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Divali crackers spark fires
Damage worth crores feared

Ludhiana, November 2
As many as 33 fire incidents were reported on Divali night in which property worth crores was gutted. There was no loss of human life though a number of persons, including children, suffered burn injuries.

Burnt goods at a TV manufacturing unit in Industrial Area of Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Burnt goods at a TV manufacturing unit in Industrial Area of Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Fireworks cause burns to over 50
Ludhiana, November 2
More than 50 persons, including children, sustained firecracker injuries on Divali night here and many of them were admitted in different local hospitals.

  Divali fallout: increase in pollution, littered streets
Ludhiana, November 2
The atmosphere was hazy this morning due to widespread pollution on account of bursting of crackers on Divali night. This happened despite anti-cracker rallies by students. The orders of the administration regarding timing for bursting of crackers also went up in smoke as the sky witnessed fireworks.

Divali brings them freedom
Ludhiana, November 2
The festival of lights this time was momentous for 25-year-old Jeevan Lal and his family as it brought them freedom from eight months of bonded labour.

Jeevan Lal with his wife, mother and two kids, who were rescued by a Phillaur-based NGO from illegal detention at a brick-kiln in Pathankot, in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Jeevan Lal with his wife, mother and two kids, who were rescued by a Phillaur-based NGO from illegal detention at a brick-kiln in Pathankot, in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Pollution rises as ban, pleas go unheard
Ludhiana, November 2
Not only the ban orders of the Supreme Court (SC) and District Administration on the bursting of firecrackers but also the pleas of schoolchildren and environmentalists fell on deaf ears as the city residents continued to do so well past midnight as the air pollution touched an all-time high here on the festival of lights. Consequently, the city was covered with a blanket of haze in the morning and the environmentalists say that due to dipping mercury it will take some time for the air to get clear.

Baljit (in red cap) plants a sapling in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by I.V.
Baljit (in red cap) plants a sapling in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

Good Samaritan saves girl’s life
Samrala, November 2
The condition of a nine-year-old girl, undergoing treatment at the local Civil Hospital, became serious last evening. She needed blood transfusion but their was a shortage of her blood group (AB-ve) in the hospital.

Retain death penalty for terrorists: AIATF
Ludhiana, November 2
The All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) today hailed the statement of former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice R.C. Lahoti, in which he has voiced his support in favour of retaining death penalty in the country.


Cong factionalism comes to fore
Ludhiana, November 2
The factionalism in the Congress today came to the fore with Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president, Shamsher Singh Dullo, Education Minister, Harnam Dass Johar, former minister, Tej Parkash, Dakha MLA, Milkiat Singh Dakha and District Congress Committee Ludhiana (Urban) chief, Jagmohan Sharma abstaining from the state-level function organised here by Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Milkiat Singh Birmi and attended among others by Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh himself.

At the Crossroads
Amrita Pritam hated deception

Exactly 40 years ago in June, 1965, I met Amrita Pritam at her residence in Hauz Khas Enclave, New Delhi, for the first time. I had a telephonic appointment with her and reached there on time. When I rang the bell, the door was opened by a lady in a Chinese outfit.

Mohammad Karimalla Ansari Robbed of belongings, harassed by police
Ludhiana, November 2
Sixty-year-old Mohammad Karimalla Ansari is a harassed man. He, who had left his home in Delhi after an altercation with family, is forced to live a shelterless life in the city after he was robbed of his belongings. Running from pillar to post to get a case registered, Ansari alleges neither the Railway Police nor the city police is taking him seriously.                                   
Mohammad Karimalla Ansari

Blankets distributed on Divali
Amloh, November 2
Divali was celebrated with fervour. The local mandirs, gurdwaras and houses were illuminated with lights. Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary (Home, Justice and PWD), joined the “Aarti” at Shiv Mandir, Ram Baag, here on Tuesday evening.

A star-lit night
Jagraon, November 2
Divali was celebrate with fervour in this historic town of Lala Lajpat Rai and its adjoining areas. People from far and near villages thronged to buy sweets and firecrackers. The lumination at night with small sparkles of electric bulbs made it star-lit night. Gifts exchanged hands.

10-yr-old hurt
Khanna, November 2
A 10-year-old boy was injured when he fell down from the roof of his house while playing with firecrackers last night.



From Colleges
Students apprised of development trends

Ludhiana, November 2
An extension lecture was organised by the Department of Sociology at Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, recently. Dr Daisy Aujla, Head of the Department of Sociology, welcomed the resource person Prof S.L. Sharma, from Panjab University, Chandigarh, and mentioned the importance of sociology in India.

Teachers given farewell
Ludhiana, November 2
Mr V.P. Singh, a mathematic lecturer, Ms Tripta Kalra, an English lecturer, Mr Hardev Singh, DPE, and Mr Tara Singh, worker Class IV at Govt Senior Secondary (Multipurpose) School, Cinema road, were given a farewell on October 31 by the staff members. Principal Hari Krishan Myer presided over the function and praised them for putting up their best during their services rendered to the school.

Identifying the budding talent
Ludhiana, November 2
To identify a pool of budding entrepreneurs, who have the required mindset to make it big in the corporate sector, Top Careers and You will select “Student Entrepreneur of the year-2005” from Ludhiana and Chandigarh region, in the coming months.

All-India hockey tourney from today
Sahnewal, November 2
The third All-India Gold Cup Hockey Tournament organised by the Doraha Hawks Club, Doraha, will be held at Mehta Gurukul Public School, Kaddon Road, Doraha, from November 3 to 6.


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