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CBI probe into land scam demanded
Ludhiana, April 9
The Ludhiana Electroplaters Association in a memorandum submitted to the state Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has sought CBI inquiry into an alleged land scam involving the sale of 110 acres by the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation ( PSIEC) at a price much below the market rate.

Armymen, Rly staff clash, 6 injured
Ludhiana, April 9
At least six persons were hurt in a clash between a number of armymen and Railway employees, mainly ticket collectors, at the local railway station today afternoon. Due to the clash, the departure of Malwa Express in which the armymen were travelling was delayed for over an hour causing undue harassment to thousands of passengers.
(From L to R) Policemen record statement of Army personnel and the injured persons in Ludhiana on Tuesday. —Photos IV


Amrish Jain’s club records sought
Ludhiana, April 9
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is learnt to have sought records from the Satluj Club here, in connection with its investigation of the corruption charges against Amrish Jain, the suspended Deputy Commissioner, customs.

‘Set aside land for alternative farming’
Laddowal, April 9
Dr Sardara Singh Johl, an eminent economist and Agriculture Adviser to the Chief Minister, today told farmers to get out of the wheat-paddy cycle if they wanted to survive in future.
Peter K. Hobbs from CIMMYT, Mexico, speaks to farmers and (right) farmers attend Borlaug Day celebrations.
Peter K. Hobbs from CIMMYT, Mexico, speaks to farmers and (right) farmers attend Borlaug Day celebrations. —Photos by Inderjit Verma

Rs 25,000, jewellery looted
Khanna, April 9
About eight unidentified armed robbers with masked faces looted Rs 25 thousand in cash and jewellery worth lakhs from a residence at GT Road near Bhadla Tota on Monday night after injuring three persons seriously, including one woman. 

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Sena men revolt against president
Ludhiana, April 9
The Hindu Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) is in the midst of an organisational crisis with the state president, Mr Pawan Gupta, facing a virtual revolt and several key functionaries charging the party chief with an autocratic way of working, besides adopting unconstitutional and corrupt practices.

Sullage overflow hits traffic
Ludhiana, April 9
The GT Road stretch between the Railway station and the Ghanta Ghar, thanks to the choked sewers that started flooding the road towards the Ghanta Ghar on Sunday evening, has become a veritable nightmare for vehicle drivers and pedestrians. Till Monday morning, the road had been flooded to such an extent that all small and big pits as well as the nastier and deeper craters in the road, created due to the ground-drilling work going on in connection with the elevated road project, had been submerged.

An overturned rickshaw jams traffic at the GT Road near Ghanta Ghar in Ludhiana on Tuesday. —RB

Thapar ends fast 
Ludhiana, April 9
After fasting for three consecutive days, a local resident, Dilip Thapar, broke his fast today after the Deputy Commissioner Mr Anuraag Aggarwal, assured him that his demand of grant of national monument status for the ancestral house of martyr Sukhdev Thapar would be taken up with the government, here today.


Shopkeeper booked for assault 
Ludhiana, April 9
A mother-daughter duo was injured in an attack by a male business rival here late last night. According to Ms Surinder Kaur (60), who has been admitted to the Civil Hospital, she has opened a grocery shop at Iqbal Nagar as a result of which the business of another shopkeeper in her neighbourhood had been affected. 

Six of family hurt in attack
Ludhiana, April 9
At least six persons were injured one of them seriously, when 15 to 20 people attacked a family with lathis over the issue of marriage of a girl at Tibba Road here today.



BCA students seek more grace marks
Ludhiana, April 9
Resentment prevails among the students of BCA fifth semester of local colleges over the result declared by Punjab Technical University last week in which a majority of the students have been declared unsuccessful in the C++ examination.



Heart institute condemns DMCH union’s act
Ludhiana, April 9
The Management of Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) has expressed surprise over the way the members of the employees union of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) forcibly took out a number of people from the heart institute yesterday.


PAU athletics meet
Ludhiana, April 9
More than 150 athletes are expected to take part in the two-day 36th Annual Athletics Meet of the Punjab Agricultural University which begins tomorrow, according to a press note issued today by Mr Jaswinder Singh Toor, Director, Students’ Welfare, PAU and Chairman, organising Committee.


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