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Kundan Puri residents block traffic
Ludhiana, January 8
Residents of New Kundan Puri today staged a demonstration before the Division No 8 police station and blocked traffic for half an hour near Kailash Cinema Chowk, in protest against the alleged “goondaism” of a group of youths who attacked a shopkeeper and a family in the colony this afternoon.

Kundan Puri residents argue with cops at a police station in Ludhiana on Saturday Kundan Puri residents argue with cops at a police station in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

10 hurt as bus collides with parked truck
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 8
At least 10 persons, including the driver and conductor of a bus, were injured when the bus collided with a truck stranded on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road at Lehra village, near here, this morning. 
The Punjab Roadways bus that collided with a stationary truck on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near Mandi Ahmedgarh
The Punjab Roadways bus that collided with a stationary truck on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near Mandi Ahmedgarh on Saturday.




  Pak journalists visit cycle factory
Ludhiana, January 8
Pakistani and Indian journalists shared experiences at a function organised by Hero Cycles here today. Over 50 journalists from Pakistan, on a visit to India to attend the Panj Darya Media Conference at Chandigarh, visited the cycle factory and interacted with mediapersons of the city.

Pakistani journalists visit a cycle factory in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by I.V.
Pakistani journalists visit a cycle factory in Ludhiana on Saturday

Farah Warraich Skin show in Pak ‘a non-issue’
Ludhiana, January 8
Women form more than 65 per cent of the number of students studying journalism in Punjab University at Lahore. Journalism is so popular among women that even electronic media is witnessing entry of a large number of girls and most of them prefer reporting, said Ms Farah Warraich, News Editor, The Daily Jung, Pakistan.
Farah Warraich

Commission on revenue stamps: people feel harassed
Machhiwara January 8
The Punjab Government and Postal department has locked horns over revenue stamps and commission. As a result revenue stamps are not being sold at any post office. When anyone goes to a post office to buy revenue stamps, he returned by saying “the revenue stamps are out of stock.”

Labourers move rights panel for dues
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 8
Despite the intervention of the Bonded Labor Liberation Union, a group of migrant labourers, who had reportedly worked at a brick-kiln at Dakha village, could not get their salaries from the owner of the brick-kiln.

3 developers booked
Ludhiana, January 8
The police today booked directors of Vikas House Company for cheating two local families by not honouring a land deal. The directors, Yogesh Bhalla, Piyush Bhalla and Ayush Bhalla have been booked under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC on a complaint of Mr Rajpal and his wife Santosh and another couple Umesh Kumar and his wife Urmila.

Businessmen die in mishap
Ludhiana, January 8
Two businessmen of Ludhiana — Mr Rumeet Singh and Parveen were killed in an accident in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) on Thursday. They had gone to Ahmedabad for business. Cremation of Mr Rumeet Singh took place in Ludhiana while body of Parveen was sent to Patiala he belonged to.


Sustained policy on Indo-Pak affairs needed: Gill
Ludhiana, January 8
A meeting of the Rotary Club was held here last night. Major-Gen Himmat Singh Gill (retd) delivered a lecture on international affairs and India Starting with the Non-Alignment Movement in India, General Gill discussed the Indian status during the regime of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He appreciated the tasks undertaken by the present government headed by Dr Manmohan Singh.

A doughty bread-winner for her family
Doraha, January 8
Seema’s youth has never known any fun and frolic. The only bread-winner of her family she seems to have achieved maturity at a rather young age of 22. An accident that rendered her father physically unfit, forced Seema to assume the role of bread-winner in the very prime of her lie. Her iron will and determination made her overcome the obstacles in her way.

Seema distributes newspapers in Doraha.
Seema distributes newspapers in Doraha

A heaven for destitute children
Ludhiana, January 8

Three-year-old Minakshi, (not her real name), had lost her mother due to illness. She was left to the mercy of her alcoholic father, who started begging by making her sit on the road asking the people to donate for her food. But all money collected was used for buying liquor.

Children at SGB Childrens’ Home in Dham Talwansi Khurd in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Children at SGB Childrens’ Home in Dham Talwansi Khurd in Ludhiana on Saturday

Social Security Dept holds Lohri function
Ludhiana, January 8
A Lohri function was organised by the Social Security Department at Channan Devi Senior Secondary School, Saleem Tabri, here today. Mr S.R. Ladder, Director, Social Security Punjab, presided over the function and presented 21 newly born girls and their mothers with baby suits and shawls.

Experts warn of water scarcity
Ludhiana, January 8
Scientists of the Department of Soils and Water Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, here have warned against water scarcity in the state. The scientists have found during a survey on ‘marketing response for water table in Punjab’ that water table in central districts of Punjab had gone down considerably obviously for the wheat-rice pattern which farmers are too reluctant to change for several reasons.

Meeting of NGOs working for consumers held
Ludhiana, January 8
A meeting of Non -Government Organisations (NGOs), working to protect the interests of the consumers, was called by District Food Supply Controller here. The meeting followed the Consumer Awareness Week celebrations from December 24 onwards.

Road encroachers gallore 
Ludhiana, January 8
Encroachments on roads are on the rise in the Focal Point area, one of the outer areas the town which still offers a lot of open space and scope for development. Since all roadside spaces within the old city had been encroached upon a long time ago, pressures had been mounting gradually on the outer areas, such as Samrala chowk, Jalandhar bypass and Haibowal.

Keralites send relief material for tsunami-hit
Ludhiana, January 8
The Confederation of Ludhiana Malayalee Association (CLMA), in association with different associations of Keralites, including Shree Ayyappa Temple and churches, the Mar Thoma Syrian Church, St Mary Jacobites Syrian Orthodox Church, St. Thomas Catholic Church, St Gregotrios Orthodox Syrian Church, have sent a truckload of relief material amounting to Rs 15 lakh for the tsunami-hit people in the south.

People’s cooperation sought to root out graft
Amloh, January 8
Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary, inaugurated elementary school building at Haibatur village today. He sought people’s cooperation to root out corruption. On sugar prices, he indicated raids to unearth artificial shortage.

Magazine launched
Ludhiana, January 8
Parliamentary Secretary Power, Housing and Urban Development Surinder Dawar has called upon advertising organisations to adopt latest technology so that consumers got information regarding quality and availability of the products while sitting in their own houses.


Motorcyclist killed in road mishap
Jagraon, December 8
Jit Singh, son of Mehar Singh of Malak village, was killed while coming on a motorcycle on the Ludhiana-Jagraon GT Road, about 6 km from here, in the evening yesterday.

210 kg of poppy husk seized
Jagraon, December 8
Sub-Inspector Gagandeep Singh on a tip-off raided the area near the embankment of drain Boparai Kalan this morning and noticed Amandeep Singh alias Babbu and Sukhdev Singh alias Laddu both residents of Kul Gehna village, allegedly possessing bags containing poppy husk for sale in the area.

Two held for gambling
Khanna, January 8
The police here arrested two satta operators from two different places on Friday night. Under a drive against anti-social elements. Gurdev Singh head constable has arrested a satta operator from Billan Wali Chhapri and recovered some satta slips and rupees 330 from him.


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Education fair to be held from January 18
Ludhiana, January 8
The 10th India International Education Fair will be organised in three major cities of Punjab — Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Chandigarh. The fair is termed as ‘Northern Indian Golden Crescent Tour’ keeping in mind the potential of these cities of Punjab.

Workshop on higher education organised
Ludhiana, January 8
SDP College for Women held a workshop on ‘Raising the standards of Higher Education’ on the college campus today. Dr K.L.Johar, former Vice- Chancellor of Guru Jambeshwar University, Hisar and Vice-Chairman, Seth Jai Prakash, of Mukand Lal institutions of knowledge and service were the main speaker and resource person respectively.

Parent-teacher meeting held
Khanna, January 8
Parent-teacher meetings are necessary for moral, mental and physical development of students. Mr Balram Sharma in charge of Government Elementary School, Ramgarh, yesterday stated this, while addressing, the parents teachers meeting on the school premises.

IGNOU meeting postponed
Ludhiana, January 8
IGNOU has postponed the nationwide induction meeting which was scheduled for January 8-9. The meeting had been planned for students who had taken admission for the January 2005 session.


Lok Adalat on traffic challans on Jan 22
Ludhiana, January 8
To clear cases of traffic challans in different courts in the district, a special Lok Adalat of 30 Benches, will be organised in new Judicial Courts Complex on January 22.


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