Tuesday, March 27, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Wheat worth Rs 500 cr rotting in the open
Ludhiana, March 26
The lack of transport facilities and demand for wheat in the domestic and international market at the ‘required rates’, and the discriminatory policy of the Food Corporation of India (FCI), may result in more than Rs 500 crore loss to the state exchequer as more than 56 lakh tonnes of wheat was rotting in open spaces in the state due to lack of inadequate storage capacity.

BKU rejects MSP of wheat, stir to continue
Ludhiana March 26
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), while terming the increase of Rs 30 per quintal in minimum support price (MSP) of wheat as its achievement, has rejected the same on the grounds that the price was unremunerative and a cruel joke with the farming community.

Liquor vends’ auction postponed
Ludhiana, March 26
The Excise Department officials today postponed the auction of liquor vends in Ludhiana I, II and III districts as they claimed the attendance of contractors was low and it might have affected the revenue.

Return of the liquor syndicate
Ludhiana, March 26
Notwithstanding the claims of the excise officials that the auction of the liquor vends in Ludhiana was postponed on account of the poor attendance of the licensees, there is widespread belief that there were more reasons than those put forth by the department.




Forum quashes PSEB’s demand
Ludhiana, March 26
The District Consumer Disputes and Redressal Forum has quashed a demand of the Punjab State Electricity Board of Rs 2,05,805 from Mrs Daljit Kaur (56), a resident of Aggar Nagar Enclave as the allegation of theft of energy on the consumer could not be proved.

Second phase of registration drive to begin soon
Ludhiana, March 26
Claiming that the controversial drive to register all the tenants and servants in the city has started paying dividends, the police has decided to launch the second phase of the drive from next week.


Enthusiastic start to Navratras
Ludhiana, March 26
Navratras mark the return of festive season throughout the country. Durga puja is celebrated with great enthusiasm in every corner of the country. The nine incarnations of Maa Durga are worshipped with divinity and devotion by the devotees of Maa Bhagwati.

Devotees at a temple in Ludhiana.
Devotees at a temple in Ludhiana.

It’s lucrative, and deadly too
Ludhiana, March 26
The tirade launched by Takhat Shri Keshgarh Sahib against intoxicants of all kinds notwithstanding, a whole lot of so-called Nihangs are engaged in the lucrative business of bhang in the city in particular and the rest of the state in general.

Unannounced power cuts by PSEB
Ludhiana, March 26
The citizens should prepare themselves as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has announced that unannounced power cuts have been started to cope with the intensifying power crisis in the state.

Striking hosiery workers allege repression
Ludhiana, March 26
Workers of a local hosiery factory who are on strike for the last three days in protest against the exploitation by the contractors and management, violation of labour laws and police repression, staged a dharna today at the Mini-Secretariat here, demanding stern action against the management and police and immediate release of the arrested labour activists.

Workshop on women empowerment 
Ludhiana, March 26
A day-long workshop on development of woman and child was organised at Jodhewal Basti here today.

Pension not transferred
Ludhiana, March 26
A former elderly resident of Jagraon, near here, has been facing problem in transfer of her pension and repeated pleas to the authorities concerned have not borne fruit.

Safai workers hold protest
Ludhiana, March 26
Safai workers took out a protest march in the city today to express their resentment against “anti-poor” policies of the government and the contract labour system, through which the safai workers were being exploited all over.

Dalits to protest
Ludhiana, March 26
The simmering controversy between the Dalit community of certain villages in Jagraon tehsil and the head of a religious sect based in the town seems to aggravate further as an organisation of the Dalits has decided to take the matter to the streets.


Land grab case: tehsildar, patwari booked
Ludhiana, March 26
Six persons, including the then Tehsildar Jagdip Singh Momi, and the halqa patwari, Jagpal Singh, have been booked on the charges of fraud and cheating, in connection with fraudulent entries in revenue record and subsequent sale of a 975-square yard piece of land, owned by the Central Government in the Shivaji Nagar locality here.

70-year-old attempts to rape minor
Ludhiana, March 26
Tension gripped Jalal di Wal village near Raikot town, last evening when a 70-year-old man attempted to rape a minor girl. He was caught red-handed by the girl’s parents and other villagers and was given a sound beating.

One arrested, liquor seized
Ludhiana, March 26
The Kotwali police arrested Gurwinder Singh, a resident of Haripur, for possessing 12 bottles of illicit liquor yesterday and booked him under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.

  • Theft case

  • Dowry case

  • Case registered


European IT experts at PAU
Ludhiana, March 26
Experts in the field of information technology from Europe have reached Punjab Agricultural University to teach students of the PG Diploma in Information Technology.

Programme on floriculture
Ludhiana, March 26
The Department of Extension Education, PAU, organised a specialised training programme for farmers on commercial floriculture in collaboration with the Department of Landscaping and Floriculture.

PAUTA submits memorandum
Ludhiana, March 26
The Punjab Agricultural University Teachers Association (PAUTA) has submitted a memorandum to Dr R.S. Paroda, Secretary, Directorate of Agricultural Research and Education, and Director, General Indian Council of Agricultural Research, to remove anomalies in the pay fixation of teachers and implementation of Career Advancement Scheme.

Students without roll numbers
Ludhiana, March 26
The fate of scores of private candidates appearing in Class VIII examination to be conducted by the Punjab School Education Board hangs in balance as they were without their roll numbers just a day before the examination.

Exhibition gets good response
Ludhiana, March 26
More than 500 students turned up for technical and vocational education exhibition organised by the IDP Education Australia Limited at a hotel here yesterday.

Workshop on modern teaching methods
Ludhiana, March 26
A five-day seminar-cum-workshop on modern teaching methods and attitudes to cope up with the growing expectations of new generation students and their parents is being organised at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, from March 28 to April 1.

HC admits writ petition
Ludhiana, March 26
A division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice N.K. Sud admitted a writ petition filed by Rakesh Kumar of Ludhiana seeking the quashing of the arrest of his father, Mr Roop Lal, a wine contractor of Ludhiana, by the Excise and Taxation Officer, Ludhiana-II, under the provisions of the Punjab Land Revenue Act.


‘Unproductive sectors consuming more’
Ludhiana, March 26
It is government of the employees, by the employees and for the employees in Punjab. This observation was made by the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr Ramesh Inder Singh, while delivering the key note address at a seminar organised by the Ludhiana Management Association.

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