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Rs 9 lakh penalty on consumers for power theft
Ludhiana, June 3
A team of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) officials today swooped on alleged power stealers in the Feroze Gandhi market here. The board that conducted surprise checks to curb power theft imposed penalties to the tune of Rs 9 lakh on various consumers for wrong metering, extra load usage than permitted and other discrepancies.

Delay in road project irks shopkeepers
Ludhiana, June 3
The delay in the construction of an elevated road from Chand Cinema to Jagraon Bridge is causing a huge loss to the shopkeepers and harassment to commuters. People are hoping against hope that the road will be constructed soon.
The elevated road project in Ludhiana which has been delayed due to bureaucratic wranglings The elevated road project in Ludhiana which has been delayed due to bureaucratic wranglings. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma


Bank poll: Cong rift comes to fore
Amloh, June 3
The rift in the Congress has come to surface during the elections of the directors of the Amloh Primary Cooperative Agriculture Development Bank. Today was the last day of withdrawals and allotment of symbols. The bank is divided into six zones. May 31 was the last date for filing nomination papers, June 2 for scrutiny, June 3 for withdrawal and allotment of symbols while the election will be held on June 8, Mr Harjeet Singh Dhillon, assistant registrar-cum-returning officer, said here today.

More cops in fake verification racket
Ludhiana, June 3
The fake police verification racket busted by the Jagraon police has assumed bigger proportions with revelations that several other cops of lower ranks had colluded with the main accused, Head Constable Joginder Singh of Ludhiana police, in running the alleged racket. The alleged criminal act of the accused compromised with the national security too. They are learnt to have charged thousands of rupees from the ‘victim’ families.

One held for theft in IG’s house
Ludhiana, June 3
The Sarabha Nagar police has arrested a youth who had allegedly committed a theft of nearly Rs 20 lakh in the Sarabha Nagar block-F house of an Inspector General of Maharashtra police, B.S. Sidhu, posted in Mumbai.

Khanna records more wheat arrivals
Khanna, June 3
While the arrival of wheat in grain markets in the state has witnessed a decrease in comparison to previous years due to alleged hoarding by some big farmers as well as reduction in yield at some places due to inclement weather Asia’s biggest grain market at Khanna has recorded more wheat arrivals than last year.

Taxation Bar Assn to suspend work for week
Ludhiana, June 3
In protest against the alleged misbehaviour of an official of the Excise and Taxation Department at the Mini Secretariat, members of the District Taxation Bar Association here will suspend their work for a week.


Congress has failed on all fronts: BJP 
Ludhiana, June 3
Blaming the ruling Congress in the state for failure on the administrative front, maintenance of law and order and checking rampant corruption at all level in the government departments, the BJP has demanded inquiry into the acts of omission and commission on the part of senior ruling party functionaries and administrative top brass in the district.

MCPI opposes proposed hike in petrol prices
Ludhiana, June 3
The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has strongly condemned the UPA government, headed by the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, for the proposal to increase petrol and diesel prices in the country. The party is of the firm view that this step will hit the common man hard.

100 cases settled at redress camps
Jagraon, June 3
A redress camp was organised by the police near here today. Senior police officials, including DIG Parag Jain and SSP Rajiv Ahir, heard the problems of people and about 100 cases resolved at the camps held in Jagraon city and Mullanpur Dakha.



Industry for further cut in steel prices
Ludhiana, June 3
Industrial associations have expressed concern over the “insufficient reduction” in steel prices by leading steel manufacturers, including SAIL. “In the international market steel prices have come down by $ 100 per tonne, which translates to around Rs 4,500.



Teachers plan protest rally on June 5
Ludhiana, June 3
The Anti-Privatisation Teachers Front comprising 28 bodies of teachers and representing nearly one lakh government teachers will hold a demonstration in Bathinda on June 5, the assembly segment of Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla. They would be protesting against the proposed privatisation of schools and the policy of contractual recruitment of teachers.

JAC warns govt against polytechnic privatisation
Ludhiana, June 3
The joint action committee (JAC) of Punjab Government Polytechnic Employees has cautioned the state government against any attempt to privatise government polytechnic at Khunimajra along with several other technical institutions as per a decision taken in July 2003.

Grewal takes over as officiating Principal of GNN College
Doraha, June 3
Prof. Jagdev Singh Grewal, Head of the Postgraduate Department of Punjabi, took the charge as officiating Principal of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, today. Speaking at the first staff meeting after taking the charge, Professor Grewal said, “We shall work for the academic, cultural and administrative growth of the institution and asked the staff members to work as a team to achieve college goals.”

From Schools 
Summer workshops at BVM School

Ludhiana, June 3
Two KVM Senior Secondary School students Pankaj Sharma and Tanica Jain have secured 751st and 1914th positions in the CBSE (PMT), 2005. The school Principal, Mr S.C. Saxena, congratulated the students on their meritorious performance.

PAU admissions for MBA after CAT results
Ludhiana, June 3
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today announced that it will admit students for its MBA programme on the basis of CAT results. Dr S.K. Singla, professor-cum-head, Department of Business Management, said the students would have to apply separately for admission to masters in business administration (MBA) by filling admission form of PAU apart from the CAT application form.

Richa is10th in Class XII
Ludhiana, June 3
Richa Dhand has secured the tenth position in the humanities stream of the Class XII examinations of the Punjab School Education Board, the results of which were declared yesterday.


Summer cricket coaching clinic
Ludhiana, June 3
The annual summer cricket coaching clinic will be organised by the Nursery of Cricket, here at Punjab Agricultural University ground from June 6 to 26. According to Mr A.S. Nagra, former captain of PAU cricket team and organiser of the this clinic, apart from the training in physical exercises and lectures on yoga, the budding players would be told about the importance of fitness and role of diet.
Aspirants during trials conducted on Friday by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association to select probables for the U-22 cricket team for the Punjab State Inter-District Tournament. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Aspirants during trials conducted on Friday by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association to select probables for the U-22 cricket team for the Punjab State Inter-District Tournament

Punjab cagers tumble at last hurdle
Ludhiana, June 3
Holders Punjab went down fighting 57-64 to Chhattisgarh in the final of the 56th Junior National Basketball Championship held at Pondicherry, recently. With this, the Punjab lads tumbled at the last hurdle. Punjab had been the champions for the past five years. Thus, Punjab had to be content with the silver medal.


Two shops sealed amid protests
Ludhiana, June 3
A joint team of the district administration and the police today sealed two shops in books market belonging to the Zila Parishad after tenants had not been able to pay the rent for the past many months.


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