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Blast in furnace, no casualty
Mandi Gobindgarh, April 20
A blast reportedly took place in a furnace of Channi Steel, an industrial unit, around 6 am here today. When our correspondent reached the spot, he was not allowed to enter the factory.

Struggling to make a living
Ludhiana, April 20
On practically every highway leading to the city, one can see a tribe from Rajasthan either making or painting colourful statues or artifacts.
Rajasthani women prepare beautiful artefacts sitting on the roadside.
Rajasthani women prepare beautiful artefacts sitting on the roadside. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed



Health Dept to crack whip against female foeticide
Ludhiana, April 20
The district Health Administration has decided to act tough against violations of the provisions of pre-natal diagnostic tests under the PNDT Act 1994 and to curb the menace of female foeticide with an iron hand.

Irony of protest
Ludhiana, April 20
It is a unique irony. ‘Lynching’ someone for none of his faults. That precisely appears to be happening with the Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar. He seems to have become the ‘whipping boy’ for all protests related to education.

Fighting for land since Independence, he got assurance today
Satnam Singh Ludhiana, April 20
His fight to get dues is as old as the age of independent India. Though he became heart patient while toiling hard for 58 years for getting his dues from the Punjab Government, today when the official concerned promised him that his work would be done within a few days.

Passing Thru
Does casting couch exist?
It may or may not. I do not want to be embroiled in the controversy. But I do have strong views about it. I denounce the practice. But even if it exists, there is no substitute for talent.


A Ludhianvi who made mark in USA
Ludhiana, April 20
Young, enterprising 26-year-old Harman Singh is the CEO of authorGEN, a US-based company with a turnover of $ 2 million. The success story of Harman, a Ludhianvi, was scripted by his hardwork, dedication, intelligence and as he says “with a pinch of good luck”.

PSEB men’s strike on for second day
Ludhiana, April 20
Strike by employees of the Punjab state Electricity Board (PSEB) in protest against privatisation continued on the second day today.

Ex-president of Bar felicitated
Ludhiana, April 20
City Lawyers today felicitated Mr Harish Rai Dhanda, former president of District Bar Association Ludhiana on his nomination to the supreme body of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), as the member of the ‘working committee’ by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister, Punjab.

Choe bridge stone laid
Amloh, April 20
Six bridges on rivulets will be constructed this year at a cost of Rs 3 crore in Fatehgarh Sahib district, asserted Mr S.S. Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary (Home, Justice and PWD), after laying the foundation stone of choe bridge at Badali village of Amloh sub-division here today.

MCPI opposes privatisation
Ludhiana, April 20
The Punjab state committee of the Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has opposed the policy of privatisation being pursued by the Congress-led government in Punjab. It alleged that by handing over several key departments like electricity board, health and education to the private sector, the government was running away from its basic duties of providing infrastructure and amenities to the people.

Dr Indu takes charge of MC
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 20
Local residents hope resumption of development works in the town after a gap of around one year as Dr Indu, SDM, Malerkotla, has taken over the charge of local Municipal Council as administrator.

Brahmin Sabha implores CM on Parshuram Jayanti
Samrala, April 20
A deputation of the Brahmin Sabha, Samrala, led by Mr Behari Lal Saddi, President, Mr Kulwant Rai Sharma, Organising Secretary, Punjab Brahmin Sabha, Mr M Atrre, Mr Raj Kaushal, Mr M. G. Prashar met the Chief Minister, Punjab, at the residence of local MLA Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon.


Couple booked for assault
Jagraon, April 20
Paramjit Kaur and her husband Harbhajan Singh were booked allegedly for inflicting injuries on Tej Kaur using sharp-edged weapons. A case has been registered.


Generate awareness on VAT: yarn traders
Ludhiana, April 20
The Federation of Yarn Trade and Industries has demanded uniform implementation of value added tax throughout the country.


Wheat procurement picks up
Ludhiana, April 20
Thanks to the better quality of grain, farmers are getting the right price for the wheat they are bringing to the mandis. The procurement of wheat is already in full swing. With over seven lakh tonnes of wheat already having been procured in the district so far, it is all set to cross the last year’s procurement figures.

Low yield of wheat expected, says mandi board chief
Khanna, April 20
“Expected arrival of wheat in mandis of Punjab is 100 lakh tonnes which is 7 lakh tonnes less than the last year”, said Mr Sukhbinder Singh Sukhsarkaria, Chairman, Mandi Board Punjab, during a press conference organised at Market Committee office here recently.


Colourful performance by Saraswati kids
Ludhiana, April 20
Saraswati Modern School, Hambran Road, celebrated its prize distribution ceremony today. Mrs Indira Bhatia, Principal, Government College for Boys, was the chief guest and was welcomed by Mrs Neelambra Sharma.


Basketball team selected
Ludhiana, April 20
The following players have been selected to represent Ludhiana in the 56th Junior Punjab State Basketball Championship to be held at Mansa from April 21 to 24, according to Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary general secretary, Ludhiana District Basketball Association.

Football trials postponed
Ludhiana, April 20
Trials to select the Ludhiana football team (u-19 years) scheduled to be held today at Guru Nanak Stadium have been postponed. According to Mr Shivtar Singh Bajwa, president District Football Association, Ludhiana, the trials have been postponed due to some unavoidable circumstances.


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