Saturday, June 30, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


Indo-Pak war enters cyberspace
Case against unidentified persons
Ludhiana, June 29
The city police today registered a case against unknown persons for showing disrespect to the Indian flag in the infamous hacking of a city-based website suspectedly by a notorious hackers club of Pakistan even as the owners of defaced site has decided to stage a protest dharna before the Pakistan Embassy in New Delhi.

Accused beyond cops’ grip
Ludhiana, June 29
Notwithstanding the rejection of the bail application of six persons of Khanna town, accused of attempting to murder another resident two weeks ago, the Khanna police has failed to arrest them.

PAU teacher gets show-cause notice
Ludhiana, June 29
In a reversal of events the Punjab Agricultural University has issued a show-cause notice to Dr Prabhjit Singh, a veterinary surgeon in the Department of Surgery, College of Veterinary Sciences, for practicing in a private clinic.




Police trying to ‘hush up’ abduction case
Ludhiana, June 29
The police is allegedly trying to hush up the kidnapping case of Paramjit Singh reportedly at the behest of some influential persons. Taking serious note of the issue, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, has asked the Superintendent of Police (D) to conduct an inquiry within three weeks.

Protests against unscheduled power cuts
Ludhiana, June 29
The Shiv Sena ( Bal Thackery) held a protest march here today demanding a ban on the unscheduled power cuts in the city in general and ward no 17 in particular, including Urban Estate, Vishvakarma Colony, Rajiv Gandhi Colony and the adjoining areas.

Bank loans for students
Ludhiana, June 29
Punjab National Bank is offering individual loans upto Rs 7.5 lakh for studies in India and upto Rs 15 lakh for studies in foreign institutions, under its new scheme.


Star show postponed for the third time
Ludhiana, June 29
Disappointment prevails among fans of a number of popular cinestars as the much-publicised Fire-n-Show, featuring heart-throbs of Bollywood has again been postponed.

The stage that is being erected for the July 7 star show in Ludhiana.
The stage that is being erected for the July 7 star show in Ludhiana.

More clouds for more water for more power
Ludhiana, June 29
After a hint of arrival in Punjab on June 23 and 24, monsoons have got held up because of a weak south-easterly current. The state has witnessed sparse rain in the past few days. Dr S.S. Hundal, Head of the Punjab Agricultural University Department of Agro-meteorology, has said that the monsoon clouds, that are on Himachal Pradesh and parts of Uttar Pradesh now, may hit Punjab within the next few days.

Little Gates who can open Windows
Ludhiana, June 29
Zubeyr Singh may be a kid, who can barely hold a pen, but he knows which key to press at what time. Using his delicate fingers, he navigates the mouse with incredible confidence to explore the data on a computer. Though, due to his age, he is at ease more with games than application software, he can use the Internet and check the e-mail account of his father, Dr Gurcharan Singh, who is the district head of the Indian Medical Association.

Employees seek probe into scam
Ludhiana, June 29
The state working committee of the employees of the Punjab State Employees Board has demanded a high-level probe into the scams of the board that involved a sum of Rs 600 crore in coal bargaining. The committee said there were many scams in the Jalkheri project in the purchase of transformers, meters, cables, undersized conductors, computers and electricity goods.


Cases of murder, robbery solved
Khanna, June 29
The Khanna police has solved two cases of murder and robbery within 24 hours of the incidents, according to the district police chief, Dr Rajinder Namdeo Dhoke. The police has also arrested eight persons — three for murder, two for robbery and three for a dowry death.


Entrepreneurship programme
Ludhiana, June 29
The Small Industries Service Institute will organise a one-month entrepreneurship development programme for women on hosiery and readymade garment industry. The training course will be held from July 16 to August 14.

Training programme
Ludhiana, June 29
One-day skill development programme for the operators of circular knitting machines was held here today. The programme was conducted by the State Bank of India under the Project Uptech Programme for the development of hosiery cluster at Ludhiana.

350 SBI branches to be computerised
Ludhiana, June 29
The State Bank of India will computerise its 350 branches and will interconnect them for speedy collection for cheques for payment to the industry. Mr Rajinder Kakkar, Chief General Manager, SBI, Chandigarh, expressed these views at an industrial meeting organised by the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings here today.


Need for evolving low-cost technologies
Ludhiana, June 29
Dr K.S. Sekhon, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, Punjab Agricultural University, yesterday advised the scientists to lay emphasis on evolving low-cost agricultural technologies which could be easily afforded by the poor sections of society.


PAU broiler adjudged best
Ludhiana, June 29
A variety of broiler developed by Punjab Agricultural University, broiler cross, I. B.L. — 80, has been adjudged the best in the Fifteen Random Sample Test, conducted by the Government of India in Gurgaon this year.

Final test of talent for children
Ludhiana, June 29
A dance contest to spot the talent at a month-long workshop for children was held in Guru Nanak International School of Model Town here. The workshop was conducted by Aruna and Jyotika Verma. In the contest titled ‘Halla Gulla’, 40 students of different schools participated.

Backstage boys and spice girl. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Backstage boys and spice girl.

Jagraon girls win laurels 
Ludhiana, June 29
Students of BA final year, Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, have bagged top four positions in the district in the examination conducted by the Panjab University this year.


Forum quashes PSEB demand
Ludhiana, June 29
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed a demand of the Punjab State Electricity Board of Rs 43,125 from Ms Bimla Rani of Sardar Nagar. The forum has further directed the board to restore the electricity connection within 10 days.


Artistes of Lucknow enact a scene of the play Life After Death, in Ludhiana on Friday.
Artistes of Lucknow enact a scene of the play Life After Death, in Ludhiana on Friday. — RB

Life after death — a play with a message
Ludhiana, June 29
“The human form is destructible. Why not make use of it after death? Did not Maharishi Dhadichi gift his skeleton to Devtas in order to save them? Why not gift away organs of your body to help the suffering humanity?” This was the essence of the street play ‘Life after Death’, which was performed this afternoon in Punjab Agricultural University.

Kerala Kalavedi functions
Ludhiana, June 29
Kerala Kalavedi, which was organised in 1981 by some enthusiastic Keralites, is going to celebrate its 17th anniversary.


Free mobile eye-care a boon for villagers
Ludhiana, June 28
There are 32 million blind people in the world. Out of these 12 million are Indians. Most of the Indians get blind due to long-standing untreated cataracts. Christian Medical College and Hospital is doing excellent service by pressing a van for free mobile eye service. The project director is Dr Saramma Jaison, Prof and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology.

Love eyes, not cheap sunglasses
Ludhiana, June 29
“I sell about 10 pairs of sunglasses everyday at Rs 20 each”, said Mr Sham Singh, who sells these items near Ghanta Ghar Chowk here. There are numerous persons like him who sell substandard sun glasses to the public. The public attracted, either by filmstars or the low prices of these sun glasses, buys such items without bothering about the ill-effects of such glasses on the eyes.


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