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MC men at receiving end
Residents irked over demolition of wall 
Ludhiana, November 5
A group of residents in the Ambedkar Nagar locality, irked over the demolition of a boundary wall in a vacant plot adjoining a temple, pelted stones and roughed up the demolition squad of the Municipal Corporation, injuring two inspectors in the building branch. 

Glass windows of an MC bulldozer were broken by miscreants in the Ambedkar Nagar locality in Ludhiana on Monday

Dice or cards, roads or clubs, gambling fever is back
Ludhiana, November 5
The road connecting Mata Rani chowk with Deepak Cinema road is one of the busiest roads of the city. Opposite the General Post Office, on a pavement in front of the parking of Bhadaur House market, some men are huddled together in a little circle. Close to these men, two or three rickshaws are parked.





Mystery shrouds boy’s disappearance
Ludhiana, November 5
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of a teenaged resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, reported missing since last morning. His family has lodged an FIR with the police, alleging that the youth has been kidnapped. Though the police is not ruling out the kidnap theory, it has claimed on the basis of its investigation that the boy may have gone on his own.

Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal, who has been nominated to the state executive of the SAD, being felicitated at a function in Ludhiana on Sunday.

SAD non-Sikh segment stakes claim to seat
Ludhiana, November 5

A function, jointly organised by over two dozen social, religious, cultural and educational institutions in Harpal Nagar here on Sunday, to felicitate Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal, who has been nominated to the State Executive of ruling Shiromani Akali Dal as an advisor, virtually turned into a political rally, with speaker after speaker urging the party president and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to allot Ludhiana (West) Assembly seat in the next elections to non-Sikh segment and nominate Mr Aggarwal as a party candidate.

City main transit point of heroin smuggling
Ludhiana, November 5
With heroin smuggling cut off from Afghanistan, the Pakistan-based drug smugglers, sensing rise in business, have stepped up smuggling through the Jammu and Kashmir and Ferozepore borders in Punjab. Ludhiana has emerged as a major transit point for the activity. The city is also emerging as a new market of heroin as it is needed by students of some educational institutions in the city. Earlier, only educational institutions in Amritsar were known to be the main market of the strong drug.

Faulty telephone bills a headache for postmen
Ludhiana, November 5
Thousands of incomplete and faulty telephone bills issued by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have created a nuisance for the postmen in the city. The postmen find the circulation of these bills not only difficult, but impossible, as some of the bills are without addresses, others are without subscribers’ names whereas some others are misprinted.

Dhakki Sahib case adjourned till  November 23
Ludhiana, November 5
The Dhakki Sahib case in which Baba Darshan Singh, head of Dera Tapowan Dhakki Sahib, at Maksudra village, is the prime accused, has been adjourned for November 23 for recording the statements of prosecution witnesses.


Christian association goes secular
Ludhiana, November 5
The All-India Christian Urdu Writers’ Association has passed a resolution to open its membership to writers and poets of all languages and religious identities, at a mushaira held on November 3 at Behal Dharamshala. The association felt that remaining isolated would serve no useful purpose and it was essential to interact with other poets and writers. The mushaira was held in two parts while the first one was organised on November 3 , the second was held on the next day.

Vigilance Awareness Week
Ludhiana, November 5
Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed by United India Insurance Company Limited. The regional manager, Mr D.K. Soni, in a press note issued here today said the programme started on October 31 and would conclude tomorrow.
Mr Soni said all employees of the 13 divisional offices and subordinate branches took oath to provide corruption free services and absolute transparency in operations.

Mela with a difference
Ludhiana, November 5
Sambhav, a voluntary organisation of 100 people, has undertaken the challenging task of making Ludhiana clean and green by the year 2010. For spreading the message of cleanliness, it organised a three-day mela at PUDA grounds, near Sacred Heart Boys School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, which concluded here today.

BSNL warns erring PCO owners
Ludhiana, November 5
Strict action will be taken against STD/PCO owners who have been running their business from their residence. The department will also take back the BSNL connection from the STD/PCO owners, who had both the Connect as well as BSNL connections. This was disclosed by the General Manager Telecom, Mr S.R.Srivastava at a press conference here today at GM Office.

Lok Morcha holds protest
Ludhiana, November 5
Activists of the Punjab Lok Morcha, comprising several political parties, including the Akali Dal (Democratic), the Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Janata Dal (Secular), the Samajwadi Party, the All-India Forward Block and the Republican Party of India, today staged a dharna at Mini Secretariat here in protest against incidents of ‘bir’ burning, promulgation of POTO, political repression, wide-spread corruption and other anti-people policies of the government.

An activist of the Punjab Lok Morcha addresses a rally in Ludhiana on Monday.




‘Set up chemical recovery plants’
Ludhiana November 5
“The paper industry needed to set up chemical recovery plants, which are technically and commercially viable to effectively combat pollution, the perennial problems of pulp and paper industry”. This was emphasised by Mr Rajneesh Oswal, Vice-Chairman of Shreyansh Industries Ltd, while speaking at a three-day workshop on ‘Chemical recovery in agro-based paper plants’, which concluded here on Sunday.



Annual function of Language Department
Ludhiana, November 5
The annual state-level function of the Language Department, Punjab was organised at Punjabi Bhavan this morning. The Department had organised this function with the aim of promoting Punjabi Literature, hence a number of competitions like essay writing, story writing, poetry recitation and poetry writing were also held.

Students display their creativity
Ludhiana, November 5
Students of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, displayed various art and craft items at an exhibition held here today. Students from Class III to XII exhibited various items they prepared as school assignments. While primary section students displayed wall hangings and other items of utility prepared out of the waste material, senior section students had put up water colour and oil colour paintings, paintings on fabric, glass, pots, terracotta and aluminium sheets.
Students of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, visit an exhibition held in Ludhiana on Monday.

Workshop on science coverage from today
Ludhiana, November 5
The Communication Centre, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), will organise an advanced state-level training workshop on enhancing science coverage in mass media from November 6 to 9 on the campus. It will be inaugurated by Dr K.S. Sekhon, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, in the Projection Hall of the Communication Centre.

642 students to get scholarships
Ludhiana, November 5
The Nehru Sidhant Kendra Trust will give scholarships to school and college students at a function to be held on November 10. The function will mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru.
Giving this information to mediapersons, Mr Prem Aggarwal, its general secretary, said the trust would give scholarships to 139 students of 15 private schools, 424 students of government schools in the district and 79 college students.


Forum penalises BSNL for deficient services
Ludhiana, November 5
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation on account of deficiency in services to Mr S.P. Puri a resident of Sarabha Nagar. The forum has also directed BSNL to pay Rs 500 as cost of litigation to the complainant.



Need to change medical education: experts
Ludhiana, November 5
“Medical education has to keep pace with the changing scenario in the health needs of our country and it is imperative that we incorporate the recent trends and advances in technology in formulating the curriculum for various medical courses,” said Padma Shri Professor Mahendra Bhandari, Director, Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, while delivering the 19th ‘Dr Lobo Memorial Oration’ at the CMC Hospital, Ludhiana, recently. 

How to avoid burns on Divali
Divali days are the cracker days. It is observed that a good number of burn cases are reported to the hospitals during these days. It is very necessary to take care of such a situation but in case of serious injuries the children and elders should know about basic precautions.

Health staff to stage dharna
Mandi Gobindgarh, November 5
The Punjab Health Employees Action Committee has decided to stage a dharna and rally in front of the Civil Surgeon’s office, Fatehgarh Sahib, on Tuesday, at a meeting chaired by its district coordinator, Mr Mehma Singh, here on Saturday.

Medical camp organised
Ludhiana, November 5
Over 1,137 eye patients were examined at the 35th eye and medical check-up camp organised by the Atri Times Eye Research Foundation at Baba Brahm Dass Ji Dera, Phillaur, recently.



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