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NRI family booked for cheating girl, parents
(Sohian ) Jagraon, December 22
The hopes of a family belonging to this village, 30 km from here, of providing their daughter with marital bliss in Canada has proved too tragic for the girl. She was first used as a tool by an NRI family to get their otherwise ineligible Moga-based son to immigrate to that country and was then allegedly harassed, mentally and physically, for more dowry.
A file photo of the marriage of Jaspreet Kaur and Swaranjit Singh 
A file photo of the marriage of Jaspreet Kaur and Swaranjit Singh

Beant’s kin being projected for Payal seat
Doraha/Ludhiana, December 22
A number of Congress leaders today stressed upon the party high command that the Payal Assembly seat may be allotted to Mr Gurkirat Singh Kotli, the grandson of former Chief Minister Beant Singh.


Electricity producer waiting for a miracle
Ludhiana, December 22
While the Punjab State Electricity Board is passing through a difficult phase due to state government’s ‘irrational policy’ of providing free electricity to the agricultural sector, an entrepreneur, Mr Avtar Singh Dev, belonging to the Ramgarhia community, traditionally known for entrepreneurial skills, has claimed that he can produce up to 1000-1500 kv of electricity every day by making use of the surplus heat and steam produced in a steel re-rolling mill, without any additional cost.

Holidays of district courts
Ludhiana, December 22
District courts will remain closed from December 23 to January 1, 2002, at Ludhiana, Khanna, Jagraon and Samrala.


Assembly poll: SAD to play development card
Ludhiana, December 22
“We shall seek verdict of the electorate on the basis of unprecedented development in all spheres during the past five years of the SAD-BJP rule as against 50 years of the Congress regime during the ensuing Assembly elections.”

Urban, rural chiefs of NCP swap places
Ludhiana, December 22
In the wake of fierce faction fighting and spate of allegations levelled against each other by various functionaries of the party here, the leadership of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has taken the initiative to reorganise the district urban and rural units as well as the Assembly segment units of Ludhiana Rural and Dakha.

Lok Jan Shakti Party to contest all 117 seats
Ludhiana, December 22
The Lok Jan Shakti Party would contest elections to all 117 Assembly seats in Punjab and the party was not averse to an electoral alliance or seat adjustment with other constituent parties of the BJP- led ruling National Democratic Alliance at the Centre.

Sehajdhari Akali Dal to enter fray
Ludhiana, December 22
The recently formed Sehajdhari Shiromani Akali Dal (SSAD) has decided to contest the coming Assembly elections in Punjab and out of the 21 Assembly seats identified during a survey by the political affairs committee of the party, candidates will be fielded at about 15 of these.

Special train for Jain pilgrims flagged off
Ludhiana, December 22
The Chandigarh-Ludhiana railway line project seems to have a bleak future as the Punjab Government has not shown any interest in the project.

Mr Digvijay Singh, Minister of State for Railways, flags off a special train for Jain pilgrims in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo Inderjit Verma

Mr Digvijay Singh, Minister of State for Railways, flags off a special train

Stone of sabzi mandi laid
Ludhiana, December 22
The Punjab Government has formulated an ambitious plan to set up well-equipped ultra modern sabzi mandis in Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar to ensure better sale, purchase facilities and proper storage conditions for fruits and vegetables.

Mr Mal Singh Ghuman, Chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, lays the foundation stone of a ‘sabzi mandi’ in Ludhiana on Friday.
Mr Mal Singh Ghuman, Chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, lays the foundation stone of a ‘sabzi mandi’

Vice-Chancellor flayed for award nomination
Ludhiana, December 22
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has flayed the decision of the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to recommend the name of Dr V.C. Kapoor, Coordinator Research, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, for the award of National Professorship of Agriculture and Allied Sciences to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Milk testing gets good response
Ludhiana, December 22
The scheme of Verka asking people to get the milk they consume tested, got a good response today with general public from every area of the city coming forth to get the test done.

Engineers for better scales
Ludhiana, December 22
A chief engineer with the Punjab Government used to have higher pay scale in comparison to the Chief Secretary of the state in the pre-partition period.

Religious bodies told to check noise pollution
Ludhiana, December 22
The district administration has sought the cooperation of religious institutions in the city in checking the noise pollution by scrupulously following the directions on playing of loudspeakers.

Young Voice
Studies & sports go hand in hand
he conventional theory that book- worms cannot be good sportspersons and vice versa does not hold true in the case of Sanjeev Vohra. 



Single bankers’  clearing house sought
Ludhiana, December 22
The All India Steel Re-Rollers’ Association has demanded the setting up of a single bankers’ clearing house for Khanna and Mandi Gobindgarh.


BKU activists hold dharna
Samrala, December 22
Bhartiya Kisan Union activists of the district organised a dharna on the courts compound, here today, under the leadership of Mr Netar Singh Nagra.


Students collect Rs 1.7 lakh for cancer patients
Ludhiana, December 22
Ms Savita Sodhi, Manager Global Concern India, North Region, was presented a cheque for Rs 1.70 lakh by Mr Satyanand Munjal, Co-Chairman and MD Hero Cycles, and Ms Paramjit Kaur, Principal of B.C.M. Arya Model Senior Secondary School, here today. The money has reportedly been collected by the students of the school.

PAU students spread message of cleanliness
Ludhiana, December 22
As a part of the 10-day NSS camp, the students of various colleges of Punjab Agricultural University including College of Agriculture, College of Agricultural Engineering and College of Home Science visited various villages today and launched a cleanliness drive in schools, and on the roads in of these villages.

Xmas celebrations at GMT school
Ludhiana, December 22
Tiny tots of GMT Public School celebrated Christmas with zeal and enthusiasm. The glittering Christmas tree added the beauty to the classrooms.
An excellent presentation of the “birth scene of Jesus Christ” dramatised by nursery students was the highlight.

Tiny tots of G.M.T. Public School celebrate Christmas at a function held in Ludhiana on Saturday.
Tiny tots of G.M.T. Public School


HC notice to bank chairman
Ludhiana, December 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to the Chairman of the Punjab and Sind Bank after accepting a writ petition, filed by about 100 employees of the bank, who have sought restoration of various benefits denied to them at the time of retirement under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) last year.


Celebrities added colour to cultural scene
Ludhiana, December 22
Ludhianvis got an opportunity to enjoy cultural events, watching top models and designers, sharing “tasty-bites” with leading chefs and getting beauty tips from known personalities in 2001. The eventful year presented a rich cultural scenario to the city residents.


Commendable work despite all odds
Ludhiana, December 22
In the absence of proper infrastructure, government aid, less manpower and people’s apathetic attitude, the local Civil Hospital has been able to perform the surgeries on a par with other hi-tech private and charitable hospitals in the year 2001.


10-day training camp ends
Ludhiana, December 22
The 10-day combined camp of basketball and handball for both boys as well as girls section, which started here in Punjab Agricultural University grounds on December 13, concluded today.


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