Thursday, May 24, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Robbers decamp with cash, jewellery; injure four
Injured Baljinder Kaur admitted at the DMCH, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. Khanna, May 23
Armed with iron rods and sticks, about six persons attacked a family in Khanna and decamped with cash and ornaments after seriously injuring three family members. 
Injured Baljinder Kaur admitted at the DMCH, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Punjab Roadways staff observe two-hour strike
Ludhiana, May 23
More than 2,400 buses of Punjab Roadways came to a standstill today in the state when 9,000 employees of the roadways observed a two-hour strike in 18 depots on a call of Joint Action Committee of 12 employees’ unions. 

Move to privatise water supply, sewerage
Ludhiana, May 23
In a complete volte face over its earlier move to provide free water supply and sewerage facility to the city population, the Municipal Corporation has embarked upon a scheme to privatise these services in order to extend the cover and to bring about a qualitative and quantitative improvement over a long term period.

BJP councillors to stage dharna
Ludhiana, May 23
In a rather unprecedented move, Bharatiya Janata Party councillors would launch a campaign against the City Mayor, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, from tomorrow, when the party workers would stage a daily dharna in front of his office to press for their demand for cancellation of nine resolutions, brought before the MC general house through a last minute supplementary agenda and subsequently adopted with a majority vote, without any discussion.

Tastefully decorated Roza Sharif at Fategharh Sahib attracts devotees on the occasion of annual Urs on Tuesday night.
Tastefully decorated Roza Sharif at Fategharh Sahib attracts devotees on the occasion of annual Urs on Tuesday night. 
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan



New fruit varieties approved
Ludhiana, May 23
The State Variety Approval Committee for horticultural and floriculture crops which met under the chairmanship of Dr Jagtar Singh Mann, Director of Horticulture, Punjab, approved four new varieties of flowers, three varieties of fruits and one variety of vegetable crop for cultivation in Punjab.

High-handedness by PSEB officials alleged
Ludhiana, May 23
Several activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), its youth wing and office-bearers of various trade and industrial organisations have charged the Punjab State Electricity Board authorities with highhandedness and vindictive attitude against a local steel mill, owned by Mr Balwinder Singh Bains, president of the youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar).

‘Institutional friction stunting growth’
Ludhiana, May 23
“The present growth rate of about 6 per cent of the Indian economy, can be raised to 9 per cent provided the country can get rid of institutional frictions — failure of physical and human infrastructure to work efficiently. 


‘Most burn victims are young women’
Ludhiana, May 23
“A victim with 60 per cent burns has 90 per cent chances of survival, whereas a person with 70 per cent burns has 40 per cent chances of survival. A burn victim needs a lot of financial support, besides family support, to survive,” says Dr Abraham Thomas, in charge of burn unit and plastic surgery unit in CMC Hospital. 

Power situation improves
Lalton (Ludhiana), May 23
Thanks to recent rain in the region, this small village like several others has got pleasant relief with the duration of power cuts reduced by about eight hours. Electricity remains off for not more than eight hours these days.

Notices served on Cong leaders
Ludhiana, May 23
The Congress high command is understood to have issued show-cause notices to some local leaders, including the District Youth Congress Committee (Urban) president, Mr Parminder Mehta, for their alleged role in April 11 incidents before and at a party rally and also for allegedly indulging in slogan shouting against the Pradesh Congress Committee President, Capt Amarinder Singh.

No protest was staged: Makkar
Ludhiana, May 23
A senior Akali leader and the acting district president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, today denied that he had staged any demonstration against the police or the government.

Stop contract system: sabha
Ludhiana, May 23
A meeting of the ladies wing of the Shri Guru Valmiki Sabha, Punjab, was held at Naali Mohalla here yesterday, which was presided over by its vice-president. A resolution was passed, asking the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, to immediately implement his recently announced decision regarding the payment of wages for Saturdays. 



One booked for murder
Ludhiana, May 23
The police has booked Kala under Section 302 of the IPC for stabbing a Bihari migrant near Malhar Palace cinema on the night of May 17. The victim later succumbed to injuries in Civil Hospital yesterday. 

  • Cars stolen

  • Driver booked

  • Snatcher held

  • Assault case

  • Three booked

  • Case registered


Conference to focus on NRIs’ investment
Ludhiana, May 23
With a view to promote the involvement of NRIs in the development of their native villages in Punjab in a big way, a states level conference of the representatives of NRIs will be organised at Guru Nanak Bhawan here on May 27, in which more than 500 delegates of NRIs from different parts of the world are expected to participate.



Agri-technocrats stage dharna
Ludhiana, May 23
In response to a call given by the Agricultural Technocrats Action Committee, Punjab, agri-technocrats of the Department of Agriculture, today staged demonstration in front of the residence of Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, Agriculture Minister, here, demanding withdrawal of false cases involving verification of sale of fertilisers.

BKU flays Central Govt’s move
Ludhiana, May 23
The Bharti Kisan Union, Punjab, has taken exception to the Central Government’s move to decentralise procurement of various foodgrains by eliminating the role of the Food Corporation of India which has been purchasing wheat and paddy so far.

‘Sow recommended varieties of rice’
Ludhiana, May 23
Experts at Punjab Agricultural University have advised the farmers to grow only the recommended varieties of paddy to ensure that their produce does not suffer any disease.


PAU students call off strike
Ludhiana, May 23
Students of the College of Agricultural Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, today called off their fortnight-long strike when the Dean, Dr H.S. Sekhon, conceded to their demand.

Students’ parents end protest
Ludhiana, May 23
Parents of students studying in Satyawati Oswal Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Millerganj, ended their dharna today after the school management agreed to slash the school fee and funds with immediate effect.

It’s homework time for students
OLIDAYS! holidays! The students rushed out, shouting, pushing, jostling, happiness writ large on their faces as schools had closed for summer vacation much to the relief of students. 



Hariharan weaves magic with his music
Ludhiana, May 23
If music is the food for soul, then the audience at Guru Nanak Bhavan had a feast yesterday at the concert of Hariharan, a noted singer. His melodious voice soothed and delighted the audience. He visited to the city on the invitation of Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, president of the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam, an organisation that is organising a number of cultural programmes for Ludhianvis.
Hariharan performs in Guru Nanak Bhavan, Ludhiana, on Tuesday.
Hariharan performs at Guru Nanak Bhavan, Ludhiana, on Tuesday. 


155 attend hockey trials
Ludhiana, May 23
As many as 155 player participated in the trials for the Punjab and Sind Bank Hockey team and the PSB Hockey Academy. Mr Charanjit Singh Raheja, sports secretary of the, PSB Sports Board, said that 50 players, in the age group of 18 to 21 years, reported for trials for the PSB team while 105 player, in the age group of 15 to 18 year, reported for the trials of the PSB Hockey Academy. Top

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