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Man held for raping daughter, killing aunt
Mohd Ikram Ludhiana, December 30
A joint operation by the city police and a police team of Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh has led to the arrest of an alleged gruesome murderer, who had been sexually exploiting his teenage daughter and had murdered his aunt for daring to stop the relationship. 
                          Mohd Ikram 

Use of loudspeakers at night banned
Ludhiana, December 30
Complying with the orders of the Supreme Court, Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, today banned the use of loudspeakers between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in the district.

City ‘astrologers’ make hay
Ludhiana, December 30
Solution of the most difficult problems through yantra, mantra and tantra, claims the headline of a pamphlet issued by a self-proclaimed astrologer. The pamphlet urges the reader not to waste time by running after tantriks, maulvis and babas for the solution of various problems relating to job, business, transfer, domestic tussle, mental stress, physical ailments, sexually transmitted diseases, study plans, court case, fear of adversaries, non-fulfilment of wishes, ill-effects of witchcraft, marital discord, failure in love and hypnotism.


Senior citizens alone in times of celebrations
Ludhiana, December 30
Its celebrations time all over but here at Senior Citizens Home, be it New Year, Christmas or Divali the celebrations mean nothing to the abandoned ones staying here.
The inmates of Senior Citizens Home here enjoy sitting in the sun in Ludhiana on Friday The inmates of Senior Citizens Home here enjoy sitting in the sun in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

‘Orphan’ girl sent to lunatic asylum 
Amloh, December 30
The 22-year-old mentally challenged girl was yesterday sent to the mental hospital in Amritsar after all efforts of the local administration and an NGO to trace her family proved futile.

Youngsters celebrate 100th birthday of ‘Grandma’
Ludhiana, December 30
In an age when youngsters are not caring much for elders in the family, at least 200 members of an extended family of an 100-year-old woman of Jagraon today set up an example for others to follow by celebrating her birthday in a gala fashion at an eatery here today.


Another VDIS sought
Ludhiana, December 30
The Taxation Bar Association (TBA) has asked the Union Government to introduce another Voluntary Disclosure of Income Scheme (VDIS) with a reasonable tax rate of not more than 20 per cent before the proposed new income tax regime is given effect. Such a scheme will bring in a huge amount of undisclosed income for business and other development activities in the national economy.

Recall 2005
A civic body for VIPs only

Ludhiana, December 30
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation earned the dubious distinction of a civic body catering to the needs of VIPs alone in 2005. It remained a disappointing year for the residents as far as the MC was concerned. The work on elevated road and flyovers could not be completed, garbage disposal system remained poor, office-bearers of park management committees (PMCs) remained at loggerheads with the authorities over the maintenance of parks and certain works were completed to suit the needs of VIPs.

City residents prefer fruit juice
Ludhiana, December 30
About 80 per cent of the city residents like fruit juices to other soft drinks. A study conducted jointly by Suruchi Soni and Preetinder Kaur, MBA students of the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), under the guidance of Mr Gautam Bansal, reveals that orange juice topped in the liking list of city residents while mango juice remained the second most preferred one. Apple, guava and strawberry juices were least preferred by the respondents.


One held in hit-and-run case
Jagraon, December 30
Vijay Kumar, son of Babu Ram of Kot Gurbax Singh of Amritsar district, was arrested by the Raikot police in a case registered under Sections 304 and 279 of the IPC. He was today produced before Mr Gopal Arora, JMTC, who remanded him to judicial custody.



Aulakh meets IAS probationers
Ludhiana, December 30
In an interface with IAS probationers, PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr K. S. Aulakh today identified the emerging crises and challenges in agriculture. These included depleting water table at the rate of 2.5 feet per year in the central districts of the state and ensuring food security for the nation. A consequence of fall in water table was replacement of centrifugal pumps by submersible pumps at a huge cost. It was also a financial drain on the farmers.

VC’s message to farmers
Ludhiana, December 30
In his New Year message to farmers, Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Dr K.S. Aulakh has said since future agriculture will be “knowledge based”, it will be imperative for farmers to follow the university’s recommended package of practices for better yields and incomes.

Valedictory function
Ludhiana, December 30
The valedictory function of the Odissi dance workshop conducted by Sonal Mansingh was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir School here today. The workshop was conducted at BCM Senior Secondary School and Kundan Vidya Mandir School for six days each. The group, sponsored by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, was accompanied by eight programme officers and two contingent leaders.

Odissi dancer Sonal Mansingh performs at Kundan Vidya Mandir School in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Odissi dancer Sonal Mansingh performs at Kundan Vidya Mandir School in Ludhiana on Friday

Cultural exchange
Ludhiana, December 30
At least 200 NSS volunteers from the PAU College of Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering and Home Science participated in a cultural exchange programme with a group of 100 NSS volunteers from the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, and the University of Jammu here last evening.

Cleanliness campaign


PCPC is global alliance partner of UNESCO
Ludhiana, December 30
The city folk group, Punjab Cultural Promotion Council (PCPC) has been designated as the ‘global alliance, partner for cultural Diversity’ by UNESCO and has been included, as new member in the UNESCO’s list’, “the PCPC has also been contributing for UNESCO’s project of culture of peace as well, through its participation in the world, folklore festivals international conferences and international activities on culture sports, media and human rights,” said Mr Davinder Singh Chhina, director of the Punjab Cultural Promotion Council here.

Ms Ludhiana contest
Ludhiana, December 30
The Bombay Selection Ms Ludhiana 2005 will be held at Lakshmi Ladies Club here on January 4. There will be four rounds — Bombay Selection Bridal Round, Maharaja Saree Round, Epression Suit Round and Fluid International Western Round.


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