Friday, October 20, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Addl Director, PSHSC, sent to jail in medical scam 
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — A former Additional Director of the Punjab State Health Systems Corporation, Dr P.K. Narang, one of the prime accused in the Rs 1.5-crore medicine scam, who had surrendered before the Deputy Inspector-General of Police here two days ago, was sent to the Ludhiana Central Jail today after being admitted to the LM Civil Hospital here last night.

3 held for selling scorpion oil
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — Activists of the People For Animals organisation here today caught three persons who were allegedly selling a special oil made from scorpions and seized hundreds of live insects from their possession.

Some of the scorpions rescued by the PFA in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Some of the scorpions rescued by the PFA in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

DC tells police not to intervene
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, today restrained the police from interfering unduly in a dispute between two brothers. He said the police could only intervene if anyone of them was harassed.


One more suspected dengue death
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — One more patient reportedly died of dengue in the Christian Medical College and Hospital here yesterday taking the dengue toll to three. However, the official sources did not confirm it as dengue death, saying the serology test was found to be negative. Deceased Om Prakash was a resident of Hargobindpuri in the city.

Political realignments may upset Mayor’s apple-cart
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — A political move initiated by a few senior councillors of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) a few days back, appeared to be insignificant initially, but with councillors of all other parties and a few independents joining the fray, it now threatens to snowball into a major political upheaval, which might even lead to new alignments and upset the top level political set-up in the civic body.

An ardent singer of love
EVER since his death in Ludhiana on May 3, 1978, Prof Mohan Singh's birth anniversary has been celebrated in the form of a cultural mela by the Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation. Its chief patron, Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal, will be conspicuous by his absence on the 22nd mela in Punjabi Bhavan, Ludhiana, on October 20 and 21 this year. He is away to Canada. In his absence Mr Pargat Singh Grewal (President) and his associates will run the show.



Farm scientists visit paddy field 
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalkat, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, and Dr Jaspinder Singh Kular, Director, Extension Education, along with Dr Gurcharan Singh Rajajung, Chief Agricultural Officer, accompanied by Dr Daler Singh, Dr Rajinderpal Singh Aulakh, Dr Partap Singh and Dr Gurdev Singh visited the Mantha farm to see the research work on “Paddy field without puddling sown on ridges," conducted by technocrats of the Agricultural Department, Ludhiana. The scientists discussed economic aspects, soil health and judicious use of water.

MTV team enthrals youngsters
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — Ludhiana youngsters experienced exciting moments here today when the MTV van team visited the city. Even though Ludhianvis were expecting MTV VJs Cyrus and Malaika Arora, their absence was hardly felt when MTV select anchor Asif Seth encouraged youngsters to give their auditions for the MTV Ga Ga contest.

MC car park crumbling
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — The massive seven-storyed car park which came into existence in July is not well kept, though it has become quite popular with the people. There was definitely a need for a car park seeing the increase in the number of vehicles on the road.

‘Spread light, not smoke on Divali’ 
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — The Sewa International, a wing of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, has appealed to the masses to spread light instead of smoke on the occasion of Divali.

MC employees agitate for bonus
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — Municipal Corporation employees continued their agitation to press the demand for payment of bonus before Divali. Addressing a gate rally, organised by the Municipal Workers Union, affiliated with the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Mr Khelar Chand Gupta, General Secretary, reiterated the demand for 12.5 per cent bonus to all employees, regularisation of ad hoc employees and payment of pension to retired MC employees at their respective native places.

Rally against power theft 
KHANNA, Oct 19 — A chetna rally organised by the Punjab State Electricity Board to educate the public against theft of electricity, which arrived here last night, was flagged off by the Superintending Engineer, Khanna circle, for Ludhiana this morning.

Farmers' training camp
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — The Department of Agriculture organised a block-level farmers' training camp at Machhiwara, 45 km from here, under the guidance of Mr Gurcharan Singh Rajajung, Chief Agricultural Officer.


Clash in Civil Hospital
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — In yet another unsavoury incident at the LM Civil Hospital here last night, a man, who had come here from Jakhar village to get his nephew admitted after a clash with a few people earlier in the village, was beaten up with rods and was seriously injured.


Lively environs of PAU campus
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — The famed campus of Punjab Agricultural University has become well known not for just the study of agriculture, pests and bugs but also for earning a name for itself for its romantic environs.


Court exonerates two in fraud case
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — Mr S. S. Arora, Sessions Judge, here has exonerated Mr Amrit lal Aggarwal and Mr Pardeep Kumar of charges of misappropriation of funds of Tagore Public School, levelled against them by some residents of Agar Nagar in the city.

Insurance company told to pay medical claim
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — The District Consumers Redressal Forum has directed the local branch manager of United India Insurance Company Ltd. to pay Rs 30,000 along with interest as medical claim to a resident of Shivaji Nagar here.

PSEB directed to refund bill amount 
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — The District Consumer Redressal Forum today directed the Punjab State Electricity Board to refund an amount of Rs 11, 263 to Mr Gian Chand, a resident of Prem Nagar here.


Mohan Singh mela begins today
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — The stage is set for the 22nd Professor Mohan Singh Memorial International Mela beginning tomorrow with the garlanding of the statue of Prof Mohan Singh at Aarti Cinema Chowk by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu. The city Mayor, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, will preside over the inaugural function.

Writers, artistes to be honoured 
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — Ten prominent personalities in the fields of literature, performing arts, music and media will be honoured during the two-day 22nd Professor Mohan Singh Memorial Mela, which will gets begin at Punjabi Bhavan here on October 20.


Swimming his way to success
LUDHIANA, Oct 19 — Hard work and persistence pays. This is evident in the case of 13-year-old Mridul Sunil, an upcoming city sportsman. Mridul brought laurels to the city by winning a gold and a bronze medal in 100 m and 200 m free style, swimming, in the 1st CBSE National Championship held at Jaipur, this year.

Gagan Ajit Singh honoured
JARKHAR (Ludhiana), Oct 19 — Gagan Ajit Singh, a member of the Indian hockey team which played in Sydney Olympics recently, was presented the annual Olympian Surjit Singh Memorial Award by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Sports Minister, at the concluding function of the 15th Mata Sahib Kaur Gold Cup Hockey Tournament and Rural Sports Festival, organised by Mata Sahib Kaur Sports and Youth Welfare Club here, 28 kms from Ludhiana.


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