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Notorious duo Raja, Neeru nabbed
Had ‘murdered’ jewellers Darshan Singh and Rajesh
Ludhiana, July 25
The Punjab police made a major breakthrough when it finally managed to arrest the allegedly notorious couple — Rajeev, alias Raja, and his paramour Pooja, alias Neeru — who have been found involved in three major robbery and murder incidents in the city, all targeting jewellers.
The four accused, including the girl, Neeru, in police custody in Ludhiana on Tuesday.— Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
The four accused, including the girl, Neeru, in police custody in Ludhiana on Tuesday

Aggrieved parents demand exemplary punishment
Ludhiana, July 25
Ever since Rajesh, owner of Raghav Jewellers, was found murdered on May 13 near Chamkaur Sahib having 24 stab and blunt injuries all over his body, his mother Veena Rani Sachdeva and father Satpal Sachdeva had only one desire — to come face to face with the killers,especially the accused girl — Neeru, who used to be so sweet and sugary in her behaviour.


Duty evasion, rebate fraud of crores unearthed
Ludhiana, July 25
The Central Excise Department here has unearthed duty evasion and rebate fraud by a group of garment manufacturing and exporting units on the Jassian Road, which could run into several crores when the ongoing investigations into the case were completed. The department had already made the spot recovery of Rs 40 lakh on account of fictitious stocks of yarn shown in the books.

PAU, bureaucrats at loggerheads
Ludhiana, July 25
The Punjab Agricultural University authorities and bureaucrats of the state government are at loggerheads. The bone of contention is the autonomy of the university and the alleged harassment by the local fund examiner of accounts of the state government.


BJP leaders honour MC chief after criticising him
Ludhiana, July 25
A fortnight after the district unit of the BJP had expressed its anger at a BJP councillor honouring former Municipal Corporation Chief, Mr S.K. Sharma, senior leaders of the BJP themselves followed suit at a private function organised at Kidwai Nagar last evening.

Cong mobilising cadres to highlight achievements
Ludhiana, July 25
Parliamentary Secretary Surinder Dawar today said a large number of meetings would be organised at mohalla level to educate people about the achievements of the government in the state under the mass contact programme launched by the government, and all wings of the Congress were being evolved to mobilise people for the meetings.

Awareness drive on govt programmes
Ludhiana, July 25
The Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, is activity participating in the ongoing five-day public information campaign (PlC), being organised by the Press Information Bureau, which began at Sahnewal yesterday.

Labour union for hike in minimum wage
Ludhiana, July 25
The Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) on Sunday called upon the state government to raise the minimum monthly wage of industrial workers to Rs 5,000. Addressing a district convention of the BMS at Vishvakarma Mandir in Miller Ganj here, state vice-president Balwant Singh Sandhu accused the government of ignoring the plight of the working class even as the prices of essential commodities continued to soar and labour laws flouted with impunity by employers.

Mayor visits various wards
Ludhiana, July 25
Mayor Nahar Singh Gill yesterday visited Sector 32 A, ward number eight, Prakash Nagar, ward number 42, Mundian Kalan, ward number 14 and Aman Nagar, ward number five to redress the woes of the residents.
Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, at a public meeting in Mundian Kalan village on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, at a public meeting in Mundian Kalan village on Monday

Bank staff stage dharna
Ludhiana, July25

Demanding the withdrawal of recent instructions by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on outsourcing and amendment to the Banking Regulation Act, bank employees in the city held a protest dharna outside the regional office of the Oriental Bank of Commerce here today. The employees said they would observe one-day strike on July 28 in support of their demands.
Bank employees hold a demonstration at Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Bank employees hold a demonstration at Ludhiana

Income tax staff hold demonstration
Ludhiana, July 25
In response to a call given by joint council of action, employees and officers of Income Tax Department held a lunch-hour demonstration at Aaykar Bhavan in Rishi Nagar to press their pending demands.

Employees and officers of Income Tax Department hold a demonstration to press their demands in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Employees and officers of Income Tax Department hold a demonstration to press their demands in Ludhiana

Another probe into Dikshit drowning case
Ludhiana, July 25
A high level team of the Himachal Police today began re-investigation into the mysterious death of Dikshit Dhanda, a student of BVM Public School, here. The re-investigation is being conducted on the orders of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh.

Finally, bouquets for cops
Ludhiana, July 25

It was time for bouquets for the city police officials, who were receiving only brickbats for the last one month or so after a series of crime incidents took place in the city forcing the state police to requisition additional force and command battalions to maintain law and order.
DGP S.S. Virk along with senior officers addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Tuesday
DGP S.S. Virk along with senior officers addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Dharna organised
Khamano, July 25
A dharna was organised by circle Akali Jatha in front of the SDM’s office for acceptance of demands of the people of the area. The dharna was held under the chairmanship of SGPC member, Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnia. Jathedar Khirnia in his address said that the Congress government in Punjab has failed to clear even a single demand of the people of Khamano area.

Relief for Prince
Ludhiana, July 25
Elated by the rescue of five-year-old Prince from Kurukshetra, Vallabh Knits, a city-based export house, today sent aid to his family along with blankets, bed sheets and t-shirts.



2 thefts reported, 1 held
Jagraon, July 25
Some persons broke into the house of Ms Harvinder Kaur at Rasulpur and decamped with Rs 30,000 and jewellery worth Rs 43,000. The local police has registered a case under Sections 457,380 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



KFC campaign
Ludhiana, July 25
After the ‘K’ bug having hit television serials, it is companies which have come to the fore to promote ‘K’. The latest one being restaurant chain KFC that announced its ‘K Promo’ here yesterday.



Teachers’ unions threaten strike
Ludhiana, July 25
Strongly condemning yesterday’s incident of manhandling and suspension of a political science lecturer of Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College, several teachers’ unions have threatened to go on strike if the police case and suspension orders of the said teacher were not revoked.

Ensure survival of saplings, says DEO
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 25
Mr Joginder Singh Aulakh, District Education Officer (DEO), Sangrur, has called upon leaders of social and educational organisations to join hands with the Education Department in the preservation of environment by planting saplings of shady and fruits-bearing trees.


Lok Adalat gets Chairman
Ludhiana, July 25
One year after its inauguration, the permanent Lok Adalat here has finally got a regular Chairman with the State Legal Services Authority appointing Mr C.D. Gupta, former Additional District and Sessions Judge, as its Chairman.



‘Rise in chest diseases’ cause for concern
Ludhiana, July 25
The alarming level of environmental pollution in the industrial hub, coupled with increased incidence of smoking, is giving rise to a variety of chest diseases and breathing disorders which call for a new approach to management and treatment of these diseases.

Health session for KVM girls
Ludhiana, July 25
An informal session was organised for the girl students of Class VII and VIII of Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM) to provide them with information that they should have at the threshold of puberty.


Meeting of schools tournament panel
Ludhiana, July 25
To finalise the schedule for the different games (schools), inter-zonal as well as inter-district games, the meeting of the District Schools Committee was held here yesterday with Mr Yash Pal Mehra, District Education Officer (secondary) in the chair. Around 400 persons, including principals, physical education teachers of various schools from all over the district took part in the meeting.

Basketball squads for Punjab meet
Ludhiana, July 25
The following boys and girls have been selected to represent Ludhiana district and the Baba Lodhiana Academy (boys) being run here by the Punjab Basketball Association with the help of Sports Department, Punjab, in the Punjab State Subjunior Basketball Championship to be held from July 26 to 29 at Mansa, according to Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary secretary, Ludhiana District Basketball Association.



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