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Caste politics causes tension in village
Aligarh (Jagraon), June 11
With panchayat elections in mind, vote-cum-caste politics has caused tension in this village situated on the Ludhiana-Jagraon road for the last two days.
The stone that has become a bone of contention between Akali-Dalit and Congress-Jat supporters at Aligarh village. — Photo Inderjit Verma

DC told to inquire into INA veteran’s 
pension case
Bhaini Aroran (Ludhiana), June 11
Almost six decades after she and her husband fought for country’s freedom, Ms Sarjit Kaur, an INA veteran of Bhaini Aroran village has got a ray of hope for getting pension.


Quacks make merry at patients’ cost
Ludhiana, June 11
Known as the centre for medical treatment, Ludhiana offers treatment at a large number of superspeciality centres here. While, these medical centres have flourished, the city has also attracted the largest number of quacks. Unsuspecting patients are being offered treatment for almost all ailments, including AIDS.

Two get life term for murder
Ludhiana, June 11
A city court has sentenced Harjinder Singh, alias Shunty, a resident of New Hargobind Nagar, and his companion Harminder Pal Singh, alias Pappu, of Kamran Road, Ludhiana, to undergo rigorous life imprisonment in a murder case. The two were facing charges of murdering Mohinder Pal Singh, alias Bhanu, in the New Sabzi Mandi area on February 5, 2000.


IHRO team to  visit Talhan
Ludhiana, June 11
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) expressed its concern today over the recent violence at Talhan village, near Jalandhar. The NGO criticised the state government and the district administration for their handling of the situation.

6 cops, 2 undertrials hurt in mishap
Ludhiana, June 11
Ten persons, including six policemen and two undertrials, were injured when a police van overturned on an over-bridge near Hardy’s World on Ludhiana-Jalandhar stretch of National Highway No. 1 here today. Two persons travelling on a rickshaw were also injured.

Injured policemen and rickshaw-pullers wait at the Civil Hospital for medical examination. — Photo IV
Injured policemen and rickshaw-pullers wait at the Civil Hospital for medical examination

Dharna ends, MC worker cremated
Ludhiana, June 11
An employee of the local municipal corporation, Ashok Kumar, who had died yesterday due to an electric shock, was cremated here today after the Sangharsh Samiti of Nagar Nigam called off the dharna. An assurance was given by the MC top brass that an eligible member of the family of the deceased would be recruited on compassionate grounds.

Nagar Panchayat chief quits
Sahnewal, June 11
The resignation of Dr Shamsher Singh Kaile from the post of President, Nagar Panchayat, Sahnewal, was accepted at a meeting held at the Nagar Council office yesterday.

5-day Cong training camp opens
Ludhiana, June 11
“The Congress Seva Dal is a group comprising disciplined party workers, who could consolidate the party base by training cadres at training camps.” This was stated by Mr Jagmohan Sharma, president, District Congress Committee (Urban), while inaugurating a five-day training camp being organised by the district unit(rural) of the Congress Seva Dal here today.

Cong workers’ conference
Doraha, June 11
The Congress organised a block-level conference at the Sangam Palace, Payal, on Wednesday, with a view to mobilising its workers for the panchayat elections scheduled to be held on June 29.

Calligraphy, tie and dye fascinate many
Ludhiana, June 11
Calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing, has been around for as long as writing began. Thanks to persons like Anis Siddiqui the art has gained a lot of popularity. Anubhav, Ishita, Surbhi, Arnav, Abhishek are all thrilled as they now have an improved handwriting. They were often scolded in class for bad handwriting.

Mr Bashir Ahmed teaches basics of tie and dye at a workshop in Ludhiana.
Mr Bashir Ahmed teaches basics of tie and dye at a workshop

Gurpurb schedule
Ludhiana, June 11
Mr Sarwan Singh, president, Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Old Sabzi Mandi, said today that the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev would be observed on June 14, 15 and 16 in accordance with the Nanakshahi calendar.

Follow Haryana pattern on reimbursement

he recent decision of the Haryana Government, allowing government employees, pensioners and family pensioners complete reimbursement of expenditure incurred by them on indoor as well as outdoor treatment on complicated chronic diseases on the notified list is appreciable.

150 LPG cylinders confiscated
Ludhiana, June 11
As part of a special campaign to check the commercial sale and use of LPG and the places, where LPG can cause fire, a special drive was carried out in the city by six teams of official of the Food and Supply Department today.

Mehta’s nomination welcomed


JE held on graft charge
Ludhiana, June 11
The local Vigilance Bureau today arrested a Junior Engineer (JE) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from a person in lieu of allowing him to run a tubewell on “kundi” connection.

Couple booked for PFC loan default
Ludhiana, June 11
The Shimlapuri police has registered a case under Section 406 of the IPC on the basis of an application from the Punjab Finance Corporation against Parminder Singh and his wife Ajit Kaur of Sherpur Road. The corporation had alleged that the accused had taken a loan for Rs 21,99,000 from it for the construction of a factory on October 17, 1996, but did not return the money.


SBI takes lead in banning stapled notes
Ludhiana, June 11
Following the directions of the Reserve Bank of India in favour of using paper bands instead of stapling wads of currency notes, the State Bank of India has become the first bank to accept and issue unstapled notes only.

Industrialists meet CBDT chief
Ludhiana, June 11
The Federation of Tiny and Small Industries has resented the raising of eligibility limit for Small Scale Industry (SSI) from Rs 3 crore to 5 crore. A deputation of the federation has presented a memorandum in his regard to Mr A.K. Singh, Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).


Fruit, vegetable varieties released
Ludhiana, June 11
At a meeting of the Variety Approval Committee for vegetables, fruits and flowers held at Punjab Agricultural University here today, four new varieties of vegetables and two varieties of fruits developed by chairmanship of Dr Jagtar Singh Mann, Director, Horticulture, Government of Punjab.

‘Withdraw plan on farm price freeze’
Ludhiana, June 11
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) today flayed the Union Government’s decision to maintain the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy at the previous year’s level and called upon the government to withdraw the plan on freezing farm prices.


Standing committee on tuition fee soon
Ludhiana, June 11
The Punjab Government is likely to announce the setting up of the standing committee for fixing tuition fee and reserving seats for different categories for admission to the MBBS course at private medical colleges in the state as recommended by the Union Health Ministry in accordance with the judgement of the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court.

360 primary schools get grant for toilets
Ludhiana, June 11
As many as 360 government primary schools of the district have received grant for construction of toilets.
The grant has been issued after a survey by the District Education Department under the Sarb Sikhya Abhiyan scheme. The schools were sent forms that were to be filled by the headmasters giving details of their requirement.

Students hold exhibition of handicrafts
Ludhiana, June 11
A 10-day summer camp at Gupta Model High School, Club Road, concluded with an exhibition of handicrafts arranged by the participating students. The students displayed soft toys, wall hangings, school bags, photo frames, pottery, paper flowers and embroidered as well as hand painted clothes.  These included bed sheets, table covers, suits with dupattas, handkerchiefs and towels. Wall hangings with patterns such as of peacocks made of broken bangles, bells, mirrors and shells were also on display. Fancy school bags in the shape of kites, teddy bears and monkey were also exhibited.

Visitors at an exhibition of handicrafts arranged by students of Gupta Model High School in Ludhiana.
Visitors at an exhibition of handicrafts arranged by students of Gupta Model High School


Anil Bharti XI record win
Ludhiana, June 11
Fine all round performance by two brothers, Lalit Malhotra (32 runs and 5 for 36) and Bharat Malhotra (60 n.o. and 3 for 23), enabled Anil Bharti XI beat Lokesh Khanna XI by two wickets and register their second consecutive victory in the seventh Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament (U-14) being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at the Arya College for Boys ground here today.


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