Wednesday, July 11, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



VC withdraws show-cause notice to professor
Ludhiana, July 10
Softening his stand the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Dr K.S. Aulakh, has withdrawn a show-cause notice issued to a professor for speaking to the press about another show-cause notice issued earlier for speaking to the press about the appointment of Dr Aulakh as Vice-Chancellor of PAU.

Woman, paramour held for murder
Ludhiana, July 10
With the arrest of four persons that includes one woman, the Jagraon police today claimed to have solved the case of murder of a 25-year-old youth of Aitiana village, whose decomposed body was recovered from a canal near Rada Sahib Gurdwara yesterday afternoon.

The accused (sitting from left) — Gurjeet Kaur, Nihal Singh, Gurjit Singh, Sikander Singh. The faces of the main accused have been encircled. The accused (sitting from left) — Gurjeet Kaur, Nihal Singh, Gurjit Singh, Sikander Singh. The faces of the main accused have been encircled.

Four members of octroi gang held
Vendors claim police connivance
Ludhiana, July 10
After lying low for a few months in the wake of a day-light murder of a member of an alleged hafta and illegal octroi-taking gang, the illegal activity has started again at the Vegetable Market near Chowni Mohalla on the busy and narrow portion of the GT road passing through the city.




Carbine seized from guru’s gunman
Ludhiana, July 10
The district police today seized a carbine and a few live cartridges from a gunman of Satguru Jagjit Singh in relation with the yesterday’s incident of an altercation between an Army official and gunmen of the Namdhari sect guru in the city.

City areas face gastroenteritis threat
Ludhiana, July 10
Three deaths have been reported from the Haibowal area during the past two weeks due to gastroenteritis, while many more cases have been reported from other parts of the city during the past few days.

Water level below optimum in Bhakra, Pong dams
Ludhiana, July 10
Despite heavy rain in the catchment areas of Bhakra and Pong Dams, the water level in the two major power generation complexes reservoirs remains below the optimum level. This is rather a matter of concern for the authorities concerned.

Infertility centres need close monitoring
Ludhiana, July 10
The penalty imposed by the District Consumer Forum on the Sofat Infertility Centre for allegedly cheating patients has once again brought the operations of these centres into focus. Recently the consumer forum imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 on the Sofat Infertility Centre, besides asking it to refund Rs 75,000, the fee charged by it from a couple whom it had promised conception.

Students resent seniority criterion for admission
Ludhiana, July 10
There is widespread resentment among the students seeking admission to BCom, BBA and BCA courses against the seniority criteria set by Panjab University for centralised admissions.


A politician is the most ubiquitous entity. Be it a celebration or an occasion to mourn. Wherever there is probability of a number of people having gathered together, politicians would always be there. They have sound reasons. Their survival depends on recognition.

  • Vanishing shehnai

  • Beauty contest

  • New courses

  • Taste of labour

  • Rainwater muddle

  • Tipsy teachers

  • Tailpiece


NCP a house divided, workers disenchanted
Ludhiana, July 10
All is not well with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), floated by former Union Minister Sharad Pawar after he parted ways with the Congress. The party, even before establishing itself and consolidating its base in Punjab, particularly in this district, has virtually disintegrated and a majority of the party workers were not only disenchanted but expressed disgust over the ongoing tussle for one-upmanship among various party leaders.

Advisory panel seeks information centre for pensioners
Ludhiana, July 10
The Punjab Government Pensioners’ District Advisery Committee has demanded setting up of a information centre for pensioners in the district administrative office. The committee held a meeting here today with Deputy Commissioner S. K. Sandhu to discuss the matter.

Sex education vital for teenagers
Ludhiana, July 10
In the present-day context when all newspapers are filled with reports of rape, molestation and sexual harassment, it becomes important to educate girls and boys about sex. Sex is certainly not a dirty word. It has been given murky connotations that makes people shirk from talking about it openly.

Resentment against police inaction 
Ludhiana, July 10
Relatives of Ms Surjit Kaur, married in Balachaur, near Nawanshahar, have alleged that the police of Balachaur had failed to take action against Mr Gurcharan Singh, husband, Mr Shingara Singh, father-in-law, and Mrs Kartar Kaur, mother-in-law of Ms Surjit Kaur, respectively, who have been torturing her for not bringing adequate dowry.

Action against looting of Nepalis sought
Mandi Gobindgarh, July 10
A meeting of the All-India Nepalese Unity Society, Mandi Gobindgarh, held here, was presided over by unit president Khan Bahadar Vashist.


Industry condemns widening of tax net
Ludhiana, July 10
Industrialists, traders and the general public here have condemned the Central Government’s decision to include 15 new services under the service tax. The Finance Ministry has issued a notification for the inclusion of banking and postal services, repair of two-wheelers, photography, telegraph, telex, videotape production, sound recording service, scientific and technical consultancy and insurance ancillary services. The tax would be applicable from July 16.

Continue CBI raids, say traders
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 10
The district Beopar Mandal and the district anti-corruption cell have welcomed and appreciated the raids conducted by the CBI on the corrupt officials of the Excise and Taxation Department on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and have demanded that such raids should continue and more corrupt officials be brought to book.

Indian spinners want level field
Ludhiana, July 10
Spinners here have welcomed the decision of the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry to investigate the allegations of dumping of acrylic yarn in India by Nepal.A vendor sells Chinese artificial flowers in Ludhiana.

Chinese flowers flood city markets
Ludhiana, July 10
The city streets are flooded with artificial flowers that have been imported from China. Vendors can be seen selling these flowers everywhere here. These flowers, that cost anything between Rs 20 and Rs 200, are a big hit with middle-class buyers.


A vendor sells Chinese artificial flowers in Ludhiana.

Announce export policy: exporters
Ludhiana, July 10
The textile, cycle and cycle parts’ exporters here have urged the state government to announce the state export policy that has been delayed for more than four years.


BKU wants increase in MSP
Ludhiana, July 10
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) has sought increase in minimum support price of different crops on the basis of the wholesale price index. The rate of average quality paddy should be Rs 689 per quintal, of super fine paddy variety, Rs 753 per quintal, of oil seeds, Rs 2,860 per quintal, of cotton, Rs 3,250 per quintal and of sugarcane, Rs 143 per quintal, they demanded.


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