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Winds, rain hit wheat crop
Ludhiana, February 18
Anxiety is writ large on the faces of the farmers in the district as wheat crop on hundreds of acres of area was damaged due to strong winds and heavy showers that have lashed the region since yesterday.
Strong winds fell advance wheat crops at Jhammat village A fallen tree blocks a link road near Birmi village
Strong winds fell advance wheat crops at Jhammat village in Ludhiana on Tuesday and (right) a fallen tree blocks a link road near Birmi village in the district. — Photos Inderjit Verma

Students rush for guess papers
Ludhiana, February 18
A considerable number of city students appearing in the middle examination being conducted by the Punjab School Education Board are consulting guess papers before their exams.


Cop demands bribe, gets caught
Ludhiana, February 18
Ugly scenes took place at DMC Hospital here this evening when relatives of a patient and activists of the hospital employees union caught a Punjab police constable for allegedly demanding Rs 40,000 from a patient to settle a police case.

Infant restored to mother
Ludhiana, February 18
A 10-day-old infant was reunited with his unwed mother amidst highly emotional scenes. The 20-year-old girl, a resident of Jagadhri in Haryana had given birth to the baby boy some 10 days ago. Her father, Mr Ganesh Dass, upset at the birth had handed over the boy to one of his relatives, a resident of Ludhiana.

A local resident died of a heart attack allegedly after he was issued a water bill for Rs 5,000 by the Municipal Corporation last week. His family members said he died in the evening following an argument with MC officials who he felt had served upon him an inflated bill.
  • Happy parents
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Punjab Cong workers make waves
Ludhiana, February 18
For the Congress leaders in Ludhiana, like in other parts of the state, all roads lead to Himachal Pradesh. Right from the Minister of State for Printing and Stationery, Mr Rakesh Pandey, local MLA, Mr Surinder Dawer, the District Congress Committee president, Mr K K Bawa and the senior vice president of the Pradesh Youth Congress, Mr Pawan Dewan, most of the Ludhiana leaders are currently busy in Himachal Pradesh.

Charges for amenities: YC seeks relief
Ludhiana, February 18
The District Youth Congress has urged the administration to waive interest on the arrears of water and sewerage bills and streamline the process of bill despatch. In a memorandum submitted to the Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, the party has pointed out that there was widespread resentment over hefty bills, including past arrears and interest for water supply, sewerage and house tax. 

AIYD to burn effigies of ‘tainted’ ministers
Ludhiana, February 18
Taking strong exception to allegations of immoral activities against two Punjab ministers and subsequent registration of a criminal case by Gujarat police against them, the All India Youth Akali Dal today observed that the Congress Government had forfeited the right to remain in power and should quit immediately on moral grounds.

Civic poll buzz picks up
Mandi Gobindgarh, February18
With the issuance of notification of elections to the Mandi Gobindgarh municipal council on March 9 next month, activities among various political parties, sitting councillors and prospective Independent candidates have gathered momentum.


Body found


Winter clearance sales pull many
Ludhiana, February 18
City residents seem to have been having a gala time these days as products ranging from designer wear, accessories to footwear are being sold at throwaway prices at various showrooms in the city. To draw clients’ attention towards them, showroom owners are even offering discounts up to 60 per cent on some of the items. Consequently, Ludhianvis are making a beeline for these sales to get things of their choice at more than affordable rates.
Sale, Sale... in Ludhiana. — IV
Sale, Sale...

Committee for uniform duty on yarns
Ludhiana, February 18
The National Committee on Textile of the CII has recommended to the Central Government that all duties on the cotton yarn, synthetic yarn, blended yarn and fabrics should be made uniform as suggested by the N.K. Singh Committee set up by the Prime Minister.



CARTOON NETWORK LIVE! Artist dressed up as cartoon character Jerry from the kids’ favourite ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoon series enthrall students of DAV School in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo Inderjit Verma 

PCCTU postpones rallies
Ludhiana, February 18
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union (PCCTU) has decided to postpone two rallies scheduled for February 19 and 26 to be held at Punjabi University and Punjab University, respectively, in order to pave the way for a negotiated settlement. A meeting of the Union members was held here today. Prof Kanwaljit Singh, Secretary PCCTU, in a press statement said even the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was convinced that the two poll promises i.e. 95 per cent grant and pension gratuity scheme for college staff should be honoured. 

Magic show for children


Easy win for Pepsi Blue-XI
Ludhiana, February 18
An exhibition match, organised by Excelsior Advertising and PR in association with City Walk, Gypsy Advertising, Vampire and Lkouds on Fire, between Pepsi Blue XI and Hindustan Times-XI was played here at the Satish Dhawan Government College for Boys ground here in which the former recorded an easy 8-wicket victory.


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