Wednesday, August 23, 2000,
Chandigarh, India




The Focal Point police takes accused Balwinder Singh to court for securing his remand. — Photo by Rajesh Bhambi

The Focal Point police takes accused Balwinder Singh to court for securing his remand. — Photo by Rajesh Bhambi

Arrest of drug smuggler stirs hornet’s nest
LUDHIANA, Aug 22 — The arrest of one of the biggest smugglers in the state by the Ludhiana police recently has stirred a hornet's nest with revelations about the alleged nexus between the drug smugglers, police and senior politicians.

 Functions mark Vanamahotsava
LUDHIANA, Aug 22 — Thousands of saplings were planted on the occasion of Vanamahotsava by various organisations here today. A massive rally was taken out by students to create awareness among people about the need to safeguard the environment.


  Telecom Dept seeks compensation
LUDHIANA, Aug 22 — After its underground cables have been damaged, the local Telecom Department has demanded Rs 4 lakh from Himachal Futuristic Communication Limited (HFCL) as compensation. In a letter written to the company, the department has also expressed its displeasure on careless digging by the company.

‘Announce support prices for paddy’
LUDHIANA, Aug 22 — The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) has decried the delay in announcement of minimum support price (MSP) for paddy and other kharif crops by the Union Government. 


They died for their kith and kin
I WAS born in Harnal village, Gujjarkhan tehsil Rawalpindi district. I was nine years old when the partition of the country took place. It has been 53 years, but the memory of those days is still fresh in my mind.

Kirtan darbar on Janmashtami
LUDHIANA, Aug 22 — The Gian Sthal Mandir Sabha organised a kirtan darbar in Chowk Subhani Building area of the town yesterday to celebrate Janmashtami.

Like grandfather, like son and grandson
LUDHIANA, Aug 22 — Theirs is a pedigree that has become synonymous with medicine. The Aggarwals have a long association, spanning over six decades and three generations, with the medical profession. Dr O.P. Aggarwal, his son Indresh Aggarwal, and grandson, Atul Aggarwal, are now not just attached to the profession, but deeply involved with it. The medical profession seems to run in their blood.

Land, grant for church revival
LUDHIANA, Aug 22 — Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Assembly, announced a grant of Rs 25,000 for the Marantha Revival Church organisation here.


25 kg of poppy husk seized
LUDHIANA, Aug 22 — In a special operation launched by a police party led by the in charge of Vardhman police post, SI Balwinder Singh, 25 kg of poppy husk has been seized from Charan Ram.


Professor Ram Kumar Bajaj, Director of the National School of Drama, was right when he said that if one show was staged in isolation, it was of not much use. There should be a drama festival, for when one sees a play, one yearns to see more.


56 participate in painting contest
LUDHIANA, Aug 22 — The Sobha Singh Memorial Foundation, in collaboration with the Fine Arts and Photography Club, PAU, organised a state-level competition on the Guru Nanak Polytechnic Gujjarkhan campus here today.


Cagers selected for camp
LUDHIANA, Aug 22 — The team for a coaching camp for the 51st Junior National Basketball Championship has been selected. The tournament is to be held at Sarkaghat in Himachal Pardesh from September 9 to 15. Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, General Secretary of the Punjab Basketball Association (PBA), announced the names of the selected players in a press note issued here today.

District badminton meet put off
LUDHIANA, Aug 22 — The Ludhiana District Badminton Championship, which was to be held from August 25 to 28, has been postponed.


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