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Govt’s no to CBI probe into PAU land scandal
Ludhiana, October 30
The hopes of a probe by the CBI into the multi-crore land scandal in the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have dashed to the ground as the Punjab government is learnt to have rejected the university’s recommendation for a CBI inquiry.
Although Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal has not communicated to the university in writing, he is believed to have conveyed to the authorities that this probe was not possible at the moment.

Shops selling pirated CDs sealed
Ludhiana, October 30
A number of pirated audio and video cassettes were seized from the Bahadaur House market in a raid by the police here today. The seized cassettes included those of the newly released movie ‘‘Indian’’. 
Shopkeepers closed their establishments after raids by the police in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Shopkeepers closed their establishments after raids by the police in Ludhiana on Tuesday. —Photo Inderjit Verma





Catch that fell in some other net
Ludhiana, October 30
The image of the Ludhiana police has suffered a blow with the Kapurthala police taking away a wanted criminal from under its nose. The local police had been searching for this criminal for the past more than a month.
Teams of the local police, working on the directions of a senior official, had been laying special checkpoints here since mid-September.

Seven members of the Kale-kachewala gang nabbed by the CIA police.
Seven members of the Kale-kachewala gang nabbed by the CIA police. —IV

Inter-state gang of robbers busted, seven arrested
Ludhiana, October 30
The Ludhiana police today claimed to have achieved a major success with the arrest of seven members of an inter-state gang of robbers, notorious as the “Kale-kachewala gang’. An equal number of gang members are, however, at large. The gang was reportedly involved in several robberies in Ludhiana, Khanna, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Gurdaspur, Batala and Amritsar.

Festival of ghosts is celebrated with spirit
Ludhiana, October 30
Americans usually enjoy a good scare on Halloween, but, after the September 11 attacks, the people are looking for treats and not tricks. They are too scared to visit shopping malls. Most constume sellers are not stocking costumes and there are even rumours on the Internet that terrorists have threatened the US citizens to stay away from shopping malls, though the FBI has refuted such claims.

Pumpkins cut in a Jack-O lantern shape for a Halloween party in Ludhiana. —Photo Rajesh Bhambi
Pumpkins cut in a Jack-O lantern shape

Bonded labourer’s fight for last rites
Ludhiana, October 30
Satnam Singh, a “bonded” labourer of Patiala, is fighting for performing the last rites of his father-in-law. He was prevented from doing so because he could not repay the money he owed to his masters.
Satnam of Rajgarh village had been working as ‘siri’, an agricultural labourer, in a village since 1995. His “masters” used to beat and ill-treat him.

Murder case solved, two arrested
Ludhiana, October 30
The Focal Point police today claimed to have solved the murder of an old woman, Uma Devi, in Sherpur locality on September 5 with the arrest of two migrants from Bihar, Arun Kumar alias Bhangaru and Ranjit Kumar. The alleged culprits had absconded with Rs 10,000 and some garments after committing the crime.

The weather, to say the least, is getting pleasant. Days are getting shorter and winters are in the offing. It is nice to have a morning walk over the dew-laden grass in the Rose Garden or in the parks of various residential colonies of the city . The exercise is said to be good for the eyes and the brain as well.
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  • Impurity in gold
  • Welcome, Mr Kalsia
  • Nuisance at crossroads


Ghungrana to stake claim to Kila Raipur Assembly seat
Ludhiana, October 30
In the wake of Assembly elections in Punjab being round the corner, senior leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Chairman of Punjab Agro Industries Corporation, Mr Jagjit Singh Ghungrana, made his intentions clear to stake claim to the Kila Raipur assembly seat, falling in this district, which was now being represented by Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Minister for Technical Education.

Goraya tailor to feature in Limca Book of Records
Ludhiana, October 30
The name of Pawan Kumar Kailey (32), a Goraya-based tailor, will be appearing in the next edition of the Limca Book of Records for his achievement of designing and stitching a trouser that can be worn in 10 different ways and a set of 35 jackets that can be worn in 9,800 different ways.


Seven arrested for conspiring robbery
Ludhiana, October 30
The city police yesterday nabbed a gang of seven persons while they were “conspiring and hatching a plan to commit robbery somewhere”, according to a police information communique released here today. According to the police, Inspector Vazir Singh along with his police party got a tip-off regarding the presence of some unscrupulous persons at a Ladhowal hotel. The police said the men were armed.

Woman tortured, goods stolen
Doraha, October 30
A woman was reported to be threatened, beaten up and abused by her in-laws. On the other hand, the woman complained of theft in the house by here in-laws on Monday.


VSP wants relief for small industry
Ludhiana, October 30
The Vishwakarma Samaj Party (VSP), while expressing serious concern over the precarious financial condition of the small and tiny sector of industry, has urged the state and the central governments to come to their rescue.
In a statement here today, Mr Kulwinder Singh Virdi, president of the VSP, said that a grave financial crunch was facing the small and tiny industrial units, most of which were on the verge of closure.



150 science models exhibited
Ludhiana, October 30
Senior secondary students from over 35 schools of the district participated in a science exhibition organised at Sanatan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, here today. Over 150 models on seven topics including ‘Landmark in science and technology’, ‘Environment’, ‘Transport and communication’ and ‘food, health and science for entertainment’ were on display.

City under-represented in PU Senate
Ludhiana, October 30
With just 10 members from Ludhiana in the 90-member Panjab University Senate, the students and teachers of the local affiliated colleges feel that they are under-represented this time.
“Since 32 of the total 105 affiliated colleges are located in the district, the Senate should have been represented by at least 30 per cent members from the city.



Joginder Pal Pandey oration
Ludhiana, October 30
In India, there were 20 million people who were suffering from hypertension with diabetes as both the problems co-existed with each other. Ten million of them were aware of their diseases, whereas other 10 million were unaware. This was disclosed by Dr Siddharth N. Shah, president of the Association of Physicians of India, at the fourth Joginder Pal Pandey oration which was jointly organised by the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and Nehru Sidhant Kendra. The oration was held at Dumra Auditorium of DMCH today.




Pensioners’ information centre mooted
Ludhiana, October 30
The district administration has moved a proposal for the construction of a Pensioners’ Information and Welfare Centre. This was disclosed at a Pensioners’ District Advisory Committee meeting here today between the Punjab State Pensioners Confederation and the district administration.

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