Sunday, July 15, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


Villagers on alert after leopard attack
Big cat kills calf; woman escapes unhurt
Baddowal (Ludhiana), July 14
Panic gripped residents of Baddowal and Pamal villages near here after a leopard strayed into a dera outside Baddowal. The leopard killed a calf and attacked a woman who tried to save it.

Villagers of Baddowal search for a leopard which strayed into the village on Saturday.
Villagers of Baddowal search for a leopard which strayed into the village on Saturday. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

  Piggy banks on broken traffic lights.
Nap time for piglets under a broken traffic light post.
—Photo Inderjit Verma



Gang of robbers busted, four arrested
Ludhiana, July 14
They first took to drugs and then in order to pay for these drugs they began committing petty crimes. As their need for a ‘kick’ grew they began indulging in serious crimes like robbery and dacoity at gun- point.

Foreign university students visit PAU Rural Museum
Ludhiana, July14
‘‘I feel, it is my mission to educate American university students both of Indian and foreign origins to know more about South East Asia. This is my fifth trip to India and I have brought 63 students from six universities so far to study Punjabi culture,’’ said Prof Gurinder Mann of Sikh studies from University of Columbia.
Foreign students admire a model of a village girl at the Rural Museum.
Foreign students admire a model of a village girl at the Rural Museum.

2 smugglers escape from police net
Ludhiana, July 14
Two accused opium smugglers who were arrested by the police recently, escaped from the Dugri police post here today. The two, Sukhdev Singh and Shamsher Singh, were arrested by the police and 10 kg of opium was seized from them.


  2 discharged in corruption case
Ludhiana, July 14
The Special Judge, Mr G R Banyal, discharged a former Director, Seed Certification Authority, Punjab — Dr Balkaran Singh and Girja Shanker Shukla, the then Regional Seed Certification Officer, regional office, Ludhiana, on technical grounds, in a corruption case, registered against them on November 6,1999, at Police Station Focal Point, Ludhiana, under Sections 7(1) (9) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Hope among parents of 29 jailed Indians
Khamano, July 14
The visit of President Pervez Musharraf has raised a ray of hope among the parents of 29 youths of Punjab, detained in the Baluchistan Jail, in Pakistan, since more than five months. They have appealed to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister to take up the issue of their early release with the President.

SISI to register ODS-producing units
Ludhiana, July 14
The Small Industries Service Institute has been authorised to register all those manufacturing and repair units that were contributing to the ozone depleting substances. The Government of India was committed under the Montreal Protocol to phase out all the ODS by 2010. Under that Protocol, ODS producing units were eligible to get grant from the Multilateral Fund for adopting the alternative technologies.

BJP legal cell calls for speedy justice
Ludhiana, July 14
The Bharatiya Janata Party (Legal Cell) has urged the Union Government to initiate steps to ensure that justice was granted to litigants in a speedy manners and needed infrastructure and other facilities be made available to the judicial system for this purpose.

Youth Cong workers hold meeting
Ludhiana, July 14
A meeting of the state Youth Congress was held here today. The meeting was presided over by the state president, Mr Devinder Singh Babbu. It was attended by senior party functionaries and district presidents of the party from all over the state.

Punjab Lok Morcha announces agitation programme
Ludhiana, July 14
The Punjab Lok Morcha today announced its agitation programme against the wrong policies of the government. The programme was jointly announced by the members of its core committee after a meeting held here today. Those who attended the meeting included Mr Kuldip Singh Wadala of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic), Mr Harish Khanna of the Janata Dal (Secular), Prof Teja Singh Tiwana of the Samajwadi Party, Mr Kuldeep Singh of the MCPI, Mr Karan Singh of the Nationalist Congress Party, Mr Arshi of the RPI and Mr Darshan Singh Cheetah of the Samajwadi Janata Party.

Ghadar — Ek Desh Prem Katha
UNJAB projects patriotism and preserves historicity to be discovered by others. Punjab has created glorious history, but few historians. Its history is written by non-Punjabis, some aliens and a few of those unfamiliar with its spirit or ethos. The freedom movement is glory of modern history of India. Punjab contributes a major share to it. The historic role of Ajit Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai and others changes the very character of struggle for freedom.

Superstitions still rule the roost
Ludhiana, July 14
On one hand people are thinking of going for a vacation to moon but on the other a majority of people are still steeped in superstitions that have its genesis in illogical and irrational thoughts.

Protesters block national highway
Doraha, July 14
Residents of Doraha, including members of some political parties and various organisations, yesterday blocked the national highway in protest against the failure of the police authorities to arrest the killers of Dinesh Kumar, a Doraha-based 25-years-old youth, who was shot dead by two robbers outside the Bank of Baroda, near Dholewal on July 2.

One dies as well caves in
Ludhiana, July 14
A labourer was killed while two others escaped miraculously with minor injuries when the upper crust of a well they were digging caved in at Latala village late last night. Sehrad Khan, (20) was buried alive under heaps of sand at around 8 p.m. last night. His body was extricated from the 35-feet deep well only today morning at around 10 a.m. For 14 hours a rescue team of the police and Civil Administration kept digging the well with the help of a crane and tractors.

Endless wait for body
Ahmedgarh, July 14
Residents of Dehliz village have got tired of waiting for body of Satar Mohammed (35), who died of a heart attack in Saudi Arabia on June 9 while reportedly driving a truck there.


Exporters seek ST exemption on licences
Ludhiana, July 14
The bicycle and bicycle parts’ exporters are forced to pay double taxation on the import of steel due to the reported confusion in the sales tax department. The exporters say that though the steel is now available in the open general licence category and anyone can import it, but it was not possible for the small exporters to import a ship of 20,000 tonnes steel. 


Paddy attacked by leaf folder
Ludhiana, July 14
Dr Darshan Singh, Professor and Head, Department of Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, has reported that the attack of leaf folder on paddy crop has been noticed quite early in some farmers’ fields in Ropar, Patiala and Ludhiana districts. The larvae of this inset fold the leaves and eatout the green matter which, upon drying up, appear as prominent white streaks on leaves.


Homoeopathic council takes students for a ride
Ludhiana, July 14
A number of students of homoeopathic system of medicine have been taken for a ride by the Council of Homoeopathic System of Medicine, Punjab, as they have been shown failed quite contrary to their expectations.

PAU students excel in ICAR-JRF exam
Ludhiana, July 14
Mr Bikramjit Singh, an agriculture graduate of PAU, has topped the Junior Research Fellow Examination in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry section. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research organizes the All-India Combined Examination with a twin purpose, that is to award fellowships for masters research and to fill 25 per cent seats in 30 state agricultural universities, one central agricultural university and four ICAR Institutes (deemed universities) at national-level.


Consumer forum quashes PSEB demand
Ludhiana, July 14
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed the demand of the Punjab State Electricity Board for Rs 32,027 from Mr Ramesh Lal, a resident of Basti Jodhewal. The forum further directed the board to restore the connection of the complainant within 10 days.


Doctor attends conference on urology in USA
Ludhiana, July 14
Dr B.S. Aulakh, Reader in Urology and Head of the Transplant Unit of Dayanand Medical College, attended an American Urology Association conference held at Anaheim, California, from June 2 to 7.

Impatient patients making doctors restless
HE patient-doctor relationship has probably touched the nadir, if one goes by the recent happenings. The violence in Tagore Hospital and the BBC Heart Care Centre of Jalandhar, the registration of a case against a doctor at Apra and a mob attack on a surgeon couple of Ludhiana confirms this.


The interior of the multipurpose indoor hall of Guru Nanak Sports Complex, Ludhiana, which has been renovated for the volleyball and handball events of the September’s National Games. IV

Hall gets ready for National Games
Ludhiana, July 14
The multipurpose indoor hall of Guru Nanak Sports Complex here was built for the 1989 National Games that could not be conducted due to militancy in the state. This hall was built for basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, judo, wrestling and handball matches.

Punjab acquatics trials on July 16
Ludhiana, July 14
Trials to select the swimming and water-polo probables for the Punjab team will be held in the PAP Swimming Pool Complex at Jalandhar Cantt on July 16 at 3 pm. These probables will attend coaching camps at Jalandhar and Ludhiana before the National Games, according to Mr Balraj Sharma, honorary General Secretary of the Punjab Swimming Association.


Road project to dominate MC meeting
Ludhiana, July 14
At the last General House meeting of the Municipal Corporation here on May 18, several proposals on a supplementary agenda, including the one on the controversial elevated-road project were discussed. These items would be brought once again before the House for approval at another meeting on July 18 on the directions of the Directorate of Local Government.


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