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SHO booked for abetting suicide
Ludhiana, March 9
A case has been registered against the SHO of the Dehlon police station on the charge of allegedly creating circumstances that forced a man to commit suicide.

Liquor auction rigged, alleges Garcha
‘Govt vindictive, causing loss to exchequer’
Ludhiana, March 9
After having been elbowed out from the liquor trade, which it was carrying out for last over four decades, the Garcha group is crying foul over the auction of liquor vends, charging that the entire process was rigged and the group was singled out for ouster as a part of political vendetta.

Family awaits breadwinner’s return
from Pak
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 9
All pursuits of this family to impress upon the Indian High Commission at Islamabad in Pakistan to enable their only breadwinner return home have proved fruitless.
The family of Khushi Mohammad


Fashion studies get good response
Ludhiana, March 9
The recent proposal of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to introduce a new course in ‘Fashion studies’ has drawn good response from the schools.

Over 20,000 doctors not registered with PMC
Ludhiana, March 9
Out of the total 33,623 doctors practising in the state, only 9,229 doctors are registered with the Punjab Medical Council (PMC) as on June 12, 2003. The PMC, at its first meeting in Chandigarh recently, decided to provide all doctors another chance to get themselves registered with the Council, failing which a fine would be imposed on them, and if any legal action is taken against them, they would be responsible for that.

Holi, the festival of colours, is celebrated by the masses with fun-n-frolic. But the migrant population from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh celebrate the festival with much gusto. 
  • Holika dahan
  • Code plays spoilsport
  • Lacklustre mela
  • Battle of wits
  • Is it Holi ?
  • Media savvy councillors
  • Health conscious children
  • Festival confusion


Cong responsible for ills plaguing country: Dhillon
Ludhiana, March 9
The SAD - BJP candidate for the local parliamentary seat, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, was accorded a warm welcome and weighed against coins in several villages in the Koom Kalan constituency along with the MLA of the area, Mr Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal. Addressing a gathering at Gehlanwali village, Mr Dhillon said the Congress was responsible for the ills plaguing the country today.

The SAD-BJP parliamentary candidate, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, being weighed against coins at Gehlewal village, Koom Kalan, on Tuesday. — Photo by I.V
The SAD-BJP parliamentary candidate, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, being weighed against coins at Gehlewal village

‘Allow govt to revoke suspension of DEPB’
Ludhiana, March 9
The decision of the government to rollback the prices of steel has reportedly not gone well with the steel producers, who in tandem with the Ministry of Steel, are pleading with the Chief Election Commissioner to allow the government to revoke the suspension of DEPB - incentive for exporting of the steel.

Punjab future bleak, say experts
Ludhiana, March 9
“The present-day politicians of Punjab are steeped in corruption that has led to nepotism and promotion of one’s own tribe. The future of Punjab appears to be dismal and it seems to be going the Bihar and Uttar Pradesh way,” said Prof Bawa Singh, former Vice-Chairman, Minority Commission. At Punjabi Bhavan here yesterday.

Pothohar Brotherhood welcomes Gujral
Ludhiana, March 9
Mr N. S. Nanda, president and other members of Dhan-Pothohar Brotherhood, Punjab, received Mr Inder Kumar Gujral, former Prime Minister, at the local railway station Sunday. Mr Gujral received a bouquet of flowers from Mr Nanda and thanked the brotherhood for extending support to his son, Mr Naresh Gujral, who is contesting for the Jalandhar constituency.

An accident-prone bridge
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 9
The Kaind Canal bridge, situated on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, has proved to be a killer bridge, as confusion about the direction of the flow of traffic has since resulted in a large number of fatal accidents.

BKU’s plea to govt on ecology
Ludhiana, March 9
The Bharti Kisan Union has said the government should show some concern for the ecology of the state and conduct a fresh survey for the construction of roads in Ludhiana. A number roads proposed after a survey will pass through thickly wooded areas and orchards, the union has said.

Photographers’ panel opposes service tax
Ludhiana, March 9
The Punjab Photographers Association, while opposing the levy of service tax, has urged the government to exempt the unorganised self-employed photographers from the purview of the tax.

Confusion over term of club general secretary 
Ludhiana, March 9
Confusion prevails among members of the Sutlej club over the election of its new executive body. Though Mr Anurag Verma, the Deputy Commissioner and the president of the club, has declared the election date on March 28, various contestants are a confused lot over the term of the club’s present general secretary.

Valmikis threaten stir against police inaction
Ludhiana, March 9
Activists of several representative bodies of the Valmiki community today criticised the district authorities and police administration for their failure to initiate proceedings against the author and publishers of the controversial book “Janbaz Rakha” which contained derogatory references to the Valmiki community.

Samaritans come to Kamaljit’s help
Ludhiana, March 9
People from all walks of life have contributed generously for the ailing Kamaljit. A resident of Shimlapuri, 10-year-old Kamaljit, with a hole in his heart, is undergoing treatment at the Sigma Newlife Heart Institute here. A successful angiography was performed on him yesterday and he would be operated upon for the disease within next three-four days.

Bairagi Mandal to meet on March 14
Khanna, March 9
A meeting of district presidents and circle presidents of Bairagi Maha Mandal, Punjab, will be held on March 14 at Ludhiana, according to a press note issued by Vaid Swarn Dass general secretary of the Mandal.


17 bags of poppy husk seized, 2 held
Ludhiana, March 9
The Jagraon police has seized 17 bags of poppy husk that were being transported in a truck. Two persons were also arrested on the charges of drug trafficking. The SSP, Jagraon, Mr Harcharan Singh Bhullar, said in a press note that during night patrolling, the a police party received a secret information that two poppy husk smugglers, Darshan Singh, alias Neela, and Kuljit Singh, along with five of their accomplices, were roaming around in the area in a truck and a Maruti car with the intention of selling poppy husk. 

Man cremated on the sly, one held
Khanna, March 9
The Khanna police has arrested a sheller contractor, Sukhwinder, for allegedly cremating body of a man without informing the police and his family members. The man had died in an accident a month ago while travelling in Sukhwinder’s vehicle.

Youth kills mother 
Ludhiana, March 9
On the statement of Ms Bhawana Sharma, wife of Mr Krishan Kant Sharma, a resident of New Tagore Nagar, the Haibowal police yesterday registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC against Sadhu Sharma on the charge of killing his mother, Arun Kumari (45), for allegedly having illicit relations with a youth living in Durga Puri.

Fraud alleged
Khanna, March 9
The Division Number 6 police has registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Dharminder Singh, who lives in Ram Nagar, against Balvir Singh, his neighbour.


Bankers panel reviews performance
Ludhiana, March 9
A meeting of the state-level review committee of the State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) was held here recently. Senior representatives from various government departments, the Reserve Bank of India, NABARD and other banks attended the meeting.


Kisan mela at Ballowal Saunkhri begins today
Ludhiana, March 9
The PAU Kisan Mela at Ballowal Saunkhri, near Balachaur (Nawanshahr), will be inaugurated by Ms Sapinder Kaur Cheema, member of the Board of Management, on March 10 at 11 am. Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of the university, will preside over the function.


Prize distribution function at Guru Nanak College
Ludhiana, March 9
Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, organised annual prize distribution function here today. Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, was the chief guest.

Prize winners of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women applaud the achievements of their classmates during their annual prize distribution function in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Prize winners of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women applaud the achievements of their classmates during their annual prize distribution function

Ronu Majumdar regales audience at PCTE
Ludhiana, March 9
Pandit Ronu Majumdar's flute mesmerised the audience at Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) here today. He was accompanied by Pandit Sudhir Panday on tabla. The function was organised by SPIC-MACAY.

Flutist Pandit Ronu Majumdar and tabla player Pandit Sudhir Panday perform at the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Flutist Pandit Ronu Majumdar and tabla player Pandit Sudhir Panday perform at the Punjab College of Technical Education

Workshop for NTT students
Ludhiana, March 9
A workshop on ‘Active planning’ was organised for NTT students at the DD Jain College of Education, Kidwai Nagar, here today. The workshop commenced with a welcome speech by Ms Chander Mohini, Principal of the college. The resource person of the workshop, Ms Jasmine, gave layout of various qualities for pre-school educators. She urged the students to improve upon their creative skills.

Workshop on personality development
Ludhiana, March 9
As a part of the International Women’s Day celebrations, a workshop on personality development was organised at the Institute of Management Studies, Model Town, here yesterday.


Dhanoa Academy eves defeat Central Rlys
Ludhiana, March 9
The Dhanoa Academy (HMV), Jalandhar, defeated their senior rivals from the Central Railways, Mumbai 3-1 to record their second victory in a row on the second day of the eighth All-India Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Memorial Women's Hockey Tournament being played at the Deso Turf ground of Punjab Agricultural University here today.
A match in progress between the teams of SAI, Chandigarh, and N-E Railways during the eighth All-India MPS Grewal Memorial Hockey Tournament
A match in progress between the teams of SAI, Chandigarh, and N-E Railways during the eighth All-India MPS Grewal Memorial Hockey Tournament in Ludhiana 
on Tuesday. — Photo by I.V

A cyclist of promise
Jorawar Singh Bhinder
Ludhiana, March 9
A student of BA (II) of the local Satish Dhawan Government College for boys, Jorawar Singh Bhinder (19) is practising rigorously with the sole aim to become a cyclist of international fame. Jorawar has participated in a number of road races and track events during the past couple of years and impressed many with his abilities. His daily schedule includes around 80 km of pedalling on the Ludhiana-Rajpura road and about 100 km thrice a week to hone his skills.


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