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IAF rocket falls on two houses
Sherpur Khurd (Ludhiana), August 25
Panic gripped residents of this village today early morning. Splinters of a ‘blank’ rocket, used by the Indian Air Force pilots in routine target practice in the Sodhiwalla range, fell on two houses in this village, situated a few kilometers away from the range.
Amandeep Kaur daughter of Harchand Singh, narrates how an IAF rocket fell on the house Amandeep Kaur daughter of Harchand Singh, narrates how an IAF rocket fell on the house on Monday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari

Consumer Forum order not heeded to
Ludhiana, August 25
Even as the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum had directed ICICI Bank to deliver back the financed car to a complainant within three days of payment, the bank is yet do so although more than a month has passed after he made the full payment.


Nominations filed for PAUTA elections
Ludhiana, August 25
Members of two opposing teacher groups of Punjab Agricultural University have filed one nomination each for the five posts of PAU Teachers Association (PAUTA) elections scheduled for August 28.

Buying domestic help
Ludhiana, August 25
The exposure of the racket involving the sale of minor girls from Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal and Nepal in the Doaba region is only the tip of the iceberg as similar incidents have come to light in the city. Scores of girls working as domestic help here have been brought from different places. However, the families for which they work are reluctant to reveal the truth about them.

Husband gets life term in dowry death case
Ludhiana, August 25
A fast-track court has sentenced Gulshan Kumar of Jamalpur to undergo rigorous life imprisonment in a dowry death case concerning his wife, Kiran Devi, who died of burn injuries six months after the marriage.

Group clash at district courts
Ludhiana, August 25
Two rival groups clashed at new district courts today afternoon causing a scare among the litigants, lawyers and judicial officers. The groups led by an undertrial Anil Kumar, alias Lalla, who is a nephew of a senior BJP leader and his old rival Rana clashed at about 2 p.m.


Register case against MLA, son: BJP leader
Ludhiana, August 25
The controversy surrounding the admission of the son of the local Congress MLA on the basis of an allegedly forged certificate refuses to die down, with a senior BJP leader and former Deputy Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha demanding the registration of a case against the MLA and his son for forging the documents.

Bring defence under NHRC scrutiny: Mann
Ludhiana, August 25
The Akali Dal (Amritsar) President, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, has called upon the Deputy Prime Minister to enlarge the scope of the National Human Rights Commission by bringing the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and paramilitary forces within its scrutiny. The decision of the NHRC must have the force of law and should not be only recommendatory in nature.

Pedestrian pushed off GT Road sidewalks
A view of the congested GT road from the Jagraon bridge
Ludhiana, August 25
Pedestrians have been pushed off a long stretch on the GT road between the Jagraon bridge and the Mata Rani chowk being built at the site elevated road and encroachments on both its sides. When drilling work on the road, for laying the foundations of pillars for the elevated road began, a lot of water was used, causing the road to cave in at several places close to the pillars. Due to the deep craters on the road, heavy vehicles from the Jagraon bridge side are being denied entry on this stretch. A sign to this effect has been put up right on top of the Jagraon bridge. Even though heavy vehicles do not ply on the road, auto-rickshaws, two-wheelers, cycle-rickshaws and the cars etc from the Ghanta Ghar side ensure that the road is as busy as ever .
A view of the congested GT road from the Jagraon bridge. — Photo Pardeep Tewari

MC, PUDA colonies in state of neglect
Ludhiana, August 25
Residents of several colonies like Urban Estate Phases I and II along the Dugri road and PUDA colonies along the Chandigarh road are devoid of basic amenities like good roads, street lights, proper sanitation and drainage system and well-maintained parks.

A nauseating site of a PUDA colony in Urban Estate area. — Photo Inderjeet Verma
A nauseating site of a PUDA colony in Urban Estate area

Poor traffic arrangements for mega show
Ludhiana, August 25
Business India’s mega show — Inside Outside — held in south City got over last night. However city residents will remember it for a long time to come for reasons that caused them heartburn.

Bhanwar’s ‘Canada Pheri’ released
Ludhiana, August 25
The SGPC President, Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today released travelogue “Meri Canada Pheri” authored by Harbir Singh Bhanwar, a local journalist, at a simple function held at trust office of Guru Nanak Engineering College here. He presented its first copy to Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, honorary secretary , SGPC.

Minorities panel to discuss acquittal issue
Machhiwara, August 25
The Chairman of the National Minority Commission, Mr Tarlochan Singh, said that considering the developments in the Best Bakery Case, the Commission would discuss about an appeal in the Supreme Court against those acquitted in the ‘84 riots at its meeting to be held on August 29.

Mobile missing from parcel
Phillaur, August 25
Ms Santosh Kaur Bhatia of Daduwal village in Phillaur subdivision was surprised when on opening a parcel sent by her husband Dev Singh Bhatia from Spain, she found a mobile charger instead of a Nokia mobile.

Cycle march held


One held with 25 kg of poppy husk
Ludhiana, August 25
The Koom Kalan police arrested Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Shallu Bhaini village, yesterday for carrying 25 kg of poppy husk and booked him under various sections of the NDPS Act.

Trader robbed of Rs 9,000
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 25
Four miscreants robbed a local industrialist of Rs 9,000 and injured him with a sharp-edged weapon at Pohir Chowk yesterday. The Dehlon police has started an investigation on receiving a complaint but is yet to register a case.

Suicide bid by undertrial


Maintenance-free car batteries launched
Ludhiana, August 25
Base Corporation Limited has launched India's first calcium expanded grid maintenance free car battery in Ludhiana. Base Corporation Ltd., exclusive India Partner of Matsushita (Panasonic) Battery Company Ltd. of Japan today launched India's first CEG maintenance free car battery in Ludhiana and announced its expansion and marketing plans for the city and various other important markets of Punjab.

City hand tools units fear closure
Ludhiana, August 25
The Ludhiana Hand Tools Association organised a meeting here today in connection with the hike in the price of steel. Members felt that the impact of the hike would be to such an extent that units might face closure. The prices of steel flat/round was Rs 15,000 per tonne but in August the rate was hiked to Rs 19,000 per tonne.



GHG Khalsa College alumni meeting held
Ludhiana, August 25
The first meeting of the executive committee of the Alumni Association of GHG Khalsa College, Gursar Sadhar, was held under the patronship of Dr J.S Brar, Principal of the college, on the college campus yesterday .

New guidelines for schools discussed
Ludhiana, August 25
The Recognised and Affiliated Schools Association held a meeting at Bhawani Model Senior Secondary School here last evening to discuss some new guidelines issued to them by the Punjab School Education Board.

Extension lecture organised at Arya College
Ludhiana, August 25
Sqn Ldr P.P. Singh, Commanding Officer of 4 PB Air Sqn., delivered an extension lecture to the students of Arya College, Ludhiana, at the college today. The lecture was organised by the NCC (Air Wing) of the college.

Hall in memory of Ishwar Singh soon
Doraha, August 25
A multipurpose hall at an estimated cost of Rs 50 lakh will be constructed in the memory of Dr Ishwar Singh at Guru Nanak National College here. A declaration in this regard was made today by Bibi Bhagwant Kaur, his wife and president of the management committee of the college.


Mukesh teri yaad mein...

Ludhiana, August 25
Dhvani, a music group, organised a programme titled “Saranga teri yaad mein” at Punjabi Bhavan yesterday to pay tributes to legendary singer Mukesh. The Dhvani singers, namely Randhir Kanwal, Ravneeet, Ashima, Anil Jain, Arun Vasudeva, Ibaadat, Noro and Abha, captivated the audience with their rendering of Mukesh’s popular songs.

Dhvani musical group presents Mukesh songs at Punjabi Bhavan on Sunday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Dhvani musical group presents Mukesh songs at Punjabi Bhavan


Awareness campaign on dengue, malaria
Ludhiana, August 25
The district Health Department launched a five-day awareness campaign against dengue and malaria, here today. The people will be told about symptoms and precautions about the two diseases during this campaign.

Stretch to bust tension
ENSION headaches are common in all age groups. More than 92 per cent of headaches are caused by tension. Tension headaches are often caused by fight muscles in the neck, back and shoulders. Both emotional stress and physical stress, such as sitting in front of a computer for too long, can cause muscle tension. A previous neck injury can also cause tension headache.


Eve scores baskets, wins match
Ludhiana, August 25
Five feet eleven inches tall Ms Gargi Singh nee Vashisht is a basketball player settled in Ludhiana after marriage. But the fact that the parents do not like their daughters to play basketball makes her unhappy as she loves the game . Gargi wants to coach the girls as she thinks basketball is a very fascinating game. But the city schools and parents both do not seem to be much interested in the game. She says since all students cannot be brilliant and be in the top bracket , they should develop skill in some game so as to improve their chances in life.
Gargi Singh


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