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New registration plates not yet
Ludhiana, January 17
The implementation of the new High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) for vehicles in the country is likely to be delayed further since many states have informed the Centre that they were in the process of finalising tenders and would need another six months to a year to complete all formalities.

Punjabi folk dancers at the annual function of GN Public School
Punjabi folk dancers at the annual function of GN Public School in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Inderjit Verma


Violence makes home help scarce
Ludhiana, January 17
The recent cases of violence against servants in the city have cast its shadow on the domestic help front with the migrants becoming wary of being employed full time in houses.

Kidney racket: police raids DMCH
Ludhiana, January 17
After Amritsar, the special investigation team formed by the police to investigate the kidney racket has started its operations in Ludhiana. The city has recorded second highest number of kidney transplantation cases after Amritsar.

IMA’s memo to DC
Ludhiana, January 17
To protest against the arrest of two doctors, the local unit of the IMA held a rally and submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner at the mini secretariat here today.

Members of the IMA hold a rally in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma
Members of the IMA hold a rally in Ludhiana


Having a siesta
Having a siesta: A man sleeps in the sun in Ludhiana on Friday. — IV

For Cong, all roads lead to HP
Ludhiana, January 17
It is only a little late. Had it been earlier, most of the Congress workers and leaders would have celebrated their New Year in the cool environs and snow-clad hills of Himachal Pradesh and they would have all the reasons to be there other than the New Year. 

Youth Congress mobilises cadres  for Assembly elections
Ludhiana, January 17
The Indian Youth Congress (IYC) has decided to mobilise its cadres for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh.

Society secy quizzed by cops 
Ludhiana, January 17
The curious case of Lachhman Singh, a secretary of the Dehlon Co-operative society, who first disappeared and then re-appeared under mysterious circumstances from Dehlon village is becoming murkier with each passing day.

Couples in no hurry for kids
Say companionship, not procreation is important
Ludhiana, January 17
DINKS (Double Income No Kids Syndrome) is becoming the norm in metro cities as more and more working couples, due to extremely busy and hectic lives, opt out of starting a family. With times, the values have changed to such an extent that even the young housewives staying at home are not too keen on children.

Children wait for their parents
Ludhiana, January 17
Life has never been a bed of roses for 10-year-old Nandini and eight-year-old Narayan. The two children have placed their trust in fate to reunite them with their parents. Admitted to the local Civil Hospital, the two can’t even tell the address of their parents.

Nandini and Narayan wait for their parents at the Ludhiana Civil Hospital after they were brought there by the police after an accident. — IV
Nandini and Narayan wait for their parents at the Ludhiana Civil Hospital after they were brought there by the police

Unpaid employees of PUDA cry foul
Ludhiana, January 17
Nineteen employees of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), who were shifted to the Municipal Corporation way back in April, 2001 at the time of handing over of Urban Estate Phase, Dugri, to the MC for maintenance, are a harassed lot. Caught between wrangling of the two bodies over payment of their salary, the daily-wage employees have not been paid salaries from June, 2002 onwards.

Hanspal to unfurl national flag
Ludhiana, January 17
The PPCC President, Mr Harwinder Singh Hanspal, will unfurl the national flag and preside over the Republic Day celebrations at a function to be organised by the DCC (Urban) at the Vishwakarma chowk, here on January 26.

Tributes paid to Namdhari martyrs
Ludhiana, January 17
Cutting across political, social and religious barriers, people from all walks of life thronged Bhaini Sahib headquarters of Namdhari Darbar to pay tributes to 66 Namdhari martyrs of the freedom movement who were blown up by British rulers at Malerkotla on the occasion of their annual martyrdom day.

SC/BC employees stage dharna
Ludhiana, January 17
Employees led by activists of SC/BC Employees Coordination Committee today sat on a dharna at the mini secretariat here and submitted a memorandum to the authorities concerned. They are seeking immediate acceptance of their long pending demands.

Activists of the SC/BC Employees Coordination Committee stage a dharna at Mini Secretariat in Ludhiana on Friday. — IV
Activists of the SC/BC Employees Coordination Committee stage a dharna

Poor BSNL services irk residents
Machhiwara, January 17
People of this historic town blame Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited for poor mobile services. The cause of the problem is non availability of BSNL mobile tower at the local telephone exchange, they say. 

Citizens council meeting today


Child kidnapped
Ludhiana, January 17
The Basti Jodhewal police has registered a case against unknown kidnappers for allegedly kidnapping a three-year-old son of a labourer living in Bhagwanpura Colony in Division No. 6 police station here.

Theft in gurdwara


Steel price hike shatters SSI sector
Ludhiana, January 17
Engineering industries, particularly in the small scale, are in dire straits due to continuous and abnormal hike in the prices of iron and steel — basic raw material for these industries — and the proposal for yet another increase in the power tariff.


Protect sensitive crop from cold: experts
Ludhiana, January 17
PAU experts are of the opinion that the current cold spell is not beneficial for sensitive crops like tomato, potato, winter maize, sunflower and papaya. Low temperature though usually favourable for wheat, may not be favourable for the growth of plants.


Plan to start new courses: Ganguly
Ludhiana, January 17
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will introduce new courses at the secondary level. The new courses will be pertaining to latest subjects which are in demand at the international level. This was stated by Mr Ashok Ganguly, Chairman, CBSE, who was in the city last evening to preside over a function of Guru Nanak Public School.

Teaching skills discussed
Ludhiana, January 17
For the past one year, over 10,000 students from over 19 cities have been honing their speaking and creativity skills in the KQ School Advantage courses, a programme conceived and designed by Derek O’Brien and Associates.

Stress on women empowerment
Ludhiana, January 17
“If the parents today spend a few thousands on educating their girls and imparting vocational skills, they would then be required to spend a lesser amount on their dowry at the time of marriage. The rural girls ought to be given vocational skills, so that they become economically independent,” said Ms Madanjit Sahota of Master Tara Singh Memorial College.


Forum quashes PSEB demand
Ludhiana, January 17
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, while turning down the charge of power theft against Mr Suraj Parkash, a resident of double storey buildings, near Gill Chowk in the city, has quashed the demand for Rs 18,340 raised by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) on this account.


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