Sunday, September 24, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Manpreet, Vishal were married: police
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — The scales today turned in favour of the UT Home Secretary, Mr. R.S. Gujral, with the police finally managing to secure evidence proving the earlier marriage of his bride, Manpreet Oberoi with Vishal Aggarwal.

Uninhibited growth of medical labs
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — Ludhiana has witnessed an uninhibited and unrestricted growth of medical laboratories during the past few years. Most of these laboratories are said to be run by unqualified people, posing a risk to the health of general public. 

‘Chipko’ movement planned in Ludhiana 
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — Angry at the move of the Northern Railways, Ferozepore division, to chop off 296 trees at the railway station here, the taxi, auto-rickshaw and rickshaw operators’ unions along with the coolies union and various environmentalists today announced to launch a ‘Chipko’ movement from tomorrow, if the authorities went ahead with their plan.

Circus tigress dies mysteriously 
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — Twenty days after losing her mate, a tigress of a circus company died under mysterious circumstances here today. 
A file photograph of the tigress that died in a circus camp in Ludhiana on Saturday.
A file photograph of the tigress that died in a circus camp in Ludhiana on Saturday.

The idols of Lord Krishna, Subhadra and Balram, at a Jagannath rath yatra organised by ISKCON in Ludhiana on Saturday. — RB

  Excise raids on bootleggers 
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — Excise officials of the Ludhiana and Jalandhar divisions raided three villages along the Sutlej yesterday and seized a huge quantity of raw material and equipment used by bootleggers.


Exploring commercial floriculture 
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — Agriculture in Punjab is dominated by the wheat-paddy cropping cycle. Different experiments for crop diversification have failed to yield desired results, possibly due to lack of marketing facilities and required infrastructure, like back up cold storage facilities, air- lifting of perishable commodities and a good communication network. 

Hike in power charges flayed 
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — Mr Sukhdial Singh and Mr Kirpal Singh, president and general secretary of the Ludhiana Machine Tools Makers Association have condemned the Punjab State Electricity Board’s decision to enhance the monthly minimum charges on electricity with effect from August 1,2000.

National highway blocked by BKU 
SAHNEWAL, Sept 23 — Traffic on the National Highway Number 1 remained disrupted for a considerable time yesterday when the Bharatiya Kisan Union staged a dharna against the new policy adopted by the government for the purchase of paddy.

MC to issue NOCs for load extension 
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — The hue and cry being raised by the trade and industry over non-issuance of no objections certificates for regularisation of excess load and extension of existing load under the voluntary disclosure scheme introduced by the Punjab State Electricity Board has made the Municipal Corporation authorities relent at last. Applications for this purpose are now being entertained.

‘Minority not a numerical concept’ 
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — A two-day seminar on minorities and subalterns, with special reference to the Indian context, organised by the Sirdar Kapur Singh Memorial Trust of Jagraon, began in Punjabi Bhavan here today.

Validity of meeting questioned 
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — Mr Sukhpat Rai Wadhera, vice-president, and Mr Balraj Kumar, general secretary, New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, have questioned the validity of the general body meeting convened recently by the president, Mr Sunil Marhia, at which three new members were inducted into the managing committee of the school raising the strength of the body to 19.

An honest gesture 
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — In a rare gesture, a man returned Rs 2 lakh he had found by chance to its rightful owner. On September 21, Rajesh Aggarwal, a chartered accountant, had parked his car near a service station on the Dugri road. When he returned, he found a black colour bag lying on the bonnet of his car. Initially he was reluctant to check the contents of the bag, fearing it could be some dangerous thing.

Facilities at railway station to be upgraded
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — The Indian Railways has set apart a sum of Rs 70 lakh for the upgradation of facilities available at the Ludhiana junction railway station. This information was given by Mr S. P. Mehta, Zonal Manager, Indian Railways, at a meeting of the Northern Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee, held at New Delhi a couple of days ago. Of the total, a sum of Rs 10 lakh has already been released and work on the upgradation of the railway station has commenced.

Rice millers to continue strike 
MACHHIWARA, Sept 23 — Condemning the conditions laid down by the Punjab Government for crushing paddy, Mr Tarsem Lal Saini, president, Punjab Rice Miller Association, has refused storage and milling of the paddy purchased by government agencies.


Colour, gaiety to mark festive time 
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — Ludhiana, which is the biggest city in this region, is now slowly acquiring a metropolitan character. Different communities — Bengalis, Tamilians, Maharashtrians, Gujaratis, Keralites — have begun to celebrate their festivals with a fervour that has given a new cultural image to this industrial city. 


Heart ailments related to lifestyle
HE World Health Organisation has joined the World Heart Federation in launching September 24 as the first World Heart Day, aimed at increasing public awareness about cardio vascular diseases, their prevention and control.

Students hold anti-addiction rally
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — The Ludhiana zone of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, a socio-religious organisation, organised an anti-addiction rally today, in which more than 2000 students from 25 schools and colleges participated. The rally started from Jagraon bridge, where students of Sargodha schools, and Master Tara Singh Memorial College converged. It then proceeded towards the Punjab Agricultural University gate number 2, via the Ferozepore Road. Students from other schools and colleges joined en route.
Students of various schools display placards with slogans at an anti-addiction march organised by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle in Ludhiana
Students of various schools display placards with slogans at an anti-addiction march organised by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Workshop on child health 
LUDHIANA, Sept 23 — The Ludhiana Sahkarta Samiti organised a one-day workshop on ‘Reproductive child health’ at Bachat Bhavan at the mini secretariat yesterday. Delegates from the departments of health, panchayat and social welfare participated in the workshop, in addition to 110 members from 11 blocks of the district and discussed on family planning, pre-natal care, immunisation, illegal foetus termination, gender equality, children’s rights and education facilities for them.


Football tourney 
KHANNA, Sept 23 — The first four-day Football Cup Tournament organised by the A S College Alumni Association, Khanna, concluded here today at the Principal Madan Gopal Chopra Stadium.


Transfer orders for cops
KHANNA, Sept 23 — The SSP of the Khanna police district, Mr Rajinder Namdeo Doke, has ordered the transfers of 23 police officials, including all SHOs of the police district, with effect from today.


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