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Sarpanch suspended for bungling
Ludhiana, April 25
The sarpanch of Bassian village, near Raikot, has been suspended by the Panchayats Department for alleged large-scale irregularities. It has also ordered the recovery of Rs 7 lakh from him.

2 more cops held in police-criminal nexus
A cop, accused in a police-criminal nexus, being taken to court Ludhiana, April 25
Two more cops accused in the sensational police pay-off scandal were arrested by the local police here today even as strong deliberations were on to whether or not register a case against Subash Katty and Bittu Chawla who were seen giving bribes to the cops.

A cop, accused in a police-criminal nexus, being taken to court in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Inderjit Verma


Roof collapse: school looks to social bodies for funds
Ludhiana, April 25
While coffers of the state government seem empty, Government High School at Chowni Mohalla seeks the support of social organisations to help it re-construct the building after the roof collapse incident this Monday.

Employees feel cheated
Ludhiana, April 25
More than seven months after 180 government employees from Ludhiana went to Jammu and Kashmir for poll duty in September last year, they are still awaiting the daily allowances and remunerations for the duty.

Urmila needs a good Samaritan
Ludhiana, April 25
“Urmila is suffering from cervix cancer which is in the first stage. She is just 23 and if timely treatment is provided to her, I am sure she will be alright”, these words were expressed by Dr Veena Jain, Head of the Gynaecology Department, Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Memorial Hospital, who’s treating Urmila.


DC’s detractors get a drubbing
Ludhiana, April 25
The controversy sparked off by the suspension of the local Satluj Club general secretary that resulted in the demand for the transfer of Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, Anurag Agarwal has taken a dramatic turn. His detractors have got a drubbing from the people who matter at the Punjab Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh.

Rs 530 crore to be spent on housing, urban development
Ludhiana, April 25
In order to fulfil the dream of common man to have a house, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, would spend Rs 530 crore on urban development and construction of houses in the city for providing houses to maximum number of people under different categories during the current financial year.

Holiday demanded on Labour Day
Ludhiana, April 25
The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has urged the Union Government to declare International Labour Day on May 1 as a holiday under the Factories Act, the Negotiable Instruments Act and the Shops and Commercial Act so that the working classes could observe the occasion with zeal and spirit.

Protest march by brick-kiln workers
Ludhiana, April 25
Hundreds of brick-kiln workers, led by activists of the Lal Jhanda Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union, took out a protest march from Chatar Singh Park to Mini Secretariat here yesterday, demanding implementation of labour laws and other facilities. The protesters also submitted a memorandum to the district authorities for submission to the state government.

PSEB harassing farmers: BKU
Ludhiana, April 25
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has charged the PSEB with harassing farmers regarding the release of new tubewell connections. The union has threatened the PSEB management with legal action if the long-pending connections are not immediately released and compensation, as directed by the Consumers Forum, is not paid to applicants.

Fall in wheat arrivals

Rally against drug addiction
Ludhiana, April 25
The Bharatiya Yuva Maitrik Sangh held a scooter rally to make people aware of the ill-effects of drug abuse. This was the sangh’s second rally. The rally was held under Mr Goldy, president of the sangh, and was flagged off by Mr Parminder Mehta, Youth Congress leader.



Hoteliers hail move on casinos
Ludhiana, April 25
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab (HRAP) has expressed its gratitude to the Punjab Chief Minister for releasing a “liberal and far-sighted” tourism policy for the state.

Lacklustre takeoff for trade fair
Ludhiana, April 25
Trade and Cultural Fair today failed to take off as planned. According to the organiser, Mr Pritam Singh Bharowal, it was the truckers’ strike that delayed the arrival of goods which were being brought by industrialists and artisans from other states. 

Visitors at the North India Trade and Cultural Fair which was inaugurated at Government College, Ludhiana, on Friday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Visitors at the North India Trade and Cultural Fair which was inaugurated



‘Instant success leads to failure’
Ludhiana, April 25
“Students of today want instant success in every field —be it sports, academics or any other discipline. A youth wanting to excel in sports would not like to toil and sweat but take drugs or capsules that give him instant strength. Similarly, students take shortcut to success in academics by not paying attention in the class but use help books to pass the examination.

Show-cause notice to Bains
Ludhiana, April 25
Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, has ordered that Mr Harcharan Singh Bains, assistant professor in English at the Centre for Communication, Languages and Culture, will not be given next two annual increments. Mr Bains has also been served with a show-cause notice.

200 take part in painting contest
Ludhiana, April 25
Nearly 200 students from 10 schools of the city participated in an inter-school on-the-spot painting contest organised at Malwa Khalsa High School, Model Gram, here today.

Freshers’ party at school
Ludhiana, April 25
It was fun and entertainment for nursery students of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, who were given a warm welcome at a freshers’ party held here today.


A typically Punjabi band
Ludhiana, April 25
‘Dil Chor Munde’ featuring five robust Punjabis — members of the Punjabi Indian Brothers band — released by the HMV is a great hit on MTV, ETC channels these days. The band was formed three years ago with an aim to promoting Punjabi music. They are in the city.


Jalandhar earn 5 points
Ludhiana, April 25
The three-day match of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship (under 15 category) between Ludhiana and Jalandhar which concluded at the Burlton Park ground of Jalandhar ended in a draw today. However, Jalandhar, on the basis of their first innings lead of 99 runs, earned five points while Ludhiana had to content with three points.


Order on school vehicles


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