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Industry in dire straits
Ludhiana, March 2
Industrial units of this city once called the Manchester of India are in dire straits. Market slow-down and the rush of foreign goods has forced leading industrialists here to review their production and marketing strategies.

16 bonded labourers rescued
Ludhiana, March 2
For nearly six months their life was confined to dingy pigeonholes till the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan, a society working to eradicate bonded labour rescued 16 bonded labourers from the clutches of a brick-klin owner yesterday.
Bonded labourers rescued by the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan in Ludhiana on Saturday.
Bonded labourers rescued by the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan in Ludhiana on Saturday. —Photo Inderjit Verma

Residents sore over MC’s billing system 
Ludhiana, March 2
The computerised billing system for civic charges like house tax, water rate and sewerage in the Municipal Corporation, which became operational some time ago, has been a source of ‘trouble’ for the city residents.


PAUTA wants faculty member as Registrar
Ludhiana, March 2
With the post of Registrar of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) falling vacant after the transfer orders of the incumbent, Mr Alok Shekhar, the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers Association (PAUTA) has once again trained its guns at getting a faculty member as Registrar of the PAU instead of a bureaucrat.


Now legislators vie for ministerial berths
Ludhiana, March 2
As the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, returns from Delhi with the approval of his team of ministers to be sworn in on Monday, the local legislators are keeping their fingers crossed.

Selling delicacies or polluting city?
Ludhiana, March 2
On the Chandigarh Road near the Jamalpur crossing, there is a row of wooden tables along the highway where chicken are slaughtered before the eyes of the customer and passersby. Next to these roadside butchers sits a middle-aged migrant with a heap of dead fish in front of him and a small weighing scale and some weights next to it.

A fish-seller awaits customers near Jamalpur.
A fish-seller awaits customers near Jamalpur.


Man arrested for killing wife
Ludhiana, March 2
The Sadar police has arrested Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Assi Kalan village, on the charge of burning his wife to death, after she died on Thursday night at the DMC Hospital.


Seminar on assets and liabilities 
Ludhiana, March 2
With the liberalisation of Indian financial markets and growing integration of domestic markets with external markets, risks associated with banking operations have become complex, requiring strategies in management. These observations were made at a seminar on ‘Asset Liabilities’ by Punjab National Bank here today.



PCMSA, teachers condemn Budget
Ludhiana, March 2
The PCMS Association, Punjab ,while reacting to the proposed Budget by the Union Government has termed it as disappointing for salaried and poor class. Dr Hardeep Singh, state president, in a statement today said although the income of salaried class was gradually increasing in figures but due to inflation and devaluation of money, the cost of livelihood was increasing, resulting in decline of purchasing power of common man.


A self-made artist
Ludhiana, March 2
“Whenever I used to see posters being painted or advertisements being written on walls, I used to stop, fascinated and wonder-struck at the rich and beautiful hues of colour,” says Sukhpreet, a self-made artist who has exhibited his works the world over.
Sukhpreet and his art works
Sukhpreet and his art works


Doctors’ advice on plague
Ludhiana, March 2
In view of the reports of plague spreading its tentacles in some villages in the state too, the doctors at the CMC have advised the people not to panic and curb the spread of the deadly disease.


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