Saturday, January 6, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Teachers prepare for Jan 9 bandh
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — The teachers of private colleges here are apprehensive about the implementation of the declaration of granting pension -cum-gratuity by the Minister of Higher Education of the state, Master Mohan Lal.

Free at last: Hussan Lal with his mother.Child freed from bonded labour
MAU SAHEB (PHILLAUR), Jan 5 — An-11-year-old boy was freed from the bondage of a halwai (sweet-shop owner) in Mau Saheb village near Phillaur, 35 km from Ludhiana, on the orders of the District Magistrate, Jalandhar, an voluntary organisation.

Free at last: Hussan Lal with his mother.

‘Punjab budget will be development-oriented’
Increase volume of small savings says FM
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — While denying that there was any rift between the Ministry of Local Bodies, headed by senior BJP minister Balramji Das Tandon and the Finance Ministry, headed by him, the Punjab Finance Minister, Captain Kanwaljit Singh, however, admitted that he had apprised the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal about the allegations of ‘withholding funds’ meant for Local Bodies, which Mr. Tandon had levelled against the Ministry of Finance.



MC flayed for poor upkeep of gaushala
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — The shocking incident of the death of eight cows in the Municipal Corporation owned gaushala in the Haibowal area here yesterday has come in for sharp criticism from various quarters. Several persons including councillors of the corporation and BJP leaders have criticised the MC for the incident.

He ‘rapes’, beats and walks away
SAHNEWAL (Ludhiana), Jan 5 — A 30-year-old migrant labourer was allegedly raped by the foreman of a factory here. She was kept in illegal confinement for four days. She and her husband were allegedly beaten up by the foreman and two others.

2 lawyers booked for fraud
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Jan 5 — On the recommendation of the Deputy Commissioner, the district police today registered a case against advocates Sukhchain Singh and Balkar Singh Sekhwan and deed writer Fatehgarh Sahib and Pal Singh, a resident of Ghel village under Sections 420, 467, 471-120-B, IPC for allegedly making a fraudulent land registration deed.

States have right to ratify WTO treaty: Expert
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — India’s agreement with the World Trade Organisation which comes into force in April, the political economy will need to be redefined and reinterpreted according to the local needs of the people and the region. Therefore it is essential that the individual states in the country have the right to accept or reject any or all treaties signed by the country at the international level.

ISKCON seeks probe 
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — Various social and religious organisations today demanded an inquiry into the death of eight cows in the city.


At the cross roads
A professor of mathematics writes novels
The other day I had an opportunity to talk to Prof M.L. Sood who had been my colleague at the local government college for some years. During those days his debut novel, Fire in the Cupboard (1977), was being much talked about, in which he had depicted disillusionment born out of a clash between generations because of their life-style. The novelist in fact, wanted to pinpoint what is perennial in the transitory process of human existence.

Flavour of the week
Rain drops pitter-pattered on window panes, them turned into a drizzle and later to a downpour on the eve of the New Year. Let us consider the showers to be God’s new year gift to the farmers for the showers are good for the crops. Even the hands of hosiery traders must have gone up in a silent prayer of thanks to the rain god.

Remove illegal bus stand: residents
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — People know the place as ‘bassan wali sadak’. The residents of the Jawahar Nagar road near Government Senior Secondary School for Boys allege that the roads have been neglected by the authorities concerned for a long time. They have demanded that these should be included in the list of roads earmarked for the removal of encroachments and action should be taken against the encroachers.

A peace mission on cycles
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — Two adventurous cyclists, Travis Saunders (28 years) and Darren Mcaven (24 years) from Australia and New Zealand respectively, are currently passing through Punjab on their cycles on way to Islamabad in Pakistan on a peace-cum-adventure trip.

Kinnows score over orangesKinnows score over oranges
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — Kinnows have flooded the market. And there is demand in the market making the oranges almost vanish. According to Sham Lal, a kinnow seller on the Sherpur road, there has been a great demand for kinnow over oranges. Kinnow sells between Rs 24 to Rs 30 per dozen in the retail market.

Parking at railway station costly
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — The paid parking lots at the city Railway station are overcharging. The fixed rate of parking vehicle for less than four hours is Rs 4, but they charge Rs 5 to Rs 10, depending on the will of the parking contractor.

CICU concerned over illegal import of yarn
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings has expressed concern over the plight of the textile industry as it has been camouflaged by the illicit incoming of acrylic fibre and yarn via Nepal resulting into unprecedented recession and uncertain break down in the consistency in the production activities of the industry.

Closure of meat plant opposed
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — Several farmers have opposed the closure of the meat processing plant at Dera Bassi. Some of the progressive farmers of Punjab who attended the convention on “Agrarian Crises in Punjab in view of the WTO”, at the PAU expressed resentment over the closure of the plant.

Buses checked to detect octroi evasion
Ludhiana, Jan 5 — In a bid to check large-scale octroi evasion here, staff of the Municipal Corporation have resorted to checking of private deluxe buses, plying during the night.

Phones play hookey
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — Nearly 1,600 phones in the city are dead following a snag in the underground cables of the Telecom Department. It is learnt the snag occurred due to digging done by the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board and HFCL Infotel Ltd, which are laying sewerage pipes and telephone lines, respectively, in the city.

Mandi Gobindgarh residents seek train halt
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — The business community of Mandi Gobindgarh, known as the Steel Town, has submitted a memorandum to the Minister for Railways, Ms Mamta Banerjee, today demanding the stoppage of Superfast Train nos. 1681DN and 1682 at Mandi Gobindgarh.


Rs 18,367 looted from gas agency
SAHNEWAL, Jan 5 — Cash was stolen from the godown of a gas agency on Wednesday night. The keeper of the gas agency was reportedly sleeping at the time of the theft.


CCI delegation meets minister
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — A delegation of the APEX Chamber of Commerce & Industry led by its president Mr P.D. Sharma met the Excise & Taxation Minister, Mr. Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, yesterday. Various Sales Tax related issues which are irritating Industry & Trade were discussed at the meeting. Senior officers of the department also attended the meeting.

Another knitwear exhibition
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — Over 60 knitwear manufacturing companies are exhibiting their products on hosiery knitting, textile garments, manufacturing knitting machinery at Knit World, a four-day exhibition, inaugurated at Maharaja Palace, here today.


Plan to release more LPG connections
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — The Government of Punjab has decided to provide LPG connections to all consumers in the state in order to save the environment from air pollution. According to official sources, sarpanches in the district have been directed to educate the villagers and prepare lists of the beneficiaries and villagers who are desirous of getting an LPG connection.


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