Friday, February 23, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Police plans drive to nab criminals
Main target migrant labourers
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — Keeping in mind the rise in the incidents of crime in Ludhiana involving all segments, the police has decided to launch a drive to hunt out anti-social elements in the city. 

Telecom services disrupted
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — The residents, shopkeepers, traders and employees in the area falling under the Mata Rani and Transport Nagar exchanges have been subjected to a lot of harassment due to inefficiency of the Telecom -munication Department as the telephone lines in several areas under these exchanges have been disrupted for more than five days. It is common for employees of the Telecom Department to obstruct the road in this manner while working inside cable manholes in Ludhiana.
It is common for employees of the Telecom Department to obstruct the road in this manner while working inside cable manholes in Ludhiana.
 — Photo by Inderjit Verma

GNGC Principal likely to quit
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — The normal functioning of the Guru Nanak Girls’ College, Model Town, is likely to be hit once again, with the officiating principal threatening to quit. The ongoing tussle between the two groups of the management is once again said to be the reason behind the reported decision.



Kila Raipur games begin tomorrow
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — Grewals Sports Stadium is all set to host the 67th Kila Raipur sport festival, commonly known as Rural Olympics of India to be held from February 24 to 26. Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, and Mr Jaskaran Singh, SSP, Jagraon, inspected the site.

Leaders of various political parties sit on dharna outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner against the alleged murderer Gurmit Singh Pinki.
Leaders of various political parties sit on dharna outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner against the alleged murderer Gurmit Singh Pinki. — IV
Biased handling of Avtar murder case alleged
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — Cutting across the party lines, members of various political parties staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office to protest against the biased handling of the case in which Avtar Singh was allegedly murdered by the former police cat, Gurmit Singh Pinki, and his accomplice Dhand. After organising a protest rally, the leaders of various political parties sat on a dharna and later handed over a memorandum seeking punishment to the guilty.

Precautions can reduce kidnappings
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — There has been a spurt in incidents of kidnapping of children in Ludhiana recently. In the past few months, there have been five such incidents, but parents have still not realised the seriousness of the situation. In most of the cases, kidnappers turn out to be persons known to children.

Suicide attempt by lover
KHAMANO, Feb 22 — Harpreet Singh (23), a resident of Khamano, tried to commit suicide by injuring himself with a knife after entering the house of his beloved. According to the parents of the girl, Deepika, the boy came to their house at about 12.30 p.m. on a scooter (PB-49-0994). He threatened them if they would not agree to marry their girl with him, he would kill them and himself.

Helpless father waits for daugher’s body
DORAHA, Feb 22 — A helpless father, sitting on Gurthalipull, near Doraha, is in painful wait of her daughter’s dead body who reportedly jumped into the Sirhind canal with her two-year-old daughter, notwithstanding agony and harassment by her in-laws.



N.S. TasneemPeace and sanity go together
UDHIANA, There was tension on both the sides of the Radcliff line more than half-a-century ago. Memories of the ghastly episodes of the period have now faded from the minds of persons directly involved. But some facts have become myths and these myths have now been interwoven into the texture of the mind.

Samaroh committee reconstituted
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — The Punjab Government has reconstituted the State-level Maharishi Valmiki and Guru Ravi Das Janam Divas Samaroh Committee with Mr Vijay Danav, Advisor, Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Lachman Dravid, Convener, Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj, Mr Choudhry Yash Pal, President, Municipal Karamchari Dal and Mr Ashwani Sahota, Secretary, Bhartiya Valmiki Daharam Samaj, all from Ludhiana among its non-official members.

Punjab pensioners to gherao assembly
SAMRALA, Feb 22 — In a joint statement to the Press here yesterday, Mr Prem Sagar Sharma (Samrala), President, and Mr Ajit Singh Bagri, General Secretary, said that the Punjab State Pensioners Maha Sangh had decided at its executive meeting held at Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, to hold a rally in the Bridge Market, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on March 20 and thereafter to gherao the Punjab Assembly.

Cong, YC activists gear up for Delhi rally
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — Thousands of Congress and Youth Congress workers from the city will participate in the national level farmers rally to be organised by the party in Delhi on February 25 and to be addressed, among others, by the AICC president, Ms Sonia Gandhi.

‘Govt neglecting villages’
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — Mr Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, SAD legislator owing allegiance to the former SGPC President, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, has alleged that the state government was discriminating against the villages in grant of funds for development works.

K.D. Mehta dead
KHANNA, Feb 22 — Renowned politician and former chairman of the Punjab Poultry Corporation K.D. Mehta died here this evening of a massive heart attack.



BKU condemns use of force against agitating farmers
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — The Bhartiya Kisan Union has condemned the unprovoked use of force, including lathi charge and water cannons on farmers, who were peacefully agitating against the anti-farmer provisions of the WTO agreement in Mumbai. 


Teachers seek fund for pension
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union has written to Master Mohan Lal, Punjab Minister for Higher Education, to seek his help in creating a corpus fund in the treasury for paying off pension to staff of private colleges.

Quiz contest
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — Nearly 14 teams from various colleges of the district participated in a quiz contest help at Kamla Lohtia S.D. College here. Finally, the host team was declaed winner. The students of A.S. College for Women, Khanna, stood second and those from Guru Teg Bahadur National College, Dakha, stood third.


SI sentenced for life
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — The Sessions Judge, Mr S.S. Arora, has sentenced Sub-Inspector Surinder Singh to life imprisonment under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code for murdering his paramour Kamajit Kaur, alias Kamaldeep.



Punjab Sabhyachar Manch reviews its activities
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — People want to be entertained hence the verses should have been in a lighter vein. Since the lyrics were in a sombre tone, they could not hold the interest of the rural people.

Gursharan SinghWar against injustice still on
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — “Theatre can bring in the change in society that a playwright desires, so, plays should be based on circumstances that have shaken society. I became a playwright because I believed that social injustice was rampant. I use my pen as an instrument of social change,” said playwright Gursharan Singh. He was here to attend the 8th state-level convention of the Punjab Sabhyachar Manch yesterday. 

Mela Roshni from Feb 24
JAGRAON, Feb 22 — Mela Roshni, which is held every year at Jagraon, is attached with the name of Muslim Faqir, Baba Mohkam Din Ala. He was the resident of Naini Sahib, Lohian tehsil.



Annual sport meet
LUDHIANA, Feb 22 — Prabhjot Kaur won four gold and one bronze medal on the first day of the annual sport meet held at the Government College for Women today. Student of B.Sc. II, Prabhjot, won gold medal in 100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m races, and bronze medal in high jump event. The meet was inaugurated by Dr Wilhelm Nestle, a well known laproscopic surgeon, from Germany.

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