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Arrests fail to curb cricket betting
Ludhiana, February 16
Notwithstanding the claims of the district police to have arrested some punters a week ago, intense betting is going on in the city on the ongoing Pakistan-West Indies series in Sharjah. The England-New Zealand series is also keeping punters and bookies quite busy.

Poll staff await postal ballot
Ludhiana, February 16
Thousands of police personnel, hundreds of teachers, and other government employees who were on poll duty on February 13 in the district or other parts of the state are sore with the Election Commission for not providing them with postal ballots to cast their vote.

Yet another child abuse case
Ludhiana, February 16
Close on the heels of a shocking murder of a boy in Bonkar Dogran village after an attempted sodomy, the sodomy of another four-year-old boy in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar by a youth has shocked the city.




Blooming flowers usher in Basant Panchmi.
Blooming flowers usher in Basant Panchmi. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Nisha becomes local celebrity
Raikot (Ludhiana), February 16
Eversince her letter addressed to the state Chief Minister was published in an English Daily on the frustration prevailing among unemployed youth in the state, Nisha Kaur has become a celebrity in this town, 40 km from Ludhiana.

Club may repeal ‘irksome’ clause
Ludhiana, February 16
Reacting to a growing demand of its members, the management of the Satluj Club is likely to repeal the graduation clause in its constitution for electing its office-bearers.


Vanishing tribe of iron vessel fixers
Ludhiana, February 16
Maru and his nomadic tribesmen are vanishing from the cities and have to camp at villages to eke out their meagre living. They move from village, to village, fixing bottoms of iron buckets, handles of ‘karahis’ that have been broken.

A tribesman in the process of fixing the bottom of an iron bucket. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

A tribesman in the process of fixing the bottom of an iron bucket.

Daggers drawn on DYC presidentship
Ludhiana, February 16
The issue of the presidentship of the District Youth Congress has cropped up again, with Mr Parminder Mehta, removed as the District Youth Congress President a week ago, claiming that the order of his removal has been cancelled.

Atwal pooh-poohs poll surveys
Machhiwara, February 16
Addressing a get-together of SAD-BJP and BKU workers of the Koomkalan Assembly segment at Gurdwara Shri Charan Kanwal Sahib, Machhiwara, the Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Charanjeet Singh Atwal, claimed that Mr Inder Iqbal Atwal would win the election from this constituency.

Lakshmi eludes Saraswati sculptors
Ludhiana, February 16
Come Basant, and people’s hearts are filled with joy. Basant heralds the onset of spring. After the cold winter days, bright sunshine is like a benediction. Artisans from Jodhpur, Mohan, his son, Rama, and his wife, Shanti Devi, have been busy preparing idols of goddess Saraswati, the goddess of learning.

Idols of Goddess Saraswati being given finishing touches by Shanti Devi in Ludhiana.
Idols of Goddess Saraswati being given finishing touches by Shanti Devi in Ludhiana.

Moving house, no movers
Ludhiana, February 16
When Nishu and Ashish had to move from Ludhiana to Kanpur following a transfer, their problem was packing the household goods. They hired the services of a ‘professional firm from Chandigarh. Ashish said, “Since my company was paying for it, we tried to find a company of professional movers and packers, but to our surprise, there was not even one such firm in Ludhiana.


Three arrested on theft charge
Ludhiana, February 16
The Salem Tabri police yesterday arrested three persons on a charge of stealing vehicles and recovered a stolen scooter, a motor cycle and a cane-juice machine from their possession.



Dr Sanjay AroraHonour for PAU scientist
Dr Sanjay Arora, a research scholar of the Department of Soils, Punjab Agricultural University, has been awarded the Best Scientist Award for work in agricultural sciences by the Punjab Academy of Sciences at the 5th Punjab Science Congress organised at the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala recently.


Lok adalat for bank loans
Ludhiana, February 16
A special lok adalat for the settlement of pre-litigative loan cases organised at the Old Courts Complex here today, exclusively for Oriental Bank of Commerce branches in Punjab, evoked an overwhelming response. As many as 105 cases were settled for Rs 206.90 lakh during the daylong session.



Talk on cosmetic dentistry
Ludhiana, February 16
“Smile is the most important part of personality and let the people praise your good smile”, said Dr J. Bindra, Head of the Dentistry Department of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, during a talk on cosmetic dentistry at the Geetanjli Ladies Club here today.


Jasbir, Amandeep corner glory
Ludhiana, February 16
Jasbir Kaur and Amandeep Singh were at the centre-stage, winning three gold medals each on the opening day of the 82nd Annual Sports Meet of S.D. Government College for Boys here yesterday. Parambir Singh clinched two golds.

Students participate in the Annual Sports Meet of S.D. Government College, Ludhiana, on Friday.

Students participate in the Annual Sports Meet of S.D. Government College, Ludhiana, on Friday.


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