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Villagers confront Mayor, allege land grab
Ludhiana, January 21
Residents of Gill village appear to be heading for a confrontation with the Ludhiana Mayor, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, over the setting up of a petrol station on the village outskirts on the Malerkotla Road.

MC to improve traffic flow, sanitation
Ludhiana, January 21
Educational institutions, business and industrial establishments and commercial centres making use of roads and streets for parking purposes and dumping garbage, will now attract penal action here.

Devotees prepare langar at a gurdwara on Gurpurb in Ludhiana on Monday and (right) devotees partake the langar. —Photos Rajesh Bhambi


College teachers may revive agitation
Ludhiana, January 21
Teachers working in government-aided colleges of Punjab are restive over the failure of the state government to implement their agreed demands and may revive the agitation soon.

Stolen rice bags: who’s eating up the proof?
Ahmedgarh, January 21
Some of the local FCI officials are trying to cover up a theft of about 200 bags of rice from one of its godowns. The theft was committed in the first week of December 2001.The theft, reportedly, came to the notice of the FCI officials on December 4 when a godown employee opened the shutter.
The rear window of the FCI godown at Ahmedgarh that was damaged by burglars to take out rice bags. This picture was taken on December 18. —Photo by writer

Spurious mineral water floods market
Ludhiana, January 21
In winter, the demand for mineral water might have declined, but it has also provided dubious companies with a chance to supply spurious mineral water. The Health Department is active in summer and lies low in winter, exposing public health to high risk.

Woman commits suicide
Jagraon, January 21
Upset over the behaviour of her brother-in-law and his family, a woman committed suicide by burning herself. According to the dying declaration made to the local police by Savita, a resident of Kacha Malak Road, she was married to Kuldip Chand about 22 years ago and for the past 20 years her husband’s brother, Aaya Ram, and his wife, Ram Lubhayee, used to quarrel with her on the issue of partition of the house.


Dhanda to contest as Independent
Ludhiana, January 21
Levelling serious charges of sectarian politics on the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the District Bar Association president, Mr Harish Rai Dhanda, today regretted that he was denied the Akali ticket “just because he had not a turban on his head”. He has decided to contest as an Independent.
Mr Harish Rai Dhanda with his supporters at the release the manifesto in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Shiv Sena to contest from Ludhiana North
Ludhiana, January 21
The Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), Punjab unit, has nominated Mr Pawan Sharma, chief spokesman of the party, to contest from the Ludhiana North constituency. Giving this information in a press note, the acting district president of the party, Mr Krishan Sharma, said the candidate enjoyed the support of a significant section of industrialists and several social institutions in the city.

First-timer versus  sitting MLA
Ludhiana, January 21
The Ludhiana East Assembly constituency will see a tough fight between the sitting legislator and the Assembly Deputy Speaker, Mr Satpal Gosain, and the head of the District Congress Committee, Mr Surinder Dawer.

Beermi completes first round of campaign
Ludhiana, January 21
The Congress candidate from the Ludhiana Rural constituency, Mr Milkait Singh Beermi, today said the party was committed to usher in a new era of peace, progress and prosperity in the state.

Despite dirty politics, all not lost
lection time means the most to both candidates and supporters. Politics makes good copy and politicians are painted in quickly changing hues. All parties present promises. It is time for settling scores and airing frustration.

ARS wants its charter in poll manifesto
Ludhiana, January 21
The Atma Raksha Sangh (ARS) has decided to support that candidate who would lend support to the organisation’s charter.

Television — a storehouse  of information
Ludhiana, January 21
A look at television forces one to change one’s opinion and say that it is no longer an idiot box but a storehouse of information. The information can be extremely varied. It can include revelation of beauty secrets by filmstars or beauticians to learning of computers or getting education in science subjects to vast information regarding politics and scientific breakthroughs.

‘Identify factors behind female foeticide’
Ahmedgarh, January 21
The Manav Ekta Society, with the active cooperation of the Bharat Vikas Parishad, the Rotary Club and the Lions Club, organised a district-level seminar here on the issue of female foeticide.


One arrested with opium
Ludhiana, January 21
The Haibowal police has arrested Sanjay Kumar, a resident of Laxmi Nagar mohalla, on Saturday and recovered 1420 grams of opium from his possession. A case under Sections 18,61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.


Industrialists sore with ruling alliance 
Ludhiana, January 21
Industrial associations here have alleged that the ruling alliance has failed to fulfill any of the major promises relating to the industry during its five-year regime. Representatives of the industry have alleged that ‘anti-industry policies’ of the government have badly affected the interests of thousands of units in the state.


Iranian delegation visits PAU
Ludhiana, January 21
An eight-member delegation of dairy scientists and administrators from Iran visited Punjab Agricultural University ( PAU), here today and held discussions with Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of the university, and other senior scientists and officers of the university. The delegation was headed by Dr M.R. Sunjabi, Director, Iran Dairy Industries Company. 


Students celebrate Gurpurb
Ludhiana, January 21
Students and staff of several schools celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh with fervour here today. At SKN Model High School, students decorated the building with flowers. Primary section students recited poems on the life of Guru Gobind Singh.


Consumer forum quashes PSEB’s demand
Ludhiana, January 21
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed a demand of the PSEB of Rs 84,876 from Mr Om Parkash, a resident of Shiv Puri. It has directed the board to refund the excess amount deposited by the consumer along with interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum.


‘Prof Money Plant’ grows in popularity
Ludhiana, January 21
“Prof Money Plant”, a serial by the ‘comedy king’ of Punjab, Jaspal Bhatti, has scaled new heights in popularity and become the funniest programme on the Punjabi television. The rib-tickling comedy highlights rampant corruption in the education system is telecast every Tuesday at 8 pm and every Sunday at 11 am.
A scene from Professor Money Plant directed by Jaspal Bhatti.


Six mobile teams for Pulse Polio Campaign 
Ludhiana, January 21
The Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, created 32 posts and sent six mobile teams as the second round of the pulse polio campaign was set into motion yesterday. The campaign was inaugurated in the morning by Dr Iqbal Singh Ahuja, Director, Iqbal Nursing Home, by giving the first pulse polio drops to infants in the 0-5 age-group.

Dr Iqbal Singh Ahuja (left) administers the first pulse polio drop to an infant at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, on Monday. On the right is the hospital’s Senior Medical Officer, Dr Harvinder Singh.

Ayurvedic seminar on diabetes
Ludhiana, January 21
The Ayurveda Study Circle, Punjab, in collaboration with Aimil Pharmaceutical will organise a diabetes update conference on January 27 at Grewal. According to a press release, a noted ayurveda expert and Deputy Adviser to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Dinesh Katoch, will speak on the ayurveda viewpoint on diabetes.

Heart care and management camp
Ludhiana, January 21
As part of the ongoing community initiative programme, Fortis Heart Institute today organised a one-day heart care management and free cardiac check-up camp at Punjab Agricultural University Hospital here. The proceeds were donated to Punjab Agricultural University Hospital. More than 700 patients got themselves examined at the camp.


City Sport
Riat XI beat Gautam XI
Ludhiana, January 21
Riat XI survived anxious moments before romping home victory by four wickets against Gauatm XI while Brothers XI overwhelmed Chauhan XI by seven wickets to qualify for the last eight stage of the 6th Rajeev Gandhi and Ist Master Vishav Walia Memorial Cricket Tournament at Daresi ground here today.

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