Wednesday, May 16, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Move on privatisation of water supply, sewerage
MC drops stand on free civic facilities
Ludhiana, May 15
Dropping its earlier stand on waiving water supply and sewerage charges, which is yet to be approved by the state government, the local Municipal Corporation has brought in a new proposal for privatisation of these services. Privatisation is proposed to be introduced the way it has been done in Thiruvananthapuram and Pune.

Karamati Kot gets magical response
Ludhiana, May 15
‘Karamati Kot’ is a hot favourite among all the films that are being screened as part of the Children’s Film Festival in theatres here. The Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI) and the District Red Cross Society have brought this festival to the city.

School students outside a cinema hall in Ludhiana on Tuesday, after watching one of the movies of the Children’s Film Festival. School students outside a cinema hall in Ludhiana on Tuesday, after watching one of the movies of the Children’s Film Festival. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi




CPI calls for movement against NDA govt
Ludhiana, May 15
Dr Joginder Dayal, Secretary, CPI, Punjab, today called upon all secular and democratic forces to unite to build a movement to expose the present NDA government led by the BJP and ultimately “throw this communal and reactionary government out of power”.

Prompt action by admn saves two lives
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 15
With the timely intervention of the Deputy Commissioner, lives of two tubewell diggers, who had been buried alive, were saved after a long struggle of 7 hours, which continued till late last night.

Writ against Aulakh disposed of
Chandigarh, May 15
A writ petition filed by two doctors for quashing the appointment of Dr K.S. Aulakh was today disposed of after counsel for Punjab Agriculture University stated that the respondent was no longer discharging the duty of Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

YC workers protest against worsening law and order
Ludhiana, May 15
The District Youth Congress (DYC) organised a protest march from Jagraon bridge to Mini Secretariat here today against the deteriorating law and order situation and ‘non-functioning’ of the police.

CM pushing state into debt trap: Tohra
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 15
“The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has taken a loan of Rs 400 crore from the Oriental Bank of Commerce to distribute the grants at ‘Sangat Darshan’ programmes.


BJP leader pleads for health, social justice
Ludhiana, May 15
A veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader and member of the Rajya Sabha, Lala Lajpat Rai, has pleaded for effective action to provide better health and education facilities and social justice to the people.

Relay fast by traders
Mandi Gobindgarh, May 15
After the fourth successive day of an indefinite strike and dharna staged in the main bazar here today by industrialists and traders, the action committee formed by them decided to start a five-member chain fast from Wednesday, at the Loha Bazar to protest against the manhandling of Mr Danesh Kumar of Neel Kanth Ispat on Friday.

Pensioner alleges harassment at the hands of bank staff
Ludhiana, May 15
Eighty-year-old Mr Harbans Lal, a pensioner, is a harassed man after his recent experience with officials of the State Bank of Patiala. He receives his pension of Rs 600 every three months from one of the branches of this bank.

VHP seeks abrogation of Liberahan Commission
Ludhiana, May 15
The firebrand leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Ms Sadhvi Ritambra, has declared that the Ram temple would be constructed at the same site in Ayodhaya but not before another mass movement was launched.

‘Misleading world of advertisements’
Ludhiana, May 15
The advertisers had never been so aggressive as they have become today to sell their product among the teeming millions of India. Various advertisements are not only misleading, but full of disinformation, much beyond the comprehension of a rational mind.

ITI employees stage dharna
Ludhiana, May 15
Employees of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) of Ludhiana Zone staged a dharna at the Mini Secretariat here yesterday to protest against the anti-employee policies of the government as well as to highlight their outstanding demands.

Cows shall loiter no more
Doraha, May 15
The foundation-stone of a gaushala was laid by Sant Shri Krishna Nand Brahamchari at a function organised by residents of Doraha.

Oases in concrete jungle
Ludhiana, May 15
Thanks to places in the city like the campus of Punjab Agricultural University, Rakh Bagh and Rose Garden. These give space to citizens of the mega city to breath easily in wee and evening hours. The places remain overcrowded in the morning and evening.
WALKER’S PARADISE: People on a morning walk on the PAU campus, in Ludhiana.
WALKER’S PARADISE: People on a morning walk on the PAU campus, in Ludhiana. 

Kitties for kids: no kidding!
Ludhiana, May 15
In Ludhiana it is not just the parents who go out for kitty parties or to clubs, tiny tots, too, have formed their own kitty groups here where they interact, play various games, dance and have a lot of fun, sans the presence of elders.

AISSF takes exception to ‘cultural pollution’
Ludhiana, May 15
The All-India Sikh Students Federation (Badal), headed by Mr Tejinder Singh Sandhu, has taken strong exception to “vulgar and provocative songs and video albums” dished out in the name of Punjabi pop by satellite channels and cable TV networks.


Razing of shops in Sarabha Nagar: case registered
Ludhiana, May 15
The police has registered a case under Sections 457, 380, 447, 427, 148 and 149 of the IPC and Sections 25, 52 and 59 of the Arms Act on the statement of Mr Naresh Kumar, son of Mr Ram Saroop, a resident of Maharaj Nagar, in connection with the shop razing incident in Sarabha Nagar on Sunday night.



Forum penalises Telecom Dept
Ludhiana, May 15
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Telecom Department to pay Rs 5,000 on account of deficiency in services along with the cost of litigation to a city resident, Mr Avinash Bawa.


Sale of cut fruit goes on unchecked
Ludhiana, May 15
Despite a ban by the District Administration on the sale of cut fruit and uncovered eatables in the city, these are being sold ‘unchecked’ in many areas, threatening human lives with contagious diseases like typhoid, cholera and gastroenteritis.

Dental course
Ludhiana, May 15
The Indian Dental Association, Punjab, organised a one-day course on ‘Easy Steps to Excellence in Prosthodontics’ here at Hotel Baron.

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