Sunday, December 3, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Miracle saved us: survivors
LUDHIANA, Dec 2 — ‘‘We have seen death pass by, taking with it our fellow passengers, but leaving us untouched’’. This is how Manohar Lal and his son, Umesh Tabri, reacted after surviving one of the worst train disasters in recent times. Both father and son, who were returning from Delhi after a family wedding, were so dazed and shocked after the accident that they could not even tell the officials their exact address.

Tragedy struck as train was on time
LUDHIANA, Dec 2 — Had the 3005 Howrah Amritsar train lived up to its reputation of being invariably late, the tragedy might have been averted. Like most other trains the Howrah-Amritsar train is known to run late usually. Unfortunately, for the passengers who died or were injured in the train collision, the train was on time today. It was scheduled to reach Ludhiana at 6.30 a.m., while it met an accident at 5.23 a.m.

Police swoops on footpath vendors
LUDHIANA, Dec 2 — In a bid to ease out encroachments, a team of traffic police led by a Sub-Inspector descended on Chaura Bazar soon after it opened this morning and virtually pushed all the phariwallas selling garments and other items to the wall.


Cash, jewellery worth several lakhs looted
LUDHIANA, Dec 2 — Four persons, including a newly employed domestic servant, committed robbery in the house of a local industrialist in the Krishan Nagar locality adjoining the commercial area of Ghumar Mandi here late last night and took away cash, jewellery and other valuables, including a car.
The ransacked room of the house of Mr Avtar Singh Gujral in Ludhiana where robbers struck on Friday night, and (inset) victims of drug-induced sleep.
The ransacked room of the house of Mr Avtar Singh Gujral in Ludhiana where robbers struck on Friday night, and (inset) victims of drug-induced sleep. — IV 

Changing attitudes on World Disabled Day
LUDHIANA, Dec 2 — Every year, we celebrate the World Disabled Day on December 3, yet our attitude towards the disabled continues to remain disturbingly ambiguous. Most of the time, our attitude swings between the two extremes of either patronisation or complete indifference. Is an attitudinal change, the need of the hour? Do we need to sensitise ourselves to the feelings of the disabled?


Founding the Punjabi Sahit Akademi
BY M.S. Cheema
LUDHIANA, Dec 2 — Though Punjabi Bhavan, like Rome, was not built in a day, it may yet take many more years to give shape to the dream of its founding fathers, Bhai Jodh Singh and Dr Sher Singh. Bhai Jodh Singh is a legend of our time. He retired as Principal of Khalsa College, Amritsar, at the age of 70.


BJYM to concentrate on rural areas: Grewal
LUDHIANA, Dec 2 — The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) will make concerted efforts to involve rural youth and school and college students in the party to widen and strengthen the mass base of the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Consumerism — a big show (off) here!
LUDHIANA, Dec 2 — Consumer culture appears to have overwhelmingly caught up with the people of Ludhiana. While the consumers are going crazy on shopping binges, traders and businessmen too, are fanning the fire by putting up the latest and most expensive consumer durables for sale. Markets are flooded with costly goods ranging from large screen-flat television sets, diamond studded watches, marble beds and designer clothing to name a few.

Seminar on the role of government
LUDHIANA, Dec 2 — Notwithstanding the worldwide trend towards privatisation, the role of the government in industrial development anywhere cannot be underestimated. Although the role may not be as dominant as it used to be during the Nehruvian era, it is not at all insignificant.

Scientist with a flair for poetry
LUDHIANA, Dec 2 — Ek mein hoon, meri tanhayi hai, hum donoo ne milke mehfil sajayi hai. This couplet may reflect the mental solitude and loneliness of a man, yet he remains involved with so many pursuits in life. And the pursuits are as varied and diverse as to fly on the wings of poesy in utter imagination and to indulge in the practical world of science and environment at the same time.

Another Indian beauty, Priyanka Chopra, has won the title of Miss World and done her country proud. For the past many years, Indian beauties have dominated the world beauty scene. Not only these young girls are beautiful, but they also possess a great deal of intelligence and presence of mind.


Exhibition at BCM Arya School
LUDHIANA, Dec 2 — An exhibition of various working and non-working models on science, mathematics, computers, art and craft, home science, photography, gardening and postal stamps was organised at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, here today.

Inter-school declamation contest
KHANNA, Dec 2 — The 21st Principal Nand Lal Kalra Memorial Inter-School Declamation Contest was organised at AS Senior Secondary School here today.

Khalsa College library well-stocked
LUDHIANA, Dec 2 — The library of Khalsa College for Women has the unique distinction of possessing more than 49,000 books, the largest number in any private affiliated college in North India.


Local civil hospital in poor shape
LUDHIANA, Dec 2 — While on the one hand the city is emerging as one of the leading health centres in the north, at the same time, health services appear to have taken a turn for the worse.

Convention at DMCH
LUDHIANA, Dec 2 — Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will organise the National Convention of Medical Library Association of India from December 4 to 6, 2000, at the Dumra Auditorium of the DMCH. 

City dentist honoured


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