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Residents campaign for clean city
Ludhiana, March 19
Tired of looking up to the local civic body to provide clean environs in the city, residents of New Janta Nagar on Gill Road have taken it upon themselves to educate the masses to keep their surroundings clean.
Silt removed from a gutter has been lying for quite some time on a road in Karimpura Bazar, Ludhiana Silt removed from a gutter has been lying for quite some time on a road in Karimpura Bazar, Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

10-year jail for raping minor
Ludhiana, March 18
Manjit Singh (32) of Joshi Nagar, Haibowal Kalan, has been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years on the charge of raping a minor. Pronouncing the judgement, Mr B.S. Sodhi held that the prosecution had proved the charges against the accused beyond any doubt. So, he did not deserve any leniency. The court also ordered the convict to pay a fine of Rs 11,000.










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Cops fail to crack Devgan case
Ludhiana, March 19
The investigation into the four-month-old sensational Prem Nath Devgan murder case, owner of the over Rs100-crore assets worth MEFA Needles, is turning out a major embarrassment for the city police .

Missionaries allege bias
Ludhiana, March 19
The Punjab Christian Movement, a missionary organisation, today accused the Punjab Government of conniving with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Bajrang Dal, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bharatiya Janata Party by not allowing their religious congregations.

The city police has failed to check haphazard parking of two-wheelers at Bhadaur House in Ludhiana
The city police has failed to check haphazard parking of two-wheelers at Bhadaur House in Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Comedy brings cash to city cinemas
Ludhiana, March 19
Comedy movies have staged a comeback in the city. Cinema owners who had been banking on Bhhojpuri movies for good business lately, are now shifting towards quality comedy movies that have hit the screen recently.

Controversy over path at dera
Maherna Kalan (Ahmedgarh) March 19
Controversy arose over the installation and akhand path of Guru Granth Sahib at Dera Baroti Sahib here . Organizers insisted on continuing the practice while the officials of Gurudwara Manji Sahib, Alamgir, said that the continuance of the path at the dera was against an Akal Takht edict .

Discount sales that managed to attract a large number of customers earlier, appear to be losing sheen. With such sales continuing almost throughout the year consumers feel it is the companies and not they who stand to gain. The consequence is that one can see several retail shops hanging boards of heavy discounts only waiting for customers.

 
COMMUNITY

Demand to compensate terrorism-affected families
Ludhiana, March 19
Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti, led by their state president Rajiv Tandon and district chief Vijay Kumar Agnihotri, observed a fast at Jagraon Bridge here today.





Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti activists on a fast at Jagraon Bridge in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti activists on a fast at Jagraon Bridge in Ludhiana

RJD flays BJP policies
Ludhiana, March 19

Leaders of the Rashtriya Janata Dal today condemned the Bhartiya Janata Party for its "communal politics". The leaders alleged that the BJP had lost the public support and was now desperately harping on communal tones.



RJD leaders at a press conference in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo by I.V.
RJD leaders at a press conference

Campaigning hots up for club poll
Ludhiana, March 19
The campaigning is at its peak for the control of state’s biggest club, the Sutlej club. Set up more than 100 years ago during the British era, the club was originally known as Officers’ Club with the Deputy Commissioner as its president.

Acharya Mahapragya felicitated
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 19
A large number of persons today participated in felicitation ceremony of Acharya Mahapragya, chief of Shri Jain Shwestamber Tera Panth Sabha. The ceremony was held at MGMN Senior Secondary School, Ahmedgarh, near here. Mr Bansi Lal Surana presided over the function and Dr Indu, SDM Malerkotla, was the chief guest.
Dr Indu, SDM, Malerkotla, inaugurates a wing at MGMN Senior Secondary School, Ahmedgarh Devotees listen to Jain preachers at the school
(Left) Dr Indu, SDM, Malerkotla, inaugurates a wing at MGMN Senior Secondary School, Ahmedgarh; and (Right) devotees listen to Jain preachers at the school on Sunday. — Photos by Mahesh Sharma

Book fair for children
Ludhiana, March 19
A children’s book fair began at Magazine Shop, Ghumar Mandi, here today. It offers a big range of books of children’s interest. According to Mr Vinay Mohindra, organiser of the fair, the books include comics, story books, short novels and activity and puzzle books.

 

EDUCATION


Students of Kidzee Rainbow School perform during their annual function at Lions Bhavan, Ludhiana, on Sunday
Students of Kidzee Rainbow School perform during their annual function at Lions Bhavan, Ludhiana, on Sunday. — Photo by I.V.

Rs 991 cr for development of urban areas
Ludhiana, March 19
Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar has claimed that the state government has created a special Municipal Development Fund of Rs 991 crore for the fast development of urban areas in the state. It would be used for providing drinking water supply to 100 per cent population in 117 towns and sewerage facility to all areas in 37 towns of the state by March 31, 2007.

Moga college lifts overall trophy at Aaftaab-2006
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 19
Punjab Institute of Management and Technology (PIMT), Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a mega show “Aaftaab-2006” at the college complex yesterday. Ms Jaspreet Kaur Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, inaugurated the function.

Medical college alumni meet 
Ludhiana, March 19
It was the journey down the memory lane for about 100 odd doctors who had studied in Government Medical College, Srinagar. The alumni meet was held at the Hotel Gulmohar today. Doctors from different parts of the state and Jammu and Srinagar attended the meet.

SIPS holds annual function
Ludhiana, March 19
SIPS celebrated its third annual function here today. singer Nachchattar Gill was the chief guest. The programme started with the Gayatri mantra. It was followed by Punjabi, Western and remix numbers.

 

HEALTH

Watch out for that joint pain
Ludhiana, March 19
“Arthritis is a broad term applied for any kind of joint disease. There are more than 100 disorders that can cause arthritis, and hence it should be considered a symptom rather than a diagnosis. Some of the arthritic illnesses affect not only joints but also skin and other internal organs, with potentially life threatening complications.

400m hepatitis virus carriers in subcontinent
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 19
There were at least 400 million carriers of hepatitis virus in the subcontinent and if liver disorders go unchecked, the virus would emerge as the worst killer among humans, said Dr Nirmaljit Singh Mahli in his keynote address a seminar on hepatitis B and C yesterday.
Dr Nirmaljit Singh Mahli addresses a group of doctors during a seminar at Hind Hospital, Ahmedgarh, on Saturday
Dr Nirmaljit Singh Mahli addresses a group of doctors during a seminar at Hind Hospital, Ahmedgarh, on Saturday. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma

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