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Cops’ colonies to have master meters
Ludhiana, January 13
It is bad news for cops who are in the habit of stealing electricity by putting on ‘kundis’ and not paying the electricity bills.

Lohri is louder this time
Ludhiana, January 13
Kite-flying and booze-guzzling to the accompaniment of loud music and boisterous shouting marked the Lohri celebrations in the city today, a chilling west wind notwithstanding.
Hum Kissi Se Kum Nahin Hum Kissi Se Kum Nahin: Kite fever gripped youngsters, including girls, on the occasion of Lohri in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


Makar Sankranti celebrations
Ludhiana, January 13
Makar Sankranti will be celebrated with religious fervour tomorrow at different temples and gurdwaras of the city. The Sree Ayyappa Seva Samiti will organise an aarti at the newly constructed Sree Ayyappa Temple in Sector-32 of the PUDA Urban estate on the Chandigarh road at 6.30 p.m., according to Mr Thulaseedharan Pillai, general secretary of the samit.

Tangri released from jail
Ludhiana, January 13
Shiv Sena Rashtrawadi chief Jagdish Tangri was today released from the jail. The Additional Sessions Judge had earlier granted him bail in connection with a case of alleged supply of arms to Gujarat rioters. After about six months when he came out of the jail, a wave of thrill and joy ran through his supporters who had come out in large numbers to receive him.

Undertrial gives the slip to cops
Ludhiana, January 13
An undertrial lodged in the Borstal jail here hoodwinked three constables of the Punjab Police and disappeared from the Civil Hospital were he was taken for a medical examination today late this afternoon.

Tailor enters Limca Book of Records
Ludhiana, January 13
A young unlettered tailor from a small town, Goraiyan, has entered the Limca Book of Records. Pawan, who has performed amazing feats is close to getting recognition in foreign countries too. The Limca Book of Records in a letter dated January 3 have informed Pawan that a pair of trousers stitched by him with detachable parts that can be worn in ten different ways will find mention in this year’s edition of the Book.


‘Pak shrines must be under SGPC’
Amloh, January 13
Under the Nehru-Liaqat Ali pact, 1953, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which is the elected body of Sikhs, is entitled to manage and look after the gurdwaras in Pakistan. The Pakistan Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee constituted by the Pakistan Government headed by a Muslim, who was not aware of ‘Sikh maryada’ could not keep the maintenance of Sikh shrines properly.

Dual citizenship hailed
Ludhiana, January 13
The recent decision of the Government of India to provide dual citizenship to non-resident Indians (NRIs) and persons of Indian origin (PIOs) has been widely hailed by the people here.

Marriage Bureau with a difference
Ludhiana, January 13
In this materialistic world , there are certain people who are conscious of their obligations and take time out of their busy, hectic life to help people. One such person is Pawan Kumar Aggarwal. He says: “By God’s grace, we make enough money from our business of selling buttons and ‘namkeens’.

Aas Kiran’s successful endeavour
Ludhiana, January 13
Aas Kiran, a de-addiction centre here, successfully treated three drug addicts in a fortnight. During their stay, they were given treatment by qualified doctors, counselling, different kinds of therapies and taught meditation.

Jethmalani’s effigy burnt
Ludhiana, January 13
Activists of the Ludhiana Vikas Sangh today burnt the effigy of senior Supreme Court lawyer and former Union Law Minister Ram Jethmalani for taking up the case of the four accused in the December 13 Parliament attack case.

Activists of the Ludhiana Vikas Sangh burn an effigy of Ram Jethmalani, in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Activicts of the Ludhiana Vikas Sangh burn an effigy of Ram Jethmalani


Three held for assaulting cops
Ludhiana, January 13
The Division No. 8 police has arrested three persons after a PCR team was attacked and beaten up by some ‘tipsy’ men outside a liquor shop in the Kailash Cinema chowk in Civil Lines, here last night.


Now steel furnaces in fire
Ludhiana, January 13
While steel prices are shooting up, furnace steel plants are facing manifold problems. Some of the plants have been closed down at Ludhiana and Mandi Gobindgarh. The steel prices have recorded a high causing crisis for steel-using engineering industries, particularly small scale-units. Enquiries show that the Union Government has provided a bail out package for the bigger steel plants in the country and the financial institutions asked to restrict their outstanding at softer rates.

‘Small-scale cycle industry in doldrums’
Ludhiana, January 13
‘In the era of cut throat competition, where mere survival is termed success, about 90 per cent of the small scale cycle and cycle parts manufacturers in the industrial hub of Punjab do not go for formal market planning and just about 13 per cent of the manufactures have got separate marketing department. But ignoring the critical activity of marketing can prove fatal for these scale units.’

Bank opens all-women branch
Ludhiana, January 13
Punjab and Sindh Bank will open an ‘all-women branch’ at Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle in Model Town area. The branch will start functioning from January 15. However, men need not feel disappointed as they can also open and operate their accounts in the branch, but these would be handled and managed by women only.



NSS camp attracts large numbers
Ludhiana, January 13
A 10-day NSS special camp organised by constituent colleges of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) concluded at Bhundari village yesterday. During the camp, volunteers undertook several community development activities like cleanliness of homes, surroundings of public buildings and lanes and drains involving villagers. The volunteers planted saplings in the school and gurdwara premises.

Preparations on for conference
Ludhiana, January 13
A meeting for making preparations for the International Students’ Conference on ‘Volunteering for peace and social engineering’ to be organised at the PAU from February 6 to 9 was held under the chairmanship of Dr S.S. Johl, Agriculture Adviser to the Punjab Government, here today.

School fete draws crowds
Ludhiana, January 13
After house examinations, what better way to spend a Sunday than to enjoy games like ‘lucky seven and Tambola and eating sumptuous meals at a fete held by students of Shivalikawala Doon School, Rishi Nagar, here.

Welcome birth of girlchild: VC
Ludhiana, January 13
Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has conveyed his best wishes to the university teachers, other employees and students and the farming community of the state on the occasion of Lohri.

Schools closed till Jan 15
Ludhiana, January 13
Keeping in view the intense cold wave, the District Magistrate has ordered the closure of all schools up to January 15. This decision has been taken in view of hardships being faced by parents of school going children due to the prevailing weather conditions.


Guddu’s bail plea rejected
Ludhiana, January 13
The Special Judge, Fast-Track Court, Mr Sunil Arora, has rejected the anticipatory bail application of Inspector Shamsher Singh ‘Guddu’. It may be recalled that an IPS officer, Mr Varinder Kumar, posted as SSP, Gurdaspur, had conducted an enquiry against Guddu and upheld the allegations levelled against the cop. After the inquiry, he had recommended for the registration of the case against him under Sections 395 (dacoity), 511 and 120-B of the IPC. 



Top cardiologists to attend health camp
Ludhiana, January 13
Along with cardiologists of Hero DMC Heart Institute, internationally renowned cardiologists are going to provide their services in a month-long cardiac camp to be organised at Hero DMC Heart Institute, one of the most reputed institute of the region, from January 14 to February 14, 2003, with an aim to provide world-class cardiac care to the people of the region.

Arrest of doctors flayed
Ludhiana, January 13
A meeting of the Faculty Executive Council of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital was held today and condemned the arrest of Dr P.K. Sareen and Dr O.P. Mahajan in the kidney transplant racket.


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