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16-year-old raped, 3 months later sister targeted
Ludhiana, October 14
In a shocking incident, two persons raped a 16-year-old girl over three months ago and later attempted to rape her minor sister as well.

Her plea for police protection goes unheeded
Ludhiana, October 14
After struggling for years and even after a Supreme Court directive in her favour with regard the maintenance, Ms Jaswant Kaur (85) of Amargarh Kaleran village in Jagraon subdivision continues to seek police protection to harvest crop on the land given to her as maintenance.

Ms Jaswant Kaur narrates her tale of woes as her bodyguard looks on at Amargarh Kaleran village in Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Ms Jaswant Kaur narrates her tale of woes as her bodyguard looks on at Amargarh Kaleran village


Asia’s first Astro-turf in rural area
Ludhiana, October 14
With Asia’s first-ever Astro–turf in a rural area being inaugurated today at Bhaini Sahib, the headquarters of the Namdhari sect, young hockey players will now have international-level training facilities.
Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, with players of the Namdhari XI and the Punjab Police XI after the inauguration of Astro-turf at Bhaini Sahib

Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, with players of the Namdhari XI and the Punjab Police XI after the inauguration of Astro-turf at Bhaini Sahib, near Ludhiana, on Thursday. - Photo by Sayeed Ahmed 

Steel industry faces raw material shortage
Ludhiana, October 14
The seizure of explosives from containers used for importing scrap has caused inordinate delay in the clearance of scrap by the Customs Authority, said the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings in a press note here today.


Agricultural technocrats threaten stir
Ludhiana, October 14
Agricultural technocrats in the state have threatened to launch a statewide agitation in case their demands were not met. A meeting of the state committee of the Plant Doctors Services Association, Punjab, was held here today with Dr R.P.S. Aulakh, president of the association, in the chair. Dr Satnam Singh, Dr Sushil Kumar Attri, Dr Mukhtiar Singh Bhullar and Dr Atma Singh Sidhu, chairman secretary, joint secretary and finance secretary, respectively, of the unit, attended the meeting.

Ramlila inaugurated
Ludhiana, October 14
Urban Estate Ramlila Dussehra Committee president Raj Garg and general secretary Dr Shiv Gupta stated in a press note that Ramlila, started in Urban Estate Dugri, Sabzimandi Ground here yesterday was inaugurated by an NRI, Mr Lembar Singh Johal (UK), and Mr Munish Singla of the Darshan Industrial Corporation lit the lamp (Shama-e-Roshan). About 2,000 persons enjoyed the Ramlila on the first day.

Ladies club celebrates Divali
Ludhiana, October 14
Members of Sarabha Ladies Club today held Divali celebrations here. The women had put up stalls selling candles of unique designs made by the mentally challanged students of Nirdosh.

A club member performs during a solo dance competition organised by the Sarabha Ladies Club in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
A club member performs during a solo dance competition organised by the Sarabha Ladies Club in Ludhiana

LIC officers observe strike
Ludhiana, October 14
Protesting against the alleged “anti-Development Officers policies” of the management, Development Officers of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) observed strike today.


Three bodies found in city
Ludhiana, October 14
Three bodies were recovered from different places in the city in the past 24 hours. Two of these were found from the Model Town area while the third was recovered from near Railway tracks, Jassian.

2 arrested with poppy husk
Khanna, October 14
The Khanna police arrested two persons on the charge of possessing poppy husk last night. According to the police, special nakas were laid to check anti-social elements. 


Designerwear store launched
Ludhiana, October 14
Be:, a designerwear store from the house of Raymond, will offer expert professional guidance to help you look the best. The company launched Be: Transformed, a concept in lines with international lifestyle stores, to offer to its clients such guidance.



Scientific exchange between India, Pak stressed
Ludhiana, October 14
An invitation has been extended to Janab Pravez Ellahi, Chief Minister of Pakistani Punjab, to visit the PAU also while coming to Punjab to attend the World Punjabi Conference. Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh said on his visit to the PAU, a special seminar on the future agriculture would be organised and Janab Pravez Illahi would preside over one of the sessions of the seminar.

Maths seminar concludes
Ludhiana, October 14
“Seminars and inservice training motivate government teachers to work hard so as to come up to the expectations of at least developments in the field of education. Teachers must polish their students with the latest knowledge of the education,” said Ms Ushal Sidhu, Principal, Government Inservice Training Centre (GITC), on the concluding day of the seminar of mathematics and art and craft teachers here yesterday.

PCTE team first in Pak fest
Ludhiana, October 14
The PCTE team has bagged the overall first position in Dhoom-2004, a cultural festival held at the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology, (SZABIST) Islamabad, on October 11. A team comprising three faculty members and 21 students (16 boys and 5 girls) of Punjab College of Technical Education, Ludhiana, competed in the six cultural events.

From Schools & Colleges
Teachers, students honoured

Ludhiana, October 14
The Bharat Vikas Parishad (Shivaji) honoured teachers and students of Ludhiana at a function in Shri Krishna Model School here yesterday. Sixty students and 20 teachers were honoured. The programme started with Vande Mataram.



72-year-old man jailed under NDPS Act
Ludhiana, October 14
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Inderjit Kaushik, has sentenced Balbir Singh (72) of Pakhowal village to one-year imprisonment for possessing poppy husk. A find of Rs 2,000 was also imposed upon him.


Sargam wins bronze in shooting
Ludhiana, October 14
It was a proud moment for Sargam Marwaha, student of local Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, when she received a medal from lone Indian medal winner in the Athens Olympics and ace shooter Major Rajvardhan Rathore during the eighth All-India Inter-School Shooting Championship held from September 29 to October 4 at Indore. Sargam, student of class IX, bagged a bronze medal in this championship. Sargam added this medal to her kitty after emerging victorious in the district as well as in the Punjab State Championship held recently.

Sargam Marwaha of KVM Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, with Olympic silver medallist Major Rajvardhan Rathore.
Sargam Marwaha of KVM Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana

Gobindgarh College wins bronze in boxing
Khanna, October 14
Gobindgarh Public College, Alaur, has won bronze medal during the Panjab University inter-college boxing championship held from October 10 to12 on the university campus, Chandigarh.


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