Sunday, July 1, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Wet blanket on normal life in city, Jagraon
Ludhiana, June 30
Life came to a standstill here with the city getting waterlogged after more than three hours of heavy rain today. It continued to drizzle afterwards as well. One person received an electric shock when he tried to switch off the lights in a flooded basement.

These drivers, who are out on a Ludhiana road on Saturday after heavy rain, can well understand each other’s plight and (right) rain water enters shops in Shimlapuri, Ludhiana.
These drivers, who are out on a Ludhiana road on Saturday after heavy rain, can well understand each other’s plight and (right) rain water enters shops in Shimlapuri, Ludhiana.
— Photos Rajesh Bhambi and Inderjit Verma

Safai workers flay Health Dept
Ludhiana, June 30
The Safai Mazdoor Federation has decried rampant corruption and exploitation of safai workers in the Health Department of the Municipal Corporation here. A meeting of the federation, presided over by Dr D.P. Khosla, vice-president, Bahujan Samaj Party, here last evening, urged the MC Commissioner, Dr S S Sandhu, to order a high level probe in the scandalous going on and bring the culprits to book.


No gas: LPG gives new pump to farmers
Ludhiana, June 30
The Punjab farmer with a never-say-die spirit has once again lived upto his reputation. When the erratic power supply and a high cost of diesel for running motor pumps is threatening to delay the sowing of paddy, farmers of this district have decided to run their motors on cost-effective LPG.

Charan Singh, a farmer of Mansooran village near Ludhiana, shows his pump that now runs on the LPG.
Charan Singh, a farmer of Mansooran village near Ludhiana, shows his pump that now runs on the LPG. — RB

Dry port exempted from freight hike
Ludhiana, June 30
Ludhiana has been exempted from the recently announced freight hike of containers from dry port to sea port that has been uniformly increased by the Container Corporation of India by 11.8 per cent all over the country. This has been done as a special case considering the demand of the exporters. Consequently, the exporters of the region would have a freight advantage as compared to their counterparts at other competing ICDs and CFSs.

Bhattal group upset over PCC reorganisation
Ludhiana, June 30
There is considerable heartburn among the supporters of a senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, over the reorganisation of the Pradesh Congress Committee. Her supporters feel that they have been betrayed as the faction led by the PCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh, has taken a lion’s share in the party reorganisation.

Harkrishan Lall to Savi — a legacy
VERY institution is manifestation of human mind through organised labour. If a set of hands builds it, it requires many more such sets to maintain it. It is a real problem to assure its growth and to maintain its health. All institutions face odds which challenge their growth. An educational institution is of the highest importance in any society which plans to make an integrated growth.


Papa’s money spoiling honey
Ludhiana, June 30
The financial success of Ludhianvis has resulted in the youth here becoming “liberated”. But at the same time this has created a kink in the city’s cultural and social fabric. Hooked on to a luxurious life, youth are in a rat race for ultra-modern cars, mobile phones, branded clothes and accessories, parties and club culture. The social sanctity to the so called “liberalisation” by the parents has not only turned the youth into “spoilt brats” but also left them confused.

War museum to be ready by year-end
Ludhiana, June 30
The Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Memorial Museum will hopefully be completed by the end of this year. It would be completed and ‘officially’ inaugurated in this year and would be dedicated to the Maharaja as a part of the celebrations of bicentenary year of his coronation.

Youth — biggest asset of nation
Ludhiana, June 30
‘‘Youth, if led on the right path, are the biggest asset of our nation and the Directorate of Youth Services is channelising the energies of youth in the right direction,’’ said Mrs Hirdai Pal Director, Youth Services. The main aim of the youth clubs is to give right direction to youth as they can be easily misled at this age, she added.

Saravdeep Singh BasoorNew light in lighting techniques
Ludhiana, June 30
Until recently, when people considered lighting, their thoughts turned to the usual items — a ceiling fixture mounted in the center of the room, and if they were daring perhaps track lighting. These fixtures often tended to call attention to themselves and cast shadows in unflattering ways. However, this is changing and the lighting design industry is undergoing a revolution in fixtures and design methods,’’ says Saravdeep Singh Basoor. Basoor, an electric engineer, is one of the few professional electrical consultants.

‘Congress betrayed interests of Punjab’
Ludhiana, June 30
In a run up to the district conference of Shiromani Akali Dal at Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Alamgir, here on July 2, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Minister for Technical Education, Punjab, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, senior vice-president of the District Akali Jatha (Urban), and Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Director, Markfed and Incharge of Ludhiana (Rural) constituency, made a fervent appeal to the party workers to mobilse more and more people for the rally and make it a historic event.

Front condemns Chohan’s return
Ludhiana, June 30
The state chief of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, Mr Jagmeet Singh Bawa, and the General Secretary of the body, Mr Yogesh Dewan, have reacted strongly to the return of Khalistan ideologue Jagjit Singh Chohan to India.

Shiv Sena, Youth Congress flay Badal
Ludhiana, June 30
The Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) has criticised Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for his statement that the state of poor maintenance and disrepair of gurdwaras in Pakistan would be brought to the notice of Pakistan President Gen Parvez Musharraf during his forthcoming visit to India.

Rural urban Sikh divide within SAD (B) ?
Ludhiana, June 30
New controversy has cropped up within the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal with a group of urban Sikhs demanding their share in power within the party. This is being done obviously with an eye on the forthcoming assembly elections in the state. A meeting of the “representatives” of urban Sikhs was held in local Circuit House here recently. The meeting was reportedly attended by several members of the SGPC, including its secretary general Bibi Kranjot Kaur and senior vice- president of the SAD Amarjit Singh Bhatia. The meeting reportedly formed an action committee of the urban Sikhs headed by Mr Bhatia.

Victimisation by bank alleged
Ludhiana, June 30
A youth here has been allegedly mentally and physically tortured and forced to abandon his working floor mill by a bank manager.
Mr Satish Kumar, a resident of Mulanpur Dhakhan village near here, in a signed affidavit, has alleged that he has been harassed by the bank manager of the local branch of the Oriental Bank of Commerce in connivance with the Naib Tehsildar of the area.

Women empowerment can improve quality of life
Ludhiana, June 30
In spite of great advancements in the field of science, the quality of life has remained quite poor in South-East Asia. According to a survey conducted by the United Nation Development Programme, three parameters are required to determine the quality of life.


Woman beaten up, hospitalised
Sahnewal, June 30
A woman of Kot Gangu Rai village was allegedly beaten up by some people of the village. She was admitted at the Civil Hospital, Koom Kalan. Ms Jal Kaur, wife of late Piara Singh, who was coming after working at the house of Bhapoor Singh, was attacked on the way by Sanpreet Kaur, her brother Kuljinder Singh and her husband.


Rs 44 lakh given to paddy growers
Amloh, June 30
Two hundred paddy growers were given cheques worth Rs 44 lakh by Mr Balwant Singh Shahpur, MLA, at a function, organised here today. The amount was distributed for the difference in paddy procurement price paid to the farmers.


Teachers threaten stir over transfers
Ludhiana, June 30
The Punjab Government College Teachers Association has threatened to strike work in the new session if the Punjab Government failed to cancel the transfer orders of various teachers in the state.

22 years and not a brick for college
Ahmedgarh, June 30
The proposal to build a government college at Ahmedgarh, the foundation stone for which was laid way back in 1979 by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who was the Chief Minister at that time also, seems to have been totally forgotten by the authorities.


Bharatnatyam is not a dying art
Rasika at a press conference in Ludhiana on Saturday.Ludhiana, June 30
‘‘Bharatnatyam is not a dying dance. It is very much alive. We still have quite a few serious learners of this divine dance. There is no danger of its extinction," said Ms Rasika Mohan, a Bharatnatyam exponent, during a press conference on the eve of her maiden performance in Ludhiana.

Rasika at a press conference in Ludhiana on Saturday.
— Photo RB


Seminar on infertility today
Ludhiana, June 30
A national level seminar on “Practical management of infertility in 2001” will be held on July 1 in which problems of infertility and latest developments in the field will be discussed by infertility specialists from Chennai, Lucknow, Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Jalandhar and Patiala.

Excellent care at lithotripsy centre
Ludhiana, June 30
Fostering the commitment towards premium health services, the Lithotripsy Centre, Department of Urology, Christian Medical College and Hospital is yet another milestone in the quest for excellent patient care services with a rare combination of professional expertise and cutting-edge technology.

New surgery services at Mohan Dai Hospital
Ludhiana, June 30
To provide better facilities to patients, the Mohan Dai Oswal Treatment and Research Foundation has started two new services — the plastic and reconstructive surgery and minimally invasive surgery with the operating laparoscope.


Punjab weightlifters selected
Ludhiana, June 30
Trials were conducted here yesterday at the Ludhiana Weightlifting and Body Building Club, Rakh Bagh to select the Punjab Weightlifting teams for men as well as women to attend the camps at Ram Garhia College, Phagwara and K.V.M school, Jalandhar, respectively, from July 1 to 21, according to Mr Tara Singh, general secretary, Punjab Weightlifting Association.


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