Thursday, November 2, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



’84 riot victims lament unfulfilled promises
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — Sixteen years after they were looted and forced to leave their homes in different parts of the country, thousands of victims of anti-Sikh riots are still struggling to come to terms with the tragic change in their lives. While their wounds may never heal, the state government has, instead of coming to their aid added insult to their injury by not fulfilling a number of promises made by the successive state governments.

Charanjit Singh (right), a riot victim, repairs a bicycle in Ludhiana.

Charanjit Singh (right), a riot victim, repairs a bicycle in Ludhiana. His son (in school uniform) helps him.
— Photo by Inderjit Verma

Inflated bills continue to shock
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — An average salaried person has been slapped with a hefty electricity bill for about Rs 23,000 because he has been paying earlier bills on the basis of average consumption for almost a year. 



13-year-old boy sexually abused
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — Life has given a raw deal to 13-year-old Sonu. He has allegedly been sexually abused by a regular customer at a sweetshop where he works. Two days after the incident, he is unable to cope with the trauma. As he has no relative here, he is undergoing a lot of hardship.

Councillor injured in attack
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — Sukhbir Singh Pappu, a municipal councillor and Vice-President of the District Youth Congress, Ludhiana, was injured in an attack by two persons at a marriage party. He has been admitted to the Civil Hospital where his condition is stated to be stable.

Woman burnt to death for dowry
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — Close on the heels of the triple murder case, yet another woman in the city has reportedly fallen prey to the menace of bride burning for dowry.

Stumped nation vents its anger
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — There is resentment among Ludhianvis against the cricketers who have been named in the report of a CBI inquiry into match fixing.

Awards announced for writers
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — Prof Pritam Singh of Patiala and Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana have been selected for the Kartar Singh Dhaliwal Sarvshresht Sahitkar Award for 1999 and 2000, respectively. The award carries Rs 1 lakh in cash and a citation.



A unique project to ease congestion
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — A 2.5 km-long elevated road, the first of its kind in Punjab, would be constructed by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC) to ease congestion on a section of the National Highway No 1— from Jagraon Bridge to the Chand Theatre intersection.

‘Abuse of sex-determination tests should be checked’
LUDHIANA, Nov 1— Mr Gobind Singh Kanjla, state minister for Social Security, Women and Child Development, announced that the Social Security Department would launch an effective campaign to educate people to check the reducing birth rate of females as compared to males and voluntary organisations would also be involved to effectively check the abuse of sex-determination test and murder of the girl child before birth, as the number of females had gone down to 882 against 1000 males in Punjab as compared to the national ratio of 924 women 1000 men.

Dogged determination helps overcome all odds
LUDHIANA: “Life is a rendezvous with joys as well as sorrows. If you cling to your sorrows, how can you expect happiness?” says Ms Bachan Kaur. 

700 structures demolished
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — Teams of Municipal Corporation demolished about 700 structures on the GT Road near Dhandari railway station and in some localities on Pakhowal Road here on Tuesday. 

Frequent holidays a problem
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — Too many holidays, too many problems. That is what people feel. Because almost everything gets stuck from business to communications. 

Farmers asked to prepare for global challenges
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — “Farmers must prepare themselves to meet the global challenges in the wake of WTO and GATT strategies.



Four booked in case of fraud
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — The police has booked the owners and a driver of a firm in the Focal Point area for cheating and fraud and for black-marketing of kerosene.


‘Garment exports need a boost’
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — The Punjab Government is neither taking any initiative for the development of the garment export industry in the state nor is it supporting the efforts of other organisations engaged in the promotion of exports from the state.

Return of decorative style in garments
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — The winter fashion trends in the Europe this year are going to witness a radical change from trendy ones to the designs of luxurious elegance.



Inter-college contests
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — The population education committee of Ludhiana Citizens’ Health Council organised inter-college skit and spot poster making contests at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, on the occasion of World Poverty Day here today.



The golden poet of Punjab
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — Dr Ajit Singh Sikka has achieved both name and fame in the world of literature.



KGSSS get best team award
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, clinched the title of best team in the under-19 girls category in the Ludhiana Zone I Inter-School Athletics Meet which concluded here today. 

Sukhmandeep bags two gold
LUDHIANA, Nov 1 — Sukhmandeep of Guru Nanak Public School remained in the limelight on the concluding day of the Ludhiana Zone - II Inter-School Athletics Meet at Government Senior Secondary School, Baddowal.Top

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