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Overflowing pond triggers panic
Gill (Ludhiana), April 1
Panic gripped residents of Gill village following the overflowing of the village pond, with the water threatening to enter the houses of villagers. The flooding continued for more than 10 days following which the district administration launched an operation to drain out the water to a depression in nearby fields.

A worker drains out water from a flooded area at Gill village in Ludhiana on Friday A worker drains out water from a flooded area at Gill village in Ludhiana on Friday.— Photo by Inderjit Verma

Spotted at court, robbery suspect gives cops the slip
Ludhiana, April 1
A Punjab police constable and prime suspect in the UCO bank robbery case, which took place last year, managed to give the slip to a team of Ludhiana and Chandigarh police in Chandigarh yesterday after he was spotted at the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Vegetable agents’ strike partial
Ludhiana, April 1
Wholesale vegetable and fruit markets, after opening in the morning till 11 am, remained closed on the first day of the strike by commission agents. The commission agents are protesting against the privatisation of fee collection.

Pranks galore on Fool’s Day
Ludhiana, April 1
“Our friend Sona had been hospitalised as she had a nervous breakdown. She had started remembering incidents from her past life and had started forgetting incidents of the present life. After a week’s stay in hospital, she is back home”, Sheetal told her friend Swati on the phone.

Travel agents held for duping youth of Rs 13 lakh
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 1
Two brothers of the town and a farmer of Buarhai Kalan village, who connived with a kingpin and duped a youth of Kilaraipur village by getting him fake visa to Canada for Rs 13 lakh have been arrested. The kingpin, Mr R.K. of New Delhi, is still at large.

Students lament exam cancellation
Ludhiana, April 1
The state government’s decision to cancel the examinations scheduled for April 2 has come as a jolt to thousands of students. The decision has caused stress and harassment among students appearing for the BA, B.Sc, B.Com, BBA and BCA examinations.

Dipesh Class V topper in dist
Ludhiana, April 1
The results of Class V examinations conducted by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) were declared last evening. Dipesh of SD Senior Secondary School, New Shakti Nagar, stood fifth in the state. He scored 494 out of 550 and was the topper in the district.

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Bandh against Vat loses steam
Ludhiana, April 1
Most shops here remained open on the third day of the bandh in protest against the implementation of Vat. While the first day witnessed a near total bandh, followed by good response on the second day, the response was not good today.

Rs 3,498 cr credit plan for city
Ludhiana, April 1
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, introduced the Annual Credit Plan of Rs 3,498 crore for the district for 2005-06 at a special meeting of bank officers held in Bachat Bhawan here today.

More bridges for city, says MC
Ludhiana, April 1
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today announced several new development works in the city aimed at improving the civic conditions, providing better roads and more bridges for smooth traffic flow.

Lawyers mourn death of ministers
Ludhiana, April 1
The District Bar Association (DBA) today mourned the death of Haryana’s Agriculture and Revenue Minister Surender Singh and Power Minister O.P. Jindal, at a condolence meeting held here in the District Courts.


Theft in police colony: 2 held
Ludhiana, April 1
Two youths, including a son of a Home Guard with the Punjab Police, have been arrested by the police today on the charges of committing a theft in a police colony a few days ago.



Bhandari is PCCTU chief
Doraha, April 1
Professor M.S. Bhandari was unanimously elected president of the Doraha unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union yesterday.

Aulakh takes over as VC
Ludhiana, April 1
Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh formally took over as the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University here for the second term beginning today. Before occupying the chair, Dr Aulakh prayed to the Almighty for giving him strength to perform his duties efficiently and take the university to new heights.


Bhulle Shah Award for Hans Raj Hans
Ludhiana, April 1
The Bhulle Shah Foundation International has decided to confer the Bhulle Shah award on noted Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans for his contribution to the field of Sufi singing.


Baba Lodhiana Academy lads emerge champs
Ludhiana, April 1
The local Baba Lodhiana Academy recorded an impressive win over Jalandhar 76-50 to emerge champions in the boys’ section of the fourth Punjab Youth Basketball Championship which concluded at Gurdaspur yesterday. However, in the girls’ section, Jalandhar cagers prevailed over Ludhiana 57-47 to romp home victorious.


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