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NRI’s 3-yr-old son found dead
Phillaur, February 17
Panic has gripped the residents of Ashahur village, near here, after the recovery of the body of a three-year-old boy from a field today afternoon. The boy, one of the three sons of an NRI, had gone missing under mysterious circumstances from his house yesterday afternoon.

Juhi Babbar pins hope on ‘KAHH’
Ludhiana, February 17
To promote her debut movie “Kash Aap Hamare Hote”, (KAHH) Raj Babbar along with his daughter, Juhi Babbar, were in the city late last evening.
Film star Raj Babbar and daughter Juhi Babbar were in the city Film star Raj Babbar and daughter Juhi Babbar were in the city for the release for Juhi’s movie ‘Kaash Aap Hamare Hote’ on Sunday. — Photo Inderjit Verma 


Invigilators ‘absent’ from board exams
Ludhiana, February 17
Lack of invigilators for Class VIII examination continues to be a major problem at most of the centres of the Punjab School Education Board. Since the duty of invigilation in most of the city schools has been assigned to teachers from Samrala, Jandiali, Alamgir and other areas on the outskirts of the city, most of them fail to reach their centres in the morning.

Cup of misery for many
Ludhiana, February 17
The excessive excitement about the World Cup cricket seems to have fizzled out with the miserably poor performance of the Indian team, including that of Sachin Tendulkar. While the performance of the team in its initial match against Holland was disappointing but against Australia it proved to be too hopeless to leave any scope for further expectations.

Indian cricket fans, upset over the team's poor show in the World Cup, hold a protest demonstration in Ludhiana .
(28k, 56k)

Rakh Bagh to get new lease of life
Ludhiana, February 17
The historic Rakh Bagh complex in the city is all set to have a new lease of life. Perhaps the only major recreation centre with lush green lawns and thick cover of trees in olden days, the complex had run into an extended bad patch due to poor maintenance and neglect.

MC: water not contaminated
Ludhiana, February 17
In the wake of reports that water supplied to the Issa Nagri colony in the city — where a few cases of jaundice and other water-borne diseases had been reported — was contaminated, the Municipal Corporation authorities today asserted water supplied in the area was chlorinated and potable.

Variation in temperature brings ailments
Ludhiana, February 17
The increase and then sudden decline in the temperature in the last many days has brought with it many ailments like cold, cough, mild fever and bodyache to the city residents. Medical experts confirm that people complaining of many other problems like bad throat, acute gastroenteritis and viral infections were pouring in at various city hospitals and clinics due to the fluctuation in the temperature.


‘Mini bus service to start soon’
Ludhiana, February 17
The district administration today assured the city residents that the local transport system will soon be introduced in the city and mini buses will ply on the roads to help check the ever growing pollution.

BKU for Ganga-Yamuna link canal
Ludhiana, February 17
The Bhartiya Kisan Union has urged the Union Government to take up the construction of Ganga-Yamuna link canal to provide river water to Haryana since the state of Punjab had no surplus water.

YC demonstration against NDA govt
Ludhiana, February 17
Youth Congress activists today staged a demonstration against the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre for its ‘wrong policies’ and for having ‘failed the expectations of the people’. The demonstration was led by the District Youth Congress president, Mr Parminder Mehta.

Youth Congress district unit president Parminder Mehta speaks at a protest demonstration against the NDA government in Ludhiana on Monday. — IV
Youth Congress district unit president Parminder Mehta speaks at a protest demonstration against the NDA government

‘Akal Takht Jathedar  will not be removed’
Khamano, February 17
The SAD has full sympathy for the widows of 1984 riot victims but Akal Takht Jathedar will not be removed as demanded by them. This was disclosed by Capt Kanwaljit Singh, former Finance Minister, while talking to mediapersons after a social function at Maneli village, near here. He was here to attend the bhog ceremony of Jathedar Prem Singh Maneli, Circle President of SAD, Khamano.

SAD activists seek Cong’s ouster
Ludhiana, February 17
Activists of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) today demanded ouster of the Congress government in the state, headed by Capt Amarinder Singh, on moral ground after two members of his cabinet and a legislator were booked by the Gujarat police for their “sexual exploits” during their election tour to Ahmedabad.

Gill quits Shiv Sena, joins SAD (A)
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 17
Mr Gurnam Singh Gill, Vice-President of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) district unit has resigned from the party and has been nominated as vice-president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), SAD (A), Mr Ravinder Singh Khalsa, District unit President said in a press note issued here today.

Work on voters’ lists begins
Khanna, February 17
The process of preparation of new voters lists for municipal council wards of Khanna municipal council was started here today. As many as 81 employees from different departments have been deputed for this task along with 11 employees of municipal council who have been deputed to give details of the demarcation of the new wards constituted by the Delimitation Board last month.

Ads that add to gender bias
Ludhiana, February 17
“It is our first night,” laments a young woman as her husband drives away in the car that his fiance had shown him before marriage. She had boasted of its speed and fine accessories and the guy had been interested more in the car than the girl. After marriage, he zips away in the car and wife is most upset to find him gone on the first night of their married life.

Telegraph  facility sought
Amloh, February 1 7
Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi, former minister, has urged the government to provide telegraphic facility to the local post office of sub-division headquarters and the people have to go to Mandi Gobindgarh or Khanna towns for this purpose.

Harkishan Singh to visit city


Three killed in bus-truck collision





Training programme for farm women
Ludhiana, February 17
A four-day training and visit programme organised for the farm women by Punjab Agricultural University in collaboration with Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Ltd (IFFCO) was inaugurated by Mr Sunil Jakhar, MLA, here today.


PAU students boycott classes
Ludhiana, February 17
Condemning all allegations printed against them in a local newspaper, students of Punjab Agricultural University organised a rally on the campus here today. The students boycotted their classes and assembled near Thapar Hall.

Students of Punjab Agricultural University hold a rally in protest against the allegations levelled against them in a newspaper. 1 Photo Inderjeet Verma
Students of Punjab Agricultural University hold a rally in protest

PCTE students to hold car rally
Ludhiana, February 17
The Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) will organise goodwill car rally on February 18 as part of Ehsaas 2003, fourth one-day inter-college literary-cum-cultural festival of the PCTE, to be held on February 21. The function will be inaugurated by Dr Y.S. Rajan, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, and Scientific Adviser, Government of Punjab, on February 21 at 9 a.m.

Inter-zonal youth fest from today
Khanna, February 17
The 44th Punjab University (inter zonal) youth festival in being organised at A.S. College, Khanna, from February 18 to 21, according to Tarsem Bahia Principal of the college.

‘No school bag’ drive
Ludhiana, February 17
The Sanatan Vidya Mandir (SVM) which is affiliated with the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has today decided to introduce the concept of ‘no school bag’ for its students from Nursery to Class I.


DMCH to organise soccer meet
Ludhiana, February 17
With the World Cup spirit in the air, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) is gearing up to organise Inter-Batch Football Tournament at the Satish Dhawan Government College for Boys ground here from February 18 to 24. The event has been planned by the Staff Sports Committee of the DMCH to promote sports activities among the staff and students under the programme, “Move for Health-WHO Motto-2003’.

LDCA meeting held
Ludhiana, February 17
A meeting of the executive committee of the newly constituted Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) was held at the Mini-Secretariat here today. The meeting was chaired by Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner and ex-officio chairman of the association.


CIA officer’s car challaned


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