Wednesday, April 11, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Sudden rise in number of murder cases
Ludhiana, April 10
A sudden rise in the number of murders and that, too, one of the most hair-raising ones has exposed increasing social tension in society and the weakness of the human relations which break at the slightest provocation and cause pain and bloodshed not only to the families concerned but also to society at large.

Impasse persists, so do bootlegging, overcharging
A liquor vend operated by the Excise and Taxation Department are doing brisk business in many localities of Ludhiana.
A liquor vend operated by the Excise and Taxation Department are doing brisk business in many localities of Ludhiana.
Ludhiana, April 10
The crisis created by the failure of the state government in holding the auction of most of the liquor vend groups in the district has precipitated, with inter-district smuggling of liquor and spurt in bootlegging, which has taken its toll in loss of six human lives and killing of a liquor contractor in Samrala subdivision.



Physically-challenged being given a raw deal
Ludhiana, April 10
God has been unkind to them, but officials at the office of the civil surgeon are even worse. Hundreds of physically handicapped persons who come here everyday in pursuit of a certificate that grades their disability for the purpose of reservation and other concession extended to the physically challenged are given a raw deal. 

Female foeticide continues unabated
Ludhiana, April 10
Even as the Central Government enacted the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Regulation and Preventive Act in 1994 and the Punjab Government implemented the same in 1996, female foeticide continues unabated in the city.

Cops return extortion money
Ludhiana, April 10
Jaswant and Rimpy, the two cops posted at Vardhman police post, who extorted Rs 675 from a roadside tea seller in Urban Estate, Focal Point, on Saturday night, returned the money to him last evening.

League for probe into rights violations
Ludhiana, April 10
The Sikh League International, a newly formed political party, while releasing second part of its manifesto, today promised to establish a “truth commission” to look into instances of violations of human rights in the past two decades, and the league will take steps to prosecute the guilty.

The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, seems to be a regular, if not a frequent, visitor to Ludhiana on one pretext or the other. During the past six months, he visited the city four times.

  • Ineffective diktats

  • Porno boom

  • Looking sheepish

  • Suitably rewarded

  • Sane driving

  • Xerox police forms

  • Uphill task

  • Commoner cops

  • Frequent visits

  • Road blockade



Telephone bill payment date extended
Ludhiana, April 10
The Telecom Department has extended the last date of payment of telephone bills from April 9 to April 16, keeping in view the list of holidays during last week. A post office official said though the date had been extended, a majority of people had already deposited their telephone bills by the time.

‘This summer will be hotter’
Ludhiana, April 10
The instant and sharp rise in day and night temperature in Ludhiana has caught people off guard. Added to this the regular unscheduled power cuts has added to the problems of people, who are already facing the bite of the scorching heat.



Two hurt in shootout
Ludhiana, April 10
Two youths were injured in a shooting incident at a marriage palace on Dugri Road here last night. According to police sources, the incident took place when one youth, while dancing in front of the orchestra party fired a shot and injured two youths. 

Gang of thieves busted
Ludhiana, April 10
The police reportedly busted a gang of thieves yesterday. Dinesh Kumar, a resident of Dholewal Chowk, Baldev Singh, alias Bali, a resident of Sherpur Kalan, Rakesh Kumar, Shankar Sahni and Raj Maan, all residents of Gias Pura, equipped with weapons were allegedly planning to loot a wine shop at Kacha Sua road in the Dhandri Kalan area.


Sale of cooler pads picks up
Ludhiana, April 10
With rise in mercury the sale of desert cooler pads is increasing day by day in the region. Vendors selling pads can be seen on road sides. Ram Parshad (17), a migrant from Uttar Pardesh, who has been selling the pads at the Ghumar Mandi road, said the pads had been brought from Chandigarh and other states. 
With the onset of summer a vendor selling cooler pads on the roadside has become a common sight in Ludhiana.
With the onset of summer a vendor selling cooler pads on the roadside has become a common sight in Ludhiana. 

Mango time is here again
Ludhiana, April 10
King of fruits, mangoes has heralded its arrival in the city with hundreds of vendors selling the fruit. About 10 truck loads about 130 tonne, of mango was unloaded in the city fruit market, this morning. 



Wheat trickles into market
Khanna, April 10
The arrival of wheat at Khanna, Asian biggest grain market, is still very slow. In the past five days only 1,500 quintals of wheat had arrived in the mandi as against last year’s arrival of 4,650 quintals in the same period.



Mr N.S.NandaPunjabi conference at Lahore from April 13
Ludhiana, April 10
It will be an actual train to Pakistan for Mr N.S.Nanda, president, Hotel and Restaurant Association, Punjab, who will be visiting the neighbouring country as a member of the Indian delegation participating in the World Punjabi Conference in Lahore from April 13 to 16.

A journey into the hidden realms of life
Ludhiana, April 10
Harpal’s “Agaaz,” an exhibition of paintings, virtually seems to be his initiation into the journey of the hidden realms of life . To lift the labyrinths of the deep and dark side of one’s emotions is what seems to be his aim.


Dr Simmons stresses on pre-natal care
Ludhiana, April 10
“Due to unavailability of proper medical facilities and lack of awareness among people about the health and care of pregnant women, the infant mortality rate is high in the cases of pre-term delivery”, this was stated by Dr G. Millard Simmons Jr, Director Maternal-Foetal Medicine Division, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, West Virginia University, USA, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune today.

Doctors & diagnostic labs
Ludhiana, April 10
Despite all the progress made by medical science, medical treatment is becoming increasingly costly. Medical education is very expensive, particularly for those who pay capitation fees for seats in medical colleges. Top

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