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Family seeks compensation in custodial death case
Ludhiana, January 16
Even as a magisterial inquiry is on in the Jodhan custodial death case, the aggrieved family of the deceased youth today demanded monetary compensation or a job for the youth’s wife while stressing that the accused policemen should be punished immediately.

Sukhwinder Kaur, wife of Charanjit Singh who had died in police custody, along with her children at a press conference held in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

MC in eye of storm over park issue
Ludhiana, January 16
The Horticulture Wing of the Municipal Corporation is in the eye of a storm over alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in the construction of Mini Rose Garden in Kidwai Nagar in the city at a cost of around Rs 1 crore.


Residents for equal sharing of natural resources among states
Ludhiana, January 16
Local residents feel that since agriculture is back bone of our economy, so completion of Satluj-Yamuna-Link (SYL) canal was mandatory for the Union as well as state government. They said that a large number of peasants would be benefited by this project and also morality demanded that the governments concerned should have taken up this project.

Rice millers resent non-payment
Ludhiana, January 16
Resentment prevails among rice millers against the Punjab Government for non-payment for the levy rice supplied to the central pool. The Punjab Government owes Rs 200 crore to rice millers in Punjab, which it has allegedly received from the Central Government.

Between life and death, with help just a dream
Ludhiana, January 16
For the family of Narinder Nath, life cannot present a harsher picture. A victim of renal failure, the lone breadwinner of the family is struggling for life at Deepak Hospital here. A resident of Prem Nagar, Haibowal Kalan, 46-year-old Narinder Nath is suffering from failure of both kidneys.

Teachers’ rally amid heavy security
Ludhiana, January 16
Despite orders of the district administration and the imposition of Section 144, the Democratic Teachers’ Front organised a rally in front of the Mini-Secretariat here this afternoon. Tension prevailed and heavy police posse was ready. The rally was held under heavy police security and the teachers were told to stay outside the Mini-Secretariat. 
Members of the Democratic Teachers’ Front protest in front of the Mini-Secretariat amid security in Ludhiana on Wednesday.


Beermi launches poll campaign
Ludhiana, January 16
The newly nominated District Congress Committee (Urban) President, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, today claimed that the party was on a strong footing on all the three Assembly seats in the city as well as two semi-urban seats of Ludhiana Rural and Dakha and predicted a thumping victory for Congress candidates.

Anti-Panthic forces will be exposed: Grewal
Kila Raipur, January 16
A senior Akali leader and Panthic Morcha candidate from the Kila Raipur Assembly segment, Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, today said the elections would be a referendum on the pro and anti-panthic forces in the state. 

SDM meets representatives of political parties
Samrala, January 16
A meeting of representatives of all political parties contesting elections in the Samrala constituency was held here today. It was presided over by the local SDM, Capt S S Brar, at the Nagar Council office.

Federation candidates  may contest as  Independents
Ludhiana, January 16
Sore at the discriminatory attitude of the Congress high command towards INTUC activists over distribution of party tickets for the coming Assembly elections, the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (INTUC) has threatened to field Independent candidates from at least 8 Assembly segments in Punjab if the party high command fails to make changes in the list of party nominees by January 21.

Begging scene getting murkier in city
Ludhiana, January 16
The begging scene in the city is becoming murkier with the passing of each day as the general affluence of the city coupled with the resultant charity continues to attract beggars from all over the country. Being the richest town of the richest state in the country, Ludhiana is an automatic destination of the destitute and the helpless from relatively poorer states such as Rajasthan, MP, Bihar, Orissa and UP.
A view of a roadside ‘langar’ in Ludhiana.

Passion for growing exotic flowers
Ludhiana, January 16
Ludhianvis have taken to growing flowers in a very big way— mind you, not common flowers like dahlias, dogflowers, cannas and even if they have to be roses, the Ludhianvis don’t go for delicately scented Indian roses that pale after a day.
Floriculture has become a passion among Ludhianvis.

Police crackdown on noise polluters
Ludhiana, January 16
Bringing into action its plans of making the city pollution free, the district police has started a crackdown on persons indulging in creating noise pollution in the area. As many as 6 cases under Sections 4 and 5 of the Noise Control Act of 1956 were registered by the city police during the past 24 hours.

Objections to chauvinistic portrayal of women 
Ludhiana, January 16
Women organisations have raised objections against the way Indian women are being portrayed by the media. They are up in arms against the ‘male chauvinists’.


Pillion rider killed as car hits scooter
Ludhiana, January 16
The Model Town police has registered a case under Sections 278 and 304-A of the IPC against an unknown driver of an unknown Maruti car which hit a scooter yesterday and fled the scene.
  • 2 booked
  • Man assaulted
  • Cases registered
  • Cases under Arms Act
  • Poppy husk seized
  • Liquor seized
  • Two held for gambling
  • Fraud case
  • Case against eve-teasers
  • Kidnapping case
  • Beaten up


Need to process fruits, says expert
Ludhiana, January 16
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) yesterday organised a citrus fruit show at the Regional Research Station, Abohar, with an objective to boost the cultivation of citrus fruits, particularly kinnows , in the state.

Mr N.S. Rattan, Finance Commissioner, Development and Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, share views about various varieties of kinnows at a citrus fruit show organised at Abohar on Tuesday.


Teachers favour secret ballot for PU
Ludhiana, January 16
Teachers and principals of Panjab University colleges have favoured the decision to hold elections of academic council by secret ballot this year. The polling will be held in all colleges of Panjab University on January 18.

Workshop on environment management
Ludhiana, January 16
A two-day workshop on environment management organised jointly by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the Punjab Science and Technology Council began at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.


Forum quashes PSEB demand
Ludhiana, January 16
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed a demand for Rs 1,77,212 of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) from a resident of Bhagwan Mahavir Industrial Complex, Focal Point.



Medicinal plants, a hope for diabetics
Ludhiana, January 16
The incidence of diabetes mellitus is increasing all over the world and is becoming a problem of significant importance. According to WHO, every fifth person in the world is suffering from diabetes directly or indirectly and India has the maximum number of diabetic patients in the world.


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