Wednesday, June 21, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



A level crossing that paralyses life
, June 20—Ever heard of a town where life remains disrupted for 12 hours in a day?

The level crossing at Sahnewal in Ludhiana district

The level crossing at Sahnewal in Ludhiana district

Army worried over recruitment ‘touts’
LUDHIANA, June 20 — The first-ever Army recruitment rally in the region drew a huge response today as about 3,000 youngsters from this and adjoining districts appeared for the physical tests.

PCCTU seeks intervention of rights body
LUDHIANA, June 20 — The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has sought the intervention of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission to put an end to the alleged violation of human rights in case of retired staff of non-government colleges.

Scheme for rail men fails to take off
LUDHIANA, June 20 — Though there is a welfare scheme called RELHS (Railway employees’ Liberalized Health Scheme), hardly 5% of the pensioners avail of it due to lack of basic medical facilities at the railway health unit hospitals.


L U D H I A N A   C A L L I N G
A breath of fresh air for Ludhianvis
HE commissioning of the multilevel parking complex near the offices of the Municipal Corporation and an additional bridge on Sidhwan Canal on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla section by the Minister for Local Bodies, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, on Sunday should go a long way in making life easier for the Ludhianvis.

The man in love with bonsai culture
LUDHIANA, June 20 — Mr Ranjit Singh Chakkal, an auto engineer at the Guru Nanak Engineering College, is passionately in love with bonsai culture. He has been collecting plants in miniature for the last 28 years. Today, he claims with pride, the collection of more than 270 bonsai plants has given him a unique status, not only in Ludhiana but in the entire country.

City in top gear on IT path
IFE is surely changing in a big way here. Eight out of 10 people you meet these days are either working for a website or starting up one. People have fallen in love with it


Gurjot’s killer confesses to another murder
LUDHIANA, June 20—The infamous Gurjot murder case of Dhandaran village, 18 km from here, has taken a new turn with the accused Cheena Pandit confessing to another murder at Phulawal on the night of January 25, 2000.

C R I M E      F I L E


Cable operators told to get registered
LUDHIANA, June 20 — The district administration has asked all unregistered cable operators in Ludhiana to get themselves registered within five days failing which their equipment would be seized and penal action would be taken against them.

IDBI branch launched
LUDHIANA, June 20 — The IDBI opened its branch in Ludhiana on Monday. This is the 43rd branch of the bank in the country and the third in Punjab. The branch was inaugurated by Mr A. A. Khanolkar, senior vice-president of the bank.

Taxi stand: a bone of contention
Cinema owner blames authorities
LUDHIANA, June 20 — A taxi stand right in front of the Raikhy Cinema on the busy Cinema Road here, which is in existence for a long time now, is involved in a thick controversy with the cinema owner and the taxi operators making contradictory claims, the district and civic administration turning a deaf ear and the traffic police allegedly colluding with the taxi drivers.

Four kerosene dealers booked
LUDHIANA, June 20 — The district administration has registered cases against four kerosene dealers for illegal and unauthorised storage. Disclosing this here today, the Deputy Commissioner Mr S. K. Sandhu, said, following the reports of unauthorised storage of kerosene by the dealers, a team led by the District Food and Supplies Controller, Ludhiana Mr Parven Vij, conducted raids on various dealers.

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