Saturday, April 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India



FCI loses Rs 2,600 crore
Quality of paddy poor in Punjab
Ludhiana, April 27
The Food Corporation of India has lost about Rs 2,600 crore in the past three years due to poor quality of paddy that had been purchased by the agency in Punjab. The stocks lying in FCI stores were piling up, leading to further damage as rice mills have been rejecting it for milling. Surprisingly, the government had reduced the rejection limit for damaged grain to half for milled rice, thus further compounding the problem.

Punjabi youths lodged in Pak jail
Khamano, April 27
Old parents and relatives of Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Khamano, who is at present lodged in a jail in Baluchistan (Pakistan) are waiting for his release. Kulwinder Singh, along with 28 other Punjabi youths, had gone abroad in search of employment after being lured by greedy travel agents, that landed them in jail.

Computerisation drive comes a cropper
Ludhiana, April 27
The computerisation project at the head post office here launched with much fanfare by Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, Communications Minister, in September last year has come a cropper. Although a similar project launched at the same time in other cities like Gurdaspur, Patiala and Jalandhar has been a success, the postal department here has not succeeded in achieving the desired results.



Adultery — thy victim is family
Ludhiana, April 27
When marriages fail, love tends to find expression outside it. The obsession turns fatal at times. In one case, a woman kills her two children to please her paramour. In another, a suspecting husband kills his wife and other family members before committing suicide.

Encroachment bid by revenue officials?
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 27
The alleged attempt to encroach upon a piece of land measuring six kanal and eight marla at Bassi Pathana by the officials from one Jai Krishan Khanna has become a bone of contention for the administration as well as for the revenue officials.

Minor boy missing
Doraha, April 27
A minor boy has been missing from here since April 24. According to a report submitted to the police, Kuldip Singh alias Pinky, father of Johny alias Gguddu (age 9 years) has said that his son, a student of second standard of Arya School here last ventured out from the house, around 8 p.m. in the evening.



Feng Shui & the trinity of luck
ENG Shui is not a spiritual practice which creates miracles. But its effects do sometimes appear like miracles. Feng Shui works according to the quality of the energies that surrounds any domestic set-up or work place. When one is going through a time of good fortune according to one’s fate or destiny, beneficial Feng Shui enhances the good fortune, bringing greater good luck.


41 degrees and no water
Ludhiana, April 27
For about 500 families living around Deep Hospital in Model Town area, it is a harrowing ordeal. For the past three days, they have been getting contaminated water through taps and have to depend daily on the water tanker of the Municipal Corporation.

Water supply disrupted
Sahnewal, April 27
Sahnewal and around two dozen surrounding villages have been passing through a severe water-crises for the past 15 days.

Powerless to check power thefts
Ludhiana, April 27
The power situation is worsening every day. College students taking exams these days are literally forced to ‘burn midnight oil’ due to frequent power failures. Surprisingly, a section of domestic and industrialist consumers in the city are enjoying unlimited power supply and that too without paying anything. Officials in the Punjab State Electricity Board say power theft has reached alarming proportions and is one of the reasons of frequent power cuts. Overloading on the transmission lines often lead to burning of transformers and total blackouts.

MC zonal offices fail to serve purpose
Ludhiana, April 27
The decentralisation of Municipal Corporation functioning and shifting of relevant records to the zonal offices at different places in the city have further added to the misery of the city population and the zonal offices have failed to serve the purpose they were supposed to.

Saying it with fruits and flowers
Ludhiana, April 27
This is an exhibition with a difference. The theme is ‘fruits and flowers’. There are carved fruits and flowers on each product at display at the exhibition. The three-day exhibition, which started yesterday at a local Ladies Club has been organised by a private company.

Candle stands and bone china crockery on display at an exhibition in Ludhiana on Friday. 

Ban cow slaughter: Shankracharya
Ludhiana, April 27
Jagadguru Shankracharya of Jyotishpeeth, Swami Madhavashram, has demanded a legislation to ban cow slaughter in the country. Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, he appealed to all politicians, film personalities and intellectuals to work for total ban on cow slaughter in the country.

Information on bombs?
Sahnewal, April 27
According to an FIR (No 49), registered at the Sahnewal police station under Sections 4 and 5 of the Explosive Act and Section 201 of the IPC, a secret information was provided by some unknown person, to Mr Gurjit Singh, Additional SHO, on telephone, that he knew the name of the person who had thrown bombs into the water which were recovered by the police from under the Katani Kalan bridge.


BKU threatens statewide agitation
Ludhiana, April 27
Charging the government procurement agencies with tardy purchase of wheat and exploitation of farmers in the state mandis, the Bhartiya Kisan Union has threatened to stage dharnas all over the state. If the government fails to safeguard the interests of farmers, the union will resort to gherao of all Punjab Ministers.

Cong dharna spurs wheat procurement
Machhiwara, April 27
Following a dharna by local Congress workers in front of the grain market here yesterday, there has been an increase in procurement of wheat.


PAU bakery workshop concludes
Ludhiana, April 27
The Department of Food Sciences & Technology at Punjab Agriculture University organised a two-day bakery workshop and demonstration of bakery products that concluded here today. It was sponsored by the US Wheat Associates and Society of Indian Bakers.

Women attend a workshop on baking at Punjab Agriculture University in Ludhiana.

Women attend a workshop on baking at Punjab Agriculture University in Ludhiana.


Forum ‘fuses’ PSEB demand for Rs 2,37,694
Ludhiana, April 27
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed a demand by the Punjab State Electricity Board seeking Rs 2,37,694 from Ms Usha Rani, a resident of Kot Mangal Singh. The forum further directed the PSEB to refund the amount deposited along with interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum from the date of deposit till the actual payment.


Designing dresses for stars
Ludhiana, April 27
She designs the costumes of filmstars, and “they do not show me their nakhra”, says designer Sulakshna Sunetra who was on a visit to Ludhiana, accompanying Punjabi actress Priti Sapru.


Archives of CMC Hospital, a unique treasure house
Ludhiana, April 27
The archives of CMC Hospital maintain a precise pictorial and documentary record of all major events in the CMC &H since its inception in the year 1893. The history of this more than a century-old institution has thus been preserved carefully through pictures and records.

Physiotherapy camp at DMCH
Ludhiana, April 27
Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will organise a two-day physiotherapy and occupational therapy camp on April 28 and 29 at the Dumra Auditorium. The camp will be jointly organised by the Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre of the DMCH.


Mini-technology park for city soon
Ludhiana, April 27
The government will open a mini-technology park in the city soon to provide training in information technology to the youth. This was stated by Mr Darbara Singh Guru, Director, Industries, Punjab, here last night. He was addressing a gathering at the annual function of the Association of Computer Entrepreneurs.

Samples of ‘adulterated’ oil collected
Ludhiana, April 27
The District Health Officer has collected samples of refined cooking oil from a distributor in the old city after receiving complaints of adulterated oil being sold there.

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