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Security beefed up for Dasehra
Ludhiana, October 14
Following the receipt of Intelligence reports cautioning of a sabotage threat on Dasehra, the police today formed a security cover around Ramlila pandals, Dasehra grounds, religious places and other sensitive spots in the city.
Police commandos keep an eye on Dasehra ground, Daresi Police commandos keep an eye on Dasehra ground, Daresi, in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

Shoppers add fire to traffic hell
Ludhiana, October 14
The increased rush of Divali shoppers has worsened the traffic situation and traffic jams at peak hours have become common here.

Murder: police fails to record statement
Ludhiana, October 14
Even as the infamous BRS Nagar couple death case is likely to remain a mystery following the sudden death of Manroop Singh yesterday, who was probably the only key to the solution of the case, the city police, accused of harassing him, is all set to face another embarrassment.

Special Olympics torch in city
Ludhiana, October 14
The torch of 5th Olympics for Students with Special Needs being organised all over Punjab reached the main market of Sarabha Nagar this afternoon. The games are being organised by the Special Olympics Bharat, Punjab Chapter.

Children of Ek Prayaas and Nirdosh receive the Special Olympics torch at a function in Ludhiana on Monday. — IV

Children of Ek Prayaas and Nirdosh receive the Special Olympics torch at a function \
Cracker hopes go bust
Ahmedgarh, October 14
Once bitten, twice shy — firecracker dealers of this town have decided to debunk the Divali season business this year. Stung by the reverses of last year, merchants of Main Bazar and elsewhere here have decided to no more buy or sell firecrackers.

SAD youth wing warns Congress
SSF dares Amarinder to arrest Badal
Ludhiana, October 14
The All-India Youth Wing Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) today warned the Congress government in the state against any attempt to arrest a former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, on “false and fabricated charges” and said that the SAD and its youth wing would not take such “brazen political vendetta” lying down.

PSEB bill for 1.15 lakh quashed
Ludhiana, October 14
Non-compliance of rules by the authorities concerned have proved dearly for the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) when the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum quashed the electricity bill for Rs 1,15,057 issued to a consumer on the charge of theft of power. The forum also directed the PSEB to restore the power connection to the complainant.

Poor monsoon in Punjab
Ludhiana, October 14
The Punjab state received 328 mm of rainfall during the monsoon against the normal value of 483 mm. Thus the total rainfall was lower by 32 per cent than the normal. According to information provided by the Agro-Meteorology Department of Punjab Agricultural University, monsoon arrived in Punjab in August and withdrew on September 20 as against the normal period of arrival and departure in the first week of July and mid- September.


2 proclaimed offenders held
Ludhiana, October 14
The local police has arrested Chanchal Singh, a resident of Nangali village in Amritsar nearly 19 years after a case of trespassing and theft was registered against him. He was declared a proclaimed offender by the local court on September 29, 1983. 


Farmers stage dharna

Punjab bandh on October 29
Ludhiana, October 14
As part of their statewide protest, hundreds of farmers affiliated to seven different unions sat on a dharna outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner to press for their ‘genuine’ demands here today.

A leader addresses agitating farmers in Mini-Secretariat, Ludhiana, on Monday. — IV

A leader addresses agitating farmers in Mini-Secretariat

High cotton output in Punjab
Ludhiana, October 14
Cotton production in the Punjab circle comprising the state of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan is likely to be a little over 23 lakh bales this year compared with production of 20 lakh bales of last year, thanks to the better weather conditions.


Honour for PAU professor
Ludhiana, October 14
Dr G.S. Dhaliwal, professor of ecology, Punjab Agricultural University, has been nominated as a member of the World Food Prize Nominating Academy (WFPNA) by the World Food Prize Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.


Exhibition of sublime paintings
Ludhiana, October 14
A talented artist, Rampal Sahota, could not hold any exhibition earlier as he was unemployed. His talent depicted in oil paintings, finely painted designs on velvet, towels, his pencil sketches finally did find patrons. Assisted by a bank loan, that he managed to get after a great difficulty, Rampal was able to put up a week-long exhibition of about 100 paintings, including metal embrossing, glass and water paintings, near Gursar Sadhar bus stand.

A week-long art exhibition by Rampal Sahota at Gursar Sadhar
A week-long art exhibition by Rampal Sahota at Gursar Sadhar in Ludhiana.


New mediclaim policies to benefit patients
Ludhiana, October 14
Paying hospital bills was never so convenient as it has become after the introduction of some new medi-claim schemes that have virtually freed-up its policy holders from getting embroiled in financial transactions with hospitals and nursing homes after sudden hospitalisation.


Sargodha school win cricket tourney
Ludhiana, October 14
In the last league match of the Parle-G PCA Inter-School (4 to 17 year) Cricket Tournament, Sargodha National Public School, Ludhiana, defeated SDM Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, by 81 runs to win the tournament here yesterday.


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