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Children booked ‘for playing in park’
Ludhiana, May 6
Parents beware! Playing in a public park can land your children at police station, if a case registered against four teenagers at the behest of the Sarabha Nagar Municipal Councillor late last night is any indication.

Parents and neighbours of schoolchildren against whom a case was registered at Sarabha Nagar police station in Ludhiana on Monday night. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

City parks soft targets for grabbers
Ludhiana, May 6
The row between residents and a councillor over the use of a park in block J of the Sarabha nagar locality in the city, which took an ugly turn last night, is not a solitary example of misuse of the parks and green belts but a manifestation of a deep rooted malaise, which is the direct result of persistent neglect of city parks by the civic administration.


Amritsar police books Ludhiana cop
Ludhiana, May 6
The Amritsar police has booked a Head Constable of the Ludhiana police, posted with Kotwali police station here, on the charges of involvement in an immigration racket in which several residents of Amritsar had been duped of lakhs of rupees.

PSEB staff strike hits power services
Ludhiana, May 6
Services in the district were affected on day one of the two-day strike by Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) employees. The agitators are up in arms against privatising the board by the state government and implementing the recommendations of the Haldia committee.

A woman taken unawares as a bill collection office is locked due to PSEB employees’ strike against the privatisation move near Chowni Mohalla power station in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
A woman taken unawares as a bill collection office is locked due to PSEB employees’ strike against the privatisation move near Chowni Mohalla

Gesture of medics saves boy’s eye
Ludhiana, May 6
It was a difficult moment for Nachhattar Singh, a poor labourer of Pipli village in Mansa district, when he came to know that his only child, 13-year-old Makhan Singh, was likely to lose his eyesight due to a big tumour in the nose that was pressing the nerves of the eyes.

PERIOD ending March is a tough time for most salaried people who have to meet their tax liability. The Income Tax Department in the city has been most thoughtful and has started dispatching cheques of tax refund for the last financial year.
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SSF dharna against casinos
Ludhiana, May 6
Activists of the Sikh Students Federation (SSF) staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today in protest against the decision of the government to start casinos in Punjab.

Members of the Sikh Students Federation protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Tuesday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
Members of the Sikh Students Federation protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office

Sale deed still elusive
Ludhiana, May 6
A senior citizen of Kitchlu Nagar has charged the Improvement Trust with delaying the execution of a sale deed in her favour in spite of repeated requests. Ms Krishna Katyal, who has not been keeping good health for the past many years, told reporters here today that Flat 266-G under the Improvement Trust Scheme had been transferred to her in April 2002, after which, she had applied for the registration of the sale deed (on April 25, 2002, vide receipt No 844).

A ‘garden’ colony only in name
Sahnewal, May 6
Visit Jugiana, a village situated 3 km from Sahnewal town towards Ludhiana, and you will find that nothing can be more hellish than this “neglected” village. Designated as a garden colony, it is filled with filth and squalor.

PSIEC staff hold gate meeting
Ludhiana, May 6
A gate meeting of employees of the PSIEC posted in various offices situated in Ludhiana was held today at the Punjab Trade Centre building. This meeting was organised as part of the ongoing education campaign launched by the PSIEC staff association throughout the state against the “anti employee attitude of the management and anti-public sector policies of the Union and state government”

‘Make Amritsar no-tobacco city’
Ludhiana, May 6
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, National President, Akali Dal (Amritsar), said here today that his party would soon commence free rural mobile medical care units. Launched at Raikot, such units would gradually reach every doorstep of every village of his constituency.

Govt “committed to Dalits’ welfare”
Ludhiana, May 6
The Punjab Minister for Printing and Stationery, Mr Rakesh Pandey has reiterated the commitment of the Congress government in Punjab to the welfare of the weaker sections and Dalits. 

Process to recruit panchayat secys begins
Ludhiana, May 6
The process to recruit panchayat secretaries to fill 67 vacant posts in the district has been started according to Deputy Commissioner Anurag Agarwal. Giving details, he said the minimum qualification for these posts would be matric and the selected candidates would be paid a fixed amount of Rs 3,000 a month.


Two held for guards’ murder
Ludhiana, May 6
The sensational double murder case of two guards at Vijay Anand Diagnostic Centre was allegedly the handiwork of a relative of another guard and a son of a priest of a nearby Jain temple. The police had claimed that the two accused had committed the murders to hide a theft in the temple.



Teachers flay vigilance raids on schools
Ludhiana, May 6
Condemning the raids by the Vigilance Bureau in schools on last Friday, a joint meeting of presidents and general secretaries of eight unions of primary school teachers was held here today.


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