Tuesday, July 17, 2001,
 Chandigarh, India



One held in minister’s kin murder case
Ludhiana, July 16
The city police today claimed to have solved the murder case of Jhangi Lal, a brother-in-law of a Himachal Pradesh Minister Rikhi Ram Kondal, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his residence in Ishar Nagar in the city on October 20, last year.

Grace in monsoon: These beautiful white ducks enliven the dull environs. Grace in monsoon: These beautiful white ducks enliven the dull environs. 
— Photo Inderjeet Verma

Panic spreads as wild cat remains elusive
Baddowal (Ludhiana), July 16
Panic continues to grip villages near Baddowal as the wild cat which was spotted in this village two days ago remains elusive. The local police and the Forest Department had launched a massive search operation to capture the wild animal but no reports of sighting of the animal have been received as yet.

Liquor smugglers back on job
Ludhiana, July 16
After lying low for few months in the wake of a ‘compromise’ between the warring liquor contractor groups owing allegiance to two ministers of the ruling Shrimoni Akali Dal, the liquor smugglers are back in business in the district.




Fewer students take CET re-exam
Ludhiana, July 16
CET for admission to B.Sc. (agriculture) and B.V.Sc. at Punjab Agricultural University went off smoothly. The candidates were unhappy with the university for not disclosing the reason for cancellation of CET earlier.

PAU officiating Registrar

NCP women wing state chief resigns
Ludhiana, July 16
The state president of the women wing of the Nationalist Congress Party, Mrs Bimla Verma, has resigned from her post in protest against indiscipline in the party and the refusal of the state chief, Mr Swarn Singh, to recognise the appointments made by the party high command.

Deadlock over elevated road project continues
Ludhiana, July 16
The core committee, comprising leaders of all political parties in the Municipal Corporation and members of the Finance and Contracts Committee, which met at the residence of the Mayor today to arrive at a consensus over several items on the agenda for the General House meeting, to be held on July 18, will meet again tomorrow to discuss the controversial elevated road project with the representatives of the sangharsh samiti of traders and shopkeepers from the affected areas.

PSEB told to pay Rs 3,000 as relief
Ludhiana, July 16
The district Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board to pay Rs 3,000 as compensation on account of deficiency in services to Mr Malkit Singh and Baldev Singh, residents of Ramgarh village, Ludhiana. The forum further directed the PSEB to pay Rs 500 as cost of litigation to the complainant and quashed its demand of Rs 17,807 from the consumers.

DCC kicks off poll campaign
Ludhiana, July 16
The District Congress Committee has started its election campaign. Several meetings of the party were recently held in Islam Ganj and Prem Nagar by the party workers, where the DCC (urban) president Mr Surinder Dawer, was honoured.


As MC sleeps, it’s dirt, filth all over
Ludhiana, July 16
As the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation sleeping into a deep slumber, a number of city areas remain mired in dirt, filth and sleaze thus posing an imminent danger of an epidemic.

Pigs rummage through garbage along the railway line near Kartar Nagar, which has turned into a virtual garbage dump. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Pigs rummage through garbage along the railway line near Kartar Nagar, which has turned into a virtual garbage dump.

Patchwork fails as road sinks againThe stretch of the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road, which sunk due to the rains, after the repairs.
Ludhiana, July 16
A stretch of the Ludhiana-Ferozepur road sunk in again today near Rajguru Nagar, disrupting the traffic for some time. However, unlike on earlier occasions, this time the repair work was carried out immediately and normal traffic was resumed within an hour.

The stretch of the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road, which sunk due to the rains, after the repairs.

Sacked staff seek service benefits
Ludhiana, July 16
Twentythree workers of a leading cycle parts export company, Bombay Metal Works (P) Limited, who have been shown the door by the management without any notice, are running from pillar to post, not to get back their jobs but just to get the service benefits available under the labour laws.

Drive to weed out fake journalists
Ludhiana, July 16
The district administration has initiated a drive to collect official information on working journalists in the district in order to take necessary measures against misuse of the word ‘Press’ by impostors and fake journalists.

Delay in notification irks residents
Ludhiana, July 16
In a press note issued here yesterday by the Ludhiana House Owners Association, it alleged that the state government had been delaying the issue of notification of the Punjab Rent Bill 1995 under the pressure of the BJP.

Faulty phones draw residents’ ire
Ludhiana, July 16
The residents of Dashmesh Nagar have criticised the Telecom Department for its “callous” and “non-cooperative” attitude in dealing with the complaints of subscribers from the area.

YC flays govt stance
Ludhiana, July 16
Activists of the District Youth Congress, led by its President, Mr Parminder Mehta, today held an angry demonstration in the Civil Lines area in protest against the appeasement of known militants by the state government.

Vimukt jatis seek  5 pc job quota
Ludhiana, July 16
The All-India Vimukt Jati Sewa Sangh has flayed the state government for its failure to concede the long-pending demand of the Scheduled Tribes for separation of 5 per cent reservation in jobs from the scheduled castes and further charged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal with adopting delaying tactics in fulfilment of the demands, which were accepted in principle.

MLA honoured
Mandi Gobindgarh, July 16
“Though the SAD-BJP alliance made tall promises during elections to provide a clean administration, it has only bred corruption and hiked the fee of educational institutions after coming to power.


Machine tools fair in Germany
Ludhiana, July 16
About 15 Indian medium-sized companies from the machine tool sector will participate in the machine tools fair, “ EMO 2001,” to be held from September 12-19 in Hanover, Germany. The Ludhiana machine tools industry, which exports more than Rs 100 crore machines to African and some Latin American countries, will also participate.


General pool seats in GCW filled
Ludhiana, July 16
With over 2500 students seeking centralised admission in the BCom at 12 city colleges, the nodal agency at Khalsa College for Women continued to be abuzz with hectic activity.

Primary teachers’ interview on July 23
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 16
The District Education Officer and Chairman, Selection Committee Fatehgarh Sahib, said in a press note issued here today that interviews for the selection of primary teachers would start on July 23 at Mata Gujri Government Senior Secondary School, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Life term for murdering wife
Ludhiana, July 16
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr A.K. Sharma, has convicted 28-year-old Sarabjit of Sekhewal village and sentenced him to rigorous life imprisonment, besides a fine of Rs 10,000, on the charge of murdering his wife Jasbir Kaur (27), by administering her some poisonous substance just eight months after their marriage.

JE sentenced in graft case
Ludhiana, July 16
The Special Judge, Mr G.R. Banyal, has convicted Devinder Singh, Junior Engineer, PSEB and sentenced him to undergo imprisonment for 18 months, besides, a fine of Rs 1,000 on the charges of receiving a bribe of Rs 1,000 from a consumer to change a damaged power cable.


‘Nachiketa Di Maut’, a comment on casteism
Ludhiana, July 16
A seminar was organised yesterday by Punjabi Sahitya Academy on the book of short stories ‘Nachiketa Di Maut’ written by Ajmer Sidhu, a Punjabi short story writer.

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