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Ikwinder cremated amid grief, anger
Kalsan (Raikot) January 31
Parents of Ikwinder Kaur of this village have sought an explanation from the Indian Embassy at Manila, Philippines, on why it did not come to the aid of Punjabi NRIs trying to send their daughter‘s body to India or initiate a probe into the circumstances leading to her death.

Ikwinder’s parents with her coffin in Kalsan village near Raikot on Saturday Ikwinder’s parents with her coffin in Kalsan village near Raikot on Saturday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma


Bird flu scare hits poultry farmers
Ludhiana, January 31
Although avian influenza (bird flu) has not been reported so far in the country, but it has started taking its toll on poultry farmers and meat sellers. Owing to the contradictory reports about the possible risks from the consumption of chicken and eggs, most people have switched over to a vegetarian diet. With the result, the sale of poultry products has come down in substantial proportions.

Deserted poultry shops in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari
Deserted poultry shops in Ludhiana on Saturday.

Your parcel may be tampered with!
Ludhiana, January 31
There are an increasing number of complaints froml local businessmen about the parcels they send to buyers being tampered with on the way. While the postal department and the railways blame each other, the suppliers feel cheated. In most of the cases, they are not able to get compensation.

3 held with fake currency notes
Samrala, January 31
Mr Jasbir Singh, DSP, said in a press conference here today that secret information had been received during a naka that Devinder Singh, Sandeep Singh and Jarnail Singh, all residents of Samrala, were allegedly involved in the printing of fake currency notes on computer and were circulating these in Samrala and adjoining towns.

Sahit Akademi honours seven
Ludhiana, January 31
Kartar Singh Dhaliwal Awards for 2002 were given to seven eminent writers at a function held at Punjabi Sahit Akademi here today. The top honour went to Santokh Singh Dhir.


Tohra eyeing Dewan funds, says Khalsa Panchayat
Ludhiana, January 29
The Khalsa Panchayat has appealed to Sikh leaders not to politicise the functioning of the century-old Chief Khalsa Dewan, which was one of the oldest educational and social organisation of Sikhs running scores of schools and other institutions in the state.

Thousands throng Harisar dera
Kila raipur (Ludhiana), January 31
Thousands of devotees thronged Dera Harisar to pay homage to Paramhans Swami Dyal Puri on the occasion of his “nirvana mahotsav” which concluded here last evening. Swami Budh Puri, who heads the dera, presided over the proceedings.

Action against union leaders sought
Ludhiana, January 31
The president of the Hero DMC Heart Institute Employees Welfare Association, Ms Rajwant Randhawa, has condemned the threat issued by the DMCH Employees Union that if its demands were not met, it would resort to an agitation.

Seminar on women’s rights
Ludhiana, January 31
The Department of Political Science, SDP College for Women, organised a seminar on “Women’s rights and counselling” in the college seminar hall on Thursday. It was organised as part of World Human Rights Day celebrations.

Pension formula unjust
MORE than seven lakh government employees, including those working in various boards and corporations and pensioners, are unhappy with the Capt Amarinder Singh regime for its ‘anti-employee policies’. The new pension commutation formula has added fuel to the fire. It has imposed a major cut in the commutation of pension of those retiring after July 31, 2003. The formula is most unjust and it needs to be rolled back immediately.


Two arrested with poppy husk
Ludhiana, January 31
Two persons were arrested by the Haibowal police yesterday and booked separately under the NDPS Act following recovery of poppy husk from their possession.


Steel industry in crisis
Ludhiana, January 31
All sections of society have received sops on the eve of parliamentary poll, except the small-scale sector. The SSIs have been left high and dry .

Another blow to cycle exporters
Ludhiana, January 31
The bicycle and parts exporters have received another blow from the Centre with the reduction in duty drawback rates.


Kisan Club meeting on February 5
Ludhiana, January 31
The annual meeting of the Punjab Kisan Club, a body of progressive farmers under the patronage of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), here will be held on February 5 at Kairon Kisan Ghar on the university campus.


Women’s college holds contests
Ludhiana, January 31
Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women organised various inter-college and inter-school competitions yesterday on its premises. The results of the events were declared here today.

College professor given farewell
Doraha, January 31
Prof R. S. Pali, Head of the Physical Education Department of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, who retired today was given a warm send-off by the management committee, Principal and staff of the college.

Dance contest a big draw at ‘Ectopia-04’
Ludhiana, January 31
“Ectopia-04”, the three-day cultural festival of undergraduate students of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, entered the third and concluding day today. The 1999 batch was still ahead of other batches, while the 2000 batch was in second spot. A large number of students took part in the solo dance competition yesterday. The competition went on till 10.30 pm. Ruchi Verma (1999 batch) stood first. The second position was shared by Anupam (2000 batch) and Anureet (2001 batch). Nivedita (2001 batch) was declared third. The judges were Dr Amarjit, Dr Neena Sood, Dr J. Bindra and Dr Suman Puri.

Students make a rangoli during ‘Ectopia-04’ at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari
Students make a rangoli during ‘Ectopia-04’ at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana on Saturday.

NCC exam held
Ludhiana, January 31
An examination for NCC ‘A’ Certificate for Junior Wing cadets of 3 Punjab Girls Bn NCC, Ludhiana, was held at Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk. More than 80 cadets sat for the examination.


Need to popularise lok adalats stressed
Ludhiana, January 31
A meeting of the District Legal Services Authority was held here yesterday. It was presided over by its chairman, Mr Baldev Singh, District and Sessions Judge. The members were apprised of the achievements of lok adalats in the past year.



Ratan JalanAim is to reach all segments, says Apollo CEO
Ludhiana, January 31
Apollo hospitals and Apollo clinics aim to target all segments of society. The facilities provided there will be within the reach of the common man, said Mr Ratan Jalan, CEO, Apollo Health and Lifestyle, who was in the city to announce the opening of 17th day-to-day healthcare centre at Model Town today.

Protect yourself from bird flu
IRD flu (avian influenza) is an infectious disease of birds caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. The disease, which was first identified in Italy more than 100 years ago, occurs worldwide. Till date, only Vietnam and Thailand have reported confirmed cases of H5NI infection in humans.

Anti-leprosy day observed
Ludhiana, January 31
Faculty and students of the College of Nursing, Christian Medical College and Hospital, observed anti-leprosy day here yesterday. To mark the occasion, a quiz contest was held for nursing students. The purpose of the function was to propagate knowledge regarding the disease. Four teams consisting of three participants each took part in the quiz.


Pak kabaddi team to play at sports festival
Ludhiana, January 31
The major attraction of this year’s annual sports festival at Jarkhar village, near here, slated to be held from February 5 to 7, will be an exhibition kabaddi match between India XI and a team from Pakistan.

Sports meet at Bhaini Sahib from Feb 12
Ludhiana, January 31
Football, kabaddi (one village open and weight categories), volleyball (shooting and smashing) and races (junior and seniors) will be the main disciplines during the annual sports meet to be held from February 12 to 14 at Bhaini Sahib village, headquarters of the Namdhari sect, about 22 km from here.

Women’s hockey from February 3
Ludhiana, January 31
The Ludhiana District Women’s Hockey Championship will be held here at the Govenment College for Women ground on February 3 and 4.


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