Tuesday, February 6, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Shot fired at wedding celebrations kills youth
LUDHIANA, Feb 5 — Celebrations turned into mourning at a wedding near Sherpur Chowk here past night when a shot fired by an overexcited cousin killed a 17-year-old boy of Sidhwan Bet village.

Though the noticeboard outside this marriage palace in Ludhiana clearly says that there is a ban on the carrying of firearms at weddings, a wild shot fired at a wedding here killed a youth on Sunday.
Though the noticeboard outside this marriage palace in Ludhiana clearly says that there is a ban on the carrying of firearms at weddings, a wild shot fired at a wedding here killed a youth on Sunday. — Photos by Rajesh Bhambi

No roll numbers even on examination day
LUDHIANA, Feb 5 — Though this was the second day of the practical examinations of Class X students of the Punjab School Education Board, many private candidates were still without roll-number cards.



Bar coding of export goods from April 1
LUDHIANA, Feb 5 — The Centre has issued a notification to announce that bar coding of all export products will be made mandatory from April 1. “The use of bar coding and electronic data interchange by exporters will support automation of communication between trading partners,” said Mr J.S. Kullar, Director of Small Industries Service Institute. 

Crime against NRIs on the rise
LUDHIANA, Feb 5 — The recent cold-blooded murder of an NRI, allegedly by a taxi driver, near Doraha has once again brought to the fore the issue of the safety of the life and property of the non-resident Indians in the state.

Killings in Srinagar condemned
AMLOH, Feb 5 — The killing of six Kashmiri Sikhs by unidentified persons at the behest of Pakistan in Srinagar was strongly condemned by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president, Sarab Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, and member of Rajya Sabha today, at Sounti village near here.

Blood donated for Gujarat earthquake victims
LUDHIANA, Feb 5 — More than 150 volunteers donated blood at a blood donation camp, organised by the Rotary Club and other voluntary organisations at Bengali Hospital, Raikot, about 30 km from here today, for those injured in the earthquake in Gujarat.

6 liquor vends’ employees held
LUDHIANA, Feb 5 — The district police has arrested six persons on the charge of violating orders of the district administration regarding the closure of all liquor shops by 11:00 p.m.

Extortion bid foiled
LUDHIANA, Feb 5 — The Phillaur police today claimed to have foiled an attempt of extortion made by a person from Thala village near here. He had allegedly threatened Parminder Singh of the same village to pay him Rs 3 lakh failing which, he would kidnap his children.


Changing trends in the two-wheeler market
LUDHIANA, Feb 5 — The two-wheeler market in the country is witnessing tremendous changes. The market is shifting from scooter to motorcycles. Major companies in the two wheeler industry are also restructuring their production in the plants.

Daily wagers a harassed lot
LUDHIANA, Feb 5 — One sees a number of purely clad people standing in groups at Aarti Chowk, Haibowal, Ghumar Mandi, Vishva Karma Chowk, Gill Chowk, Division No 3, Jodhewal Basti and Model Town everyday from 8 o’clock in the morning to 10.30 a.m. The number reduces somewhat but the majority stands and waits for someone to engage them on a daily basis. Yes! These are the people who wait everyday for somebody to hire them and pay them daily wages to enable them and their families to survive.

Daily wagers wait expectantly for employers who would offer them jobs for the day. — Photo by Rajesh Bhambi

Different faces of Chaura Bazar
ALKING down the entire length of Chaura Bazar on any weekday in the morning hours, one finds it indescribably filthy. Shopkeepers sweep their shops and push out the rubbish on the roads, which later assumes the shape of garbage mounds. Such mounds can be seen in the entire bazar right up to Guru Nanak Market. 

Cinema hall in bad shape
LUDHIANA, Feb 5 — Chand Cinema, at the Jalandhar bypass road, is one of the city’s biggest cinema halls. It has always been a favourite with the young generation for years. The theatre attracted crowds by putting up Hindi and English blockbusters. But due to non-maintenance on the part of cinema authorities in recent times, the cinema hall presents a poor picture with rehris, garbage, stray dogs, cycles parked at the entrance, lawns and corridors, clothes drying at the main building itself and hundreds of visitors standing, roaming and chatting at the theatre premises.

Bus overturns, ten injured
DORAHA, Feb 5 — At least 10 persons were injured when a Sirhind-Khanna bus overturned at the Kaddon chowk, near here, on Saturday evening. According to sources, the accident occurred when Pardeep Singh, the driver of the bus (PB11P-1655) coming from Patiala, tried to avoid a collision with a car coming from Payal. The driver lost control and the bus turned turtle.

Two injured in accident
DORAHA, Feb 5 — Two persons were injured when their car hit a tree, near Gurdwara Atarsar Sahib, near here late last night.


Man shot at
LUDHIANA, Feb 5 — A man was injured when he was shot at in a brawl at Jassar village in Sadar police station here late last night.

Industrialist missing
AMLOH, Feb 5 — The mystery of a missing rice mill owner of the town, Mr Dharamveer (50), has not been solved yet. According to the report lodged with the local police by his son, Sudesh Paul, on February 1, Mr Dharamveer had gone to Maharaja Palace, Amloh, to attend a marriage party on January 30, but did not return.


Workshop for kharif crops at PAU
LUDHIANA, Feb 5 — The Agricultural Officers Workshop for Kharif Crops will be held in Pal Auditorium, Punjab Agriculture University, on February 6 and 7, 2001. The workshop will be inaugurated by Dr G.S. Kalkat, Vice-Chancellor, PAU at 10 a.m. on February 6, 2001 and Dr Mewa Singh Sonar, Director of Agriculture, Punjab will preside over the inaugural session.


Society told to pay pension
LUDHIANA, Feb 5 — The District Consumer Disputes and Redressal Forum has directed the New Bank of India Employees Welfare Society to pay a pension of Rs 500 per month to Mr Ram Nath Sood, a member of the society. Mr Ram Nath Sood, a resident of Chander Nagar, and a member of the society served the New Bank of India (NBI) till his retirement and retired on March 13, 1997, from the Punjab National Bank, (since NBI was merged in Punjab National Bank on September 4, 1993).


Orissa handicrafts on display
LUDHIANA, Feb 5 — Utkalika, an exhibition of traditional handicrafts and handlooms from Orissa, is going on at the Lakshmi Ladies Club. The Oriya craftsmen have been coming to the city with their latest creations for the last 10 years.


Arjun for a happy heart
ARJUN (Terminalia arjuna) is a sturdy, large evergreen tree that grows to be upto 40-foot tall. It is found throughout India, mostly along rivers, streams, ravines and dry water courses. In some parts of the country, arjun is revered and worshipped like peepal and its cutting is discouraged. Its bark and leaves have medicinal properties.


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