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Robbers loot Rs 26,000 from petrol station
Ludhiana, April 17
Three armed robbers looted nearly Rs 26,000 from a petrol station on National Highway No 1 near Nandpur village, about 12 km from here, in the wee hours of today and injured six employees two of them seriously, with sharp-edged weapons.

Uneasy calm prevails in Kot Mangal colony
Ludhiana, April 17
Uneasy calm prevails in street No. 33 of Kot Mangal Singh colony where a boy had committed suicide and a school building was burnt and damaged by an angry mob yesterday afternoon.
Principal Sukhpal Singh’s residence-cum-school, in Kot Mangal Colony, Ludhiana
Principal Sukhpal Singh’s residence-cum-school, in Kot Mangal Colony, Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma


ST racket causes panic
Ludhiana, April 17
Fraudulent transactions through forged bills used for evasion of sales tax have caused panic among industrialists here. While a case involving sales tax evasion to the tune of over Rs 2 crore came to light recently, traders fear this evasion could be well above hundreds of crores of rupees.

Fake currency racket busted
Ludhiana, April 17
In a major breakthrough the Jagraon police has nabbed members of a criminal gang dealing in counterfeit currency and arrested six of its members. The police has recovered Rs 3.70 lakh in fake currency from them.

Godown of cotton mill gutted
Sahnewal, April 17
The shed and boundary wall of the godown of a cotton mill at Bilga Road, Sahnewal, was destroyed in a fire that broke out in the mill, today afternoon. According to sources, a fire broke out in the godown of Bansal Yarn mills situated near Bilga village, as a result of which the upper shed, the boundary wall of the godown, the machines and yarn lying in the godown, were reduced to ashes.

Passing Thru

More than 57 years after the Britsh left India, the practice of addressing policemen or civil administration officials as “sahib bahadurs” continues. It becomes more interesting when even educated and elite class follows the practice.


Govt to solve VAT imbroglio : Dawar
Ludhiana, April 17
The Punjab Government is aware of the genuine problems being faced by the business community with the introduction of value added tax (VAT) in the state from April 1 and steps have already been initiated to simplify the tax  system and to remove the anomalies.

Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary, Power and Housing, listens to public complaints at a khula darbar in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary, Power and Housing, listens to public complaints at a khula darbar

Cricket fans feel cheated
Ludhiana, April 17
Cricket fans here felt cheated at the ‘humiliating’ defeat of the Indian cricket team against their arch rivals-Pakistan in the last one-day international match, played in Delhi. A large number of people who had reschduled their daily routine and remained glued to their television sets to watch the encounter were a ‘disappointed lot’.

Police intervenes in Bhagwant Mann-T series row
Ludhiana, April 17
Bhagwant Mann, a popular Punjabi comedian, had released a new cassette titled ‘Bhagwant Mann Most Wanted’ about a fortnight ago, but a controversy over the cassette between Creative Art Production and T Series has arisen over its marketing rights.

Hira Singh GabriaCity gets SAD district president after 6 years
Ludhiana, April 17
With the announcement of the reconstitution of party set-up by former Chief Minister and SAD president Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh on Saturday, the Ludhiana unit of the party has got a district president after a gap of around six years. 
                               Hira Singh Gabria

No fresh fruits, vegetables for third day
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 17
Residents had to go without fresh vegetables and fruits for the third day consecutive day following a strike by the Vegetable and Fruit Sellers Association. The police, meanwhile, had to intervene to stop contractor-supported vendors from selling vegetables when activists of the union reacted sharply.

Fire at 3 places
Ludhiana, April 17
Goods worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in a fire in Vardhman Hosiery on Kakowal Road here today. The cloth used for manufacturing T-shirts, machinery and building were damaged in the fire. Sources in the Fire Brigade said as many as four fire engines were pressed into service and fire was controlled within an hour.

Resentment over Internet lottery stalls
Ludhiana, April 17
Resentment prevails among local residents over the mushroom growth of inter-Net lottery stalls which have come up in every nook and corner of the city during the recent past. These stalls have appeared not only in small streets and prominent markets but also near the education institutions.



Workshop on IBM database
Ludhiana, April 17
A five-day workshop on IBM DB2 universal database was held at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College here from April 13 to 17. It was organised by ISTE student Chapter and Department of Computer Science and Information Technology in collaboration with IBM Global Services, Gurgaon.


PSEB demand quashed 
Ludhiana, April 17
Non-compliance with rules by officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board went against the board when the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum quashed a demand raised by it from a consumer for alleged theft of power.



Services of nurses terminated for indiscipline: DMCH
Ludhiana, April 17
Reacting to “false and unfounded” allegations levelled by a certain section of employees over the termination of two nurses, the management of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital maintained that no harassment had ever been caused to any employee and further that both nurses had been terminated on disciplinary grounds for which the hospital administration had adequate proof.

City gets its first cord blood bank
Ludhiana, April 17
Pioneers in the field of stem cell banking, LifeCell, a Chennai-based company, has launched the first family cord blood bank in the city and the first of its kind in the region.

250 donate blood for thalassaemics
Ludhiana, April 17
The parents, relatives and friends of 182 children getting treatment in the thalassemic unit of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) today donated blood for the welfare of these kids at a special blood donation camp organised on the hospital premises by the Punjab Thalassemics’ Welfare Society (PTWS) in collaboration with the Department of Transfusion Medicine of the DMCH.
Donors at a blood donation camp for thalassaemic kids at the DMCH in Ludhiana on
Donors at a blood donation camp for thalassaemic kids at the DMCH in Ludhiana on
Sunday. — Photo by I.V.


25 probables selected for cricket coaching centre
Ludhiana, April 17
More than 50 boys (u-17) attended the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association here today at the Arya College ground. According to Mr Rajinder Mahajan, president of the LDCA, the panel of selectors comprising Mr Chaman Lal Malhotra, Mr Rajesh Puri, Mr Pawan Pandey and Mr Naresh Kumar Marwaha finalised 25 boys.


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