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Ghanta Ghar’s dignity at stake
Ludhiana, November 3
Ghanta Ghar, the city’s icon, known probably over a large part of the globe, has gone to the dogs, courtesy various encroachments done by roadside sellers of fast food, shopkeepers, autorickshaw drivers and so on.

Garbage point at Ghanta Ghar, Ludhiana.
Garbage point at Ghanta Ghar, Ludhiana. — Photo by writer

PAU expels student for misbehaving
Ludhiana, November 3
Taking disciplinary action against a student, Punjab Agricultural University(PAU) has expelled a student of College of Agricultural Engineering (COAE) on the charges of misbehaving with a professor and trespassing into the Vice-Chancellor’s residence around midnight. The incident took place on last Sunday.





Are officials aware of illegal sand mining?
Ludhiana, November 3
While the district administration has taken some action against the illegal sand mining in Kutbewal and surrounding villages after the villagers picked up cudgels against the activity, the authorities have either turned a blind eye or are completely unaware of the illegal sand mining going on in several government lands in the district.

MC warning on encroachments
Ludhiana, November 3
The Municipal Corporation today issued a warning to shopkeepers, religious institutions and other bodies to remove encroachments of their own immediately, failing which the civic body would get tough and remove the encroachments at their expense after two weeks.

Cops ‘forge’ vehicle number
Jagraon, November 3
Some policemen have allegedly connived with a transporter to change, in records, the registration number of a truck that was impounded in connection with a case registered under Sections 279, 337, 338, 427 and 304-A of the IPC at the Jagraon police station. The case had been registered on the statement of Nachhattar Singh, a teacher in Rishi High School of Panj Grain Kalan.

10-year RI for possessing poppy husk
Ludhiana, November 3
Mr B.K. Mehta, Additional Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, has convicted Jang Singh (36), a truck driver of Jatpura village ,Darshan Singh (28) of Kulgehna village and Makhan Singh (41) of Ranikey village and sentenced them to 10 years rigorous imprisonment on charges of possessing poppy husk under the NDPS Act. A fine of Rs 1 lakh each has also been imposed on them.


CM to inaugurate Valmiki Bhavan today
Ludhiana, November 3
It is a dream turning into reality for the Dalit community when the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, formally inaugurates the Rs 2 crore ‘Valmiki Bhavan’, the first of its kind in the region, here tomorrow. At a state-level function, the Chief Minister would also release a book, based on the life and teachings of Bhagvan Valmiki and a commemorative calendar on this occasion.
A view of the newly constructed Valmiki Bhavan on the Jamalpur road in Ludhiana.
A view of the newly constructed Valmiki Bhavan on the Jamalpur road in Ludhiana. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Photo sessions for Ludhiana East voters to continue
Ludhiana, November 3
The photography sessions for issuance of voter ID cards to electorate in Ludhiana East Assembly segment, which commenced on November 3 would continue in the city for next couple of days till all the polling station were covered. According to Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, this would be the last opportunity for the voters to get their ID cards.


3 booked for eve-teasing
Ludhiana, November 3
A couple of cases of eve-teasing have been registered by the city police.
The Division Number Six police, yesterday, registered a case against a man called Bhagotti and an unidentified person, both residents of Ambedkar Nagar, under Sections 452 and 506 of the the IPC, on the complaint of Ms Nirmla Devi of the same locality.

2 brothers booked for duping industrialist
Ludhiana, November 3
The Division No 6 police has booked two brothers, including a chartered accountant, on charges of duping an industrialist, by first allegedly stealing some cheques and then paying the amount to some agency to which they owed about Rs 2.5 lakh. One of the accused was an employee of the industrialist.


Export body hails benefits for knitwear industry
Ludhiana, November 3
The Wool and Woollens Export Promotion Council (WWEPC) has welcomed the decision of the government to allow DEPB benefits for embroidered woollen products and acrylic knitwear, announced vide Public Notice No. 44(RE-01)/1997-2002 on October 31, 2001, issued by the Director General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi.



St Thomas team wins quiz
Ludhiana, November 3
Students from over 18 schools of the city participated in the Limca Book of Records inter-school quiz contest organised by the Ludhiana Beverages Limited at Kundan Vidya Mandir here today.
Nine rounds were conducted for the qualifying teams which included three visual and one audio round.

Bikramjit wins inter-college debate
Ludhiana, November 3
The Nehru Kendra Trust organised the annual inter-college debate at Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, here today.
Speakers from 12 colleges participated in the contest. The topic for the contest was ‘Dreamers are achievers’. 


PSEB penalised for wrong billing
Ludhiana, November 3
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to issue correct bills as per domestic tariff to Ms Pushpa Devi, a resident of Harpal Nagar. The forum has further directed the PSEB to refund the excess amount received from the consumer and to pay interest on the amount at the rate of 12 per cent per annum from the date of deposit till actual payment. It has also directed to pay Rs 500 as cost of litigation to the consumer.

Doraha councillor released on bail
Doraha, November 3
The municipal councillor of Doraha, against whom the charges of misbehaving with an SPO of the Doraha police chowki were levelled, has been released on bail.
A case had been registered against Darshan Kumar and his two sons, Sanju and Ashi, while they allegedly misbehaved with an SPO, Dilbag Singh, at Doraha police chowki on Wednesday.



Doc’s advice: go slow on fast food
Ludhiana, November 3
Thousands of city youngsters are getting hooked to fast food, and many among them regularly consume it at the cost of their health. Children of the rich, belonging to nuclear families, with limited restrictions and few controls on pocket money, have developed special liking for a number of fast food items and have started ignoring the normal diet at home.


PAU TT team
Ludhiana, November 3
The following paddlers will represent Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, in the All-India Inter Agricultural Universities Sports and Games Meet to be held from November 5 to 9 at Rajasthan University, Bikaner, according to Mr Jaswinder Singh Toor, Director, Students Welfare, PAU.


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