Sunday, December 24, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Minister accused of grabbing land
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — A local resident, Balwinder Singh, has accused the Deputy Minister, Food and Civil Supplies, Mr Sohan Singh Thandal, of an attempt to grab his plot at Indira Nagar, opposite Chhater Singh Park. He has also accused the local police of partiality, alleging that it was not registering an FIR against the accused even when he had filed a comprehensive complaint with an attested affidavit.

Tension over ownership of Dassehra Grounds
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — Tension prevailed at Upkar Nagar here today as a dispute arose between the Dassehra Ground Committee and a group of 11 partners.

Policemen try to pacify rival groups at Dassehra Grounds, Ludhiana, on Saturday. — Photo by Rajesh Bhambi

Sewerage, water supply privatisation likely
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — The Punjab government is exploring the possibility of privatisation of sewerage and water supply facilities in the state and a comprehensive draft plan has already been prepared for this purpose.



Heart-wrenching tales of abandoned parents
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — “We are in the evening of our life. A certain feeling of loneliness is a natural corollary at this age. However, when your family abandons you, the feeling is intensified. Life loses its charm and your whole outlook becomes clouded with pessimism,” says an old man, who stays in a Senior Citizens’ Home at Ludhiana.

Body found
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — A body of an unidentified 17-year-old boy was found near the Gill canal bridge here yesterday.

Woman elopes 
SAHNEWAL, Dec 23 — A married woman having three children, is reported to have run away with her lover with whom she had extra-marital relations.


Legions of Malwa School
From the Malwa region, Ludhiana and Ferozepur districts, formed part of the Jalandhar division, under the British Raj. Both had close proximity to the Phulkian states, besides, other princely states of the cis-Sutlej region. Under the influence of the Britishers, some rulers imbibed western manners and cultivated hybrid habits.

Complaints aplenty, but hardly any action
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — Time:8:30 a.m., place: a local petrol pump. A young woman in a Maruti stops and asks the attendant to put four litres of petrol in her car. She is stunned after a look at the meter. The meter, instead of zero, starts from Rs 52. The incident leads to an arguments and the episode ends in an unpleasant encounter.

Carnival time for kids?
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — It was carnival time for the children at the Ludhiana fair being organised on the campus of the Punjab Agricultural University by the northern chapter of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). While it was a consumer show offering items ranging from stationery to luxurious Korean cars, computer fun games remained the prime attraction for the children.

School children visit a computer stall at the fair.

HE year 2000 is coming to close. People are in a dilemma as to which invitations to accept and which ones to reject. Most people have shortlisted the parties they would be attending during Christmas and New Year. Those who are members of more than one club leaving one for the other is a difficult decision to make. Since they will be paying party charges to all the clubs, they wouldn’t be able to have fun at all places. What a deprivation!

‘Drug addiction: A social problem’
LUDHIANA, Dec 23— “Drug addiction has become a serious problem both in the urban and rural areas of Punjab and if no immediate remedial measures were taken, it would badly affect the socio-economic scenario in the state.” These views were expressed by Dr Rajeev Gupta, consultant psychiatrist, during his talk to the members of Rotary Club, Mid Town here at Lodhi Club, recently.

After losing son, man feels cheated
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — Mr Kalim Ali, the father of Mohammad Ali (4), who fell in an uncovered manhole on December 12 and died, has alleged that he was being pressurised not to pursue the case.

Lok Bhalai Party to launch agitation
Ludhiana, Dec 23 — The Lok Bhalai Party, headed by a former Union Minister, Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, will launch a mass agitation in Punjab from January 1 to focus on the ‘misrule’ of SAD (B)-BJP government in the state. The party will observe New Year Day as ‘black day’ and hold a hunger strike in front of the Mini-Secretariat here.

Residents defend in-laws 
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — Residents of Iqbal Gunj Colony yesterday came out openly in support of Hema’s in-laws. According to the residents, Hema had jumped from the roof on her own last Saturday.

Hosiery traders plead with excise officials
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — The hosiery traders of Ludhiana, whose goods were sealed in a joint raid by the CBI and the sales tax officials a few days ago, tried to convince the Excise and Taxation officials once again today to release the seized goods, but without any result.

Animal helpline opened in city
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — In order to curb the growing incidence of cruelty against animals, the local police, in collaboration with the District Administration, has formed an Animal Helpline for prevention of cruelty to animals and to come to their aid in case of distress or accident etc.

Pensioners demand extension
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — The Government Pensioners’ Association has demanded that the period of submission of family pension cases be extended by six months.

Office work comes to a standstill
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — A visit by a VIP to the city may not help the general public in any way but it helps the government officials who leaving their office work behind rush to the venue of the visit to make their presence felt.

Punjab stamp vendors to meet on December 30
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — The stamp vendors in Punjab are being governed by rules formed by the Britishers and so the state government should revise the commission of the vendors and the limit of the stamps that could be sold by them to the public for registration purposes. These demands were made in the meeting of the Stamp Vendors Union held here today.

Badal honours ‘cotton king’ at CII fair
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — After inaugurating the CII fair on the premises of PAU ground today, the CM awarded the cotton king of Punjab, Mr Surinder Pal Singh, with the CII award for excellence in cotton production. The award was sponsored by Vardhman Group.


Police keeps our hopes alive 
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — The alleged dowry death of Hema Dhir and the sensational case of throwing of a child into a canal for Rs 100, besides the alleged rape of a married woman, were the main crime incidents reported during last week.

Rape case registered amidst doubts
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 —The District Police today finally booked three persons for alleged rape of a married woman of Prabhat Nagar here on Wednesday night, amidst doubts about the veracity of the alleged incident.


Garment machinery manufacturers seek government assistance
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — The textile sector of India is facing serious threats from cheap imports from China, Taiwan and Korea. After the end of quota system in the year 2005, the Indian manufacturers will be exposed to cut throat competition. The future of the garment machinery manufacturers was associated with the garment industry.


City boys shine in Singapore
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — Four city boys who had gone to Singapore for taking computer education at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, have bagged first prize at the Advance e-Business Applications competitions this year.

PCCTU to protest against exploitation
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — Women lecturers of all women colleges affiliated to Punjab University will hold a dharna on December 26 outside the senate hall of PU, to protest against the alleged exploitation at the hands of managements of these colleges.

Inter-college garden competition
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — The lawns of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujjar Khan, Model Town, were adjudged the best in an inter-college garden competition organised by Municipal Corporation a few days ago.


KVM defeat SVM
LUDHIANA, Dec 23 — In the opening match of the Parle-G Inter-School Cricket Tournament, Kundan Vidya Mandir School defeated Sanatan Vidya Mandir School by a margin of 11 runs.


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