4 kidnappings in one
day; two cases solved
LUDHIANA, Sept 18 — Four kidnappings have been reported in two separate incidents during the past 24 hours. While two young girls were reportedly kidnapped from near their house in New Vishkarma Nagar, Focal Point, last evening, the police succeeded in tracing out the children and also arrested the accused.
Man booked for cheating
LUDHIANA, Sept 18 — The police has booked a man for allegedly extracting thousands of rupees from the wife of an accused. He had reportedly taken the money on the pretext of getting her husband released from the police custody.
Apparel exports from Punjab on the rise
LUDHIANA, Sept 18 — The European Union has recently released an extra quota of about Rs 300 crore for readymade garments and other fabrics that will be imported from India. The news has enthused exporters, especially the apparel exporters of Punjab, who had experienced a lean season last year.
Unrestricted import hits oil industry
Sept 18 — As a result of unrestricted imports of palm oil and other edible oils permitted by the Union Government, the oil mills and allied trades like solvent extraction plants, oil mill machinery, expeller industry and packaging material units are facing crisis. The industry sources claim that a large number of oil mills and allied units, all over the state had already closed down and many more were on the verge of closure.
Garment industry website launched
LUDHIANA, Sept 18 — We do not need any kind of subsidy from the state or central government to face the competition in the international market. But government should not create problems by imposing so many restrictions and high taxes on our products. We can easily achieve the target of textile exports of Rs 35,000 crore in 2003 if suitable policies and congenial environment are created through wider dialogue between industry representatives and government departments.
Preparations on for Kisan Mela
Sept 18 — Preparations for the Kisan Mela to be held at PAU Ludhiana have been completed. Dr Jaspinder Singh Kolar, Director of Extension Education, stated that 20 sub-committees set up to make various arrangements for the convenience of the farmers, were working round-the-clock to give final touches to the arrangements.