Saturday, March 24, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



FIR amended; murder case registered
Sahnewal, March 23
A case of death of by accident has been converted into murder here. The murder was allegedly committed by a woman with the connivance of her lover with whom she reportedly had illicit relations for the past two years.

Rash drivers — beware of hidden cameras
Ludhiana, March 23
Rash drivers beware. The traffic police has installed hidden cameras at various crossings in the city to keep an eye on the people violating the traffic rules. Besides speed monitoring machines, alcometers to check people who drive after consuming alcohol, have also been installed at various places in the city.

Mr Satish Malhotra, DSP (traffic), demonstrates the camera installed at the Old Court crossing Mr Satish Malhotra, DSP (traffic), demonstrates the camera installed at the Old Court crossing and (right) policemen watch the monitors inside a van. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Riot victims flay MLA’s stand
Ludhiana March 23
The riot victims of 1984 have taken strong exception to the outbursts of Mrs. Laxmi Kanta Chawla, a BJP legislator, and persistent harassment of the riot victims by Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA).




Women’s grievances cells to be set up
Ludhiana, March 23
To check exploitation of women lecturers and girl students, women’s grievances cells will be set up in all colleges of Punjab. Complaints of underpayment, mental torture and harassment of women on the campus will be taken up in the cells.

Protest march against sacrilege
Ludhiana, March 23
Protesters here today took out a procession to flay the sacrilegious acts committed at Amritsar and Patiala. Besides, a contingent of the police, some of whom were mounted on horses, provided security cover to the procession to ensure that no untoward incident took place in view of a call given by ABHSS for a demonstration here today.

Sale of cut fruit banned
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 23
Mr B.S. Sudan, Deputy Commissioner, issued an order today to ban, the sale of cut fruits kept in open, besides the import, manufacture, sale and exposure of ice-candy, mineral water and aerated water unless these items had been declared fit for human consumption.

A Thapar who remembers Sukhdev
Ludhiana, March 23
Mr Meg Raj Thapar (80), a resident of Nau Ghara in the Chaura Bazar area (birth place of martyr Sukhdev) now, was a Class IV student of Arya School here when he first heard about the martyr from his elders. Sukhdev Thapar was always discussed in his family as the one who had joined the freedom struggle at a young age.


Apathy towards national heroes
Ludhiana, March 23
Seventyone years of martyrdom. Fifty four years of independence. Yet there is no memorial of Sukhdev, who was hanged to death along with Bhagat Singh and Rajguru on this day in 1931.

Badshahi sawari tonga: is it on the way out?
Ludhiana, March 22
The good old days of the Raj are now over, but the royal carriage in the form of tongas continues its struggle to survive. According to the 60-odd tongawalas operating in the city, the tongas will continue to ply, notwithstanding the overcrowding of the city roads by cars, buses, three-wheelers and rickshaws.

TTE manhandles PCO owner
Ludhiana, March 23
A railway travelling-ticket examiner (TTE) allegedly manhandled an elderly person, Mohan Lal Sharma, owner of a PCO, inside the railway station here after he asked him to pay the charges for a telephone call that he had made to Delhi.

Noise pollution: disturbing facts
Ludhiana, March 23
The recent facts on noise pollution disclosed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) say that prolonged or excessive exposure to noise whether in community or at work can cause serious permanent medical conditions like hypertension and heart diseases.

Three samiti men held
Ludhiana, March 23
Three persons, members of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti, who were allegedly planning to create some kind of communal tension in the city, were arrested by the city police in separate raids conducted last night.

Photographers to strike work on March 27
Ludhiana, March 23
In response to a call given by the Punjab Photographers Association, all the still and video photographers in Punjab and Chandigarh would go on strike on March 27 to voice their protest against imposition of 5 per cent service tax on photographers in the Union Budget proposals for the next financial year.

LMOST all schools have declared the results of exams conducted by them. Only results of board exams remain undeclared. Students are excited buying new books, copies and stationery items.

The images of life
Ludhiana, March 23
The other day I thought that I had a fictional frame and a poetic soul. My mind, of course, is preoccupied with metaphysical musings. Not that I want to understand the secrets of life or to know the purpose of existence. My concern is with the ‘constant turmoil within’.


In-laws and husband booked in forced abortion case
Ludhiana, March 23
The division number 6 police has registered a case against the husband, mother-in-law, father-in-law and the sister-in-law of a woman, who complained that the accused sedated her before aborting her first pregnancy.

  • Case against SI

  • Dowry harassment cases

Apparel integrated parks mooted in industrial clusters
Ludhiana, March 23
Under the new policy initiatives, the central government is considering setting up Apparel Integrated Parks in industrial clusters. Andhra Pradesh has already taken a lead in this direction.

Freight charges not to be raised
Ludhiana, March 23
There will be no increase in the freight charges of export containers from Ludhiana to Mumbai. The increase of 2 to 3 per cent as per the railway budget for the new financial year has been waived off for the movement of export- loaded containers between the two cities.


PAU crop calendar for 2001 released
Ludhiana, March 23
Punjab Agricultural University has come out with a crop calendar for 2001, consisting of important information about agriculture and suggestions for farmers. The crop calendar, a regular feature is known for providing information about cultivating various crops in a year.

Bail rejected in misappropriation case
Amloh, March 23
The anticipatory bail application of Baldev Singh accused in a misappropriation case, was rejected and bail application of Subeg Singh, who is under judicial lock-up till March 31, was refused, while the third accused Jiwan Singh was released on bail of Rs 10000 by Mr M.L. Malhotra, Sessions Judge, Fatehgarh Sahib, on March 20.


Anastasia — an entertaining musical
Ludhiana, March 23
All those who watched Anastasia, the musical programme at Punjabi Bhavan on Thursday, were unanimous that the Music and Theatre Workshop’ of Christian Medical College had provided an entertaining soiree.

A scene from the musical, Anastasia, presented by music and theatre workshop, CMC on Thursday at Punjabi Bhawan in Ludhiana. 
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi

A scene from the musical, Anastasia, presented by music and theatre workshop

Quackery flourishes in Ludhiana
Ludhiana, March 23
Ludhiana has emerged as a major centre for medical treatment with a large number of super-speciality centers setting up shop. But at the same time, this industrial city has emerged as a city with the largest number of quacks establishing a flourishing practice at the expense of unsuspecting patients.


Judo teams announced
Ludhiana, March 23
The district judo teams have been announced to participate in the Punjab State Judo Championship to be held from March 27 to 29 at Hoshiarpur.

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