Sunday, August 27, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Major fire in Transport Nagar
LUDHIANA, Aug 26 — Hosiery and woollen goods, besides machinery and the building, worth over Rs one crore were destroyed in a major fire that broke out in the Transport Nagar area here in the wee hours today.

Firemen try to extinguish flames at the Khurana Woollen and Spinning Mills in Ludhiana on Saturday. 

Firemen try to extinguish flames at the Khurana Woollen and Spinning Mills in Ludhiana on Saturday. 

Heavy showers lash city
LUDHIANA, Aug 26 — Heavy showers lashed several parts of the city here today afternoon, bringing life to a halt.

Finance panel retrograde: FM
LUDHIANA, Aug 26 — The Punjab Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh, has termed the cuts imposed by 11th Finance Commission on 18 states as a retrograde step which will retard the development of these states as most of them will have to cut down their plan size at the crucial stage of implementation.


Former Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, Mr Joginder SinghLack of transparency leads to corruption,
says Joginder Singh

LUDHIANA, Aug 26 — Former Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, Mr Joginder Singh has sought total accountability and transparency in the functioning of the government in order to weed out corruption.

The disillusioned spy 
LUDHIANA, Aug 26 — Lachman Singh, an Indian spy based in Pakistan for more than 18 years, is now an unknown identity, jobless and homeless, living a life where he has to die several times each day. And that too, after he gave his all — life, youth and health — for his country.

Sepoy cremated with military honours
LUDHIANA, Aug 26 — The mortal remains of Sepoy Jaspal Singh of 6- Sikh Light Infantry Regiment, who sacrificed his life in an exchange of mortar firing with the enemy on LoC in Akhnoor Sector in J & K on the night of August 24 in a bid to save his fellow soldiers who were in the enemy’s trap was cremated with full   military honours at his native village, Johlan, in Jagroan tehsil, here today
Villagers console family members of Sepoy Jaspal Singh at Johlan village on Saturday.
Villagers console family members of Sepoy Jaspal Singh at Johlan village on Saturday

No borders and barriers for Net pals

LUDHIANA, Aug 26 — Notwithstanding the frequent skirmishes along the border and a war of propaganda and counter-propaganda at the national and international level by leaders of their countries, 19-year-old Karachi girl Humera and 21-year old Ludhiana boy Abhinav are "close friends". They chat on the Net for long hours, daily.

WTO agreement — doom for agriculture: CPI (M)
LUDHIANA, Aug 26 — The Communist Party of India (Marxist) state committee secretary, Mr Balwant Singh, has observed that the coming into effect of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement will spell doom for agriculture in the country and will result in frustration among the farming community.



Confessions of a filmstar’s wife
LUDHIANA, Aug 26 — Erum Ali, wife of famous film star Abbas Ali, is a fun-loving and secure woman. Born in Ludhiana, Erum was a small city girl, happy and satisfied with her job in Max Page as Commercial Relations Executive.
Get to know her in a talk with our correspondent...

Decline in reading habits
LUDHIANA, Aug 26— Do you know that out of a total population of more than 30 lakh, only two to three per cent of people read general books? By general books one means books on fiction, philosophy, autobiographies, spirituality, body fitness, cookery, so on and so forth. Let us consider that 40 per cent of the population is illiterate; still it is shocking to know of people's lassitude and lack of interest in reading.

‘Declare Pakistan a terrorist state’
LUDHIANA, Aug 26 — The All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF), has called upon the world community to declare Pakistan a terrorist nation for its open support to separatist and disruptive elements in India.


Man making fake degrees held
LUDHIANA, Aug 26 — With the arrest of a local printer by the CIA staff here yesterday on charges of making fake degrees and certificates, the police claims to have achieved a major success.

Directors of finance company caught
LUDHIANA, Aug 26 — The economic offences wing of the Ludhiana police has arrested three directors of a finance company that had duped hundreds of persons of their hard-earned money.

250 beneficiaries of Tatkal suvidha
LUDHIANA, Aug 26 — The computerised and air-conditioned Tatkal Suvidha Kendra of Punjab National Bank, Sarabha Nagar, has completed one year of successful working for quick disbursal of housing, consumer durables and conveyance loans.


Virasat Punjab-2000
LUDHIANA, Aug 26 — As part of Virasat Punjab-2000, the Ludhiana chapter of SPIC-MACAY will be organising 28 programmes in various educational institutions starting August 30.

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