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Burglary at ex-MP’s house
Valuables worth Rs 7 lakh stolen
Ludhiana, June 24
The house of an Akali leader and former Member of Parliament, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bulara, was burgled by four robbers, including a cook, at Jugiana village, near Sahnewal, on the intervening night of June 21 and 22. The burglars committed the crime by drugging three servants present in the house.
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bulara shows a ransacked room of her house at Jugiana village, near Sahnewal Ms Rajinder Kaur Bulara shows a ransacked room of her house at Jugiana village, near Sahnewal, on Tuesday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

Garcha’s appointment creates ripples
Ludhiana, June 24
The appointment of Mr Ashok Garcha as Chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust has created ripples within the local Congress. A number of Congress leaders had been vying for this post ever since the Congress government took over in Punjab and the previous Chairman, Mr M.M. Vyas, resigned from this post.

BKU to fight for farmers’ rights
Ludhiana, June 24
Calling the decision of the Union government to freeze the minimum support price (MSP) of various crops as ‘‘anti-farmer’’, the Bharti Kisan Union, Punjab, today announced that it would launch a protest against the same in the state.
Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal and Prof Manjit Singh Qadian, president and secretary-general, BKU, respectively, at a press conference in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — IV
Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal and Prof Manjit Singh Qadian, president and secretary-general, BKU

Youth drowned in Sutlej
Ludhiana, June 24
Two days after a 18-year-old-boy of the local Aman Nagar area drowned in the Sutlej, his body was retrieved by divers near Phillaur today. Jagdish Bahadur, a son of a migrant from UP had gone to attend a fair on a samadh on Sunday morning along with six other boys. From there he had gone to take a dip in the Sutlej.

Members of Jagdish Bahadur’s family mourn his death at Aman Nagar, Ludhiana, on Tuesday. — IV
Members of Jagdish Bahadur’s family mourn his death at Aman Nagar

Suicides on the rise in city
Ludhiana, June 24
Unsuccessful love affairs, failure to repay loans, academic competition, peer pressure and easy availability of drugs have led to a sharp rise in suicides in the city over the past two years. The increase in the number of reported cases of suicides or attempts in the district has assumed alarming proportions, but at the same time several cases go unreported as families fear police harassment.

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MC plan to beautify entry points
Ludhiana, June 24
The Municipal Corporation has drawn up an ambitious plan for the beautification of all entry points to the city to enhance its aesthetic looks and to give a better impression to the visitors to the city. Preliminary work on the project has already been completed and the first phase of the proposed beautification plan would be in place within three months.

Cycle patrolling to come to city, courtesy DIG
Ludhiana, June 24
Residents of the city would soon witness a unique way of policing in the form of cycle patrolling by policemen in narrow lanes and crowded bazaars of the old city. This was announced here today by the new DIG of Ludhiana police range, Mr Sidharth Chattopadhaya.

The new DIG, Mr Sidharth Chattopadhaya, talks to mediapersons after joining office in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — IV
The new DIG, Mr Sidharth Chattopadhaya, talks to mediapersons after joining office

‘Cable operators evading tax’
Ludhiana, June 24
Activists of the Cable Upbhokta Sangharsh Committee today charged the cable operators with massive evasion of service tax on monthly subscription charges and urged the Department of Central Excise to initiate necessary steps to check the loss to the government exchequer.
Activists of the Cable Upbhokta Sangharsh Committee submit a memorandum to the Commissioner, Central Excise and Customs, in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — IV
Activists of the Cable Upbhokta Sangharsh Committee submit a memorandum to the Commissioner, Central Excise and Customs

Club members averse to poll
Seek outcome of probe
Ludhiana, June 24
Members of the local Satluj Club have resented the announcement of election to the post of general secretary of the club by the district administration without holding an inquiry into the causes that led to the suspension of the former club general secretary from the post as well as the membership of the club. Members, some of whom have been active for over five decades, say by pushing things under the carpet the administration is trying to absolve itself of all responsibility.

Efforts on to improve environment: Johar
Ludhiana, June 24
Elaborate measures were being taken to improve environment in all localities of the city. The parks in every mohalla would be properly developed and beautified, so that people could use these for morning walks and other purposes, said Higher Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar.

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Two gangs busted
Ludhiana, June 24
The local police has claimed to have busted a four-member gang of chain-purse snatchers, which was active in the city, especially in Civil Lines, Sarabha Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and Model Town colonies.

Labourer killed in roof collapse


Proposed hike in steel prices worries industry
Ludhiana, June 24
The proposal of major steel producing companies to increase the price of steel by Rs 500 to Rs 600 per tonne seems to have sent shivers down the spine of the industry, which is already reeling under recession and has been facing consistent price hike during the past one year.

LSE set to become corporate entity
Ludhiana, June 24
The Board of Directors of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE) has started taking effective steps for the demutualisation of the exchange and setting up a committee under the chairmanship of Mr Jaspal Kania, Committee President of the LSE.

Bank opens branch for SSI
Ludhiana, June 24
Mr N.K.Puri, Managing Director of the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, today inaugurated a specialised branch for small-scale industry (SSI) on the GT Road. The branch, he said, had been opened up to promote small-scale industry and provide them with finance and other banking services.

Hike in courier service rates in the offing
Ludhiana, June 24
Courier service is likely to become costlier in the country following the proposed hike by airlines on baggage. The sources said the courier companies were likely to increase the rates by about 35 per cent. This was likely to effect the industry, trade and commerce as most of the business is conducted through private courier companies only.



PCTE boy tops in BCA
Ludhiana, June 24
Sunny Bansal, a BCA third semester student of the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), has stood first in Punjab Technical University by scoring 614 marks out of 700. Harleen Kaur, a student from the same college, has bagged third position in the university and second in the district with 609 marks.

Delay in results draws flak
Mandi Gobindgarh, June 24
With results of BA (III) and BCom (III) classes of Punjabi University yet to be declared, the last date to apply for entrance tests for admission to law and MA classes expired on June 18 and June 23, respectively.

Akashdeep, Sheebra declared best campers
Ludhiana, June 24
A fortnight-long summer camp being organised at Jingles Pre-Nursery and Nursery School, Model Town, concluded here yesterday.
Students recited shabads, sang Punjabi folk songs and danced to the tunes of latest Hindi numbers. 


From sad songs to peppy numbers
Ludhiana, June 24
Dedication to one’s profession, coupled with luck, does provide opportunities to the promising singers and writers like Raj Kumar. After learning the basics of song writing from Ustad Chann Guriyanwale, Raj finally got a break. The ustad used to write songs for Punjabi films. Raj learnt from him the technicalities of song writing.


Mothers get tips on child care
Ludhiana, June 24
Jaycees organised a programme on mother and child care at City Walk, Ferozepore road, here on Sunday. The programme covered various aspects of the mother-child relationship. Several doctors and psychologists, including Dr Mandeep Kaur, a gynaecologist at Kapoor Hospital, answered queries of mothers regarding their problems. Dr Aditi Satija, Consultant Psychologist, gave tips on solving family-related problems.

CMCH, Hero Cycles tie up on health care
Ludhiana, June 24
The Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) has tied up with Hero Cycles to impart health education to industrial population for prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).

4 more ultrasound units registered
Ludhiana, June 24
A meeting of the advisory committee under the PNDT Act 94 was held here today under the guidance of the Civil Surgeon, Dr S.N.Tewari. Dr Tewari said four more ultrasound clinics in the district were registered recently.

Workshop on health, hygiene begins
Ludhiana, June 24
A five-day summer workshop for children being organised by the Department of Human Development and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, was inaugurated here yesterday.


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