Wednesday, April 18, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



The Tribune Vigil
Fleecing at MC parking lot
Ludhiana, April 17
The multistorey parking lot at the old headquarters of the local Municipal Corporation on Mata Rani Road here was built for visitors to Chaura Bazar, Partap Bazar, Mali Ganj, Kharadian Bazar, Saraf Bazar, Saban Bazar and Gur Mandi. However, it has failed to serve its purpose.

Institution with a mission
Ludhiana April 17
“We are taking training to become telephone operators. We have already spent three months and in the next three months we will become proficient and then we hope to get a job”, said Vipin, Dhiraj and Sandeep, who were receiving free training of telephone operators at the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre in Haibowal.

Visually challenged students enjoy their lessons at a vocational rehabilitation training centre in Ludhiana.

Visually challenged students enjoy their lessons at a vocational rehabilitation training centre in Ludhiana.
 — Photo Rajesh Bhambi



Kidnapping case registered after four months
Ludhiana, April 17
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of 9-year old Mangat Ram alias Mangi, missing since November 30, has further deepened with the city police converting the case into that of child kidnapping by unknown persons.

DC orders wheat loss assessment
Ludhiana, April 17
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, has directed officials of the Agriculture and Revenue Departments to assess the damage to the wheat crop because of the recent rain. Officials have been asked to submit their reports by tomorrow, so that the state government can take immediate action on these.

Consumer forum directs PSEB to refund excess amount
Ludhiana, April 17
The District Consumer Disputes Redresal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board to refund the excess amount charged along with interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum from the date of deposit till the date of actual payment to Mr Swatantar Bhushan Aggarwal, a resident of Tagore Nagar.

Factionalism mars Ludhiana BJP
Ludhiana, April 17
Widespread disillusionment appears to be gripping the rank and file of the Bhartiya Janta Party workers, thanks to the internal power struggle among the party’s leadership.

Baisakhi celeberationWhat is so special about the countryside. Far from madding crowds of big cities the atmosphere over there is very clean, devoid of toxic gases released by industries, vehicles and other symbols of urban progress. Everybody, particularly the people who live in cities, take pleasure to have those experiences. In order to celebrate Baisakhi, two local clubs (see picture) had created special rural ambience depicting life in countryside. 

  • PR or secrecy cell?

  • Cut-throat competition

  • Technical and creative

  • Fussy or busy?

  • Revival efforts

  • Beautiful flowers

  • Fashionable students

  • Stops sans buses

  • Down the drain

  • Mosquito-free mushaira



Child labour, the end of innocence
Ludhiana, April 17
“I work for 12 hours a day at a scooter repair shop and get merely Rs 1,000 per month. I am the eldest and have five younger brothers and sisters at home. My father works off and on. So the burden of running the family lies on my shoulders.

Punished for ‘restraining’ SDE
Ludhiana, April 17
Mr Ram Samaj, an employee of the Telecom Department, has been punished for refusing to open the GM’s office for a subdivisional engineer who allegedly wanted to entertain a woman there. 

Ex-sarpanch booked
Ludhiana, April 17
The Focal Point has registered a case of cheating against a former sarpanch of Umedpur who allegedly took money from a villager on the promise of implicating the villager's enemies in non-bailable offences.

Heavy rain lashes city
Ludhiana, April 17
Clouds which made their appearance on the city’s skies about four days ago continue to hover over the city in spite of a heavy downpour last night that sent whole of the city into a tizzy.

Propagate party policies: Dhillon
Ludhiana, April 17
Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Director, Markfed, and in charge of the Ludhiana Rural Assembly segment, exhorted the party ranks to propagate the programmes and policies of the ruling SAD, headed by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and to highlight the development works undertaken by the government.



Armed robbers loot temple
Ludhiana, April 17
About 25 armed robbers looted the Maa Da Mandir, near Phillaur, last night and injured several caretakers, including women, of the temple. The robbers decamped with cash and jewellery worth lakhs. The police has registered a case but no arrest has been made so far.

Couple beaten with iron rods
Ludhiana, April 17
The Division No. 5 police has registered a case against five persons, including a woman, for trespassing into a house and beating up a couple living in Sargodha Colony. 

  • Injured

  • Jeep stolen

  • Resident alleges fraud



European experts to visit PAU
Ludhiana, April 17
Punjab Agricultural University has established a modern information technology laboratory for postgraduate diploma in information technology. The laboratory will be inaugurated by Mr Fraz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Fisheries during his visit to PAU on April 18.

Schools to be upgraded
Ludhiana April 17
The Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker, Mr Sat Pal Gosain, paid rich tributes to Dr B.R. Ambedkar at a function organised in New Subhash Nagar here. He said Dr Ambedkar had made great contribution for the emancipation of the Dalit community.

Students seek concessional bus passes
Ludhiana, April 17
Students of the Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College, Amloh Road, have appealed to the authorities of the Department of Transport, Department of Finance, Department of Higher Education, Department of Medical Education and Research, and Directorate of Ayurveda at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences to issue concessional bus passes to them.



‘Yudhisthar and Draupadi’ to be staged
Ludhiana April 17
The Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam is organising an exhilarating performance of “Yudhisthar and Draupadi”, a play performed by Shovana Narayan (Padmashri) and Sunit Tandon and a solo kathak performance by Shovana Narayan at Guru Nanak Dev Bhavan, Ludhiana on Saturday.

Literature of the Punjabi diaspora
Ludhiana, April 17
There is new sub-sect of literature in the making. Literature by the Punjabi diaspora. Most of these writers are settled in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark and other countries.


Hockey trials by Sports Dept
Ludhiana, April 17
The craze for hockey among youngsters is once again picking up, as was witnessed here at the PAU astroturf on Tuesday, where the state Sports Department was conducting trials for their three centres, namely Surjit Hockey Academy and the Sports School in Jalandhar and the Speed Fund Academy in Ludhiana to enroll them.Top

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