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Standby fire services to burn hole in pocket
F&CC jacks up hiring charges to Rs 25,000

Ludhiana, January 4 
Taking standby fire service has gone costlier by several thousands in the city with the Municipal Corporation jacking up charges of hiring a fire engine as preventive measures for functions and rallies from Rs 500 per hour to Rs 25,000 lump sum. Photo by IV

Muslims seek ticket for minorities from Congress
Ludhiana, January 4
The minority cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has urged the Congress to field at least four candidates from the minority communities in the state in the forthcoming Assembly elections, besides giving one Rajya Sabha seat to them. Cell president Atiq-u-Rehman Ludhianvi has staked his claim from Ludhiana East and Malerkotla Assembly segments.




Ludhiana West is bone of contention between SAD, BJP
Ludhiana, January 4
The Bharatiya Janata Party appears to be firm on claiming the Ludhiana West Assembly segment in the seat-sharing arrangement with its alliance partner, the Shiromani Akali Dal. The party also does not appear to be happy with the manner the SAD went ahead in declaring the candidates for the constituency. 

SAD, Cong gear up for elections
Ludhiana, January 4
The Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress have been in the election mode months before the announcement of the election schedule by the Election Commission.

Sukhbir assures industry of mitigating problems
Ludhiana, January 4
SAD general secretary Sukhbir Badal has assured the industry of mitigating its problems on a priority basis if the SAD-BJP government came to power in Punjab.

Akali leaders have  “lost mental balance”
Ludhiana, January 4
Castigating the Shiromani Akali Dal leadership for making ridiculous statements about alleged 'disappearance' of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, senior Congress leaders Krishan Kumar Bawa, Chairman, Punjab Housefed and Mr Gurdev Singh Lapran, former president, District Congress Committee, have said such senseless observations showed the frustration and lack of real issues with the Akali leaders for the coming Assembly elections.

PAU strike continues
Ludhiana, January 4
The ongoing strike of the students of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) entered its 15th day today.

DC orders removal of hoardings
Ludhiana, January 4
Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, Deputy Commissioner-cum- District Electoral Officer, taking a serious note of a large number of hoardings/banners put up by different political parties/leaders violating the Model Code of Conduct enforced by the Election Commission, has asked the parties leaders concerned to immediately remove such hoardings banners in the district. 

MC removes illegal hoardings
Ludhiana, January 4 
The Municipal Corporation today removed illegal hoardings in the city that had come up after the election campaign had picked up.


Kites a rage with residents

Ludhiana, January 4
Kite-sellers in the city are making hay, with sales touching lakhs of rupees during the Lohri festival alone. Reluctant to come on record, those selling kites maintain that business done during the first fortnight of the year is enough to sustain them throughout the year.
City residents too are eagerly awaiting the festivals of Lohri and Basant.

Multicolour kites on display in a market   in Ludhiana on Thursday. —Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Multicolour kites on display in a market   in Ludhiana on Thursday.Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Pensioners rue banks’ apathy
Ludhiana, January 4
The Punjab Government pensioners are up in arms against the pension- disbursing bank authorities for the non-payment of interim relief and hiked medical allowance along with the pension. The Government Pensioners Association has received many complaints across the state in this regard.

Reports sought on missing children 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 4
Consequent upon the visit of a special team of UP police, investigating the infamous Noida serial killing and sexual abuse case, to Lohatbaddi, the native village of Moninder Singh Pandher, the Jagraon police chief has sought comprehensive reports regarding missing children and women from areas falling under his jurisdiction.

A villager looks stunned at the parental house of Moninder Pandher at Lohatbaddi village near Ahmedgarh. —Photo by the writer

A villager looks stunned at the parental house of Moninder Pandher at Lohatbaddi village near Ahmedgarh

Members of Aastha Ladies Club, Ludhiana, celebrate Lohri and Gurpurb
Members of Aastha Ladies Club, Ludhiana, celebrate Lohri and Gurpurb on Thursday. —Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Two killed in car accident
Chandigarh, January 4
A Sector 23-D resident and his friend were killed in the wee hours yesterday when a car they were travelling in and a jeep collided on the National Highway 21 near Nilokheri, about 18 km from Karnal.

Gurpurb celebrated
Ludhiana, January 4
Guru Gobind Singh's 'avtar purab divas' was celebrated in Ranjit Modern Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Kalan, on Wednesday.



Brig Jaswal booked
Chandigarh, January 4
The local police yesterday booked Brig J.S. Jaswal (retd), Director, Sainik Welfare, Punjab, on the charge of criminal intimidation and insulting the modesty of a woman on a complaint lodged by Ms Raj Kaur, working as clerk at his office.



Industry gets say in panel of Central Excise dept
Ludhiana, January 4
The Central Excise and Customs Department has appointed a representative of industry as a member in its newly constituted zonal advisory committee.



UBS fudging of facts: Probe panel set up
Chandigarh, January 4
Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti yesterday constituted a fact- finding committee to look into the alleged fudging of facts by a faculty member of the University Business School for securing better ratings for the UBS.

Pbi varsity VC orders probe into girl’s disappearance
Patiala, January 4
Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, has launched an inquiry into the disappearance of the daughter of a university employee residing on the local campus. 

Class decoration competition 
Ludhiana, January 4
A class decoration competition was held in relation to Parkash Utsav Guru Gobind Singh at Baba Isher Singh (N) Sen Sec Public School BRS Nagar Ludhiana here today. Students from class I to class XII participated in the competition. Classes were decorated with quotations taken from Guru Sahib's Gurbani, photographs and flowers.

DMC doc to get Bhide memorial award
Ludhiana, January 4 
The paper of Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, Professor and Head, Department of Urology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here, has been selected for the national-level Dr M.G. Bhide Memorial Award. The paper is titled 'Incidence and treatment of erectile dysfunction after prostate removal'. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 10,000 and a scroll.

Lecturer presents paper 
Ludhiana, January 4
Dr Neetu Prakash, lecturer, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women (GNW), Model Town, presented a paper at the 29th All India Accounting Conference and International Seminar on Accounting Education and Research at New Delhi recently.

Dr. Baldev Singh Aulakh
Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh



New Year card released
Ludhiana, January 4
The Executive of the literary body Punjabi Culture Study Circle International (PCSCI) today released its New Year’s greeting card and the PCSCI Newsletter.

Group on talent hunt
Ludhiana, January 4
The Sangam Kala Group, which operates on national level, has been active in popularising talent of amateur singers. With the objective in mind, a singing talent hunt competition will be organised by the group on January 7 and 14 at Pandey Auditorium, Nehru Siddhant Kendra.


Arrangements for pulse polio programme
Ludhiana, January 4
The district admnistration is making all arrangements for the conduct of the pulse polio campaign being conducted from January 7 to 9 in Ludhiana.

Samrala gears up for polio drive
Samrala, January 4
The town is gearing up for the pulse polio drive on January 7, when over 3,000 children of 0-5 years will be administered polio drops.


Santokh adjudged best athlete in ITI meet
Ludhiana, January 4
Santokh Singh won three titles and was adjudged best athlete in the annual sports meet of Industrial Training Institute here yesterday. He secured 15 points.



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