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3-year-old survives 10 hours in sand
Step-father booked for murder bid
Ludhiana, November 10
In a shocking incident, a man attempted to murder his three-year-old step-daughter by burying her alive in sand at Dhandra village near here yesterday. The girl miraculously survived after lying partially buried in sand for over 10 hours, She was rescued by a villager and admitted to the local civil hospital.

PAU teacher booked
Girl alleges molestation

Ludhiana, November 10
The recent molestation case at Punjab Agricultural University has taken a new turn, with the registration of a case against the teacher concerned. The case has been registered under existing guidelines of the Supreme Court regarding harassment of women. The girl has named some university teachers, including some representatives of PAUTA, for pressurising and threatening her.

MC in a soup over demolition of wall near temple
Ludhiana, November 10
The undue carrying out the haste shown by officials of the building branch in the Municipal Corporation in demolition of a wall near Valmiki Temple in Model Town area, has landed it in a tight spot and despite parleys at various levels with the two groups, who were supporting and opposing the move, the civic officials have not been able to wriggle out of the mess, which is of their own making.


Deadlock over ‘sacrilege’ continues
Ludhiana, November 10
Tension continued in the city throughout the day over the alleged sacrilege at Guru Ravi Dass Mandir Basti Jodhewal on Thursday night, as the warring parties and the district administration failed to resolve the issue despite long meetings.

Primary education: A saga of neglect
143 posts out of 256 vacant in Machhiwara block
Machhiwara, November 10
The state government’s claims of providing computer education in government schools and teaching English from class I seem to be nothing more than a distant dream if one has a closer look at primary schools of Machhiwara block . Out of total, 256 posts of primary teachers (203 JBT, 44 head teachers and 9 centre head teachers) only 92 JBT’s , 24 head teachers and 8 centre head teachers are eagerly waiting for the rest to be appointed by the so called determined government.

Pedestrians a harassed lot
Ludhiana, November 10
The stretch of the GT road between the Jagraon bridge and the Old Sabzi Mandi Chowk has become a pedestrian’s nightmare thanks to encroachments all around. In the absence of encroachment-free footpaths, the pedestrians have no choice but to move in the vehicular lane. The eight feet wide verandah outside the shops in Kamla Nehru Market, which should be left for the public, has been totally occupied with extensions.

A view of the congested GT Road in front of the Ludhiana railway station.

Paddy payment to be cleared by Monday
Ludhiana, November 10
Government procurement agencies swung into action yesterday after the farmers and commission agents associations served an ultimatum to the state government to clear the payments of the paddy, sold to the state agencies till November 12 or be ready to face statewide protests from Monday onwards.


Mother Teresa of Maharashtra honoured
Ludhiana, November 10
She is the mother of orphans and is known as Mother Teresa of Maharshtra. Sindhutai Sapakal is a name that is an institution in itself. An award conferred to her by Ludhiana-based Nehru Sidhant Kendra Trust was an honour too small for her. But her visit to Ludhiana means a great thing for the Ludhianvis.

Cong begins spadework for Assembly poll
Ludhiana, November 10
With the elections to the Assembly drawing closer, the Congress has started its spadework. The urban and rural units of the District Congress Committee yesterday held two separate meetings to finalise the programme regarding the organisation of constituency level rallies in November. These would be followed by a joint rally of the urban and rural constituencies to be organised in the last week of this month.

Need for good fire safety steps
Ludhiana, November 10
The devastating fire in Jawahar Nagar market which led to the death of four persons and destroyed about a dozen shops has once again raised the issue of fire safety in the city, which is growing at a fast rate. While the administration is blamed usually whenever something like this happens, the common people also do not seem to bother about fire safety measures.

City wakes up to fire hazards
Ludhiana, November 10
The city, a virtual tinder-box on account of a large number of industrial units in residential areas, seems to have finally woken up to the menace of fire hazards following the devastating fire in Jawahar Nagar last Tuesday.

Divali doesn’t brighten their lives
Ludhiana, November 10
“Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be, the last of life for which, the first was made,” said Robert Browning. But in the “best” period of their lives, inmates of various old age homes of Ludhiana have no meaning for festival of lights. Rather, they are disillusioned with society and their relations and have no special plans for the day.

Trade unions protest ‘anti-labour’ policies
Ludhiana, November 10
Activists of the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, the All India Trade Union Congress, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, the Indian National Trade Union Congress and other trade unions observed ‘Anti-Globalisation Day’ and burnt an effigy of the WTO to protest against anti-labour policies of the government.

Trade union activists burn an effigy of the WTO at the Clock Tower in Ludhiana to mark Anti-Globalisation Day on Friday.

Teachings of Gita relevant for business leaders even today
Ludhiana, November 10
“The teachings of the great epic, the Bhagvad Gita, were relevant for business leaders even today. They should keep in mind the message of Krishna to Arjuna,” said Mr Anil Kumar, Executive Director, Shreyans Industries limited, here last night.

Welfare projects for jail inmates
Ludhiana, November 10
In collaboration with Ahsaas, a non-governmental social work organisation, the Department of Prisons, Punjab, today launched three projects for the welfare of about 2,500 inmates of the local Central Jail, Women’s jail and Bortsal Jail. The local jails have now become the second prisons in the state where such projects have been launched.

Oppn fomenting tension: SAD
Ludhiana, November 10
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has charged the major opposition parties with attempts to disturb peace and foment communal tension for their selfish motives and negating the achievements of the SAD-BJP government during the past about four years.

When ID card is not proof enough
Ludhiana, November 10
The best way to prove one’s identity is through an identity card but the traffic police cops in here think otherwise. For them writing a person’s identity on a vehicle seems to be a better option. This was experienced by the correspondent while covering the controversy over an alleged attack on a temple in Basti Jodhewal.

Bank strike in December
Ludhiana, November 10
One million bank employees under the banner of the United Forum of Bank Unions and other central trade unions will go on strike along with other central trade unions in December in protest against labour law reforms dictated by the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank, said Mr Naresh Gaur, Joint Secretary, All India Bank Employees Association, here today.



Citibank’s world-class service now in city
Ludhiana, November 10
Citibank India, today announced the formal opening of its first full-service branch in Ludhiana, the fourteenth branch in the country. It would be the first branch of the bank in this part of the country.

‘Computerisation due to competition’
Ludhiana, November 10
Global competition is the major factor forcing the local industry to go hi-tech. Heavy workload, data maintenance, secrecy and more efficiency are other factors for the change.



Inquiry ordered against PAU hostel warden
Ludhiana, November 10
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University has ordered an inquiry into the allegations of misappropriation of funds by the Warden of Hostel Number 7 of the university.

Inter-college contests
Ludhiana, November 10
The Asian Club organised an inter-college cultural contest at Ramgarhia Girls College, Millerganj, here yesterday. Over 75 students from 20 colleges participated in the contests held for film songs, ghazals, folk songs, mehndi, flower arrangement and collage making. In the ghazal contest, Hema Sharma from the SDP College for Women won the first prize followed by Aashima from the Khalsa College for Women and Mnaish from SCD Government College.

Christian Dental College steals the show
Ludhiana, November 10
Living up to the motto ‘Fellowship through sports, science and recreation, of the All India Dental Students’ Conference recently held at Guru Nanak Khalsa College (Gujarkhan Campus), students of Christian Dental College won accolades for their prize-winning performance in all cultural, sports and scientific events.

Clean sweep by Maur group
Ludhiana, November 10
In a clean sweep, the Maur group defeated the rival group with a comfortable margin in the PAU Employees Union elections whose results were declared in the afternoon here today.

Declamation contest
Ludhiana, November 10
The 27th Inter-School Declamation Contest for Jagannath Malhotra Running Trophy was held in New Central Model High School, Janta Nagar, Ludhiana .Mr Gurdarshan Singh Grewal, Retd. Sr. Advocate General, Punjab was the chief guest.


Forum penalises BSNL for delay
Ludhiana, November 10
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to pay Rs 2,000 in compensation on account of deficiency in services to Mr Rajesh Seghal of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.


Bacardi blast a raging hit
Ludhiana, November 10
DJ Ivan, along with MTV VJ Nikhil Chinappa, took the party lovers of Ludhiana to an exhilarating journey of groovy music at Magnet’s Hotel Blue Lagoon here last night. Termed as Bacardi Blast, the event made most Ludhianvis sway to the tunes of irresistible music.

Shooting for ‘Wagdi See Ravi’ 
Khamano, November 10
Shooting for the next episode of the serial ‘Wagdi See Ravi,’ which is being telecast on Jalandhar Doordarshan was completed at Gaggarwal village, near here. This serial is being produced and directed by Baljeet Singh.


Changing weather causes ailments
Ludhiana, November 10
City residents have already started exhibiting symptoms of various ailments due to sudden climatic changes in this part of the region. Though concerned doctors advise that there was no need to panic, they suggest that if certain precautions are taken, these minor ailments can be prevented.

Where hygiene continues to take a backseat
Ludhiana, November 10
Hygiene continues to be the biggest casualty in the city. Persons having GIT infections, viral hepatitis, typhoid fever, diarrhoea and dysentery continue to throng clinics of family doctors, child specialists and physicians throughout the year. The city is reeling under the threat of rising pollution and over-population. Congested roads and poorly planned commercial and residential areas have made matters worse.

IMA to form regulatory body
Ludhiana, November 10
The IMA Ludhiana has decided to form a regulatory body of its own. The function of the body will be to deal with complaints of the public against doctors. Dr Gursharan Singh, President, IMA, Ludhiana, in a press statement today asked people to approach the body for redress of their grievances against doctors. The body will meet regularly and will soon decide its charter. The regulatory body will look into future cases only and has no plans to go through the old cases.

Pharmacists to gherao Health Minister
Amloh, November 10
The Punjab State Pharmacists Association has decided to gherao the Health Minister, Dr Baldev Parkash Chawla, during his visit here and a rally and a march will be organised in the Lambi constituency of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, on November 18, stated Mr Sham Lal Sharma, president, Punjab State Pharmacists Association in a press note here today.


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