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Tension grips college as teacher slaps student
Ludhiana, August 17
Tension gripped the S.C.D. Government College for Boys today when hundreds of students went on strike and blocked traffic on the busy Rose Garden road for almost two hours in protest against the alleged beating up of a B.Sc final-year student by a woman teacher.
Students of SCD Government College stage a demonstration outside the college campus in protest against the alleged slapping of a student by a teacher Students of SCD Government College stage a demonstration outside the college campus in protest against the alleged slapping of a student by a teacher in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Agitating students threaten immolation
Ludhiana, August 17
The agitation by students of the S.C.D. Government College for Boys took a serious turn this evening when some students threatened immolation if there demand was not met tomorrow.


TV channels go off the air
Ludhiana, August 17
As a result of the nationwide indefinite strike by cable operators against the hike in service tax from 8 per cent to 10.2 per cent, all satellite channels had gone off the air from midnight last night.

Rain inundates city areas
Ludhiana, August 17
A spell of rain that lasted for nearly three hours last evening was perhaps the longest spell witnessed by the city so far during the current rainy season. The brisk downpour literally flooded several low-lying and other areas and caused an alarm among those residing along the Budda, who started making preparations to safeguard their houses against the overflow from the ancient river which has, over the years, been reduced to the status of a dirty drain full of slush.
Youngsters have a splash in a puddle of rainwater near Bhadaur House in Ludhiana as showers lashed
Youngsters have a splash in a puddle of rainwater near Bhadaur House in Ludhiana as showers lashed the city on Tuesday. — Photo by IV

The depleting forest cover in the region is having its toll on wild life. As the city is expanding, more and more land is required for human inhabitation. Industrialists are setting up units near villages outside the municipal limits as they can avoid additional taxes.
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Cong retaliates against BJP attack
Ludhiana, August 17
There is definitely more to it than meets the eye in the scathing attack made against Congress-led local municipal corporation by Mr Sat Pal Gosain, former Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, and Mr Pran Bhatia, group leader of BJP councillors in the previous house of the civic body, in a news conference here yesterday.

Contests, rallies on Rajiv's birth anniversary
Ludhiana, August 17
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma said today that on the directions of the Ministry of Non-Conventional Resources the birth anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on August 20 will be observed as Rajiv Gandhi Akshya Urja Divas.

Drive to issue birth certificates
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 17
Sangrur district had a low percentage in distribution of birth certificates during the first phase of the national campaign to issue birth certificates. But this time the district was determined to achieve the target of distributing all leftover certificates before the conclusion of the second phase of the campaign, claimed sources in the district administration.

Truck driver beaten to death by octroi staff
Sahnewal, August 17
A truck driver, who tried to escape the octroi post without obtaining a pass, was allegedly beaten to death by octroi post employees, all of which are reported to be absconding.


Man carrying charas held
Ludhiana, August 17
Ravinder Shah, migrant from Bihar now living near New Dana Mandi on the Jalandhar bypass, was arrested yesterday near the Kara Bara chowk for carrying 200 gm of charas. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against him at Salem Tabri police station.

Jewellery shop burgled
Ludhiana, August 17
Burglars broke into a jewellery shop in the Sherpur market last night and decamped with jewellery and valuables worth over Rs 2 lakh. The burglars entered the shop by breaking one of its walls adjacent to a vacant plot.



Students bring freedom struggle alive
Ludhiana, August 17
The Independence Day celebrations at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here marked the commencement of week-long functions to focus on national integration. From tiny tots to senior school students, all had something or the other to contribute.

Teej celebrated at school 
Ludhiana, August 17
Students of D N Everest Model High School, Jaspalon, celebrated the Teej festival on the concluding day of Sawan yesterday. The programmes were performed by the students of different classes . Most of the students were dressed in traditional Punjabi dress. Tiny-tots also presented a colourful programme of songs and dances. The students performed bhangra and giddha simultaneously on the songs “Apna Punjab” and “Kikli kleer di.”


Bar president refutes charges
Ludhiana, August 17
The District Bar Association president, Mr Balwinder Goel, has refuted the allegations levelled against him on various issues by the Young Lawyers Welfare Association and former Bar president Harish Rai Dhanda in a press conference yesterday.


Combining candles and art
Ludhiana, August 17
Charu Malhotra, a candle maker, has made candles which can light for 200 hours without a break. She has developed a taste for aesthetic candles. And not only in Ludhiana, the demand for her candles has started coming from abroad as well. This was enough for Charu to venture into the trade of exporting candles.
Charu with her special designer candles which she has started exporting. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma
Charu with her special designer candles which she has started exporting


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