Sunday, July 8, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Downpour leaves commuters clamouring for boats
Ludhiana, July 7
Transport companies are suffering losses worth lakhs with every rainfall, thanks to the callousness of the district administration and the state government. The woes of the citizens are increasing with every rainfall as the drainage system at the local bus stand has almost been choked.
The inundated road outside the Ludhiana bus stand.
The inundated road outside the Ludhiana bus stand. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Unscheduled holiday, courtesy heavy rain
Ludhiana, July 7
Two schools in the city had an unscheduled holiday today as rain water inundated the school building and the premises, leaving no place for students and teachers to conduct the classes. The government primary schools on Cinema Road and at Housing Board started on time, but heavy rain that lashed the region at about 8 a.m. soon flooded the schools.



CBI seizes jewellery, cash, documents

Raid on DETC’s residence
Ludhiana, July 7
CBI sleuths have reportedly seized cash, jewellery and some important documents from the Ludhiana residence of Mr Manmohan Singh, Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Patiala. Raids were simultaneously conducted at his Patiala, Ludhiana and Mohali residences. The raids which started early in the morning continued till late in the night. Mr Manmohan Singh has reportedly been summoned by the CBI for further questioning.

The residential flat of Mr Manmohan Singh, which was raided by the CBI on Friday.
The residential flat of Mr Manmohan Singh, which was raided by the CBI on Friday.

Controller of Exams made scapegoat
PAU CET imbroglio 
Ludhiana, July 7
Even as Punjab Agricultural University has decided not to penalise any official for the infamous CET imbroglio and is tightlipped about the real culprits, its ‘face-saving’ exercise of replacing the Controller of examinations has come under shadow.

Traffic cops ‘immobilised’
Ludhiana, July 7
A silver-grey coloured Honda City jumps red light at a road crossing in the city. A vigilant traffic cop signaled the car to stop but the car driver zooms past him. The helpless cop has no option but to return at his place as the state government has yet to implement the promise of providing wireless sets to cops so that they can alert the cops posted at the next barrier.

AIATF to take to legal recourse for Chohan’s arrest
Ludhiana, July 7
The All-India Anti - Terrorist Front will explore legal possibilities, including filing of writ petitions in the High Court and the Apex Court, to seek the arrest of Khalistan ideologue Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, who has just returned to Punjab after more than two decades of exile.

Rattan, Noor honoured
Ludhiana, July 7
After serving the Punjab State Text Book Board in Chandigarh for 28 hours, Dr M.S. Rattan, a language expert, a poet, an orator and a journalist, has finally decided to stay here and serve in the socio-religious and literary field. 



Where bumpy rides are routine
Ludhiana, July 7
Upmarket and posh localities and congested residential and commercial areas in the interior of the old city have one thing common — the bad roads. The condition of roads in designated Industrial Areas A and B, Industrial Area A Extension, Industrial Estate, Sherpur, Dhandari and Focal Point is worse. 
A view of the partially laid portion of road from Gill Road to Pahwa Hospital.
A view of the partially laid portion of road from Gill Road to Pahwa Hospital. — Photos by Inderjit Verma

Failure of sewerage, drainage blamed on civic body
Ludhiana, July 7
The District Youth Congress has blamed the apathy of the Municipal Corporation authorities for total failure of the sewerage and drainage in a majority of the city localities and massive breakout of water-borne diseases like gastroenteritis and cholera.

Special dresses for the handicapped
Ludhiana, July 7
Dr O.P. Singh, Head of the Department of Clothing and Textiles, P.A.U. felt that handicapped persons needed special kind of clothing that were easy to wear and would also hide their deformity.

Postponement of star nite draws public fury
Ludhiana, July 7
There is growing anger among the members of public against the organisers of the film star nite, which has been postponed for the third time allegedly due to shortage of funds for paying Salman Khan, Mahima Chowdhry, Twinkle Khanna, Kashmira Shah and Sukhwinder Singh, among others. 

Water found unfit for consumption
Ludhiana, July 7
Handpump water, which is being used by residents of Hargobindpura locality near Samrala chowk in the absence of any water taps by the local Municipal Corporation, though the area fall within city limits, has been declared unfit for human consumption by the office of the Civil Surgeon here.

Flood-control measures sought
Ludhiana, July 7
The Sangharash Samiti, a body formed by shopkeepers of Chaura Bazar, Sadar Bazar, Ghaas Mandi, Pindi Street, Gur Mandi, Kesar Ganj Chowk, Saban Bazar and Montgomery Chowk, Model Town, today appealed to Lala Lajpat Rai, MP, to pay a visit to these low-lying bazars and ask the Municipal Corporation of Ludhiana to take flood-control measures.



Three booked for gambling
Ludhiana, July 7
The local police has booked three persons on charge of gambling in front of a shop on the Ati road here. The accused have been identified as Kewal Krishan, Paramjit Singh and Vinod Kumar, all residents of Ludhiana. An amount of Rs 225 was recovered from them. A case under Section 13 of the Gambling Act has been registered against them.

  • Fraud case

  • Case registered

  • Dowry case

  • Four booked


  • One killed

  • Man dies


  • Five injured


  • Gambler booked

  • Woman dies of burns

  • Fake currency found



Villagers worried over crop loss
Ludhiana, July 7
Villagers of about 20 villages falling in the Kilaraipur-Pakhowal belt in the district are worried over the loss of their fodder crops because of the presence of numerous stray cattle in the area.


DPI (P) inspects primary schools
Ludhiana, July 7
In a surprise visit to the city, Ms Hardial Kaur, DPI (P), inspected six primary schools for their infrastructure, staff and strength. Along with Ms Inderjeet Kaur Bhatti, Deputy District Education Officer, the DPI visited government primary schools at Jawahar Nagar, Sarabha Nagar, Red Cross Bhavan, Dholewal Chowk, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and Housing Board Colony.


PSEB directed to refund money to consumer
Ludhiana, July 7
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed the demand of the Punjab State Electricity Board of Rs 44,678 on account of theft of energy from Mr Chander Bhan Saini of New Vishnupuri.

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