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‘Political hand’ in contract allotment
Ludhiana, March 24
Recent contracts allotted to certain contractors for the carpeting of some major roads in the district by the Construction Division-I of the local Public Works Department (PWD) have become a bone of contention between some officials of the department and some contractors who alleged that the tenders were not given on merit.
Bend them like Beckham? Bend them like Beckham? An official car of the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, which is parked at the Civil Hospital, right outside the gate of the hospital that proudly proclaims No Parking. — Photo Pardeep Tewari

Rs 20-crore scam in city
Ludhiana, March 24
Close on the heels of self-claimed bankruptcy by a private financial institution that had resulted in huge losses to hundreds of investors, another scam, almost similar in nature and magnitude, has been reported in the city.


CM bails out DCC president
Ludhiana, March 24
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is learnt to have come to the rescue of the beleaguered District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (urban) president, Mr K.K. Bawa, who faced action for his outburst against the appointment of Mr Harnam Dass Johar and Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi as ministers.

CBSE introduces course on ‘life skills’
Ludhiana, March 24
To improve upon the mental health of students and help them face tough challenges ahead in their life, the Central Board of Secondary Education has introduced a new course termed as ‘life skills’ from Class VI in the new session.


Residents seek more trains’ halt
Doraha, March 24
Residents of Doraha have urged the railway authorities to increase the number of trains halting at the Doraha railway station. Halting of fewer number of trains at this station was causing inconvenience to the regular commuters, they said.

Pandits condemn J&K massacre
Ludhiana, March 24
The massacre of 24 people in Nadimarg, near Shopian in Kashmir, last night has sent shock waves among hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits living in different parts of the region. The incident has come at a time when the Mufti government there has initiated moves to rehabilitate Pandits back in Kashmir.

Goods worth lakhs burnt
Ludhiana, March 24
A major fire broke out in a packing material factory in Sherpur here today reducing goods worth lakh of rupees into ashes. According to Mr Surinder Kumar, owner of Vijay Packing Materials, the fire broke out at around 1 p.m. Spotting the flames he immediately rang up the fire station. As many as seven fire engines, which were pressed into service, douse the fire.
Firemen try to put off a fire that broke out in a packaging factory in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Firemen try to put off a fire that broke out in a packaging factory

PSEB staff to stage dharna
Ludhiana, March 24
PSEB employees will stage a dharna on March 26 in support of their demands following a breakdown of parleys with the management. According to Mr Swaran Singh, president of the Workers Federation, affiliated to INTUC, no senior officer of the board reached the venue of the meeting which had been convened by the Assistant Labour Commissioner. 

Sikh scholar honoured
Ludhiana, March 24
An internationally acknowledged Sikh scholar and writer, Dr Sarup Singh Alag, has been honoured by Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, for his selfless services to the Sikhism through his writings and distribution of valuable publications free of cost in English, Punjabi and Hindi throughout the globe

‘Palledars’ stage  dharna
Ludhiana, March 24
Hundreds of members of various food agencies sat in dharna outside the mini-secretariat here today on a call given by the All-India FCI Mazdoor Federation in protest against the privatisation move.

Prison reform project launched
Ludhiana, March 24
“Ahsaas”, a human rights organisation, initiated a phased prison reform project in Punjab Prisons. The Ludhiana Jail reverberated with meditation by the Prajapita Brahamkumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya. Starting with this meditation camp, Ahsaas will also be providing the inmates in Punjab literacy classes and personalty development courses, which will include vocational guidance, dramatics, music and dance.

Traffic blocked on highway
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 24
Traffic was blocked on the national highway for more than two hours here following the beating up of a driver by security personnel. It was later lifted when the ASP, Amloh, Mr Dinesh Partap Singh, assured to take suitable action against the person who assaulted the driver.



Judicial remand for MC official
Ludhiana, March 24
The Duty Magistrate, Mr D.P. Singla, today remanded Avtar Singh Bhatia, head draftsman of the municipal corporation, in judicial custody till April 7 in connection with a case of corruption. He is accused of taking bribe.


A poet and publisher
Ludhiana, March 24
“I was given books instead of toys in my childhood,” said Satish Gulati, a Punjabi ghazal writer and publisher, adding that his father, Shah Chaman, a writer , saw to it that “I read literature right from my childhood.”


World TB Day observed
Ludhiana, March 24
The District Tuberculosis Society observed World TB Day today. Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner-cum-chairman of the society, was the chief guest on the occasion. The programme was organised by Dr Anil Verma, District TB Officer.


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