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Gangrape, torture confirmed: IHRO
Priest told to appear at Akal Takht
Ludhiana, June 7
Confirming the allegations that the adult movies and pornography material was being regularly making way in a religious place on the Ferozepore road where a woman was allegedly gangraped for three days recently, the Sarabha Nagar police today raided an audio-video cassette shop in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and arrested the owner and seized 35 adult cassettes and 15 porno magazines.

Man dies outside SDM’s court
Ludhiana, June 7
A 40-year-old man, who was arrested on the complaint of his father on June 4, died under mysterious circumstances outside the Sub-Divisional Magistrate’s office in Mini Secretariat here this afternoon.

Improvement Trust trying to hush up girl’s death case?
Ludhiana, June 7
Is the local Improvement Trust hushing up the case of alleged lapses in the construction of a park in Rajguru Nagar, where a nine-year-old girl had died after a pillar had fallen on her six months ago?


2 bodies found in Sidhwan canal
Ludhiana, June 7
Mystery shrouds the recovery of two bodies from Sidhwan canal this morning. The police remains clueless to the identity of both bodies. The cause of death in both cases was suspected to be drowning but the post-mortem examination reports were awaited. The first body of a middle-aged man was found from the canal near Jhammat village falling under Sadar police station. 
Cops load a body in a truck near Jhammat village in Ludhiana on Friday.
Cops load a body in a truck


Ludhiana Congress: a house divided?
Ludhiana, June 7
The image of the Congress party as being united and faction-free, projected in the just-concluded municipal polls or even in its choice of leadership, has received a drubbing here on the eve of the eve of the Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections, scheduled for June 9, with party MP Gurcharan Singh Galib crossing swords with party whip, Malkit Singh Birmi.

‘Free power puts PSEB in the red’
Ludhiana, June 7
The Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers (PSEB) Association has opposed reforms in the power sector as dictated by the World Bank and implemented by the Indian bureaucracy.

PYC activists flay price hike
Ludhiana, June 7
Activists of the Punjab Youth Congress flayed the hike in the prices of petrol and diesel, saying that it would increase the burden on the common man, besides giving a fillip to inflation. This would also reflect in the rise in the prices other essential commodities.

Congress activists burn an effigy of the government on the price hike issue in Ludhiana on Friday.

Congress activists burn an effigy


Burglary attempt at Verka plant
Ludhiana, June 7
An attempt was made to break open a locker at the Verka milk plant here last night. The burglars were, however, successful in breaking open a door only and in entering the strong room but failed to break the locks of the main safe containing cash.



ABVP plans stir for educational reforms
Ludhiana, June 7
Calling for fundamental changes in the prevailing education system in the country, the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which claims to be the largest body of students with a total membership of over 10 lakh, announced that a nationwide agitation will be launched to focus on the demands of the student community.

Mr Subhash Sharma, ABVP secretary, flanked by Mr Sandeep Kapoor, district president, and Ms Sumedha Gupta, vice-president, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Friday.
Mr Subhash Sharma, ABVP secretary

More seats, less aspirants for MBA, MCA
Ludhiana, June 7
With the mushrooming of colleges affiliated with Punjab Technical University, the chances of getting admission seem to have increased this year. This certainly is the case for MBA and MCA courses where the number of seats has shot up but the number of aspirants has come down marginally.

Col Grewal is GNEC Principal
Ludhiana, June 7
For appointment of the principals of Guru Nanak Engineering College, Nankana Sahib Public School and Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic, the Nankana Sahib Educational Trust held a meeting under the chairmanship of Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President, SGPC, here today.

Seminar on challenges for young managers
Ludhiana, June 7
The Young Managers Forum of the Ludhiana Management Association organised a seminar on ‘Developing young managers to face the challenges’ at Punjab Agricultural University last evening.

Tiny tots enjoy beach party
Ludhiana, June 7
It was a different experience for tiny tots, most of whom had never seen a beach. The beach party, organised as part of summer camp at Hollyhock Nursery School, provided an ambience of a beach with lots of sand and water to make sand castles and cold swims.

Tiny tots of Hollyhock Nursery School enjoy a beach party organised as a part of summer camp in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma
Tiny tots of Hollyhock Nursery School enjoy


Spice pays for deficient services
Ludhiana, June 7
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Spice Telecommunication Limited to pay Rs 1,500 to Mr Gurmit Singh Ghuman, a resident of Sarabha Nagar.

DHO granted bail
Ludhiana, June 7
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Inderjeet Kaushik, has granted bail to District Health Officer, Birenderpal Singh and a class IV employee, Malkit Singh, in a corruption case registered against them by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau a few days ago.


Artist’s painting to find place in palace
Ludhiana, June 7
A local artist, Ravinder Raipuri, has done the city proud as his portrait of Queen Elizabeth was recently accepted by the British High Commissioner in Delhi. He was assured by the High Commissioner that the portrait would find a place in Buckingham Palace.

Ravinder Raipuri, a local artist, presenting a portrait of Queen Elizabeth to British High Commissioner, Tom Macan in Delhi.
Ravinder Raipuri, a local artist


Cricket match washed out
Ludhiana, June 7
The second match of the Sixth Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament for Boys (u-15), being organised by the Ludhiana District Association here at the Arya College for boys ground, slated for today, between LDCA XI (A) and SAN Jain Senior Secondary School could not be held as the outfield was not conducive for play because of the overnight rain.


2 MC employees suspended
Ludhiana, June 7
The clean-up campaign by the new Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Mr S.K. Sharma, is on. With barely a week in office, he yesterday ordered the suspension of two octroi clerks when a surprise inspection on June 5 at the GT Road (Ambala side) octroi check-post revealed that a sum of Rs 1613 was short in cash. 


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