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Accusing finger angers jail staff
Turned towards PWD and diggers
Ludhiana, December 11
The registration of a case against the Central Jail authorities for the death of a child in a wall collapse here has angered jail officials.

Murdered servant’s family receiving threats
Police arrests his employer 
Ludhiana, December 11
Even as the police has succeeded in arresting Vivek Gupta, employer of 11-year-old domestic help, Avdesh, who died under mysterious circumstances on December 1, members of the family of the deceased boy have alleged that they are receiving threat calls asking them to enter a compromise.

When might is "right": A policeman keeps right on a Ludhiana road When might is “right”: A policeman keeps right on a Ludhiana road on Wednesday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


Insanitary conditions in Urban Estate
Ludhiana, December 11
Persons who live in Phase I of Urban Estate here are a neglected lot, as far as the provision of civic amenities is concerned. Colonies, especially those near Focal Point in the Industrial Area, are in a pathetic state, with rampant encroachment of road, street and park spaces. The systems of streetlights, water supply and sewerage leave much to be desired.

Talwandi’s silence on expulsion puzzling
Ludhiana, December 11
Is it a studied silence or the lull before the storm? The continued silence maintained by Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, formerly the senior vice-president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, on his expulsion from the party appears to be intriguing. Mr Talwandi was here, but he made himself unavailable to reporters.

Residents’ SOS call to DC
Ludhiana, December 11
Residents of Naali Mohalla, near Society Cinema, who have been issued notices by the Railways to vacate its property allegedly encroached upon by them, have sent SOS call to the district administration to impress upon the Railways to delay the evacuation.

Patwari nabbed on graft charge
Ludhiana, December 11
The local Vigilance Bureau has caught red handed a patwari of Lalton Kalan village near here for allegedly demanding bribe from a villager to move his papers regarding agriculture loan.

Ban on polythene bags
Ludhiana, December 11
The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate, Ludhiana, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, has prohibited the use and manufacturing of polythene bags made of virgin or recycled plastic having thickness less than 20 microns. Use of carry bags and containers made of recycled plastic for storing, carrying, dispensing or packing of food stuff has also been banned.


Don’t tax the crisis-ridden farmers: BKU
Ludhiana, December 11
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) has flayed a move of the Union Government to bring the farming community under the income tax net while observing that it was bound to prove an ‘exercise in futility’.

Focal Point cries for attention
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 11
“A decade has elapsed since the Industrial Focal Point (IFP), Mandi Gobindgarh, which was established along the GT Road by the Punjab State Industrial and Exports Corporation (PSIEC) in 220 acres, but it still lacks adequate facilities”, said Mr Anil Sooraj, vice-president, Focal Point Association, Punjab. He was addressing mediapersons here on Wednesday.

Dial 131 or 132 — a whimsical rail inquiry system
IALING for railway inquiry at phones 131 or 132 for train timings or for knowing about the late arrivals is a stupendous task as you seldom get connection with these phones. And so is the personal inquiry response system, which is a near failure as the staff is rarely available, and you may continue to hear the engaged ring or the ring may go on to break ultimately.
  • Computer literacy
  • Condition of roads
  • Illegal structures
  • CBI enquiry a must
Govt assurance to artistes 
Ludhiana, December 11
At a function organised by the Lok Gayak Kala Manch recently, the political secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr Harchand Singh Barsat assured artistes that their pending demands would be looked into and the government will try to fulfil it.

The political secretary to the CM, Mr Harcharan Singh Barsat, being honoured by Lok Gayak Kala Manch members in Ludhiana.
The political secretary to the CM, Mr Harcharan Singh Barsat, being honoured


Two killed in road accidents
Ludhiana, December 11
Jasbir Singh (22), a resident of Dashmesh Nagar, died on the spot when the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a bus on the Chandigarh road yesterday. The deceased was returning to his house from Mundian village. A case has been registered at the Division No. 7 police station.

21 bags of poppy husk seized; 5 held
Ludhiana, December 11
The Jagraon police has seized 21 bags of poppy husk from various places in the sub-division and arrested five persons for allegedly possessing narcotics. According to the SSP, Mr Mukhwinder Singh Chhina, the Sidhwan Bet police, during patrolling on Sidhwan Kalan - Swaddi road, spotted two persons sitting on these bags near a bridge on a minor tributary and apprehended both of them. 

PAU contractor missing
Ludhiana, December 11
Pawan Khurana, a 35-year-old residence of New Janta Nagar here, has been missing since December 9. A contractor at a PAU canteen, Khurana had left for the canteen in the morning on that day as usual. But he did not return.


Exhibition focuses on digital print solutions
Ludhiana, December 11
Gestetner Indian Limited, the pioneers of digital documentation solution in India, launched their fresh focused approach in the city during a two-day exhibition of their products.

Traders resent ‘unauthorised’ parking in Bhadaur House
Ludhiana, December 11
The newly formed Bhadaur House Market Welfare Association, expressing concern over indiscriminate parking of vehicles by general public inside the market, has warned the motorists that vehicles parked in this manner will be got challaned and removed with the help of traffic police.


Training camp for kinnow growers
Ludhiana, December 11
A one-day training camp on ‘Plant-protection management of Kinnow’ was organised by the Department of Horticulture, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, at Chhowni Kalan.


Rotation of group likely in PU Syndicate poll
Ludhiana, December 11
Majority of the PU Senators who have to elect their executive body feel that the second group comprising Prof Satish Sharma from the Arya College for Boys, Prof Mukesh Arora from SCD Government College, Principal B.D. Budhiraja from Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College, and others including Prof Pawan Bansal and Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh from Chandigarh would take over the charge for the next year.

Tasneem speaks on ‘Sundari’, ‘Nasoor’
Ludhiana, December 11
Students doing their Masters in Punjabi at Government College for Women had a chance to listen to the expert views on two of the course books prescribed for part 1 — ‘Sundari’ by Bhai Veer Singh and ‘Nasoor’ by Nanak Singh. The speaker was Prof. N.S. Tasneem, a retired professor of English at Government College.

Prof N.S. Tasneem with the Principal of GCW at a seminar organised by the Punjabi Department of the college, in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Prof N.S. Tasneem with the Principal of GCW at a seminar organised by the Punjabi Department of the college

Course on optical fibres begins
Ludhiana, December 11
A two-week course on optical fibre technology applications was inaugurated at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, today. The course is being organised by the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering of the college. Fifty participants from the technical institutions of India are taking part in the programme.

CMC holds Christmas candle-light service
Ludhiana, December 11
A Christmas programme highlighting the birth event of Jesus Christ was organised by the Fellowship Department. The M.Sc Nursing Students conducted the programme at CMC Hospital Chapel here last evening.


Doc sentenced; to pay 4.5 lakh as compensation
Jagraon, December 11
A private doctor of Raikot has been ordered by the state consumer forum to pay Rs 4.50 lakh to the family of a woman patient who allegedly died due to his negligence. According to Mr Hardev Singh Sandhu, president of the state unit of the Kirti Kisan Union, Ms Narinder Kaur, wife of Jagroop Singh of Jhordan, complained of stomach pain and was taken to Dr Ramesh Jain of Raikot for treatment.



Posters, banners banned in Bar poll
Ludhiana, December 11
The returning officer of the Ludhiana District Bar Association has issued directions to all candidates not to stick posters or display banners on the court complex. Violation of the directive may result in disqualification from contesting the election scheduled to be held on December 20.

Banners displayed by the candidates for the Bar Council poll. — Photo Pardeep Tewari
Banners displayed by the candidates for the Bar Council poll

MC demolishes illegal structures
Ludhiana, December 11
On the direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today demolished illegal structures on the Upkar Nagar road. The demolitions were followed by a dharna and demonstrations by residents saying that the corporation had demolished a religious structure.

SHO relieved


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