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Centre okays Rs 7.5 cr grant for flyover
Ludhiana, January 7
The Municipal Corporation received a shot in the arm as the Union Ministry of Industry, Department of Commerce, has approved a grant of Rs 7.5 crore for the ongoing project of the Dhandari flyover. A written communication to this effect was received by the MC here last week.

Half-burnt body of LIC officer found

Ludhiana, January 7
Mystery shrouds the recovery of the half-burnt body of an LIC Development Officer, which was found in a badly burnt Maruti car parked at the Hira Singh road in Ghumar Mandi, this morning. A large can, smelling of kerosene, and a match box have been found from the car.

Policemen and relatives of victim examine the charred remains of the car in which an LIC official was found dead, in Ludhiana on Monday.
Policemen and relatives of victim examine the charred remains of the car in which an LIC official was found dead, in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma







Migrant labourer found murdered

Ludhiana, January 7
A dairy worker was found brutally murdered in the dairy shop at the milk point, on the Pakhowal road today morning. The worker, identified as Chottu, was found lying in a pool of blood by the dairy owner.

The locked dairy milk point, in which a labourer was found murdered on Monday morning.

Dowry-accused commits suicide
Ludhiana, January 7
A man accused of causing death of his wife in connection with dowry last year today allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his residence near Iqbal Gunj chowk some time last night. His body was found on the bed in his room by his family members. A suicide note recovered from the body said “he was committing suicide and no one should be held responsible for his act.”

We take the chill “head on”. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi
Lobbying on for Ludhiana West seat
Ludhiana, January 7
While both the major political parties in the state, ruling SAD and Congress, have not decided their respective candidates for Ludhiana West assembly seat, widespread resentment prevails among the activists of the two parties, who feel that the party leadership might contemplate doing injustice to the deserving contenders.

No truck with Badal: SHSAD
Ludhiana, January 7
“The reports regarding unity attempts between senior Panthic Morcha leader Gurcharan Singh Tohra and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal are mere rumours, deliberately being spread by ruling SAD-B in order to save its sinking ship.” The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), headed by Mr Tohra, would have nothing to do with Mr Badal, who was guilty of damaging the sanctity of Sri Akal Takht.

Siksha Abhiyan — still a pending exercise
Ludhiana, January 7
While the District Education Department was directed to hand over the report on ‘Sarv Siksha Abhiyan’ to the state department by December 10, almost a month has passed and the department has yet to compile the data.

PNDT Act fails the test, foeticide rampant
Ludhiana, January 7
When the Pre-natal Diagnostic Test (PNDT) Act came into force, doctors were given immediate instructions to get themselves registered with the appropriate authority. The vigil on diagnostic centres, especially those with ultrasound equipment, increased.


Need to curb ISI activity
Ludhiana, January 7
The ISI of Pakistan is reportedly running a successful and flourishing network of agents in the city, according to sources. ISI agents are said to be active at the local railway station. The agents are keeping a close tab on the movement of defence trains carrying men, arms and ammunition to forward areas along the LoC. 

Town in need of basic amenities
Ahmedgarh, January 7
Even after 54 years of Independence, Ahmedgarh lacks basic amenities. Though its population has crossed the 40,000 mark, the services being provided by various departments leave much to be desired.

Lawyers lead in political participation
Ludhiana, January 7
The top political leadership of undivided India consisted mainly of lawyers — Motilal Nehru, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Mohammad Ali Jinnah and many others. It seems that the Ludhiana District Bar Association (LDBA) has drawn inspiration from these top names and has been providing political leadership to the state for last many decades.

‘Sinner’ finally returns home
Ludhiana, January 7
The ‘sinner’, who had to abandon his home on January 1 in a hurry to elude the policemen looking for him, has finally returned home after spending three days here and there in the city.

Fire kills two, one serious
Amloh, January 7
Two persons were killed and another got seriously injured when a fire broke out in a hut at Kapoorgarh village near Amloh on Sunday night. According to a statement of Mewa Singh, Sarpanch of the village, one of the men, called Kalu Ram, used to lived in a hut outside the village. 

Battle cry against bonded labour
Ludhiana, January 7
The district administration has decided to act tough on perpetrators of bonded labour. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, asked the Assistant Labour Commissioners and the other members of the District Vigilance Committee on Bonded Labour here today to be vigilant to detect cases of bonded labour.

Awaiting good Samaritans
Ludhiana, January 7
Sixtythree-year-old K.D. Garg, who has a kidney problem, is also suffering from a heart disease, due to which he cannot undergo kidney transplantation. Doctors at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here are of the view that Mr Garg requires regular dialysis. He has also been advised regular medicines, injections and tests, but the family cannot bear the expenses of his treatment.

The disappearing act
Ludhiana, January 7
A woman, first, reported to the police that she was robbed of cash and jewellery at Gill Chowk here today, then, vanished from the spot when the police arrived.


Four booked in dowry case
Ludhiana, January 7
The Haibowal police yesterday booked four persons on the charge of demanding dowry under Sections 406,498-A, 457, 323 and 34 of the IPC on the complaint of Ms Mamata, daughter of Mr Hari Ram, a resident of Patel Nagar, Haibowal Kalan.

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Two arrested on theft charge
Ludhiana, January 7
The police has arrested two persons on charge of trespassing on the court of Mr Jagjit Singh Chauhan, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, yesterday. Within 12 hours of the incident, not only the suspects were nabbed but the stolen amount of Rs 7,700 was also recovered.

The burglars who were caught in Ludhiana on Sunday.

The burglars who were caught in Ludhiana on Sunday.


SBI opens special cash counter for NRIs
Ludhiana, January 7
An exclusive NRI cash counter was inaugurated by the Executive Magistrate, Mr Daljeet Singh Cheena, at the Phillaur branch of the State Bank of India to provide fast and courteous services to non-resident Indians here.

Ritu Kumar’s wardrobe comes to city
Ludhiana, January 7
A three-day exhibition-cum-sale of the collection of renowned designer Ritu Kumar was inaugurated here today.“Ritu Kumar is one of India’s foremost designers, who has developed a style of her own, reflecting the ancient traditions of Indian craftsmanship in a modern style.

Visitors admire creations of Ritu Kumar. — RB

Visitors admire creations of Ritu Kumar.



Schools flout DM’s order
Ludhiana, January 7
Following the directions of Mr S.K. Sandhu, District Magistrate, several government and aided schools changed their timings while a majority of private schools flouted the order.

Mithila, Jyoti are best dancers 
Ludhiana, January 7
The Sahodaya School Dance Competition was organised recently at Kundan Vidya Mandir in which nine schools of the city participated in folk dance and five schools took part in classical dance.


Bail denied in cheating case
Ahmedgarh, January 7
Mr V.K. Mehta, Additional Sessions Judge, has dismissed the bail applications of three accused booked under Section 420, IPC, at Dehlon police station.



DC inaugurates road safety week

Amloh, January 7
Road safety week was inaugurated by Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, at Nahar Sugar Mill, two km from here at Amloh-Khanna road on Monday.

At the beginning of a Road Safety Week, Mr Vikas Pratap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, fixes a rear reflector on a trailer at Amloh on Monday.

At the beginning of a Road Safety Week,  Mr Vikas Pratap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, fixes a rear reflector of a trolley at Amloh on Monday.

Violators of defacement Act in for trouble: DC
Ludhiana, January 7
Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, today said that as per the restrictions imposed under the Prevention of Defacement Act, nobody would be allowed to deface any public or private property by putting posters , writing on walls, wall paintings or putting up banners etc. without the prior written permission from the owner of the property concerned.


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