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Missing links complete water-supply puzzle
Efforts on for improvement
Ludhiana, August 7
For a better water supply here, the Municipal Corporation plans to derive an optimum performance from the available infrastructure, reduce wastage and promote conservation. Mr S.K. Sharma, Municipal Commissioner, said an exhaustive survey had been carried out in several areas getting little or no water supply.

PSEB engineers blame it on bureaucracy
Ludhiana, August 7
The PSEB Engineers Association has alleged that the bureaucracy is distorting the factual position about the power sector realities before the State Regulatory Commission, in an attempt to save itself. 

ECONOMISING ON SAFETY ECONOMISING ON SAFETY: With school bus operators having hiked the fee, parents have been forced to send their wards to school on rickshaws. — Photo Pardeep Tewari


Taken for a ride in the name of ‘free trips’
Ludhiana, August 7
Unsuspecting Ludhiana residents are being taken for a ride by a travel agency that has collaborated with a local department store, Mani Ram Balwant Rai, for sending city residents on a “2-night and 3-day free” stay at the Lords’ Mussoorie Club, Mussoorie, in return for a purchase of groceries worth Rs 1,000.

Ludhiana pavements, home to hundreds of homeless persons
Ludhiana pavements, home to hundreds of homeless persons. — — Photo Inderjeet Verma

Eight city students qualify NTSE
Ludhiana, August 7
Having cleared their two written tests for the national talent search examination (NTSE) at the state as well as national levels, eight students from the city are now preparing for their interviews to be held at Chandigarh between August 25 and 30.

Free seed for drought-hit farmers
Ludhiana, August 7
The Punjab Government has started supplying seeds of pulses, oilseeds and vegetables to the drought-hit farmers in the state free of cost. Disclosing this, Dr balbir Singh, Managing Director, Punseed, said that the government was supplying seed of sathi moong Variety SML-668, toria and peas (mattar ) to those farmers of the state who had ploughed their fields where paddy had been damaged due to shortage of water.


Cong leaders condemn pilgrims’ massacre
Ludhiana, August 7
Several Congress leaders here today condemned the killing of nine Amarnath pilgrims near Pahalgam in Kashmir valley. They attributed the killing to the failure of the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide security to the people over there and demanded dismissal of the Farooq government.

‘Ban ACs in offices, cut cinema shows’
Ludhiana, August 7
The District Youth Congress (Urban) has urged the Punjab government to effectively enforce the ban on airconditioners in all government offices and cut down daily cinema shows from four to two in the wake of severe shortage of electricity, which had adversely affected all sections of people.

Expressing love with designer rakhis
Ludhiana, August 7
To celebrate Raksha-Bandhan, to strengthen the bond of love among brothers and sisters, ‘Devotion India’, an exhibition of designer rakhis was held today at the Lakshmi Ladies Club. Ms Alpana from Chandigarh, one of the organisers of the exhibition, said the exhibition displayed a wide variety of rakhis. The traditional as well as several other rakhis for kids and elders were displayed at the exhibition. These were all hand-made rakhis, said Ms Alpana.
Visitors at an exhibition of rakhis, organised at the Lakshmi Ladies Club, Ludhiana, on Wednesday.
Visitors at an exhibition of rakhis

Literary body holds meeting
Ludhiana, August 7
A meeting of the Sarv Bharati Likhari Sabha International was held in the committee room of the Punjabi Bhavan here on Monday. Prominent literary celebrities who participated in the meeting were: Manu Sharma, Binder Dev, Dr Jagtar Dhiman, Mandeep Baddowal, Desh Raj Agnihotri, Dr Jagtar Bal, Dr Pritpal Kaur Chahal, Davinder Sekha, Karamjit Singh Aujla, Kanwal Walia and Kulwant Jagraon. President of the sabha S. Davinder Sethi introduced the newly elected office-bearers to the house.

Shifting Of Baddowal depot, a sensitive issue
he Ministry of Defense seems to be resorting to pressure tactics on the Punjab Government to provide an alternative site for Baddowal Ammunition Depot. The shifting of the depot is subject to the condition that the state government provides a suitable alternate land to the Ministry of Defense.
  • Manufacturers unjustified
  • Grateful Punjab pensioners
  • Resolve DMCH row immediately
  • Do not dump garbage

Bill for what?
Doraha, August 7
Mr Deepak Kumar has received a bill of Rs 1698.07 from Airtel much to his astonishment as he has not even got the connection leaving aside the issuance of any sim card by the mobile company.

Bank officers hold demonstration
Ludhiana, August 7
Bank officials, led by activists of the All-India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC) held a massive demonstration in front of the zonal office of Punjab National Bank here to raise their voice against the vindictive and repressive policies of the bank managements.


No trace of missing ashram girl
Ludhiana, August 7
Reeta, an inmate of Apahij Rogi Ashram at Laddowal near here, who went missing in July when she went to a nearby market to buy some groceries, still remains untraced.

Owner beaten up, vehicle taken away 
Sahnewal, August 7
Balwant Singh of a finance company of Sahnewal, has been accused of beating Ranjit Singh of Govindgarh village for threatening him and took away his three-wheeler on Tuesday.

Rape by cousin alleged
Ludhiana, August 7
An alleged illicit relationship between cousins for the past over four years took a curious turn with the girl, at least seven years elder to the adolescent boy, complaining to the police that she was forcibly raped all these years.


Dhaba owners resent sales tax
Ludhiana, August 7
The Punjab Dhaba Owners Association yesterday demanded the withdrawal of 8 per cent sales tax imposed by the government on them. A state-level meeting of the association was held here under the chairmanship of Mr Sardari Lal.

Members of the Punjab Dhaba Owners Association at a convention in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — IV
Members of the Punjab Dhaba Owners Association



Students attend workshop  in Scotland
Ludhiana, August 7
After attending a two-month long exchange programme at Dornoch Academy in Scotland, the students and staff of Wylie Memorial High School have now returned.
Five students - Priyanka, Sonia, Gaurav, Gagandeep and Vikrant, had left for Scotland alongwith Ms T.Chopra and Mr Sanjay Kumar, both teachers, and Mr Sunil Pillay, manager, on May 25 with an aim of developing school links, international learning and cultural understanding.

Students’ science seminars from today
Ludhiana, August 7
‘Remote sensing: Its possibilities and harmful effects’ will be the topic of the students’ science seminars to be organised by the District Education Department from tomorrow.

Fashion  institute ties up with Japanese firm
Ludhiana, August 7
The Pinnacle Institute of Design and Technology (PIDT) has entered into a technical understanding with Juki Singapore Limited, a Japanese industrial sewing machine company.



DMCH up and running
Ludhiana, August 7
Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) has started taking in patients from the OPDs and clinics of its faculty. Dr S.C. Ahuja, Principal of the DMCH, in a statement to the Press here today, said the faculty had made this possible.


Warm welcome for lifter Batta
Khanna, August 7
Vicky Batta, who won a silver and a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in weightlifting, was received with great enthusiasm by city residents here today. Batta was given a warm reception near the civil court complex where he reached with his father Ashwani Batta from New Delhi. He was welcomed to the rousing sounds and beats of dhol and bhangra.

Second win for F.C. Chopra XI
Ludhiana, August 7
Prabhjot Khatra, Dushyant Kohli and Charanjit excelled with bat, scoring 81, 75 and 59 runs respectively as Prof F.C.Chopra XI beat Ashok Jain XI by 232 runs to register their second consecutive victory in the first Charanjit Singh Ahluwalia Seniors Cricket Tournament being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at the Arya College for Boys ground here today.


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