Monday, February 26, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Roadways unions seek review of km scheme
LUDHIANA, Feb 25 — The Punjab Roadways is suffering loss of Rs 20-25 lakh per day due to the ill-conceived kilometer scheme and the illegal operation of private buses and taxies in the state. These were operating in connivance allegedly with the ministers and bureaucrates. 

Maa retire hoti hai, but not Jaya Bachchan
Feb 25 — Maa retire hoti hai was staged yesterday at Guru Nanak Bhawan due to the efforts of Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam. The play in two acts, shows the mother (Jaya Bachchan) as caring, conscientious wife of a chauvinist husband and a loving grandmother. She is concerned about her sons, daughters-in-law and the husband.

Scenes from play Maa Retire Hoti Hai staged last evening at Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana. — Photos by Rajesh Bhambi



600 telephones out of order
LUDHIANA, Feb 25 — The meeting of the Sarpanch Union, Koom Kalan, was held here under the presidentship of Mr Rajinder Singh, sarpanch of the village. Members of the union criticised the telecom officials and administrative officials for giving a deaf ear to their problem of disrupted telephone lines.

9 landlords booked
LUDHIANA, Feb 25 — The local police has launched a drive against the landlords who have not been informing it about their tenants. Nine cases were registered under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code against landlords.

Foundation aims for global patents
LUDHIANA, Feb 25—The DAV Ayurvedic Research Foundation aims to safeguard the interests of the country by undertaking international standard research in ayurveda, getting global patents and providing better health care to the people at large. Disclosing this here today Dr P.K.Jain, Principal and Director, DAV Ayurvedic Research Foundation at the national seminar on ‘Ayurveda-Native Wisdom in Health and Wisdom’ organised by the foundation that there was great scope of modernised research which could lead to new milestones in health care.

Inventor’s tale of woe
LUDHIANA, Feb 24 — Procedural delays and red tape have frustrated the efforts of a Ludhiana inventor of getting his work patented. Running from one office to another, Rashpal Singh Gill has now almost given up hope of his work seeing the light of the day.

The man who founded PAU
HAT Partap Singh Kairon was to Punjab and Dewan Anand Kumar to Panjab University, P.N. Thapar is to urban Punjab. P.N. Thapar helped in the development of small-scale industries and establishment of Punjab Agricultural University here, linking agriculture with industry. Without the PAU, Green Revolution might not have been possible.



Encroachments cause problems
LUDHIANA, Feb 24 — Apart from imparting an ugly look to the city in general, telephone and electric poles, particularly those supporting transformers, are also contributing to traffic congestion as the space rendered useless by these poles is occupied by roadside businessmen.

Accused allege victimisation
Clash in Chander Nagar
LUDHIANA, Feb 25 — The main accused in the Chander Nagar clash, which left two persons injured, today said they were being victimised because of public pressure. One of the accused told TNS that in fact they themselves were the victims. He claimed that on the afternoon of February 22, when he and his son were sitting in the factory a mob of about 40 persons descended on the factory located in the area.

Tohra against Sikhs in J&K task force
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Feb 25 — Veteran Akali leader Gurcharan Singh Tohra today expressed his reservations over recruitment of the Kashmiri Sikh youth in the valley’s task force as, he said, this would “create hatred against the Sikhs in the minds of Kashmiri militants”.

Patwari suspended
LUDHIANA, Feb 25 —Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, has announced that Varinder Kumar, patwari, has been suspended in a corruption case. He said this to a delegation of the Anti Corruption Federation of India which met him recently.

Relief trucks flagged off to Gujarat
LUDHIANA, Feb 25 — The Speaker of Punjab Legislative Assembly, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, today flagged off a relief convoy of eight trucks for the Gujarat quake victims. The trucks are carrying relief material worth Rs 20 lakh.



Businessman missing
LUDHIANA, Feb 25 — Gurvinder Singh a middle-aged businessman of Subzi Mandi has been reported missing since February 22. According to the family members, Gurvinder Singh had left for Delhi with a sum of Rs 1.7 lakh for making certain payment. Gurvinder Singh runs a wholesale business in the vegetable market here.

Two held, cash seized
KHANNA, Feb 25 —During nakabandi the Sadar Khanna police has seized a sum of Rs 6,80,000 from Rajesh Singh Yadav resident of New Delhi and Sucha Singh District Nawan Shahr. They both had hired a Maruti van from Banga for Khanna. During checking they could not reveal the source of money. 


‘Protect cycle, hosiery makers’
LUDHIANA, Feb 25 — What has the coming Budget in store for the hosiery and cycle manufacturers here? This question is hotly debated here. “We don’t have lobby at the national level to make Mr Yashwant Sinha incorporate benefits for the hosiery and cycle industry”, say the local manufacturers.

Liquor contractor, excise officials trade charges
LUDHIANA, Feb 25 — Rakesh Bansal, son and one of the partners of the detained liquor contractor Roop Lal today alleged that there were some more liquor firms against whom there were pending arrears worth crores of rupees and the Excise and Taxation Department was letting them off.



PAU scientist invited to China
LUDHIANA, Feb 25 — Dr Milkha S. Aulakh, a senior soil scientist at Punjab Agricultural University, has been invited to participate in an international conference on ‘Green house gases emission from rice fields’ scheduled to be held at Nanjing, China.


Hambowal sports meet begins today
MACHHIWARA, Feb 25 — The sixth three-day sports meet in Hambowal Bet village will begin tomorrow at Government Senior Secondary School. The Guru Nanak Sports Club, which is the organiser, have completed all arrangements. Mr Satish Malhotra, chairman of the club, said the meet would be inaugurated by the Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Satpal Gosain.Top

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