Wednesday, July 5, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



AISSF(B) refuses to dance to Daler’s tune
Accuses the singer of poking fun at the Sikhs

, July 4 — Daler Mehndi, billed as India's top pop star, has landed himself in trouble once again with the Sikh organisations.

Daler Mehndi dances to the tune of Ek dana, do dane along with his troupe in his new controversial pop album

Daler Mehndi dances to the tune of Ek dana, do dane along with his troupe in his new controversial pop album

Congress activists stage dharna
LUDHIANA, July 4 — Congress and Youth Congress activists staged a demonstration and sat a dharna at the Clock Tower Chowk here today to voice their protest against ‘misrule’ by the SAD(B)-BJP coalition government in Punjab.



The railway station that needs divine intervention
LUDHIANA, July 4 — Whenever you use your telephone, one of the most useful and important numbers that you want to dial is always out of order and if at all it works, no one bothers to pick it up, and you know that it could happen only in a great nation like India.

Three cinema hall owners booked
, July 4 — The police today crackdown on three cinema halls in the city and booked the owners for displaying obscene posters under Section 292 of the IPC.


E-commerce begins but in a desi style
LUDHIANA, July 4 — E-commerce has started in Ludhiana though in a desi style. Since banks are not equipped for online transactions by credit card and the government has not given a green signal for it, some 200-odd business houses have started e-commerce where products are being displayed on the Internet, negotiations are also online but transactions are made off-line, i.e., by cash, cheque and demand draft.

Function in memory of  Baba Maharaj Singh on July 6
LUDHIANA, July 4 — A state-level function will be held to observe the martyrdom day of Shaheed Baba Maharaj Singh, one of the founders of the freedom movement in the country, at his native village, Rabbon Uchi, in Payal tehsil of this district on July 6. The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, will be the chief guest, while the Minister for Information and Public Relations, Mr Natha Singh Dalam, will preside over the function.

Bengali is SBI’s DGM
LUDHIANA, July 4 — Mr Dipal Shantaram Bengali has taken over as Deputy General Manager of the State Bank of India, zonal office, here on Monday. He has come from the zonal office Pune on promotion and has 36 years of experience in the bank.

Farm officer’s services appreciated
LUDHIANA, July 4 —The state body meeting of the Agriculture Technocrats Action Committee was held here recently in which the services of Dr Gurcharan Singh Rajajung, Chief Agricultural Officer, were appreciated.

Dept told to pay relief 
LUDHIANA, July 4 — The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Chandigarh, has directed the General Manager Telecom here to pay a compensation of Rs 5000 along with rental rebate of one month and refund of the re-connection charges to Punjab Weaving factory, New Madhopuri, here for causing harassment to the later by disconnecting its telephone.

Are old-age homes happy homes?
‘Zamin Na Sataye , Falak Na Rulaye
Bure Din Khuda Kisi Ko Na Dikhaye
Sitam Par Sitam Gar Hote Yun Hi Rahe
Akida Khuda Ka Bhram Uth Na Jaye’
These are the sentiments of most of the inmates of the Ludhiana Senior Citizens Home, located in Sarabha Nagar. It came into existence in the year 1979. The Red Cross took the initiative of starting the home as it was flooded with requests of the destitute and discarded old men and women. So this home for senior citizens came into being.

No relief for rain-hit
LUDHIANA, July 4 — Not only was a 13-year- old girl killed in an incident involving a wall collapse following Saturday’s torrential downpour, but, more than a dozen jhuggis were also damaged at Ambedkar Nagar near the Dugri road.

Orientation programme

Tongas vanish but rehras flourish
LUDHIANA, July 4 — Well before the advent of three-wheelers, it was the tonga that bore the brunt of transporting passengers in bulk from one part of the city to the other. Once upon a time, there used to be tonga stands all over the old city. Among the oldest ones were the tonga stands at the railway station, Ghanta Ghar and Ghass Mandi.


Firm booked for damaging cables
LUDHIANA, July 4 —The police has booked a local firm for damaging telecom cables and causing disruption of service to more than 10,000 lines thus causing a big loss to the Telecom department.

The sudden invasion of Ludhiana by newspapers from Chandigarh and elsewhere has bewildered the citizens of megacity.


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