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Cheating case against industrialist hushed up
Ludhiana, April 18
In a surprise development in an over one-year-old case of cheating and sales tax evasion by a leading Industrialist family of the city, the district police has recommended cancellation of the charges. The complainant in the case, who is a common man without any ‘connections’, is left fuming at the development.

'Naked' protest by hosiery manufacturers
Ludhiana, April 18
Faced with total indifference from the government on the issue of abolition of the Central excise, the hosiery manufacturers today took off their clothes, claiming that they had been stripped off everything. 

BARE FACTS : Protesting hosiery manufacturers take out a procession with their clothes off, opposing the levy of Central excise on hosiery goods, in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


Confusion over drought relief bonus
Pakhowal, April 18
Even as farmers resent non-payment of dues by various wheat procurement agencies in the state, confusion as to whether to include drought relief bonus in the sale receipts or prepare it separately prevails among the officials of the market committees and commission agents in forwarding necessary details to the agencies concerned before the cheques are released.

Truckers’ strike enters fifth day
Ludhiana, April 18
Trucks continued to remain off the roads on the fifth day today in response to a strike call given by the All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC). Most of the trucks were seen parked in the yards and along the Grand Trunk Road as there was no word about the strike being withdrawn. 

HOLED UP: A South Indian truck driver, stranded in Ludhiana for the past five days, eats rice while sitting on the driver's seat. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Panic buying of petrol, diesel ‘not required’
Ludhiana, April 18
Even as the residents are resorting to panic buying of petrol, owing to the ongoing nationwide truckers’ strike, the petrol pump dealers claim that there is no need to worry as they are receiving full quota of petrol and diesel everyday.

Industrialists join hands to tackle waste
Ludhiana, April 18
To tackle the problem of hazardous waste in the city, local industrialists have joined hands to ensure a cleaner Ludhiana, which is the major hazardous waste producing city in the state with more than 50,000 metric tons of waste already occupying acres of useful land


Admn ‘forces’ them to stay in ruins
Mullanpur Dakha, April 18
Nearly two weeks after the MiG-23 crash that took place in the local Bank Colony on April 4, damaging some houses and killing seven persons, there was no sign of rebuilding in the area and the residents were being forced to live amidst ruins and crumbling houses, as no one from the civil administration had come to evaluate the damage caused by the crash.

Ms Pritam Pal Kaur, one of the victims of MiG-23 crash which damaged her house completely, shows ruins of her house in Mullanpur Dakha near Ludhiana. — Photo  Pradeep Tewari

Ex-serviceman accuses admn of selective demolition
Ludhiana, April 18
A physically-challenged ex-serviceman based at Nathawal village near Raikot has accused the civil administration of selective demolitions on the road in front of his house.

Christians hold procession 
Ludhiana, April 18
Members of the Christian fraternity here today hold a procession in the city on Good Friday . On Good Friday, Christians traditionally remember the life, the passion and the crucifixion of Jesus. The Christians here travelled in a caravan of vans, cars and trucks singing hymns in praise of Christ who sacrificed his life for the sake of humanity. The procession started from the Holy Cross Church at 11. 30 am. It was led by Father Daniel Gill of the Holy Cross Church. The parishioners of the church joined in the procession.

God’s grace: Women devotees at a prayer meeting in a local church on Good Friday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
God’s grace

Project inaugurated


Man booked for not paying cellphone bill
Ludhiana, April 18
The district police has registered a case against a local resident for not paying the bill of CellOne mobile connection of BSNL. The case has been registered against Harpal Singh, a resident of Karabara colony here on a complaint lodged by Mr S.P. Tripathi, a senior official of the local Telephone Department.

Student attacked in GNDE



All work, no play for primary kids
Ludhiana, April 18
What kinds of activities would you suggest for the students of primary classes? Any thinking person would recommend music, dance, drawing, painting, games and educational toys. But unfortunately for the students of Government Primary School of Cinema Road these activities exist in their imagination only.

Best students honoured at KVM annual function
Ludhiana, April 18
The annual prize distribution function of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, was celebrated here today. Taran Khangura of class XII, Anubhav Malhotra of class VIII, Anish Bhatia of class VIII, Jasnoor Basra of class V, Rohan Dhanda of KG section and Sukirat Singh of Nursery were declared all-round best students of senior section, middle section, city branch, primary section, KG section and Nursery, respectively.
Students of Kundan Vidya Mandir who took part in a fancy dress contest
Students of Kundan Vidya Mandir who took part in a fancy dress contest at their annual prize distribution function held in Ludhiana on Friday. — IV

Farm literature worth 49 lakh sold
Ludhiana, April 18
Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, has expressed satisfaction over the increasing popularity of farm literature among Punjab farmers.
Dr Aulakh was speaking at a Publication Committee meeting held on the campus here yesterday.


GNDE College win overall championship
Ludhiana, April 18
Boys of the local Guru Nank Dev Engineering College, gave a stupendous performance to retain the overall championship in the annual athletics meet of Punjab Technical University held at BBSB Engineering College at Fatehgarh Sahib recently. By lifting the title, the college made history of sorts as it bagged this coveted trophy for the third consecutive year.


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