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Politicians forget Bapu’s memorial on Oct 2
Phillaur, October 2
Have we forgotten the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi? The answer seems to be “yes”, going by the growing violence in the nation and the lack of respect shown to Bapu’s memorials. 
The ill-kept environs of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial
The ill-kept environs of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Phillaur. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

Teachings ‘forgotten’, but Bapu remembered
Ludhiana, October 2
Mahatma Gandhi was fondly remembered on his 133rd birth anniversary by political activists, social and cultural bodies and all citizens here.
A sadhu pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi A sadhu pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Ludhiana on Wednesday. —IV


Don’t harass farmers,  officials told
Ludhiana, October 2
Punjab Transport Minister Tej Parkash Singh has asserted that stringent action would be taken against the government officials who harass farmers during procurement operations.

Politicians urged to keep away from ‘bir’ issue
Ludhiana, October 2
The management, staff and students of the local Guru Nanak Girls College have appealed to politicians not to “fish in troubled waters for narrow political gains on the ‘bir’ burning issue” and wait for the findings of the inquiry panel of the SGPC and the police. A controversy had erupted when the burnt “bir” was discovered by some students on September 28.

Plenty of ‘hunar’ at exhibition
Ludhiana, October 2
Art reflects society of the day and this fact strikes visitors in the exhibited works of Hunar Art Garden (a unit of Ludhiana College of Fine Arts) currently displayed at Arena Multimedia, near Fountain Chowk. Since, Mammon — god of money — seems to be the presiding deity of Ludhianvis, Ms Harinder Kaur, principal of Hunar Art Garden, said that almost all paintings were exhibited to bring in money, prosperity and peace, not in this order, for the buyers.

Bookies run as police tightens noose
Ludhiana, October 2
With the police tightening the noose on bookies in the city, betting has come down considerably. Well placed sources said that on the final match of the ICC Championship on Sunday and Monday, there was virtually no betting as a number of bookies were either behind the bars or had gone underground.


Be ready for war if you want peace
error has assumed a menacing position at the global level. The trigger-happy persons pose a great threat to peace-loving human beings. They are misguided, no doubt, but the religious sanction that they possess robs them of the sense of proportion. 

City goes green on vanamahotsava
Ludhiana, October 2
The Commissioner of the local Municipal Corporation, Mr S.K. Sharma, has appealed to the city residents to keep their surroundings clean and plant saplings to check the alarming level of environmental pollution in the city.

Pay for sweets, not the box
take this opportunity to write about the system being followed by the sweetmeat sellers. September, October and November are the months of festivals and maximum sweets are sold during this period. Last year, the authorities had issued directives that the weight of cardboard box would not be included while selling sweets and shopkeepers were asked to quote the rates based on the net weight.

World Elders’ Day celebrated
Ludhiana, October 2
The All-India Senior Citizens Organisation celebrated World Elders’ Day at the Sita Mata temple here today. The function was inaugurated by Mr Prem Kumar Mittal, acting Mayor of the local Municipal Corporation.


Liquor-smuggling  racket busted
Ludhiana, October 2
The Haibowal police has busted a liquor smuggling gang which smuggled IMFL from Chandigarh and sold the same at higher rates in Ludhiana. A raid was conducted on the South City area on Sunday following a tip-off and as many as 130 cartons of whisky were seized from a residential building. A man, who claimed to be an employee of the gang leader, was also arrested from the spot.


Clarification on entry tax sought
Ludhiana, October 2
The Knitwear Club, Ludhiana, has sought clarification from the Punjab Government on the issue of entry tax. In a representation to the government, the club has asked whether the entry tax was in the form of octroi or sales tax or any other tax.


Training camp  for farmers
Ludhiana, October 2
To help the farmers successfully grow different rabi crops, technical experts from the Mangat block, under the leadership of an Assistant Project Officer, Dr J.P. Singh, organised a block level farmer training camp at the grain market here today. Nearly 250 farmers participated in the technical session. This was part of the attempts made by the technocrats of the Department of Agriculture to cope up with the changing scenario.

Animal welfare camp organised
Ludhiana, September 2
An animal welfare camp at the Civil Veterinary Hospital, Ayali Khurd was inaugurated by Mr Rahul Bhandari, Administrator, PUDA, on Sunday. The camp was presided over by Dr Harprem Singh Gill, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, Department.

Workshop on ergonomics
Ludhiana, October 2
Punjab Agricultural University is organising a workshop of the All-India Coordinated Research Project on Human Engineering and Safety in Agriculture on October 4 and 5.
Delegates and experts from all over the country are expected to take part in the deliberations.




State-level conference on paediatrics
Ludhiana, October 2
The district unit of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) will organise a state-level conference here on October 6. Dr Surinder Likhi, patron of the conference, said here today that it was for the first time that such a conference was being organised. Dr Ajit Singh Chawla, chairperson of the organising committee, said delegates would have an opportunity to listen and interact with speakers from the PGI and the AIIMS.

Medical check-up camp
Ludhiana, October 2
On the 27th year of the foundation and in memory of Dr Dwarka Nath Kotnis on his birthday, a free medical acupuncture and eye and dental camps by the Lions Club Ludhiana Royal were organised at Dr Kotnis Acupuncture Hospital yesterday.

‘Exempted from emergency duty’
Ludhiana, October 2
PCMS doctors posted at rural dispensaries would not have to perform emergency duties at community health centers and civil hospitals, said Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, at a meeting with representatives of the PCMS Association (PCMSA) led by Dr Hardeep Singh, president of the PCMSA.


SI Narinder Singh is best shooter
Ludhiana, October 2
Sub-Inspector Narinder Singh bagged three gold and a silver medals and was adjudged the best shooter in the third Punjab Police Inter-Range Duty Meet which concluded at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, today. The marksmen from the academy won overall championship in the two-day meet.



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