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Goods worth lakhs gutted in hosiery unit
Short-circuit believed to be cause of fire
Ludhiana, October 26
Property worth lakhs was gutted in a major fire that broke out in a three-storeyed building housing a hosiery near New Kidwai Nagar here. Sources said the fire was caused due to short-circuit and no fire cracker was responsible for it. Seven fire-tenders were pressed into service for over two hours to control the raging flames. Sources estimated that goods worth more than Rs 15 lakh were destroyed in the incident.
A fireman douses fire at a hosiery unit in New Kidwai Nagar, Ludhiana A fireman douses fire at a hosiery unit in New Kidwai Nagar, Ludhiana, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

CM assures comprehensive relief to industry
Ludhiana, October 26
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today gave a categorical assurance to the industrialists and traders that the government would find a way out to make sure that they did not face any difficulty relating to exim forms.

Siahar villagers observe black Divali
Siahar, October 26
Residents of Siahar village observed black Divali to mourn the death of Ajit Singh, a victim of violence involving rival groups at Nanaksar Ashram Thath on the night of October 11. The deceased breathed his last in a hospital at Ludhiana on Saturday. His body was cremated here today. Belying all hopes that the controversy had died down following a compromise between the rival groups, the group favouring Baba Harnek Singh has demanded the arrest of the sons of Late Bhai Meehan Singh, founder of the dera, for causing violence. 

RIOT OF LIGHTS AND COLOURS: A display of fireworks on Divali in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph


A day of pujas
Ludhiana, October 26
Three ‘pujas’ were performed by city residents here today. All workers offered prayers to Vishvakarma, the supreme architect and astrisan. They worshipped their tools.
Devotees perform puja at a "gaushala" Children light candles on Divali at Gurdwara Singh Sabha
Devotees perform puja at a “gaushala” in Ludhiana on the occasion of Govardhan Puja on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph Children light candles on Divali at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Sabzi Mandi, Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Now crackers smoke engulfs city
Ludhiana, October 26
The joy of Divali was limited to a few hours only, but its effects will take quite sometime to subside. After the havoc created by the burning of paddy stubble in the district, more damage was done by the crackers. This morning a thick layer of smog engulfed the sky. Despite the directions of the Supreme Court regarding banning the use of crackers after 10 pm, residents flouted these with impunity.


VIP sons vs police controversy
CM sides with minister, suspends SHO
Ludhiana, October 26
Although a judicial probe into the ‘VIP’ sons versus police’ controversy, involving a Congress Minister, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi and a former SHO of Sarabha Nagar, Mr Sandeep Wadehra, is yet to be finalised, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has taken an open stand in favour of the minister, holding the SHO wrong

VHP condemns imposition of Section 144
Machhiwara, October 26
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has taken a serious view of the orders of the SDM, Samrala, Mr Jaspaul Singh Jassi, imposing Section 144 in some localities of Machhiwara and Samrala on the eve of Divali.

Landline subscribers a neglected lot
rior to August 15, 1998, the telephone rentals were charged on the basis of capacity of the Telephone Exchange but in order to charge hefty rentals the Department of Telecommunications revised the policy with effect from August 15, 1998 to charge rentals on the basis of capacities of the Short Distance Charging Areas (SDCAs). 


One held with opium
Ludhiana, October 26
Vijay Kumar, a migrant from UP now living in Vishvakarma Colony, was arrested from near the T-point in Transport Nagar on Friday while he was allegedly carrying 500 gm of contraband opium. A case under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered against him at the Division No. 6 police station.


200 attend farm workshop
Ludhiana, October 26
Over 200 farmers, manufacturers, scientists, extension specialists and officers from the Department of Agriculture, Punjab and Haryana, attended a field day on the Latest Machinery for Rabi Crops’ held at the departmental farm of the Punjab Agricultural University’s Department of Farm Power and Machinery.


School teachers hold protest
Jagraon, October 26
Teachers of Sanmati Vimal Jain Senior Secondary School, Jagraon, who have been on strike since October 18 due to non-payment of salaries for the past five months, today organised a rally in the municipal park here. Parents of the students also participated.


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