Friday, June 30, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Nullah project stinks of corruption
Residents skeptical about its usefulness
LUDHIANA, June 29 — In the rains this year, Budha Nullah will no longer pose a threat to residents of the localities situated on both sides of the drain if senior officials of the Municipal Corporation are to be believed. Sand bags have been placed on the banks of the Budha Nullah in Ludhiana to prevent erosion and overflow. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma 
Sand bags have been placed on the banks of the Budha Nullah in Ludhiana to prevent erosion and overflow. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma 

Oswal backs power tariff hike
LUDHIANA, June 29 — Mr S.P. Oswal, Chairman of the Vardhman Group of companies and a prominent member of the tariff committee constituted by the Punjab Government to look into the issue of hike in power tariff, said today that the industry had been let off rather lightly as the PSEB was determined to impose a hefty hike in power tariff.

Power situation still grim
LUDHIANA, June 29 — The frequent and unscheduled power cuts have rocked the megacity, and with the sweltering heat showing no signs of relenting, the city residents have been forced to suffer in silence.


Dairy owners, labourers clash
Ludhiana, June 29 — Violent clashes between a group of dairy owners and migrant labourers in the dairy complex at Tajpur Road led to seven people being injured and four vehicles being damaged.

Hard work only key to success
Ludhiana, June 29 — City boys and girls have proved their mettle by topping the Medical Entrance Exams conducted by various universities. Ludhiana is proud of them. What took them to the top? In the series beginning today, we ask the toppers the secret of their success.


Technology upgradation scheme for textile industry
LUDHIANA, June 29 — The Ministry of Textiles has launched a technology upgradation fund scheme for textile and jute industries for the next five years. Under the scheme interest reimbursement of 5 per cent has been provided to eligible textile mills for investment in the bench marked technology.

AISSF supports autonomy
LUDHIANA, June 29 — The All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) has lent full support to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah’s demand for autonomy to the state, while asking the SAD(B) led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal to follow suit.

Quacks flourish in labour colonies
Ludhiana, June 29 — Quacks continue to flourish in Sherpur, Vishwakarma Colony and villages near the city, notwithstanding the drive launched against them.

Serve ailing humanity, says Jagir Kaur
Ludhiana, June 29 — Bibi Jagir Kaur, president, SGPC, today exhorted girls to strive hard to acquire excellence in technical and professional education so that they could compete with boys in all fields and could claim a place of respect for themselves in society.

Many artists, but no spacious art gallery
LUDHIANA, June 29 — To sketch or draw is a rare gift that leads a person to painting. It may be in water colour on paper, or in oil on canvas. But murals are a class by themselves. Inclination to this art is generally noticed in the early years of one's life but in certain cases, one drifts towards it in later years. D.H. Lawrence and Rabindranath Tagore took the brush in their hands when they had made full use of their pen.

Traders meet minister
LUDHIANA, June 29 — A deputation of Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry met the Petroleum Minister Mr Ram Naik, under the leadership of MP Lala Lajpat Rai.

Useless fans
LUDHIANA, June 29 — Ceiling fans at all the platforms of the local railway station are not serving the purpose they have been installed for, it is reported.

Strike by telecom employees
, June 29 — On a call given by the All-India Telecom Employees Union, a number of employees’ organisations of the telecom circle here observed a one-day token strike in protest against the corporatisation of the Department of Telecom.

No room for handicrafts in Ludhiana
LUDHIANA, June 29 — Ludhiana appears to have no room for the handicrafts. That is apparent from the poor response to the National Handloom and Handicraft Exhibition being held here since June 16 at Lakshmi Ladies Club. Craftsmen from all over India, with their aesthetic creations have come over here to participate in the exhibition. It has been a very big disappointment for all the artists. The people here weigh the handicrafts only in terms of cast and not their aesthetic grandeur.

Dirty water in Urban Estate taps
Ludhiana, June 29 — Residents of Urban Estate, Phase 1, Dugri Road, were surprised to find dirty water flowing from taps for about an hour this morning.

Building collapses in Chowk Mishra
Ludhiana, June 29 — A major tragedy was averted when a part of an worn out 100-year-old building in the crowded and narrow lane of Chowk Mishra near Daresi collapsed around 2 p.m. this afternoon. Luckily, no one was injured.


Computer wizkid aims it high
LUDHIANA, June 29 — Small age, big aims. This is not unusual but actual implementation is certainly rare to be seen. Teenage children have been often seen idling away their hours but not this whiz kid. Soon after his Class X examination, Varun Mittal has worked almost for 12 hours per day in designing what he feels is going to be the best Ludhiana website —


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