Wednesday, April 4, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Sahil, who was rescued from kidnappers on Monday night, is recovering in the CMC Hospital, Ludhiana, on Tuesday.
Sahil, who was rescued from kidnappers on Monday night, is recovering in the CMC Hospital, Ludhiana, on Tuesday. 
 — Photo Rajesh Bhambi
Kidnapped child recovered
Was kept in a manhole for 3 days
Ludhiana, April 3
With the arrest of two persons in a massive police operation last night, the district police achieved a major success by not only recovering a seven -year -old kidnapped child but also by saving him from a certain death.

Touts jeopardising FMD control measures
Ludhiana, April 3
In order to circumvent the ban on cattle fairs imposed in the state in the wake of the outbreak of the dreadful Foot and Mouth Disease, a number of touts have sprung up, who are actively engaged in the sale and purchase of cattle, mocking the ban order openly.



Agencies ready for wheat procurement: Mittal
Ludhiana, April 3
The state government agencies and the Food Corporation of India were all fully geared up for procurement of more than one crore tonnes of wheat, expected to arrive in the state mandis during the next couple of days.

Forum quashes PSEB’s demand
Ludhiana, April 3
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed a demand of Rs 20,011 of the Punjab State Electricity Board from Mr T.R. Sharma, a resident of Kitchlu Nagar. 

Record arrival of migrant labourers
Khanna, April 3
A record arrival of migrant labour has been reported here for harvesting of wheat and sowing of paddy this year. Nearly 50,000 labourers have reached Khanna so far from UP, Bihar and Orissa. 

Remembering an intellectual
UDHIANA attracts learners of all shades. Education, according to thinkers, provides balance as well as progress to the individual for growth. Education and languages are correlated. Study of language is a serious discipline. 

WHY is it that a host team always wins, but loses by a big margin when it competes elsewhere. Such a situation is common in inter-school and inter-college contests that are held here. In an inter-college festival in Guru Nanak Engineering College this week, 12 teams participated and the hosts walked away with the overall trophy. 

  • Extortion fee

  • Masking trouble

  • Old habits

  • Cool gesture

  • Bonded labour

  • Half-full tank

  • Pranks on scribes

  • Roll-number woes

  • Unique martyrdom

  • Alarming pollution

Bhangra beats
Come the wheat harvest season and the sounds of ‘bhangra’ is all over. Youths in tradional ‘bhangra’ costumes dance merrily in fields at the backdrop of the golden crop. There are still some villages in the state where the folk dance is a way of life.



Date for payment of MC arrears extended
Ludhiana, April 3
The city residents can now make payment of arrears of water, sewerage and house tax without interest up to April 30. The one-time concession of interest-free payment of arrears was allowed by the MC, with the approval of the state government during the month of March, which had evoked an encouraging response from the residents.

12 injured in land dispute
Amloh, April 3
Twelve persons were injured in a clash yesterday over the possession of one bigha shamlat (common land) on the Bhadson bus stand. Two injured persons Mohan Singh and Jaswant Singh, were admitted to the Civil Hospital.

Congress activists burn PM’s effigy
Ludhiana, April 3
In a run-up to the state-level party rally here on April 11, the Block Congress Committee, Sahnewal, organised a well attended rally last evening to mobilise public opinion against the NDA government, headed by Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee at the Centre.

Dharna by Cong workers
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 3
A large number of Congress workers led by Dr Harbans Lal, MLA, Chairman, Punjab Congress Seva Dal, today sat on dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. 

‘Boundaries of Punjab are unlimited’
Ludhiana, April 3
Mr Major Singh Mangat, Canada-based Punjabi writer, feels that the boundaries of Punjab were unlimited. Participating in a programme organised by the Punjabi Sahitya Sabha, PAU, he said though he was living in foreign land, but his bond with Punjab was unbreakable.



Gang of thieves busted
Ludhiana, April 3
The Haibowal police has busted the gang of robbers with the arrest of its five members. They were equipped with arms and were planning to commit robbery near a gurdwara in Chandan Nagar.

  • Girl missing

  • Knives seized

  • Car, scooter stolen


Awareness camp on WTO
Ludhiana , April 3
The local Department of Agriculture organised a camp in Jassowal village to make the farmers aware about the implications of WTO treaty. The camp was attended by a large number of farmers coming from all over the district. T

Power cuts hit industry
Mandi Gobindgarh, April 3
Unscheduled power cuts in the past week have hit more than 300 industrial units here. Officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board blame load-shedding due to fall in power generation for this situation.


Homoeopathic council to award degrees
Ludhiana, April 3
The confrontation simmering between the state and the central council of homoeopathy appears to be heading towards a worse phase with the state council reportedly deciding to go ahead with awarding of degrees to doctors who secured a diploma before 1983. 

Red Cross proposes new schemes
Ludhiana, April 3
Lack of government-aid notwithstanding, the Red Cross, Ludhiana, is trying to generate several new schemes under which destitute women of society, tuberculosis patients and thalessemic children would be taken care of. The society is also planning to start a dental awareness drive among the villagers in remote areas by setting up a dental care van.Top

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