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Tension over refusal to bury woman
Ludhiana, March 20
Tension prevails in Barwali village for the past two days over the village panchayat’s orders of stopping a family belonging to a minority community to bury a priestess of the community in the village graveyard.

Encroachment mafia flexing muscles
Ludhiana, March 20
The encroachment mafia has started showing its muscles once again in the wake of the victory of all the four city seats by the Congress candidates in the recently concluded state Assembly elections.

A roadside ice-cream parlour that has recently come up near Ghanta Ghar in Ludhiana.
A roadside ice-cream parlour that has recently come up near Ghanta Ghar in Ludhiana.
—Photo by writer


Undertrial escapes from hospital
Ludhiana, March 20
Even as the district police is yet to catch at least three undertrials who had run away from the Civil Hospital and Bakshikhanna building in the district courts in the recent past, yet another undertrial made good his escape from the civil hospital early this morning.

MC closes units, wants arrears
Ludhiana, March 20
There has been a dispute among the Municipal Corporation and owners of a large number of industrial units in Phases VI and VII of Focal Point here over house tax arrears from 1997 onwards.

A battle for hegemony?
Ludhiana, March 20
There seems to be a difference of opinion between the new Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, and the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Harpreet Sidhu. The DC, who is also the District Magistrate, is learnt to have expressed his reservations on the reshuffling of the SHOs by the SSP.

PAU Kisan Mela begins today
Ludhiana, March 20
With a significant theme on precision farming for high profits, the two-day Kisan mela, the biggest gathering of the state farmers, will begin on the Punjab Agricultural University campus here tomorrow.


Congress workers feel let down
Ludhiana, March 20
Most of the Congress workers here seem to be feeling let down over the attitude of the local administration, particularly the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, who kept them waiting for hours and made a quiet exit from the backdoor without meeting them. 

‘Right to information must to check corruption’
Ludhiana, March 20
“Most of the public and private institutions in India have become corrupt and inefficient and there is no way to improve them except to empower the public with right to information. It would force the institutions, including the print and electronic media, to become more transparent and accountable towards the public.

Contract system opposed
Ludhiana, March 20
The Safai Karamchari Union in the Municipal Corporation here has demanded the scrapping of the ban on new recruitment of safai workers. The ban is in force since 1986. The union has also demanded fresh recruitment of at least 5,000 safai workers, 2,000 sewer men and 1,000 beldars from the approved list to cope with the sanitation needs of the city.

Self-service canteen for defence personnel 
Ludhiana, March 20
A self-service CSD canteen of 152 (TA) Sikh Battalion was inaugurated here today by Col T.P.S. Gill, Commanding Officer. With the opening of the canteen near Jagraon Bridge, the dream of the retired Armed personnel of Ludhiana has come true.

Two-day media meet from March 30
Ludhiana, March 20
The media wing of the Brahma Kumaris institution, in association with the Delhi-based Media Watch Group, will organise a two-day media meet at the Om Shanti Retreat Centre on March 30 and 31.


Man beaten up at Focal Point
Ludhiana, March 20
Ashok Kumar , a resident of HL Colony in the Focal Point area falling under the Moti Nagar police station, was allegedly beaten up by a scrap-dealer, Bunty, here this morning.


Playwin launches  online lottery
Ludhiana, March 20
Amidst controversy to ban any online lottery of any other state in Punjab due to press reports by the Directorate of Lotteries, the Playwin Infravest Pvt. Ltd., a company promoted by Zee Network’s Essel Group, launched the first online lottery in the region here yesterday. The promoters claimed that the Punjab Government had no jurisdiction to ban the lottery of other states under the National Lottery Act.


Mycotoxins group launches newsletter
Ludhiana, March 20
The working group on mycotoxins, based in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Punjab Agricultural University, here launched its newsletter, Mycotoxin News, in the College of Veterinary Science yesterday.


Protest by non-teaching staff of Arya College
Ludhiana, March 20
The non-teaching staff of Arya College sat on dharna in protest against the negative attitude of the managing committee towards their demands. They sat in front of the principal’s office for three hours this morning.

PCCTU demands payment of salary grants
Ludhiana, March 20
Demanding early payment of salary grants from the Punjab government, the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) has said that several government-aided colleges of the state have not been able to pay salary to the staff for the past three months.


Forum directs Improvement Trust to refund Rs 1.21 lakh
Ludhiana, March 20
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Improvement Trust, Ludhiana to pay Rs 30,300 and Rs 91,145 respectively to Mr Bhupinder Lal Aggarwal who is the legal heir and son of late Mr Kasturi Lal Aggarwal who had deposited the amounts as sale consideration of a plot allotted by the respondent.



Dr V.M. Kohli represents India at world conference
Ludhiana, March 20
Dr V.M. Kohli, Chief Cardiac Surgeon, Hero DMC Heart Institute, recently represented India at the international conference of the World Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Lucern in Switzerland.


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