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Burglars strike at LIC office
Ludhiana, January 11
Burglars broke into a branch office of Life Insurance Corporation in Miller Gunj last night and decamped with a sum of about Rs 18,000. The office is situated at the third floor of the building which is at a stone’s throw from the Miller Gunj police post. Incidentally, a special police checkpoint, under the continuing red alert and night domination exercise to control crime, exists just below the building.

Traders to enter electoral fray
Ludhiana, January 11
Upset over the failure of political parties to give representation to traders, the Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PBM), Punjab, today decided to field its candidates in the coming Assembly elections.

Biomedical waste not going in bins
Ludhiana, January 11
A notification of the Ministry of Environment and Forests on the biomedical waste (management and handling) rules under the Environment (Protection) Act of 1986 gathers dust, while most hospitals and nursing homes here have not been implementing it.


Teachers threaten to gherao DPI
Ludhiana, January 11
The Government College Teachers Association (GCTA) has given an ultimatum to higher education authorities that if their long-pending demands are not accepted, they will gherao the DPI (colleges) and the Secretary of Higher Education, whenever they visit any government college.


Valmikis stake claim to Cong ticket for Assembly poll
Ludhiana, January 11
A delegation of the All-India Safai Mazdoor Congress, led by its national president, Mr Dina Nath Sidhu, met the All-India Congress Committee chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi, at Delhi to demand due representation to the AIFMC and the Valmiki community in the coming assembly elections in Punjab.
Activists of the All-India Safai Mazdoor Congress meet the AICC President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi, to stake claim to party tickets.

Women activists call for drug-free elections
Ludhiana, January 11
The ongoing movement for drug-free elections by the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle today took a major stride with the pledge by women activists from all over the state not to vote for groups engaged in supplying intoxicants to lure voters.

Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) to contest 50 seats
Ludhiana, January 11
Setting at rest all speculations with regard to its role viz-a-viz the Bharatiya Janata Party in the ensuing Assembly elections in Punjab, the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) has formally announced that it would contest a minimum of 50 seats, covering almost the entire urban areas in the state.

Foodgrain distribution reviewed
Ludhiana, January 11
Under the various schemes of the government aimed at the welfare of the weaker sections, nearly 19,000 quintals of wheat was being issued every month for sale to the beneficiaries at subsidised rates or free distribution to eligible persons in the district.

Young Voice
Veterinarian with a mission
N Punjab where animal husbandry is a vital part of agriculture, the responsibility of a veterinarian becomes manifold. He has to protect the animals from various diseases and at the same time make the farmers aware of the dangers of the dreadful diseases. 

30-year-old cycle shed razed
Ludhiana, January 11
A private cycle and scooter stand, which had been functioning on disputed land for more than 30 years, opposite the local railway station, was finally razed to the ground this afternoon.


Two ‘satta’ operators held
Ludhiana, January 11
The city police yesterday nabbed two ‘satta’ and ‘darra’ operators from different parts of the city and booked them under the Gambling Act.

Woman commits suicide
Ludhiana, January 11
An elderly woman caused a scare in the Ram Nagar area of the city this, when she committed suicide by first setting herself on fire on the rooftop of her house and then jumping off it.


LSE decides to divest subsidiary shares to brokers
Ludhiana, January 11
The Board of Directors of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange at their meeting held here yesterday decided to convert their 100 per cent owned subsidiary, LSE Securities Limited, into 51 per cent owned subsidiary.

Handtool exporters dissatisfied with policies: study
Ludhiana, January 11
Handtool exporters of Ludhiana are not satisfied with the government policy on exports and incentives provided by the state to boost exports. Delay in sending consignments, inefficiency and corruption in the Customs Department and poor performance of the Export Promotion Councils are other factors affecting the exporters.

Biggest exhibition, huge expectations
Ludhiana, January 11
The eighth international exhibition on knitting, allied machines and accessories, that opened in a local hotel here today, has received a tremendous response from knitwear manufacturers, who have come here all the way from New Delhi and the other far away places.


SA delegation in PAU
Ludhiana, January 11
A delegation from South Africa, headed by Prof G.M. Nkondo, Vice- Chancellor and Principal, University of Venda for Science and Technology, visited various departments of Punjab Agricultural University and the farm of Mr Diljan Singh at Gopalpur. They also met the Vice-Chancellor, the Dean and directors of the varsity.
Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, presents mementos to delegates form South Africa in Ludhiana on Friday. —IV


Painting contest on  traffic rules
Ludhiana, January 11
The Ludhiana Traffic Police organised an on-the-spot painting contest for school and college students at Police Lines here today.
Over 400 students from 13 schools and three colleges participated in the contest. Students up to Class VIII were told to make any slogan or any painting on traffic rules.
Students from different schools and colleges participate in a painting contest held to mark Traffic Safety Week in Ludhiana on Friday.
—Photo Injderjeet Verma


Spice Telecom penalised
Ludhiana, January 11
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Spice Telecommunication Limited, Mohali, to pay Rs 5,000 on account of deficient services to a city resident Mr Rakesh Kumar. The forum has also directed the company to pay Rs 500 as cost of litigation to the complainant.



21 complaints settled at sangat darshan
Ludhiana, January 11
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, yesterday directed all officials to ensure that complaints marked to them were immediately taken up and directions on site visit and presence of the complainant were followed in letter and spirit. 


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