Friday, December 22, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


Bumper potato crop leaves farmers high and dry
LUDHIANA, Dec 21 — Potato is on its way to becoming fodder for animals, thanks to its bumper crop in the state for the second consecutive year. Owners of cold stores have started getting rid of potatoes and are even throwing these on vacant spaces.

Bankmen observe strike
KHANNA, Dec 21 — The banking services remained completely paralysed and trade and commercial activities were badly hit here today when bankers working in the local and rural branches of the nationalised banks participated in a one-day countrywide strike called by the United Forum of Bank Unions.

Wheat seized from agent
KHANNA, Dec 21 — The nexus between some commission agents and PUNSUP employees came into light after wheat belonging to PUNSUP was seized from a commission agent of Samrala, near here, yesterday.

A Rajasthani kalbalia dancer shows her skills in Ludhiana.
A Rajasthani kalbalia dancer shows her skills in Ludhiana.
— Photo by Rajesh Bhambi




‘Stop bashing cops in films’
LUDHIANA, Dec 21 — Almost every Hindi movie these days shows scenes with derogatory remarks against policemen, emphasising their dishonesty, third degree methods, and ruthlessness. 

Farmers in debt trap: BKU
KHANNA, Dec 21 — Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, National General Secretary of the BKU, said in a press conference at Khanna grain market today that the farmers in Punjab had fallen into a debt trap. 

Is there hope for Ludhiana ?
* Noisiest city
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Allottees protest against sale of plots
Local landlords don’t want them there
Residents of Siahar village stage a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Ludhiana.LUDHIANA, Dec 21 — Hundreds of residents of Siahar village staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here today. They were protesting against the unauthorised sale of the plots that had been allotted to them by the Rehabilitation and Consolidation Department in 1959.

Residents of Siahar village stage a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Ludhiana on Thursday. 



Car bazaar fever
KHANNA, Dec 21 — After gripping the big cities, the car bazar fever is now spreading to small towns too. In Khanna, nearly half a dozen car bazars have sprung up in the past two months. Most of these bazars are held along the G.T. Road, wherever the organisers find enough place to park the cars.

Missing boy returns home
LUDHIANA, Dec 22 — Monu, one of the two boys missing from Jawahar Nagar colony in the city, was found yesterday in semi-conscious condition at the local bus stand. The whereabouts of the second boy, Bharat (12), however, remain unknown.

PAU appoints new HODs
LUDHIANA, Dec 21 — The Board of Management of the Punjab Agricultural University has made Prof J.S. Hundal and Prof G.S. Grewal the heads of the Departments of Vegetables and Veterinary Pathology, respectively.



MC clerk arrested on bribery charge
LUDHIANA, Dec 21 — The local police yesterday arrested a clerk working in the Municipal Corporation for allegedly accepting a bribe. In a press note issued here by Mr R.P.S. Bajwa, SP (Vigilance), said the clerk, Jagdish Lal Sharma, was caught while accepting Rs 1,000 from Chamkaur Singh, a resident of Gobind Nagar in Shimla Puri.



PTU tie-up with companies draws flak
LUDHIANA, Dec 21 — Tie-up between the Punjab Technical University and private computer institutes for introducing one year post-graduate IT courses, has come as damper to the lecturers of technical colleges affiliated to the university.

CFC school students celebrate X-mas
LUDHIANA, Dec 21 — In view of the approaching holidays, the students of CFC Public School organised a function to celebrate Christmas at their BRS Nagar campus here today.


Bar chief to work for chambers
LUDHIANA, Dec 21 — After becoming the President of the District Bar Association for the fourth time, Mr Harish Rai Dhanda said building chambers for lawyers in the new courts complex was his top priority now.



Kadar Khan plays his cards well
LUDHIANA, Dec 21 — As the organisers had invited more persons than Guru Nanak Bhavan here could accommodate, the play Taash Ke Patte began half-an-hour after the given time. However, the chaos could not rob the play of its brilliance. The play was written and produced by film actor Kadar Khan.Top

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