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Boy’s parents deny abduction
Say SP’s daughter, their son have married
Ludhiana, July 21
The suspected love angle behind the alleged abduction case of a daughter of a Punjab SP, came to the fore today when the parents of the suspect claimed in a district court that the “eloped” couple had got married.

Coop society staff dupe farmers
Peon says he had told Badal about irregularities
Ludhiana, July 21
Members of the Kila Raipur Cooperative Agricultural Society have been asked to repay the loans which they had already repaid. The amount repaid by them had allegedly not been credited into their accounts, courtesy certain employees, who had reportedly pocketed the same.

Save challan or ‘jaan’, choice is yours
Ludhiana, July 21
What do Mr Surinder Singh, currently lodged in the trauma ward of the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ms Tannum, admitted to Satluj Hospital, and Mr Rajinder Kumar (all names changed) have in common? No they do not suffer from HIV, nor do they have cholera or jaundice.  They all share a common habit — each one, till now refused to wear a seat belt while travelling in a vehicle.


Sordid tale of lust, deceit
Ludhiana, July 21
Blinded by the desire to migrate to Canada, a resident of Sadarpura village sent his wife to Canada after a registered marriage with his NRI brother, who raped her for many years.

Performing feats of faith
Ludhiana, July 21
Several South Indians have settled in the walled city of Ludhiana. Though a new generation of South Indians has sprung up, it has not forgotten its rites and rituals and takes out religious processions dedicated to Mariamma.

A matter of faith: South Indian devotees of Sheetla Mata (Mariamma) take out a procession in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
A matter of faith


Final round for voter cards from July 27
Ludhiana, July 21
The final round of photography for the preparation of photo identity cards of the voters in 58-Ludhiana West Vidhan Sabha constituency will be done on July 27 to July 28 from 8 am to 6 pm.

Epidemic threat in Dugri
Ludhiana, July 21
Residents of Phase-I of Dugri are living under the threat of an epidemic as a park in their area has been converted into a pond after rain lashed the city two days ago. At places, about a foot-deep water is collected in the park, which has remained neglected for years.

Accumulated rainwater at the Pakhowal road near a level crossingRain floods city areas
Ludhiana, July 21
Rain and gutsy winds lashed the city and surrounding areas for almost three hours this morning with the result that most of the city roads and low-lying areas remained under water, affecting normal life in many localities. Office-goers and schoolchildren had to wade through ankle-deep water at several places. Accumulation of rainwater was reported from several localities, both in the old city areas and posh colonies.

Accumulated rainwater at the Pakhowal road near a level crossing in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Autorickshaw passengers a harassed lot
Ludhiana, July 21
In the absence of a proper transportation system to take commuters from one part of the city to another, thousands of autorickshaws running on city roads are indeed serving the people well. These are readily available and can be stopped anywhere one prefers.

Action against councillor’s  husband sought
Ludhiana, July 21
The incident in which the husband of Ms Santosh Mehra, Congress councillor, had allegedly slapped a Subdivisional Engineer of the Municipal Corporation has prompted the association of Subdivisional Engineers and Junior Engineers to seek stern action against the accused.

Employees to join stir on July 23
Amloh, July 21
A meeting of the Class IV Government Employees Union, Amloh, was held under the chairmanship of its senior vice-president, Mr Joginder Paul. The union decided to participate in the government employees’ rally to be organised at Patiala on July 23 in protest against the alleged anti-employee policies of the state government.

Cheque given to jawan’s widow
Ludhiana, July 21
Tributes were paid to Subedar Brahm Dass Sharma of 17 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, who was killed by militants in Srinagar, and an ex-gratia relief was given to his widow during a function here today.
Brig Sunil Dhawan, Station Commander, Ludhiana, talks to Ms Nirmala Devi (centre) after handing over a cheque for Rs 2 lakh to her as ex-gratia payment by the Jammu and Kashmir Government. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Brig Sunil Dhawan, Station Commander, Ludhiana, talks to Ms Nirmala Devi


Man booked for suicide bid
Ludhiana, July 21
On the statement of Mr Ravinder Pal Singh, ASI, the Division No 7 police yesterday registered a case of attempted suicide under Section 309 of the IPC against an unknown driver of a three-wheeler, who allegedly tried to kill himself by hitting his vehicle against a truck.


Industry rues lack of infrastructure 
Ludhiana, July 21
Lack of infrastructure and the indifference of the government towards their problems has set industrialists up in arms against the government. Be it the price of steel, which has been witnessing a continuous increase for the last one year, electricity tariff or the condition of roads or drainage system, industrialists feel that they have nothing to cheer about.



No Principal in four  city colleges
Ludhiana, July 21
The new academic session has begun, but at least four city colleges — Arya College for Boys, GGN Khalsa College, Devki Devi Jain Girls’ College and Guru Nanak Girls’ College, Model Town — still do not have a Principal at the helm. They have senior most teachers acting as Principal.

LBP to hold rallies from July 28
Ludhiana, July 21
The Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) will hold district wise rallies from July 28 onwards to protest against the massive fee hike in the colleges in the state. According to party chief and MP Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, the hike will rob the poor students of an opportunity to pursue higher education.

Student unions urge govt to withdraw fee hike
Ludhiana, July 21
The Ludhiana Students Union today blocked the Ferozepore road for half an hour in the morning to express resentment against fee hike. The 1000-strong crowd of students raised slogans against the Congress Government and presented a memorandum to Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner.

SVM School celebrates annual day
Ludhiana, July 21
The management and staff of Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, organised the school’s annual prize-distribution function here today.
Students presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion.


Man gets 7 years for dowry death
Ludhiana, July 21
A fast-track court has sentenced Parminder Kumar of Payal to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment for the death of his wife, Shivani, just four months after the marriage. The cause of the death was poisoning.



Legal notice served on DMCH
Ludhiana, July 21
The Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) has been served a legal notice for the alleged malpractice being indulged in at the institute. Dr Hitesh Mahajan, a resident of BRS Nagar, and Mr Anil Gupta, a Sunder Nagar resident, through a court notice, have alleged that the authorities at the institute had directed the doctors to keep patients for more days at the hospital (even if not required) to shell out more money from patients. 


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