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VB serves fresh summons on schools
Ludhiana, April 26
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has issued fresh summons to four top schools in the city to send their representatives to appear before the investigating officer at Chandigarh next week to reply to the charge of seeking donation at the time of admission to kindergarten.

Youth sustains serious burns
Comes in contact with high-tension wires
Ludhiana, April 26
A youth sustained serious burn injuries when he accidentally came in contact with high tension wires in the Kitchlu Nagar area here today.

Stubble burns as admn sleeps
Ludhiana, April 26
Even as the district administration is yet to impose a ban on burning of wheat stubble, farmers in the district have started burning stubble, posing a threat to the environment and the health of the soil.




Fake currency racket smashed, one held
Khanna, April 26
The local police today claimed to have smashed a major fake currency racket with the arrest of a resident of Mandi Gobindgarh, who was kingpin of the gang. Fake currency worth Rs 1.10 lakh was seized from his possession.

‘Diversification a paying proposition’
A progressive farmer, Buta Singh Kular, shows his standing winter maize crop Urna (Macchhiwara), April 26
A large number of farmers at a farmers meet organised by the Punjab Agro Foodgrains Corporation were surprised to know that diversification could pay such rich dividends and that they could reap three crops simultaneously and have time to go in for basmati.

A progressive farmer, Buta Singh Kular, shows his standing winter maize crop at a farmers’ meet organised by the PAFC at Urna village on Saturday. — Photo Pardeep Tewari

Cops’ remand extended
Ludhiana, April 26
All six police personnel arrested in connection with the police-criminal nexus were remanded in police custody for one more day by a districts court. Meanwhile, police sources said the remaining five accused were also likely to surrender soon. 


Encroachments galore in Chaura Bazar
Whatever little width of the road escapes the expansionist tendencies of unlawful occupants is taken by haphazardly parked vehicles in Chaura BazarLudhiana, April 26
The once premier shopping centre, Chaura Bazar, which literally means ‘broad market’, has been rendered so narrow due to encroachments all along the stretch from Clock Tower to Ghas Mandi.

Whatever little width of the road escapes the expansionist tendencies of unlawful occupants is taken by haphazardly parked vehicles in Chaura Bazar, Ludhiana. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Railways apologises to scribe for overcharging
Ludhiana, April 26
The Northern Railway has acted fast in apologising to a senior journalist, who was overcharged by a coach attendant while he was travelling from Ludhiana to New Delhi yesterday morning by the Shatabdi Express, and ordered full refund of the excess amount charged from the scribe.

Pensioners seek separate counters
Ludhiana, April 26
The State Bank of India, Civil Lines, organised a function for pensioners here today. A large number of pensioners attended it. Mr B. R. Kaushal, president of the Punjab State Pensioners Confederation, proposed that during the first 10 days of the month, separate counters for pensioners to enable them to draw their monthly pension should be arranged.


Criminal brought from Tihar Jail
Ludhiana, April 26
The police has brought a criminal on remand here from the Tihar Jail to settle cases pertaining to shootouts that took place last month near Sahnewal between Kashmiri militants and smugglers, who were arrested while carrying fake currency. The criminal was booked under the National Security Act.


Ludhiana sets new record in small savings
Ludhiana, April 26
The Ludhiana district has set a new record in small savings collections under various schemes by mobilising a gross collection of Rs 989.18 crore and a net collection of Rs 523.09 crore during the year ended as compared to the corresponding year that noticed a gross collection of Rs 747.67 crore and a net collection of Rs 403.01 crore.

Jute suits on display at a readymade-garment shop in LudhianaJute suits make waves
Ludhiana, April 26
If you thought jute was a lowly thing used for making sacks, then think again. Jute in its finer ‘avtaar’, woven slightly rough, but aesthetically pleasing is making waves in the fashion scene. Jute suits embroidered with sequins, painted, ‘salwaar’ suits and parallel suits are being displayed in city shops selling readymade garments. The jute fabric in self checks, stripes and in off-white shade is widely available. Moreover, shades in blues, pinks, lemons are also finding a lot of customers.

Jute suits on display at a readymade-garment shop in Ludhiana. — IV



Teachers oppose elementary directorate
Ludhiana, April 26
Hundreds of government primary teachers opposing the introduction of elementary directorate in schools burnt copies of a government notification here today. The members of the Primary Bachao Front, Punjab, comprising eight groups of primary teacher, participated in the demonstration that formed the first phase of their agitation. A rally was also held outside the Mini-Secretariat.

Talent hunt contest held
Ludhiana, April 26
Students of Gupta Model High School participated in a talent hunt contest organised under the aegis of Asian Club International here today.

NAAC team holds inspection
Ludhiana, April 26
To assess the academic and administrative functioning, a team of the National Accreditation and Assessment Council visited GHG Harprakash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, here yesterday.



Laila Memorial Fund for poor children
Ludhiana, April 26
In her remembrance, the paediatrics surgery unit of Christian Medical College and Hospital has set up a fund to support surgical treatment of poor children. The fund will be called Laila Memorial Fund/ Surgically Sick Children’s Fund.



Cricket clinic from May 17
Ludhiana, April 26
After the success of the cricket clinic organised last year here at the Punjab Agricultural University ground by the Ludhiana Parents Cricket Association  where the legendary former Indian captain, Bishen Singh Bedi gave tips to aspiring cricketers, the association has planned to conduct the second clinic from May 17.

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