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Spectators go back due to police ‘harassment’ 
National Games come to an end
Ludhiana, December 1
A large number of persons, who had come with great excitement to witness the closing ceremony of the National Games at Guru Nanak Stadium here today evening was disheartened due to stringent frisking by the policemen, who had erected several checking points and blockades on the way.

The District Public Relations Officer, Mr P.S. Kalra, being pushed around by police personnel and (right) people being frisked outside the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Saturday. —IV

Octroi posts wear deserted look
Alternative posting orders for staff by tomorrow
Ludhiana, December 1
With the issuance of notification for abolition of octroi late last night, the octroi wing of the Municipal Corporation had started winding up process. Around 300 MC employees deployed in the Octroi Department, were shifting the records, furniture and other official articles from the check posts to the main office, while waiting for their new posting orders on Monday.


Undertrial, cops, politician have a gala time
Ludhiana, December 1
An undertrial with the local Central Jail admitted to the Civil Hospital for the last one week was caught late on Thursday night having liquor allegedly with a Congress politician and three police personnel supposed to be on security duty of the under-trials at the hospital.

Gender bias leads to murder
Ludhiana, December 1
One of the most common bickering in any household arising out of gender bias in inheriting property took a bitter turn in Khaddoor village near Jodhan late last evening, when a man allegedly in a fit of rage killed his sister-in-law by hitting a kahi (hoe, an agriculture tool) on her head. 

Girl raped, accused absconding
Ludhiana, December 1
A 13-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped and raped for several hours in Partap Singh Wala village near Haibowal late last night. The girl was allegedly raped in a dairy room located in a crowded area but no one could come to her aid as her shrieks died down in the loud noise emanating from a jagrata and a marriage party near the room.

‘Female foeticide may lead to other problems’
Ludhiana, December 1
“If the unethical practice of female foeticide is not curbed immediately then the result will be an increase in the number of AIDS patients, homosexuality and prostitution”, said Mr Rajan Kashyap, Principal Secretary to the Government of Punjab, who was the chief guest on the first conference on population education on “Female Foeticide-update on its causes and prevention”, held at D.D. Jain College of Education for Women, here today.

Kakkar’s family shocked at PAU decision
Ludhiana, December 1
For the better part of his tenure with Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), the late Dr Som Nath Kakkar, former professor, worked for the development and organisation of cultural activities in the varsity through organisation of functions, competitions and trips. 


Clothing for the physically challenged
Ludhiana, December 1
Most of us have come to terms with disability either as a victim or as a family member, friend or acquittance of the physically challenged person. Usually the person with physical limitations have to wear ordinary clothes that do not cater to his needs.

Competitions for visually, physically challenged
Ludhiana, December 1
Today was a joyous day for both physically and mentally challenged children of the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre. A large number of students got an opportunity to show their talent before a jam packed hall of the VRTC where a function was organised this morning by members of Asian Club.

Dumb beasts of burden search for a ‘voice’
Ludhiana, December 1
Scene I: A man is shepherding a pack of donkeys loaded with bricks into a street where the stuff is to be un-loaded by him. At the back of the small procession of donkeys is a poor little cub who, in spite of having a wounded hoof that has been padded with cloth, is struggling hard to keep pace with the pack.
A fully loaded horse-driven rehra awaits change of traffic lights on the GT Road near the Railway Station in Ludhiana. —Photo writer

Murder accused acquitted
Ludhiana, December 1
Ravi Kumar alias Jajji, an orchestra group owner of Dharmpura, and Gurvinder Singh of Pathankot, have been acquitted from the charges of murdering an orchestra dancer Sikander Kaur, alias Rajni, in October, 2000, by strangulation.



Industry hails abolition of octroi
Ludhiana, December 1
The industrial and traders associations here have hailed the government’s decision to abolish octroi from today. They said the step taken by the State Government would give a boost to the state industry and trade, as number of states had already abolished the tax.

SSIs oppose govt’s  de-reservation policy
Ludhiana, December 1
The small scale industries here have opposed the Union Government’s recent move to de-reserve six sectors, including auto-component, pharmaceuticals, food processing, packing and stationery.


Govt agencies mute over paddy payment
Khanna, December 1
Farmers and commission agents here are agitated over the delay in payments for the paddy procured by the State Government agencies. They have alleged that the agencies have not made payments for over one month despite the government’s claim that the payments would be made within 72 hours after the purchase of paddy.


Dec exams likely to be postponed 
Ludhiana, December 1
Uncertainty hangs over the smooth conduct of mid-term examinations in the Panjab University colleges, following the one week ‘‘ceasework’’ call given by the Panjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union.


24-hour vigil to keep balloon afloat
Ludhiana, December 1
A large balloon floating 40 feet above the Guru Nanak Stadium announces from a distance that the National Games are on in the Guru Nanak Stadium. What is not a common knowledge is that a single man has been keeping a 24-hour vigil on the balloon to keep it floating.

We loved coming to Punjab, chorus players
Ludhiana, December 1
They had come to the city with jubilation and excitement and are now leaving the city with a heavy heart. With the 31st National Games concluding here today, the participants are going back to their respective states with the memories both good and bad.


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