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No flood control measures for them
Ludhiana, June 25
Even as the district administration claims to have launched its flood control campaign in the city on a war footing, it is yet to do anything for hundreds of residents of New Ashok Nagar here who face floods every year due to overflowing of the Budda Nullah, besides falling prey to countless water-borne diseases.
A resident of New Ashok Nagar points towards the park where dirty water gets collected and spreads diseases A resident of New Ashok Nagar points towards the park where dirty water gets collected and spreads diseases. The tubewell supplying drinking water is also seen in the picture. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

2 labourers crushed under a wall
Ludhiana, June 25
In a freak incident, two labourers died after being crushed under the debris of a wall near Bahadur ke village early this morning. The wall fell on the victims when a truck, loaded with paddy husk, hit the wall while moving back. 


Cops fail to break LeT ultra’s silence
Ludhiana, June 25
The intelligence agencies are a harried lot since the arrested Lashkar-e- Toiba terrorist, Abdul, is proving a hard nut to crack and has allegedly threatened his interrogators. The agencies have been unable to elicit information from him about the whereabouts of his three accomplices and harbourers besides a huge cache of arms stashed somewhere in Himachal Pradesh.

Kila Raipur girl tops in matric exams
Ludhiana, June 25
Sandeep Kaur, a student of Nankana Sahib Public School, Kila Raipur, has stood first in the Ludhiana district in X Tenth examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board this year.

‘Illegal’ toll tax at Sutlej bridge
Ludhiana, June 25
A major confrontation was averted today at the Sutlej bridge on the Jalandhar road when some transporters resisted attempts by the toll tax collectors to charge extra money. 

The newly elected Mayor of Ludhiana, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, senior Deputy Mayor Mr Prem Mittal and Deputy Mayor Mrs Sushil Gupta, came to the Municipal Corporation office on Tuesday.
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MC refuses to be cowed down by telecom giants
Ludhiana, June 25
Refusing to be cowed down by the clout of telecom giants, including Reliance, Bharti Telecom and HFCL, the Municipal Corporation has imposed harsh penalties and has tightened the noose of bank guarantee clause against permission for road cutting in the city to lay optical fibre cable (OFC) for basic telecom services.

DC, lawyers on collision course
Ludhiana, June 25
The dye seems to have been cast for a confrontation between the district administration and the city advocates supported by some Congress councillors following an unsavoury incident involving a local lawyer and the Deputy Commissioner in the latter’s office today.

Mayor assumes office
Ludhiana, June 25
The new Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, has assured the residents that the civic body will strive hard for the overall development of this industrial hub of the state and promised to bring about qualitative improvement in basic amenities to all sections of the people without any discrimination whatsoever.

Mayor Nahar Singh Gill attends to official calls, besides accepting the best wishes, on his first day in the office in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
Mayor Nahar Singh Gill attends to official calls, besides accepting the best wishes

Left parties’ convention on July 6
Ludhiana, June 25
The Left parties would hold a state-level joint convention next month to focus on the ‘anti-people Budget’ announced by the Punjab Government. This was decided at a meeting of state leaders of Left parties, including the MCPI, the CPI-ML (Liberation), the CPM (Pasla Group) and the Forward Block here on today.

Addicts taking to pharma drugs
Ludhiana, June 25
Drug-taking youngsters in Punjab have taken to pharmaceutical drugs more readily than the psychotropic substances due to the easy availability of these drugs, according to a recent-conducted study on the drug addicts of the state.

Colonisers' panel seek amendment to property Act
Ludhiana, June 25
The Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association has demanded amendment to the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995. The association says in the present form the Act has led only to the harassment of colonisers to the extent that criminal cases were registered against several colonisers.

Pen-down strike by bank staff
Samrala, June 25
On a call given by the Punjab State Land Mortgage Bank Employees Union, all the employees of the Samrala Primary Cooperative Land Mortgage Bank observed pen-down strike here today and wore black badges.

Train bomb was planted at Ludhiana: SSP
Khanna, June 25
The bomb that caused an explosion in the Dhanbad Kisan Express at Doraha was manufactured in Kashmir and was planted in the train at Ludhiana, the SSP of Khanna, Mr Devinder Singh Garcha, stated while addressing media persons at a press conference held in his office here yesterday.


Rs 5 lakh stolen from trader’s car
Ludhiana, June 25
Mr Mandeep Singh Grewal, a Chandigarh-based trader, was deprived of Rs 5 lakh, which he had withdrawn from a branch of the Bank of Punjab here yesterday afternoon, by unidentified person(s) who broke open the lock of his car parked outside a hotel and decamped with the bag containing the money.


Industry sore over toll tax
Ludhiana, June 25
Various trade, industrial and transport associations have strongly opposed the imposition of toll tax on the national highway. These associations said that the toll tax was too exorbitant and would spell doom for the already suffering industry.


Meeting of farmers’ panel
Ludhiana, June 25
A meeting of the Punjab Agricultural University Animal Husbandry Farmers’ Committee will be held in the Farmers’ Service Centre of the University on June 27 at 10 a.m., under the Chairmanship of Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU.


PSEB penalised for raising wrong demand
Ludhiana, June 25
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to pay Rs 3,000 on account of compensation for deficient services along with Rs 500 as cost of litigation to Ms Ranjit Kaur, a resident of Nirmal Nagar, Dugri. The forum has further directed the PSEB to restore the connection of the consumer within 10 days of receipt of the order.

Irregularities in issuing power bills
Ludhiana, June 25
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to pay Rs 3,000 for not issuing the bill regularly to Ms Gopi Dhir, proprietor, Dhir Textiles Mills, Ghumar Mandi.



DMCH-union stalemate continues
Ludhiana, June 25
The ongoing stalemate between the employees’ union and the management of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital continues as both the parties stood their ground and levelled allegations against each other.



Police asked not to put up challans
Ludhiana, June 25
The Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has directed the Jagraon police not to put up challans in a court of law in the infamous Nangal Khurd elopement case. The orders have come as a shot in the arm for the family of the boy booked as an accused in the case, as they were moving from pillar to post in this case to get some relief for the boy, who is in the custody of Jagraon police for allegedly kidnapping an adult girl.


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