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Murder in secret chamber; unusual robbery
Home alone daughter of industrialist butchered
Ludhiana, July 8
Ritika Malik, 20-year-old daughter of an industrialist, was killed by at least two robbers, who, later, decamped with cash, jewellery and a new scooter taken from her house in Urban Estate on the Chandigarh road here yesterday. The stolen scooter was found abandoned in Issapur early today.

A policeman examines the room where 20-year-old Ritika Malik was found murdered. — Photo Inderjeet Verma
A policeman examines the room where 20-year-old Ritika Malik was found murdered

Police ‘torture’ victim gets reprieve
Ludhiana, July 8
In a reprieve for the family of a sanitary shop owner in Haibowal, who was allegedly tortured by the police on his suspected links with the Kashmiri terrorists recently, the district police has given in writing to the victim and a local court that it does not require the alleged suspect any longer. The police reply came after the victim moved a local court against undue harassment at the hands of Haibowal police. 


MC action plan against stray animals’ menace
Ludhiana, July 8
The Municipal Corporation has decided to get tough in dealing with the menace of stray animals like pigs, dogs and monkeys in the city, which had assumed alarming proportions as it was posing a grave threat not only to public health and hygiene but life of the city residents.

Palledar union up in arms against FCI manager
Ahmedgarh, July 8
The FCI Punjab Food Agency Workers Palledar Union (Azad) has accused an assistant manager of the local unit of the FCI, Mr K.L.Verma, of adopting a discriminatory attitude towards the union members by not giving them their due share of work as a result of which they have been made to suffer monetary losses running into lakhs.


YC to gherao Parliament
Ludhiana, July 8
Youth Congress workers, led by Indian Youth Congress President Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, will gherao the Parliament House in New Delhi, in the third week of July to raise their voice against communal and ‘anti-people’ policies being pursued by the NDA government in the Centre.

AICC Secy keeps Cong leaders waiting
Ludhiana, July 8
The Secretary, All-India Congress Committee (AICC), Mr H.S. Hanspal, yesterday kept a number of Congress leaders waiting as he failed to keep his appointment here. He was supposed to attend a function organised to felicitate him for his ‘‘outstanding contribution’’ to politics.

‘Campaign against corruption to continue’
Ludhiana, July 8
The Punjab Minister of State for Printing and Stationery, Mr Rakesh Panday, has maintained that the campaign to root out corruption and cleanse the system at all levels would be further intensified. 

Chenab-Sutlej link
HE Chenab-Sutlej link exists. Like the Saraswati it flows as a dynamic under-current. It transforms the cultural fields of Punjab and Haryana, even further away. The history of Punjab is incomplete without Maharaja Ranjit Singh. To study the evolution of modern Punjabi literature minus Amrita Pritam, is an exercise in futility.

Transporters to join strike
Ludhiana, July 8
All the private transporters will join the protest demonstration against toll tax to be organised by various trade and other organisations. According to Mr Fateh Singh Libra of the Private Transporters Association, they will send their buses to join the protest.

IN DEEP TROUBLE: Can you see an impending tragedy; well, neither can they. Some of them are drunk and in the Magnet Resort swimming pool, Ludhiana, at midnight when no lifeguard is around. —Photo Pradeep Tewari

Tributes paid to Krishen Adeeb
Ludhiana, July 8
Tributes were paid to eminent poet Krishen Adeeb on his third death anniversary. A function was organised in the Pal Auditorium here yesterday. It was presided over by the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Prof K.S. Aulakh.

Bus service to Naina Devi
Doraha, July 8
Mr Tejparkash Singh, Transport Minister, Punjab, conceded to the demand of Doraha residents by giving nod to start a daily bus between Ludhiana and Naina Devi. The service has already started from Friday.


Fraud alleged in plot deal
Ludhiana, July 8
The Sadar police registered a case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC here on the statement of Mr Amarjit Singh, a resident of Sewak Pura. The complaint is against four persons — Major Singh, Tej Kaur, Sukhdev Singh and Kesar Singh — who live in Kehru village.


‘Improve security system’
Ludhiana, July 8
The Milk Plant and Dairy Workers Union have demanded immediate shifting of the security officer of the Verka Milk Plant and tightening of security in the Milk Plant as the present administration has allegedly failed to check the regular occurrence of theft incidents on the plant premises.



Dharna by PCCTU members 
Doraha, July 8
On a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teacher's Union (PCCTU), teachers of all non-government affiliated colleges will suspend work and hold a dharna in front of their respective principals’ office on July 10 from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon.


Capturing nature’s beauty through lens
Ludhiana, July 8
Photography is not merely a technical job. It is an art. As creative as painting, it creates images, sometimes out of nothing and sometimes from material things. And if photography is an art, Surkhab Shaukin Singh, an upcoming photographer from Chandigarh, promises to be an artist on way to perfection.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at a photo exhibition in the Satluj Club, Ludhiana.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at a photo exhibition


Samaritans can help save his life
Ludhiana, July 8
Little did Radhey Sham know, when he stepped into the city all alone with dreams of good fortune in his eyes, that he will have to face a lot of problems in saving his life which, at this stage, is dependent on help from Samaritans. Eleven-years-old Radhey Sham, a migrant labourer from Uttar Pradesh, had come to his paternal uncle Nanke in the city a few months ago to make a comfortable living for himself and a good fortune for his family.
Radhey Sham, 11, is struggling for life in the Christian Medical College and Hospital
Radhey Sham, 11, is struggling for life in the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. His uncle, Nanke, is unable to bear the cost of treatment.

DMCH standoff with union continues
Ludhiana, July 8
In yet another move to resolve the ongoing crises between the management and the union of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), a meeting is being held with the intervention of Mr A.K. Sinha, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), at the Mini Secretariat here this evening.


Gurnam Namdhari XI clinch hockey title
Ludhiana, July 8
Gurnam Namdhari XI quelled a strong challenge before emerging victorious 1-0 against the Punjab Police, Ludhiana, to clinch the title in the first Alankar Tony Memorial six-a-side Hockey Tournament organised by the Aryan Hockey Club at the astroturf ground of Punjab Agricultural University here yesterday.

Gurnam Naamdhari XI, after winning the first Alankar Tony Six-a-side Hockey Tournament on the PAU campus, Ludhiana. — IV
Gurnam Naamdhari XI, after winning the first Alankar Tony Six-a-side Hockey Tournament

National Bridge Championship on Nov 23
Ludhiana, July 8
The Ludhiana Bridge Association under the aegis of the Punjab Bridge Association (PBA) will organise the 44th National Bridge Championship here at the Sutlej Club from November 23 to December 3.


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