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Four of family die in road mishap
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 16
A pall of gloom engulfed the town within minutes of receiving the news of the death of four members of a family of ward number 11, including twins, after the Maruti car they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck carrying gas cylinders near Barnala town last evening.


The wailing mother of Rajiv and Sanjiv of Mandi Ahmedgarh, who, along with two children, died in a mishap near Barnala on Sunday The wailing mother of Rajiv and Sanjiv of Mandi Ahmedgarh, who, along with two children, died in a mishap near Barnala on Sunday. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma

Marriage celebrations turn into grief
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 16
Celebrations turned into wails for the family of Mukhtiar Singh of Dehlon that lost its son, Paramjit Singh, who was scheduled to get married after a fortnight.









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Punjab’s first paediatric ICU inaugurated
Ludhiana, January 16
Christian Medical College and Hospital today opened a state-of-the-art paediatric ICU, first in Punjab. The new facility has been set up in addition to the existing 3-bedded intensive care area. Giving details, Dr Jugesh Chattwal, Head of the Department of Paediatrics at the CMCH, said the 6-bedded facility was equipped to provide care to children of all age groups.

Dr Sewa Singh Lehga, along with Mr S.N. Maini, inaugurates the paediatric ICU at the CMCH in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by I.V.
Dr Sewa Singh Lehga, along with Mr S.N. Maini, inaugurates the paediatric ICU at the CMCH in Ludhiana on Monday

Robbery case solved, one held
Khanna, January 16
The police claimed to have solved the robbery case that took place on January 5, with the arrest of one accused here today. While addressing a press conference, the SSP, Mr Naunihal Singh, said the police had arrested one of the accused and identified remaining five accused.

No mini-bus to run on February 1
Ludhiana, January 16
Mini-bus services across the state will come to a halt on February 1. Over 6,000 mini-buses that operate in various districts will not run on that day as their operators in the state have decided to observe strike in protest against the alleged government apathy.

 
COMMUNITY

Badal suspects politician-bureaucrat nexus in property boom
Ludhiana, January 16
Former Chief Minister and leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said the boom in real estate prices was the result of manipulation by members of the ruling party and some senior bureaucrats in the government.

Rs 150-cr plan for Buddha Nullah
Ludhiana, January 16
The municipal corporation has chalked out a Rs 150-crore comprehensive plan for Buddha Nullah falling within its limits. Besides checking pollution in the city, the plan is also aimed at easing out congestion, especially in the residential areas lining the nullah. The MC authorities will be submitting the plan to the Union Government since the city has been selected under the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission for overall development.
A view of Buddha Nullah in Ludhiana.
— Photo by I.V.
A view of Buddha Nullah in Ludhiana

Ramoowalia keeps options open over alliance
Ludhiana, January 16
The Lok Bhalai Party has kept its options open about its strategy to be adopted for the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state. The party has already launched a statewide programme.

Police verification drive
Khanna, January 16
The Khanna police has launched a campaign to verify employees working at private houses, shops and factories, SSP Khanna Naunihal Singh said here today while talking to newsmen at the Police Lines.

With rain bringing down the temperature, people in Ludhiana lit campfires on Monday to keep the cold away
With rain bringing down the temperature, people in Ludhiana lit campfires on Monday to keep the cold away. — Photo by I.V.

Rain accompanied with winds uprooted hoardings on the Ferozepore road in Ludhiana on Monday
Rain accompanied with winds uprooted hoardings on the Ferozepore road in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by I.V.

Bhai Taru Singh Divas celebrated
Ludhiana, January 16
The central zone of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle celebrated Bhai Taru Singh Divas at Baba Isher Singh Public School here today. Dr Charankamal Singh, Chief Secretary of the circle said under ‘kes pyar muhim’of the study circle, 700 students were honoured by members of SGPC with gold medals.

Stress on need for non-violence
Ludhiana, January 16
Rick Ufford Chase, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of the US, who was on a visit to Ludhiana on the invitation of the Church of North India, has said that it was time the world appreciated the value of non-violence. He was addressing a gathering here yesterday.

Sonia Bathla’s death mourned
Ludhiana, January 16
The faculty, staff and students of the Centre for Communication, Languages and Culture, PAU, today expressed sorrow at the demise of Ms Sonia Bathla, an alumnus of the Journalism Department in Delhi last night. She was 41. Ms Bathla died after protracted illness.

Readers write
Gandhian only in name

Mr Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, has rightly pointed out that 200 universities of the world have established centres/departments to educate people about the philosophy, and teachings of the Mahatma.

 
CRIME

Delhi taxi driver’s body found
Khanna, January 16
The body of a taxi driver from Delhi was found near Libra village this morning. The deceased has been identified as Kamal, son of Dalit Chand. According to information, some villagers noticed the body lying near the GT road and informed the police.

BUSINESS

Industrial Organics declares results
To spend 6,500 lakh on expansion
Ludhiana, January 16
Industrial Organics Limited, a supplier of industrial chemicals, organic chemicals and drugs, has recorded a 234 per cent increase in its profits (after tax) for the quarter ending December 31, 2005, in comparison to the corresponding quarter next year. The company said it would spend Rs 6,500 lakh towards expansion.

Battery-operated scooters launched
Ludhiana, January 16

The latest from the Chinese basket to hit the Indian market are electric scooters. Techno Bikes, an Indian company, today launched battery-operated two-wheelers in Indian markets. The company is importing these vehicles from China’s PTS Motors. “Rising fuel prices and problems like pollution have necessitated vehicles that are safe and solve these problems. 


Models pose with the newly launched battery-operated Chinese scooters in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Models pose with the newly launched battery-operated Chinese scooters in Ludhiana on Monday

Biz Clips
ITC launches new range

Ludhiana, January 16
ITC has launched a new range of products for the winter. A company press note issued here said jackets in corduroy, moleskin and fleece had been launched under the brand Wills Sport. The company has also come out with a new range of sweaters in cashmere, merino, angora and lambswool blends.

 
AGRICULTURE

Farm varsities to focus on genomics
Ludhiana, January 16
To develop a vision for future partnership between state agricultural universities in India and Universities in the United States, a collaborative research strategy has been evolved.

EDUCATION

Course on post-harvest management concludes
Ludhiana, January 16
A two-day training course on post-harvest quality maintenance of horticulture crops for exports was organised by the Punjab Horticultural Postharvest Technology Centre at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.

PAU student bags award
Ludhiana, January 16
Rajinder Singh, a first-year student of MBA and an NSS volunteer of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, has been conferred with “Vivekanand Role Model Award” for 2005-2006. The award was presented to him by Swami Vivekanand Study Circle during the National Youth Day Celebrations at Government College for Women, Ludhiana recently.

Clubs, students celebrate Lohri
Ludhiana, January 16

The Lions Club, Samrat, organised Lohri mela for the girl child and to stress the need for checking the decline in the male-female ratio. A cultural programme was also organised. Folk singer Mamta Mehra entertained the audience with the traditional song of Lohri.





Lohri being celebrated at the Satluj Club, Ludhiana, on Sunday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma
Lohri being celebrated at the Satluj Club, Ludhiana, on Sunday

Baby show at Tagore Public School
Ludhiana, January 16
A baby show was organised at Tagore Public School here today. Various fun activities like fancy dress, poetry recitation, 50m race, dance and tricycle race marked the occasion.

Sachar selected IPHA Fellow
Ludhiana, January 16
Dr R. K. Sachar, Professor of the Department of Community Medicine, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, has been elected Fellow of the Indian Public Health Association.

Seminar

 

HEALTH

Pulling out of obsessive compulsive disorder
Ludhiana, January 16
Washing hands, checking to make sure the door is locked, and putting items in order — all are normal behaviours. But some people feel they have to repeat these actions over and over again in an unreasonable effort to keep bad things from happening.

Dental check-up camp

 
SPORTS

City readies for National School Games
Ludhiana, January 16
All preparations have been completed for the smooth conduct of the 51st National School Games slated to be held here at Guru Nanak Stadium, Sukhdev Thapar Girls Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk, and Punjab Agricultural University, between January 18 to 23.

Second win for KVM lads
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