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XXXI National Games, Punjab-2001

Games fail to draw crowds
Ludhiana, November 21
While about 10,000 athletes from across the country have converged on Punjab to participate in various sports disciplines, local residents seem to be too indifferent to this event.
 
Empty stands in the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. —Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Thank God everything is all right: Milkha
The Flying Sikh, Milkha SinghLudhiana, November 21
The Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh is a relieved man. So is his wife Ms Nirmal Milkha Singh, after he had a providential escape while lighting the National Games torch at the inauguration of the XXXI National Games. 






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NCC cadets on National Games’ duty
Ludhiana, November 21
While most college students are sitting relaxed at their homes and enjoying their holidays, over 100 NCC volunteers from these colleges are diligently performing their duties at Guru Nanak Stadium and Punjab Agricultural University, the two venues for the National Games.
NCC cadets perform duty at the venue of the National Games in Ludhiana on Wednesday. —Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Punjabi cuisine a hit with participants
Ludhiana, November 21
It is not only the Punjabi hospitality that has left a mark on the minds of the participants of the National Games who have came from all over the country, but the Punjabi cuisine is also tickling their palates. The attraction for Punjabi food is so much that the stalls of south Indian food hardly have any takers.


Lucre turns foes into friends
Ludhiana, November 21
Two local politicians, one an Akali leader and other a Congressmen, are each other’s die-hard opponents in the political arena. They criticise, condemn and level allegations of corruption against each other. But this all seems to be a convenient camouflage to ‘befool’ public as both are working together in a clandestine manner to mint money as partners in land mafia and in the illegal sand mining activity.

Contractors stay firm, boycott tenders
Ludhiana, November 21
Contractors enlisted with the Municipal Corporation continued the boycott of tenders for various development works and there were no takers for the tenders scheduled to be received and opened today. 

Family in turmoil needs Samaritans
Ludhiana, November 21
For the mother of Pushpinder Singh life may not present a harsher picture it is now. She is helpless at the suffering of her son, a third-year student of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, who has been suffering from acute brain haemmorrhage.

Robbery turns marriage celebrations sour
Ludhiana, November 21

Marriage celebrations of a karyana merchant’s daughter turned sour today afternoon, when in a baffling daylight theft, some unidentified persons stole about Rs 50,000 in cash besides some jewellery from his house in Dhal Sweets Street, Salem Tabri. Later, some jewellery was found lying under a heap of clothes. The theft took place near the spot from where two robbers had snatched Rs 5 lakh from a trader two weeks ago.


A family member shows the broken almirah in a house in Salem Tabri where a theft was committed on Wednesday.

MC bans polybags
Ludhiana, November 21
In pursuance of a decision of the apex court and a subsequent notification issued by the Punjab Government, the manufacture and use of polythene bags of less than 20 microns, as well as recycled polythene bags, used as carry bags or containers for food stuff, has been banned.

Loudspeakers banned in Sukhdev Bhavan
Ludhiana, November 21
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has imposed a ban on playing music in the Sukhdev Singh Bhavan on the campus here. With the ban, no loudspeakers would be put up in the Bhavan for any private functions organised here.

 
COMMUNITY

Favouritism outweighs merit ?
Ahmedgarh, November 21
Though the Punjab Government has denied charges of corruption or favouritism for appointments to various departments, yet some candidates have alleged that selections have been made by ignoring the merits of deserving candidates.

Badal protecting corrupt: Mann
Ludhiana, November 21
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann has demanded the dismissal of the Badal government and asked for elections to be conducted under President’s rule.

Sectional officer’s appointment sought 
Khanna, November 21
The functioning of the mechanical wing of the local Municipal Council is suffering a lot due to the non-appointment of a full time Sectional Officer (Mechanical) for the past one year.

Patwari union to hold dharnas
Mandi Gobindgarh, November 21
The Revenue Patwar Union, Punjab, has decided to organise dharnas at all district headquarters in the state on November 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the agitation would be further intensified in case the accepted demands of the union were not implemented Mr Gurmail Singh, state president of the union, told mediapersons after attending the meeting of its district unit here today.

Faith brings them here
Ludhiana, November 21
When one goes on a round of the city, particularly on Thursday evening, one finds rows and rows of people outside a ‘samadh’ or a ‘mazaar’, all waiting their turn to pay obeisance at the holy place. And there is no dearth of such places in and around the city.

A woman and her child offer prayers at a ‘mazar’ in the basement of Calibre Plaza in Ludhiana.

Postage stamp on Sobha Singh
Ludhiana, November 21
The government of India will issue a postage stamp to commemorate the birth centenary of eminent artist Sobha Singh which falls on November 29.
This was stated by the President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal and a Rajya Sabha member, Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

Recruitment rally from Dec 5
Ludhiana, November 21
A recruitment rally for soldiers (general duty) in the Territorial Army will be held at the local camping ground, near the Jagraon Bridge on December 5 to 8.

 
CRIME

Bus conductor booked for reusing tickets
Ludhiana, November 21
The division number six police has registered a case under Section 409 of the IPC against a conductor with Panjab Roadways, Batala, for allegedly issuing used tickets to passengers while on a trip from Meerut to Patiala on November 8.
  • Case registered
  • Five arrested

  • Woman beaten up

  • Liquor seized

  • Theft

  • Fraud

  • Man assaulted

 

BUSINESS

SSIs seek cut in furnace oil prices
Ludhiana, November 21
The small scale industries here have urged the Central Government to issue guidelines to cut down furnace oil prices in view of the fact that international oil prices had substantially come down recently.

Market panel vice-chief takes charge
Ludhiana, November 21
Mr Vijay Kumar Sood, a BJP functionary took over as vice-chairman of the Market Committee here yesterday.
Mr Sood was taken from the BJP office in a procession and was welcomed at the Market Committee office in Grain Market here by officials and party workers.

 
AGRICULTURE

“Cotton morcha” launched by BKU
Ludhiana, November 21
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) launched “cotton morcha” at Abohar yesterday to focus on the plight of cotton growers and to seek compensation for those who had suffered crop losses.

Programme on IPM
Ludhiana, November 21
A three-week advanced training programme on Integrated Pest Management for sustained crop productivity started at the Department of Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here yesterday.

EDUCATION

Foul play in selection of school lecturers alleged
Ludhiana, November 21
The declaration of the result of the interviews held for selection of persons for the post of school lecturers in government senior secondary schools on November 11 has raised serious doubts about the fair selection of candidates by the education department committee.

COURTS

Forum penalises PSEB for deficiency
Ludhiana, November 21
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to pay Rs 2,000 as compensation on account of making a wrong demand with to Mr Jiwan Singh of Dugri village .

 
CULTURE

An artist with a mission
Ludhiana, November 21
Mr Jaspreet Mohan Singh is one of the most favourite teachers of students from Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, not only because of his teaching skills and expertise as an artist, but also for being a good Samaritan.

For them, music is meditation
Ludhiana, November 21
Niladari Kumar, a well-known sitarist, and Sandeep Das a tabla maestro, after performing at Christian Medical College as part of ongoing series of SPIC MACAY, had an informal talk with mediapersons. They have been performing under SPIC MACAY, which is going to complete 25 years, for a number of years.

HEALTH

Quackery thrives, risks lives
Ludhiana, November 21
Krishna (not her real name), a local resident, got a balloon valvotomy done at the PGI past year for mitral valve stenosis. Recently, she suffered from sudden breathlessness at night and was referred to a doctor at Gill Road by a quack living nearby.

Dr Gupta invited for International Mycology meet
Ludhiana, November 21
Dr P.P. Gupta, an eminent pathologist and former Additional Director of Research (Veterinary and Animal Sciences), Punjab Agricultural University, has been invited to deliver a talk on ‘The Recent Advances in Veterinary Mycology’, in the international symposium on ‘Mycotic infections in the 21st century’, to be held in the Department of Microbiology, Rajah Muthiah Medical College Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu from December 5 to December 7, 2001.

 
SPORTS

Residents outraged over harsh penalties for Indian cricketers
Ludhiana, November 21
Local residents have strongly opposed the severe penalties imposed on six Indian players including a one-match suspension ban on Sachin Tendulkar. They think that the decision of the referee, Mike Denness, should be reviewed by a special panel of reputed cricket experts. Moreover, they allege that the referee had not taken the decision rationally.

A sportsperson of a different kind
Ludhiana, November 21
Rajesh Gaur, a 27-year-old cyclist, has created a record of sorts by travelling a distance of over 1,100 km from Varanasi to Ludhiana in 102 hours.
He did it just to make his achievement coincide with the inauguration of the XXXI National Games. 

Warning sportspersons against drug trap
Ludhiana, November 21
“It is commonly heard these days that some sportspersons are using drugs to enhance their performance in games. Under the effect of drugs, a person may feel that he or she is performing well, but the actual effect is the reverse.

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