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Fun rides without NOCs pose hazard at Chhapar
Ludhiana, September 26
While the Jagraon district police is all set to combat any eventuality arising at Chhapar Mela that began on Sunday, the civil administration is yet to take a stock of the situation there.
A view of the Chhapar Mela near Ludhiana A view of the Chhapar Mela near Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo by I.V.

Evading highway toll under nose of authorities
Doraha, September 26
Ever since the implementation of ‘exorbitant’ toll on the National Highway No. 1 by the National Highway Authority of India at Doraha, Shambu and Karnal toll barriers for a road stretch from Panipat to Jalandhar, commuters have been adopting novel ways for evading toll by taking alternative routes from time to time.

A fair that has roots in mythology
Chhapar mela begins

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 2

A village fair that originated as a small gathering of locals to worship snakes embodiment of the Guga 150 years ago has emerged as a mega festival in the past three decades. The legend narrates a story of a boy and a snake born together in an agricultural family.

Devotees sit in front of Guga Marhi at the Chhapar Mela near Ludhiana which began on Sunday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Devotees sit in front of Guga Marhi at the Chhapar Mela near Ludhiana which began on Sunday

Irregularity in purchase of cat eyes alleged
Ludhiana, September 26
The controversy surrounding the installation of thousands of ‘cat eyes’ in the city seems to be staring Ludhiana Municipal Corporation authorities in the face with allegations being made that these were purchased at higher than the normal price and also the due procedure was not followed in the allotment of the tenders.


Minister pays surprise visit to zoo
Ludhiana, September 26
Mr Hans Raj Jossan, Minister for Forest Punjab, paid a surprise visit to the Tiger Safari and forest project at Bhatian to check the maintenance of animals and birds in the Safari last evening. He directed the forest staff to provide fixed quantity meat and food to the tigers and other animals as specified by the government.

Father, son hurt in mishap
Jagraon, September 26
Three persons including a father and a son, were seriously injured, when a jeep hit their scooter. According to the information Mohinder Kumar, Rajesh Kumar and Raju — all residents of Shastri Nagar, Jagraon, were coming to their residence on a scooter (No PUI-9302) via an unmanned level crossing when it was hit by a jeep (PB-15B-0712) coming from the opposite direction injuring all three seriously.


Take up organic farming, suggest experts
Baddowal, September 26
The future is bright for organic farmers in the country and if steps are taken to promote organic farming, India could have a substantial share in the $ 100 billion global market share of organic products.

Punjab Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa being explained the working of sprinkler system after he inaugurated a seminar on the cultivation of medicinal plants at Baddowal on Sunday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Punjab Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa being explained the working of sprinkler system after he inaugurated a seminar


BCM school students leave for Bahrain
Ludhiana, September 26
A team of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar here is going Bahrain to take part in the International Youth Festival ‘Harmony-2004’ to be held from September 28 to October 1.



Prostate check-up advised for men after 50 years
Ludhiana, September 26
“Prostate cancer can now be detected early and cure accomplished by radical surgery or radiotherapy. Public awareness of the early diagnosis and increasing information provided by the media has sensitised male population about prostatic diseases,” said Dr Kim Mammen, HoD-Urology, CMCH.

Free medical camp marks World Heart Day
Ludhiana, September 26
Cardiac experts today stressed the need for regular health check ups, particularly after the age of 40 to ensure good health. These doctors including Dr GS Wander, Director Hero DMC Heart Centre and Dr Gursharan Singh, Director GS Heart Centre were speaking at a function organised at the conclusion of a free heart check up camp here today.

No strike threat in CMCH: Director
Ludhiana, September 26 Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) faces no strike threat from any self-styled union and it would not bow to pressure tactics of such people, said Dr Silas Charles, Director, CMC, while reacting to the Brown Memorial Hospital Employees Union’s strike threat.


Visually impaired cricketers express resentment 
Ludhiana, September 26
The office-bearers of the Sports Association for the Blinds, Punjab (SAB) and members of Punjab visually impaired cricket team expressed resentment over the state government's attitude towards games played by the physically handicapped.

Girls in volleyball semifinals
Mandi Gobindgarh, September 26
Following were the today’s results of C.B.S.E. Cluster-XVI (Punjab) Volleyball Tournament 2004 which was inaugurated by Mr Rajeshwar Sharma, Assistant Secretary on Saturday.

Delhi beat Punjab in cricket for visually impaired 
Ludhiana, September 26
Delhi beat Punjab by five wickets in the cricket match for the visually impaired played at the Sarpanch Bachan Singh Academy ground at Balloke village on the Hambran-Road here today.

MC XI record 30-run victory over Unique Club
Ludhiana, September 26
Salil Kaushal remained unbeaten at 108 as MC XI recorded a 30-run victory over Unique Club in the ongoing cricket tournament at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys here today.


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