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Obscene posters dot city
Ludhiana, March 16
Obscene posters are out again. Although the posters had vanished for sometime after the administration launched a crackdown last year, these have started to come up again.
Obscene posters appear on walls in Ludhiana despite district administration’s ban Obscene posters appear on walls in Ludhiana despite district administration’s ban. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Busy MP disappoints physically challenged teenager
Pritpal Ludhiana, March 16
Two years after he was directed by the President of the All India Congress Committee, Ms Sonia Gandhi to contact the Chief Minister, Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, to get help from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, 19-year-old Pritpal, who is polio afflicted, was allegedly turned out of the Chief Minister residence at Patiala yesterday as the CM’s, wife and Member Parliament, Ms Perneet Kaur had no time for him.


‘Water-borne diseases under control’
Ludhiana, March 16
Twenty-five cases each of jaundice and diarrhoea, most of them old ones, were reported to medical camps set up by the health administration at Karamsar Colony and a couple of localities on the Tibba road here today. Teams of doctors and para-medical staff conducted a door-to-door survey of affected colonies to get information on afflicted persons, distribute medicines and to apprise patients of preventive measures against water-borne diseases.

‘Peer pressure lure youth towards drugs’
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 16
Peer pressure was the main reason behind the spurt in number of youths getting addicted to narcotics; this was observed during a de-addiction camp that concluded at a local hospital.

‘Sweetmeats should be weighed without boxes’
Ludhiana, March 16
Sweetmeat sellers in Ludhiana have been asked to weigh the sweets without the boxes. According to the prevailing practice the sweetmeat sellers weigh the sweets along with the boxes thus making the consumers pay for the weight of the cardboard boxes at the same rate they sell the sweets.

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Residents resent inflated bills by MC
Ludhiana, March 16
An error by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, (LMC), while preparing water and sewerage bills has left many residents in a quandary as they have been asked to pay last bills once again as arrears.

MCPI conference on April 2, 3
Ludhiana, March 16
The fourth state delegate conference of the Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) is being organised in the historic land of martyrs, Longowal village, in Sangrur district on April 2 and 3, 2005. About 200 delegates from all over the state will participate in this two-day delegate session. The conference will be addressed by Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri, all-India general secretary of the MCPI besides other prominent state leaders.

BSNL employees begin relay fast
Ludhiana, March 16
In response to a call given by the United Forum of BSNL Executives, comprising the Sanchar Nigam Executives Association (SNEA) and the BSNL Executives Association (BSNLEA), telecom officers sat on a dharna and also resorted to a relay fast in front of the office of the General Manager, Telecom, here today in support of their pending demands.

BSNL functionaries stage a dharna in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by I.V.
BSNL functionaries stage a dharna in Ludhiana on Wednesday

Pensioners to gherao Vidhan Sabha
Samrala, March 16
The Punjab Raj Pensioners Mahasangh has decided to gherao the Punjab Legislative Assembly during its Budget session on April 6 at Chandigarh. The mahasangh has served an ultimatum on the government stating that demands of the pensioners be accepted by March 20.

Ghani Khan’s descendant honoured
Machhiwara, March 16
Zahoor Ahmad Khan, the seventh descendant of Ghani Khan, was overwhelmed by the honour given to him during his visit to this town on Sunday. “I have never received so much of affection and honour even at my native land,” he said.

One hurt in train-tractor collision


House burgled
Ludhiana, March 16
A daylight burglary took place in the house of an MC employee at New Professors Colony near Rajguru Nagar here today. It reportedly caused panic among area residents most of whom are the salaried class and had to leave their houses unguarded during the day.



PCCTU to court arrest on March 21
Ludhiana, March 16
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teacher Union (PCCTU) have decided to court arrest at Matka Chowk on March 21, if the state government failed to accept their demands.

Council gives Rs 10 lakh to school
Mandi Gobindgarh,  March 16
SGHG Government Secondary School (Boys) here yesterday organised a function on the school campus. Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner S.K. Ahluwalia, Fatehgarh Sahib, praised the achievements of the school in the field of education and sports. He handed over a cheque of Rs 1.20 lakh from the Sarb Sikhya Abhyas scheme for the development for the school.

440 conferred degrees
Ludhiana, March 16
LR DAV College, Jagraon, held its convocation and prize distribution function here yesterday. Degrees were conferred to more than 440 graduates. Dr K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor Panjab University, was the chief guest on this occasion.

Prizes distributed among students
Ludhiana, March 16
The fourth annual prize distribution function of students of economics of Kamla Lohtia S.D.College was held here today. The remembrance of God was followed by an introductory address from Prof Mohd. Saleem Head, Department of Economics.

Malwa College celebrates cultural fest
Samrala, March 16
Malwa College, Bondli-Samrala, celebrated its annual cultural festival on the campus. The function was presided over by Mr Harpal Singh Dhillon, Chairman of the local Market Committee. The function opened with a religious song presented by Rupinder Kaur. It was followed by a poetry recitation contest in which Gursewak Singh and Manjit Kaur were declared first and second respectively. Kuldeep Kaur got the third position whereas Beant Kaur and Raj Kumar got the consolation prizes.

Children outdo professionals
Ludhiana, March 16

Love Dale celebrated its annual day here today at a city hotel. Children outdid the professionals in presenting vivid and colourful dances. He professional like Master Bitu, Ladi and Raju choreographed the programme.

Students of Love Dale perform dance at the annual function on Wednesday. — Photo by I.V.
Students of Love Dale perform dance at the annual function on Wednesday

Workshop on biosafety held at PAU
Ludhiana, March 16
A workshop on biosafety issues related to Bt cotton was organised by Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), New Delhi, at the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana in association with Ministry of Environment and Forests and the department of Biotechnology.


‘Sound of Music’ to delight city residents
Ludhiana, March 16
Medico students of Christian Medical College are out to prove that they are multifaceted when they showcase their musical play, ‘Sound of Music’ from March 19 to March 21 at Punjabi Bhawan.


School celebrates sports day
Ludhiana, March 16
Children of Sunshine Rabbits Preschool, Club Road, Civil Lines took part in fun games at the annual sports day organised here today. Ms Reetu Mohindra, Principal of the school distributed the prizes to the participants.


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