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Bank staff strike total
Ludhiana, January 4
A total bank strike was observed here today on the call of different bank unions as part of the nation-wide protest against the transfer of some employees by Standard Chartered Bank.
Nationalised banks in Ludhiana wear a deserted look due to strike by staff on Friday. —Photo Inderjeet Verma

‘Cable war’ hots up
Ludhiana, January 4
The rivalry between cable operators over the rights of operating in an area is hotting up once again as in two separate incidents cables were either damaged or stolen from different parts of the city.

Spurt in vehicle thefts in city
Ludhiana, January 4
The Ludhiana police district is witnessing an increase, not only, in crime incidents like robbery, snatching and murders, but also in the incidents of vehicle thefts as a record number of thefts were committed last year.


Ludhiana West seat: pressure on SAD(B)
Ludhiana, January 4
A section of the leadership in the ruling SAD is reportedly mounting pressure on the party not to concede the Ludhiana West seat to its alliance partner BJP and instead field a Hindu candidate from here. The BJP is understood to be asking for this segment primarily on the basis of it being a Hindu majority area.

Hands-on EVM training for poll staff
Ludhiana, January 4
As a part of an exercise by the Election Commission of India to train the Returning Officers and other staff, entrusted with election duty, regarding the functioning of the electronic voting machines (EVMs), a training programme was conducted at Bachat Bhawan here today by a team of officers headed by Mr C.R. Brahamam, Secretary, Election Commission of India.
Mr S.R. Kler, Additional Deputy Commissioner discusses the working of electronic voting machine with a co-officer in Ludhiana on Friday. 

Salil Bhat pledges his eyes
Ludhiana, January 4
Mohan Veena maestro Pt Salil Bhat has pledged to donate his eyes after death. Son of Grammy Award Winner Pt Vishva Mohan Bhat, Salil Bhat announced his wish during his performance at 193rd Birth Anniversary of Louis Braille at the Vocational Rehabilitation and Training Centre here today.

Young Voice
Quest for meaningful life
very child is an artist, but the problem is how to remain an artist when one grows up.” This statement of Pablo Picasso, a renowned painter, is often quoted by Bandeep Singh, an outstanding student of M.Sc. (Computers), who is a poet, singer, debater, musician, philosopher, photographer and social worker, all rolled into one.


Bid to rob bank
Ludhiana, January 4
Notwithstanding the alert sounded by the police in the city in the wake of a number of robbery, snatching and murder incidents, a few unidentified persons managed to enter the Dhandari Kalan branch of Punjab National Bank on Wednesday night.
  • One held
  • Forgery case
  • Case registered
  • One injured
  • Liquor seized


Bonanza for house loan clients
Ludhiana, January 4
LIC Housing Finance Ltd has announced new year bonanza containing many new concessions for its home loan clients by reducing rate of interest with effect from January 2, 2002.



Brave kids braving the chill
Ludhiana, January 4
With most of the local government primary schools having dark, dingy and unsafe buildings, kids studying here are forced to study in foggy and chilly conditions. Sitting on the dewy grass or bare pucca verandahs in the absence of furniture and mattresses, most of these students find it difficult to attend classes in the open.
Students of Government Primary School, Bharat Nagar, Ludhiana, attend classes in the open. 
—Photo Inderjeet Verma

It’s admission time folks!
Ludhiana, January 4
With the availability of admission forms in most schools, the process of admission has started here. Different schools have set different age limits, dates for registration and interviews and criteria for admission of children.

Anxious parents queue up for admission forms for their children at DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, on Friday.


BSNL directed to issue revised bill
Ludhiana, January 4
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Bharat Sancahar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to issue the revised bill of 2,016 calls instead of 8,947 calls for the period from November 1, 1999 to December 31, 2000, to Mr Manminder Pal Singh, proprietor of Bharat Scientific Dyers, Focal Point, Ludhiana.



Skin ailments on the rise
Ludhiana, January 4
Cold wave conditions have not only paralysed life in this part of region but have brought with them many skin ailments, which if left untreated can cause severe eruptions, ulcers and gangrene.


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