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10-year RI for attempting to murder father
Ludhiana, September 15
A city court has convicted a person accused of attempting to kill his father by inflicting shovel blows, which had resulted in the fracture of left parietal and temporal bone of the skull. The convict, Avtar Singh(27) of Seh village was sentenced to 10 year’s imprisonment besides a fine of Rs 2000. The accused, who was on bail, was taken into custody and sent to jail.

Domestic violence on the rise
Ludhiana, September 15
Domestic violence is a universal phenomenon. According a survey conducted by the WHO, one in every three women faces domestic violence all over the world.

Life term for killing mother-in-law
Ludhiana, September 15
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr S.M.S. Mahal, has sentenced Jahangir (45) of Gaddowal village, Sahnewal, to rigorous life imprisonment on the charge of killing his mother-in-law, Mamuda, in May, 2001, by inflicting injuries with a sharp-edged weapon, in Bhaini Doaba village. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on the accused.


Gang of robbers busted, five held
Ludhiana, September 15
The Ludhiana police claims to have busted a gang of robbers who were planning a robbery in the city and seized arms from them. According to police sources, five gangsters were chalking out a plan for robbery in front of the cremation grounds in Shimla Puri here yesterday when the police raided and arrested them following a specific information.
Policemen pose with gangsters who were caught in Ludhiana
Policemen pose with gangsters who were caught in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Left hails Indian stand at Cancun
Ludhiana, September 15
The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has expressed satisfaction over the stand taken by G-22 countries led by China, India and Brazil against the USA and other developed countries on draft proposals for agriculture and trade, as a result of which WTO’s concern conference at Cancun failed to reach any consensus.

Complaint against CDC Principal
Ludhiana, September 15
The United Church of Northern India (Presbyterian Church), Punjab Synod, a registered religious society, has filed a complaint with the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ludhiana, against Dr J.L. Joshi, Principal, Christian Dental College (CDC), for filing a wrong affidavit, in which he had allegedly claimed to be the Secretary of the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).


Badal lashes out at govt over students’ strike
Ludhiana, September 15
Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has condemned the adamant attitude adopted by the state government over the students’ strike at Punjabi University and has asked the government to accept the demands of the agitators at the earliest.

Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a function organised by the Valmiki community in  Ludhiana on Monday.
Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a function organised by the Valmiki community

Migrants face problems at post office
Ludhiana, September 15
It’s a tedious job for migrants to send money orders to their families back home if the condition at the Ludhiana Central Post Office, Mata Rani Chowk, is any indication. Serpentine queues greet visitors at the post office everyday where clients, mainly migrants, have to spend hours waiting for their turn to send money orders.
A long queue of migrants outside the Mata Rani Chowk post office in Ludhiana on Monday. 
A long queue of migrants outside the Mata Rani Chowk post office

Nirmal Singh BhullarDeceased officer’s wife awaits dues
Ludhiana, September 15
Even as more than a year has passed since Nirmal Singh Bhullar, Junior Engineer, Ludhiana Improvement Trust, was shot dead while on duty, his family is awaiting the release of his pension and provident fund.

Embezzlement charges levelled against union chief
Ludhiana, September 15
Ms Rajwant Randhawa, joint secretary, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) Union, has levelled allegations against the union president, Mr Chander Mohan Kalia, of embezzlement and cheating the union workers. At a recent general body meeting of the union, the joint secretary of the union also served a show-cause notice to the union president and sought a reply within 15 days.

Factory workers stage dharna
Ludhiana, September 15
Workers of Bhogal Sons, a leading export-oriented unit manufacturing cycle and auto-parts, today staged a dharna demanding hike in wages and bonus. However, the management maintained it was already paying more than the minimum wages to them, besides other incentives.
Workers of Bhogal Sons stage dharna outside the labour office in Ludhiana on Monday.
Workers of Bhogal Sons stage dharna outside the labour office in Ludhiana on Monday

FCI officers celebrated Hindi Divas
Ludhiana, September 15
“In independent India, Hindi language has been the binding force from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari,” said Mr Ashwani Gupta, district organiser, Food Corporation India, while presiding over the Hindi Divas celebrations at his office here today.

Office-bearers of Lions Club installed
Ludhiana, September 15
The Lions Club, Ludhiana, organised its annual installation ceremony yesterday. New office-bearers were administered oath by Dr Ashok Singla. Mr R.K. Mehta, District Governor, was the chief guest.


Three booked for murder bid
Ludhiana, September 15
On the statement of Mr Harnek Singh, a resident of Rajpura Basti, the police yesterday registered a case under Sections 307, 323, 324 and 34 of the IPC against Ramesh, his brother Happy and Bobby, all residents of the same locality.


Industrial unions urged to avoid policy of conflict
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 15
Dr D.R. Prashar, Regional Director , Central Board for Workers Education has said that Prime Minister’s target to make India a developed country within 20 years can be achieved only if labour unions and managements of all industries determine to change their attitude from conflict to cooperation.


Centre delaying announcement of paddy MSP: minister
Amloh, September 15
Around 1,250 villages would be provided with drinking water facilities in the state under the integrated rural development (IRD) scheme, said Mr Jasjeet Singh Randhawa, Minister for Public Health, while talking to mediapersons here yesterday. He said among the 7,000 tubewells already installed, 3,000 were not working properly.

Technique to reduce water requirement for paddy
Ludhiana, September 15
Five years of painstaking experiments by the JDM Research Foundation and the Agriculture Technocrats’ Action Committee (AGTAC) have shown that the water requirement of paddy could be reduced by about 70 per cent if a particular technique is used.

Leaders of various kisan unions examine paddy crop grown in a field without puddling at a village near Samrala on Monday.
Leaders of various kisan unions examine paddy crop grown in a field without puddling at a village near Samrala

PAU to intensify research on herbicides
Ludhiana, September 15
Punjab Agricultural University has decided to intensify research on herbicides and has set up a group of five experts to chalk out a strategy for the same. This decision of the university is the outcome of the visit of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K. S. Aulakh, for crop-cutting operations in June to the Rashtarpati Bhavan.


College launches magazine for students 
Ludhiana, September 15
Several activities were carried out in different city colleges here today.
The Young Scientists Association of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College launched a “wall magazine” for its students.

Winners of a Hindi poetry recitation competition at Devki Devi Jain College pose with judges and guests in Ludhiana on Monday.
Winners of a Hindi poetry recitation competition at Devki Devi Jain College pose with judges and guests

College founder remembered
Doraha, September 15
Dr Ishwar Singh, founder president of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, who breathed his last in July this year, was remembered by the college at a special programme organised in his memory here today.

Primary teachers to hold dharna
Ludhiana, September 15
Intensifying their stir against the decision of the Punjab Government to hand over the control of the rural government schools to the panchayats from October 2, the Government Primary Teachers Association, Punjab, will hold a protest outside the office of Director, Primary Education, Chandigarh, on September 23.

Fun fair for students 
Ludhiana, September 15
A fun fair for kids was organised at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, here yesterday. Mr Alamudin Saifi, general secretary of the Parent-Teachers Association, inaugurated the fair.



95 examined at medical camp 
Ludhiana, September 15
An acupressure medical camp was organised by the Ludhiana Sewa Sangh at old Krishna Temple here today. Dr Rajeev Gupta of the Commune Centre, Pune, examined more than 95 patients.



MC plan to repair roads
Ludhiana, September 15
The Municipal Corporation has chalked out an ambitious plan for resurfacing and intensive repair of city roads to give a face lift to the city. Almost 15 per cent of the total road length of major roads in the city would be resurfaced with premix carpet at a cost of Rs 4.42 crore during the next three months, while another 310 km roads would be given patch work at a total cost of Rs 1.60 crore by the end of October.


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