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With home, goes their hope
These women face uncertainty after losing their home for the second time in two months in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, October 10
Many families were rendered homeless by the MC officials during a demolition drive yesterday. Residing at the site for over two decades, these people did not even know what encroachment meant. All they know is that it was an empty place when they settled there around 25 years ago.

These women face uncertainty after losing their home for the second time in two months in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma




Former SDO found murdered in loft 
Ludhiana, October 10
A former SDO of the PSEB, Darbara Singh, was allegedly strangled by his aide over the issue of paying back a loan. His body was found in a loft here this morning.

Teachers lay siege to road
Ludhiana, October 10
Elementary trainee teachers and activists of the BEd Adhyapak Front blocked the Ferozepur road in front of the mini secretariat here today in support of their demands. Hundreds of commuters were inconvenienced as they were stranded for nearly an hour.

PRTC defaults on EPF; told to deposit Rs 2 cr
Ludhiana, October 10
The management of Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has been reprimanded by the Regional Commissioner of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation for its failure to deposit Rs 2 crore towards the EPF of contractual workers engaged by contractors who run buses on kilometre basis.

2-yr-old thrown into pond; dies
Ludhiana, October 10
The in-laws of a woman allegedly threw her daughter and her into a village pond at Dhola village. Though the woman survived, her two-year-old child, Ramandeep Kaur, drowned.


Female Foeticide 
Much-hyped hotline proves to be a damp squib
Ludhiana, October 10
Much-hyped hotline to curb female foeticide, calmingly the first public health helpline of the nation, proved to be a disappointment for those who had visualised the facility as panacea for all their unsolved problems, including action against those facilitating sex determination and medical termination of pregnancy.

Hargobind Nagar, a colony from hell
Overflowing sewers in ward No. 73 of Hargobind Nagar.Ludhiana, October 10
While the battle for the status of declared and undeclared colony for Hargobind Nagar is on, the fact that residents are reeling under unhygienic conditions cannot be ruled out. Choked sewers, broken roads and mosquitoes have become the identification mark for this locality whose inhabitants are cursing the day when they constructed their houses here.

Overflowing sewers in ward No. 73 of Hargobind Nagar. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Power Tariff: Flip-flop annoys consumers
Ludhiana, October 10
In the wake of resentment among consumers and the pressure by the coalition partner BJP, the government had put the proposed hike on power tariff announced last month with retrospective effect from April 1, 2009, on hold, saying that the entire portion of the increased tariff, which worked out to Rs 1,296 crore for the year, would be subsidised. The decision was, however, subject to the approval of the Punjab State Energy Regulatory Commission, which seems reluctant to give a nod.

Anti-encroachment drive
Ludhiana, October 10
The tehbazari wing of the local Municipal Corporation removed temporary encroachments from various parts of the city today.

Painting exhibition a treat to eyes
Ludhiana, October 10
Excellence award winner artiste Puneeta Ranjan's solo paintings exhibition "Joy of Life" started at Sutlej Club here today.

Celebrations mark Zonal Youth Fest
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 10
Hundreds and girls and boys from about 32 colleges of Sangrur zone of the Punjabi University, Patiala, exhibited their art during the second day of the Zonal Youth Festival that commenced at Shanti Tara College, Akbarpur Chhanna, near here yesterday.

Festival Rush
No room in long-haul trains
Ludhiana, October 10
The ongoing festival rush, with Diwali and Chhath Puja round the corner, there is virtually no room for at least next three weeks in most of the trunk route and long-haul trains, especially those bound for Mumbai, Howrah, Delhi and other destinations in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Councillors allege fraud in machine purchase
The de-silting machine bought by the Jagraon municipal council, mounted on an auto-rickshaw.Jagraon, October 10
Municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dheer, alias Telu, seems to be in trouble again as five out of nine councillors have alleged bungling of funds in the purchase of de-silting machine. The machine was purchased to remove sewage from choked sewerage. Bhag Singh Malla, chairman, district planning board, Ludhiana, had inaugurated the machine at the old bus stand on the Raikot road on September 16.

The de-silting machine bought by the Jagraon municipal council, mounted on an auto-rickshaw. Photo: Rakesh Gupta

Death in Accident
Victim’s son alleges police inaction
Jagraon, October 10
Harbans Singh, son of Joginder Singh who was killed in a road accident, has accused the police of failing to book the accused or arresting him.

Polluted chowks take toll on traffic cops
Ludhiana, October 10
The declaration of the Central Pollution Control Board listing the Bharat Nagar Chowk as one of the top seven polluted chowks of the country has brought into focus all other toxic chowks and the callousness on the part of the police department towards cops manning these places.

Bridal jewellery on display
Ludhiana, October 10
The world may be reeling under economic meltdown but it has not been able to dampen the spirits of Ludhiana women, who surprised the organisers of a jewellery exhibition with their interest in diamond necklaces worth several lakhs.

Weekly maths test creates panic at govt schools
Ludhiana, October 10
The Punjab education department seems to be in a mess. The weekly maths test for classes V, VI, VII, VIII and X was supposed to be held on October 5 and as teachers were about to distribute the question papers sent by DGSE, a student showed a clipping of the newspaper indicating that the tests had been postponed to October 9.

From Schools
Sacred Heart best in folk dance
Ludhiana, October 10
Bringing cultural unity through folk dances, Sahodya School Complex organised a folk dance competition, which was held at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, with much fanfare.

Placement drive at RIMT colleges
Mandi Gobindgarh, October 10
Chandigarh-based IBM Daksh Business Process Services visited RIMT Group of Institutions, Mandi Gobindgarh, to recruit graduates, diploma and BTech engineers as phone banking officer for Citibank process handled by IBM Daksh.

Museum visit enthuses students
Ludhiana, October 10
English translation of Kargil war- Operation Vijay- was proved beyond comprehension for hundreds of government school students from various districts of the state, who thronged the Maharaja Ranjit Singh war memorial museum near Jalandhar here today.

Tragedy of errors
Harrowing time for cricketer’s kin after namesake’s death
GagandeepLudhiana, October 10
“Don’t panic! Our Gagan is safe,” reassured Jaspal Singh, elder brother of city-based cricketer Gagandeep Singh, after worried relatives and friends frantically called or thronged the residence of Punjab cricket team’s bowling spearhead, soon after news channels broke the news that “Gagandeep” had been shot in Meerut last night.



Health dept seizes adulterated sweets
Ludhiana, October 10
Continuing their crackdown against those selling adulterated or substandard sweets during the festival season, the health authorities today sized a huge quantity of “khoya” and “rasgullas” kept in a cold storage near Salem Tabri in a raid that continued for several hours.

Woman commits suicide
Jagraon, October 10
A resident of Galib Kalan village near here allegedly tried to commit suicide by consuming some poisonous substance yesterday. Sukhdev Singh, father of Harjinder Kaur, alias Kinde (27), the victim, in his complaint lodged with the Sidhwan Bet police has accused Paramjit Singh, Harjinder’s husband along with his brothers Avtar Singh, Jassa Singh and Paramjit Singh and mother Harjinder Kaur of mentally and physically harassing his daughter for bringing insufficient dowry.

2 killed in car accident
Mandi Gobindgarh, October 10
Two persons died when the Swift car (PB 11-M-0091) in which they were travelling went out of control and rammed into a culvert near an octroi post on the Amloh road here.

Judo Trials
Probables selected for National Games
Aspirants during trials to select Punjab judo teams for the 34th National Games, in Ludhiana on Saturday.Ludhiana, October 10
Over 150 aspirants attended trials conducted by the Punjab Judo Association at the multipurpose hall of Guru Nanak Stadium here today to select Punjab probables (men and women) for the preparatory camp for the forthcoming 34th National Games slated to be held at Ranchi from November 21 to December 5.

Aspirants during trials to select Punjab judo teams for the 34th National Games, in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Cricket Meet: KVM lads in final
Ludhiana, October 10
All-round performance by Shiv Luv (3 for 31 and 23 runs) and valuable contribution with by Shivam (46) went in vain as DAV Public School, Amritsar, went down fighting against Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines Ludhiana, by 16 runs in the semifinal of the 9th All-India Bhai Gobind Singh Pasricha Cricket Tournament being held at MGM Public School, Model Town, Jalandhar, today.

Sacred Heart, GNP grab tennis titles
Ludhiana, October 10
Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, and Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, wrapped up lawn tennis titles in the boys’ section, while Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, and Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, secured top honours in badminton in the boys’ section in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Games, which concluded at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, here today. In the girls’ section, Kundan Vidya Mandir romped home victors in lawn tennis in the under-14 category, while in under-19 section, Sutluj Public School emerged champions.




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