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Gyaspura elected mayor unopposed
Roads, sewerage, water supply to be his priority
Ludhiana, September 7
Hakim Singh Gyaspura, fourth time Shiromani Akali Dal councillor from ward number 72, was unanimously elected city mayor in the General House of the Municipal Corporation here today.
Mayor Hakim Singh Gyaspura, senior deputy mayor Parvin Bansal and deputy may Sunita Aggarwal after their election in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: I.V.

Banks easy targets for criminals
Most without security guards, alarms, CCTV
Ludhiana, September 7
A robbery akin to what happened at the Oriental Bank of Commerce last afternoon was waiting to happen, with a majority of 326 banks here devoid of proper security arrangements.


PFA sends invites to fill stadium
Ludhiana, September 7
Even as the Punjab Football Association (PFA) failed to attract viewers to the ground to see the ongoing 29th Hero Federation Cup Football Tournament, it has forwarded invitations to colleges and schools of the region to see the matches bypassing the ticketing process.

Boy untraced: More protests held
Kaunke Kalan , September 7
With Gurpreet, a minor boy still remaining untraceable four days after he disappeared under mysterious circumstances from illegal police custody, hundreds of residents of his native village, Malah, farmers and workers unions and some teachers marched to the kaunke kalan police post and staged a protest there.

Bhojpuri films rule the roost
Ludhiana, September 7
For the city's migrant population, it was an entertaining day with seven city theatres releasing Bhojpuri films today. The day was equally good for owners of these cinema halls, who usually find a scant audience.


Students hold a rally against female foeticide in Ludhiana on Friday.Rally against female foeticide
Ludhiana, September 7
A large number of school and college students, along with prominent social activists, took part in a ‘raksha jyoti’ rally here today to focus against female foeticide. The rally was organised by the Punjab Academy of Films and Theatres (PAFT).

Students hold a rally against female foeticide in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

VAT penalties too harsh, say lawyers
Dr Naveen Rattan addresses a seminar on the VAT Act in Ludhiana on Friday.Ludhiana, September 7
Members of the District Taxation Bar Association today condemned penalties imposed on Value Added Tax (VAT) Act. Naveen Rattan, addressing a seminar on VAT Act organised by the association, said the act was relatively new and all officials of the excise and taxation department were not fully acquainted with its provisions.
Dr Naveen Rattan addresses a seminar on the VAT Act in Ludhiana on Friday.

IT surveys on industrial units
Ludhiana, September 7
The Income Tax Department today began surveys on two industrial units falling under range 6. The surveys, that started this morning, are being conducted under the supervision of additional commissioner income tax J.R. Kajla. Sources said the department had seized documents of two industrial units, located in Industrial Area.

Let down thrice, Kitchlu Nagar assn guns for commissioner
Ludhiana, September 7
Angry at the commissioner, Municipal Corporation, for not attending a Van Mahotsav function thrice, the Dr Kitchlu Nagar Residents Association is gunning for him now.

Mouse Menace
Measures to control rat population
Ludhiana September 7
The history of plague can be traced back to biblical times. According to Dr H.S. Sehgal, professor and head, department of zoology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, rats not only eat our foodgrain but also spoil these by contamination with their feces, urine and fur. Besides causing damage in various ways, rats are responsible for transmitting diseases to humans and livestock.

‘Conserve’ natural resources or perish
Ludhiana, September 7
Thousands of farmers thronged the one-day Kisan Mela at Regional Research Station, Ballowal Saunkhri here yesterday.

Railway pensioners sore over poor medical facilities
Ludhiana, September 7
The retired employees of Northern Railways here are sore over lack of comprehensive diagnostic and medical facilities in railway hospital, as also the apathetic attitude of the railway administration towards reimbursement of the expenditure incurred on laboratory and diagnostic tests in recognised private institutions.

Class IV staff dharna on Sept 18
Ludhiana, September 7
The health staff, led by activists of Class IV Government Employees and Workers Union will hold a dharna at civil surgeon’s office here on September 18 to protest against non-acceptance of pending demands and non-implementation of demands, which were conceded more than three months back.

Arhtiya assn meeting held
Samrala, September 7
Major Singh Gehlewal, the president of the Sacha Sauda Arhtiya Association, Samrala, thanked the chairman of the federation of the ahrtia association, Bal Krishan Singla, and Punjab president Vijay Kalra for the appointment of Sher Singh Mushkabad as the vice president of Punjab and Major Singh as the joint secretary.

Book on farm machinery
Ludhiana, September 7
Though farm machinery and use of pesticides has led to overall increased production of foodgrains, there are grave concerns regarding non-adoption of safety measures while using them said Dr M.S. Kang, vice-chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana while releasing a book entitled, 'Kheti Hadsian Ton Savdhan'.



Man held for raping minor daughter
Ludhiana, September 7
The Basti Jodhewal has arrested a resident of Kailash Nagar for allegedly raping his minor daughter.



Chinese mobile phone handsets have flooded city markets.Mobile phones from dragon's stable flood markets
Ludhiana, September 7
It is time for Chinese mobile phones flooding city markets. Despite quality related apprehensions, buyers are finding these sleek looking phones an attractive option and sellers are making good moolah from them.

Chinese mobile phone handsets have flooded city markets. — Photo by Inderjit Verma



Jailed college teachers released from Burail
Doraha, September 7
The 21 teachers of aided colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh who were arrested two days ago and were in judicial custody were released from the Burail jail today.

Education board chairman honoured
Ludhiana, September 7
The Punjab School Education Board Association of affiliated schools, Punjab, has honoured Dalbir Singh Dhillon, the newly appointed chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, under the presidentship of Rajinder Sharma, here on Thursday. I.M. Dutta, R.L. Sewak, Sukhpal Singh, Kamal Kumar, D.P. Sharma, Ravi Sharma, Manmohan Prashar, Kulbir Singh, D.S. Mukheja and other representatives from the various districts of the state were also present at the function.

At The Crossroads
Teachers as role models
It may sound anachronistic that even today teachers are held in high esteem in our country. When a student defends his faulty pronunciation, or something else, on the authority of his teacher (My teacher said so), it becomes difficult to show him the dictionary. Such a step would dismantle the edifice of good faith in the infallibility of teachers.

From Colleges
Alumni body honours varsity position holders
Ludhiana, September 7
The Old Students Association of the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, honoured the university position holders at a function here today. The college have 38 position holders in various classes of graduation and post graduation. Special appreciation was given to Priya Gupta of MSc IT (second year) who stood first in the university for five consecutive years.


PSEB pays 5,000 for wrong bill
Ludhiana, September 7
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to pay Rs 5, 000 as compensation to a dairy owner for harassing him by sending the bills pertaining to another consumer.



Housewives showcase laughter talent
Members of Sri Adinaath Junior Mahila Mandal showcase their talent in “Laughter Challenge” organised on Friday in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, September 7
Following the trend on television, members of the Sri Adinaath Junior Mahila Mandal had organised an annual meeting of the mandal at a hotel here today. The function showcased the talents of the ladies , mostly housewives. Eight teams of two members each participated in the ‘Laughter Challenge’ organised for the ladies of the mandals.

Members of Sri Adinaath Junior Mahila Mandal showcase their talent in “Laughter Challenge” organised on Friday in Ludhiana.




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