Friday, March 30, 2001, Chandigarh, India



Rs 137.79 crore PAU budget passed
Ludhiana, March 29
The Board of Management of PAU that met at Chandigarh today passed the Rs 137.79 crore budget and directed the university to generate its own resources for pooling the deficit of Rs 22 crore. On the suggestions of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Dr G. S. Kalkat, the Board of Management has demanded from the government that a separate allocation for research projects should be made as due to the implications of WTO this field demands more emphasis.

  • Joint Front to fight drug abuse
  • Farewell to Kalkat

Is it time for work or play ?

Ludhiana March 29
“Child labour is cheap, easily available, passive, can be made to work long hours, has no unions, is unlikely to change jobs. Therefore, millions of children are forced to grow up to be stunted adults suffering from life-threatening diseases,” says a study on research on child labour in small-scale industries in Punjab by Pratibha Goyal, lecturer at PAU.



Tiger turns away from meat
Ludhiana, March 29
Former WWF champion and Ambassador for Peace to the United Nations, Tiger Jeet Singh, ate raw fish, chicken, eggs and snake and drank snake’s blood before turning a vegetarian. Today he says he has developed an aversion for violence.

Salem Tabri hub of narcotics trade
Ludhiana, March 29
Though there are reports of narcotics trade being carried out at several places in the city by various drug lords, Salem Tabri appears to have emerged as the hub of narcotics in the city.

Factory workers stage dharna
Ludhiana, March 29
The striking workers of Pearl Oswal Factory staged a dharna in front of the office of the Labour Commissioner here today to press for an early acceptance of the their demands.

Tractor-trailer damages vehicles
Sahnewal, March 29
Two cars, an autorickshaw a bicycle were crushed and traffic lights were damaged by a tractor trailer after it hit a tempo here yesterday evening.


Mann for protection of minority rights
Ludhiana, March 29
Slogans: Nalaayi Takbeer Alla-hu-Akbar, the Muslim war cry, Jo Bhole So Nihal Sat Sri Akal rented the air at a rally organised by the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) against some sacrilegious acts committed in different parts of the state recently. The SAD (A) supremo, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, may not admit, but the rally sounded the bugle of his election campaign. Notwithstanding his denial, he exhorted people to stamp his party’s symbol on the ballot paper for the forthcoming Assembly poll.

Phone subscriber compensated
Ludhiana, March 29
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Telecom Department to pay Rs 1,000 on account of deficiency in services to Dr Sarbjit Singh, a resident of Dugri Road.

Trends in hair styling
Ludhiana, March 29
Looking good and glamorous has become important to a woman. She may be a housewife, a working woman or a young budding teenager.

Power cuts hit units, students
Amloh, March 29
Frequent and long power cuts, especially in the morning and evening hours, have hit studies of students. They cannot bathe in the morning before going to appear in the examinations as water supply has also been disrupted.

Master of the game
Ludhiana, March 28
A newly married postgraduate of Kurukshetra University sees a letter written to her husband in an alien language and starts crying for she feels she is illiterate. The letter was written in Amritsari landes, a language mostly used for communication and accounts by most businessmen of Punjab. So Ritu Mehra persuaded her father- in-law to teach her landes and now she is not only proficient in the almost out- going language but has become computer savvy as her only daughter Kritika is studying medicine in England. She finds it convenient to chat with her daily on computer.

Rain brings mud on roads
Ludhiana, March 29
The rain in the city over the past two days may have come as a relief from the heat, but it has further worsened the condition of most roads in the city that are in need of urgent repair.

Lathi charge on Cong men flayed
Ludhiana, March 29
A meeting of the District Youth Congress was held here today at Vikas Nagar under the chairmanship of Mr Akshay Bhanot.

District Credit Plan launched
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 29
The Deputy Commissioner today launched the District Credit Plan for 2000-2001, prepared by the State Bank of Patiala, other banks and various development agencies, in a specially organised district consultative committee meeting here today.

BSP meeting
Ludhiana, March 29
A meeting of the Ludhiana unit of the BSP was held here today which was presided over by Mr D.P. Khosla, regional vice -president of the party. Addressing party workers, Mr Khosla said in order to spread the party policies to every village, 12 secretaries had been appointed in different parliamentary constituencies of the state.


Labourers behind rape, murder?
Ludhiana, March 29
What led to the brutal murder of a 14-year-old girl of Doraha three days ago? Was it love or lust? Investigations made by a team of Doraha police and certain evidence found by them have now almost established that it was lust and not love that led to the barbaric killing of the minor girl. While initially the needle of suspicion fell on two boys of the town, one of whom was a close friend of the girl and the other seemingly fond of her, latest police findings strongly suggest it to be the handiwork of two or more labourers who first raped her and then silenced her by stabbing her several times.

Mob booked for attack on power station
Ludhiana, March 29
The police has registered a case under Sections 452,427,332,353, 506,148 and 149 of the IPC against a mob which damaged the 220-kv station at Shanbana village on Tuesday night.


Ray of hope for electroplating units
Ludhiana, March 29
There is a ray of hope for the industrialists of the country in general and electroplating, forging and light engineering industry in particular to beat the competition arising due to the GATT treaty. By adopting a cleaner production technique, the industry can become a part of environmental-friendly industries that are going to stay here due to a healthier environmental approach, says Mr T.P. Singh, Assistant Manager, Research and Development Centre for Bicycle and Sewing Machine, in an interview to Ludhiana Tribune here yesterday.


Cattle fair held despite ban
Samrala, March 29
In spite of the ban imposed by the Punjab Government on holding cattle fairs in the state to check the spread of foot and mouth disease, a fair was held today at Neelon where a large number of villagers gathered along with cattle from different areas of Punjab and adjoining states.


Need for vocational colleges stressed
Ludhiana, March 29
There is an immediate need to open more vocational institutions and develop schemes to provide employment to the students passing out of such institutions every year.

Two students caught copying
Samrala, March 29
The District Education Officer (Schools), Ludhiana, Ms Usha Sidhu, made a surprise visit to Malwa College, Bondli, today and caught two students of Class XII copying.

Kids say bye with dance
Ludhiana, March 29
A farewell function was organised by staff of St Xavier Playway School, Civil Lines, here today.


Students of St Xavier Playway School perform bhangra on Thursday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Students of St Xavier Playway School perform bhangra on Thursday.


UK fellowship for doctor
Ludhiana, March 29
Dr Puneet Aulakh Pooni, a lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, has been awarded a visiting fellowship by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London, from April 2 to 28.

Pentavox dietary supplements soon
Ludhiana, March 29
The periodic inspections of all dispensaries in the state, time-bound dispensation of files, and technical assistance to all ayurvedic drug manufacturers and action against those violating drug manufacturing laws were the important steps initiated by the State Health and Family Welfare Minister , Mr Baldev Raj Chawla. These views were expressed by Mr Sanjay Poli, Director Ayurveda, during the commissioning ceremony of Pentavox Herbals Ayurvedic Drugs here yesterday.


Grewal hockey meet from April 9
Ludhiana, March 29
The Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal All-India Railway Women Hockey Tournament, organised by the Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Memorial Charitable Trust, will be held at the PAU grounds from April 9 to 15.


PAU staff allege victimisation
Ludhiana, March 29
The kisan cell of the Punjab unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has charged the authorities of the Punjab Agricultural University with victimisation of some teachers and other employees of the university. The kisan cell alleged that during the last couple of weeks, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Dr G.S Kalkat, initiated punitive action against a number of staff members.

Admn unaware of minister’s visit
Ludhiana, March 29
The Union Minister of State for Water Resources, Ms Bijoy Chakarvarty, was in town yesterday, on her way to visit different parts of the state affected by water-logging. The minister also called up a press conference and the district administration was unaware of it.


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