Friday, June 29, 2001, Chandigarh, India



‘God’ finally gives way to road
Ludhiana, June 28
The Municipal Corporation authorities have persuaded management bodies of several religious institutions that are located near Budha Nullah here to remove religious structures and idols to make way for the 11 km road project along the nullah.

The hacked Web site
The hacked Web site

Pak club behind hacking of city-based site
Ludhiana, June 28
Even though the city police remains helpless in taking action against the persons or agencies that hacked the Web site of, a city- based club recently and defaced it by filling it with anti-India propaganda against Kashmir, the police has reached a conclusion that a hackers club in Pakistan whose job is only to hack Indian Web sites is behind the act.

Where no councillor has gone before
Ludhiana, June 28
Mr Sat Pal Puri, councillor of Ward 67, stripped down to his undergarments and entered a choked manhole in New Shiv Puri here to remove the blockage. He boldly went where no councillor had gone before to express his resentment against “unresponsive” officials of the O and M Wing of the Municipal Corporation.



Undertrial escapes from hospital; 5 cops suspended
Ludhiana, June 28
Five policemen were booked today for negligence in duty that led to the escape of an undertrial from the Civil Hospital here last night. The personnel have also been put under suspension till further orders. No one has, however, been arrested so far.

Hostel renovation case: more charge sheets to be issued
Ludhiana, June 28
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is about to issue chargesheets to two more officials in the infamous hostel renovation scandal within a day or two. The PAU had already issued chargesheets to seven employees in this case a week ago.

PAU student missing since June 23
Ludhiana, June 28
A student of the College of Agricultural Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has been missing from a hostel of the university since Saturday last. Gurvinder Singh, an M. Tech student, was found disappeared from Hostel No 4 in the morning by his roommates on Saturday.

Mixed reaction to Chohan’s return
Ludhiana, June 28
While the Opposition parties have strongly reacted to the return of Khalistan protagonist Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan to India, the leaders of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bhartiya Janata Party are cautious about their comments. Leaders of different political parties today expressed varied opinions about his return and the possible consequences.

Present-day politics eyewash, says Admiral Bhagwat
Machhiwara, June 28
Former Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat, during a visit here, said the present day politics was an eyewash and no emphasis was being laid on development. 

Former Naval chief, Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat (retd), address a gathering at Panjeta village near Machhiwara on Thursday.

Former Naval chief, Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat (retd), address a gathering at Panjeta village near Machhiwara on Thursday.


Power thefts down after campaign
Ludhiana, June 28
The campaign of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) against power theft here has gained momentum. The new PSEB Chief Engineer, Mr J.S. Grewal, is the force behind this campaign. 

Eunuch nightmare on rails
Khanna, June 28
The organising secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party Mandal of Khanna, Mr Vijay, said, when he had been travelling to Sahranpur on Jalandhar-Delhi Express 4682 on June 23, some eunuchs had boarded the train at Khanna and started demanding money from passengers. Those who did not pay were insulted. To add to the insult, the eunuchs also became naked before everyone.

Inquiry ordered into tampering of report
Ludhiana, June 28
The State Department of Animal Husbandry has ordered an inquiry into the alleged covering up of deaths of sheep and goats in Jagraon recently by allegedly tampering with the reports gathered by the department from the affected area.

Hasanpuri — creator of folk songs
HE beauty of a song lies in its being nearer to the sentiments of the folks. It may even make the people oblivious of its creator and invest it with the charm of a folksong. This has been the case with regard to some popular songs of Inderjit Singh Hasanpuri’s. Like his predecessors, Nandlal Nurpuri and Shiv Kumar Batalvi, he has given a new dimension to his song. 

Organisations flay Punjab Govt
Ludhiana, June 28
Several organisations have flayed the Punjab Government for non-implementing decisions announced by the Finance Minister, Punjab, at a political rally in Fatehgarh Sahib recently.

JD (U) to contest 7 seats in Ludhiana
Ludhiana, June 28
The Janata Dal (United) has decided to contest seven assembly seats in the district. The party candidates have been announced with the directions that they should create a rapport with the electorate and nurse their respective constituencies in the intervening period.

Akalis fight for power not justice: Babbu
Mandi Gobindgarh, June 28
Out of the five-year term of the Akali-BJP government in the state four years have lapsed without any development work, alleged Mr Devinder Singh Babbu, president, Youth Congress Punjab unit, while addressing a meeting of Youth Congress workers here today.

Burnt transformer not replaced
Jagraon, June 28
Residents of Talwandi Rai have been facing the problem of poor supply of electricity for the past 15 days due to burning of a transformer.


Two dowry cases registered
Ludhiana, June 28
A case has been registered at Sarabha Nagar police station on the complaint of Nitu, residing on the PAU campus, against Kuldeep Chawla, her husband, Mohinder Chawla, father-in-law, Veera Chawla, mother-in-law, Pardeep Chawla and Mohinder Chawla, both brothers-in-law, all residents of Kanpur, under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC.


MTS college students bring laurels
Ludhiana, June 28
Students from Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women have brought laurels for their institute by securing first positions in the city in BA final year as well as MA first year examination.


Awareness rally
Ludhiana, June 28
Dr Rajinder Kaur, Civil Surgeon, flagged off a public awareness rally at the Civil Surgeon’s office here today. June is celebrated as anti-malaria month by the Health Department.

Dr Rajinder Kaur, flagged off a public awareness rally here today at Civil Surgeon Office. 
— Photo by Inderjit Verma.


Gagan, Sukhman skippers for national meet
Ludhiana, June 28
Gagan Matta of Ferozepore and Sukhman Ghuman of Ropar have been selected to lead the Punjab boys’ and girls’ teams, respectively, at the 18th Sub-Junior National Aquatics Championship that is to be held at Madgaon (Goa) from July 1 to 4, according to Mr Balraj Sharma, General Secretary, of the Punjab Swimming Association.

Soccer trials on July 2
Ludhiana, June 28
Trials to select the Punjab women’s football probables for the National Games, that are to be held in Punjab from September 16 to 29, will be conducted on the football ground of G.H.G. Khalsa College, of Gurusar Sudhar in the Ludhiana district on July 2 at 10 a m, according to Mr Surinder Bhamri, honorary Secretary, of the Punjab Women’s Football Association.


Ambedkar Bhavan stone laid
Mandi Gobindgarh, June 28
The foundation stone of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bhavan costing Rs 27 lakh was laid yesterday by Mr Parkash Singh, a local councillor.


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