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Building bylaws violation continues with impunity
Ludhiana, March 4
Laxity on the part of municipal corporation authorities regarding the enforcement of building bylaws has encouraged city residents flout building norms and bylaws.
A shop being constructed in a house in Model Town of Ludhiana.
A shop being constructed in a house in Model Town of Ludhiana. —IV

Family planning programme left impotent
City may double in 25 years
Ludhiana, March 4
Even as the government promises to deal with population explosion on priority, its actions suggest otherwise.

Jagraon police busts gang of robbers
Ludhiana, March 4
The Jagraon police today claimed to have busted a gang of robbers, which was involved in several robbery and snatching incidents in Jagraon town and surrounding areas for the past couple of months.

  Jodhan alleges political vendetta
Ludhiana, March 4
The registration of a case against the son of a former MLA, Mr Tarsem Jodhan, has kicked up a controversy, with Mr Jodhan saying here today that his son has been victimised in a game of political vendetta by the Congress.

366 students get degrees
Ludhiana, March 4
Nearly 366 students of the Government College for Women were awarded graduate and postgraduate degrees at its annual convocation held here today. Those awarded degrees included students from BA, BSc, B.Com, PG diploma in home science and MA in fine arts, Punjabi and music.

A student of the Government College for Women receives her degree at the annual convocation  of the college in Ludhiana on Monday.— Photo Inderjeet Verma
A student of the Government College for Women receives her degree at the annual convocation  of the college in Ludhiana on Monday.

Anurag Aggarwal takes over as DC
Ludhiana, March 4
Mr Anurag Aggarwal, a 1990 batch officer of the Indian Administrative Service, took over as the new Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana relieving Mr S.K. Sandhu, who served here for about two years.

Shabana Azmi to deliver Sat Paul Mittal oration
Ludhiana, March 4
To commemorate the memory of late Sat Paul Mittal, the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will organise the fifth Sat Paul Mittal oration in collaboration with the Nehru Sidhant Kendra on March 6 in Dumra Auditorium.


Surviving tension, yet putting up a brave face
Ludhiana, March 4
Notwithstanding the deft and prompt handling of the situation by the administration on March 1 when VHP had called for bandh, persistent apprehensions seem to be prevailing among over 1 lakh Muslims of Ludhiana.

DCC chief, others condemn violence in Gujarat
Ludhiana, March 4
The District Congress Committee (Urban), while expressing deep concern over acts of communal violence in Gujarat and elsewhere, has observed that the nation needed to be rid of communal and fundamental parties in order to achieve all round development.

IHRO decries Gujarat riots
Ludhiana, March 4
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has termed the events in Gujarat as not merely intolerance but barbarity. Stating that it was a repeat of the 1984 when thousands of Sikhs were massacred in Delhi and elsewhere in India in the wake of the assassination of Indira Gandhi, chairperson of IHRO D.S. Gill and its secretary-general Mohinder Singh Grewal alleged that in Gujarat, no less than the country’s Defence Minister himself is a witness to the shameful conduct of the BJP government, which allowed the carnage of the innocent Muslims for two full days.

‘MC employees acting as mafia dons’
Ludhiana, March 4
A Congress councillor from ward 66 here, Mr Sat Pal Puri, has alleged that all departments of the Municipal Corporation have become dens of corruption with certain ''well-connected'' employees acting as ''dons''.

SAD feud hots up
Ludhiana, March 4
Major changes are in the offing in the Shiromani Akali Dal in the city after a humiliating defeat of SAD-BJP candidates in the assembly elections. In all probability, the party is likely to take action against a senior leader for his open revolt and opposition to the official candidates.

Madhouse on roads in old city
Ludhiana, March 4
Traffic in old city is chaotic and maddening, where it is easy to reach a destination on foot than by car or any other vehicle. 
Traffic chaos in old city of Ludhiana
Traffic chaos in old city of Ludhiana

Shivaratri shobha yatra to be a low-key affair
Ludhiana, march 4
The Shivaratri Mahotsav Committee held a meeting here yesterday at the Haridev Temple to review the preparations for the shobha yatra to be taken out on March11 in the wake of killings in Gujarat, and decided that in order to pay homage to the killed people the lighting during the shobha yatra would be a low-key affair.


2 arrested for kidnapping ‘tantrik’
Ludhiana, March 4
The Division No 3 police has claimed to have arrested two persons who had allegedly kidnapped a ‘tantrik’ from the local Baba Thaan Singh chowk at gun-point a couple of days ago and had snatched Rs 27,000 from him.


Hotel association hails rationalisation of expenditure tax
Ludhiana, March 4
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab has hailed the decision of the Union Finance Minister to rationalise the expenditure tax imposed on hotels. At a state-level meeting held here today, the association welcomed the decision to reduce custom duty on imported liquor from 210 per cent to 182 per cent, which would directly benefit the hotel industry.

Bank unions protest against Budget 
Ludhiana, March 4
Members of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation held a demonstration here today to protest against the anti-worker provisions of the Budget. The speakers condemned the increase in tax burden on the salaried class.


Training programme concludes
Ludhiana, March 4
A three-week advance training programme on ‘Advances in tillage and traction’ organised by the Department of Farm Power and Machinery concluded at Punjab Agricultural University today.


PAU in grip of financial crisis
Ludhiana, March 4
Punjab Agricultural University is in the grip of a severe financial crisis, thanks to the apathy of the state government. All requests of the authorities of university to release the sanctioned grants have fallen on deaf ears. 

An artist in the making
Ludhiana, March 4
Gagandeep Kaur has a great passion for painting. A second year student of Government College, she started painting at an early age. She has taken music and painting as her subjects in the college.
Paintings by Gagandeep Kaur. —RB
Paintings by Gagandeep Kaur

NSS commander of many talents
Ludhiana, March 4
Amanpreet Kaur Saini, 21, a final-year student of arts in the local Government College for Women, was selected from among 48 NSS volunteers from all over the state and asked to lead the NSS contingent at this year’s Republic Day parade in New Delhi.She commanded the contingent so well that the authorities concerned recommended her for the highest award for an NSS volunteer — the Indira Gandhi National Award

Amanpreet Kaur Saini displays her ‘giddha’ skills at a function in New Delhi on the eve of Republic Day.

Validity of BFU courses to remain unaffected: VC
Ludhiana, March 4
The Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University (BFU) of Medical Sciences, Dr J.S. Gujral, today diluted the controversy surrounding the entry of the name of the university in the Punjab Gazette, stating that the validity of the courses would not be affected if the state government failed to enter its name.

Principal Khatra appointed honorary director
Ludhiana, March 4
In recognition of the distinguished, dedicated and unparalleled services rendered by Mr Manjit Singh Khatra, farewell party was arranged in his honour by the Managing Committee and staff of G.H.G. Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar. More than 400 distinguished personalities attended the function.



Blood donation camp for thalassaemics
Ludhiana, March 4
For the aid of thalassemic children getting treatment at the thalassemia unit of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Guru Nanak Engineering College hosted a blood donation camp on its premises in collaboration with the Department of Transfusion Medicine of the DMCH under the supervision of Dr Amarjit Kaur, Reader and incharge, Department of Transfusion Medicine, DMCH.


Athletics meet of MGKC, Kottan
Doraha, March 4
The second annual athletics meet of the Mata Ganga Khalsa College for girls, Kottan, was organised under supervision of the college principal, Miss Manjinder Kaur, and a lecturer of physical education, Prof Shashi Kaushal.


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