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Cops see bigger plot behind Lalla murder
Former Youth Cong leader, kin booked
Ludhiana, February 10
Announcing that there was a bigger conspiracy behind the Lalla murder case than just a rivalry between two gangs, the local police have booked a listed bad character and former youth congress leader Nirdosh Dhand and his brother Vijay Dhand as co-conspirators in the case.

Striking workers sacked
Avon lockout to be lifted shortly
Ludhiana, February 10
The week-long lockout of Avon Cycles is likely to be lifted in a day or two as the company is in the process of completing the necessary formalities required for the same. Senior company officials maintained that they had informed the government about the decision. The company had decided to lock out after some workers had disrupted the normal functioning, which had led to a massive decline in production.

Hatcheries to stop production from today
Ludhiana, February 10
As a fallout of bird flu scare, poultry breeders of the northern region have decided to stop production of chicks in the region from tomorrow onwards. The breeders will not supply chicks in the market for 12 days, starting February 12. The breeders supply a day-old chick to poultry farmers, who rear it as a broiler.


Industrialist’s murder case solved
Ludhiana, February 10
The Division No 3 police today claimed to have solved the murder of 76-year-old industrialist Sita Ram Saluja after arresting his third wife, Nina Saluja, and his step-son, Sunil, alias Laddi. Ram Lal Saluja was found murdered in a pool of blood in his house on January 31.

Sunil, alias Laddi, who was arrested by Division Number 3 police station in connection with an industrialist’s murder in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Sunil, alias Laddi, who was arrested by Division Number 3 police station in connection with an industrialist’s murder

Indoor stadium project hangs fire
Ludhiana, February 10
The Rs 16-crore indoor stadium, being constructed in an area of 2.33 acre in Punjab Mata Nagar on Pakhowal Road, is once again in the eye of the storm with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) charging the Municipal Corporation with misappropriation of public funds on construction of another stadium, which would serve no useful purpose.

Money no problem for lovebirds!
Ludhiana, February 10
Youngsters in the city, unmarried as well as married, are all set to celebrate Valentine’s Day with gusto, despite several threats by various organisations. Shopping fever has gripped the residents with people buying gifts for their loved ones. The gift shops in the city are flooded with items like assorted heart-shaped sweets, soft toys, perfumes, scented candles, dancing couples, cards and chocolates. And money seems to be no problem for the people in love! Shopkeepers in the city feel this year the sale of gift items is much more than the previous years. Mr Daljit Sethi of Archies at Sarabha Nagar market said school and college boys and girls had already started purchasing gifts.

Youngsters shop for Valentine’s gifts in Ludhiana. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari

Youngsters shop for Valentine’s gifts

Cola companies like Coke and Pepsi had barely managed to come out of the shock of the findings of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) that these contained harmful pesticides when the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probing the CSE findings also upheld its (CSE’s) observations.
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Safai workers to get payment through cheques
Ludhiana, February 10
The safai workers engaged by Mohalla Sanitation Committees in the city would be paid through cheques in the wake of reports of exploitation by the committees. The Municipal Corporation had implemented the recommendation of the National Commission on Safai Workers to provide medical facilities and paying salaries to regular safai workers through cheques.



Govt to spend Rs 162 crore on schools
Ludhiana, February 10
Punjab would implement a comprehensive plan to improve the quality of education in all elementary and primary schools at a costing of Rs 162 crore. Stating this at Jaipura village, 22 km from here, last evening, the Punjab Transport Minister, Mr Tej Parkash Singh, said the money would be spent on providing facilities such as additional rooms, toilets, teaching aids, etc.

PAU students hold rally
Ludhiana, February 10
Agitated by the lack of employment opportunities for postgraduate and Ph.D students of Punjab Agricultural University, the Punjab Agricultural Students’ Association (PASA) organised a rally from the campus to the office of Deputy Commissioner here today.

Students of the PAU hold a protest rally in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of the PAU hold a protest rally in Ludhiana

Lecture on stress management
Ludhiana, February 10
The Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, organised a lecture on ‘Stress management’ for its faculty members here today.


Police remand for drug inspector
Ludhiana, February10
The Duty Magistrate, Mr D.P.Singla, remanded Drug Inspector Dinesh Gupta and peon Dagar, accused of accepting bribe of Rs 1,000, in police custody for three days.


5 Punjab girls in Indian softball squad
Ludhiana, February 10
The Punjab Softball Association (PSA) will organise a function where the members of the Punjab state girls’ team, which retained the title, and the men’s team, which finished runners-up in the recently held 25th Senior National Softball Championship at Swai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur, would be felicitated.

Easy wins for Jaskaran, Gagandeep
Ludhiana, February 10
Jaskaran Singh and Gagandeep Singla recorded easy wins in their respective matches in the Punjab Agricultural University Campus Open Badminton Tournament being held at the Prithipal Singh Indoor Complex of the PAU here.


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