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9 bookies caught at ‘second slip’
Ludhiana, October 1
Nine persons, most of them alleged bookies, have been arrested in different raids, on the charges of betting on the just-concluded ICC Champions Trophy Cricket Tournament. Several of them had been arrested on similar charges two months ago as well, but that does not seem to have reformed them. Police said the law was soft on gambling that was a bailable offence with high profit prospects.

Farmers reject increase in MSP
Ludhiana, October 1
Punjab farmers have rejected the hike of Rs 20 per quintal over and above the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy as announced by the Prime Minister after his meeting with former Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal, Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and a TDP minister from Andhra Pradesh yesterday.

Rs 6.5 lakh fraud in Co-operative Dept
Ludhiana, October 1
A whooping fraud of about Rs 6.5 lakh, allegedly committed jointly by a Manager of Cooperative Bank, Ramgarh branch, and a secretary of the Cooperative Society, Jandiali village, has been detected by the district authorities of the Cooperative Society Department.


11 months to complete bridge on Sutlej
Machhiwara, October 1
The construction of a bridge on the Sutlej has come to a standstill. The company hired for the purpose had begun the work on this Rs 31.84 crore project on February 14, 2001, and the bridge was to be ready by August 13 this year. Now, contractors have been given 11 more months to complete the bridge.
A deserted construction site at Ghumana village, where the work on a bridge
A deserted construction site at Ghumana village, where the work on a bridge on the 
Sutlej has come to a standstill.

Forum quashes PSEB demand
Ludhiana, October 1
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed a demand of Rs 22,740 raised by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) against a consumer, Mr Harinder Singh Kaka.

SHSAD seeks probe into sacrilege
Ludhiana, October 1
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) has demanded a high-level probe into the sacrilegious incident at Khalsa College Model Town, where the religious book was found burnt on Saturday night. The party general secretary and former acting president of the SGPC, Mr S.S. Bhaur alleged that the people responsible for this sacrilege were opposing the probe.

Kids march to promote a good cause
Ludhiana, October 1
The Punjab Minister of State for Printing and Stationery, Mr Rakesh Pandey, flagged off a rally of schoolchildren to mark World Blood Donation Day. Carrying placards to emphasise the importance of blood donation, the children marched through various localities in the city.
Mr Rakesh Pandey, Minister of State for Printing and Stationery, accompanied by Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, flags off a rally of schoolchildren to mark World-Blood Donation Day in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Mr Rakesh Pandey, Minister of State for Printing and Stationery, accompanied by Dr S.N. Tiwari

UNMINDFUL of the danger it poses to their precious lives, scores of people could be seen crossing railway tracks at several places in the city, thereby exposing themselves to grave threat.
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Virat bhagti satsang ends
Mandi Gobindgarh, October 1
“We should follow the teachings of the Ramayana for the maintenance of unity and law in our families,” was the message conveyed by Swami Sudhanshu Maharaj on the concluding day of the virat bhagti satsang held here.

Woman fasts for 31 days
Ludhiana, October 1
Jain Muni Vinay Kumar Alok congratulated Ms Anita Jain, a housewife of Sunder Nagar, for completing her 31-day fast for self-purification here today. Addressing a function held to celebrate the occasion, the Jain Muni said apart from imparting spiritual bliss, fasting also led to the purification of the self and the body as well.


Five kg of opium seized
Ludhiana, October 1
The Dakha police has arrested Jaswinder Singh of Raqba village and seized 3 kg opium from his possession. The man was arrested by a patrolling party on Mullanpur-Raikot road. A case under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

Nine drugged, looted
Ludhiana, October 1
In an incident of robbery on train, as many as nine persons travelling in the Ludhiana-bound Dhanbad Express train were found drugged and looted last night. Their identification remains a mystery till this evening as the victims were yet to gain consciousness to reveal the sequence of events.


Steel industry needs bail-out package
Ludhiana, October 1
Steel industry in the state is facing a crisis situation due to a steep fall in the demand in the domestic market and the rise in the power tariff. The recent power tariff hike by the Punjab Electricity Regulatory Commission for the industry has been resented by the steel industry.

Govt alive to problems of industry: Hanspal
Ludhiana, October 1
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Harvinder Singh Hanspal, has assured that the government was alive to the various problems of trade and industry and these were being addressed at different levels on priority. Addressing a gathering of party activists and members of trade and industry at a felicitation function here, he said the government was committed to provide a clean and responsive governance and to redress the grievances of the common people.
The PPCC president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, being felicitated at a function
The PPCC president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, being felicitated at a function in Ludhiana on Monday. — IV



Bangalore varsity team visits PAU
Ludhiana, October 1
A delegation from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, visited Punjab Agricultural University today to study the teaching, research and extension set-up of the university. The delegation, which comprised Mr B.G. Mugadur, IFS (retd) and two progressive farmers, Mr A.S. Viswanatha and Mr Y.R. Khan, held a meeting with the Vice- Chancellor, Deans and Directors of the university.
PAU Vice-Chancellor K.S. Aulakh during a discussion with members of a Bangalore-university
PAU Vice-Chancellor K.S. Aulakh during a discussion with members of a Bangalore-university delegation in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — IV



Hospital union submits memorandum
Ludhiana, October 1
The Brown Memorial Hospital Employees Union has submitted a memorandum to the members of the governing body of the Christian Medical College and Brown Memorial Hospital demanding that the members should be accessible to the employees, students and general public at least for a day during its meetings.

Regional seminar on  breast-feeding
Ludhiana, October 1
The Breast-feeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) organised a regional seminar on implementation of the Infant Milk Substitute (IMS) Act 1992, here yesterday. The seminar was inaugurated by Mr V.B. Handa, District and Session Judge.


BVM student wins cross country
Ludhiana, October 1
Priya Bawa, a class IX student of the Bharatiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar, today won the 3 km cross country in the girls section. She was followed by Parmajit Kaur of Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, who secured second position while the third place was bagged by Bhawanjit Kaur of Government Senior Secondary School, Samrala.


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