Thursday, March 15, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



200 jhuggis demolished
Ludhiana, March 14
Municipal Corporation officials today demolished over 200 jhuggis in the Haibowal area. Several officials accompanied by a huge contingent of the police descended in the morning and started the demolition process. 
The demolished structures at Habbowal which were razed by the Municipal Corporation on Wednesday.
The demolished structures at Haibowal which were razed by the Municipal Corporation on Wednesday.

PIL against district administration
Ludhiana, March 14
The Public Cause, a voluntary organisation, has filed a public interest litigation in the court of Mr Justice A.B. Saharya, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, against the order of the District Administration, Ludhiana, of directing all landlords to furnish complete details of the their servants, tenants and employees.

Another dowry death
Ludhiana, March 14
Parents and other relatives of Gita who died under mysterious circumstances on Sunday night have alleged that she was killed by her in-laws as they were continuously harassing her for the past several years for the want of dowry.



5 Principals in 5 months!
Ludhiana, March 14
With the fifth officiating Principal taking charge in a span of five months, the administrative work of Guru Nanak Girls’ College, Model Town, has been hit badly.

Gurdial Singh dreams of new dawn
Ludhiana, March 14
Age has not withered the rebel, the radical, the revolutionary and the iconoclast in Gurdial Singh, the noted Punjabi writer and Jnanapith Award winner for the year 1999. 

Kisan mela to focus on higher output
Ludhiana, March 14
With the significant theme of ‘precision farming for higher profits’, the two-day kisan mela will begin at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus here tomorrow.


Resident alleges harassment by BSNL
Ludhiana, March 14
Kasturilal Bhatia, a resident of the Kundan Puri area, Civil Lines, has complained that for the past three years he has been continuously harassed by the BSNL officials. He said he has been getting repeated reminders for non-payment of the bill for his telephone number 440029. 

Stone of Shanti Bhawan laid
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 14
“Fulfillment of desires and love for worldly pleasures widen the distance between man and God resulting rivalry, quarrels, jealousy and tensions”, this message was conveyed by Dai Janki, Additional Chief Brahma Kumari Ishwaria Vishava Vidyalaya, Global Cooperation House London, known as ‘Delta’ Women of the world. 

Enforce rules to check cruelty to animals: PFA
Ludhiana, March 14
The local chapter of the PFA ( People for Animals) has urged the local Municipal Corporation to enforce some rules regarding the registration of carts driven by bullocks, horses and mules.

Shock, dismay over Laxman’s action
Ludhiana, March 14
There is shock, surprise and dismay over the admission by the Bharatiya Janata Party president, Mr Bangaru Laxman, of having accepted Rs 1 lakh from some reporters of a portal, posing as arms dealers.

CPI seeks resignation of Vajpayee government
Ludhiana, March 14
The Sangh Parivar has been thoroughly exposed after the revelations of tehelka. com. The involvement of the President of the BJP in corrupt dealings has proved that the party was no more fit to govern the country, said Dr Arun Mitra, Assistant Secretary, district unit of the CPI.

Gambling under govt patronage
Ludhiana, March 14
“I play motta jua. There are 24 daily draws of lottery tickets. I buy tickets worth Rs 500 or Rs 600 for every draw. Thus in a day I spend about Rs 12,000 to Rs 13,000 on lottery tickets. By the end of the month, I make enough money to take care of my needs,” said Bunty, one of the many lottery addicts who hover around the lottery adda, behind Clock Tower.
A lottery sheet being studied at a lottery centre near Clock Tower, Ludhiana.
A lottery sheet being studied at a lottery centre near Clock Tower, Ludhiana. photo by Inderjit Verma

Budget meeting adjourned
Jagraon March, 14
The Municipal Council held its meeting for passing the budget of the year 2001-2002 today, but due to strong protests from the opposition and some of the members of the ruling side, the budget could not be passed.

Pratibha loves to teach
Ludhiana, March 14
If a person desires to achieve goals and is consistent and persistent in one’s efforts, no task is impossible, says Ms Pratibha Goyal, a member of the MBA faculty at PAU. Her organisational abilities were evident at Anjuman, an annual cultural event organised recently to encourage co-curricular activities of students.


Case registered
Ludhiana, March 14
The Sadar police of the city registered an accident case under Sections 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC against Mohinder Singh, driver of a truck ( PB-10E 9391), resident of Ladduwal. 

Field Ganj clash:16 booked
Ludhiana, March 14
The city police has registered a case under Sections 452, 324, 323, 148 and 149 of the IPC in connection with yesterday afternoon’s violent clash in Field Ganj in which swords were used quite brazenly.


Hard days ahead, Baruah tells farmers
Ludhiana, March 14
Indian farmers will definitely have to face a tough competition after the World Trade Organisation (WTO) treaty gets fully implemented in India from April 1. According to Mr Bhaskar Baruah, a former Union Agriculture Secretary, due to certain distortions in the treaty certain developed countries were continuing with huge subsidies to their farmers which has made the competition unfair.


LIC to pay Rs 1.6 lakh
Ludhiana, March 14
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) to pay Rs 1.6 lakh to Mrs Jagjit Kaur wife of Late Inder Singh. The forum further said. “In case the payment is not made within one month the amount shall be payable with interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from the date of repudiation till the date of actual payment.”


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