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Aggrieved family awaits justice
Saharan Majra (Ludhiana), April 6
With tears rolling down their wrinkled cheeks, an aged couple of this village stare with feeling of sadness and little consolation, in turns, at the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court awarding them an interim compensation of Rs 1 lakh for the disappearance of their son and at the youth’s worn out picture, who was allegedly killed by Uttar Pradesh police in connivance with Punjab police in a fake encounter 9 years ago.

First convocation of Partap College of Education
Ludhiana, April 6
The first convocation of the Partap College of Education here today saw 60 students receiving degrees from principal of the college Balwant Singh. Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Dr K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, presides over the annual convocation of Partap College of Education on Saturday and (right) graduates of the college.— Photos Rajesh Bhambi


HIV-infected child’s mother still positive
Ludhiana, April 6
Future seems bleak for Manjit Singh (not his real name), two-and-a-half, who was born with the HIV. For his mother, who is ignorant that he has this disease, her only child is her only hope for the future. Her husband, a truck driver, died of AIDS a year ago.

Farmers go manual, labour cost up
Ludhiana, April 6
The shortage of straw (‘toori’) has forced farmers of this district to harvest wheat manually and not use combines and reapers. This has proved to be good for migrant labourers, who are much in demand now, while combine owners are cursing this development.


SGPC poll likely to be delayed
Ludhiana, April 6
The Akali factions and the Congress government seem to be heading for confrontation on the issue of registration of Sehajdharis as voters. The Akali factions have alleged that the Congress government was interfering in the affairs of the SGPC. 

MC’s dream schemes to boost income
Ludhiana, April 6
Having suffered a big dent in the revenue generated from advertisement tax during the past two years following directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on banning display boards and hoardings on National Highways and other main roads within the city, the Municipal Corporation has chalked out ambitious plans, which would not only be a damage control exercise, but perhaps boost earnings from display of advertisement boards.

Shiv Sena ward presidents to meet tomorrow
Ludhiana, April 6
The Shiv Sena headed by Mr Jagdish Tangri will hold a meeting of the ward presidents and other office-bearers here on April 7 to discuss various organisational matters and to chalk out a strategy for the coming civic elections in the city.

Spurned by sons at 90
Ludhiana, April 6
Ninety-year-old Gursharan Singh Sandhu of Jassian village, who has been spurned at this advanced age of his life by his two sons, has no place to go. He was disappointed when he was turned out of the Bachat Bhavan, unheard and unattended. 

Dupattas have traditional significance
From simple chinon dupattas for daily wear to silk bandhinis for the formals, the range of dupattas is unlimited. Dupatta, which is a common wear, is not just a part of a dress but spells a fashion trend. A dress comprising salwar and kameez is considered incomplete unless not accompanied by a dupatta. Dupattas seem to be have a traditional significance and in Punjab dupattas have their importance directly due to the cultural values and the norms of this state. Unlike the belief that the dupatta is just a piece of cloth, the variety available is mind-boggling.

Relax IT rates, demands PSEB
Ludhiana, April 6
The Employees Union of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEBEU) has condemned the union government for not giving any relaxation to government employees in this year's budget.

Appeal to make correct voters’ list
Ludhiana, April 6
The New Millennium Club has appealed to the state government that it should take the forthcoming Municipal Corporation elections in the four major cities of Punjab seriously. Making a new voters’ list only would not help in conducting free and fair elections.

Fast unto death for martyr’s memorial
Ludhiana, April 6
The state government has been talking time and again that a memorial would be constructed at the birth place of martyr Sukhdev Thapar at Naughara in Chaura Bazar area here.

Exhibition of flowers, bouquets
Ludhiana, April 6
An exhibition of artificial flowers, plants, trees, bushes and designer bouquets is on at 2C , Sarabha Nagar here. The exhibition is on till April 14. The exhibition has the visitors admiring the colourful flowers like Bird of Paradise, irises, orchids, daffodils, carnations and a host of other flowers. 
Flowers, plants and designer bouquets on display at an exhibition in Ludhiana.
Flowers, plants and designer bouquets on display at an exhibition in Ludhiana. 


One stabbed in family feud
Ludhiana, April 6
Mr Surinder Singh, a resident of Guru Nanak Colony, falling under the Sadar police station, was allegedly stabbed in the stomach by his brother-in-law at the latter’s residence in Shimla Puri here yesterday.


Sales mock
Ludhiana, April 6
Banners advertising ‘Sale’ are generally put by retailers, for clearing the extra stock at the end of every season. But don’t go by what you see. Some of main markets, including Chaura Bazar, Gur Mandi and Field Ganj, have sales all through the year. For these retailers the beginning or end of a season do not matter. During winters, they capitalise on the word ‘Sale’ by selling hosiery items and in summers, they use the same trick to sell T-Shirts, Bermudas and other cotton clothes.

‘Heels and Toes’
Ludhiana, April 6
Sant Group, the leading chain of footwear stores in Punjab, launched a new brand name, ‘Heels and Toes’. The first showroom was formally opened in a major commercial centre of Ghumar Mandi in the city on Friday.


Procurement of wheat begins in district
Ludhiana, April 6
Procurement of wheat by government agencies started in the district today. This was stated by Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, who said that a team comprising Mr Parveen Vij, DFSC, Ludhiana, and district managers of procurement agencies visited Khanna Mandi on his directions. 


Mixed response to PAU decision
Ludhiana, April 6
The decision of the Punjab Agricultural University’s academic council to hold entrance test for the postgraduate classes has evoked mixed response among students aspiring to get admission in the university. 


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