Tuesday, May 8, 2001, Chandigarh, India



7 arrested for poppy husk smuggling
Ludhiana, May 7
The sale of poppy husk from licensed vends in neighbouring Rajasthan has become a headache for the state police as a number of gangs indulging in drug trafficking have mushroomed up in the state.

Fiery Kiran lashes out against female foeticide
Ludhiana, May 7
‘‘The crime against women and children in Punjab is bound to rise in the coming years if one goes by the declining in male female sex ratio,’’ said Ms Kiran Bedi, Joint Commissioner, Training of Delhi Police, who was on a visit to the city here today.

Kiran Bedi before addressing inmates at the Central Jail in Ludhiana on Monday.Kiran’s reform mantra for prisoners

Kiran Bedi before addressing inmates at the Central Jail in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Dowry devours teenager?
Ludhiana, May 7
Married off at the age of 13 years by her poor parents, Paramjit Kaur allegedly became a dowry victim at the tender age of 15 in Sidhwan Bet.


Harassment by traffic cop alleged
Ludhiana, May 7
Mr Arvind Kumar, a resident of Shimlapuri, has in a written complaint alleged harassment at the hands of an ASI of the city traffic police.

Three held in torture case
Ludhiana, May 7
There were as many as 23 burn wounds on the body of an about 50-year-old assistant driver of Mullanpur Dakha, who was rescued by the Jagraon police and some journalists after being tortured for more than two days allegedly by his employer and his two accomplices.

Punjab lifts ban on recruitment
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 7

A passer-by looks at the goodies displayed at the footpath on the GT Road in front of the railway station on Sunday.
A passer-by looks at the goodies displayed at the footpath on the GT Road in front of the railway station on Sunday.

“The Punjab Government has withdrawn the ban imposed on fresh recruitment in government services and all vacant posts in every department, particularly in the Education Department will be filled soon.” This was stated by Raja Narinder Singh, Minister for Public Health, while addressing a gathering at Makaronpur village in the district today after inaugurating the 24-hour power supply scheme in the village.


Govt failed on every front: Tohra
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 7
“The law and order machinery has totally collapsed in the state and the government has lost its control over the Police Department. The police in the state has no interest in curbing the crime, rather it prefers to loot the public by checking vehicles just to amass money,” said Jathedar G.S. Tohra, President, SHSAD, while speaking at the bhog ceremony of late Varinder Singh who was killed by a gang or robbers last week at Nabipur village.

Sena men burn Sheikh Hasina’s effigy
Ludhiana, May 7
A large number of Shiv Sainiks led by Mr Jagdish Tangri took out a protest march from Gur Mandi last evening and burnt the effigy of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in protest against the killing of 16 BSF jawans and the burning of the Indian Tricolour by fundamentalists of that country.

Drive on road safety awareness
Ludhiana, May 7
An intensive drive will be launched in the city to create road sense and awareness about traffic rules among the people during the traffic fortnight, being observed from May 1 to 15.

Labourers’ convention on May 25
Ludhiana, May 7
The joint front of major rural and agricultural labourers’ unions in the state will hold a state-level convention at Desh Bhakat Hall in Jalandhar on May 25. The front, comprising rural and agricultural labour unions, was formed here yesterday.

A view of the Budha Nullah passing through Ludhiana.Budha Nullah to be desilted
Ludhiana, May 7
The municipal corporation has decided to take up desilting of the Budha Nullah within the city limits. The entire 9-km stretch of the nullah will be cleaned before the onset of the rainy season. A meeting was convened by the Mayor to discuss the matter with the area councillors concerned and officials of the O and M cell of the civic body.

A view of the Budha Nullah passing through Ludhiana.

Publisher of Aarsi to be honoured
Ludhiana, May 7
The local Punjabi Sahit Academy has condemned the increasing obscenity on television channels and in films. At its annual meeting held here yesterday, it urged the Union Government and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to take strict action against such channels and directors.

SSP clarifies
Ludhiana, May 7
In a complete volte-face, the district police has gone back on its orders of suspending the SHO of the Haibowal police station, Warryam Singh, whose two cops have been booked for an alleged custodial death.

Children’s park encroached upon
A boundary wall raised around a portion of land of a children’s park in the Adarsh Nagar colony on Sunday in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, May 7
In a brazen attempt of unlawful occupancy of public property, a group of persons allegedly encroached upon a portion of the children’s park in Adarsh Nagar Colony, near octroi post, on the Ferozepore road on the outskirts of the city yesterday.

A boundary wall raised around a portion of land of a children’s park in the Adarsh Nagar colony on Sunday in Ludhiana. — Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Auditing power sought
Ludhiana, May 7
The Taxation Bar Association of Punjab at its meeting held here yesterday, has sought the power of auditing accounts for income tax practitioners.


New varieties released
Ludhiana, May 7
The Punjab State Variety Approval Committee has released a new variety of maize, JH-3459, and cotton variety, LD-694, at a meeting held recently under the chairmanship of Dr Mewa Singh Sonar, Director, Agriculture Department, Punjab.

Compensation meagre: BKU
Samrala, May 7
Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, national general secretary of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), today rejected the amount of compensation declared by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for the wheat crop damaged due to short circuits.


PAUTA’s decision to move court flayed
Ludhiana, May 7
The decision of the General Body of the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers’ Association (PAUTA) to file a case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking the implementation of the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) with effect from January 1, 1996 and the benefit of total length of service for promotion of the PAU teachers to the higher cadres of Associate Professor and Professor, has been termed as illegal and injudicious by two former functionaries of the association. The said decision was taken in a meeting of the PAUTA held on May 3.

Sodhi re-elected PCCTU chief
Ludhiana, May 7
Prof K.B.S.Sodhi was unanimously re-elected president of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) at the 52nd annual session of the PCCTU held at GGN Khalsa College here yesterday.


Forum quashes PSEB demand for Rs 32,825
Ludhiana, May 7
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed the demand of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for Rs 32,825 from Ms Jaswinder Kaur, a resident of Model Town Extension. The forum has further directed the PSEB to refund the amount deposited against the disputed demand, along with interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum, from the date of deposit till actual payment.



Typhoid cases on the rise
Ludhiana, May 7
The scorching heat and increase in temperature have brought various contagious diseases like typhoid, gastro-enteritis, viral fever, cold and diarrhoea with it. Though the Health Department has initiated several steps to bring awareness about these diseases among the masses, there has been an increase in the number of cases of typhoid and gastro-enteritis in the city.

Function held to mark Thalassemia Day
Ludhiana, May 7
The Punjab Thalassemics’ Welfare Society and Inner-Wheel Club held a function yesterday in connection with the International Thalassemia Day which falls on May 8 at Ludhiana Club.


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