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Villagers protest against illegal sand mining
Protesters stop trucks; Five persons arrested; Minister’s kin ‘involved’
Ludhiana, October 29
Confrontation between panchayats of six villages and sand mining contractors over the issue of illegal sand mining in River Sutlej and using village roads for transportation, which was simmering for the past one month or so, took a serious turn this morning when the villagers forcibly stopped some trucks from travelling on the Qadian-Kutrewal road.

Angry residents of six villages, along the banks of the Sutlej, protest against the arrest of five villagers and demand their release. —Photo Inderjit Verma





Why many villagers are drug addicts
Ludhiana, October 29
Age is no bar for drug addicts of this part of the region. They begin as early as at the age of 10 or even less and end up taking their lives. Most of them believe that, if they stop taking drugs, they will die or become paralysed.
These things about drug addicts of Mahedna Khurd, Rashim, Brahmpura, Chappar, Latala and Mahedna Kalan villages were found by Brahmkumari Ishwariya Vishav-vidyalaya, an NGO working for drug de-addiction in these villages.

Councillor-contractor nexus calls the shots in MC
Ludhiana, October 29
The recent complaint of showing undue favour to a contractor by the Superintending Engineer (B&R) in the Municipal Corporation, still under investigation, is just the tip of the iceberg and hardly reveals anything worthwhile. Despite suffering small setbacks here and there, the unholy alliance between certain councillors, a group of contractors and a few obliging officials, still calls the shots as far as acceptance of tender bids for various development works in the city is concerned.

Man injured after electrocution
Ludhiana, October 29
Prem Dutt, a resident of a rented house on Noorwala road, here suffered serious burn injuries last evening when he was electrocuted by an overhead electric wire which was passing just over the roof of the house.

PAU introduces plant clinic concept
Ludhiana, October 29
The College of Agriculture, Punjab Agricultural University, has introduced courses on plant clinics in the curriculum of the BSc agriculture (hons) programme. With the introduction of the course, the PAU has become the pioneer institute in the region to start this course.

Photography for voters’ ID cards today
Ludhiana, October 29
The photography sessions for the electorate in Ludhiana Rural assembly constituency, who have not so far got the voter ID cards issued, will continue on October 30. Giving this information, the Deputy Commissioner Mr S.K. Sandhu, said that this would be the last opportunity for the voters to get their ID cards. The cards would be prepared and distributed among voters within a week.

Tipsy constable misbehaves with SSP
Ludhiana, October 29
A tipsy Punjab Police constable, posted as a gunman with an Akali leader and former minister, shocked a number of police and civil officials as well as influential city residents attending a marriage party in Sarabha Nagar on Saturday evening when he tried to pull the chair in which the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Harpreet Singh Sidhu was sitting.


Improvement Trust nominations cause unrest
Ludhiana, October 29
Vacancies in the Improvement Trust, Ludhiana, on account of the completion of the term of its three members seem to have caused many a heartburn in the ruling Akali-BJP alliance. This has also brought the intra-party factionalism within these ruling partners to the fore, as leaders of the respective factions are vying with each other to get their own candidates appointed to the trust.

Bedi to preside over employees meet
Ludhiana, October 29
Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, convener of the Shromani Akali Dal Panthic Morcha, would preside over the 13th annual general house meeting of the Punjab Karamchari Dal Council at Gurdwara Akalgarh Sahib here on November 4, according to Mr Darshan Singh Rakba, general secretary of the council.

Patwar Union boycotts election work
Amloh, October 29
As the closing date of November 2 for the enrolment of Kesdhari and Sehajdhari voters for the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee elections approaches, voters of the rural belt become more confused than ever, as the Patwar Union has boycotted the enrolments. 



One booked in rape case

Jagraon, October 29
The police has registered a case under Section 376, IPC, against Balbir Singh of Kaunke Khesa village on the complaint by a woman of the same village.
According to the complainant, a day before Balbir Singh came to the residence and inquired about her husband.

Woman charges police with inaction
Ludhiana, October 29
A woman, Mrs Usha Rani, has charged the city police with inaction and complicity with a self-styled political activist, facing criminal charges under Sections 354/341/323/506 of IPC for allegedly threatening and intimidating her and causing injuries to her husband.


Industry seeks self-certification
Ludhiana, October 29
The Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations (FOPSIA) has urged all government departments to honour the directions of the Union Government to consider self-certification by small-scale units a compliance of various labour laws.

Companies lure customers with gold schemes
Ludhiana, October 29
The yellow metal has held fascination since time immemorial. All over India parents start collecting gold as it plays an important role in dowry. With shares crashing , people have switched back to buying gold as security.



Mr Suresh Arora, DIG, Ludhiana Range, accompanied by Mr Rajinder Sharma, Director of Everest Public Senior Secondary School, goes through the science fair on the school premises in Ludhiana on Monday. IV

Annual science fair
Ludhiana, October 29
The annual science fair of Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, was held today on the school campus. Mr Suresh Arora, DIG, Ludhiana Range, inaugurated the fair.
Various schools of the city, Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School, Central Model High School, Rajindra Model Senior Secondary School, Atam Public Senior Secondary School, Lal Bahadur Shastri High School and D.N. Public School, Jaspalon, participated in this fair.

When girls enter men’s territory
Ludhiana, October 29
For one day in October every year, girls of Christian Medical College are allowed entry into Ross Men’s Hostel of the college. It is a ritual that every batch has followed since 1961. The hostel was named after Sir Ronald Ross, who discovered the malarial parasite and visited the CMC in the same year.




Cricket match
Ludhiana, October 29
A cricket match was organised between students Class X and Class IX of Shanti Niketan Adarsh Vidyalaya, Benjamin road, on the school campus today in which the former emerged winners by 73 runs. Batting first, students of Class X made 151 runs in the stipulated 20 overs. The main scorer was their captain Amit Bhatia, who scored 46 runs.


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