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Bride, mother-in-law clubbed to death
Husband, father-in-law the accused
Ludhiana, February 8
A young woman and her mother-in-law were clubbed to death, allegedly, by the husband and father-in-law of the young woman, both of whom have absconded after the murders.

AirTel operations launched
Ludhiana, February 8
The Bharti Mobile, a subsidiary of Bharti Tele-Ventures, launched its mobile phone services under the brand name — AirTel here today. Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Group Managing Director, Bharti, inaugurated the network by making the first call on the network to the Governor of Punjab, Lieut-Gen. J.F.R. Jacob (retd).

Mr Sunil Mittal, Preity Zinta and Mr Rakesh Mittal at the AirTel launching ceremony in Ludhiana on Friday.

Mr Sunil Mittal, Preity Zinta and Mr Rakesh Mittal at the AirTel launching ceremony in Ludhiana on Friday.
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi



Central forces for Kila Raipur, Raikot, Dakha
Ludhiana, February 8
Apprehending violence in Kila Raipur, Dakha and Raikot segments, the Election Commission has deployed one company each of Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Special Services Bureau (SSB) in these highly sensitive constituencies of the district.

Rescue work under progress at Bains village where a labourer was buried alive on Thursday night.Labourer buried alive as well caves in
Ludhiana, February 8
A labourer, Gurnam Singh Gamma was buried alive, while digging a well in Bains village near here yesterday. His body was extricated in early today after a night-long rescue operation by the police and district administration.

Rescue work under progress at Bains village where a labourer was buried alive on Thursday night. — RB

The statue of martyr Captain Ravinder Singh awaits unveiling at Latala near Ludhiana.A martyr behind the veil
Mother still to get promised land
Latala (Ludhiana), February 8
A statue of a 1965 India-Pakistan war martyr, built about two months ago near a government school on the Latala-Ahmedgarh road, presents a sad picture. It remains covered as no Army officer is available for its unveiling.

The statue of martyr Captain Ravinder Singh awaits unveiling at Latala near Ludhiana. — IV

Man kills sister
Ludhiana, February 8
A man murdered his sister in a macabre manner at Fatehgarh Mohalla late last evening. The accused, Satpal, stabbed his sister, Charanjit Kaur, several times in the neck as he was upset over the woman's move to agree to a compromise with her estranged husband against whom she had filed a divorce case.


Free and natural flow of liquor
Ludhiana, February 8
Despite a serious move by some anti-drug agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) against the use of drugs and liquor to lure voters, the availability of intoxicants continues unabated. Even the death of a couple of “bottle happy” supporters has neither deterred the Bacchus lovers nor its suppliers. Things may have been different but for the presence of three top liquor barons of the state in the electoral fray in the district. Since all three are sitting MLAs, the authorities seem to have chosen to look away.

Religious heads’ help sought on drug abuse
Ludhiana, February 8
In an effort to check the growing menace of drug abuse during elections, the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle has started mobilising various religious heads in the state. A delegation led by Mr Jaspal Singh Pinki and Mr Surjit Singh, zonal secretary, Ludhiana Zone, met local Hindu, Muslim and Christian leaders.

Amarinder assails Badal govt
Ahmedgarh, February 8
Capt Amarinder Singh , president, PPCC has accused the SAD-BJP combine of bringing down Punjab economically from the top rank to the 23rd position in the country The PPCC chief was addressing a rally in the local grain market organised to support Ms Razia Sultana party’s candidate in the Malerkotla constituency.

Elections don’t change anything for voters
Ludhiana, February 8
In the cold harsh winters, scores of homeless people sleep out in freezing temperatures. Hundreds of students study in the open air schools run by the Punjab government. The government does not have funds to repair the crumbling buildings. In villages students sit idle and wait patiently for teachers, who never arrive. They have no plans to tackle the problems of garbage.

DCC election process
Ludhiana, February 8
Mr Babu Ram Kashyap, general secretary of the District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (urban), said here today that the first phase of issuing the electoral slips to voters in the Ludhiana-West Assembly segment, from where Mr Harnam Dass Johar is contesting as the party candidate, had been completed.

Pawan Dewan IYC district president
Ludhiana, February 8
Mr Pawan Dewan has been appointed president of the Ludhiana (Urban) unit of the Indian Youth Congress. An order to this effect was issued by the general secretary of the Indian Youth Congress, Mr Jagat Singh, from Delhi yesterday.

Tejinder Pal Singh YOUNG VOICE
‘Education system needs overhauling’
postgraduate in mathematics as well as in education, Tejinder Pal Singh is in favour of broadening the base of the education system where stress should be on value-based education. “Education plays a vital role in handing down tradition, culture, skill and knowledge from one generation to another.

Crackdown on beggars and ticketless passengers
Ludhiana, February 8
Swinging into action, the authorities at the railway station here today launched a special drive to check the ticketless passengers and remove the and beggars from the station premises.



Industrial revival must: study
HE situation of the Indian economy at the close of the third quarter of the current fiscal year remained gloomy, increasing the urgency to revive industrial activity in the country — only saving grace being the agricultural sector which registered a robust growth. Observing this, the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) in a study, highlighted the performance of the various sectors of the economy.

Cowa condemns price hike by pay channel companies
Ludhiana, February 8
The Cable Operators Welfare Association (COWA), Punjab, has condemned the price hike by pay channels. The COWA has decided to boycott these companies over the issue.


‘Sow only PAU recommended seeds’
Ludhiana, February 8
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), in collaboration with a pesticide company, organised a ‘Sahayog Day’ at Kanganwal village here today to lay stress on producing good-quality wheat at a reduced cost of production.


83 students receive prizes
Students of Ramgarhia Girls Senior Secondary School, Millerganj, ready to present a ‘giddha’ at their annual prize-distribution function in Ludhiana on Friday.Ludhiana, February 8
Students of Ramgarhia Girls Senior Secondary School, Millerganj, received prizes at an annual prize distribution function held here today. Eightythree students from different classes were given prizes for their achievements in academics, sports and cultural activities. They included three top position holders from all classes.

Students of Ramgarhia Girls Senior Secondary School, Millerganj, ready to present a ‘giddha’ at their annual prize-distribution function in Ludhiana on Friday.
— Photo Inderjeet Verma

PAU scientist honoured
Ludhiana, February 8
Dr V.K. Nayyar, Senior Soil Chemist and Head, Department of Soils, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has been awarded the Fellowship of the Punjab Academy of Sciences for his outstanding contributions in the field of agricultural sciences. He was honoured with a citation and a medal at the inaugural function of the 5th annual convention Punjab Academy of Sciences held yesterday at the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala.


PSEB’s demand quashed
Ludhiana, February 8
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed PSEB’s demand of Rs 6,753 from Ms Sarabjit Kaur, a resident of Rajguru Nagar, on charge of theft. It also directed the board to refund the amount along with interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum from the date of deposit till actual payment.

5-yr RI for murder


Ravinderjit is best athlete
Ludhiana, February 8
Ravinderjit Singh, a student of BCA-II, was at the centre stage winning two titles on the concluding day of the annual sports festival of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan campus, Model Town, here today. Ravinderjit Singh won 100 m sprint and also emerged winner in 200 m race.

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