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Two inspectors, ASI penalised; 2 constables suspended
Ludhiana, June 16
Two inspectors, including an SHO, an ASI and two constables were identified and penalised by the district police today for helping and harbouring an accused cop, Inspector Paramjit Singh, in the cop-on-the-run case here.

Cong, Akalis set to battle it out
Ludhiana, June 16
Although the panchayat elections are not fought on party lines, yet there is hectic activity in the ruling Congress and the opposition Akali Dal with both the parties sponsoring candidates in every segment.

Farmers get uninterrupted power supply
Ludhiana, June 16
Leaving no stone unturned to woo voters on the eve of the panchayat elections in the state, the Punjab Government has ensured uninterrupted eight-hour power supply to the agriculture sector. The weather gods also seem to be in favour of the government as there is no dearth of irrigation water in the canals.


Father’s Day a low-key affair
Ludhiana, June 16
There was not much hype and hoopla on Father’s Day yesterday. Gaurav of Isha Continental says the sale of cards on Father’s Day was far less as compared to Mother’s Day, which fell on May 11. Women could be seen bringing their children to buy cards for their fathers.

Gurdas Mann enthrals audience
Ludhiana, June 16
Dressed in a bright red kurta and a lungi, and an embroidered jacket, Gurdas Mann captivated audience with his performance, shaking his ‘chimta’ vigorously and playing on his ‘dhafli’ at a mega concert held at South City in Ludhiana last evening.

The police uses batons to disperse the crowd that had gone to attend the Gurdas Mann nite at South City in Ludhiana on Sunday night. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
The police uses batons to disperse the crowd that had gone to attend the Gurdas Mann nite at South City


DCC is a house divided
Ludhiana, June 16
New alignments are taking place in the District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (urban and rural). The presidents of the DCC (urban and rural) Mr K.K. Bawa and Mr Gurdev Singh Lapran, respectively, have been replaced by Mr Jagmohan Sharma and Mr Harmohinder Singh Pradhan, a former MLA.

Congress undertakes mass mobilisation drive
Ludhiana, June 16
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) has launched a concerted drive to hold public meetings in each of the 210 blocks in the state to apprise the people of the programmes and policies of the Congress government as also to expose the misdeeds of the previous SAD-BJP coalition government.

BJP for steps to check conversions
Ludhiana, June 16
Expressing concern over the alleged conversion of Dalit Sikhs and Hindus or those from the weaker sections of society to Christianity, the BJP has urged the Union Government to take effective steps against the trend.

Electroplaters demand CBI probe into land scam
Ludhiana, June 16
The Ludhiana Electroplaters Association has demanded a CBI inquiry into an alleged land scam involving the sale of 110 acres by the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) at a price much lower than the market rate. The alleged scandal involved top politicians and bureaucrats during the tenure of late Chief Minister Beant Singh.

Encroachers rule the roost in tyre market
Ludhiana, June 16
With encroachments galore on both sides of the narrow road of the tyre market, right in front of the railway station, the entire stretch has become a persistent problem for commuters and a large number of traders of Kesar Ganj Mandi, books market, Lakkar Bazar and Saban Bazar, for whom the road is a convenient shortcut to their respective markets.
Heaps of tyres stacked all over the road in the tyre market in Ludhiana hardly leave any room for commuters to pass by. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Heaps of tyres stacked all over the road in the tyre market

Revenue document eludes him
Ludhiana, June 16
Four Ludhiana Deputy Commissioners have come and gone, but a 70-year-old man of the nearby Dhandra village is yet to get a copy of a revenue record. Mr Bhajan Singh, a poor farmer, who claims to be the owner of agricultural land worth Rs 2 crore at Dhandra village, has been forced to live life in penury as he has been unable to procure a copy of the ‘farad’, which would prove his possession on the land.

Waiting for recognition of brave act
Ludhiana , June 16
Even as the district administration here recently announced awards for brave citizens achieving rare milestones, five youths of Issewal village are waiting for such a recognition for the past one and a half years.

From left — Harjinder Singh, Baljinder Singh Nambardar, Manpreet Singh and Baljinder Singh. — A file photo 
From left — Harjinder Singh, Baljinder Singh Nambardar, Manpreet Singh and Baljinder Singh

Award for Anu Sharma
Ludhiana, June 16
In view of the exemplary courage and presence of mind shown by Ms Anu Sharma, who single handedly thwarted a robbery bid by four gun-wielding robbers, the administration has decided to honour her on the Independence Day function on August 15.

Tulsa to be  honoured  on I-Day
Ludhiana, June 16
For achieving marvellous success in the plus two examination, the district administration has decided to honour Tulsa who had topped the examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board, at the Independence Day function.


1,200 pouches of liquor seized
Ludhiana, June 16
The Jagraon police today claimed to have achieved a major success against bootleggers by confiscating 1,200 pouches of liquor, each of 180 ml, being smuggled into the region. The liquor was smuggled for use in panchayat elections, police sources said.


Nine dairy farmers honoured
Ludhiana, June 16
With an aim to give a fillip to dairy farming in the state, the Society for Advancement of Research in Animal Sciences (SARAS), Punjab Agricultural University, in association with the Punjab Dairy Farmers’ Association honoured top nine progressive farmers of Punjab during a function held at Wheat Auditorium here today.


PCCTU opposes shifting of classes
Ludhiana, June 16
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union expressed resentment over the decision of the Punjab government and the colleges to stop admissions to plus two classes. The decision taken by the government to shift the classes from colleges to schools needed to be reversed forthwith.

NCC national integration camp at Koom Kalan
Ludhiana, June 16
Punjab’s first special NCC National Integration Camp (NIC) is being held at Koom Kalan from June 17 to June 28. As many as 500 NCC cadets from all over the country are participating in this camp. The 16 NCC Directorates will send 10 boys and six girls to the camp.

MBA entrance test on June 20



Medical Council’s move hailed
Ludhiana, June 16
The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association has appreciated the move of the Punjab Medical Council (PMC) to re-enter the names of doctors in the “updated medical register” which were “illegally” erased by the previous Registrar of the council. The newly appointed Registrar has invited applications up to July 11, 2003, from all the doctors registered with the PMC mentioning their registration numbers.


Punjab eves win medal after 12 years
Ludhiana, June 16
Punjab girls clinched a bronze medal in the 54th Junior National Basketball Championship held from June 7 to 14 here at the indoor basketball stadium of the Guru Nanak Sports Complex. It was after a gap of more than a decade that Punjab girls had finished among medal winners. In was in 1981 during the National meet at Madgaon (Goa), Punjab cagers (girls) emerged victorious to bag the title.


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