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ICICI Bank manager, worker held
Ludhiana, February 15
Taking a tough stand against illegal methods for recovering loans the Model Town police booked a manager of the recovery wing of ICICI Bank, along with two other employees, on the complaint of a woman of the area.

Rain lashes city, suburbs
Ludhiana, February 15
Heavy rains lashed Ludhiana today, bringing the day temperature down. About 7 mm of rain was recorded in the city and it was still raining. However, agricultural experts and scientists at Punjab Agricultural University said wheat crop was safe.

This elderly couple sits near a fire to ward off cold in Ludhiana, on Tuesday This elderly couple sits near a fire to ward off cold in Ludhiana, on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma


‘Unsafe drinking water led to break out of diseases’
Ludhiana, February 15
It is official now. With all five water samples taken from Karamsar Colony on the periphery of the city having been declared non-potable, it can be conclusively said that supply of unsafe drinking water in the area led to outbreak of diarrhoea and jaundice last week.

Vigilance initiates probe against MC ex-chief
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 15
The Vigilance Bureau has initiated an inquiry into a complaint lodged by a BJP leader against the local Municipal Council regarding alleged irregularities committed during the period preceding the present term of the civic body. The former president and officers of the council have denied the charges and alleged that the complaint had been made out of political vengeance.

Aulakh stresses need for crop insurance
Ludhiana, February 15
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Dr Kripal Singh Aulakh, today stressed the need for crop insurance. In his message to the agricultural officers on the inaugural day of the two-day workshop for kharif crops, Dr Aulakh said farmers should get crops insured to save the agriculture from natural calamities.

Technocrats boycott workshop
Ludhiana, February 15
Agriculture technocrats of Punjab today claimed to have boycotted the state-level Agricultural Officers Workshop (kharif crops) being held at PAU, Ludhiana, in protest against appointment of non-agricultural technocrat, Mr Balwinder Singh Sidhu, as Director, Agriculture (Punjab).

Probe sought into alleged sacrilege of holy scripture
Ludhiana, February 15
More than 20 prominent Panthic leaders, representing different Sikh religious institutions, have urged Head Priest of Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti to hold the hearing of alleged sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib reportedly by Bhanu Murti, who had translated the holy scripture in Telugu language.

Driver, conductor booked for assaulting passenger
Jagraon, February 15
Driver, conductor of Libra Bus Service and four others allegedly assaulted a passenger and snatched his cell phone. According to the information, Love Kush Bansal of Mullanpur Mandi was travelling by Libra Bus Service and some dispute took place over ticket on which, the driver, conductor and four others assaulted Love Kush Bansal and snatched his cellphone Nokia 6600.

Considering the hype and the extent of commercialisation created by companies, terming Valentine’s Day as a ‘Lucrative Day’ would not be an exaggeration. Apart from greeting cards and flowers, it appeared as if gifts had flooded city markets.


Kidnappings: DIG, four SSPs meet
Ludhiana, February 15
Rattled by Kidnappings of children in the state, the Ludhiana Police Range, comprising Ludhiana, Khanna, Ropar and Jagraon police districts today launched security measures to prevent such incidents. There was panic among parents.

‘Xclusive Expression-05’ ends
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 15
The four-day cultural-cum-sports festival “Xclusive Expression-05” being held at Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences concluded today. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, DC, Fatehgarh Sahib, was the chief guest. He appreciated the performance of the students and stressed the importance of such events in day-to-day life of a student.

Factory staff meet Asst Commissioner
Ludhiana, February 15
Workers of Riat Machine Tools Factory today met Assistant Commissioner and urged him to resolve the ongoing tiff between the workers and factory owners. The workers, led by the Moulder and Steel Workers’ Union, demanded that their salaries and bonus should be immediately released.

Residents support move on recarpeting
Ludhiana, February 15
A section of residents of Prem Nagar has strongly come in support of area councillor for recarpeting of a road which was at the centre of a controversy. The residents defended the councillor’s move of recarpeting the road saying that it was an old road and required repairs.



VC for PG course in ayurveda
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 15
Dr J.S. Gujral vice-chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, expressed concern over slow development of Ayurvedic System of Medicine in Punjab and called upon managements of the private colleges to start post-graduate studies so that the state might become self-reliant in the teaching of ayurveda.

Lecture on corruption delivered
Ludhiana, February 15
The Department of Political Science, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar organised an extension lecture on the topic “Corruption and Indian politics”. Dr Pirthipal Singh Sohi, senior lecturer, Department of Political Science, Government College, Ludhiana, delivered the lecture. Present on the occasion were Prof. Bawa Singh, former Vice-Chairman Prof. G.S. Mastana, Head, Department of Political Science, Prof. Mrs Surinder Kaur, Department of English, Prof. Rupinder Singh and Prof. Gurmeet Singh Hundal.


One acquitted of charges under Arms Act
Ludhiana, February 15
Additional Sessions Judge, D.R. Arora has acquitted Baldev Singh of Jandiali Khurd village, Sangrur, in an Arms Act case.



200 examined at medical camp
Ludhiana, February 15
Nearly 200 patients were examined at an eye camp and medical check camp organised by Lions Club Ludhiana at Gurdev Hospital here today. Lion Kesho Ram, inaugurated the camp and donated medicines for the patients.


Double crowns for Steffi, Antarpreet
Ludhiana, February 15
Steffi Kala and Antarpreet Singh proved mettle in the girls and boys sections clinching two titles each in the Ludhiana District Subjunior Badminton Championship which concluded at the Shastri Hall, near Guru Nanak Stadium, here today.


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