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Militant Babla’s accomplice held
Jagraon, September 27
The Jagraon police has made another important breakthrough in the case involving KCF militant Gursewak Singh Babla with the arrest of his accomplice Jeet Singh, alias Jeeta, son of Sukhdev Singh of Sangrur district.

Student develops device to detect power theft
Ludhiana, September 27
At last the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) can draw some hope for its survival from the theft detection device developed by a student of electrical engineering Suraj Manchanda.

Balloon sellers on way to the Chhapar Mela, near Gill village Balloon sellers on way to the Chhapar Mela, near Gill village (Ludhiana), on Monday morning.— Photo by  Inderjit Verma


GNDEC teachers continue dharna
Ludhiana, September 27
Teachers of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNDEC) here continued with their peace protest today for the ninth day, wearing black badges against the suspension orders of Dr J.N. Jha. Meanwhile, some senior students of the college were taking some classes. These student teachers also took the roll call.
Teachers of the GNDEC stage dharna in Ludhiana on Monday. — I.V
Teachers of the GNDEC stage dharna in Ludhiana on Monday

Paddy procurement starts
Yield higher this year, says Birmi
Ludhiana, September 27

Purchase of paddy by government procurement agencies has started from today in all 100 mandis of the district. Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, inaugurated the purchase at Mandi Salem Tabri by starting the auction in the presence of the officers concerned, arhtias and farmers.
Heaps of paddy in a mandi in Ludhiana. Paddy procurement started in Punjab on Monday.
Heaps of paddy in a mandi in Ludhiana. Paddy procurement started in Punjab on Monday

Supplementary exam begins, students feel cheated
Ludhiana, September 27
Hundreds of students whose results were recently revised from the fail to compartment have been suffering on account of the indifferent attitude of the university authorities. The results were declared a few days before the commencement of the supplementary examination which they were supposed to avail.

Defamation case against Tytler
Ludhiana, September 27
Accusing the Union Minister for NRI Affairs, Mr Jagdish Tytler, of levelling false, frivolous and defamatory allegations against him in a programme on NDTV, a lawyer of the Supreme Court, Mr Harvinder Singh Phoolka, here today filed a defamation case against the latter before the Chief Judicial Magistrate.


MC, police blame each other for traffic chaos
Ludhiana, September 27
Traffic chaos no longer makes any news here. It does not even provoke any public anger. Because traffic chaos has become the norm of the day. The problem becomes the worse the moment lights go off and it turns out to be a free for all at all important crossings like Bharat Nagar Chowk and Bhaibala Chowk.
A scene of traffic jam on a busy Ludhiana road. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
A scene of traffic jam on a busy Ludhiana road

MCPI against privatisation
Doraha, September 27
A meeting of the state Committee of the MCPI was organised under the presidentship of Comrade Nidhan Singh Gill of Bathinda, yesterday at Doraha.

He could not fit into alien culture and returned
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 27
Two local youths have shown a deep concern about the impact of the western culture on the minds of those Indians who had shifted to the first world countries during the past decade.

36 grievances redressed at khula darbar
Ludhiana, September 27
Under the programme to redress grievances of the people, a khulla darbar was organised in Ludhiana East Constituency at Janakpuri, here yesterday.

Birmi for tightening security in jails
Ludhiana, September 27
With a view to completely plug the chances of inmates escaping from jails and to keep a check on the violation of jail manual, the Department of Jails has decided to take effective steps to enhance the security in the jails and to strictly implement the Patra System of round-the-clock patrolling.

Pensioners flay govt
Ludhiana, September 27
Pensioners at a meeting held here yesterday, flayed the state government for its “anti-employee” policies. During its 30-month rule and after having presented three Budgets, the Congress Government has utterly failed to fulfil its poll promises made in its manifesto on the eve of the Punjab Assembly poll in February, 2002.

Colouring of hair catches on
Ludhiana, September 27
“Every person who wants to be in sync with modern style is getting his hair coloured be it a male or female, young and not so young. The crowning glory is turning red or pink, cinnamon coloured and guess what blonde?

3 poor girls married off
Ludhiana, September 27
It was a day of celebrations for the parents of three needy girls who were married off courtesy Maa Bhagwati Club. The Chairman and President Mr Sukhdev Thapar and Mr Ashwani Sikka supervised arrangements of the wedding ceremony which was held in Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Deep Nagar.

Pandit Shrada Ram’s birthday celebrations
Ludhiana, September 27
The Bairagi Mahamandal, Punjab will celebrate Pandit Shrada Ram Phillauri’s 167th birthday here at the community hall, Aggar Nagar on Septmber 30.



Workers-Eveline management deadlock continues
Ludhiana, September 27
The ongoing conflict between the management and workers of Eveline International (Greatway), a major garment exporter, did not get resolved even after more than five days of an alleged lockout of the unit.

Bank branch opened
Mandi Gobindgarh, September 27
Vijay Bank today opened its 879th branch in the country and 14th fully computerised one in the state at Mandi Gobindgarh. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, inaugurated the branch.


Future of poultry in India bright : PAU scientists
Ludhiana, September 27
With annual output of 37 billion eggs and 1000 million broilers, which yield 5.75 lakh tonnes of poultry meat, India is the fourth highest producer of eggs and eighth highest producer of broilers in the world.


Varsity’s role in agricultural research lauded
Ludhiana, September 27
During his visit to PAU Kisan Mela, Mr M.A. Khan, Editor of the agricultural magazine “Agriculture Today” said Punjab Agriculrural University has played an important role nor only in the field of agricultural research, extension and teaching but has rejuvenated the whole structure of agriculture in India.

Science exhibition organised 
Ludhiana, September 27
A project of the Rashtriya Vigyan Evam Prodyogiki Sanchar Parish DST, Government of India, New Delhi started today in Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary here today.

Student organisations to intensify stir
Ludhiana, September 27
The various student organisations have decided to intensify their struggle to prevail upon the state government to rethink over bus passes for the students.


Gas agency owner sentenced
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 27
The owner of a gas agency and practising lawyer landed in jail for allegedly for making a wrong statement to get the benefit of probation and acquittal. He reportedly misled a court of law regarding the birth of his child.


Portrait painting his forte
Ludhiana, September 27
A senior citizen has shown that age cannot wither talent of a man. Mr Inderjit Singh Raja (78) is an artist whose works have not been highlighted. His life-size reproduction of a painting of Swami Vivekananda was installed at Vivekanand Vridh Ashram, here today.


Workshop on paediatric emergencies held
Ludhiana, September 27
With a view to making standardised care available to critically ill children in Punjab, the first workshop on Pediatric Emergencies was hosted by Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in the Dumra Auditorium here yesterday.

Labour trouble plagues hospitals
Ludhiana, September 27
Labour trouble seems to be becoming permanent feature of the leading hospitals in Ludhiana. Thanks to the trouble which started in the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, which led to the closure of the Hero DMC Heart Institute, a premier cardiac care centre in the region remaining closed for over two weeks.


Everest Public School cagers gain entry into state meet
Ludhiana, September 27
On the basis of its performance in the tournaments during the recent past, the team of the local Everest Public School, Moti Nagar, has been granted entry into the Punjab State Schools Basketball Tournament (u-17).

The basketball team of Everest Public School, Moti Nagar, Ludhiana.
The basketball team of Everest Public School, Moti Nagar, Ludhiana


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