Saturday, June 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India



A broker who could ‘overrule’ Chief Minister
Ludhiana, June 15
While the role of two senior bureaucrats and an army officer is already under probe, mystery shrouds the power and influence wielded by a leading broker in the Ludhiana Stock Exchange who is believed to have prevailed upon some officers in the local administration forcing them not to act upon the Chief Minister's orders in June, 1999, for restoring power supply to marriage palaces near the Field Ammunition Depot, Baddowal. 

MADE FOR EACH OTHER: These birds share some intimate moments on a rainy day in Ludhiana.
MADE FOR EACH OTHER: These birds share some intimate moments on a rainy day in Ludhiana.
— Photo Inderjit Verma

Steps to check explosives in steel scrap
Ludhiana, June 15
Mr. S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, today asked the furnace owners, the importers of heavy melting steel scrap, to ensure that their consignments of scrap, being imported from the West Asian countries, should be completely free from any kind of explosive material, which had caused a number of accidents in and around the city in the past, resulting in loss of many precious lives.



War of wits between quacks and admn
Ludhiana, June 15
It is a war of wits between quacks and the administration in the city, with each trying to outsmart the other. On the direction from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Ludhiana Civil Surgeon has issued notices to 43 quacks practising in different parts of the city to wind up.

Ex-KLF activist, 2 others arrested
Ludhiana, June 15
The Jagraon police today announced the arrest of three persons, including a Khalistan Liberation Front activist, all of whom were allegedly re-grouping after completing their jail terms. The three had planned to loot petrol pumps and banks in the district.

Talwandi’s car in bus stand drama
Khamano, June 15
A Contessa car with a red light on top hit a parked Maruti car at Khamano bus stand on Thursday night. After alighting from the Contessa, some youths started beating up the driver of the Maruti before a crowd gathered there and saved the poor driver.

Penalised for ‘opposing’ VC’s appointment
Ludhiana, June 15
The Punjab Agricultural University authorities have cancelled a salary increment of a faculty member as a “punishment” for speaking to the Press on the university affairs. They also suspended an assistant in the Registrar’s office for not dispatching the order to the faculty member for several days. The official was later reinstated.



City parks gasp for breath

Ludhiana, June 15
With unparalleled urban growth as a result of industrialisation, coupled with diminishing green cover, the City is fast turning into a concrete jungle. 

The oval ground in the Rakh Bag complex has poor maintenance.
The oval ground in the Rakh Bag complex has poor maintenance. Bald patches, dry unmowed grass, scattered dry leaves and heaps of rubbish daily greet the morning walkers. IV

A toilet block constructed inside the complex, remains locked, barring the morning walkers from using this public utility.
A toilet block constructed inside the complex, remains locked, barring the morning walkers from using this public utility. IV

Muslims condemn use of mosque as hideout
Ludhiana, June 15
The Muslim Aman Society, Punjab, has condemned the use of a mosque as a hideout by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. At a special meeting here yesterday, which was presided over the society president Mohammad Nasim Ansari and attended by office-bearers and members, Mr Ansari said the mosques were meant for worship and not for seeking shelter from the law.

Pension scheme still a distant dream
Ludhiana, June 15
Resentment prevails among staff of private colleges against the non-implementation of the pension and gratuity scheme approved by the state government over two years ago.

Punjab Pradesh Congress Sewa Dal recast
Ludhiana, June 15
Mr Prahlad Yadav, chief organiser and Mr C.P. Joshi, organising secretary of the All-India Congress Sewa Dal, in consultation with the chief organiser, Punjab Pradesh Sewa Dal Mr Sushil Parashar, have nominated Ms Gurcharan Kaur as pradesh mahila organiser and Mr Ravinder Singh Bagga as additional chief organiser of Pradesh Congress Sewa Dal.

Summer camps conclude
Ludhiana, June 15
A fortnight-long summer camp with activities like art and craft, dance and computer education concluded at Gupta Model High School here today. Nearly 110 students, who participated in the camp, put up an exhibition of wall hangings, glass painting, pot painting, handbags and shagun envelopes made by them. Science models on topics related to pollution and environment were also put on display. A short cultural programme was arranged in which students performed dance on the numbers Pairon mein bandhan and Coco jumbo.

Children perform at a summer camp in Ludhiana on Friday.
Children perform at a summer camp in Ludhiana on Friday. IV

Slush all over after rain
Ludhiana, June 15
Though the early-morning rain gave the city residents some respite from the heat yesterday and today, it also created a lot of slush all over the city. Several low-lying areas of the old city and outer Ludhiana were waterlogged.


Mystery shrouds trader’s death
Ahmedgarh, June 15
Mystery shrouds the death or disappearance of a local karyana merchant, Bal Krishan alias Balo, aged 50, whose clothes were found on the bank of the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal yesterday.

Five arrested for loitering
Ludhiana, June 15
Five persons including three women were arrested by the city police last night on the charges of loitering. The SHO of Division No. 5, Mr Mukhminder Singh, said Sanjay Dhingra, Sunil Verma, Manila, Priya and Manju were arrested by a patrollign police party. 


  • Electronics shop burgled


Awareness programme on industrial pollution
Ludhiana, June 15
An awareness programme “How to check pollution in hosiery industry”, especially in the garment washing units, was held here today. The seminar was conducted under the project Uptech by the State Bank of India.



‘Farmers facing economic crisis’
Ludhiana, June 15
“Due to highly intensive farming, lack of appropriate infrastructure and small land holdings, the farmers of the state were facing economic crisis,” said Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, while he was discussing the matters of agriculture with Mr T.K. Dass, Member, Board of Direct Taxes, Government of India, who was on a visit to the PAU alongwith the senior officers of the board.



Ludhiana needs an art gallery
Ludhiana, June 15
The project for an art gallery in Guru Nanak Bhavan has been pending for the past two years.When the bhavan was inaugurated by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, he had assured that the gallry would be readied in a few months, but the project has been dragging its feet. The art gallery is desperately needed.

Exhibition of knitwear and shawl designs
Ludhiana, June 15
The International Wool Secretariat, organised an exhibition on knitwear and shawl designs in the Wool Club office here today. The wide range of latest designs of knitwear and shawls developed by the students from various institutions were displayed.


Skin care vital in humid weather
Ludhiana, June 15
The showers bring a lot of relief in the hot arid weather, but the resultant humidity also brings along a host of skin problems like prickly heat and rashes caused by fungal and bacterial infections.

‘Save kids from being underweight’
Ludhiana, June 15
Doctors of the All-India Institute of Medical Science have found that almost 50 per cent of Indian children under the age of three are underweight. It holds true for Punjab and Ludhiana as well.

Health awareness fortnight
Ludhiana, June 15
The health awareness fortnight from June 1 organised by the Health Department was concluded here today. Twenty such camps were organised at 10 different venues in the city.Top

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