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Probe ordered into park lapses 
Death of girl in pillar collapse
Ludhiana, December 18
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust today ordered a high-level inquiry into the alleged lapses in the construction of a park in Block-C of Rajguru Nagar, which had led to the death of a nine-year-old girl Gurpreet Kaur.
The mother (left) of the victim in a state of shock

The mother (left) of the victim in a state of shock—Photo Inderjeet Verma

Telecom official, wife held for fraud
Ludhiana, December 18
A senior officer of the Ludhiana Telecom Department and his wife have been arrested by the Mansa police from their residence near Guru Nanak Engineering College here on the charges of cheating several people in the state by taking lakhs of rupees from them in the name of senior Akali leaders to get them influential jobs in Punjab and Haryana. 

Want ticket? Come for interview
Ludhiana, December 18
In order to maintain the momentum generated by the activities of the ticket aspirants, the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) seems to have devised novel methods.


Residents for tough anti-terrorism steps
Ludhiana, December 18
Local residents argue that drastic steps should be taken against Pakistan to eliminate the menace of terrorism from this country, but differ on the measures to be taken and the timing of the operation.

Industrial units seek action on HC ruling
 Disbursement of capital subsidy
Ludhiana, December 18
Local industrial associations have urged the state government to implement the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, issued on August 7, 2001, in letter and spirit by disbursing capital subsidy to hundreds of small-scale and export units, amounting about Rs 500 crore, at the earliest, which has been pending for the past many years.

Body rots in open
Ludhiana, December 18
In a case of sheer callousness of the Kotwali police, a body of a beggar kept lying for more than six hours in the corridor of a market in Bhadaur House here today.

Probably for the first time there are at least three persons who have applied for the Congress nomination from Ludhiana West Assembly segment have Satluj Club connection.
  • Some consolation
  • Misty mornings
  • Encroachment truths
  • Official discount
  • Walker’s ‘woes’


YC for CBI probe into corruption in MC
Ludhiana, December 18
The District Youth Congress (DYC) today focused on rampant corruption in all departments of the local Municipal Corporation and demanded a CBI inquiry to expose the corrupt employees, officials and conniving councillors, belonging to ruling SAD-BJP combine.

Cong asked to clear stand
Ludhiana, December 18
“The stand taken by the Congress on the terrorist attack on Parliament on December 13 tends to create doubts in the minds of nationalist and patriotic forces and the party must come out clear lest its image should be adversely affected.”

Cong highlights govt’s failure
Ludhiana, December 18
Hundreds of Congress activists led by the District Congress Committee president, Mr Surinder Dawer and senior vice-president of the Pradesh Youth Congress, Mr Amarjeet Singh Tikka, today took out a procession and submitted a memorandum to the President demanding dismissal of the Vajpayee government for its failure to safeguard the life and property of people.

NGOs resolve to fight drug addiction
Ludhiana, December 18
A two-day workshop on “Joint proactive initiatives of NGOs for drug free society” organised by the Aas Kiran De-addiction and Rehabilitation Centre to mark its second foundation day concluded here today.

Daily-wage employees hold march
Ludhiana, December 18
In response to a call given by the Daily-wage and Work charge Ad hoc Employees Action Committee, hundreds of daily-wage and ad hoc employees took out a protest march on scooters, motor cycles, tempos and other vehicles from Jodhan village to Dehlon today, as a part of their ongoing agitation in support of their demand for regularisation of their services.
Activists of the Daily Wage and Work-charged Action Committee hold a protest
Activists of the Daily Wage and Work-charged Action Committee hold a protest march from Jodhan to Dehlon in Ludhiana on Tuesday.— Photo Inderjit Verma

Forgotten hero of Goa’s liberation
Ludhiana, December 18
Major Shivdev Singh Sidhu is one of the many heroes, the country seems to have forgotten. He laid down his life during the Goan liberation exactly 41 years ago on December 19, 1960. He left behind his wife and three daughters all of whom are married to defence personnel.After the instrument of surrender was signed, Major Sidhu along with Capt Vijay Sehgal went for setting free the political prisoners in a Goan jail. 
Major Shivdev Singh Sidhu
Major Shivdev Singh Sidhu

Fernandes’ resignation sought
Ludhiana, December 18
The District Youth Congress (DYC) has demanded the resignation of Union Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, for being allegedly involved in Tehelka and coffin scandals.

Govt lax about security: Mann
Ahmedgarh, December 18
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, SAD (Amritsar), has alleged that the Union Government has not been serious about the security of important institutions and persons of the country, and has not taken appropriate steps even after the suicide attack on Parliament.

Cong rally at Jammu Colony
Ludhiana, December 18
Mr Ajit Singh Chawla, general secretary of the Satluj Club, Ludhiana, and a Congress probable from Ludhiana West has appealed to people to vote for the Congress for the return of peace and prosperity to the state.

Campaign for Bar poll gains momentum
Khanna, December 18
Hectic campaigning has begun for election to the post of president of the local Bar Association, which is scheduled to be held on December 20.
The strength of the association has risen to 114 from 30 members in 1986 when it had come into existence.

Young Voice
Devoted to the cause of art

He yearns to do something to stop the commercialisation of art that he feels is being exploited at the hands of certain selfish persons. Gur Reet Pal Singh Brar, a student of Punjab Agricultural University, is a poet, an amateur theatre activist and is doing well in studies as well.


Karnataka MLAs visit PAU
Ludhiana, December 18
A delegation of MLAs from Karnataka which visited the Punjab Agricultural University praised coordination and cooperation between the university and the state government departments, including Agriculture, Horticulture and Soil Conservation.


Russian delegates visit varsity
Ludhiana, December 18
A delegation of the Russian Academy of Agriculture Sciences visited the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and held discussions with Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of PAU, and other senior officers of the university.

Rishabh, Avitosh top in maths test
Ludhiana, December 18
Rishabh Singla and Avitosh Pal Singh, students of DAV Public School, have won the first prize in the fourth state-level mathematics test conducted by Castle Education Centre at Guru Nanak Public School.

Arrested teachers released
Ludhiana, December 18
With the release of 18 arrested teachers and withdrawal of ‘‘ceasework’’ call by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU), teachers, principals and students from various aided and unaided colleges heaved a sigh of relief.


Rest a must for good performance, says Azad
Ludhiana, December 18

Cricket coach Desh Prem Azad feels the players should be given adequate time to relax if we want to see them perform to the best of their ability. During a visit to Ludhiana, Azad said, “I have groomed some of the renowned strikers and pacers of the country like Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma, T. Kumaran, Yograj Singh and Ashok Malhotra, whose secret of outstanding performance was the necessary rest after hectic practice schedules.”


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