Wednesday, March 28, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Who will win the liquor war?
Ludhiana, March 27
It is less of a business interest and more a question of prestige for the influential family of Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Minister for Technical Education, in the Badal government that has led to a direct confrontation between his brother Mann Singh Garcha and the Excise and Taxation Minister, Mr Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon over the control of the lucrative liquor business of Ludhiana.

The Excise and Taxation Minister, Punjab, Mr Adesh Pratap Singh

The Excise and Taxation Minister, Punjab, Mr Adesh Pratap Singh

Mr Mann Singh Garcha, the brother of the Minister of Technical Education, Mr Jagdish Garcha
Mr Mann Singh Garcha, the brother of the Minister of Technical Education, Mr Jagdish Garcha

Tension in Jama Masjid area
Ludhiana, March 27
Tension gripped the Jama Masjid and surrounding areas after some miscreants hurled empty bottles at the mosque at around midnight.


  DYC for action against Beermi
Ludhiana, March 27
Upset over newspaper reports regarding a meeting between a senior Congress functionary, Mr Malkiat Singh Beermi, and the Bahujan Samaj Party supremo, Mr Kanshi Ram, here on March 15, the District Youth Congress and some other party functionaries have demanded action against Mr Beermi.

City goes tipsy!
Ludhiana, March 27
Time; 10 am. Place: Bhadaur House Market: An inebriated man in dirty clothes opens a pint of country liquor and guzzles it down within no time. Soon, he is spread outside a closed shop, oblivious of the gaze of passersby, some of whom are puzzled. The others just give a smile without even halting their stride for a second.

MBA students suffer as teachers squabble
Ludhiana, March 27
The fate of some students of the Department of Business Management, Punjab Agricultural University, hangs in balance as the varsity is yet to decide over reallocating a major adviser to them. The MBA students who were allocated Dr S.K. Singla as their adviser are hoping that at least during the second semester they will be allocated an adviser.

Minor raped, murdered
Doraha, March 27
A minor girl was found murdered in her house at 10 a.m. yesterday. 

Transport companies penalised
Ludhiana, March 27
The Enforcement Wing of the Octroi Department in the Municipal Corporation intercepted a truck owned by Golden Transport Company for carrying plastic granules worth Rs 1.22 lakh in excess than the declared value on which octroi had been paid. An amount of Rs 51,450 was recovered from the transport company as octroi and penalty.

WHILE the great American President Abraham Lincoln described democracy as the government of the people, by the people, for the people, the Principal Secretary to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Ramesh Inder Singh believes otherwise. He has coined a new definition that probably suits best to the Indian and more so to the Punjab conditions, given the number of employees the state has employed and is feeding them regularly.

  • Jashn-e-Sahir

  • Broken glasses

  • Ice candies

  • Chor pe more

  • Tribute to martyrs

  • Terms of endearment

  • Hot Woman

  • No win situation


Halt before the last journey
A view of Shri Vivekanand Swarg Bridh Ashram, Model Town Extension, Ludhiana.Ludhiana, March 27
“My daughter-in-law used to beat me up every day. My husband walked out of my life with another woman. My widowed daughter suggested that I spend the rest of my life in Shri Vivekanand Swarag Bridh Ashram, Model Town Extension. I came here and found peace,” says Ms Gurbir Kaur, a 75-year-old inmate. She has given instructions that her son should be turned away from the gate.
A view of Shri Vivekanand Swarg Bridh Ashram, Model Town Extension, Ludhiana. — Photo by Rajesh Bhambi

Bank fraud case follow-up slow
Ludhiana, March 27
Much to the dismay of hundreds of people who lost huge amount of money in the sensational fraud at Ludhiana Central Cooperative Bank in December 1999, the bank has been very ‘slow’ and ‘selective’ in its follow-up. The exposure of the fraud had revealed that certain employees of the bank were transferring depositors’ money into a parallel bank.

3.35 cr for welfare of Ludhiana
Ludhiana, March 27
Funds amounting to Rs 3.35 crore were cleared for different development and welfare programmes of the government in the district at the meeting of the District Development and Planning Board here today, taking the amount of funds released during the current financial year by the board to Rs 17.40 crore.

IT staff demand promotions
Ludhiana, March 27
Promotions of the Income Tax officials and the cadre restructuring proposals were being blocked by the minister of state for revenue. Leaders of the local units of the Income Tax Gazetted Federation and Income Tax Employees Federation said while addressing a demonstration held here today.

BSNL notice to BKU leader
Samrala, March 27
Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, national general secretary of the Bharti Kisan Union, has been issued a notice by the junior accounts officer, Telephones Revenue Accounts, Khanna, to pay his telephone bill dated 1.12.96 for Rs 536 or present its receipts before March 31.

PFA demands inquiry
Ludhiana, March 27
The People for Animals, Ludhiana, has urged the Senior Superintendent of Police, the Deputy Commissioner and the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation to get a case registered under Sections 428 and 429 of the IPC against those responsible for the death of nearly 50 pigs in the municipal piggery on the Tajpur Road.

33,440 animals vaccinated
Jagraon, March 27
Vaccination work for prevention of foot-and-mouth disease in animals is in progress under the directions of Dr H.S.Gill, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, Ludhiana. According to Dr Surjit Singh, Senior Veterinary Officer, Jagraon, 33,440 animals have been vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease in the Jagraon subdivision. About 600 cows have been vaccinated at the gaoshala Jagraon.’

Ten injured
Ludhiana, March 27
Ten persons were injured in a clash between two families at Mushtaq Ganj Colony here this morning.
The clash took place when a child urinated in front of Mr Swarn Singh’s house.


Fake currency
Ludhiana, March 27
The CIA police has seized five fake currency notes from Surjit Singh, a resident of Hambra , and Gurcharan Singh, a resident of Gulchaman Gali.


Lensmen caught protesting
Ludhiana, March 27
Most of the photographers’ shops in the state remained closed today under the call of various national unions of photographers and the Punjab Photographers Association to protest against the Central Government’s decision to impose 5 per cent service tax on photography and related services.


Potatoes get importance at last
Ludhiana, March 27
The much maligned potatoes which till the other day were being thrown away by the growers and sold by retailers for Re. 1 a kg, suddenly acquired some importance yesterday, thanks to the start of the Navratras.


Class VIII exams
Ludhiana, March 27
Hundreds of students of Class VIII today appeared for the examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board.


Forum directs LIC to settle claim
Ludhiana, March 27
The District Consumer Disputes and Redressal Forum has directed the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to pay an amount of Rs 50,000 along with interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from the date of repudiation by the LIC till the date of payment to the son of late Rameshwar Gopal Chopra.


Hockey match at PAU
Ludhiana, March 27
After winning The Prime Minister Cup at Dhaka (Bangladesh), the Indian hockey team will play an exhibition match on the Astroturf ground of Punjab Agricultural University 9 a.m. tomorrow.


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