Sunday, November 26, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Demand for autonomy should not be equated with secessionism, says Sangma 
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — While emphasising that the demand for greater autonomy should not be equated with secessionism, the participants at a seminar, said that demands should not be made without responsibility. 

Flying squads ‘harass’ traders
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — The State Industry and Trade Forum has blamed the Punjab Government for what it calls highhandedness of flying squads of the Sales Tax Department, octroi contractors and the staff engaged for collection of ‘rahdari’ at different points.

Hotel owner feels victimised
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — The managing director of Batra Palace, Mr Ashok Batra has said Punjab State Electricity Board, official had disconnected power supply to the hotel three times during past few months. 

Ex-servicemen threaten stir
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — The Indian Ex-Services League (Punjab and Chandigarh) has threatened to launch an agitation if its long-pending demands were not met. At a meeting held here today, Brig. P.S. Toor, President of the league, said that despite assurances by several successive governments, the ex-servicemen continue to struggle for their legitimate demands.

Fast mail service from December
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — By the end of December letters posted as late as 8 p.m. will reach their destination the next morning. This facility is being provided in Ludhiana and some select towns of Punjab.

Consumers for PSEB privatisation
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — Most of the city residents from all walks of life believe that the Punjab State Electricity Board should be privatised to stop further harm to the common man.

Students of Smt Saraswati Oswal Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Millerganj, celebrate their annual day in Ludhiana on Saturday.



Teacher-taught relation that endured all seasons
I have a true story to share. It is about two families. Pandit Nath Ram Shastri of Jalandhar qualified to be a teacher in the first decade of last century. He was posted at Government High School, Dera Ghazi Khan, now part of Pakistan, Panjab. Harish Chandra, was one of his hundreds of pupils. Harish had lost his father in 1910, but was helped and guided to get higher education at some good college.


Garcha dedicates Agriculture department building to city
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — A new building of the Punjab Agriculture Department was dedicated to the city today by the Technical Education Minister, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha. Addressing a largely attended gathering, Mr Garcha said the cooperative institutions in Punjab would be fully geared up to help farmers to diversify in non-farming ventures by providing liberal loans

Obnoxious calls on the rise
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — “Oh no! not again, this must be the same obnoxious caller”. If this is how you react when your telephone rings then you are not alone. There are several others in the city who face this torture.

Taxi drivers in business without permit
HE majority of taxis operating in Ludhiana operate without a valid permit. This information is corroborated by the taxi drivers. So far, only 23 permits have been issued by the DTO from December, 1999 to the present day.

Having fun and serving the poor
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — One of the most prestigious and renowned ladies’ clubs of northern India, Lakshmi Ladies Club was registered under the Societies Registration Act, XXI, of 1860 and was amended under Punjab Amendment Act, 1957. The club was given to the Registrar of Firms and Societies on December 2, 1977.

“Cong govts ignored rural people”
Ludhiana, Nov 25 — The SAD (Badal) legislator, Mr Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, has assured the rural people that they would get all modern civic amenities and other facilities at par with the urban areas. 

Is infotech killing creativity?
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — There has been a big boom in Information Technology since Bill Gates of Microsoft started making waves in this field. No aspect of life whether education, medicine, art, music, health and hygiene, shopping, auctioning, matrimonial alliances, has been left untouched by it.

Gosain to visit Europe, USA
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — The Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, Mr Sat Pal Gosain, will visit the USA, Canada and other European countries, including the UK, on a study tour. Giving this information here today, Mr Gosain said that Dr Tejinder Pal Singh, Officer on Special Duty, and Mr Rajinder Kumar, Press Secretary, would accompany him on the tour.


Six booked in fraud case
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — After an investigation of more than two months, the city police today finally registered a case of fraud against six persons including four directors of Bachan Auto Purchase Private Ltd., and its two employees for allegedly defrauding a city resident of Rs 30 lakh.


World market ‘becoming’ sales market
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — “The companies of the state have nothing to fear from global competition or the MNCs as long as they are committed to innovation and creativity and excellence in all the aspects of the production. The big companies of the city like the Hero group and Vardhman were already competing successfully with the global companies.’’


Students display science models
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — An exhibition of models of science, social studies and computers was organised at Tagore Public school, Aggar Nagar, here yesterday. In the science section, students displayed models of chemical bondings and reactions, as well as models of various systems of the human body and evolution of various insects. In the physics section, the most interesting model was that of a honey bee whose movement was controlled by magnets.

Library awaits computerisation
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — Master Tara Singh College is housed in an old building, but it has more books in its library than any other college in Ludhiana. The library, located in the original building, has a big hall, subdivided into small rooms. Each room has books neatly stacked in almirahs.

200 students given prizes
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — More than 200 students of Smt Satyawati Oswal Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Millerganj, received prizes for their performance in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities here today.


25 kids participate in baby contest
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — A cultural programme, fete and healthy baby contest marked the annual day celebrations of Disney Land School and Alpine International School on the Raja Garden campus here today.


Nilesh, Neeraj hog limelight
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — Nilesh Rane of the Railways and Neeraj Kumar of the Navy hogged the limelight yesterday in the 44th National Shooting Championships at PPA, Phillaur, by setting new national records in the 50m rifle 3 position in the men’s and junior men’s categories, respectively, scoring 1,134 points each.

Hoshiarpur lift overall trophies
LUDHIANA, Nov 25 — Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala regions lifted the overall trophies in the men’s and women’s sections, respectively, by scoring 37 and 32 points in the 18th Punjab National Bank Punjab Inter-Region Sports Meet here today. J.P. Saroya of Hoshiarpur was declared as Best Sports Man, while Satya Hans of Kapurthala bagged the title of Best Sports Woman.

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