Monday, July 10, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Exorcists drive them to insanity
LUDHIANA, July 9 — A woman was repeatedly beaten with an iron tong by a Baba in the Simlapuri area on July 6 in an attempt to get her exorcised.

Girls wait outside a college after taking the B.Ed examination in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Girls wait outside a college after taking the B.Ed examination in Ludhiana on Sunday.

5,000 take B.Ed. entrance test
LUDHIANA, July 9 More than 5,000 candidates appeared for the B.Ed entrance examination which was conducted today at 25 centres located in about 11 colleges of the city.

Obsession with foreign brands
Only foreign brands please, we are Ludhianvis”. We are very Hi-fi guys and only buy foreign clothes. You see. indian clothes are ‘passe’. Ordinary people wear them.



  Pvt hospitals fleece in absence of rules
LUDHIANA, July 9 — In the absence of a regulating authority to monitor their functioning, private hospitals are fleecing the public. No standard fee is set for any investigation or consultation. An ultrasound may cost anything between Rs 150 and Rs 700, depending on the rates set by each hospital.


Jacob's statement irks Cong
LUDHIANA, July 9 — The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has taken strong exception to the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob's reported statement ruling out the possibility of a mid-term poll in the state.

SPCA seeks grant for vet hospital
LUDHIANA, July 9 — The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, local branch, has urged the district administration to provide a promised grant to the society for the construction of a veterinary hospital at Mattewara village near here.

Swani Motors to pay up
LUDHIANA, July 9 The State Consumer Redressal Commission, Punjab, at Chandigarh has upheld a decision of the District Forum here of awarding compensation of Rs 10,000 as damages with another Rs 2000 as costs to Mr P.K.Gupta, a complainant.

Demand for curbs on migrants opposed
LUDHIANA, July 9 — The Communist party of India (ML)-Liberation has described the demand for restrictions on migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, being raised in various quarters of Punjab as dangerous and unconstitutional.

Why able employees became cheats
LUDHIANA, July 9 — Criminals or victims of the socio-economic differences? This question has been raised in the case studies of four employees held responsible for frauds in the Divisional Department of Posts recently.

No money order receipt for 3 years
LUDHIANA, July 9 — A Professor of Punjab Agriculture University here is a harassed man for the past three years, courtesy the postal service of the region.

Local Adda to lose name, identity
LUDHIANA, July 9 — In Ludhiana, the city which is continuously making history, names, especially of places, do not matter much. There are a number of places within the old city which have assumed new names with the passage of time. One such place here which is about to lose its old identity and acquire another is Local Adda near Laxmi theatre.

Elbow-length gloves to avoid pollution
LUDHIANA, July 9 — Young damsels hiding behind masks and wearing elbow-length gloves on the arms have become a common sight on the busy roads of this city. They are not just avoiding tanning of the skin in this hot and sunny weather, but are more worried about the ill-effects of the scores of polluting agents emanating from the chimneys of the industries onto the roads of this Manchester of India.

Cool morning, humid day
LUDHIANA, July 9 — The city had a cool morning today, following a brief spell of rain around 5 a.m.

CM's assurance on health facilities
JAGRAON (Ludhiana), July 9 The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, claimed that the state government had chalked out a comprehensive programme to provide quality medical facilities to the entire population of the state, under which 152 new hospitals were being constructed at a cost of Rs 422 crore. Out of these, work on 100 hospitals was near completion, where latest medical equipment, diagnostic aids and treatment facilities would be provided during the current financial year.

Reminiscences of a POW camp
WE were lodged in the POW Camp of Odine in Southern Italy. The accommodation was temporary huts with timber floors. British and Indian prisoners of war could freely mix up. So in the evenings, after having our grub, Indian POWs who could converse well in English used to get together and had sessions on subjects like military history etc. Sometimes, the Italian guards used to ensure through their interpreters that we were really not weaving a conspiracy to escape. During these sessions, we used to get bits and pieces of news relating to war on all the fronts. Our moods and morale used to swing up and down with the victories and defeats of the Allied forces. We were eagerly waiting for the much-talked about second front.


3-member gang of car thieves busted
LUDHIANA, July 9 — The local police has busted a three-member gang of car theives and has recovered six vehicles from them.

15 kg of poppy husk seized
LUDHIANA, July 9 — A police party led by Inspector Maninder Bedi, in charge of the CIA staff, has seized 15 kg of poppy husk during a special patrolling duty.


Cholera awareness campaign
LUDHIANA, July 9 — With an aim of reducing instances of outbreak of cholera in the current season, Christian Medical College and Hospital has launched an awareness campaign.

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