Sunday, June 18, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


Dual carriageway at cost of 70 trees
LUDHIANA, June 17 — Development comes at a cost and this time it is some 70 eucalyptus, kikar and other trees on the Ludhiana-Habbowal road along the Punjab Agriculture University which will pay the price for it.

Maruti Zen
Hyundai's Santro
Maruti-Hyundai car war on
LUDHIANA, June 17 — A car war has broken out between Maruti’s Zen and WagonR on one side and Hyundai’s Santro on the other, with both sides totting up figures to claim that theirs is the best-selling product in the region and accusing each other of falsifying figures to claim the number one position.

Kidwai Nagar parks: A study in contrast
LUDHIANA, June 17 — Municipal parks in the Kidwai Nagar locality present a study in contrast. If a couple of parks located in the Improvement Trust flats side are in a pathetic condition with heaps of garbage, waste material and debris thrown all over, those on the other side of the colony speak volumes of what a group of dedicated and determined citizens can achieve even if the administration offers little or no help.

Changing images of Ludhiana
eople like Amrita Pritam, Sahir and Imroze (Inderjeet of yesteryear) are not easy to find. It is rightly said that facts are stranger than fiction. Amrita wrote a long poem in the form of a letter (to Sahir) which won her the Sahitya Akademi Award.


Messiahs who saved Pinky from death
SAHNEWAL (Ludhiana),
June 17 — Mahesh Kumar and his family live in a labour colony at Jugiana village, nearly 10 km from Ludhiana. On Wednesday night when Mahesh was sleeping on the floor of his quarters along with his 14-year-old daughter, Pinky, and a son, a snake entered the room.


Kerosene for Rs 20 a litre ?
LUDHIANA, June 17 — Kerosene, the poor man's kitchen fuel, is being sold at Rs 20 a litre in the city, it is reported.

Mangat elected Fellow of society
LUDHIANA, June 17— Dr Naurang Singh Mangat has been elected Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, London, England. The council of the society, keeping in view his research contributions in the field of statistics at the international level, has conferred this honour on him.


Drugs seized from 3 persons
LUDHIANA, June 17 — A police party led by SI Jaswinder Singh, SHO of Police Station Model Town, has seized 20 kg of poppy husk during patrolling from near Shamshan Ghar T-point in Model Town Extension last night. The accused — Prem Chand, of Shiv Shakti Nagar — was arrested and booked under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Crime rate up; DYC blames government
LUDHIANA, June 17 — The District Youth Congress has decried the deteriorating law and order situation in the state and charged the state government with inaction and apathy.

Police sets up picket in Chowni Mohalla
LUDHIANA, June 17 — Troubled by the recent spate in violence at the Chowni Mohalla area here over the past couple of days, the district police has set up a police picket in the locality.

‘Kidnapping’ keeps cops on toes
LUDHIANA, June 17 — In a strange case, the city police was kept on the tenterhooks for almost two hours when a young girl went missing and a telephone call from the girl to her house indicated that she had been kidnapped.

Sweets go sour as health-conscious prefer namkeen
LUDHIANA, June 17 — It is boom time for the namkeen as sweets are turning to be bitter for the health-conscious people. A random survey by TNS among different halwais revealed that the sale of sweets had come down by about 70 per cent. On the other hand, the sale of namkeen products has increased at almost the same rate.

SEBI’s decision a dampener for market
LUDHIANA, June 17 — Last week was marked by high volatility in the stock market. The LSE index showed bearish undertone. It opened at 143.17 on Monday and closed at 141.75 on Friday.

Brick-kiln owners demand lump-sum ST
LUDHIANA, June 17 — The Punjab Brick-Kiln Owners' Association today accused the Punjab Government of showing apathy towards their problems. Members of the association said they feared that most of the kilns might face closure as a result.

Stir threat over power tariff hike
LUDHIANA, June 17 — The Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India today said it would launch a state-wide agitation along with the associations of other Industries if the Punjab State Electricity Board went ahead with its proposed 30 per cent hike in power tariff.Top

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