Wednesday, August 30, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Surcharge on ST depresses car sales
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — Thanks to an additional surcharge of 1 per cent on the sales tax, besides 2 per cent charge on the billing amount at the time of registration, the sale of automobiles in Punjab is reported to have plunged by about 50 per cent in past one month.

Suspended teacher alleges mental torture
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — There seems to be no end to the woes of Mrs Saroj Sharma, whose long and seemingly unending ordeal started with her suspension in January 1999.

Poor hygiene level in most eateries
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — Ashish Gupta, a third year MBBS student of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, got the taste of a "delicacy" prepared in the only four star hotel in the mega city, likely to be upgraded as a five star soon, when he found a bone in a vegetarian dish that he had ordered.

Water, power scarcity hits city, no relief in sight
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — Unannounced massive power cuts, shut-downs and trippings of the dilapidated transmission system of the PSEB and scarcity of water, mainly due to erratic power supply, have hit the people of the city, where it hurts.


  Beware e-mail users
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — Gaurav was surprised to receive certain goods which he had never ordered for. To add to his surprise, the company manager even showed him an e-mail he had received from his account. Gaurav’s insistence that he had not sent any e-mail were of no avail and he had to pay for the goods

Max sued for compensation
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — The District Consumer Redressal Forum has issued summons to Hutchinson Max Telecom, a Bangalore-based company, and its City Manager here to appear in the forum on September 26 to reply to a sue application of Rs 2.76 lakh moved against it.


Plant hoppers attack paddy crop
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — Dr N.S. Buttar, in charge PAU clinic has informed that during the third week of August, samples of paddy suffering from while backed plant hopper were brought by farmers from Bilaspur (Moga), Gagra, Majri, Rauni, Kila Raipur and Sidhwan Bet (Ludhiana), Raisar (Sangrur), Goniana (Bathinda) and Ganjuan/Fazilka (Ferozepore) in the clinic for the diagnosis and remedial measures.

Engineers criticise Electricity Bill 2000
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — Power engineers at a recently meeting with Power Secretary, Government of India, criticised the proposals of the Electricity Bill 2000. This was stated by M.S. Bajwa, president, PSEB Engineers Association of the All India Power Engineers Association in a press release today. The representatives of the all-India Power Engineers, the Institution of Engineers and the Confederation of Officers of Government of India participated in the meeting.

‘Kid’ mom seems happy at child's death
Lalita, a 24-year-old hearing-impaired woman, is a mother of one, though she looks like a kid herself. Her story seems unbelievable, but is true. After birth, she was thrown in a rubbish bin. Two sadhus, who were passing by, heard her cries and picked her up. They decided to bring her up, but found it a tough job.

A journey through realm of terror
, MEMORIES always leave an indelible mark on one’s mind. Fiftythree years have passed since the country was partitioned. I was at that time 15 years old and had appeared in the matriculation examination. I fully recollect that we left our home in Khanewal tehsil of Multan district. Though we belonged to Mianwali, a place populated predominantly by Muslims and Pathans, my father shifted to Khanewal as he was Reader to the DSP there.

AISSF activist honoured
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — A former general secretary of AISSF (Mehta), Mr Amarjit Singh Chawla, was honoured for his services to the panth in a joint function organised by nearly 12 political, social and religious organisations at Dugri here today.

Photo ID cards for voters
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — The voters in the Ludhiana East Assembly constituency, who had not got their photo identity cards, can do so from August 28 to September 6 at Zone Number 7 in Kidwai Nagar here.

Why did Punjab bandh flop?
lack of unity among industry and trade organisations, inadequate involvement of all representative unions and untimely call on Janmashatmi festival day were the reasons behind poor response to the Punjab, bandh on August 23. The bandh call was given by Industry and Trade Forum, Punjab which claims the backing of 50 other affiliated associations. It was to protest against Punjab State Electricity Board’s decision to hike power tariff ranging between 8 and 26 per cent in July and increase in minimum charges for industrial and commercial consumers.

Time is our scarcest resource
LUDHIANA, The scarcest resource we have is our own time. An ounce of gold will not buy an ounce of time. We all have only one thing in common, a 24-hour day. Managing time is the most complex thing and each one of us has a different way to do so. Successful people know how to make the best use of time. We spoke to some of them to know how they manage it.

AISSF celebrations in Sept
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — The All India Sikh Students’ Federation (Badal) will celebrate its 56th anniversary at Ludhiana in September, according to an announcement by the federation president, Mr Tejinder Singh Sandhu, here today.

Baba Gajju Thapar remembered
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — Nearly 600 Thapar families along with hundreds of devotees today thronged the 300-year-old Samadhi of Baba Gajju ji Thapar at Gurdev Nagar to participate in the mela which has been held at this place every year for the past three centuries.

Beware of Western designs: Johl
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — Mr S.S. Johl, a former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University at Patiala, yesterday warned Indian writers of Western designs to influence the Indian literature, which would be detrimental to the national interest. Dr Johl was speaking at a seminar on Gurbhajan Gill’s recently published poetry book — Agan Katha — at Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, 40 km from here. The seminar was organised by the Likhari Sabha of Jagatpur.

Jatha suggests steps for traffic control
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha has suggested various proposals for the improvement of traffic in the city. Appreciating the actions taken earlier for better traffic control, Dr Arun Mitra, General Secretary said, there was scope for more action.


LUDHIANA is the most affluent city of Punjab. People are loaded with money, though definitely not all. When there is no dearth of money, one wants to spend it. But where to go in Ludhiana. There are hardly any place where one can go. There are only a few good restaurants. How many times one can go there? People heaved a sigh of relief when a five star hotel came up. At least they found a way of dining out at its restaurants but for how long and how many times!


Four injured in accident
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — Four members of a family were seriously injured in a road accident at Shivpuri Chowk at around 11:30 pm on August 27.

Directory released
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — The release function of Directory New Millennium 2000, published by the Ludhiana Oil Engines Dealers Association .


Sweating it out in classrooms
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — They literally sweat it out. Attending classes for the commerce students in Government College for Boys, in the absence of adequate number of fans, coupled with erratic power supply, is difficult. Sweat trickles down their faces as these students sit in their classrooms.

Kids get dental training
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — The Indian Dental Association, under the School Dental Education Programme, has given dental training to about 25,000 school children.


Teaching courses for doctors advocated
LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — The second annual continuing medical education programme of the Young Physicians Forum was held here recently. The conference was attended by leading physicians of the city under the chairmanship Dr L. S. Chawla, founder Vice-Chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences.


LUDHIANA, Aug 29 — Excellent bowling by Anil (3 for 7) and Amrik (2 for 14) helped Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, win the intra-zone (Ludhiana Zone-I) cricket match against Government Multipurpose School by 40 runs held here today.


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