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Participants bowled over by the beauty of PAU campus
Ludhiana, November 26
The sprawling campus of Punjab Agricultural University has caught the fancy of a number of players and officials staying in the university hostels.
Participants of the National Games look at a mannequin at the Rural History Museum at PAU and (right) participants admire old vessels used in rural Punjab at the Rural History Museum, PAU.—Photos Inderjit Verma

Villages appear haunted as males disappear
Ludhiana, November 26
In an interesting offshoot of the ongoing controversy over the illegal sand-mining activity, an eerie silence prevails in the Kutbewal and Qasabad villages today as most of the males, booked in the recent SDM assault case, have vanished from the villages fearing police crackdown on them.





Councillor misled the MC: engineers
Ludhiana, November 26
The Engineering Wing officials of the Municipal Corporation here are shocked at what they call “an attempt by a senior BJP councillor, Mr Pran Bhatia, to scandalise the relations between the MC engineers and a quality-supervision agency, the SGS India”.

Agency out, but strike continues
Ludhiana, November 26
Even after their demand for the removal of the quality-control agency the SGS India has been accepted by the Municipal Corporation, enlisted contractors have refused to end their strike and respond to the MC tenders. There is little development work in progress.

Disabled spectators feel handicapped
Ludhiana, November 26
Physically challenged persons who are keen to watch the National Games here have no option but to stay home because the organising committee that has not bothered to make arrangements for accommodating these spectators. Many such persons have not been able to get inside the stadium as there is no a single incline on which their wheelchairs could be towed.

Sameer Lakhanpal, a physically challenged sports lover, is disappointed to see no arrangement for the seating of spectators like him at the venue of the National Games in Ludhiana.—RB

Man spits in tea, serves it to boss
Ludhiana, November 26
The Sadar police has registered a case against a daily wager in the Agricultural Society of Baddowal village for allegedly serving tea mixed with his spit for several days to a senior official.


Wakf Board needs overhaul
Ludhiana, November 26
Can one believe that in Ludhiana city, where rents and rates of property are touching the limits, there exist hundreds of shops and other properties for which the tenants are still paying nominal rents from Re 1 to Rs 10 per month? 

Hike in MC income, officials praised
Ludhiana, November 26
While more often than not, the civic officials have to face strong criticism for failing to deliver and come up to the aspirations of their superiors and the city residents, in a rare instance, the general house meeting of the Municipal Corporation not only placed on record the spurt in the income from octroi and house tax in comparison to previous years, but unanimously resolved that MC officials, responsible for the sterling performance, be publicly recognised and given appreciation letters.

NFB arranges marriage of handicapped
Ludhiana, November 26
The NFB, Punjab, and the HIEF (Handicapped Institution Employees Federation) jointly arranged a marriage which was solemnised between Poonam Rani and Ashwani Kumar at the Ram Darbar Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar.

Stamp to mark Sobha Singh’s birth centenary
Ludhiana, November 26
The Union Ministry of Communications will release a commemorative postage stamp in the memory of acclaimed artist Sobha Singh on his birth centenary on November 29.

Conference of PNB Employees Union
Ludhiana, November 26
The Central Government has launched an attack on the labour unions in connivance with the Opposition and a section of the media. The trade unions had, no doubt, failed in the past to address various issues concerning employees and the working class.


One held, 5 kg opium seized
Ludhiana, November 26
The Salem Tabri police yesterday arrested Avtar Singh, a resident of Gobind Nagar, and seized 5 kilo of poium from his possession. The alleged smuggler has been booked under Section 18 of the NDPS Act.


National Games fail to enthuse industry 
Ludhiana, November 26
The golden chance for Ludhiana’s hosiery and cycle industries to capitalise on the National Games being held here seems to have been lost, thanks to the indifferent attitude adopted by those at the helm of affairs. Blaming the organising committee and the district administration for this, industrialists rue that they were not properly involved in the management of games.



Feud prevents selected teachers from joining
Ludhiana, November 26
Over 15 candidates from the district, who have recently been selected for the posts of lecturer in government schools of the district, have been unable to join their duty for the want of permanent posting order from the District Education Department.

PCMS for checks on unplanned spending
Ludhiana, November 26
The PCMS Association, Punjab, has demanded immediate ban on the “unplanned hasty spending” of Rs 10 crore funds collected from hostel and tuition fees of postgraduate and MBBS students of medical colleges of the states.

Rishneet adjudged best speaker
Ludhiana, November 26
Students from various schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) participated in an inter-school declamation contest held at GGN Public School, Civil Lines, here today.


Forum quashes PSEB demand
Ludhiana, November 26
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed a demand made by Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for Rs 33,056 from Mr Randhir Sharma, a resident of Santokh Nagar, Shiv Puri. 


Music casts its spell on audience
Ludhiana, November 26
The music of Maroon Town Band reflected a cocktail of Afro-Caribbean, and Asian influences. The band performed at Satluj Club last evening. The Ludhiana Sanskritki Samagam, an organisation that promotes performing arts, in association with the British Council had specially invited the band to Ludhiana.


Quacks in the service of the poor
Ludhiana, November 26
Scene I: Outside the old district courts towards the Lakkar bridge, there sits a roadside pain-healer who is surrounded by a host of people from all walks of life. The man has a number of little bundles of herbs arranged before him and he is stirring up a white lump which he says is the magic remedy for all kinds of joint pains, backache or a sprained leg.


Sahodaya athletics meet
Ludhiana, November 26
Students from over 20 schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) participated in the 10th annual Sahodaya School Athletics Meet which began at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School here today.


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