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Arhtia robbed of Rs 5 lakh at gunpoint
Ludhiana, November 8
In a broad daylight robbery in the city, two scooter-borne youths robbed an arhtia of Rs 5 lakh at gunpoint near the Punjab National Bank, 50 yards away from Salemtabri police station, at about 11.30 a.m. today.
The SSP, Mr H.S. Sidhu, talks to Mr Rajender Singh who was robbed of Rs 5 lakh in Ludhiana on Thursday.—Photo Inderjeet Verma

Cop’s murder: contract killer held
Ludhiana, November 8
The Jagraon police has arrested an alleged contract killer and former terrorist, Baldev Singh, in the murder of Yadvinder Singh Yadoo, a Punjab Police constable and main witness of an alleged rape case involving a Punjab Police DSP.
The murder took place on July 20 and the police thereafter arrested Lakhbir Singh Lali of Bassian village on charge of hiring three contract killers.





Police turns heat on illegal cracker sellers
Ludhiana, November 8
As many as nine persons, indulging in illegal sale of crackers were arrested and a huge quantity of crackers was seized by the police in a crackdown in wake of the tragic fire at Jawahar Nagar market on Tuesday evening. One such massive raid at the shop of a well-known political leader at Field Gunj here today however, has stirred up a controversy as the raiding party was being accused of treating the businessman lightly by not seizing a single cracker from his shop allegedly due to his ‘influence’.

Zeroing in on Dawood’s city link
Ludhiana, November 8
Intelligence agencies have reportedly zeroed in on a local businessman for his links with Dubai-based underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. The businessman is allegedly an important link for D-company, as the Dawood gang is known in the underworld and in intelligence circles, in gambling and betting operations, running into hundreds of crores of rupees. 

Anil Jain surrenders
Ludhiana, November 8
Anil Jain, the main accused in the case of murder of his brother Sunil Jain, surrendered here today before the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr A.K. Sharma. He was accompanied by his wife Sangeeta Jain and his advocate, besides a few friends.

Raid on MC horticulture wing
Ludhiana, November 8
The Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau this afternoon raided the Horticulture Department of the Municipal Corporation, seized records of the utilisation of funds and questioned a number of senior officials. The raids were conducted on information that there was misutilisation of funds.


Sex ratio: can we recover the balance?
Ludhiana, November 8
The Guru Angad Dev Sewa Society, in association with UNICEF and the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, will organise a state-level workshop on female foeticide at Farmers Sewa Centre, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana on November 22 and November 23, 2001. The workshop will be inaugurated by Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Cabinet Health Minister, Punjab.

No voting in SGPC poll without fresh enrolment
Ludhiana, November 8
The Chief Commissioner, Gurdwara Election Commission, has said enrolment of voters for elections to the general house of the SGPC is mandatory as only the fresh voters would be eligible to cast their votes in the coming elections to the SGPC. The voters list for the 1996 elections will not be applicable in the next SGPC elections.

Anti-encroachment drive or a farce?
Ludhiana, November 8
For the past 10 days or so, trucks of the Municipal Corporation, led by Tehbazari officials in another van, have been patrolling the city and carrying away rehris, benches and even parked scooters hindering the traffic.
Last night, one such squad visited the Katchehri road area near Ghanta Ghar.

Congmen seek action 
Ludhiana, November 8
Congress and Youth Congress activists today criticised Mr Jagmeet Brar and Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta for indulging in ‘anti-party’ activities and called upon the party high command to take stern disciplinary action against them in order to send a loud and clear message to others having similar ideas.

SSF activists demonstrate against POTO
Ludhiana, November 8
Activists of the All India Sikh Students Federation (Mehta) today staged a demonstration to protest against the introduction of the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO) being promulgated by the union government. The speakers at the demonstration were apprehensive that the POTO might be misused against minorities.
Activists of the SSF stage a demonstration in Ludhiana on Thursday.

Ludhianvis have a ball
Ludhiana, November 8
The Doubloon (the gold coin) organised a ball at a local hotel in which the couple, dressed in the formals, danced for over two hours on foot-tapping by DJ Bijan and the Gang, here last night.
Youngsters dance to the tunes of DJ Ivan in Ludhiana on Thursday.— Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Reduce length of overbridge, demand residents
Khanna, November 8
Hundreds of residents of the Samrala road area gathered in front of the SDM’s office demanding reduction in the length of the railway overbridge being constructed at the Samrala road Railway crossing here yesterday evening. The SDM, Mr Pardeep Sabharwal, called the XEN PWD (Bridges), Mr Haripal, who assured the residents that the length of the overbridge would be reduced as per earlier proposal.

BSNL extends rural area package
Ludhiana, November 8
Eleven villages have come under the Mullanpur-Dakha telephone exchange. Residents of these villages heaved a sigh of relief as after months of litigation the BSNL has accepted their demand of charging telephone rent as per package for rural areas.

Revenue officials plan  pen-down strike
Ludhiana, November 8
Revenue officials all over the state will go on two-day pen-down strike on November 21 and 22 to press their demands and will further intensify the agitation thereafter, if their demands were no accepted.

Mr Iqbal Singh Sandhu, president, Punjab Revenue Officers Association, addresses a meeting in Ludhiana on Thursday.


Red faced over filing false complaint
Ludhiana, November 8
A man landed himself in trouble today after having been found to have lodged a false complaint against his landlady. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.R. Kaler, ordered the registration of an FIR against him to discourage people from registering false complaints.


Fire damages paddy


Students under evil eye?
Ahmedgarh, November 8
Managements and officials of educational institutes of the area are perplexed at the incidents of unnatural deaths of students during school hours.
The recent death of a student of Government Senior Secondary School, Rachhin, has sent shivers down the spine of students and teaching staff.

Vigilance awareness week observed
Ludhiana, November 8
Students of Spring Dale Public School observed Vigilance Awareness Week here today.
On the occasion, Anirudh of Class VII spoke about the causes of corruption and remedies for it. Nidhi of Class X spoke on “Erosion of moral values” and Shikha of Class VIII spoke about “Effects of corruption”.

80 teachers transferred
Ludhiana, November 8
Nearly 80 teachers from Government Senior Secondary Schools of the district have been transferred.
A majority of the transferred teachers include those teaching social studies, science and mathematics. A Hindi and Punjabi teachers have also been transferred. Similarly, transfer orders have also been given to physical education instructors.


Forum orders trust to charge lower interest rate
Ludhiana, November 8
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Improvement Trust, Ludhiana, to charge interest at the rate of 18 per cent per annum instead of 36 per cent for the delayed period of payment of instalments for a flat allotted to Mr Gurdip Singh. It has also directed the trust to refund the excess interest charged from the consumer.



Despite odds, octroi collections up
Ludhiana, November 8
Unlike other major towns of the state which were facing a negative growth ranging between three to five per cent as far as octroi income from was concerned, octroi collections in the city are not only showing a healthy upward trend, but the civic administration has, in fact, achieved a distinction by a record Rs 41.92 lakh income from octroi in a single day last Saturday. The highest daily collection during the past financial year was Rs 37.16 lakh.


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