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Truck destroyed in fire, major tragedy averted
Ludhiana, May 18
Having learnt lessons from the two recent fires in the city, the firefighters averted a major tragedy when they put out a fire that could have turned a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) godown into yet another inferno.
The truck that rammed into an overhead wire Firefighters put out the fire in the truck
The truck that ran into an overhead wire; and (right) firefighters put out the fire in the truck in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photos IV

Probe team re-enacts scene
Ludhiana, May 18
As part of the ongoing investigation into the cause of fire that ravaged three compartments of the Golden temple express, killing 36 persons, the inquiry team headed by the Commissioner, Railway Safety, today re-enacted the scenario on the day of the train fire to ascertain its exact cause. 


Man detained illegally for 17 hours
Ludhiana, May 18
A man was allegedly kept, under illegal detention for about 17 hours and ill-treated by Sunder Nagar police post officials in order to pressurise him for presenting his son before the police.

Girl sends greedy groom packing
GeetaLudhiana, May 18
A Ludhiana girl has set an example for others to follow by refusing to marry a Delhi-based man who was demanding Rs 30,000 from her father here last evening. High drama took place at her residence in Baba Deep Singh Nagar when the girl told the groom to go back after he insisted that he would take her only if her father fulfilled his demands.

Rs 225 cr to be spent on water, sewerage
Ludhiana, May 18
The Punjab Government has launched a drive to ensure adequate water supply and proper sewerage facilities in all cities and towns of the state. The government has already released Rs 145 crore for the purpose in the first phase.

Encroachment drive makes no headway
Ludhiana, May 18
Even as the plan, drawn up by the district administration to clear encroachments on the approach road to Christian Medical College & Hospital (CMC&H), is still to make headway, the tragic fire accident that took place in the Frontier Mail near the city on Thursday has once again brought to the fore the need to take drastic measures in this respect and that too without losing time.

Students threaten stir, demand re-examination
Ludhiana, May 18
Hundreds of students of Government Colleges of Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana and the PU campus in Chandigarh have asked the Controller of Examinations and the Vice-Chancellor that instead of giving them grace marks for setting an out-of-course mathematics paper (No. 604) for the MA and M.Sc courses, the PU should conduct the examination again.

Joggers’ paradise lacks security cover
Ludhiana, May 18
The sprawling Leisure Valley with its colourful shrubs, manicured lawns, gurgling fountains and an undulating joggers’ track on the Convent Road, of Sarabha Nagar is like an oasis in the concrete jungle of the city. It is picturesque and offers great delight to walkers.

Leisure Valley on the Convent Road, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
Leisure Valley on the Convent Road, Sarabha Nagar


‘Cong should stick  to manifesto’
Ludhiana, May 18
Despite promises made in the Congress election manifesto, nothing has been done so far by the Congress government for the welfare of employees and pensioners. The party manifesto had promised a hike in medical allowance, rent allowance to pensioners, and implementation of pending recommendations of the fourth Punjab Pay Commission.

Exempt Sikh women from wearing helmets: IHRO
Ludhiana, May 18
Sikh women should be exempted from wearing helmets as was being done in the UK, the USA, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia besides other countries across the globe.

Employees to block traffic on May 21
Ludhiana, May 18
To protest against the decision of the Central Government to retrench 1 crore workers and close down of over 1 lakh small-scale units, the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF) has decided to participate in the nationwide strike on May 21 and block traffic in all parts of the state.



‘Drop move to appoint teachers on contract’
Ludhiana, May 18
The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF) urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to drop the proposal to fill the posts of teachers of various categories on contract basis through zila parishads and panchayat samities.

Yoga camps for students
Ludhiana, May 18
On the second day of the sports camp and the third day of summer workshops at BVM Schools, participants were seen enjoying the fruits of their creative labour in the workshops of drawing, painting, soft-toy making, embroidery, handwork and embossing etc. All other workshops continued as usual.

Govt school that sets an example for others to follow
The parents and teachers of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Dholewal Chowk, have set an example which if followed by other government schools of the district can really help in raising the standards of education.

A signboard of the school giving details about the PTA project of the school. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
A signboard of the school giving details about the PTA project

Teachers working with dedication and devotion
t is not just the building that has improved, even the teachers of the school have shown much dedication in the past two years, says Mr Surinder Paul Gaur, Officiating Principal. He said that the teachers not just perform teaching duties but also work for the overall development of the students encouraging them to participate in extra-curricular activities.

Poems by students



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