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Detention charge against dera chief
Illegal confinement of young girl
Ludhiana, October 8
Close on the heels of allegations of exploitation of women in Dera Sacha Sauda, a city-based aged couple has accused Ashutosh Maharaj of the Divya Jyoti Jagran Sansthan at Noormehal of keeping their only daughter in illegal confinement for over a year.

Mid-day meal scheme launched
Lalton Kalan, October 8
For most of the primary schoolchildren in rural areas, the lunch they carry with them means a roti and a piece of pickle. And if they are offered different dishes everyday, ranging from sweetened rice to halwa, panjiri, laddoo and soya bean products, it is definitely an occasion for them to rejoice.
Students of Government Primary School, Lalton Kalan, enjoy mid-day meal girl students clean utensils afterwards
SCHEME AND AFTER SCHEME: Students of Government Primary School, Lalton Kalan, enjoy mid-day meal after the Deputy Commissioner launched the scheme at the school on Tuesday; and (right) girl students clean utensils afterwards. — Tribune photos Pradeep Tewari


PPCC media adviser commits suicide
Ludhiana, October 8
The media adviser to the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee(PPCC), Mr Manjit Singh Malerkotla, allegedly committed suicide at his brother’s residence in Bhagwan Nagar at about midnight last.

Gift of faith by school teacher
Krishna VasudevLudhiana, October 8
At a time when most people are driven by materialist pursuits and are lost in a mad race of accumulating wealth, Mrs Krishna Vasudev, an elderly woman of Atam Nagar in Model Town area, bequeathed her house, that should cost at least Rs 50 lakh, for the construction of a temple. She passed away on September 7. But much before that she had made her will that a temple should be constructed in place of her house.

Come winter Navratras and the city is dipped in religious elixir. As devotees fast and pray during these days, most of the people who normally consume both alcohol and meat also resolve to abstain from these for as many days.
  • Navratra specials
  • Lurking danger
  • Dasehra melas
  • Obscene movie titles
  • No originality
  • Losing heritage


Mayors for closer coordination with bureaucracy
Nahar Singh GillLudhiana, October 8
The team of Mayors of four major towns of Punjab, which attended an international workshop on ‘‘Leadership in Urban and rural Development’’ in Bangkok from September 28 to October 2, emphasised the need for closer coordination between political leadership in the local bodies and the bureaucrats so that the policies framed by the elected representatives could be well executed by the bureaucrats.

NRIs take up fight against power cuts
Ahmedgarh, October 8
Notwithstanding the alleged indifferent attitude of the Punjab State Electricity Board officials and relatively unorganised resentment against erratic power supply in rural areas, the non-resident Indians (NRIs) of nearby Khera village have decided to bell the cat. 

Campaign to preserve wildlife
Ludhiana, October 8
Wildlife is precious and should be saved. With rapid urbanisation, nature has to pay a lot, in form of dwindling forest and wildlife. To save the wildlife and to conserve nature, the Animal Welfare Board of India is celebrating the Wildlife Week.

Govt flayed on welfare schemes
Ludhiana, October 8
The local unit of the BJP has alleged that the state government has not launched even a single scheme during its tenure for the welfare of rural and urban youth in the state.



Nahar Group gets Gold Trophy
Ludhiana, October 8
Nahar Exports Ltd., part of the Rs 2,000 crore OWM/Nahar Group, has won the coveted Gold Trophy for highest exports of cotton yarn in quota category and Silver Trophy for second highest exports of cotton yarn as manufacturer exporters for the year 2000-01.


PAU tips on sowing pulses, oilseeds
Ludhiana, October 8
In view of the need for crop diversification by shifting the area under wheat to other crops, PAU experts have given important tips for sowing of pulses and oilseeds during October.

Kisan unions allege harassment
Ludhiana, October 8
The state president of the Kirti Kisan Union (KKU), Mr Jagsir Singh, and the vice-president of the Kul Vind Kisan Sabha, Mr Hardev Singh, met Mr Rachpal Singh Dhanoa, SP (D), and demanded immediate registration of a case against Ashok Kumar, a commission agent, for causing harassment to a farmer, Jagsir Singh.

Farmers’ dharna on October 14
Ludhiana, October 8
Leaders of the Kirti Kisan Union here have countered the claims of the state government that the procurement of paddy was being done smoothly in mandis all over the state.


Hans to give voice to Mohan Singh’s poetry
Ludhiana, October 8
Renowned folk singer of Punjab Hans Raj Hans will soon record an audio cassette of famous poems of Prof Mohan Singh as a tribute to the great Punjabi poet. This was announced here last evening by the singer while addressing a gathering of writers, artistes and intellectuals at the residence of the poet in Maharaj Nagar locality here.
Noted Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans, accompanied by Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal with family members of Prof Mohan Singh in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Noted Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans, accompanied by Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal with family members of Prof Mohan Singh

Likhari sabha to give platform to budding writers
Ludhiana, October 8
A meeting of the Sarv Bharati Likhari Sabha-International was held here at the Punjabi Bhavan yesterday. In his welcome address, Mr S. Davinder Sethi, president of the sabha, introduced the new members to the house. 



Draft voters’ lists to be released on Oct 11
Amloh, October 8
The enrollment of voters of Municipal Council, Mandi Gobindgarh, has been completed. The draft publication of voter lists will be released in the office of Executive Officer, Mandi Gobindgarh, and the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Amloh, on October 11.


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