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Pits outside homes anger MC chief
Water supply through tankers ordered
Ludhiana, January 31
The situation in Ajit Nagar and some adjoining localities where 60-odd cases of jaundice were reported during last week, is fast returning to normal with many patients showing signs of recovery. Even though officials maintain that there is no need for panic, yet remedial measures by the civic body in close coordination with the Health Department are in full swing and nothing is being left to chance.

Mr R.L. Kalsia, MC Commissioner, talks to one of the victims of jaundice at Ajit Nagar in Ludhiana on Thursday. 
— Photo Inderjeet Verma



Goons help make settling old scores easy, thrive under police nose
Ludhiana, January 31
Even though the residents of the city would like to believe that they are living in a civilised society where law and order prevails, a mafia continues to flourish in the city right under the nose of the city police. So much so that easily one can “resolve” conflicts, “settle” old scores and property disputes by paying a certain amount.

Ex-gangster tortured by old rivals
Ludhiana, January 31
In a shocking incident arising out of old rivalry between gangsters, a former gang member who had reformed and left the gang long time back was brutally tortured by over 10 gang members in the victim’s house in Baba Jeewan Singh Basti on Tuesday night. The gangsters inflicted several stab wounds on the victim and sliced pieces of flesh from several parts of his body. They kidnapped him and later left him at some place on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road.

Mr Kehar Singh who was injured while trying to save his neighbour from gangsters at Baba Jeewan Singh Basti, Ludhiana

Competition makes subscriber king
Ludhiana, January 31
With several private companies entering into the field of telecommunications, it seems like happy days ahead for thousands of city subscribers, who have been for long at the mercy of the Department of Telecommunication.


Amarinder defends ad campaign against CM
Ludhiana, January 31
The Pradesh Congress President, Capt Amarinder Singh has defended his party’s advertisement campaign, which has targeted Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, by launching personal attacks on Mr Badal, his family and the policies adopted by them. 

NAILING SAD LIE? PCC president Capt Amarinder Singh shows copies of the Akali Dal manifesto of 1997. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Subtle intra-party intrigues at work
Ludhiana, January 31
Notwithstanding the warning and threats issued by the Chief Minister and the SAD president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to the dissidents for not supporting the official candidates, some senior party leaders are supporting candidates in other constituencies and not in their own. This is being done just to evade action against them on disciplinary grounds for not joining the party’s campaign actively.

Kashmiri roots of city’s economy
HYSICAL features separate many lands, while some features provide several links. History is mostly the story of power seekers causing wars. Few win, many lose. It, however, directly or indirectly, records in parts the lamps which men of vision lit in the darkness of mind. Kashmir is close to our hearts. History throws light upon human bonds : Noor-ud Din — alias Nand Rishi, Habba Khatoon, Zoon, the moon; Lallah Jogeshwari, Lal Dedh. Bhai Vir Singh, the Tagore of Punjab, treats many Kashmiri themes. He is a Punjabi poet, the landscape in his poetry is richly Kashmiri — chinars to chashmas, lakes to highlands.

It’s big time for small-time artistes
Ludhiana, January 31
Thanks to nukkad rallies by various political parties to allure voters before the state Assembly elections, small-time artists and singers are making a fast buck. Talented or not, organisers hire their services to hold the commoners till the contestants and leaders arrive for canvassing.

Vote with care, says welfare body chief
Ludhiana, January 31
The Environmental and Welfare Association has alleged that the ruling SAD-BJP alliance had done nothing for the welfare of common man during the past five years. Mr Sher Singh, president of the association, said in a press statement yesterday that the ruling party was harping on various development works completed during their tenure.

Khurana blames Cong for Kashmir problem
Machhiwara, January 31
The BJP’s Vice-President and former Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, has termed the election manifesto of the Congress as an extract from the SAD-BJP governments’ achievements in the past five years.

Book on stress management
Ludhiana, January 31
‘Freedom from Stress’ is the new book written by a city-based psychiatrist, Dr Rajeev Gupta. The book, divided into four parts, provides a comprehensive information about its various manifestations. It covers a wide-range of subjects on its prevention management.


Two run over by train
Ludhiana, January 31
Shreepal (37), a migrant from UP, was run over by a train on Tuesday night near the Giaspura crossing when he went to answer the call of nature. The deceased was working as an assistant with a company supplying drinking water.

Unit supplying spurious ghee unearthed
Ludhiana, January 31
The CIA Wing-II of the Ludhiana police has unearthed a factory near the Dairy Complex in the Haibowal area in which spurious ghee, tea, spices and several other commodities of daily use were being packed. The police raided the factory premises late this evening and the raids were continuing till the filing of this report.


Farmers told not to water gram crop
Ludhiana, January 31
Scientists of Punjab Agricultural University Dr Harbhajan Singh Sekhon and Dr Guriqbal Singh have advised farmers not to irrigate the gram crop sown in the fields where paddy had been grown earlier. They said as the paddy crop is grown in standing water, it changes the soil structure, thereby requiring less water for the succeeding gram crop.


Shahtoosh craze may wipe them out
Ludhiana, January 31
“It takes the life of five chirus to make one shahtoosh shawl. As many as 20,000 chirus are killed in a year by traders. At this rate, the endangered species of Tibetan antelope may go extinct in three years,” said Mr Paras, secretary, North Zone, Wildlife Trust of India, while talking to students of the Khalsa College for Women at a seminar organised by the Science Club here today.

Teachers threaten agitation
Ludhiana, January 31
The Government College Teachers Association has condemned the remarks made by the Principal of Government Ripudaman College, Nabha, against the president of the Nabha unit of the association.


PNB directed to pay PF contribution
Ludhiana, January 31
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Punjab National Bank (PNB) to pay Rs 1,995.90 on account of contribution made for the provident fund and interest on it to a former employee of the bank, Mr Subh Karan Jain, a resident of Civil lines.


‘Daire’ — Satire on gender bias
Doraha, January 31
A scathing attack on female foeticide, the Punjabi Play “Daire”, staged at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, left an unforgettable mark on the audience. Written by Satish K. Verma and directed by Sunita and Pran Sabharwal, the play strongly challenged the rudimentary social values that mercilessly murder a girl-child even before she sees the light of the day staged by the team of National Theatre and Arts Society.

Punjabi play ‘Daire’ being enacted at Doraha.

Alpha TV to launch poll programmes
Ludhiana, January 31
Punjabi channel Alpha TV Punjabi will launch new programmes during the forthcoming Punjab Assembly elections. According to a press release, the channel has launched a programme to be telecast everyday at 9.30 p.m. titled ‘Chon Safarnama’. This programme will feature eminent political personalities while on their campaigns. The programme will bring to the viewers the campaign trails of various candidates.


KVM athletics meet
Ludhiana, January 31
The 59th Annual Athletics Meet of the Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, will be held on the school campus on February 2, according to a press note issued by Ms I. Kumar, Principal of the school. The former captain of the Indian cricket team, Bishen Singh Bedi, will preside over the inaugural ceremony and Mr Sat Paul, IRS, Commissioner Income Tax, will distribute prizes to the winners.

  • Sports festival

  • Weightlifting meet

  • Snooker tournament

Sports club’s plea to CM
Ahmedgarh, January 31
The Bawa Sports Club, Chhapar, has sought the Chief Minister, the Sports Minister and the DGP’s intervention in its sports kit worth Rs 1.25 lakh, which was taken away by the Latala police three years ago.


Ludhiana district to have 2,140 booths
Ludhiana, January 31
For the first time the votes in all Assembly segments in Punjab would be polled through electronic voting machines, which besides saving time also assure relatively less manipulations. The EVMs were displayed at the Deputy Commissioner’s office today, where election officials were given training about the use of machines.


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