Friday, May 25, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Immigration agency in police net in Canada
Owner made $ 1 million in three years
Ludhiana, May 24
A large number of youths of the state who aspired for a career in foreign countries, especially in Canada, and paid hefty amounts to immigration companies are in for a shock after the exposure of an alleged international immigration racket. 

Darshan Kaur with her son in Mini Secretariat where she came to seek protection against police harassment in Ludhiana on Thursday.

Woman alleges police harassment
Ludhiana, May 24
Darshan Kaur, a middle-aged woman of Hearn village, near Raikote, has alleged that she was being harassed by the police at the behest of her estranged husband and father-in-law. She is living separately with her seven-year-old son, Sukhdarshpreet.

Colleges flout UGC norms
Ludhiana, May 24
Notwithstanding the UGC notification on having at least 180 teaching days annually, majority of the colleges of the city are flouting it by conducting classes for no more
than 140 days.




BCA students seek change of exam dates
Ludhiana, May 24
The final-year BCA students of colleges affiliated with the Punjab Technical University have written to the Vice-Chancellor, demanding change in the date of examination.

Women lawyers seek a fair deal
Ludhiana, May 24
As many as 36 women lawyers in the city are trying to break into the male bastion in adverse circumstances in District Courts, Ludhiana. Out of 1,250 registered lawyers in Ludhiana Bar Association, including taxation lawyers, these women are trying to hold their own in gruelling heat, unorganised courts where at times they have to struggle past the crowded courtrooms to reach the judges.

CM’s stress on IT education for schools
Ludhiana, May 24
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today called upon social and religious organisations engaged in running educational institutions in the state to lay main stress on introduction of the latest Information Technology (IT) and computer-based job-oriented education in their institutions so that “our coming generation could become computer literate and compete at the international level.”

Gambling at public places? No problem!
Ludhiana, May 24
Huddled together in the park along the Dusehra Grounds in the Urban Estate on the Chandigarh Road are auto drivers, rickshaw-pullers and idlers, oblivious of the world around them. All that matters at the moment is the card which one has to dispense with in lieu of the one picked from the pack in the middle. The men are playing a rummy, at the end of which one of them will get richer by Rs 30. Only a few steps away is seated another set of rummy players. They too are engrossed in the proceedings.


‘Attacks’ on PSEB teams resented
Ludhiana, May 24
The PSEB Engineers Association has taken a serious view of the increasing tendency among industrialists to manhandle PSEB staff or to lodge false and fabricated complaints with the police as diversionary tactics to cover up theft of energy and other irregularities.

Industry threatens agitation
Ludhiana, May 24
The industry, as other categories of consumers, have sharply reacted to increase in the security charges (advance consumption deposit) by the Punjab State Electricity Board and have threatened to launch a state-wide agitation against the high-handedness of the PSEB management if the same was not immediately withdrawn.

BJP councillors stage dharna against Mayor
Ludhiana, May 24
In an unusual development, which might have far reaching political ramifications in the civic body set up in the city, Bharatiya Janata Party councillors today started an indefinite dharna against the MC administration, with the City Mayor, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, being their particular target. The two-hour daily dharna would continue on all week days till the demands, put forth by the party, were conceded.

Ghuman stresses Panthic unity
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 24
Panthic unity between the two warring factions of the SAD led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President of the SHSAD, is the need of the hour, which can usher an era of peace, progress, development and prosperity in the state. All the senior Akali leaders, workers, intellectuals, senior citizens and well-wishers of the Panth should make sincere efforts to bring about this unity.

A poet who establishes instant rapport with readers
Ludhiana, May 24
Meeting Jaswant Zafar is like having a glimpse of the futuristic vision of life. He is ever in the process of views and reviews. He thinks differently not as a matter of routine but as the result of conviction. He composes poems to establish a rapport with his readers.

Participants at Ms Ethnic Contest waiting anxiously for their turn in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo: Rajesh Bhambi 

A display of traditional attire
Ludhiana, May 24
It was a day with a difference for the fashion conscious women of the city. Forgetting all that is in vogue now-a-days, it was their turn to look traditional and ethnic. So, decked up with heavy antique jewellery, they participated in a beauty contest organised by VLCC at Sutlej Club here today. Members from over five ladies clubs participated in inter-club ‘Mrs VLCC Ethnic’ contest.

Shruti declared Summer Queen
Ludhiana, May 24
The annual function of the Maharani Ladies Club was held at a restaurant in Model Town, today, where a ‘Summer Queen’ contest got underway. Members of various age groups took part in the contest. Some of the contestants looked ethnic and graceful in sarees in pastel summery shades.

Villagers seek inauguration of exchange
Ludhiana, May 24
On a call given by the Kirti Kisan Union, residents of Manuke, Deharke, Bhamipura and Bassuwal villages staged a dharna outside the office of General Manager (Telephones) demanding an early commissioning of the Manuke exchange, here today.

Amarinder’s 7-point programme hailed
Ludhiana, May 24
Congress functionaries have welcomed the seven-point programme for trade and industry, announced by Capt Amarinder Singh, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, during an interaction with members of trade and representatives of civic bodies.

Arrest criminals, demands association
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 23
Members of the Truck and Bus Bodybuilders Association, Sirhind, held a strike today in protest against the failure of the Sirhind police to nab a gang of robbers who looted goods from their workshops and injured a few employees recently.

League’s plea to SGPC
Ludhiana, May 24
Lieut-Col C.S. Dhillon, president, Indian Ex-Services League (Punjab and Chandigarh), has appealed to the SGPC to ensure that the families of those Sikh Armymen who had left their barracks in the wake of “Operation Bluestar” are ‘given all benefits of sustenance and their children are looked after and brought up as proud citizens’.

Bonsai is a passion with him
R Ranjit Singh Chakkal, a local resident, has achieved the distinction of having the largest collection of bonsai in the region. Bonsai, the Chinese word originates from two words- ‘bon’ and ‘sai’. ‘Bon’ means the pot and ‘Sai’ means the plant. Bonsai means the plants collected in pots or flat trays. He has planted over 300 bonsai plants. Today, he claims with pride that some of the plants are more than 30 years old.

Sarabha’s renovated house inaugurated
Ludhiana, May 24
The newly renovated house of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha was formally dedicated to the state at a function held in Sarabha village today on the occasion of the martyr’s birth anniversary.

Bank employees hold demonstration
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 24
On a nationwide call given by the United Forum of Bank Union, nearly 250 employees, including officers, working in branches of nationalised bank in the district gathered in front of Punjab National Bank’s branch at Sirhind yesterday and held a demonstration in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands.

Corruption in PSEB alleged
Mandi Gobindgarh, May 24
Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi, former minister, alleged that the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) had kept Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, in the dark about the poor financial state of the board.


Middle-aged man found dead
Ludhiana, May 24
A middle-aged debt-ridden man, who allegedly had bitter relations with his parents, wife and in-laws, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in front of his shop near a temple in Daresi Ground market early this morning.

Former coop society secy booked
Khanna, May 24
The Khanna police has registered a case against a former secretary of the Pawat Cooperative Agriculture Service Society Hedian on the charges of cheating and fraud of about Rs 2,50,000.

Car mechanic booked for theft
Ludhiana, May 24
A car mechanic who has a service centre on the Ferozepure road has been booked on the charges of stealing a resident’s car given to him for repair.

  • Travel agent booked

  • House burgled

  • Dowry case

  • Woman set afire

Plot allottees defrauded
Ludhiana, May 24
About 200 buyers in Jai Shakti Nagar in Basti Jodhewal have been left in the lurch by a builder who is alleged to have fled after allotting them the plots they have purchased from him. Most of these plot holders today approached the Deputy Commissioner, seeking his help to get ownership rights of the plots, for which, they claimed, they had paid the money to the coloniser.


BKU (U) organises farmers’ conference
Doraha, May 24
A conference was organised by the district unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (United) at Ghudani Kalan village, yesterday. The conference was presided over by Mr Pishora Singh Sidhupur, president, Punjab, Mr Sadhu Singh Ghaloti, district president and Mr Bhupinder Singh, former sarpanch of the village.


PAU may have Pro-VC shortly
Ludhiana, May 24
With the Punjab and Haryana High Court disposing of the petition against the appointment of Dr K.S. Aulakh as the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, the PAU is buzzing with speculation that the post is likely to be filled shortly.

Few applicants for principals’ posts
Ludhiana, May 24
The UGC notification regarding PhD qualification for the post of principal in colleges seems to have led to a crisis. Recent interviews for the post at two colleges of the city, where few candidates have appeared, indicate that filling the post with PhD qualified candidate is not an easy task.

Aulakh refutes NCP allegations
Ludhiana, May 24
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Dr K.S. Aulakh, has denied the allegations levelled against him by the Punjab Pradesh Nationalist Congress Party, which had accused him of running a dairy farm at Humbran in violation of PAU statutes.

Village politics hits work in school
Ludhiana, May 24
Work in the Senior Secondary School, Lalton Kalan, is being hit reportedly due to the rivalry between a former sarpanch of the village and panchayat. The former sarpanch is allegedly instigating some people in the village to file complaints against the management of the school.


Bail plea rejected
Ludhiana, May 24
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr S.S. Arora, has rejected the bail application of Paramjit Singh, alias Sonu, a resident of Dashmesh Nagar, and Rajkumar, a resident of New Janta Nagar, in a case registered against them under Section 394 of the IPC at the Focal Point police station.

  • Anticipatory bail


Balanced diet key to health
Ludhiana, May 24
In the 1950s, the food served at the CMC&H was in the form of langars. The vegetables and dal was taken in buckets and chapatis were taken in baskets. In 1954, Ms Gwen Forbat designed the dietary department of the CMC&H. It was the first dietary department to be set up in a hospital in the northern region. Ms Maxime Birch carried forward the work by further modernising the equipment.


Excise department to file report on raids today
Ludhiana, May 24
The officials of the State Excise and Taxation Department will be delighted when they present a status report on the seized hosiery packets on December 5, 2000, at the local railway station. Only 193 packets remained with them out of more than 2400 packets that were confiscated by the department. The department recovered about Rs 1 crore as penalty from the traders after verifying the material, said Mr Pritpal Singh, Director, Enforcement, Excise and Taxation Department, Punjab.


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