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Cholera breaks out in 16 congested localities
Ludhiana, June 24
As gastroenteritis appeared to be on the wane, as many as 16 cases of cholera were admitted to the two city hospitals with the patients coming mostly from congested localities of the old city. At the same time, sources in the Health Department claimed that three cases of cholera and around one dozen fresh cases of gastroenteritis were reported from different parts of the district, including two from Khanna town.

Now, slum-dwellers hold protest
Ludhiana, June 24
A day after residents of Block E, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, protested against the mushrooming of slums in their colony, it was the turn of slum-dwellers to show their might to the Ludhiana Improvement Trust authorities today.
Slum-dwellers of Block E, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, raise slogans against their evacuation move in Ludhiana Slum-dwellers of Block E, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, raise slogans against their evacuation move in Ludhiana on Thursday.
— Photo by Sayeed Ahmed


Recovery of loans: BKU alleges harassment
Ludhiana, June 24
Taking a serious note of alleged humiliation of farmers and their women folk in the course of recovery of agricultural loans, the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has threatened the government with “direct action” against erring officials in case the practice is not stopped immediately. The union has threatened to obstruct the entry of recovery officers in villages.

Rs 3 lakh snatched in broad daylight
Ludhiana, June 24
Two car-borne robbers snatched a bag containing Rs 3 lakh and cheques worth Rs 67,000 from an employee of the Proctor and Gamble company near Children's Traffic Training Park, Model Town, here this morning after throwing red chilli powder in his eyes. The victim was on foot.

NGOs seek longer duration of Amarnath Yatra
Ludhiana, June 24
Various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which organise a free langar and provide various other services to the pilgrims during the holy Amarnath Yatra have demanded that the duration of the yatra be increased to two months from the current one month.


Panchayat stages dharna against encroachment
Amloh, June 24
The gram panchayat of Naraingarh village, including sarpanch Balbir Singh and other residents, staged a dharna in front of the Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO) on Tuesday in protest against an alleged encroachment on the village common land. The BDPO proceeded on leave for two days and the Panchayat Officer also left the office, Mr Balbir Singh told mediapersons.

The langoor which amuses people with its antics
Ludhiana, June 24
Karishma was the cynosure of all eyes when she came along with her master to Bhadaur Market. She was tied with a chain, yet she looked into the eyes of the people with great curiosity and did not blink an eyelid.

Unable to decide whether to take a puff or not.
— Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Unable to decide whether to take a puff or not

Police shielding accused, alleges resident
Ludhiana, June 24
A local resident has charged the Haibowal police of shielding a migrant labourer who had trespassed into his house with an intention to kill his family members. Mr Chander Shekhar Sood, resident of Shakti Vihar in Haibowal, who is into hosiery-production business, alleged that an associate of his maid, Malti, had trespassed into his house on the intervening night of May 8 and 9 with an intention to kill his family members.

Valmiki Sabha comes to the aid of Pandey 
Ludhiana, June 24
The Shri Guru Valmiki Sabha, led by Mr. Rakesh Malhotra, has asked the Punjab Congress chief, Mr. H.S. Hanspal, to take stern action against those Congressmen who were trying to defame Mr. Rakesh Pandey by burning his effigy and levelling false allegations against him.

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1 dies in mishap
Jagraon, June 24
One person was killed and four were injured in a head- on collision between a TATA 407 and a tractor -trailer at midnight near Chowkiman on the Jagraon- Ludhiana road.


Two cars stolen
Ludhiana, June 24
Two cars were reportedly stolen from different parts of the city yesterday, according to the police. A Maruti car belonging to Mr Jasvir Singh, resident of Sant Isher Singh Nagar, Pakhowal Road, was stolen from outside his house.



BBA drawing good response
Ludhiana, June 24
BBA, started by Punjab Technical University at four colleges in the city, is drawing a good response. Besides, there is demand for BCA also. Mr G.S. Dua, co-ordinator of the Gujaranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management, said so far they had received 142 applications for BBA, while the college had provision for 60 students only.

GNIMT students bag three varsity positions
Ludhiana, June 24
In a merit list released recently by Punjab Technical University, three students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkahn Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, have made it to the top 10 positions in the university in BCA-V semester.

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Pensioners seek medical cover
Ludhiana, June 24
The Government Pensioners Association has demanded that medicare facilities be provided to Central Government pensioners in areas not covered under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) as they could not afford those due to dwindling income.


Dr B.L. AggarwalA cricketer and cardiologist
Ludhiana, June 24
He was a prolific run-getter for Madhya Pradesh and one of the youngest cricketers to represent his home state in Ranji Trophy in the mid-eighties, having earlier displayed his prowess with the bat in Cooch Bihar trophy.

Anil XI register 43-run win
Ludhiana, June 24
Shivam (62) and Sanchit (57) helped Anil Bharti XI to register a 43-run victory over Patwari XI in the eighth Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament (U-14) being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at the Arya College for Boys ground here today.


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