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Strike Call
Work comes to a halt

Ludhiana, June 22
Public work remained suspended in most of government offices in the district today following a protest call by the Joint Action Committee formed to seek justice for Tehsildar Maj G.S. Benipal (retd) following a murderous assault on him.
Suvidha centre remains closed due to strike the Sub-Registrar (West) office wears a deserted look in Ludhiana on Monday.
Suvidha centre remains closed due to strike; and (right) the Sub-Registrar (West) office wears a deserted look in Ludhiana on Monday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Assault on Tehsildar
Suspension of accused councillors sought
Ludhiana, June 22
Congress councillors condemned the murderous assault on Benipal and sought suspension of the accused councillors from the MC House. Holding the SAD government responsible for total breakdown of law and order situation, Congress councillors said things have come to such a pass that even the government officials are not safe and the DC and the SSP are not able to ensure law and order in the city. 


‘Browbeating officials habit of politicians’
Ludhiana, June 22
The attack on Major J.S. Benipal (retd) is not a stray incident. According to sources, municipal councillors Simarjit Singh Bains and Kamaljeet Singh Karwal have always taken advantage of their political connections.

Ban on bathing in canal drowns
Ludhiana, June 22
The authorities have learnt no lessons from the recent tragic mishap in which three youths of Jodhewal Basti drowned in the Sutlej. Youngsters, especially children, were seen taking dips in the Sidhwan canal.

Shopkeepers meet Mayor over flyover’s design
Ludhiana, June 22
A deputation of shopkeepers near Gill Chowk today met Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura and asked him to change the design of flyover as it would be affecting their business as the space left in front of their shops was less as compared to the opposite side.

Undertrial dies in jail
Ludhiana, June 22
An undertrial died due to illness at Borstal Jail here today. The deceased has been identified as Sanjay Kumar (25), a resident of Amarpura. The incident occurred this morning when Sanjay complained of chest pain.

200 kiosks razed on Hambran Road
Ludhiana, June 22
More than 200 kiosks were demolished in Dairy Complex on Hambran Road during an anti-encroachment drive undertaken by the town planning wing of the Municipal Corporation here today.


Power, water woes continue in city
In the wake of grim power scenario, the city residents are facing power cuts of long durations, which at last count, ranged between six to eight hours. The scheduled and unscheduled power cuts all through the day force the people to sweat it out in the scorching heat. 

Bank staff strike work against merger move
Employees and officials of banks hold a demonstration at the regional office of the State Bank of Patiala against the merger of associate banks in Ludhiana on Monday. Ludhiana, June 22
Led by activists of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation (PBEF), employees of different banks held a massive demonstration at the regional office of the State Bank of Patiala here today against the proposed merger of the State Bank of Indore with the State Bank of India. Employees and officers of the State Bank of Indore struck work from today against the merger move.
Employees and officials of banks hold a demonstration at the regional office of the State Bank of Patiala against the merger of associate banks in Ludhiana on Monday. 
Photo: Inderjit Verma

Sexual Harassment: Probe panel meets
Ludhiana, June 22
The three-member inquiry committee, set up to probe charges of alleged sexual harassment against Dulcha Singh Brar, director, students welfare, Punjab Agricultural University, met here on Saturday.

DIG visits jail
Ludhiana, June 22
DIG (Prisons) Jagjit Singh visited Borstal and Women Jail here today. Singh took stock of the training programme being run for the inmates.

Abduction bid: ASI still at large
Ludhiana, June 22
It is obvious that the police has different yardsticks for different people. The latest example is an ASI posted at Phillaur. It has been more than 10 days since he was booked on the charges of abducting and threatening a person in Noormahal just before the elections, the accused ASI is still roaming free.

Fashion show a big hit
Ludhiana, June 22
Driven by their ambition to create ripples in the world of fashion through their "innovative designing", students of the International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD), Ludhiana, presented a fashion show on the annual function "Essence--2009" at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan. The enthusiasm of the INIFD students was evident from the loud rounds of applauses by the audience as the students walked down the ramps in costumes designed by the INIFDians.

Models walk down the ramp with garments designed by students of INIFD.

Calibre Plaza again in row
Ludhiana, June 22
The failure of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to keep a tab on illegal construction comes to fore again in Zone-A, involving famous Calibre Plaza housing AC Market.

Dept help slow in coming to injured cop
Ludhiana, June 22
A city cop who was injured recently is facing tough time in getting financial help from the police department. Head Constable Baldev Singh is an example of the department’s lackadaisical attitude towards its own men. Baldev has been on crutches for more than a year. 

Chabeels, langars: ‘Don’t stop passers-by forcibly
Villagers organise a chabeel at Kaind village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla highway near Ahmedgarh. Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 22
Gory incidents in which a number of volunteers serving sweetened water and eatables during chabeels and langars organised on highways and roads were killed on being crushed by speeding vehicles has set off a debate.

Villagers organise a chabeel at Kaind village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla highway near Ahmedgarh. Photo by the writer

Member of Sutlej Club suspended
Ludhiana, June 22
The Sutlej Club has suspended one of its members for misbehaviour. Even as he was suspended a few days back, the club has failed to display the information on the notice board, apparently to keep it under covers.

Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan
Migrant children fail to benefit
Ludhiana, June 22
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan slogan “Padho Saare, Badho Saare” seems to be meaningless for migrant children, as their parents are absolutely ignorant about welfare schemes of the government.

Polio-hit students operated
Ludhiana, June 22
Thirtyseven schoolchilldren in the age group of 6 to 16 years studying under the Sarav Shiksha Abhiyan and suffering from ortho impairment and polio from Ropar and Muktsar were brought to Polio Corrective Surgery Hospital, run by the Bharat Vikas Parishad, the Viklang Sahayata Kendra, Rishi Nagar, Ludhiana.

Tewari seeks info on law and order
Ludhiana, June 22
Member Parliament Manish Tewari has sought information regarding law and order situation in his constituency from the Senior Superintendents of Police, Ludhiana, and Ludhiana Rural, with copies to the DGP, IG, Jalandhar zone, and the DIG Ludhiana range.

Starts follow-up of development projects
Ludhiana, June 22
MP Manish Tewari has written letters to the Prime Minister and other Union ministers seeking information from them about various projects sanctioned by their respective ministries in his parliamentary constituency.

NDRI Alumni Association formed
Ludhiana, June 22
The National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) Alumni Association held its meeting here yesterday to discuss the need to address the problems being faced by milk producers, consumers and the dairy industry.

Endless power cuts hit industry
Representatives of several industrial associations on a day-long hunger strike.Ludhiana, June 22
Fighting a battle for survival in the wake of scheduled and unscheduled power cuts of long duration coupled with other restrictions imposed on power supply to industry, representatives of several industrial associations today observed a day-long hunger strike under the banner of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) on Gill Road here today.

Representatives of several industrial associations on a day-long hunger strike. Photo Inderjit Verma

Farm economist with flair for poetry
Vishal Khullar Vishal Khullar claims to be youngest Urdu poet in state
Ludhiana, June 22
Love for poetry makes a bard do the unconventional. Vishal Khullar, a business manager at the Centre for Communication and International Linkages, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, is a classic example of this. Giving up the lucrative option to establish himself in the field of education, Vishal chose to take up his present job just to be at the place where great artistes like Krishan Adeeb used to work from.

Meeting on Guru Purnima celebration
Ludhiana, June 22
Followers of Bhagwan Laxmi Narayan Dham today held a meeting at the Feroze Gandhi market in order to chalk out a strategy for organising Guru Purnima Mahotsav under the supervision of Brahm Rishi Kumar Swami at Dana Mandi, Jalandhar bypass, on July 11 and 12.


Jewellery stolen from house
Ludhiana, June 22
Thieves struck at a house in Raman Enclave, Risihi Nagar, and stole jewellery worth about Rs 5 lakh. Ravi Kapoor, owner of the house, said he, along with his family, today returned from a pilgrimage after six days and saw the lock of the main door broken.

Woman accused of duping poor
Luring people to fill forms by paying Rs 50 for pension
Machhiwara, June 22
A section of residents from different localities of Machhiwara today accused a woman, associated with a Delhi-based organisation, for cheating poor people by pocketing Rs 50 in lieu of a form, which she claims will help them get Rs 1,750 as pension per month.

Man crushed under tractor
Mullanpur Dakha, June 22
An NRI of Ranke village was crushed under his own tractor. The victim, identified as Balvir Singh Gill (60), was starting his tractor yesterday, but the tractor was in gear mode.

Man held with illicit liquor
Khanna, June 22
The Khanna police today arrested one person with 11 bottles of liquor. The accused has been identified as Pavittar Singh, a resident of Bhamian village in Fatehgarh Sahib. 

Woman burnt for dowry
Khanna, June 22
A woman was burnt alive in the Billan Wali Chhapri area of Khanna. The victim has been identified as Jyoti, wife of Jeewan Kumar. As per police officials, Jyoti was married to Jeewan a few years ago and her husband was demanding dowry from family members of his wife.




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