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Kirtan, baptism ceremonies mark Baisakhi
Ludhiana, April 14
Baptism ceremonies, kirtan and katha, followed by ‘Guru ka langar’ marked Baisakhi celebrations in all gurdwaras here today. 
DIVINE FOOD: Langar is distributed on the occasion of Baisakhi near Daresi Ground in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Thanks Samaritans, you’ve saved Maya
Ludhiana, April 14
The overwhelming response in providing financial assistance by some Good Samaritans for the treatment of 10-year-old Maya suffering from tuberculoma (brain tumour) at Christian Medical College and Hospital has given her a new lease of life. The parents and doctors of the patient have expressed gratitude towards the philanthropists, who extended their timely help in saving the girl.


Development works worth Rs 4 cr undertaken: MLA
Ludhiana, April 14
A Congress legislator, Mr Surinder Dawar, who represents the East Assembly segment in the city, has claimed that development works worth Rs 4 crore have either commenced in different localities falling in the constituency or are in the pipeline.

Pledge to fight against drugs, dowry
Ludhiana, April 14
Rich tributes were paid to Dr B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of Indian Constitution, on his 112th birth anniversary at various functions organised by social, religious and political bodies in the city here today.

Senior SAD (A) leader Thekedar Surjan Singh, along with others, offers tributes at the portrait of Dr B.R. Ambedkar  at a function in Ludhiana on Monday. — IV
Senior SAD (A) leader Thekedar Surjan Singh, along with others, offers tributes

Ambedkar bhavans yet to come up
Ludhiana, April 14
Even as glowing tributes were paid to Dr B R Ambedkar on his 112th birth anniversary at several functions here today, two Ambedkar Bhavans promised by successive governments to be erected in his memory in the city are still awaiting to see the light of the day.

Representatives of the Vishav Guru Ravi Dass Mission pointing towards a foundation stone of the Dr B.R. Ambedkar Bhavan laid at Salem Tabri. — IV
Representatives of the Vishav Guru Ravi Dass Mission pointing towards a foundation stone of the Dr B.R. Ambedkar Bhavan laid at Salem Tabri

Hosiery manufacturers feel let down
Ludhiana, April 14
Despite assurances from the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, that their demand for the withdrawal of the Central Excise Duty may be considered, most of the manufacturers appear to be cynical about any positive outcome on the issue. Meanwhile, the indefinite strike by hosiery manufacturers in the state entered its 16th day today, with reports that the strike may be extended till April 25.


How can VB alone fight corruption?
Ludhiana, April 14
Is the Vigilance Bureau fighting the war against corruption in isolation? The answer seems to be in the affirmative if a perusal of action taken by different departments on vigilance reports is taken into account.

PCR squads boon for liquor trade
Ludhiana, April 14
For once the arch rivals in liquor trade in this district, the liquor baron from Uttar Pradesh, Mr Ponty Chadha, and the Garcha group headed by Mr Man Singh Garcha, brother of former Punjab Minister for Technical Education Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, came together, albeit for a different reason.

City sanitary conditions in tatters
Ludhiana, April 14
The affairs of the Municipal Corporation seem to be in a mess as sanitary conditions are deteriorating day by day in the city. Huge heaps of garbage can be seen all over the city and civic body appears to be nonexistent. Similarly, the condition of roads is bad and no concrete steps have been taken to repair these.

MESSY AFFAIR: Garbage littered all over a road in Ludhiana.

Relive historic day at war museum
Ludhiana, April 14
For those who want to relive December 16, 1971, the day in the history of India and Bangladesh when Lieut-Gen Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, former Martial Law Administrator of East Pakistan, had signed the Instrument of Surrender with Lieut-Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora, General Officer, Commanding-In-Chief, Indian and Bangladesh Forces, a visit to the local war museum is enough to go down the memory lane and rediscover the importance of the day.
The moment of surrender depicted at the local war museum
The moment of surrender depicted at the local war museum in Ludhiana. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Crossword puzzles are stress-busters
Ludhiana, April14
“I cannot unwind after a tense day in office till I come home and solve a crossword puzzle. I get so totally lost in finding words ‘across’ and ‘down,’ that by the time the puzzle is finished, I am totally relaxed and ready to face the complexities of life once again,” says Mr Rajesh Kulkarni, working in a bank.

Moderate response to truckers’ stir
Ludhiana, April 14
There was a moderate response to a chakka jam call by the All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) in the district on its first day today. Although all major transport unions have endorsed the call, many are waiting for the response at the national level before they too follow suit.

US-Iraq war theme dominates fancy dress
Ludhiana, April 14
The theme of US-Iraq war dominated the fancy dress competition for the students of primary wing of Kundan Vidya Mandir held here today. Clad in blood-stained gown, Poojan Chibba of Class IV, acted like a wounded Iraqi woman. Arnish Rawal, of the same class, mimicked Saddam Hussain.

MSP of wheat: BKU stir today
Khanna, April 14
The Bharatiya Kisan Union will launch a rail roko agitation at Rajpura tomorrow from 12 noon to 2 PM in protest against the Union Government’s decision to freeze the minimum support price of wheat at Rs 620 per quintal.

PPCC Legal Cell to be reorganised
Ludhiana, April 14
The Chairman of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Legal Cell, Mr S.K. Pipat, has said the cell would soon be reorganised. He assured members of the local legal cell that important assignments would be given only to sincere, hardworking and loyal partymen in the new committee.


13 booked after loading dispute
Mandi Gobindgarh, April 14
On a complaint of Mr Jarnail Singh and Mr Palwinder Singh, grain merchants and commission agents of JP Traders at Grain Market here, the police booked 13 labourers of local. All-Food and Allied Loading, Unloading Mazdoor Union under Sections 107 and 151 CrPC, yesterday.

Five hurt in road mishap
Khanna, April 14
Five persons, including three women, were injured in a road accident near Libra village, 4 km from here, this afternoon. According to the information, a car en route from Amritsar to Delhi hit a tractor. 



Creativity flows at school function
Ludhiana, April 14
The junior humanities forum of Kundan Vidya Mandir School, Civil Lines, organised an inter-house fancy dress competition on Saturday. The function was presided over by the Principal, Ms Neena Khanna. The house mistresses, students and parents joined together to make the show a grand success.


A prolific ghazal writer
hazal has made firm roots in this city where Sahir Ludhianvi started composing his poems and ghazals in the early forties. His contemporaries Krishan Adeeb and Ajaib Chitarkar kept aloft the banner of ghazal in the ensuing period. Gurbhajan Gill is well-known for his poems but his contribution to Punjabi ghazal is no less.


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