doctors, namely Satish Nauhuria and Savita Nauhuria, at Focal Point here in 1997.


A team of Alpine International Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, which won a trophy in the Punjab State Schools Badminton Championship held at Nawanshahr recently.Alpine school emerge champion
Ludhiana, October 26
Alpine International Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, has won the trophy in the boys u-14 category in the 47th Punjab State Senior Secondary Schools Badminton Championship held at Nawanshahr from October 22 to 25.

A team of Alpine International Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, which won a trophy in the Punjab State Schools Badminton Championship held at Nawanshahr recently.


Police officers attend special course
Ludhiana, October 26
A specialised course on police practical work and police rules for SSPs, Additional SSPs and Commandants was organised at Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, recently.

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