Saturday, June 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India



CBI to probe alibi claim of accused in Mukhija case
Ludhiana, June 8
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started an investigation into the Ludhiana angle to the murder case of Congress leader Harmesh Kumar Mukhija. The prime accused, Gurbax Singh Kuku, claims to have been in the custody of the city police at the time of the murder. The Congress leader was murdered at Dharamkot in Moga district on November 13.

Youngsters try to beat the heat by diving into a local canal in Ludhiana on Friday. Youngsters try to beat the heat by diving into a local canal in Ludhiana on Friday. 
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Baddowal villagers lift dharna
Ludhiana, June 8
The three-day-old dharna by villagers of Baddowal was postponed till June 10 today after the Sangharash Committee was given an appointment by the Chief Minister to find an amicable solution to the matter.

No clue to doctor’s death
Ludhiana, June 8
Two days after a CMC resident doctor, Sheetal Franklin, committed suicide under mysterious circumstances, the police and the CMC authorities are still groping in the dark about the reasons that could have led her to take the extreme step.



Blind murder case solved
Ludhiana, June 8
A blind murder that took place five days ago was cracked by the Kotwali police here today though no arrest has been made so far in this connection.

Missing children untraced
Ludhiana, June 8
The parents of two children, Laxman and Gopal, reportedly missing from the Field Gunj colony for the past two months and 15 days, respectively, are having sleepless nights as the police has not succeeded in getting any clue about their whereabouts.

Jagraon girls shine in board exam
Ludhiana, June 8
Heads are held high in Summati Government Science and Research College, Jagraon, as two girls from the institute have secured top two positions in the district in the senior secondary examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board this year.

PAU scientist dies in mishap
Ludhiana, June 8
Dr Angrez Singh Khatra, a senior scientist in the Department of Vegetables, Punjab Agricultural University, was killed in a road accident last night. In a condolence meeting, faculty, staff and students recalled the contributions of Dr Khatra in agricultural research.


MLA flayed for manhandling party worker
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 8
The district unit of the SAD (B) at its meeting held here today criticised the lone SAD (B) MLA from the district for creating indiscipline, humiliating and manhandling a senior party worker in a meeting of the party held at Naulakha village and later getting a case registered against him. It is worth mentioning that the district unit of the party has started block and circle-level meetings to mobilise public for a political conference to be held on June 26 in the district, which would be addressed by the Chief Minister and other party leaders.

Change in office timings resented
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 8
A majority of employees in different government offices resented the orders of the state government by which office timings would be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and have demanded that the earlier timings be restored.

Govt responsive to people’s aspirations: Garcha
Ludhiana, June 8
The Punjab Minister for Technical Education, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, stated that the state government was observing the current year as ‘development year’ and major thrust would be given to infrastructure development to speed up the process of industrialisation in the state.

2 per cent more DA for pensioners
Ludhiana, June 8
The Punjab Government has announced a 2 per cent increase in dearness allowance for pensioners, family pensioners and extraordinary pensioners of the state government. According to a notification of the Ministry of Finance, the dearness allowance has been increased from 41 per cent to 43 per cent of the basic pension, with effect from January, 2001. This decision is expected to benefit about 1.47 lakh pensioners in the state.

1 dies of food poisoning
Khamano, June 8
One farm labourer died and seven other unconscious after taking meals at Sanghol village, near here.

Village ponds to be cleaned in the state
Khamano, June 8
A special programme has been chalked out to clean village ponds in Punjab, with the help of new techniques. The ponds of Sanghol, Chanarthal and Rurki villages in Fatehgarh Sahib district have been selected to see the initial results of the project, which if found successful, will be implemented in all districts.

Failing to connect with Connect
Ludhiana, June 8
When the HFCL-Connect launched its telecom services in the city in November, most of the residents felt that their communication woes were over. But barely a few months after the launch, residents have begun to say “privatisation is not always the best answer”.

Awareness rally by PSEB
Ludhiana, June 8
As part of the statewide awareness campaign against massive power thefts amounting to thousands of crores of rupees, employees of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) held an awareness rally here today.


Opium smugglers arrested
Ludhiana, June 8
With the arrest of two persons, the Model Town police today claimed to have busted a gang of drug peddlers who used to smuggle opium to the state from Uttar Pradesh by hiding it in Thermos flasks.

A police official shows a thermos used by the accused (centre) for drug trafficking in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

A police official shows a thermos bottle used by the accused (centre) for drug trafficking in Ludhiana on Friday.


Industrialists meet Badal
Ludhiana, June 8
A deputation of industrialists led by Mr Inderjit Singh Pardhan, president, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, met the Chief Minister and the Chairman, PSEB and apprised them of the non-implementation of the decisions arrived at the meeting held on May 15 here under the chairmanship of the CM.

Bharti to restructure operations
Ludhiana, June 8
To meet new challenges of dynamic market requirements, Bharti has announced restructuring of its Internet, VSAT and broadband operations.


Farmers give go-by to advice
Ludhiana, June 8
In what may put more pressure on underground water and pose problems like paddy glut, farmers in the district have started transplanting paddy, ignoring advice of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) experts to do so after June 15. With elections round the corner, farmers are confident that politics will ensure that paddy of any quality is bought by the government.


Home science workshop
Ludhiana, June 8
A three-week summer school on Advances in Home Science Communication Management opened at Punjab Agricultural University here yesterday. As many as 30 participants from various agricultural universities and institutes from all over the country have arrived to attend the course.


Shankar SahneyMusic is in my blood: Shankar Sahney
He was thrilled as Amitabh Bachchan had asked one of the contestants about his song in the popular game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. One of the most popular Punjabi pop singers, Shankar Sahney, has become a superhit after the release of two albums, ‘Yari-Yari’ and ‘Kudi Kurmari’. Ludhiana Tribune caught up with him yesterday while he was in the city to perform at a function.


Film on muscular dystrophy
Ludhiana, June 8
Muscular atrophy is a disease in which the muscles get weak and finally lose all grasp. The genesis of the disease lies in genetic defect.

Immunisation project
Ludhiana, June 8
Eight Lion Clubs of Ludhiana, Greater, Samrat, Sartaj, South, Supreme, Pioneer, Goodwill and North, in association with Shantha Biotechnics, will organise the third phase of hepatitis- B vaccination camps at 44 venues covering the entire city on June 9,10 and 11.

Free health check-up camp
Ludhiana, June 8
Over 400 workers were examined during a two-day free health checkup camp organised by the deputy directors, assistant directors, and staff of ESI hospital here, which concluded at Nahar Spinning Mills today.

Chickenpox on the rise in city
Ludhiana, June 8
“Chickenpox is a viral infection and it is not a punishment from God. It has to be treated at the earliest because complications of the disease can be dangerous and can even cause death”, says Dr Alka Dogra, Reader and Head, Department of Dermatology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, who has been receiving two-three such patients everyday at the hospital’s OPD.


Rinku bags second prize in rally
Ludhiana, June 8
Rinku Kahlon did Ludhiana proud by bagging the second prize in the Auto Cross 2001 rally in the Gypsy category. The rally was organised by the Chandigarh Motor Sports Association in Chandigarh on June 3. Interestingly, 50-odd rallyists participated.

Baljit hopeful of win in Samaranch Cup
Ludhiana, June 8
Baljit Singh Chandhi will lead the Indian Hockey ‘A’ team in the forthcoming Four-Nation Samaranch Cup Hockey Championship which begins on Sunday at Moscow.

Under-19 trials

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