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Admn gets cracking
Sparks fly after blaze

Ludhiana, November 7
The district administration today ordered an inquiry into yesterday’s fire incident which led to the death of four persons, besides gutting of about 12 shops, but separate versions were being given by local residents, causing altercation among shopkeepers as some of them blamed on the illegal crackers shop.

A view of the devastated Jawahar Nagar main market in Ludhiana. (Right) A completely damaged car. — Photos Rajesh Bhambi 

‘Murdered man’ behind bars 
Bid to implicate wife, in-laws
Ludhiana, November 7
The plan of Birbal Singh, a 29-year-old resident of Kotala village, near Samrala, to implicate his wife and in-laws in his murder was exposed yesterday when he was spotted by the police.





MC-contractor row ends
Ludhiana, November 7
Decks have been cleared for resolving the more than two-month-old row between the Municipal Corporation and the contractors, with the F&CC panel of the MC informally waving good bye to the quality control agency, M/s SGS India, engaged by the civic body to ensure strict quality control on the development works, executed by the engineering wing.

MC clears projects over Rs 4 cr 
Ludhiana, November 7
The Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation cleared development projects over Rs 4 crore for the city at its meeting held at the residence of the Mayor, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, last evening. This was the first meeting of the committee after Mr R.L. Kalsia assumed the office of the MC Commissioner here.

Mystery shrouds death of undertrial
Ludhiana, November 7
Mystery shrouds the death of a 60-year-old undertrial, Joginder Singh, in the Civil Hospital here early today. While the authorities concerned claimed he died due to illness, his close relatives alleged he died due to negligence of the jail staff and doctors.


The painting, which points out at the irony that while women were worshipped as goddesses in India on the one hand, they were killed following sex determination tests on the other.

Stop killing women in womb, appeals IDPD
Ludhiana, November 7
The state of Punjab is one of the worst-affected in regard to decline in the number of females as compared to males. It has 793 females compared to 1,000 male counterparts, between the age group of 0-6 years. It had been found that 99 per cent of the foetuses that were being aborted, except those for medical reasons, were females. These facts were disclosed at a meeting of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), which was organised to educate and create awareness among masses against female foeticide here today.

Festive spirit brings joy for mentally-challenged kids
Ludhiana, November 7
The mentally challenged students of Nirdosh school had a time of their life today as they enjoyed at the celebrations of the festivals of Divali and Gurpurb organised at their school.
Members of the Inner Wheel Club who run this school combined Divali and Gurpurb celebrations much to the joy of the students.

Tune in your mobile to  the latest music
Ludhiana, November 7
Do you want your cell phone to beep with the latest music numbers every time you receive a call? You can download tone compositions from various websites and apply them on the tone composing menu of your phone set.
You can even select from a variety of old and new collections of Hindi, English and Punjabi numbers available on the Internet.

Riot-affected women ask  for relief measures
Ludhiana, November 7
A large number of riot-affected government employees, having retired from service, today held a demonstration at the Mini Secretariat under the aegis of ‘Attwad Peerit Parwar Bhalai Sanstha’, seeking financial assistance and other relief measures, at par with other categories of widows and destitute women.

YC raps SAD-BJP government
Ludhiana, November 7
The District Youth Congress has lambasted the SAD-BJP government for rampant corruption in all departments and discrimination against the urban population by way of enhancement in civic and other local taxes.

Remains of the day
Ludhiana, November 7
It was a gloomy morning for shopkeepers and residents of Jawahar Nagar Grain Market whose property worth several crores was gutted in a huge fire last evening.
The market is one of the important business place. But this morning, there was no rush of customers.



Appointment issue plagues PAU once again
Ludhiana, November 7
The controversial issue of the appointment of the Comptroller, Punjab Agricultural University, is back in focus with the issue figuring on the agenda of the meeting of the Board of Management, which is scheduled to be held in Chandigarh tomorrow.
Interestingly, the name of Mr Gopal Dass, Accounts Officer, PAU, for the post was not cleared by the board at its meeting held on July 30.

Rival groups hold poll rallies at varsity
Ludhiana, November 7
In the run up to the non-teaching employees election on November 9 in Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), the Maur group and the Deol group organised rallies at separate venues on the campus here today. Both groups claimed massive support.

Employees supporting the Maur group (left) and Deol group (right) attend rallies at the PAU campus in Ludhiana on Tuesday.


World class deejaying for you 
Ludhiana, November 7
The Bacardi Blast on November 9 at a local Resort with DJ Ivan and MTV VJ Nikhil Chinnapa will take the party enthusiasts on an exhilarating journey of groovy music. Ivan has arrived from Mumbai. While talking to mediapersons, he informed them about the music that he was going to play on Friday, the day of the party.


Of miracle and courage
Ludhiana, November 7
Arti has literally survived an inferno. A 10-year-old student of Class III, she had gone to fetch medicines from a dispensary. It caught fire and she was surrounded by fire. She fell unconscious with her face lying down, which prevented her from inhaling the toxic sulphur dioxide. She was accompanied by her brother, who tried to pull her out, but was unsuccessfull. He informed his grandmother, Ms Krishnawati, who was at her home in the nearby area. She came crying and running for her granddaughter.
Krishnawati and her granddaughter, Arti, who have been admitted to Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, Ludhiana, after being injured in a major fire that broke out in the Jawahar Nagar main market on Tuesday.


Football tourney begins
Ludhiana, November 7
The Punjab region team scored a hard fought win (4-2) over the Uttar Pradesh region team in the North Zone Football Tournament of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation at Punjab Agricultural University here today.


No NOC to sell crackers
Ludhiana, November 7
The cracker market, which has come up at the Daresi grounds, is into business without obtaining any no objection certificate (NOC) from the local fire department, it is reported.
A number of shops are doing brisk business, while a number of stalls are still waiting to be occupied by cracker traders.


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