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Back to normal after National Games
Ludhiana, December 2
It is back to normal in Ludhiana after record 10,000 players and 3,000 accompanying officials who had descended on the city to participate in the XXXI National Games, left after the Games concluded here yesterday on a colourful note amidst cheer and applause by over 25,000 people who had crammed into the Guru Nanak Stadium beyond its capacity.

Some athletes in the deserted Guru Nanak Stadium

BACK TO NORMAL: Some athletes in the deserted Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Sunday. The National Games concluded on Saturday. —Photos Rajesh Bhambi

Powergrid begins drive
Ludhiana, December 2
Powergrid has launched a consumer awareness programmes in the region to make public opinion about power reforms.


Is Punjab ready to meet SC deadline 
Identification of BPL families
Ludhiana, December 2
The Supreme Court in a significant decision announced on November 28, has asked all state governments to complete the identification of beneficiaries under the below poverty line ( BPL ) families by January 1, so that they could be provided benefits under centrally-sponsored schemes. 

Move on alternative octroi opposed
Ludhiana, December 2
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal has opposed the reported move of the state Cabinet to impose alternative octroi in the form of surcharge on sales tax after abolishing the octroi.

Pulse polio campaign launched in Ludhiana district
Ludhiana, December 2
A pulse polio camp (under the polio free India campaign) was inaugurated today at the Civil Hospital by Mr Satpal Gossain.
According to a press note, over 4,93,000 children up to five years (in the district) would be given polio drops under this campaign. 
Polio drops being administered to kids
Polio drops being administered to kids on the occasion of the pulse polio campaign launched in Ludhiana on Sunday.

Workers allege non-payment of salary
Ludhiana, December 2
About 250 employees of Arihant Industries, a company manufacturing suiting and dress material, are waiting for their salary, bonus, and payments for overtime for the past over four months. The management has reportedly warned the workers not to go to the press, otherwise they will have to face severe repercussions including court cases.

BKU to gherao Ajit Singh on December 18
Ludhiana, December 2
The Punjab unit of BKU will gherao the Union Agriculture Minister, Mr Ajit Singh, on December 18 at his Delhi office, to press upon its demands. The union is demanding Rs 15,000 per acre compensation to the farmers, who have lost upto 60 per cent of their cotton crop because of spurious pesticides.

Badungar’s car hits truck
Doraha, December 2
The Ambassador car, by which Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, the newly-appointed SGPC chief was travelling, bumped into a truck at Barmalipur Chowk, near here, on Saturday evening.


Congress leaders optimistic of win 
Ludhiana, December 2
Several Congress leaders today claimed that the party was bound to win the next elections as the people of Punjab had lost all faith in the Akali-BJP government. They alleged that the government was indulging in corruption and nepotism and people were desperately looking for an alternative.

‘Curb female foeticide’ 
Ludhiana, December 2
“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 yesterday.

Dogs have their day
Ludhiana, December 2
Anxious owners of the ‘participants’ were seen pampering their beautiful canine of different varieties. The proud owners and their helpers were monitoring their movements and trying to keep them in good humour at the ‘Dog Show’ organised by Ludhiana Kennel Club at Police Line, Ludhiana, this morning. Inderpal Singh Dhaliwal, General Secretary of Ludhiana Kennel Club, said that their club was associated with Kennel Club of India, Chennai.



Fete at Sacred Heart School
Ludhiana, December 2

A fete was organised at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, in the school grounds here today. The holiday mood after the National Games seems to be persisting as a large number of children and their parents were seen enjoying the games.
Children having joyrides at a fete
Children having joyrides at a fete being held at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana on Sunday.



Plan to educate children on AIDS
Ludhiana, December 2
Punjab holds the fourth rank in having the highest number of AIDS/HIV patients in the country. Sex workers and truck drivers are the high risk groups here. Before the steps initiated this year by the Peoples Health Organisation, an internationally acclaimed NGO, no other NGO had been working specifically for the medico social welfare of AIDS/HIV patients in Punjab.


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