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Tension in Garcha village over 36 acres of land
Garcha (Ludhiana), November 20
Tension has gripped Garcha village, near Bhaini Sahib, for the last three days over the possession of 36 acres of Panchayat land by some residents of Bhaini Sahib, who have got the land allotted to them allegedly in contravention of Panchayat Act. The controversy has political overtones as Congress and Akali leaders are said to be supporting the rival parties
Tej Kaur, whose family was dependent on the piece of panchayat land, faints Tej Kaur, whose family was dependent on the piece of panchayat land, faints after telling her tale of woe. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Land grab by police: MC helpless
Ludhiana, November 20
It sounds incredible but is true that the city police is illegally occupying land owned by the Municipal Corporation (MC) at several places in the city for well over two decades and despite a vigorous followup by the civic body, no rent or lease money has been paid by the police so far.


Kidnappings stage-managed by kids?
Ludhiana, November 20
The about three-week-old mysterious disappearance case of Honey (9), son of a trader in New Friends Colony near Sherpur Chowk, has taken a new turn with a son of a neighbouring shopkeeper also reported missing since October 28.

Buyers still to get possession of plots
Ludhiana, November 20
Forty odd people, who had purchased plots from the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, are awaiting possession of the plots for the past three months. The buyers said they were being told that the issue was to be approved and endorsed by the General House of the MC.


Congress rally was sabotaged: leaders
Ludhiana, November 20
While some of the leaders are happy over the failure of the Congress convention which was organised here on Monday, organisers of the party yesterday alleged that it was sabotage by certain vested interests to defame the local leaders and also harm the party.

Need to curb begging stressed
Ludhiana, November 20
City residents have expressed their gratitude to the authorities for reacting positively in combating the menace of begging in Ludhiana. People feel that there is a need for public awareness and residents should desist from the practice of giving alms.

Jathedar Iqbal Singh deserts Talwandi
Ludhiana, November 20
Anticipating action in the wake of the SGPC elections against SAD Disciplinary Chairman Jagdev Singh Talwandi, the circle president of Raikot, Jathedar Iqbal Singh, today “claimed that his loyalty was with the party and not the former.” He was the strongest confidant of the senior leader and his “desertion” comes at a crucial time for Mr Talwandi.

Dharna by six kisan unions
Doraha, November 20
A dharna was staged by six kisan unions in front of the electricity board’s office in protest against the ‘anti-farmer policies’ of the state government, today. Six farmer’s organisations including the Kul Hind Kirti Kisan Sabha , the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, the Punjab Kisan Sabha, the Kirti Kisan Union, the Bhartiya Kisan Union (United) and the Agricultural Farmer Development Front showed their resentment against the Congress government by raising their collective voice as regards the “mental torture the farmers are forced to undergo in the present critical state.”

‘Fulfil election promises’
Ludhiana, November 20
The Punjab State Pensioners’ Confederation (PSPC) has urged the state government to give effect to recommendations of Fourth Pay Commission, as contained in Part III of the report, which was submitted to the government in February 1998.

Why blame migrants for every crime in the city?

T is quite unfortunate that migrants are charged with spread of crime and its rising graph in the city by not only senior police officials but even people in general are prejudiced against them, attributing every ill in the city to these hapless people.
  • Biomedical  engineering
  • Punjab pensioners
  • Returning the barat

Indian middle-class pays highest tax in world
Ludhiana, November 20
The Indian middle-class is said to be paying the highest income tax in the world. Compared to various developed and developing countries in the world, the income tax on the middle-class in India is the highest. It is even higher than that in Pakistan, Indonesia, Japan or the USA.

Boy receives burn injuries


Man cheated of Rs 52,000
Khanna, November 20
A farmer was cheated of Rs 52,000 by an unidentified person at the branch of the Bank of India, situated on the GT Road, here this morning. According to information, Mr Amar Singh of Dhillwan village visited the bank to deposit an instalment of a loan.

SHO’s house burgled
Ludhiana, November 20
A cop suffered the ignominy of having his house burgled here last night. Some burglars broke into the house of a police Sub-Inspector, Balbir Singh, at Barrewal near MC octroi post last night. He is presently posted SHO, Mullanpour Dakha police station, falling under the Jagraon police district.


Industry irked over govt apathy
Ludhiana, November 20
Irked over the indifference of the state government in taking them into confidence before finalising the industrial policy in the state, various organisations representing the small-scale industry had alleged that the government seemed to be concerned only with the big industrial houses as it only consulted only the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Punjab Haryana Delhi Chamber of Commerce (PHDCC).

Hussain assures traders
Ludhiana, November 20
Union Civil Aviation Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain has given an assurance that he will take up the demand of Ludhiana industrialists with the Centre for setting up an international airport on the outskirts of the city. He was here yesterday for a few hours on the invitation of the Ludhiana Spinners Association.


Mungbean can bring more income to farmers
Ludhiana, November 20
As a result of the release of summer mungbean varieties, SML - 668 and Pusa Vishal, the scope of increasing production and productivity of this important pulse crop has increased manifold. Both these varieties are of short duration, 55 to 60 days, synchronous in maturity and resistant a moderately resistant to mungbean yellow mosaic virus (MYMV).


PU youth festival begins
Ludhiana, November 20
The Punjab University Zonal Youth Festival, Ludhiana Zone-C, started at the Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Kamalpura, here today. The patron of the college, Ms Pritam Kaur Hansra, inaugurated the festival by lighting a lamp.

Primary teachers threaten stir
Ludhiana, November 20
The Government Primary Teachers Association has decided to go on an agitation if the government does not reconsider the implementation of the New Education Policy. Recently the Education Minister, Mr Khushal Behl, said here that the formation of the Elementary Directorate and the process of implementing the policy was on the way.


Freshers party of lawyers
Ludhiana, October 20
The Organisation of Young Lawyers (OYL) held a freshers’ party where the agenda of the organisation was also unveiled. The agenda was released by senior advocate T.S. Sood.

Senior lawyer T.S. Sood releases the agenda of the Organisation of Young Lawyers in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — IV
Senior lawyer T.S. Sood releases the agenda of the Organisation of Young Lawyers



Health services have improved: CS
Ludhiana, November 20
The district Health Department has claimed that health services in the district have improved in the past three months. Addressing a press conference here today, Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, said the department’s officials, staff and para-medics had started reporting to their duties on time and indoor and outdoor admissions in various government hospitals had increased.

Oral health fortnight begins
Ludhiana, November 20
The District Health Department today started its oral health fortnight. Dr K.S. Ghai, Deputy Director-cum-District Dental Health Officer, said during the fortnight free dental check-up camps would be organised in the district.


Spikers selected for  inter-varsity meet
Ludhiana, November 20
Two students of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology here have been selected as members of Punjab Technical University for the forthcoming inter-varsity volleyball championship slated to be held at Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan.


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