Tuesday, May 29, 2001, Chandigarh, India



Aakshi Sareen tops in Class X CBSE examination
All-time best show by city students
Ludhiana, May 28
City students have done it again in the matriculation examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education. Improving upon the performance of 93.4 per cent marks of last year, the city topper this time has aggregated 94.4 per cent marks.

Appointment of Dean, Director cleared
Matter of Pro-VC’s post not taken up
Ludhiana, May 28
The Board of Management of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) which met at Chandigarh today, cleared the names of two professors for the coveted posts at the PAU. The board has approved the names of Dr G.S. Nanda and Dr M.S. Tiwana for the posts of the Director, Research and Dean, College of Agriculture, respectively.

PAU to have MBA in IT
Ludhiana, May 28
The Punjab Agricultural University has decided to include Information Technology as a specialisation in the Masters of Business Management course offered by it. The students joining the MBA department from the new semester would also be offered this specialisation, among others.



Harpreet Singh

King Bruce of rallying
Ludhiana, May 28
Reaching targets at top speed is the way Harpreet Singh lives. The winner of this year’s SJOBA (Saint John’s Old Boys Association) Thunderbolt Motor Cycle Rally at Chail in Himachal Pradesh, Harpreet, stretches his speed to the limit.

NRI investments being streamlined
Ludhiana, May 28
To ensure the maximum involvement of NRIs in the development of their native villages, the NRIs’ investment system would be streamlined and channelised by the NRI Sabha, Punjab. A comprehensive directory containing information about each and every NRI from Punjab, including his postal address, phone number and e-mail address, would also be prepared so that while taking up the integrated development of a particular village, all the NRIs belonging to that village could be contacted.



Daresi Maidan — going down the memory lane
ARESI Maidan in Ludhiana is not an ordinary ground. It is a chronicler of pitched political battles fought before and after the Partition. Daresi Maidan, now popularly known as Ramlila Grounds, is witness to great social and political upheavals in the state of Punjab.

Mr Sat Pal Puri, councillor of Ward 66, and residents of several localities, at a dharna in front of the office of the Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Ludhiana, on Monday. IV

Row over water supply turns ugly
Ludhiana, May 28
The tension between councillors of Wards 66 and 67 here on the issue of the water-supply distribution took an ugly turn today. The Congress councillor of Ward 66, Mr Sat Pal Puri, along with a large number of residents of Santokh Nagar and its nearby localities, held demonstrations at the Municipal Corporation headquarters and in front of the office of the MC Commissioner, Dr S.S. Sandhu.

Panel flays hike by PSEB in fuel surcharge
Ludhiana, May 28
The Ludhiana Electroplaters Association has decried the hike in advance consumption deposits by 33 per cent, high consumption surcharge and fuel surcharge unilaterally and arbitrarily imposed by the Punjab State Electricity Board.

Dharna against Mayor continues
Ludhiana, May 28
Indefinite dharna by the Bhartiya Janata Party against City Mayor. Apinder Singh Grewal continued here today, with the party finding a surprise ally in a senior Shiromani Akali Dal (B) leader Amarjit Singh Bhatia.

We’ll give clean admn: Ramoowalia
Sahnewal, May 28
“We shall endeavour to create a new Punjab, providing an entirely novel and clean administration, if we come to power. For this, we have begun area-wise survey and campaigning in order to organise a collective force in favour of the Peoples Welfare Party.”

Ranike expelled for anti-party activities
Ludhiana, May 28
The dissensions in the All-India Sikh Students Federation headed by Mr Tejinder Singh Sandhu deepened with the expulsion of Mr Kulwant Singh Ranike, senior vice-president, for indiscipline and anti-party activities, here today.

Rain brings respite from heat
Ludhiana, May 28
The residents had a reprieve from scorching heat after the rain lashed the city last night. The rain accompanied with thunderstorm brought the mercury 10°C below normal.

Fire in cinema hall
Khanna, May 28
There was a fire in Novelty Cinema here early today. Mr Abhinav Toki, son of the owner of the cinema hall, said the management had come to know about it at about 5 am. He said a short circuit had caused the fire.

Consumer protection panel set up
Ludhiana, May 28
The district unit of the Bhartiya Upbhokta Sanrakshan Samiti (Indian Consumers Protection Committee) was formally installed at a function in Model Town here, with Mr Surinder Singh and Mr Rajinder Singh, being nominated as the president and secretary general of the samiti, respectively.


Woman thrown into canal
Jagraon, May 28
Ms Asha Rani, wife of Bara Singh of 1343/I, Phase II, Mohali, has alleged that Mrs Harinderjit Kaur, alias Rani, her brother, daughter along with her 15-day-old daughter had been thrown in a canal near here.

Woman attacked by four persons
Khamano, May 28
Purshotam Singh, a resident of Banur (Patiala), and his four accomplices have been booked for attacking his wife, Dalwinder Kaur, at the residence of his in-laws in Todarpur village, near here.

Suicide by Ram Nagar shopkeeper
Ludhiana, May 28
A young shopkeeper committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his shop in Ram Nagar here today. The police found a number of letters in his shop that suggested that he had ended his life to avoid further harassment by four persons, including a young woman.

Man duped of 3.5 lakh; travel agents booked
Ludhiana, May 28
Two travel agents have been booked on the charge of duping a man of Rs 3.5 lakh. According to the police, Harbhajan Singh and Raju Singh had promised Kesar Singh of Munge village that they would help him settle abroad. But the duo neither fulfilled their promise nor refunded the money. The police has registered a case under section 420, IPC. No arrest has been made so far.


Govt striving to improve standard of education: Gosain
Ludhiana, May 28
In order to bring about qualitative improvement in the education system in the state, concrete steps had been taken during the last four years. Apart from introducing a large number of vocational subjects, the computer and latest IT-based training courses were also started in all the schools in co-ordination with the international level IT training companies, said Mr Sat Pal Gosian, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, while addressing a function at Government Multipurpose Senior Secondary School.

Prize distribution function
Ludhiana, May 28
The annual prize distribution function of Kundan Vidya Mandir, city branch, was organised here today.


Sutluj Club win
Ludhiana, May 28
Sutluj Club beat Lords Club by 35 runs in an exhibition match for the Sutluj Club Challenge Trophy on the Panjab Agricultural University grounds here yesterday. Sutluj Club scored 207 runs in 30 overs and, in reply, Lords Club scored only 172 runs.


Inadequate staff affects working of statistical department
Ludhiana, May 28
The economical and statistical department of the district, like other districts of the state, is in a mess due to lack of adequate staff and non-cooperative attitude of local industry to provide the required information. Since there is no law to force the industrialists and other respondents to provide information, the field staff face immense difficulties to collect the data on production, employment and other factors.


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