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DC conducts surprise checks
Single-window system soon for DTO office 
Ludhiana, May 20
A day after joining as the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Mr Anurag Verma, has issued directions to all departments to stop the practice of seeking and sanctioning leave over the telephone.
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, examines the attendance register of the DEO office during a suprise visit Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, examines the attendance register of the DEO office during a surprise visit on Tuesday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Redressal of public grievances is my top priority: DC
Ludhiana, May 20
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, today said top priority of his governance in the district would be the redressal of public grievances effectively and timely, speedy expedition of development projects and efficient implementation of all policies and programmes of the government for the welfare of the people. 


No SIT probe into VCD expose
Ludhiana, May 20
The Punjab Government has changed its earlier decision to get VCD expose investigated by a special investigation team (SIT) headed by an ADGP. The media expose had compelled the government to announce a probe by the SIT into the case involving 11 city cops, who were seen taking bribe in these VCDs from two alleged satta operators.

Travel travails of Army men
Ludhiana, May 20
Most of the Army personnel are feeling more sinned against than sinning after the May 15 fire tragedy in three coaches of the Frontier Mail which led to 36 persons getting charred to death. Most of the deaths are being attributed to the close doors of the coaches which had allegedly been blocked with the luggage of the Army personnel.

Water cess hike: Oppn dharna from today
Ludhiana, May 20
The phased increase in water and sewerage cess over the next five years in the state, announced by the Local Bodies Department, Punjab, has come as a blessing in disguise for the main opposition parties — the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) while the attitude of the ruling Congress, at best, could be described as ‘defensive’ and evasive on the crucial issue, which has evoked strong resentment from the urban population.

Encroachments thrive around Ghanta Ghar
Ludhiana, May 20
Encroachments around Ghanta Ghar, the 99-year-old monument which has acquired the status of the city’s icon over the years, are on the rise. The stately structure continues to be surrounded by an ugly cluster of rehris and autos leaving little place for pedestrians.

City sizzles at 44°C
Ludhiana, May 20
If you are feeling it intensely hot outside, you are right. Because it is for the first time in the last five years that the mercury has already crossed 44°C during these days. Ludhiana recorded a maximum temperature of 44°C today, which is five degrees above normal.

During summers, one does whatever possible to keep cool. The city residents have several swimming pools equipped with the latest filtration plants and modern machines that claim to keep disease away. Despite all this, infections from the pool are commonplace.
  • Appeasing Fire God
  • Vacation time
  • Wireless ‘sermon’
  • ‘Leg-shaking’
  • To be seen only
  • Saviour’s advice
  • Obese policemen


Protest against NDA govt policies today 
Ludhiana, May 20
The stage is set for the statewide strike against the policies of disinvestment, privatisation and anti-people policies of the NDA government by Left parties and farmers organisations for the rasta roko stir tomorrow from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

MLA inaugurates road
Ludhiana, May 20
The Congress Government in Punjab will lay emphasis on the development of undeveloped and underdeveloped localities in the urban areas and a special plan is being devised to provide basic amenities in these localities on a par with other developed colonies.

A clarification



Trade unions divided over today’s strike
Ludhiana, May 20
The ideological differences between the Left-affiliated and other trade unions are likely to affect the tomorrow’s nationwide strike called by the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and its affiliated organisations against the Union Government’s policies of liberalisation and disinvestment.



School kids dance for parents
Ludhiana, May 20
It was a special day for parents of students of Lovely Lotus Nursery School, BRS Nagar, as they watched them dance especially for them at a function held here today.
The parents were thrilled to see their children dance to the tune of “Mama darling, papa darling, I love you. See me dancing just for you”. The children also presented various dance items.
Kids of Lovely Lotus Nursery School show their toys to their parents as they celebrate Parents
Kids of Lovely Lotus Nursery School show their toys to their parents as they celebrate Parents’ Day on Tuesday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

City boy excels in ICSE exam
Ludhiana, May 20
Abhimanyu Singhi, student of Doon School, Dehra Dun, has scored 95.75 per cent in the plus two examination conducted by the ICSE board, the results of which were declared on the Internet last evening.


6 get life term for murder
Ludhiana, May 20
A local court has sentenced six persons, including a woman, to life imprisonment for killing a contractor for not paying them their due share. A fine of Rs 2000 each has also been imposed on them.



SDO shifted for misbehaving with councillor
Ludhiana, May 20
The Commissioner of Municipal Corporation, Mr S.K. Sharma, has ordered the transfer of an SDO in the ‘B and R’ wing of the civic body posted in Zone B for misbehaving with a councillor. An inquiry has been marked to the Zonal Commissioner concerned and strict disciplinary action would be taken against him, if the official was found guilty.


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