Sunday, January 21, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Pinki protected by police: victim’s family
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — The statement of Gurmeet Singh alias Pinki, the main suspect in the Avtar Singh murder case, that he had not fired any shot in the January 7 shoot-out incident and that one of his gunmen had opened fire in ‘self-defence’, when about 30 people attacked them on that fateful night has prompted family members of the deceased youth and other eye-witnesses as to allege that the case is being given a new angle, at the behest of senior police officials, to protect the main accused.

Gurmeet Singh Pinky, main accused in the Avtar murder case, 
comes out of a district court in Ludhiana, on Saturday. 
— Photo by Inderjit Verma

Politicians, police, sheltering Dhand?
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — Is Nirdosh Dhand, the main suspect in an attack on the husband of an Akali Municipal Councillor Manjit Kaur Gogi of the city and an influential financier and Congress party leader, still at large, 20 days after the incident because of a police-politician-criminal nexus?



Bau murder case: suspect arrested
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — Pardeep Nagar, one of the accused in the Surjit Bhan, alias, Bau murder case, was arrested near Tiger Safari on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar road here today afternoon by the district police.

Admn inert as city is held to ransom 
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — An entire city of about 30 lakh people was held to ransom, as the administration ‘surrendered’ to a handful of people who had given a call for a Ludhiana bandh on January 19, to protest against the murder of a person in Chowni Mohalla.

Road project, bete noire for BJP
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — One of the partners in the ruling alliance in the municipal corporation in the city — the Bhartiya Janata Party, appears to have bitten more than it can chew, in its stiff and vociferous opposition to the Rs 38 Crore ‘elevated road projected’, which is proposed to be constructed over a 2.5 kilometre stretch of Old GT Road in the city from Jagraon Bridge to Chand Cinema.

Gang of thieves busted, 6 held
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — The focal point police today claimed to have made a major breakthrough in solving a number of cases including those of looting of petrol pumps by busting a six member gang of alleged criminals.

OPD patients left in the cold
MACHHIWARA, Jan 20 — Outdoor patients at the local Primary Health Unit, had to suffer a lot due to the non-availability of Medical Officers in the unit today. when nobody attended to the patients till 11 am, they tried to contact the senior medical officer but he too was also not in his office.


CM’s order go unheeded
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — Though the Tajpur Road land scandal has been highlighted time and again by the media and the residents of the place, no concrete steps have been taken by the local administration so far.

Kapoor Singh of Nasrali
HE princely state of Kapurthala drew its name from Nawab Kapur Singh who lived in the 18th century. Today the district headquarters and the district bear this name. Ludhiana has produced two name-sakes who have been pioneers of their own fields. One is Sardar Kapur Singh who got a master’s degree from Cambridge, made it to the I.C.S. and left scholarly works. After the Nawab (18th century) and before the Sardar (20th century) was born Kapoor Singh in the 19th century. He is popularly remembered as Kapoor Singh Nasrali. Someone asked him why he spelt his name as Kapoor Singh. He replied: ‘Poor’ in ‘Kapoor’, reminds me of what I am.”

City gets a taste of Romi Dev’s creativity
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — “Fantastic”, “out of the world”, “at least Ludhiana is getting to see the things that it had not seen before”, these were some of the comments of the visitor who went around the two-day exhibition organised by Romi Dev and her cousin and partner of ‘This 'n' That’, a boutique run by the two at Hotel Park Plaza today.

Non-teaching staff demand arrears
KHANNA, Jan 20 — The Punjab Government has revised the pay scales of 2500 non-teaching employees in the165 non-government aided colleges on the basis of the 4th Pay Commission report with effect from 1.1.1996. The arrears of the pay and allowances are yet to be received from the Punjab Government for the period from 1.1.1996 to 31.3.1999.

Meerut girl wins knitting contest
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — Ms Indu of Meerut is the third lucky winner of the Bunte Bunte Kismat Chamke contest being organised by Vardhman. Indu topped the list in a computerised draw organised here today.

The Attire opened
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — The Attire, a signature label for groom wear opened here at Carnival Plaza, the Mall Raman Vij, a designer, who studied at Nottingham Trent University, and has worked with Sunit Verma, has designed the range. Raman says, “it is very difficult to change the clothing patterns of Ludhianvis, yet, I have made an effort. I have designed bold coloured shirts to go with grey and black suits. I have used knit and imported fabrics to mix and match.”

Revenue officers threaten to stop registration work
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — The revenue officers, all over the state, will stop the work of registration of land deeds from February 10 if the state government failed to withdraw the unlawful amendment made in para 135 of Punjab Registration Manual.

IAP certificate for Punjab
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — Punjab has been awarded the certificate of appreciation by the Indian Academy of Paediatrics for active participation in the “IAP Teenage Day and Teenage Week” celebration of academy for the year 2000.

Sangarsh samiti constituted
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — A 16-member sub-committee of traders, Sangarsh samiti has been formed to study the impact of the construction of an elevated road from the Jagraon bridge to Chand cinema. The sub-committee will be headed by the Deputy Speaker in the legislative assembly, Mr Sat Pal Gosain.

Gobindgarh to host Miss Asia contest 
Mandi Gobindgarh, Jan 20 —A Chandigarh-based event management company, Bonsai entertainers, has taken the lead in organising Miss Asia - India 2001 beauty pageant for the first time in India. The contest would be for girls in the age group of 18-29 years belonging to Asian countries or of Asian origin. This information was given to the Press by Mr Jagdeep Chaudhary, CEO of the company today, at the 'Mandi Gymkhana Club'.


Steel rollers’ body for ‘more’ consumption
MANDI GOBINDGARH, Jan 20 — The government must plan an increase in the consumption of steel in the country. The per capita consumption of steel in India was 24.8 kg during the past fiscal year as compared to 624.5 kg in Japan . This was stated by Mr Anil Suraj, Hony. General Secretary of the All India Steel Rollers Association , at a pre-Budget meeting held here today by the association. He said the recessionary trend was continuing.


Grant for physically challenged students stopped
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — With financial grants no more being received from the Centre under the Integrated Scheme for Disabled Children, the physically challenged students studying at Government Multipurpose Senior Secondary School, Cinema Road, find it hard to cope up with the educational expenses.

Aao bune for school children in Feb
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — About 20,000 children from 118 school from all over Punjab are participating in the ‘Aao bune knitting contest’ being organised by the Vardhman group of industries. Six zones have been set up for the preliminary contests.

Malwa School celebrates foundation day
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — Malwa Central Public School, Model Gram, celebrated its foundation day here today. Path of Sri Sukhmani Sahib, was held by Khalsa Dewan, Ludhiana, which is running a chain of educational institutions in the city.


Khalsa College and HSB Club reach finals
LUDHIANA, Jan 20 — Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar and HSB Club, Banga, will clash for top honours in the S. Nachhatar Singh Gill Memorial Ludhiana Cup Football tournament being played at Police Lines Grounds here.


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