Saturday, February 10, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


Census-2001 begins
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — The enumeration operations for census 2001 were launched in the district at a special function held at Mullanpur, about 20 km from here today. 

Counting the oldest granny


Chaos in schools as teachers go on census duties
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — Chaos prevailed in majority of the government and aided schools of the city as more than 70 per cent of the teachers of these schools took up the census duties today. 

115-year-old Basant Kaur answers various queries of a census official in Jhandi village on the outskirts of Ludhiana on the first day of nationwide census on Friday.  — Photo by Rajesh Bhambi




Students await result cards
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — Two months have passed since the Punjab School Education Board had prepared the detailed marks cards of the students of Class X and XII, who had appeared in supplementary examinations. However, more than 6,000 such cards are still lying with the local depot of the board at Punjabi Bhavan, waiting for the students to pick them personally.

35 hurt in accident near Baddowal
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — At least 35 persons were injured, one of them seriously, in an accident involving a truck and two cars near Baddowal here late last night. While most of the injured were discharged by this evening, 13 persons were still admitted in various hospitals of the city.

Scenes at the accident site where a truck and two cars collided near Baddowal on Friday. — RB photo

Affluent youths take to crime to pay for drugs
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — He is a graduate, belongs to a well-to-do family, lives in a posh colony, wears branded clothes and moves around in costly cars. But the anti-climax of this good-goody description is that he is presently languishing in a city police station, for committing ‘petty’ theft of a car stereo. Further shocking is that the good-looking youth did so to get money for buying drugs.


Quake-hit village adopted
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — Bhai Ghanayia Sewa International, a wing of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, has adopted an earthquake-hit village, Kali Saraswati, located about 17 km away from the Bhuj town in Gujarat

Drinking water shortage
KHANNA, Feb 9 — Residents here are suffering a lot due to the shortage of drinking water and choked sewers. There are more than 800 drinking water connections given by the Municipal Council to the residents, who are totally dependent on the supply given by Municipal Council, but for the past many years there is a shortage of driking water. Taps remain dry for more than 21 hours in a day.

MLA alleges discrimination
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — Mr Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, MLA from Dakha, accused the Punjab Government of partial attitude as far as the development of the area was concerned. He said during the past one and a half years, he had arranged Rs 40 lakh for the development works in his constituency without any help from the government.

Naulakha, a pale vestige of its past
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — Naulakha cinema, located in the vicinity of the railway station, is one of the oldest cinema halls in the city. The theatre, constructed in the year 1938, remained a hot favourite with Ludhianvis for a long time. During its peak days, the cinema was so famous that even the road passing in front of the cinema came to be known as Naulakha cinema road.

Feb 9 — The earthquake in Gujarat has opened the flood gates of generosity in the hearts of Punjabis. Money and goods are still pouring in. Teams of doctors from CMC and DMCH have returned after rendering yeoman’s service to the wounded and the needy. Pathetic and heart-rending stories of suffering of the people of Gujarat and the gruesome state of affairs can leave no eye dry. Now it is the turn of artists to do their bit. Last night some very famous artisets regaled the audience and collected funds for the people of ravaged Bhuj.

Work on pensioners’ centre to begin shortly
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — Work for the construction of a pensioners information centre in mini secretariat here will begin soon. The design of the proposed centre was being prepared by the Chief Architect, and the Executive Engineer, Provincial Division, PWD/B&R, had been asked to provide an estimate for the same.

Man bitten by 10 dogs
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — In a shocking case, a youth who was reportedly in a drunken state was bitten by more than 10 dogs near Tibba village in Dhuri sub-division last night.

Jatha to visit Pak
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — A jatha of Sikh devotees will visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib at Hasan Abdal and other gurdwaras in Pakistan on Baisakhi this year.

Air Marshal Sekhon visits Community Centre
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — It was a memorable occasion for residents of Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar (Phase II) on Pakhowal Road in the city when Air Marshal Navneet Singh Sekhon visited the Community Centre in the colony. He was in the city to attend the bhog ceremony of his mother, to be performed in Sarabha Nagar gurdwara on February 10.

Mass-marriage function
KHANNA, Feb 9 — A mass-marriage function was organised by the NGM Social Work Club in association with the Naina Devi Sewa Mandal, Khanna, at the Shiv Mandir on the Malerkotla road here today.


Rapist nabbed
DORAHA, Feb 9 — A man, who was wanted in connection with the rape of a Dalit girl and threatening her time and again, has been arrested by the Payal police.

Firm duped of Rs 1 lakh
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — A local firm, Parkash Road Line, has been duped of Rs 1 lakh by a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here.


Punjabi singers sing for quake victims
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — "The only way we can help the victims of the earthquake in Gujarat is by singing and regaling the audience and requesting them to donate generously to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund," said Sukhnain, a young singer with passion for singing, whose first album Gora Chitta Mukh is going to be released by Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, HMV.

Accidents main cause for neurological problems
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — Dr Kishen Chander, a leading neurologist based in Ohio in the USA, is of the opinion that in India most of the neurological problems are caused by motor accidents.


VCC XI in final
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — VCC XI entered the final of the fifth Rajeev Gandhi Memorial Cricket Tournament being played at the Daresi Grounds.

Boxer Gurcharan honoured


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