Tuesday, January 23, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


Illegal immigrants being sent out as singers 
Names of Punjabi pop stars figure in probe
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — The name of Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans, has come up during the investigation of an immigration fraud by the police. It has also been revealed that several “fake singers” had managed to go overseas by showing cassettes with altered covers to give credence to their identity. The Economic Offences Wing of the district police has now decided to investigate the role of popular Punjabi singers in the immigration racket.

Giddha performers line up for D-Day: As cultural programmes precede most Republic Day functions in Ludhiana, giddha troupes are in great demand. — Photo by Rajesh Bhambi




The covers of Punjabi music cassettes with names and pictures of various fake singers on these. — RB photo

DSP accused of high-handedness
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — A city-based family today alleged high-handedness by a Punjab Police DSP, based at Chandigarh, who “used his position to get a false case of forcible abortion of their married daughter registered against them.

Students thrown out of moving bus 
DORAHA, Jan 22 — Two students of Guru Nanak National College of Doraha were allegedly beaten up by a conductor of a PRTC bus and some other persons when they tried to board the bus today.

10-year RI in dowry death case
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — The District and Sessions Judge, Mr S.S. Arora, today sentenced a man to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2,00,000 in a dowry death case while acquitting the convict’s parents in the case.



  VLCC told to refund slimming charges
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — In a unique case, probably the first of its kind reported in the city, the District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has directed Vandana Luthra Curls and Curves, Mall Road, Ludhiana, to refund the amount of Rs 8,344 to Ms Reena Singla, failing which, the said amount would be recoverable with interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum.

Another accused in Avtar case held
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — Parveen Kumar, another accused in the infamous Avtar Singh murder case was today arrested by the police from a checkpost near Bharat Nagar Chowk. According to the police, he was hiding ever since the sordid incident.


Roadside Entrepreneurs 
They string flowers for Gods
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — One has to admire different roadside entrepreneurs who find different ways and means to earn their livelihood. One such person is Ramesh Kumar who sits outside a temple in Model Town. He brings marigold flowers and roses from the wholesale flower market and strings them into what is commonly known as hars. The flowers change with season. Ramesh Kumar says: "We use seasonal flowers for stringing hars. In the winter season, flowers are no problems. We get marigold, rose, tube rose and chrysanthemum (in the early winters) and the flowers remain fresh for longer periods. We earn better in winters than in summers."

A city of garbage dumps 
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — Never has Ludhiana appeared so filthy and dirty as now a days. There is hardly any street which appears to be free from garbage, stray dogs, cattle and pigs. The Civil Lines area has become uncivil. There is a huge garbage dump near the Khalsa College for Women. What is very ludicrous is that on both sides of the dump there are big signboard displaying, ‘‘Keep Ludhiana clean.’’

Cinema hall needs to be spruced up
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — The state of certain cinema halls in the city is miserable. Lack of civic amenities, proper parking facilities, dirty condition of ticket counters, filthy toilets, torn seats, stale eatables, improper seating arrangement and lack of proper ventilation add to chaos and nuisance in majority of cinema halls here.

Demonstration by DMC employees
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — Employees of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital today staged a demonstration in support of various demands. According to Mr Chendermohan Kalia, president of DMC Employees Association, they had held a similar demonstration on January 16 and submitted a memorandum to the administration listing various demands.

Alternative use of potato suggested
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — Punjab Agricultural University experts have suggested an alternative use of potatoes as replacement for cereals in cattle feed. According to Dr Jasbir Singh Chawla, Head, Deptt of Animal Nutrition, PAU, experiments conducted at the university have clearly revealed that on a dry-matter-basis waste/undersip/cut potatoes were found to contain about 13 per cent crude protein. 


Police to get tough with bad elements
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — Facing bitter criticism for the recent incidents of crime in the city, the police has geared up for ensuring that such incidents do not happen in future. A meeting of police officials held this afternoon after taking stock of the crime scene also took a number of decisions to maintain law and order.

Woman harassed for dowry ends life
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — A woman today committed suicide in the city allegedly because of being unable to suffer torture at the hands of her in-laws.

Inspector suspended
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — The SSP, Mr Kuldip Singh, today suspended Inspector Rajeshwar Singh with immediate effect following charges against him of having helped certain anti-social elements.


Govt reminded of octroi issue
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — The Akali-BJP coalition government has failed to abolish octroi in the state that they had promised in their manifestoes at the time of elections. The trading community had voted for the BJP and Akali candidates expecting that after coming to power the government would abolish this age-old taxation system which was quite retrogressive in nature and created hurdles in the smooth functioning of trade in the state.


Set of 5 nursery school books for Rs 850!
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — Parents be prepared in case you are planning to admit your child in a nursery school. The exorbitant fee and donations apart, the cost of books is proving to be too dear. A nursery school in Civil Lines here, which is now entering its second session, is selling a set of five books of the nursery class for Rs 850.

41 participate in paper-reading contest
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — Forty-one students of New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, participated in a paper-reading contest organised on the eve of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birthday, here today.


Phone subscriber granted relief
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — The District Consumers Disputes Redressal Forum directed the Telephone Department to pay Rs 2,000 as compensation for deficiency in service to Mr Kulwant Singh, a resident of Partap Nagar.


Malerkotla singer captures hearts
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — Ghazal singer, Anwar Khan, from Malerkotla, grandson of the famous Rehmat Quawal, rendered soulful ghazals at a function organised by Winner India on occasion of lucky draw of coupons for the sales promotion of Red Fort tea and Sartaaj tea. 


Common herb, special uses
LOE is a common medicinal plant that is found all over India. It is a perennial herb that is about two-foot tall with a short stem and shallow root system. Its large, thick and fleshy leaves have small thorns on the edges. Aloe is cultivated for commercial use, but in many homes, it is still grown in flowerpots. 


Sport meet from Feb 16
SAHNEWAL, Jan 22 — The sport meet of the local Panchayati Raj Sports Club will be held from February 16 to 18,2001. This was stated by Mr Baljinder Singh Mohta, president of the club, at a meeting of the club members.


DC orders removal of encroachments
LUDHIANA, Jan 22—The district administration has decided to dispossess all the unauthorised encroachments from the 10 acres of government land in Kuliawal village of Ludhiana East and to initiate strict action against the guilty revenue officials, who committed irregularities by not recording girdawari in accordance with the spot.

DC's directive to revenue officials
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, has ordered that all the official revenue work of general public relating to patwari, kanungo and circle revenue officers would be disposed of on every second Saturday of the month at the tehsil headquarters so that the people do not have to pay frequent visits of the offices to get their work done.


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