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Biggest ever haul of poppy husk
Ludhiana, January 24
In the biggest ever haul of poppy husk, the CIA wing-11 of Local police has succeeded in busting a gang of drug smugglers headed by an international smuggler and confiscated 35 bags full of poppy husk having an estimated cost of about Rs 4 lakh. Each bag contained about 40 kg of the drug.

Row on move to shift ‘mazar’
Chhanna (Ahmedgarh), January 24
A controversy has developed between residents of this village and the managing committee of Islamia Public School on the village periphery over the committee’s move to shift the ancient mazar of a ‘pir’ from the school.

The ‘mazar’ of a ‘pir’ on the premises of Islamia Public School at Chhanna village near Ahmedgarh that the school management wants to shift.



Local Bodies Dept in dock over transfers
Ludhiana, January 24
The Local Government Department of Punjab, which appeared to be scrupulously carrying out the directions of the model code of conduct, which provided for shifting of all officials with a stay of four years or more at the same place, has landed itself in the dock over mass transfers of officers in the four Municipal Corporations, ordered during last week.

It’s Registrar vs Vice-Chancellor
Ludhiana, January 24
In a move being perceived as snatching powers of the Registrar, who happens to be a bureaucrat, Punjab Agricultural University has created a post of Controller of Examinations, who has been assigned powers of the Registrar as far as organising entrance examinations is concerned.

Four ‘gangsters’ fall in police net 
Ludhiana, January 24
The Khanna police arrested four “gangsters” accused of kidnapping a doctor and extorting ransom, here today. The arrested youths are Lakhwinder Singh Lakha of Gehlewal village under the Jodhewal police station, Bita Singh of Kanech village under the Sahnewal police station, Rajesh Kumar Kanu of Khagaria district in Bihar and Jagat Ram of Sultanpur district in Uttar Pradesh.

Spurious liquor kills supporter
Brundi (Ludhiana), January 24
The model code of conduct notwithstanding, liquor to woo voters continues to be distributed unabated in this district under the nose of election observers. Yesterday, a supporter of a Qila Raipur candidate died after consuming liquor that was, later, found to be spurious.


Project for urban poor takes off
Ludhiana, January 24
The preliminary work of identification, survey, mapping and creating data base for an Indo-USAID joint project to improve access of services to urban poor in the city has nearly been completed and an action plan would be in place by April, 2002, for execution in two years.
Mr Lee Baker, team leader, USAID, Mr R.L. Kalsia, Municipal Commissioner, and Mr S.K. Sharma, Additional Municipal Commissioner, in Circuit House, Ludhiana, on Thursday. —IV

Gill, Tejparkash, Libra file papers from Payal
Doraha, January 24
Mr Jagjiwan Pal Singh Gill, SAD (B) - BJP candidate, Mr Tejparkash Singh, Congress candidate and Mr Kirpal Singh Libra, Panthic Morcha candidate, today filed their nomination papers at the SDM’s office, Payal.

Former cop frames tenants 
Ludhiana, January 24
Mr Prem Kumar Jain, a resident of Deep Nagar, Civil Lines, has approached the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and demanded a high-level inquiry into a false case registered against him by a former policeman.

Elephant falls in sewer pit
Ludhiana, January 24
In a freak incident, a young elephant fell in a large sewer pit near Swaran Cinema, today afternoon. He was pulled out of the six-feet deep pit by a crane requested by Sherpur police post officials. 


Tenants injure owner’s sons
Ludhiana, January 24
Three shopkeepers of a market near Cheema chowk allegedly attacked sons of the market owner and injured them seriously here yesterday. According to the information, Manoj and Ashu Kumar were seriously injured in the attack. Mr Vinod Kumar, father of the injured boys, owns a market near Cheema chowk and some of his tenants wanted to sub-let the shops against his wishes. 

4 booked for forgery
Khanna, January 24
Acting on a complaint lodged with the Senior Superintendent of Police here by Narinder Singh Sethi, owner of Sethi Steel Industry, the police has registered a case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC for cheating and forgery against Ashish Kumar Aggarwal ‘Banti’, a resident of Nai Abadi at Khanna, Omparkash and Subash Kumar, residents of Mandi Gobindgarh, and Sheru, a resident of Sirhind.

1 held for forging vehicle documents
Amloh, January 24
The police arrested Gurcharan Singh, alias Kishore, and recovered an Indica car from him. According to a press note issued here today by Mr Harcharan Singh Bhullar, DSP, a police party arrested Gurcharan Singh, alias Kishore, a resident of Mandi Gobindgarh, along with the Indica car (Pb-23B-9829) with fake documents. 

DC office man held for  accepting bribe
Ludhiana, January 24
The local unit of the Vigilance Bureau has arrested a senior assistant in the office of the Deputy Commissioner on the charge of taking a bribe from a resident of Bhattian village.



All set for R-Day celebrations
Ludhiana, January 24
With just one day left for the Republic Day celebrations, all preparations seem to be over for a district-level function to be held on the grounds of SCD Government College. Several rehearsals for the parade, flag hoisting, PT show and cultural items to be presented by school and college students have been held.

NCC cadets from different colleges in march past and (right) students from GRD Public School perform judo at a rehearse for the district-level Republic Day celebrations in Ludhiana on Thursday. 

PAU student honoured
Ludhiana, January 24
Ms Gungeet, a final year student of B.Sc. (home science) of the College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, has been awarded “Role Model Award” by the Swami Vivekanand Study Circle.

Dances, skit mark festival
Ludhiana, January 24
Contests for individual dances, skit, dumb charades, mock press conference, cartooning and ‘rangoli’ marked the second day of ‘Expressions’, a three-day cultural festival, for students of BBA, BCA and MCA of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Model Town, here today.



‘Combat menace of female foeticide’
Ludhiana, January 24
Lieut-General Mr J.F.R Jacob (retd), Governor of Punjab, exhorted all the social, volunteer and educational organisations to make concerted efforts to combat the menace of female foeticide in the state, as the rapid declining sex ratio has touched the alarming mark in the state.


Double Decker XI in semis
Ludhiana, January 24
Double Decker XI outplayed Royal Club, Khanna, by 46 runs to join Hero XI, Riat XI and Aditya Club in the semi-finals of the 6th Rajeev Gandhi and Ist Master Vishav Walia Memorial Cricket Tournament being held at Daresi ground here today.


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