Saturday, May 12, 2001,  Chandigarh, India



Police blames it on poor infrastructure
Ludhiana, May 11
Facing criticism due to the recent spurt in criminal incidents in the city, the Ludhiana police has held the shortage of men, vehicles, infrastructure and funds as the main reason for the problems faced in combating the crime.

Cops told to win over public
Ludhiana, May 11
The Principal Home Secretary, Mr Bikramjit Singh, is scheduled to visit Ludhiana again on May 15 to review the follow-up measures being taken by the local administration, particularly the police, in view of some recent crime-related incidents.

Ludhiana absconder held in Germany
Ludhiana, May 11
An NRI’s bid to escape the clutches of the state police, that was after him since April in connection with his alleged involvement in a dowry death case, has failed as he has been apprehended by the German police.

PAU scientists told to help farmers
Ludhiana, May 11
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, has asked the scientists of the university to help farmers face the challenge posed by WTO.


Meritorious students receiving scholarships from MP Vinod Khanna at a function in Ludhiana on Friday.

Scholarships awarded to students
Ludhiana, May 11
The Nehru Sidhant Kendra organised a function here today. Vinod Khanna, actor-turned-politician, was the chief guest on the occasion. He distributed scholarships worth Rs 10 lakh among needy and meritorious students of schools and colleges of Punjab.

Meritorious students receiving scholarships from MP Vinod Khanna at a function in Ludhiana on Friday.
— Photo by Rajesh Bhambi 


Cong launches signature campaign
Ludhiana, May 11
The District Congress Committee today launched the second phase of a ‘signature campaign’ in the Ludhiana west constituency against the NDA coalition government in the Centre, headed by Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee.

Programme for proper use of funds
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 11
A programme to ensure proper utilisation of the funds sanctioned for various development projects during the sangat darshan programmes of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, has been chalked out. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner at a press conference here recently.

Changing face of Ghumar Mandi
Ludhiana, May 11
Ghumar Mandi, once the exclusive domain of potters, which was then located on the outskirts of Ludhiana, has over the years become a fashionable shopping centre in the heart of the new city. A couple of potters, however, still manage to eke out a living by selling earthenware.

A boy poses with colourfully decorated ‘matkas’ in Ghumar Mandi, Ludhiana.
A boy poses with colourfully decorated ‘matkas’ in Ghumar Mandi, Ludhiana.

PSEB draws flak on surcharge
Ludhiana, May 11
The decision of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to levy an additional fuel surcharge of 5 paise per unit on all categories of consumers has come in for sharp criticism by industrial and the domestic consumers, who opine that the hike is unwarranted, ill-timed and arbitrary.

A view of the illegally occupied lane on the other side of the G.T. Road in Ludhiana on Friday. Encroachments galore on GT Road
Ludhiana, May 11
Can’t the city do without the controversial elevated road project aimed at easing traffic between Jagraon Bridge and Chand Cinema on the GT Road?

A view of the illegally occupied lane on the other side of the G.T. Road in Ludhiana on Friday. 
— Photo by D.B. Chopra

Information centre in city soon 
Ludhiana, May 11
The CICU complex to be build at Focal Point here will provide information about the business prospects of 137 countries. It will be made available to facilitate the entrepreneurs for conducting business without wastage of time, said Mr Inderjit Singh Pardhan, president, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, Ludhiana, in a press note issued here today.

Flavour of the week
HE police is supposed to help the public. But in the city, the atrocities of the police have surpassed the tolerance levels of the public. Deaths in police custody have proved that the police is nothing short of barbarians. In spite of the people raising hue and cry, stoning police vehicles, gheraoing police stations, the police seems to be quite indifferent to public pressure.


Roll of honour for Shama Bansal
Ludhiana, May 11
“Vocational training is necessary to find jobs for the young people. So we have arranged computer education for students with the cooperation of international companies. This kind of vocational education will solve the problem of unemployment,” said Master Mohan Lal, Minister for Higher Education, in his convocation address at the annual convocation function held at the Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women today.

PAUTA supports agitating students
Ludhiana, May 11
Agitating students of the College of Agriculture (COA), PAU, have got a shot in the arm today with the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers Association (PAUTA) announcing its support to the students cause.

Forum quashes PSEB demand
Ludhiana, May 11
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed a bill of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), requiring Mr Dev Raj, a resident of Atal Nagar, to pay Rs 1,28,943. The forum further directed the PSEB to restore the connection of the consumer within 15 days of the receipt of the order.


Stubble burning, a health hazard
Ludhiana, May 11
Over 50 per cent of the city’s population is estimated to be suffering from a number of respiratory problems owing to the continuous burning of wheat stubble by farmers in villages, despite being advised by farm scientists not to do so. Sudden temperature variation is also responsible for respiratory ailments, according to medical experts.

Chemists sore over hike in licence fee
Ludhiana, May 11
Members of the District Chemists and Druggists Association have decided to present a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner against increase in the renewal fee of drug licences from Rs 40 to Rs 500.


Cricket trials
Ludhiana, May 11
Trials to select the Ludhiana district under-16 cricket team for the Inter-District Summer League Cricket Tournament organised by the Punjab Cricket Association, will be held on May 13 at the Arya College for Boys.

Projects worth Rs 8.87 cr for city
Ludhiana, May 11
The Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation has approved development projects worth Rs 8.87 crore which includes a sub-way near the Mini Secretariat at Ferozepur Road, a foot bridge near the Government College for Women, purchase of nine fire-tenders, four-laning of Metro Road in Focal Point, re-laying of the link road from Bharat Nagar Chowk to general bus stand and cleaning and desilting of 12.5 km of open drains and 7.5 km of underground sludge sewer lines in the city.

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