Monday, April 16, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



The Tribune Vigil
Passengers rue deterioration in Shatabdi services
Ludhiana, April 15
When the 2029 Shatabdi Express that runs between Delhi and Amritsar arrived here this morning, it was around 10 minutes late. Such delays are not unusual these days. During winter, it arrives late even by one to three hours. The decline in the quality of catering services and lack of world-class journey experience, as claimed by the Railways, has affected the reputation of the Shatabdi Express.

Night cricket craze in city
Ludhiana, April 15
For some people weekend means spending hard earned money on eating, drinking, travelling or shopping. But for some youngsters of the city, it means playing cricket whole night till the dawn. 

Players busy with cricket at around midnight and (right) others await their turn to play. — Photos Rajesh Bhambi



Betrayal that almost killed a child
Ludhiana, April 15
"Chindi, take care of your ‘chachi’ and my children,” said Chamkaur Singh, an Army watchman posted at Kanpur, to Chinder Singh ‘Chindi’, before leaving for his place of posting only two weeks ago. He would never have imagined that this person would betray him.

BKU threatens agitation
Ludhiana, April 15
The Bharatiya Kisan Union has threatened to start an agitation if the demand to supply electricity for 12 hours to the agricultural tubewells is not met till May 14.

Coaching centre dupes student of Rs 2,000
Ludhiana, April 15
The mushrooming of coaching centres in the city may have resulted in a cut-throat competition among themselves, but despite this stiff competition to attract students, it has not deterred them from exploiting the students. Many of these teaching shops give a hoot for the students once they receive their fee in advance.


Serving the ailing humanity
Ludhiana April 15
The Bhagwan Ram Charitable Hospital is being run by the Bhagwan Ram Charitable Trust and by the Ram Leela Committee for the last seven years in Ram Lila grounds in Daresi. The hospital will celebrate its VIIth founders day on May 1 and it can look back with pride that a small dispensary has blossomed into a full fledged 100- bed hospital.

Easter celebrated in city
Ludhiana, April 15
Easter was celebrated with great tradition here today. Special prayers were held at different churches to mark the occasion. The main function was organised at the CNI Kalvari Church, Brown Road.


Changing flavour of Sunday bazar
Ludhiana, April 15
The Chaura Bazar, the main shopping centre here, sees more activity on Sundays than on week days. On Sundays, some of the regular shops open and display their wares on the make-shift tables, with colourful umbrellas atop to give them shade. There are mobilecart pushers, who traverse the entire length of Chaura Bazaar the whole day to sell their wares.
Attractive pottery makes the Sunday baaar in Ludhiana colourful.
Attractive pottery makes the Sunday baaar in Ludhiana colourful.

Cycle manufacturers to participate in Cologne trade fair
Ludhiana, April 15
About 20 cycle and cycle parts manufacturers will participate in the international bicycle trade fair at Cologne, Germany. The fair will be held from September 13 to 16. It will help them assess their standing in the international market, said Mr D.S. Chawla, President, United Cycle and Cycle Parts Manufacturers Association.


New wheat cultivation method on the anvil
Ludhiana, April 15
In what may provide a new direction to the agricultural practices, Punjab Agricultural University is giving final touches to its research for introducing a new method of cultivation called bed plantation, especially for the cultivation of wheat, in the state.


2,500 students take ETT exam in city
Ludhiana, April 15
Nearly 2,500 students appeared in the entrance examination of the Elementary Teachers’ Training conducted by the National Council for Education Research and Training at the 14 centres in the city.

Malaud girls bag top 3 positions
Ludhiana, April 15
Three girls of the MT Senior Secondary School of Malaud have secured top three ranks in the Class V examinations conducted by the District Education Department. Satinder Kaur stood first by scoring 423 marks out of 450. Amandeep Kaur stood second with 422 marks and Renu Verma third with 421 marks.


Exposed sugarcane juice poses health hazard
Ludhiana, April 15
With the advent of summer, there is no dearth of thirsty passersby who would love to have a cold drink. In the busy business centres of the city like Bhadaur House and Ghumar Mandi, sugarcane-juice sellers have already started doing business. However, health risks are increasing here due to the sale of exposed sugarcane juice.

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