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Immigration racket busted
Accused runs fitness clinic near Rose Garden
Ludhiana, January 17
An immigration racket involving an alleged master swindler and some British nationals has surfaced in the city following the arrest of the swindler, who is a city resident, by the Palampur (Himachal Pradesh) police early this week. The Ludhiana police has brought the accused here and he is in the custody of division No. 5.

Price for protest: 15 booked
Ludhiana, January 17
Adding insult to injury, the district police has booked 15 persons on the charges of joining an unlawful assembly and obstructing public way and peace by staging a dharna on the Ferozepore road two days ago.

Riot victims to field nominee
Ludhiana, January 17
The Sikh Parvasi Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, has charged the Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal, with betraying the cause of riot victims. “The SAD-BJP government, headed by Mr Badal, except for making false promises, has done precious little for the relief and rehabilitation of the victims of 1984 riots”, it says.

Student loses degree, ban on his guide
Ludhiana, January 17
The Academic Council of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has cancelled the postgraduate degree of a student and has also recommended barring of the major adviser concerned from guiding any student.


15 hurt as buses collide
Ludhiana, January 17
At least 15 persons were injured, four of them seriously, when two buses collided head on near the octroi post on the Ludhiana-Ferozepore road today. The buses, one a private transport and the second of the Punjab Roadways, were damaged in the collision.

First honoured and then harassed
Ludhiana, January 17
An ad hoc Junior Engineer was first honoured several times for his diligent and good work, especially in ensuring 24-hour power supply to some villages, but was then allegedly harassed by transferring him repeatedly at the behest of a SAD minister.

‘Respect to Tricolour must be ensured’
Ludhiana, January 17
The decision of the Union government to allow countrymen to use the Tricolour throughout the year has been received well by local residents. Earlier, commoners could only use the national flag on the Republic Day, Independence Day, Gandhi Jayanti and during the National Week (April 6 to 13) in memory of Jallianwala Bagh martyrs.

‘Black day’ by cable operators

Fog hampers traffic flow


Trying to keep pace with the motorised world.
Trying to keep pace with the motorised world. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Electioneering picks up as candidates reach out to voters
Ludhiana, January 17
Persistent cold weather in the city failed to dampen the spirits of the candidates in the fray for ensuing Assembly poll as most of them started hectic tours of their respective constituencies, opening elections offices and winning back the support of those, who were unhappy over selection of candidates, in the process.

Resentment among RSS, BJP workers
Ludhiana, January 17
Widespread resentment prevails among the local RSS and BJP workers over the denial of party ticket to Mr Sunil Mehra from the Ludhiana North Assembly segment. They held a meeting at the residence of a senior RSS leader and district chief, Mr Mitter Sen. The meeting was also attended by Chuadhary Sat Prakash, former city mayor and RSS city head.

Cong puts up unity show
The newly elected president of the District Congress Committee, Mr Krishen Kumar Bawa, is taken in a procession to the Congress Bhavan in Ludhiana on Thursday.Ludhiana, January 17
The District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Urban), today put up a united show when the newly appointed president, Mr Krishen Kumar Bawa, took over from his predecessor, Mr Surinder Dawer. All Congress candidates contesting the elections from various Assembly segments attended the function.

The newly elected president of the District Congress Committee, Mr Krishen Kumar Bawa, is taken in a procession to the Congress Bhavan in Ludhiana on Thursday.

Lok Morcha bays for Badal’s blood
Ludhiana, January 17
The Lok Morcha, Punjab, today said that the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, should own moral responsibility for his failure to protect and safeguard the interests of the state in the Supreme Court and step down on moral grounds. They said, he had forfeited the right to head the state government.

EC appoints 7 observers
Ludhiana, January 17
The Election Commission has appointed seven observers for elections in 12 Vidhan Sabha constituencies in this district.

10-cr grant for Animal Board
Ludhiana, January 17
To commemorate the 26th birth centenary of Bhagvan Mahavir, the Ministry of Culture has earmarked Rs 10 crore for the Animal Welfare Board of India.

Registration of pups must
Ludhiana, January 17
Under the recently issued Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, the Government of India has made it mandatory for all pet owners to register the birth and death of pups with the Animal Welfare Board of India. The record of persons buying pups would also be maintained by the board.

Gift of sight

Residents complain of erratic power supply


Doctor kidnapped, released
Khanna, January 17
Two unidentified youths kidnapped a doctor from his clinic at Amloh Road here today and released him an hour later.



PAU staff union holds rally
Ludhiana, January 17
The Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union organised a rally in front of Thapar Hall, the Administrative Block of the university to press for their long-pending demands.

PCCTU seeks support for march 
Ludhiana, January 17
Protesting against the ‘‘anti-higher education policies’’ of the Punjab Government, the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) has sought the support of leaders of political parties, trade unions students, their parents and the intelligentsia for a march to be held at Jalandhar on January 23.

Schools to have eco-clubs
Ludhiana, January 17
Students from over 98 schools of the district will soon be selected to form an eco-club to be funded by the Central Government.



Decentralisation to zonal level
Ludhiana, January 17
The local Municipal Corporation has achieved the distinction of perhaps being the first local body in northern India to have total decentralisation to zone level with the shifting of the Zone D office to a new building in Sarabha Nagar here yesterday.

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