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Telecom giants belittle MC
Mounting losses under cell-phone towers
Ludhiana, May 15
The Municipal Corporation has failed to discipline corporate giants in projects of road cutting and erection of cell-phone towers. This is because some top bureaucrats in the new administration are trying to please industry leaders, making the MC lose face and suffer loss of revenue.

Aman murder: SAD gen secy held
Khanna, May 15
The two accused Ranbir Raikhy and Tanveer Singh arrested in Aman Sood murder case have confessed their involvement in the crime. This was claimed by the SSP, Mr Devinder Singh Garcha, here today. Mr Garcha said that during interrogation of the accused they revealed that the conspirator behind the murder was a neighbour of Aman Sood, Budh Parkash Walia, alias Kuki.

Sexual harassment: colleges keep their hands off
Ludhiana, May 15
Though the colleges had received a letter from the Registrar, Punjab University, regarding creating of cells in colleges to deal with sexual harassment way back vide a letter dated April 10, 2000, under the heading ‘Sexual harassment at work places’. 


Four teachers held for taking private tuitions
Ludhiana, May 15
The vigilance officers conducted raids on the premises of four college teachers early this morning and reportedly arrested them for taking private tuitions against the norms laid down by the government.

COOL JOB: If you are out in this sun, you better be selling umbrellas. Photo Pradeep Tewari

Godown roof lintel collapses, 11 hurt
Ahmedgarh, May 15
As many as 11 labourers were injured, three of them seriously, when the roof lintel of a godown being constructed at Dr Kundan Lal Road collapsed over them here today. The injured were admitted to a private hospital from where most of them were discharged after first aid.

Cop suspended on graft charge
Doraha, May 15
An assistant constable in Samrala police station was today suspended on charges of corruption by SSP Khanna. Assistant constable Karamjit Singh was working at Payal police station as an assistant constable and was shifted to Samrala police station on April 28,2002.


CM fails to keep date with city
Ludhiana, May 15
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today kept hundreds of Congress workers and local leaders waiting at the Shehanshah palace, who had come to listen him. It was his first public meeting here after assuming the office of the Chief Minister. However, he failed to keep his date.

Leaders of the Congress wait for the Punjab Chief Minister to turn up at a function in Ludhiana on Wednesday. —Photo Inderjeet Verma

Leaders of the Congress wait for the Punjab Chief Minister to turn up

Cong sets up 45-member campaign committee
Ludhiana, May 15
Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, Member of Lok Sabha and chairman of the selection committee for party nominees, has set up a 45- member campaign committee to coordinate the election campaign of the Congress candidates in the city for the civic elections to be held on May 19.

Merado observes open day
Ludhiana, May 15
The Mechanical Engineering Research and Development Organisation (MERADO), celebrated the National Technology Day here according to a communication of the organisation released yesterday.

PSHRC serves notice on Principal Secy
Khanna, May 15
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission had served notices on the Principal Secretary (Home) and the IG (Litigation), Punjab, for submitting a report within six weeks about allegations levelled by a local resident, Najar Singh, over police inaction into a case of kidnapping and damaging of his shop by some miscreants.

Vigilance probe into fee scam sought
Ludhiana, May 15
The Ludhiana Sewa Sangh has demanded a Vigilance Department probe into the fee scam in government-aided private schools, according to Mr Suresh Gupta, president of the sangh.

Social Welfare Dept employee threatened
Khanna, May 15
An employee of the Social Welfare Department, Punjab has alleged that he is being threatened for filing a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against alleged irregularities by the Punjab State Service Selection Board in selecting Tehsil Bhalai Officers.


Man, sister confined and beaten up
Ludhiana, May 15
The Civil Lines police has registered a case under Sections 342, 323 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Satwinder Singh, a resident of Azad Nagar, against Amarjit Singh, a resident of Gandhi Colony, and members of his family.


Globalisation ‘impacting’ SSI’s
Ludhiana, May 15
Mr Joginder Kumar, president, Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India, has expressed grave concern over the decline in growth rate as projected by the CMIE for the year 2002-03 to 4.5 per cent instead of 5.7 per cent, whereas the RBI had projected a growth rate to 6 to 6.5 per cent.



ABVP demands justice for PAU student
Ludhiana, May 15
While appreciating the step taken by the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University to issue show-cause notice to a teacher in the molestation case, the district unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has demanded that strict action be taken against the teacher and justice be ensured to the student.

Talk show in KVM
Ludhiana, May 15
An interactive and enlightening talk show on the topic ‘Shape your destiny’ was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, here today.
Addressing the students and teachers, Mr Anil Senani, Deputy Financial Advisor, Indian Railways, emphasised on the concept of destiny as a combination of goals, its determinants including fate, family, genes and environment and their role in moulding one’s functional self in the context of destiny. 

Back to school for moms
Ludhiana, May 15
This summer, mothers will accompany their kids to schools! Majority of the institutes, organising summer schools this season, have arranged for classes for kids as well as their mothers. 

Tiny tots take to water in heat
Ludhiana, May 15
The staff of Sparkles Nursery School, Sarabha Nagar, organised a pool party for the kids of pre-nursery and nursery classes here on Wednesday. Dressed in colourful swimming costumes, the kids played in the swimming pool for over an hour.

Tiny tots of Sparkles Nursery School, Sarabha Nagar, enjoy themselves at a pool party in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — IV

Tiny tots of Sparkles Nursery School


HC order opens doors for flat owners
Ludhiana, May 15
After more than three years of court battle, persons who live on the ground floors of the HIG flats in Phase-II of Dugri Urban Estate here will finally get proper entrances to their houses.


KaifiKaifi, a romantic revolutionary
N the mid-forties, shortly after joining college, I was drawn to Urdu poets who were progressive in their outlook. First of all, Faiz and Sahir attracted me, and in the closed literary circle of the college I used to recite Faiz’s Mujh se pehli si mohabbat meri mehboob na maang, and Sahir’s Meri mehboob kahin aur milkar mujh ko.


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