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Another ‘Dabwali’ waiting to happen?
Ludhiana, April 29
Remains of Vijay Palace in Ludhiana after it caught fire on Sunday.A devastating fire in a marriage palace here last night has once again brought into focus the inadequate fire-fighting measures taken in marriage palaces, highrise buildings and even government offices.

Remains of Vijay Palace in Ludhiana after it caught fire on Sunday.
— Photo Inderjit Verma

‘No rift between BJP, SAD’
Ludhiana, April 29
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Minister, Balramji Dass Tandon today said that there were no differences between his party and the Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal on the issue of seat sharing for the forthcoming elections to four municipal corporations in the state.

BEAUTY AND THE FEAST: Sunflower seeds are good for your health too! BEAUTY AND THE FEAST: Sunflower seeds are good for your health too!
— Photo Pradeep Tewari


Controlling mobs: cops on the offensive
Ludhiana, April 29
Stung by criticism of police failure to control a violent mob in the wake of a macabre killing of an 8-year-old child on Chandigarh-Ludhiana road last week, the district police has decided to be offensive against such an unruly crowd in future and started special training of cops to meet such an eventuality in the future.

Exporters’ delegation returns disappointed
Ludhiana, April 29
A delegation of the cycle exporters, which had gone to China's cycle show in Shanghai, returned yesterday with mixed experiences. The four-day cycle show was held from April 17 and attracted more than 5 companies from different parts of the world, and thousands of buyers and sellers.

Trade unions for holiday on May Day
Ludhiana, April 29
The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (Labour Cell) and the Indian National Bank Employees Congress have urged both the Union Government and the Punjab Government to announce a holiday on the International Labour Day on May 1 under the Factories Act 1948 and the Negotiable Instruments Act 1881 to enable the industrial workers, government employees and the work force in the banks and insurance sector to observe the Labour Day and pay homage to the martyrs.

Prayer a day keeps ammo depot away
Ludhiana, April 29
Several villagers of Jagraon sub-division, who are on one of the proposed alternative sites for the Baddowal ammunition depot, have been exploring every possibility, even divine intervention, to ward off the trouble.

MC staff also favour octroi
Ludhiana, April 29
The Punjab Municipal Workers Federation (INTUC) has hailed the verdict of the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the abolition of octroi and has further asked the Punjab Government to reimpose octroi duty immediately, to save local bodies from insolvency.


Never ending woes of PSEB consumer
Ludhiana, April 29
The local officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) do not seem to have learnt any lesson despite the fact that the District Consumers Court has imposed heavy penalty and passed many strictures against them for harassing consumers in a number of cases over the past one year.

Social interaction meet-2002 organised
Ludhiana, April 29
The social interaction meet-2002 organised at Master Tara Singh College proved to be more of a platform for publicising the feats of the college instead of discussing social issues as suggested by the topic.

The old British officers of 4 Gorkha Rifles (centre) who attended the regimental seminar.Pakistan achieves mastery in one-upmanship game
HEN our 2 Corps moved close to the border but well within the Indian territory in the first week of January, Pakistan raised a hue and cry and protested to the American government that we were about to launch an offensive against it.

The old British officers of 4 Gorkha Rifles (centre) who attended the regimental seminar.

Tributes paid to social worker
Amloh, April 29
Tributes were paid at a Bhog ceremony on Sunday to Mr Jagjit Singh Dhumi, a renowned social worker and progressive farmer in the area, who passed away a few days ago at Sounti village, a kilometre from here. He always came forward for the help of the poor. His two sons, Pargat Singh and Nirbhai Singh, have been elected sarpanches of Anian and Sounti, the adjoining villages respectively.

Pawan Kumar Kailey with the Limca Book of World Record 2002Goraya tailor’s name in Limca Book of Records 
Ludhiana, April 29
Pawan Kumar Kailey (32), a Goraya-based tailor, has got his name entered in the Limca Book of World Record 2002 for designing and stitching a trouser that can be worn in 10 different ways.

Pawan Kumar Kailey with the Limca Book of World Record 2002

‘Rich Dalits should forego reservation’
Ahmedgarh, April 29
Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, Member, Parliament, warned that if prosperous Dalits did not stop discriminating against their own brethren then the basic motive of reservation would be defeated.

TV shooting excites students, teachers
Ludhiana, April 29
Alpha Punjabi Channel Team’s week long stay in Tagore Public School for the shooting of various episodes of its programmes added excitement to the busy schedule of the students and staff. Shooting of ‘Ekk Minute Diyan Khedan’ anchored by Joe Baath being telecast on Alpha Channel every Saturday at 8.30 pm attracted people and especially students of Tagore Public School.

Step-motherly treatment of Punjabi flayed
Jagraon, April 29
Hundreds of Akali workers lead by Bhag Singh Mallah, the Akali MLA held a protest march against the attitude of the government against Punjabi language and culture.



UAE invites Indian investors to SAIF zone
Ludhiana, April 29
More than 40 per cent of the companies out of about 750 companies, which have invested in the Sharjah Airport International Free ( SAIF) zone, are of Indian origin. There is great scope for the Indian companies to invest there, as the duty free zone provided an access to a market of 1.6 billion spread over Middle East, CIS, Africa and Asian countries.

Mirrors launched
Ludhiana, April 29
Modiguard has launched new mirrors with GMP technology. This was stated by Mr Kiran Jand, territory head (marketing) of Gujarat Guardian Limited, popularly known as Modiguard, at a press conference at Park Plaza this afternoon.



PAU to launch mungbean project
Ludhiana, April 29
Punjab Agricultural University has got an international mungbean project on improving income and nutrition by incorporating short duration summer mungbean in rice-wheat cropping system.


A painting exhibition by school students
Ludhiana, April 29
A painting exhibition in mainly oils by the commercial art students of plus one and two of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk, was on display at Master Tara Singh College today. The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. Rakesh Pandey, Minister for Printing and Stationary. Along with Mr Pandey, Mr R.L. Kalsia, Municipal Commissioner, went round admiring the landscapes done in vibrant colours.

Union members gherao PAU Dean
Ludhiana, April 29
Dr M A Zaheer, Dean (Basic Sciences) Punjab Agricultural University, was gheraoed by activists of the Punjab Agricultural University Employee Union at his office on the campus here today in protest against transfers of four non-teaching employees.

Power struggle continues in Arya College
Ludhiana, April 29
Power struggle in Arya College continues unabated the faction led by Lala Lajpat Rai, who was earlier the President of the managing committee, and Mr H.L. Sethi, secretary of the committee, alleged that the administration was biased against them.

Democratic teachers’ front meeting
Ludhiana, April 29
A Democratic Teachers’ Front meeting was organised recently under the guidance of District President, Bhajan Singh. It was decided that May 1, which is celebrated at the world level as ‘Workers Day’, would be celebrated by workers and teachers jointly.


Crucial issues discussed at Bar body meeting
Ludhiana, April 29
Several crucial issues like tax deduction at source (TDS) and important proposals on budgetary amendments were discussed during a meeting of the study circle of the Taxation Bar Association here. Mr Ashok Juneja, president of the association was in the chair and the panel of speakers comprised Mr U.C. Bhatti, former Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax, and Mr Vijay Bansal, advocate.


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