Monday, October 2, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Providential escape for 1,000 guests as marriage palace catches fire
Safety measures come into question

LUDHIANA, Oct 1 — Thanks to the timely use of fire extinguishers and sufficient availability of water, over 1,000 people had a providential escape when a fire broke out in the marriage palace where they were attending a reception here last night.

The remains of the ceiling of a tent which was damaged in a fire in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by Rajesh Bhambi The remains of the ceiling of a tent which was damaged in a fire in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by Rajesh Bhambi

Robberies force panic buying of illegal arms
LUDHIANA, Oct 1 — Armed robberies in summers in and around Ludhiana and the Jagraon subdivision have increased in the past few years. Following this, there has been an increase in the sale of illegal arms and ammunition in the area. In a panic reaction, most residents of these areas are seeking arms licences from the district authorities.

10 Markfed employees opt for VRS
LUDHIANA, Oct 1 — Markfed, one of the largest cooperatives in Asia, has introduced a voluntary retirement scheme for its employees. The scheme has been introduced by the Managing Director, Markfed, Mr D. S. Bains.


Are pin-pricking incidents panic reaction?
LUDHIANA, Oct 1 — Are the pin-pricking incidents being reported in various parts of the megacity actually a part of a gang out to spread terror among the residents or are just a figment of imagination and rumours that has taken the residents by storm?

Ludhiana to have a world class City Centre
LUDHIANA, Oct 1 — When the prestigious ‘city centre’ project, conceived by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) is in place, the industrial capital of the state would have a new land mark in the infrastructural development. The project, estimated to cost Rs100 crore would be spread over a sprawling 25.25 acres in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and would be named after the great martyr.

One dead in accident
LUDHIANA, Oct 1 — A scooterist was crushed to death by an oil tanker on Ferozepore Road around 11.30 p.m. last night.


Spy’s son made his best efforts
PROPOS of the front-page story of the disillusioned spy, Lachhman Singh, in Ludhiana Tribune, I wish to state that it is true that he was kept in a Pakistani jail and orders for his execution (declared as a condemned prisoner) were passed. His release from captivity became possible due to untiring efforts by his minor son, Sadhu Singh.


A health centre for the poor
LUDHIANA, Oct 1 — The Community Health Centre run by the CMC is located in kucha number 7 in Field Ganj. It was established to take care of the health and hygiene of the poor sections of society. It is a tough job. To reach this centre as the Field Ganj area is littered with straw used for packing fruits and vegetables and plastic bags.


Easy wins for Sanjeev, Ashish, Sunny
, Oct 1 — Sanjeev Vohra, Ashish Dhanda and Sunny Kent easily defeated their opponents in the first round of snooker matches in Satluj Club here yesterday. In the inaugural match, Sanjeev Vohra caused an upset by beating former Punjab champion Achint Verma, 2-0.


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