||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
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.