Friday, March 9, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Govt criticised on women reservation issue
International Womenís Day
Ludhiana, March 8
Many rallies and functions were held in the city to celebrate the International Womenís Day. Ms Oshma Rekhi, State President of the Indian Federation of Women, addressed a huge congregation of Istri Sabha near Clock Tower, Ludhiana. In her motivating speech, she condemned the government for not passing the bill upholding the reservation of 33 per cent for women in the Parliament.

A variety of imported colours, sprays and creams available in the market as people are preferring soft colours on Holi in Ludhhiana. A variety of imported colours, sprays and creams available in the market as people are preferring soft colours on Holi in Ludhhiana. 
ó Photo by Inderjit Verma

Four killed, one hurt in road mishap
Doraha, March 8
Four persons are reported to have been killed and one seriously injured in a road accident at Nanakpur-Jugerha bridge near here today. The mishap occurred at 10 am.



Start paying more for branded garments
Ludhiana, March 8
The Finance Ministerís proposed 16 per cent duty on branded garments has pushed up the prices of garments in the local market. The retailers have reacted strongly against the imposition of excise duty on branded garments.

No review of VDS: Sohal
Ludhiana March 8
The much-publicised Voluntary Disclosure Scheme of the Punjab State Electricity Board has failed to generate any significant interest among the industry in the state. According to PSEB officials, till date, only three industrial units have applied for the regularisation of their load in the city, though the scheme is closing on March 31.

Class X CBSE exams begin 
Ludhiana, March 8
After Class XII examination which began yesterday, the annual examination of Class X students from schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education commenced here today.

Residents hold plot owner to ransom
Ludhiana, March 8
About 50-odd residents of the Shyam Nagar area, near the bus stand, today forcibly prevented a plot owner from starting construction work on a commercial site. Although the plot owner possessed all the documents, the residents wanted that he should leave some space for the street.

IHRO for 30 pc women in police
Ludhiana, March 8
The International Human Rights Organisation of the Indian Subcontinent demanded here today that the government should recruit at least 30 per cent women police officials in police stations and establish special police stations to deal with offences concerning women and children.


SAD-BJP govt a failure: Pandey
Ludhiana, March 8
"The Congress had laid the foundation of the modern India and the nation had made tremendous progress to become a world leader during the long tenure of successive Congress governments at the Centre and in Punjab." This was stated by Congress legislator Rakesh Pandey while laying the foundation stone of the development works in the New Ashok Nagar area in the city.

Bodhis protest against Taliban
Ludhiana, March 8
As part of their state-wide agitation plan, Bodhis of the town today took out a protest march against the Taliban for desecrating and demolishing Buddha statues in Afghanistan and against the Indian government as well for not doing anything concrete in this regard.

Artisteís dream for city
HE Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam is doing here what the Little Theatre Group has done for Shimla. In the early 1950s, Gaiety Theatre on the Mall was the hub of dramatics activities in Shimla. It had inherited the tradition of staging English plays from British rulers, but later, plays in Hindi and Punjabi also began to be staged there.

YC activist serves legal notice to NCP district chief
Ludhiana, March 8
The Youth Congress Urban Development Cell general secretary, Mr Naseem Ansari, has served a legal notice upon the district president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Mr Rashpal Singh Gill, demanding an unconditional apology and a sum of Rs 2 lakh for issuing a fabricated statement in the press to the effect that he, (Mr Ansari), had resigned from the Youth Congress and had joined the NCP.

No breakthrough in paper leakage case
Ludhiana, March 8
There has been no breakthrough in the paper leakage case of Class V students as yet, even as the primary wing of the District Education Department had started its investigations yesterday morning.

Beware of sealed wads
Ludhiana, March 8
Next time you withdraw money from the bank ensure that you set all the notes in the bundle loose lest some of them may be only in halves. This is what happened with Mr Sanjeev Chawla, who withdrew two wads of Rs 100 each amounting to Rs 20,000 from the HFDC bank on the Mall Road here.

State youth award for Bains
Ludhiana, March 8
Mr Laj Pal Singh Bains has been selected by the Directorate of Youth Services, Punjab Government, for the Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh State Youth Award for his active involvement in social services and outstanding youth activities. Mr Bains will receive a cash prize of Rs 5000, with a model, a scroll and a certificate.


Four arrested under Excise Act
Ludhiana March 8
The police has arrested four persons under the Excise Act for possessing liquor. While the focal point police arrested two persons in this connection, one person each was arrested by the divisions number two and four police station staff.

  • Burglary reported

  • Fraud cases


ĎStates need adjustment periodí
Ludhiana, March 8
States which have surplus foodgrains should be given adjustment period to bring about diversification in cropping patterns. This view was expressed here by Dr G.S. Kalkat, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University.



Forum quashes PSEB demand
Ludhiana, March 8
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed the demand of the Punjab State Electricity Board for a payment of Rs 30,787 from Mr Ved Prakash. The forum further directed the board to refund the amount deposited by the complainant with interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum from the date of deposit till the date of refund.


Weightlifting trials
Ludhiana, March 8
Trials to select junior menís and womenís weightlifting teams of Punjab will be held on March 13 in Ramgarhia College at Phagwara.


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