Monday, January 1, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



PSEB launches VDS today
LUDHIANA, Dec 31 — A modified Voluntary Declaration Scheme will be launched tomorrow for three months — from January 1 to March 31 — to regularise the power load for all categories of consumers. Though the board launched the scheme in September for a month, it failed to generate much response.

Gurdas Mann enthrals Ludhianvis
Gurdas MannLUDHIANA, Dec 31— Renowned Punjabi singer, Gurdas Maan, entertained members and their families of the Model Town Club here yesterday. 

Gurdas Mann performs at the Model Town Club in Ludhiana on Saturday.— Photo by Inderjit Verma

Mystery over child’s body deepens
LUDHIANA, Dec 31 — The mystery surrounding the recovery of a decomposed body of a minor boy found from a deserted plot in Mohar Singh Nagar on December 8, which seemed to have unraveled yesterday with the claim of a family that it was of their son, deepened again today with the police doubting the family’s claim and the family members now also being double-minded about the identity of the deceased.



No training centre for educators
LUDHIANA, Dec 31 — The city has over a thousand mentally challenged children but it is without any centre for imparting training to special educators, who can help in rehabilitation of such children. As a result, most of these centres are either under-staffed or have trainers without adequate qualification, thus, causing hindrance in the process of rehabilitation.

Cong leader booked on assault charge
LUDHIANA, Dec 31 — The police has booked a Congress leader, his gunman and four others for an attack on Mr Bhupinder Singh Gogi, husband of a municipal councillor, Ms Manjit Kaur Gogi, owing allegiance to the SAD(Badal) group.

‘Drugs to cost more after WTO’
LUDHIANA, Dec 31 —The immediate need in the country is to analyse the effects of the World Trade Organisation as its recommendations are going to become fully operative within the next two-three years.



Kite fever at peak in Ludhiana
LUDHIANA, Dec 31 — The seasonal kite fever in Punjab is at its peak on the New Year Eve, particularly so in the city, where passionate kite flyers do not mind spending ‘fortunes’ on the ‘flying fun’. Kites of various hues and sizes start appearing on the horizon with the beginning of December. The oldest hub of kite-flying activity of the town is the Daresi ground, which is full of kite-lovers these days . 

Noise pollution causing nuisance
LUDHIANA, Dec 31 —The noise pollution being caused by loudspeakers and microphones by religious institutions in residential areas and silence zones is creating nuisance in the area, leading to discomfiture of city residents.

Drizzle brings relief to farmers
LUDHIANA, Dec 31 — After a prolonged dry spell, the drizzle in the city for a few minutes has come as a relief for the farmers particularly for those living in the Kandi areas. Weather officials predict mild to moderate showers in the coming 24 days in the state.Top

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