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Improvement Trust members declare war on corruption
Ludhiana, July 25
The crusade against corruption in the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, spearheaded by its newly appointed Chairman, Mr Ashok Garcha, got a shot in the arm today when a trustee, Mrs Jagpal Kaur Khangura, accumulated hundreds of supporters and declared a war against corruption.

Major fire in factory 
Lucky escape for workers
Onlookers watch the smoke coming out of a factory that caught fire in Ganesh NagarLudhiana, July 25
A major tragedy was averted when fire that broke out in a factory was prevented from spreading to residential areas in Ganesh Nagar near Cheema Chowk this afternoon. The fire that broke out in yarn storage of the factory was controlled after nearly two hours. While stocks and machinery were gutted, there was no loss of life.

Onlookers watch the smoke coming out of a factory that caught fire in Ganesh Nagar
in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


Teachers’ poll duty brings schools to a halt
Ludhiana, July 25
As hundreds of teachers of the district have been sent for preparing voter cards for the Vidhan Sabha elections, it has hit the functioning of various government schools here.

Cop killers get life sentence
Ludhiana, July 25
A fast-track court has sentenced Varinder Kumar of Shanti Vihar Colony, Bhamian Kalan, and Gulshan Kumar of Quality Chowk, Shimlapuri, to rigorous life imprisonment on the charge of killing constable Jasvir Singh when he was on duty. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on them.

Woman forced to undergo abortion, abandoned
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 25
To teach a lesson to a newly wed pregnant woman for not putting pressure on her widowed mother to sell the last piece of land in her possession and bring home a new Icon car, her inlaws beat her up mercilessly. They also got the foetus aborted.

Wheat scam in Punsup depot, one suspended
Amloh, July 25
A Rs 66.5 lakh wheat scam in the Amloh depot of Punsup was unearthed in a probe by a two-member committee constituted by the Managing Director. Field Officer Ashok Didwal and Assistant Manager B.S. Rana, who conducted the inquiry, found the stock short in two open plinths.


A loving home for orphans
Ludhiana, July 25
Sakshi loves to climb on Mr Sarwan Singh when he visits Nishkam Bal Sadan, a home for orphans being run by the Nishkam Seva Ashram. Sakshi, a year old, was left at a hospital here by her mother soon after delivery. Nurses looked after her and waited for someone to adopt her.

Abandoned children with Mr Sarwan Singh at Nishkam Shishu Sewa Sadan in Ludhiana. — Photo Inderjeet Verma
Abandoned children with Mr Sarwan Singh at Nishkam Shishu Sewa Sadan

Moved by faith, Kawarias march on
Ludhiana, July 25
With Shivratri just a few days away, Kawarias — worshippers of Lord Shiva — have once again been taking the arduous trek to Haridwar and even beyond, to Gomukh, for procuring holy water from the Ganges to bathe the Shivalingam on the last day of the month of Shravan.

Kawarias carrying the Ganges water from Gomukh to Kot Kapura pass through Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
Kawarias carrying the Ganges water from Gomukh to Kot Kapura pass through Ludhiana

Mr S.L. Sehgal, Executive Director, Rishab Spinning MillsFully grown palm tree  transplanted
Ludhiana, July 25
In a drive to conserve ecology, a fully grown palm tree was transplanted with the help of cranes to save it from high-tension wires passing over it. Done at a cost of Rs 12,000, the transplantation of the palm took three days of preparation by a horticulturist and two hours of strenuous effort by a group of 25 workers. When two trees were planted a few years ago on the premises of Rishab Spinning Mills, a venture of Nahar Exports, there were no high-tension wires.

Mr S.L. Sehgal, Executive Director, Rishab Spinning Mills, directs transplantation of a full-grown tree on the company premises at Jodhan near Ludhiana. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Beauty talk at Teej celebrations
Ludhiana, July 25
Niharika Ladies Club organised Teej celebrations here today. Club members organised a “teej Queen” contest on the occasion and a special talk on beauty and health care was delivered by Dr Mitali, a beauty expert from Delhi.

Members of Niharika Ladies Club at "Teej Queen" festival Students of Little Blossom Nursery School, Model Gram
Members of Niharika Ladies Club at “Teej Queen” festival on Friday in Ludhiana.
— Photo Pradeep Tewari
Students of Little Blossom Nursery School, Model Gram, Ludhiana, celebrate Teej on Friday.

Adi Dharam Samaj rally
Ludhiana, July 25
The Adi Dharam Samaj, one of the leading religious organisations in the city, will hold a scooter and motor cycle rally which would start from Bhagwan Mahavir Gate in Jawahar Nagar Camp tomorrow, Mr Adi Parkash, president of the religious body’s local chapter, said here today.

Nomination for advisory panel
Ludhiana, July 25
A district-level sales tax advisory committee approved by the Governor of Punjab will be formulated under the chairmanship of the Assistant Commissioner, Excise and Taxation.


Servant decamps with cash, ornaments
Ludhiana, July 25
The Haibowal police has registered a case under Section 381 of the IPC on a complaint filed by Mr Anand Jain of Durga Puri against his servant Chander Shekhar, alias Raj Kumar, of Gonda district in Uttar Pradesh.


Rs 100 cr subsidy for entrepreneurs
Ludhiana, July 25
The Punjab Government has drafted an industrial policy under which a subsidy of Rs 100 crore has been earmarked to give the much-needed impetus to the industrial sector, besides encouraging entrepreneurs to set up units and reviving closed and sick units.

Training programme on industrial safety
Ludhiana, July 25
A two-day training programme on “Industrial safety in textile and general engineering training” concluded at Vardhman Spinning and General Mills here yesterday. The programme was organised by the Directorate of Factories, Punjab and Punjab Industrial Safety Council, in collaboration with Vardhman Spinning and General Mills.



Students participate in  seminar on aviation
Ludhiana, July 25
Only five of the 40 schools sent their students for a science seminar organised for the Ludhiana East constituency held at Ramgarhia Boys Senior Secondary School, Millerganj.

Participants appear for a test prior to the science seminar conducted by the District Education Department in Ludhiana on Friday.
Participants appear for a test prior to the science seminar conducted by the District Education Department in Ludhiana


Court remand for Gurjinder
Ludhiana, July 25
Mr Jasbeer Singh, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), today declined the request of the police to extend the police remand of Gurjinder Singh, accused of abducting the daughter of S.S. Bhatti, SP (Investigation) with Lokpal, Punjab. The judge remanded the accused in judicial custody until August 5.


Sukhwinder AmritBreak free of tradition, poetess exhorts women
Ludhiana, July 25
“I yearned for 18 years to see my anthology of gazals in print. I had a passion for writing and started writing when I was 13. I faced stiff opposition from my parents and in-laws but I persisted with my writing. Finally my efforts bore fruit,” says Sukhwinder Amrit, Punjabi gazal writer.

Punjabi novelist honoured
Ludhiana, July 25
Dr Surinder Singh Narula, a novelist and an educationist, was recently awarded a fellowship by the Punjabi Sahit Sabha, New Delhi, for his contribution to the development of Punjabi literature.

Dr Surinder Singh Narula being honoured at a function at Punjabi Bhavan, New Delhi, on Wednesday.
Dr Surinder Singh Narula being honoured at a function at Punjabi Bhavan


PCMS to oppose privatisation
Ludhiana, July 25
The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association will strongly oppose privatisation of state health services, which has been initiated with the decision to hand-over 155 government hospitals in the hands of private entrepreneurs and by raising ban on practice of government doctors to the private market after abolishing ‘Non-Practicing Allowance’. 

Medical science rescues young girl
Ludhiana, July 25
She was born with a hole in the heart (patent ductus arteriorsus). Any excitement or extreme physical activity was barred, denying her small pleasures of childhood. Also fear of infection in the heart and lung complications loomed large.


Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur lads to clash in soccer final
Ludhiana, July 25
Hosts Ludhiana and current champions Hoshiarpur registered wins over Nawanshahr and Kapurthala, respectively, to settle for the title clash in the 16th Punjab State Sub-Junior (u-16) Football Championship being played at Punjab Agricultural University grounds here today.

World kabaddi tourney from Aug 10
Ludhiana, July 25
Eight teams comprising Punjabi players drawn from different countries will take part in this year’s World Cup Kabaddi Tournament slated to be held at Hamilton in Canada on August 10.


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