Monday, February 5, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


Struggle to gain monopoly turns violent
‘Police supporting persons charging goonda tax’
LUDHIANA, Feb 4 — The struggle between two groups of transporters, one of whom is allegedly supported by leaders of the ruling Akali Dal and certain officials of the Police Department, to gain monopoly over transporting coal from the Dhandari Kalan Dry Port took a violent turn here today when about 40 persons attacked labourers and truck drivers who were loading coal.

No action in land grab case
DC's orders against construction flouted
LUDHIANA, Feb 4 — In violation of the orders of the district administration, construction work is going on unabated in the four colonies at a disputed land near Tajpur Road here. 

Forum penalises Dada Motors
LUDHIANA, Feb 4 — In a significant decision the District Consumer Disputes Redressal forum has directed a vehicle company to pay a compensation of Rs 60,000 to the complainant for deficiency in services.



Few buyers in second-hand two-wheeler market
LUDHIANA, Feb 4 — The increasing dominance of finance companies in the two-wheeler market has affected the sale of two-wheelers in the second-hand market in the region. Changing preferences of youth, advertising campaigns in the media, and coming of new models in the market have depressed the market of second-hand scooters and motor cycles. 

PCMS wants to join relief work
LUDHIANA, Feb 4 — The PCMS Association, Ludhiana district, through its general secretary, Dr Balwinder Kumar, has sought permission to send a team of doctors to quake-hit Gujarat.


‘Public indifference responsible for corruption’
LUDHIANA, Feb 4 — It is not only the politicians or the bureaucrats who are responsible for the widespread corruption in the country but it is also the indifference of the public that was boosting corruption. The middle class has lost enthusiasm to fight the corruption. Most people are now interested in buying their personal salvation than fighting for the common cause, said Mr Joginder Singh, former CBI chief, who was here today to interact with the public. The meeting was organised by a local departmental store.

Holiday schemes gain popularity
LUDHIANA, Feb 4 — Punjab may have missed the opportunity to benefit from the hotel and tourism industry that has been growing at a tremendous rate in recent years. Lack of historical tourist places and lack of government’s innovative policies are often blamed for it. But rich and middle-class people of the state in general and of this industrial city, in particular, have developed a taste to enjoy holidays in summers as well as winters at the hill stations such as Mussoorie and Shimla.

Sikh killings condemned
LUDHIANA, Feb 4 — The youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today condemned the killing of eight Sikhs at Srinagar and demanded resignation of the Home Minister, Mr L. K. Advani.

Meeting held
LUDHIANA, Feb 4 — An important meeting of Akali Jatha (Urban) was held under the presidentship of Mr Amarjit Singh Bhatia, vice-president, Akali Dal, here today. A resolution was passed to express deep condolences for those who were killed in the Gujarat earthquake. While sympathies were expressed for the survivors, thousands of rescue teams were thanked for their round-the-clock service.

Demand for spacious post office
MANDI GOBINDGARH, Feb 4 — Mandi Gobindgarh town, an industrial centre of Punjab with the richest municipal committee in the state, has post office located in just one room. The post office is being run in a rented building and no effort has been made by the postal authorities to find some spacious building for the purpose.

NSS camp held
LUDHIANA, Feb 4 — The NSS volunteers from Punjab Agricultural University organised a camp in the Vardhman workers' colony yesterday. About 60 NSS volunteers participated in the camp.

Scooter rally by Valmikis
LUDHIANA, Feb 4 — Members of the Bharatiya Valmiki Dharm Samaj held a scooter rally in the city today in connection with the birthday celebrations of Guru Ravi Dass to spread the message of the guru and promote peace and brotherhood among the people.

NSS Camp organised by PAU Voulnteers at Vardhman Colony here on Staurday.
Photo By Rajesh Bhambi.

A feast of music and dance
LUDHIANA, Feb 4 — Basant Utsav, a presentation by Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam at Nehru Sidhant Kendra to bring forth the local talent, proved to be a commendable effort as the participants kept the audience mesmerised with their performances in vocal and folk singing, folk dances and histrionics. The programme was part of the final presentation of talent hunt conducted in colleges of Ludhiana.

Girls of GCW singing boliyan at Basant Utsav held at Nehru Sidhant Kendra in Ludhiana on Saturday. — RB


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