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Reliance not allowed to lay OFC
Ludhiana, April 8
Taking strong notice of the failure of a Reliance Group Company, M/s Punjab Cybernet Pvt Ltd, to restore city roads back to their original condition after laying the optic fibre cable (OFC) for the basic telecom services and the resultant hue and cry by city population, the Municipal Corporation is learnt to have refused any further permission of road cutting to the company.
Optical fibre cables protrude from a berm of a road being dug by the Reliance Group affecting flow of traffic in Ludhiana. Optical fibre cables protrude from a berm of a road being dug by the Reliance Group affecting flow of traffic in Ludhiana.

Council to elect chief on April 10
Amloh, April 8
In implementation of notification issued by the Local Government, Punjab on March 26 last month, Mr Baldev Sedha, chief of the local Municipal Council, had been removed from his office.


Inefficiency costs BSNL dear
Ludhiana, April 8
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation for deficiency in services. The Forum has also directed the BSNL to pay Rs 500 as cost of litigation to the consumer, Mr Brij Bhushan Sharma, a resident of New Shiv Puri.

Shifting of FAD: meeting on April 10
Ludhiana, April 8
The Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr Y S Ratra is arriving here on Wednesday to chair a high-level meeting on the shifting of the Field Ammunition Depot, Baddowal, from its present location. 


Gujarat violence unfortunate: IDPD
Ludhiana, April 8
The local chapter of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development have criticised the USA for scrapping the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty. In a resolution passed at the national conference of IDPD, the doctors termed this step “unfortunate”.

Patwaris hold dharna 
Ludhiana, April 8
A large number of patwaris of the district held a dharna in front of the New Courts Complex at the Mini Secretariat here today to press the state government for immediate release of their salaries for the past three months. The patwaris gave an ultimatum to the state government to release their salaries by April 14 or they would go on protest leave from April 15.

Members of the Revenue Patwar Union hold a dharna in front of the New Courts in Ludhiana on Monday. —IV
Members of the Revenue Patwar Union hold a dharna in front of the New Courts in Ludhiana on Monday.

Nishkam inaugurates third computer centre
Ludhiana, April 8
Lala Lajpat Rai, Rajya Sabha MP, inaugurated Nishkam Sewa Ashram’s third computer centre at Gurdwara Sursagar Singh Sabha at Salem Tabri. While lighting the lamp Lalaji congratulated Nishkam Sewa Ashram of running different projects for the benefit of the downtrodden as in providing education to street children, dispensaries in slum areas, computer training centres, and sewing school centres in different parts of the city.

Hot rice preparations for city gourmet
Ludhiana, April 8
‘Anaam Mahotsav’ — a festival of rice preparations from Mangalore has been organised for the first time in the city. 

Decision to hold panchayat poll decried
Ludhiana, April 8
Bhai Gurcharan Singh Grewal, president, Sikh Students Federation, in a press note issued here today, sharply criticised the decision of the Congress government in Punjab to hold panchayat elections a year ahead of the schedule.

Geetanjali Club function
Ludhiana, April 8
The members of the Geetanjali Club organised a couples’ night here last evening to celebrate the club’s annual day. The club was tastefully decorated for the occasion. The programme started with the dance performance by Aakriti Kundra and Ambika Garg on a bhajan ‘Sri Ramchandra Kripaln Bhajman’.


Many cases solved with four more arrests
Ludhiana, April 8
The Jagraon police today claimed to have solved several cases of snatching, murder and dacoity with the arrest of four members of a gang. Senior Superintendent of Police, Jagraon, said in a press note here today that a case under sections 459,148 and 149 of the IPC had been registered at Raikot police station on July 6, 2000.

Girl elopes, kidnapping alleged
Ludhiana, April 8
A teenaged girl, alleged to be 15 by her mother, reportedly eloped with her lover yesterday. The mother has alleged that her daughter had been abducted by the youth.



Changing aspirations of future professionals
Ludhiana, April 8
When times change, there is an obvious change in the ambitions and aspirations of the young. Days when bright students would just dream about doing medicine or engineering seem to be over, with the youth aspiring to be “much more than doctors or engineers”.

Awareness rally by students
Ludhiana, April 8
Over 200 NSS volunteers from College of Home Science and College of Agricultural Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, participated in an awareness rally against drug addiction and health diseases here yesterday.

NSS volunteers take part in an awareness rally against drug addiction and health diseases held in Ludhiana on Sunday. 
NSS volunteers take part in an awareness rally against drug addiction and health diseases held in Ludhiana on Sunday.

PAU students demand filling of posts
Ludhiana, April 8
The Punjab Agricultural University Students Association has demanded filling of the posts of Agricultural Development Officers, Horticulture Development Officers and Soil Conservation Officers.

Gagandeep honoured
Sahnewal, April 8
Dr Gagandeep Kaushal has become the proud recipient of the Dr Atwal Singh Atwal Gold Medal for the year 1999. He was awarded the medal at the annual convocation of Punjab Agricultural University by the Chancellor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd.), on Friday.

Parents honour school principal
Ludhiana, April 8
USPC Jain Public School organised a parents’ awareness programme here yesterday. On the occasion, Prof A.K. Sahni, general secretary, Parent-Teacher Association India, said parents were a great resource for students, not only for financial inputs but also for bringing about their overall development.
Ms G.K. Itten, Principal, USPC Jain Public School, gets an award from members of the Parent-Teacher Association India at a programme organised in the school on Sunday.


Woman produced in court, let off
Samrala, April 8
Gurmeet Kaur who was arrested by the police was produced in the court of Mr S.S. Brar, SDM, here today. The SDM discharged her and allowed her to go with her parents.


GNIMT, PTU champs
Ludhiana, April 8
The girls of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, have won gold in the volleyball championship of Punjab Technical University held at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of Engineering & Technology, Ferozepore last week.


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