Saturday, January 20, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Bau murder case: bandh peaceful
LUDHIANA, Jan 19 — Almost a complete bandh was observed in the city on the call of the 31-member Sangharsh Committee protesting against the daylight murder of Suraj Bhan, alias Bau, in the city on January 16. Apart from isolated cases of stone pelting at few shops in different areas, the bandh passed off peacefully.

2000 labour disputes settled in Lok Adalat
LUDHIANA, Jan 19 — The Punjab Labour and Employment Minister, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, today said the conciliation rate of settlement of industrial disputes in Punjab was more than 50 per cent as against the all-India average of just 15 per cent. Despite this, the number of pending cases in the state labour courts and the Industrial Tribunal was a massive 18,000. 

The Punjab Minister for Labour and Employment, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, (centre), at a function to mark the first Lok Adalat for labour cases, in Ludhiana on Friday.
The Punjab Minister for Labour and Employment, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, (centre), at a function to mark the first Lok Adalat for labour cases, in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma



Legislators seek CBI probe into police-criminal nexus
LUDHIANA, Jan 19 — Four city legislators have sought a CBI probe into the alleged police-criminal nexus which they believe has led to increase in crime in the city. These legislators, three of whom owe allegiance to the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal and one to the Congress, in a joint telegram to the Union Home Minister Mr Lal Kishen Advani, have expressed concern over the situation. They have warned that “things may go out of control”. 

Students make hay while examiners bask in sun
LUDHIANA, Jan 19 — It was free for all as chaos and confusion prevailed at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, with most of the students of Class XII freely copying in their practical examination which commenced today.

Privatisation of octroi to go: Tandon
LUDHIANA, Jan 19 — The Minister for Local Bodies, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, today asserted that the government decision to scrap the contract system for collection of octroi was final and there was no rethinking on the issue.

SSP denies political interference 
LUDHIANA, Jan 19 — The Senior Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana, Mr Kuldeep Singh, has denied that there is any political interference in the working of the police department.

PSEB report being ‘hushed up’ 
LUDHIANA, Jan 19 — The Punjab State Electricity Board is alleged to have hushed up the findings of an inquiry, conducted against an Executive Engineer (Xen) and a lineman, who was allegedly given the charge of a Junior Engineer by the said Xen. The inquiry was ordered after a complaint was lodged against the two by another lineman.

Mayor for affordable health care
LUDHIANA, Jan 19 — The city Mayor, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, has pleaded for affordable medical facilities so that even the poorest of the poor could have access to a reasonably good health cover.

Football tourney from Feb 23
LUDHIANA, Jan 19 — The Industrial Football Club of Ludhiana will organise a state-level football tournament at the ITI grounds here from February 23 to 25. The tournament will be inaugurated by Mr Ajit Singh Kolar, an industrialist.


Woman Power
Giving shape to others’ dreams

RS Sapna Nihar is an architect and perhaps the only ONE who has her own team of carpenters, masons, sanitary workers, etc. Sapna passed out from the Chandigarh College of Architecture in 1989. After her marriage to Mr Nihar Mittal, she settled in Ludhiana and has been working as a full-fledged architect for the past seven years.

Student-police interaction helps dispel myths
PHILLAUR, Jan 19 — It was a novel experience of interacting with a “polite police” for about 60 students, belonging to rural areas and studying at various government colleges of the state. A special 10-day course on ‘Youth Development’, organised jointly by the State Education Department and the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, that concluded today, provided them a rare insight into the human face of the Punjab police.

Law and order worsens in city
Jan 19 — ‘Protest against youth’s murder’, ‘traffic blocked on GT Road, ‘Chowni Mohalla: scene of gang wars’ are some of the headlines of city newspapers for the past few days. Murders, kidnappings, looting and the subsequent dharnas causing traffic jams have become the order of the day. The law and order situation has worsened, causing a great deal of concern to residents. There is a feeling of fear and horror at the killings of innocent children.

‘Check activities of hunters, poachers’  
LUDHIANA, Jan 19 — Keeping in view various incidents of straying of sambhars in the city from Laddewal and Mattewara areas and alleged hunting in various areas of the forest, the local chapter of the People for Animals has demanded that the administration should depute more staff to keep vigil on these hunters, poachers and hunting dogs.

Beating the cold with fire
LUDHIANA, Jan 19 — The current cold wave has hit the poor and the migrant labourers hard. Their only way to keep themselves warm is to light a fire with whatever material they find. They collect dry leaves, card-board, bits of wood, plastic bags and bottles, pieces of rubber, waste paper for their bonfires. Buying dry fuelwood is just out of the question.

Tributes paid to Joginder Pandey
LUDHIANA, Jan 19 — Glowing tributes were paid to Joginder Pal Pandey on his 14th death anniversary here today. Pandey was shot dead by militants on this day in 1987. A simple function was organised at Sanatan Senior Secondary School, which was attended among others by the former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, the local MLAs Mr Rakesh Pandey, son of Joginder Pandey, Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, senior Congress leader Mr Virender Kataria.

AST week has been full of tension for the residents of the city. The murder of a young man in a gang war, another murder at the hands of the police, the kidnapping and murder of young children, have combined to send people reeling with fear. Even the police is shaken and there has been a shake-up in its administration. Added to these were the dharnas, rasta rokos and bandhs that disturbed the peace of the city.

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