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Thousands jobless as hosiery units remain shut
Ludhiana, April 5
Thousands of workers of hosiery units have been rendered jobless as the nationwide strike entered into the sixth day today.
The Minister of State for Printing and Stationery, Mr Rakesh Pandey, addresses hosiery manufacturers
The Minister of State for Printing and Stationery, Mr Rakesh Pandey, addresses hosiery manufacturers who are protesting against Central excise for the past six days in Ludhiana on Saturday — Photo Inderjeet Verma

Hundreds came to help at crash site
Mullanpur Dakha (Ludhiana), April 5
It was an overflowing spirit of human kindness that bound them after the tragedy that struck the residents of this township after an IAF fighter plane, MiG-23, crashed in a house killing five and seriously injuring two in the morning yesterday. In the catastrophe that struck the residents of this town, the humaneness of the people surfaced in abundance with people helping each other forgetting the barriers of cast and creed.


Plans that went awry after crash
Mullanpur Dakha, April 5
About 12 tolas of gold jewellery and some newly stitched bridal suits retrieved from under the debris of the MiG-23 crash hit house of Purshottam Singh, alias Bhola, here today bore a tell-tale sign of how human plans going awry by the cruel stroke of destiny.

Residents offer water to members of a rescue team at the site of the crash in Mullanpur Dakha on Saturday. — IV
Residents offer water to members of a rescue team at the site of the crash

Poor response to new CBSE courses
Ludhiana, April 5
While the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has taken an initiative to introduce advanced courses for its students in the current academic session, it has received a poor response to these newly introduced courses from the local affiliated schools.


Doraha MC poll: Congress wins in 10 wards
Doraha, April 5
The Congress won in 10 out of 13 wards in the Doraha Municipal Council poll today. The results were declared late in the afternoon. The winners include Ajit Kaur from Ward No. 1, Navjeet Singh Ward No. 2, Adarsh Pal Bector Ward No. 3, Priya Sharma Ward No. 

2 hurt in Khanna MC poll violence
Khanna, April 5
Barring one incident of violence in which two persons were injured, the polling for the 27 wards of the local Municipal Council passed off peacefully. There were also allegations in Ward No. 2, where a relative of a senior Punjab police officer was contesting that the police harassed his opponents and even detained many of his supporters.

‘Farmers under 5,700 crore debt’
Amloh, April 5
The fruits of freedom have not yet reached the common people. Whereas the poor have become poorer and the rich have become richer after 55 years of Independence. 

Pensioners flay MLAs’ pay hike
Ludhiana, April 5
The Government Pensioners’ Association has flayed the unjust hike in salaries/allowances of Punjab ministers and MLAs. Mr Yash Paul Ghai, additional general secretary of the association, in a press statement today said more than seven lakh Punjab government employees including those working in various boards and corporations and pensioners were agitated over the way public funds were being pocketed by the Punjab ministers and MLAs. 

Govt move on power Bill draws flak
Ludhiana, April 5
Privatisation of power and the passage of the Punjab Electricity Amendment Bill, 2003, came in for severe criticism from technocrats and various categories of consumers at a seminar on “Challenges Before the Power Sector in Punjab” organised by the PSEB Engineers Association here this afternoon.


Machhiwara BDPO booked


Shopping festival opens
Ludhiana, April 5
Want variety in jewellery, including diamonds, Thewa from Jaipur, pearls from Hyderabad and 24 karat gold jewellery? These are all available under one roof as jewellers from Delhi and Jaipur are showcasing their designer collection in a concept shopping festival at Hotel Friends from today till April 7.



City to have its own law college
Ludhiana, April 5
From July 2003, students desirous of obtaining a law degree will be enrolled for a three-year law degree course in Extension Library. They will no more have to travel to Chandigarh or any other place to study law.

Reunion of old students held
Ludhiana, April 5
A reunion of old students of Guru Nanak Girls College was organised on the college campus in Model Town today. It was organised by the Guru Nanak Girls College Alumni Association.

Students present a dance at an old students’ reunion held at Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, on Saturday. — IV

Students present a dance at an old students’ reunion held at Guru Nanak Girls College

Arya Samaj shobha yatra held
Ludhiana, April 5
Hundreds of students and other people participated in today’s shobha yatra taken out by the Arya Samaj, Model Town here. Students of various schools, including BCM School, RS Model School and Arya Kanya Gurukul participated in the yatra.

Students of BCM School take out a shobha yatra in Ludhiana on Saturday. — IV

Students of BCM School take out a shobha yatra in Ludhiana on Saturday.


Special Lok Adalat held
Ludhiana, April 5
A special state-level Lok Adalat for clearing the backlog of thousands of traffic challans, was organised in the old Courts Complex, here today. As many as 15,267 traffic challans were disposed of and confiscated documents of the vehicles were returned to the owners on the spot. Mr Justice H.S. Bedi, of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman, Punjab Legal Services Authority, presided over the special Lok Adalat. A sum of Rs 3,72,000 was realised from the offenders.


Sahir’s logic was his magic
ISDOM is relevant, bombs are not. Artists beautify. Poets delight. Poets in the making, discover poetry. The wise know that outer is knowledge, inner is awareness. Abdul Hayee closed his eyes to feel the import of poetic imagery. The silence of the written word created subtle music. Sahir was reborn as spell-binder, jadoogar. Sahir’s spell did last in his personal life spanning three decades .

Hakim Sufi’s album released
Ludhiana, April 5
“Beat and rhythm are the hallmark of Punjabi folk music,” said Hakim Sufi, while releasing his latest audio album “Dil Tadpe” by T-Series at Punjabi Bhavan here today. The album comprises folk songs and six out of the eight songs have been written by the singer himself.


New pathogens causing health scare
Ludhiana, April 5
“New pathogens are emerging especially in immuno-compromised patients. SARS and newer types of Hepatitis are pathogens either unheard of or have mutated at genetic level and are causing a global threat”. 

Conference on Interventional Neurology
Ludhiana, April 5
“In the USA, every year more than 9 lakh people suffer from stroke (brain attack) and 1.5 lakh die of it. In India, the figure is much higher but the introduction of Intervention Neurology has given a new ray of hope to the patients all over the world.”

10-kg tumour removed
Ludhiana, April 5
A 10-kg tumour was surgically removed from the abdomen of a 55-year-old male patient at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital by Dr Jasdeep, Reader, Department of Surgery, and Dr M.L.Gupta, Head of the Department of Surgery.

Family welfare programme closed
Ludhiana, April 5
The management of Dr B.L. Kapoor Memorial Hospital here has closed down the family welfare programme (post partum) following failure of the state government to release the annual grant-in-aid for the past two years.

Doctors’ arrest lauded
Ludhiana, April 5
The local chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in its executive meeting today passed a resolution appreciating the work done by the Health authorities in catching two doctors red-handed while allegedly performing sex determination of the foetus.


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