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Man plots kidnap of nephew, held
Ludhiana, February 4
Greed for fast money allegedly led a man to team with two notorious criminals and kidnap his three-year-old nephew for a ransom of Rs 1 lakh with the motive of killing him later.

The accused in the kidnapping of a three-year-old boy in Ludhiana on Saturday and the rescued boy
The accused in the kidnapping of a three-year-old boy in Ludhiana on Saturday; and the rescued boy. — Photos by  Inderjit Verma

Family claims Rs 6 lakh stolen
Theft intriguing, says police
Ludhiana, February 4
In a mysterious incident, valuables worth Rs 6 lakh, besides a revolver, 20-odd live cartridges and several cheques went missing from the house of a brass trader in Model Town Extension within the past two days.



EARLIER STORIES
  SI shifted to Police Lines for misbehaviour
Ludhiana, February 4
The ongoing drive by the city police to check offenders of traffic rules met a rough patch today when a Sub-Inspector at the Division No 2 police station was shifted to the Police Lines for allegedly misbehaving with sons of a councillor while checking his vehicle documents near the Civil Hospital.

Agitators stage a dharna at Shahpur Road to protest against misbehaviour of a cop with a councillor’s sons in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by I.V.
Agitators stage a dharna at Shahpur Road to protest against misbehaviour of a cop with a councillor’s sons in Ludhiana on Saturday.

Doctor’s house robbed at gunpoint
Khanna, February 4
Two unidentified youths robbed the house of a local doctor in New Abadi Area late last evening. The robbers fled with cash and gold worth more than 2 lakh. A police party along with the SSP, Khanna Mr Naunihal Singh, reached the site to investigate the case.

2,200 appear for Class V exam
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 4
More than 2,200 students from 60 government and private schools of the block appeared in the Class V examination conducted by the State Council of Educational Research and Training. The Block Primary Education office claimed smooth conduct of exams at 18 centres.

 
COMMUNITY

Contractor dumps sand into vacant plot; residents furious
Ludhiana, February 4
The city centre project of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust has proved to be a plethora of problems for residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. After suffering pollution caused by digging and subsequent carrying of waste by tractor-trailors, the residents are now suffering on account of dumping of sand in a vacant plot by the project contractor.

Tearful adieu to national athlete
Samrala, February 4
Thousands bade adieu with moist eyes to national athlete Daljit Singh Nagra (46) at his native village Nagra, 10 km from here.

CITU to protest against Avon Cycles
Ludhiana, February 4
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) will protest against the management of Avon Cycles on February 6 here.

Rise in suicides sounds warning bells
Ludhiana, February 4
In the wake of alarming rise in the number of suicide or attempted suicide cases in the region, experts have suggested several measures to deal with the problem in a positive manner and save precious lives, which might be lost in the absence of proper counselling and treatment, if warranted in specific cases.

Now, a fuss over death certificates
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 4
Mr Raj Kumar Sharma, who lost four members of his family in a road accident at Barnala three weeks ago, has been asked to surrender the death certificates of the deceased issued by the local Registrar of births and deaths. The Barnala Municipal Council has refused to register the deaths on flimsy grounds.

City resident wins trip to Singapore
Ludhiana, February 2
Mr Aziz, a local lottery seller, is the winner of the ‘caller song’ contest by Spice Telecom. He would get a return ticket and a holiday package to Singapore. Prize is sponsored by Spice and Singapore Airlines.

 
CRIME

3 hurt in group clash
Ludhiana, February 4
Timely intervention by ASI Balwant Singh, in charge police post bus stand Jagraon, averted an ugly clash today. According to information, due to old enmity, members of a group inflicted injuries on Manjinder Singh (23) and Gurdip Singh, both of Agwar Lopo, near Kukar Bazar.

Father son booked for murder bid
Ludhiana, February 4
Prem Kumar and his son Sanjiv Kumar alias Sonu, of Jagraon allegedly assaulted Pawan Kumar of Mohalla Sainchran with the intention to kill him. The police has registered a case under Sections 323, 324, 341, 307, 506 and 34 of the IPC.

BUSINESS

Hike in mini bus fares
Ludhiana, February 4
With the state government having accepted demands of mini bus operators, fares for mini buses have been increased.

 

EDUCATION

Computer education to be introduced in more govt schools
Ludhiana, February 4
Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister, Punjab, has said that under the programme of “Computer education in government schools”, computer education will start in 5,278 government schools in the state from July 1, 2006, and 7000 teachers were being appointed for this purpose.

From Schools and Colleges
Farewell functions in schools
Ludhiana, February 4
It was a day full of nostalgia on one side and soaring aspirations on the other. A day of sharing happy memories and feeling the pangs of loss when class XI of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, bid goodbye to class XII here yesterday. The students of Class XI enthralled the audience with a bouquet of performances out of their kitty of talents.

Seminar on financial sector reforms 
Ludhiana, February 4
The Commerce Department of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus Model Town, Ludhiana organised a seminar on the topic “Financial Sector Reforms” on February 4, 2006.

 
CULTURE

Agaaz-2006 held
Ludhiana, February 4
On their first annual function Agaaz-2006, tiny tots of Blossoms Convent School at Leela Megh Singh, 8 km from here, presented a colourful cultural programme today . Mr Sukhwinder Singh Gill, Subdivisional Magistrate, Jagraon, was the chief guest at the function and Mr Maghar Singh, Central Education Officer, Nabha, gave away the prizes to students for securing positions in their academic career.

HEALTH

Immunisation drive launched
Ludhiana, February 4
The district health administration has launched a special immunisation and awareness drive against six infectious diseases of children in the district under the overall supervision of the District Immunisation Officer, Dr Kuldip Kaur. The focus for the immunisation campaign would remain on slum areas of the city and rural areas.

Ageing — a matter of concern
Ludhiana, February 4
There is a growing concern about ageing face among the Indians. People, a majority of them women, seek medical guidance to learn what can be done to slow down ageing and maintain a youthful appearance.

 

ADMINISTRATION

Birmi to attend Suvidha camps
Ludhiana, February 4
The district administration will organise two sub-division-evel Suvidha camps to redress the grievences of people and under this programme, the next Suvidha camp was being organised at Meharban village on February 8.

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