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‘Injustice’ after 10 years of probe
Doc, Inspector charged ‘to save retd SSP, dead cops’
Gurreh (Ludhiana), January 6
After 10 years of probe, the state police has, now, held a former police Inspector and a doctor responsible for the death of a youth of this village.
His family shows the picture of Sukha, who allegedly died due to torture by the police
His family shows the picture of Sukha, who allegedly died due to torture by the police. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

MC keeps all in the family
Brings in relatives as contractors 
Ludhiana, January 6
A powerful nexus of contractors, councillors and officials calls the shots in the Municipal Corporation. Several middle-rung officials and some councillors have brought in their close relatives as contractors and suppliers.

Farmers try to beat the cold on a foggy day by sitting around a bonfire
Farmers try to beat the cold on a foggy day by sitting around a bonfire in Khamano Khurd village in Fatehgarh Sahib district on Monday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Acquisitions by banks worry industrialists
Ludhiana, January 6
The acquisition process, started by banks against certain defaulters, has started worrying industrialists. Recently, the Punjab National Bank acquired the property of Chincky Garments under the Bank Securitisation Act, 2002.

7 down with jaundice; ‘tap water did it’
Ludhiana, January 6
The Health Department said here today that there had been seven cases of jaundice in the city, reported from Urban Estate Phase 1 of Dugri.

Pensioners flay Kelkar report
Ludhiana, January 6
The Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association has condemned the Kelkar report on taxes. A meeting of the association members, presided over by its president Mr Sher Singh, was held here yesterday.

Teams from across the globe participate in an on-going two-day international Kabaddi tournament in Ludhiana.
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Cong legislators meet Hanspal on PUDA issue
Ludhiana, January 6
The controversial allotment of more than 8,000 sq yards by the previous government and its enforcement by the district administration took a new turn today with all local Congress legislators, including the local MP, Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib and city Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, meeting the PPCC President, Mr HS Hanspal, demanding a judicial inquiry into the entire episode.

YC to begin drive against corruption
Ludhiana, January 6
The District Youth Congress (DYC) would soon launch a drive to expose corrupt government functionaries and traders. Addressing a party workers' meeting in Bhagat Singh Colony in the Sherpur locality, the DYC president, Mr Parminder Mehta, exhorted party activists to be prepared for a mass agitation.

Kanjhla decries his opponents
Ahmedgarh, January 6
Reacting to reports about the issue of presidentship of the district unit of the SAD, Mr Rajinder Singh Kanjhla has reiterated that he was made the chief of the district by the orders of the party chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Bus stand cries for attention
Ludhiana, January 6
The local bus stand is in a very deplorable condition. Despite assurances and plans announced by successive governments, the bus stand lacks basic facilities. The entire bus stand is dotted with potholes. The bus bays are full of dirt and filth. The foundation stone of the new bus terminus was to be laid by the Chief Minister on August 15, 2002.

A part of the bus stand that has been converted into open urinals by visitors for the want of proper toilets. — IV
A part of the bus stand that has been converted into open urinals by visitors for the want of proper toilets

Fastener makers oppose power tariff hike
Ludhiana, January 6
An emergency meeting of the members of the Fastener Manufacturers Association of India was held here today under the chairmanship of Mr Mohinder Paul Jain to discuss the proposed power tariff hike by the Punjab State Electricity Board.

Protest against privatisation
Ludhiana, January 6
Members of the Coordination Committee of the Punjab State Electricity Board (both the Struggle Committee and the Employees Federation, PSEB) met here today to chalk out a plan against the government regarding the privatisation of complaint centers.

DC inaugurates Road Safety Week
Ludhiana, January 6
With a view to create awareness among people regarding road safety and to stress the need to follow traffic rules, the District Transports Office in collaboration with Traffic Police and various other organisations, is observing Road Safety Week.

BVDS activists expelled, unit reorganised
Ludhiana, January 6
In the wake of anti-party activities by certain functionaries of the Bharatiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj (BVDS), the National Convener, Mr Vijay Danav, announced the expulsion of Neta ji and three others from the party for four years. Others, who were removed on disciplinary grounds, were Mr Raj Kumar, Mr Surinder Bali and Mr Vicky Sahota.



World Bank loan for rural water supply
Ludhiana, January 6
The World bank is likely to sanction a loan of Rs 800 crore for Punjab for providing drinking water to people living in rural areas of the state. Disclosing this Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, Secretary, Finance, said a project report had been submitted to the World Bank in this regard.



Varsity teachers hold deliberations
Ludhiana, January 6
A meeting of North Zone Council of All-India Federation of University Teachers Association (AIFUTA) and the Punjab Federation of University Teachers Association (PFUTA) was held on January 5 on Punjab Agricultural University Campus, Ludhiana. Various office-bearers of university teachers associations from HP, Punjab and Chandigarh participated in the deliberations regarding the challenges being faced by universities in the region.

Rural women and economic growth
Ludhiana January 6
“The Sikh rural women had for years, not only nurtured the progeny, managed the household, but also worked in the fields, looked after the domestic animals. By doing these activities, they contributed to economic growth of Punjab. It is another thing that their contribution has neither been placed on record nor any one has made any studies on it”, said Ms Kanta Kaur, while addressing the postgraduate students of Guru Nanak College, Gujjar Khan Complex.

Guru Gobind Singh’s b’day celebrated
Ludhiana, January 6
Children of Kiddies Paradise celebrated ‘avtar divas’ of Guru Gobind Singh with religious fervour and devotion. The whole atmosphere echoed with ‘Deh Shiva var mohe’ and ‘Bole so nihal’.

“Deh Shiva var mohe” is the shabad the tiny tots of Kiddies Paradise sing on ‘avtar divas’ of Guru Gobind Singh, in Ludhiana on Monday.
“Deh Shiva var mohe” is the shabad the tiny tots of Kiddies Paradise sing on ‘avtar divas’ of Guru Gobind Singh

Schools to open at 10 am today
Ludhiana, January 6
In view of the cold wave in the region, the Deputy Commissioner today changed the timings of all private and public schools in the district from tomorrow.
According to a spokesperson of the district administration, the schools would begin at 10 am from tomorrow. The closing time would be decided by the school authorities. 



SDM demands explanation from EO
Khanna, January 6
The SDM, Khanna, Mr Manvesh Singh Sidhu, has sought explanation from the EO, Municipal Council, Khanna, for not attending the meeting scheduled for submitting a report by the MC authorities regarding funds-raising efforts made by the council for the ongoing sewerage project.


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