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Residents seek directions to save the river
The Satluj bears the brunt of religious festivities in LudhianaLudhiana, February 6
While the Satluj is already polluted, especially by Budda Nullah, it becomes a victim of religious festivals.

The Satluj bears the brunt of religious festivities in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


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Felling of trees in court complex
Day 2: Rare birds lose habitat

Ludhiana, February 6
Even as 1,700 trees are being axed in the Old Sessions Court complex and many birds protected under the Wildlife Protection Act are losing their eggs and nests, officials of different departments expressed their inability to do anything to save either the trees or the birds.

Green trees fall prey to civil hospital axe
Ludhiana, February 6
Dozens of full grown green trees were axed on the premises of the Ludhiana Civil Hospital a few days back even as the authorities concerned expressed their helplessness over the issue. A visit to the civil hospital revealed that some trees were been axed to the roots while others were cut to half.

Experts caution against GM foods
Ludhiana, February 6
Joining hands with the ongoing campaign called "I am not a lab rat" against genetically modified (GM) foods like Bt Brinjal, eminent doctors of Punjab have cautioned the state and central governments against the introduction of such foods in India.

Insurance company directed to pay Rs 1 lakh relief
Ludhiana, Feburary 6
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum here has ordered the United India Insurance company India to pay claim of Rs 1.01 lakh.

COMMUNITY

Bank staff hold demonstration
Ludhiana, February 6
Bank employees hold a protest demonstration in front of the State Bank of Patiala regional office in Ludhiana On a call given by State Sector Bank Employees' Association (SSBEA), employees of associate banks today held a demonstration in front of State Bank of Patiala, regional office, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana, against the "adamant and uncompromising attitude" of the State Bank of India management.



Bank employees hold a protest demonstration in front of the State Bank of Patiala regional office in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

CCTV cameras at dumping sites only on paper
Ludhiana, February 6
The Municipal Corporation's policy of "quick to order and late to implement" came to fore once again on the installation of CCTV cameras at garbage dump sites.

Business volumes on LSE fall
Ludhiana, February 6
Volumes of business on the Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE), which operates through its subsidiary LSE Securities, have fallen drastically ever since the indices on Indian stock markets have nosedived first in January 2008 and then in October 2008.

Shatabdi likely to be withdrawn from Feb 8
Ludhiana, February 6
After its failure to find favour with the regular travellers from the city to the national capital after two-trial runs of a month each, the Ludhiana-New Delhi winter special Shatabdi Express (2013A/2014A) is likely to be withdrawn from February 8 when it completes its second inning. Indications are that the train which will leave for New Delhi on Sunday morning will not undertake its return journey late in the evening.

Over 1,500 Akalis Join Cong
Mullanpur Dakha, February 6
Former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh received a shot in yesterday when over 1,500 Akali workers joined the Congress under his banner.

Akali rebel joins Cong 
Doraha, February 6
Rebel Akali leader, Jagjiwan Pal Singh Gill, frustrated at the treatment meted out to him by the Akalis finally joined the Congress ysterday.

Kisan club holds annual function
Ludhiana, February 6
The annual function of Kisan Club was held today at PAU. Sucha Singh Langah, Minister for Agriculture, Punjab was the chief-guest.

Getting bills cleared tough task for varsity staff
Ludhiana, February 6
Employees and departments at both Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) here have alleged harassment at the hands of officials and staff of the audit department near Thapar Hall at PAU.

Ectopia-2009 takes off at DMCH
MBBS students perform during their cultural function at the DMC auditorium in LudhianaLudhiana, February 6
The three-day annual cultural programme “Ectopia-2009” got off to a colourful start at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) with much fanfare at Dumra Auditorium yesterday evening.




MBBS students perform during their cultural function at the DMC auditorium in Ludhiana. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Poem recitation contest at GGPS
Doraha, February 6
Green Grove Public School organised an inter-house poem recitation competition today.

CRIME

Godman, 3 booked for murder 
Ludhiana, February 6
The Basti Jodhewal police has booked a godman and his three accomplices for allegedly murdering his driver.

Constable booked for fraud
Ludhiana, February 6
The division No. 8 police has booked a police constable and his wife in a fraud case for allegedly cheating a resident in lieu to send him abroad. The complainat Inderjeet Kaur, a resident of police lines alleged that constable Perveen Chopra and his wife Amarjit Kaur usurped Rs 1.80 lakh in order to send his brother abroad. Neither, the accused sent his brother abroad nor they returned the money.

3 youths assaulted; 10 booked
Jagraon, February 6
The Sidhwan Bet police booked 10 persons for attacking three youths and inflicting grievous injury on them.

Gang of cheats busted, 1 arrested
Jagraon, February 6
The Sidhwan Bet police has busted a gang of cheats and arrested a woman member of the gang.

Two nabbed for snatching mobile sets
Ludhiana, February 6
The CIA- II police has nabbed two mobile phone snatchers and claimed to have solved the complaints of residents of Shimlapuri.

Athletics meet at colleges kicks off
Ludhiana, February 6
Rajpreet Kaur, a student of BA I, gave outstanding performance to bag four titles on the first day of the 48th Annual Athletics Meet of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, being held here today. Maninder of BA III and Harinder Kaur, a student of B.A I, clinched two titles each.


Winners of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, with their certificates during the annual athletic meet; and (left) participants during the 400m race at the annual athletics meet at Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana. Photos: Rajesh Bhambi

City team to play in Surat 
Ludhiana, January 6
The Gully 1 team, which emerged champions in the four-team T10 Gully Cricket Tournament organised at Guru Nanak Engineering College on January 28, will take part in the semifinals to be held at Surat on February 12, 13 and 15.

Himanshu wins tricycle race
Ludhiana, February 6
Students of pre-nursery, nursery and KG classes, along with those from primary wing, competed in various fun games during the one-day annual athletics meet of Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, here today.

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