Monday, July 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Robbers murder couple, loot cash, jewellery
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 22
A gang of robbers struck the town last night and murdered a young couple and looted cash and jewellery. The couple’s two kids aged seven and five year survived as they were sleeping in another room. A heart-rending scene was witnessed at the Cinema Road residence of Mr Devinder Sharma, alias Chinku (36) a social worker and a renowned photographer of the town, where he and his wife Sweety (30) were murdered.

MC, AH Department lock horns over felling of trees
Ludhiana, July 22
The local Municipal Corporation and the district Animal Husbandry Department have locked horns over the issue of felling of five trees in Barrewal village allegedly from MC land where a veterinary hospital of the Animal Husbandry Department has been functioning for the past 30 years.

‘PTU not violating UGC guidelines’
Ludhiana, July 22
Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Minister for Technical Education, asserted here today that Punjab Technical University had not violated the guidelines of the University Grants Commission and some people with vested interests were busy in a vilification campaign against the PTU.



3 held in bank murder case 
Ludhiana, July 22
The city police today claimed to have solved the Bank of Baroda murder and robbery case by arresting three persons, who were already co-accused in the murder case of Jhangi Lal, a kin of a minister in the Himachal Pradesh Government.

No action on scam report so far
Something is not right in PAU
Ludhiana, July 22
The delay on part of the Punjab Agricultural University authorities in taking action against some senior officials of the PAU estate office involved in the hostel renovation scam has aroused suspicion.

Tubewell installation starts against court orders
Ludhiana, July 22
In an alleged violation of a court order, the staff of the Water Supply and Sewerage Board with the help of hundreds of residents started installation of a tubewell in the Basti Jodewal area here today.

‘Pollution down, but not out’
Ludhiana, July 22
Ludhiana is not only the richest city of the state but also one of the most polluted ones. The latest data released by the Punjab State Pollution Control Board shows that, due to a high rate of effluent discharge from the dyeing, electroplating and various other units here, the pollution level in the city is rising alarmingly. Noise and smoke emanating from autorickshaws and generators is making the situation worse.


Girls learn about women’s rights
Ludhiana, July 22
The Field Publicity Office of Ludhiana and Song and Drama Division of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had organised a five-day publicity awareness campaign from July 16 to 20 on women’s empowerment. This campaign was launched in the Mangat block of Ludhiana to create general awareness of women’s rights.

418 pensioners benefited
Samrala, July 22
Over 418 beneficiaries of the old-age and widow pension schemes were handed over sanctioned copies at a function at Ghulal village, 5 km from here, today by Mr Kirpal Singh Khirnian, member, SGPC.

Dyeing unit gutted
Ludhiana, July 22
A dyeing unit was gutted by a devastating fire that broke out in the unit premises, located in a narrow street of Guru Nanak Dev Nagar here, late last night. It took about 12 hours to bring the fire under control. The fire seemed to have been caused by a short-circuit The owners reportedly suffered an estimated loss of Rs 25 lakh as huge quantity of acrylic yarn stored in the unit was destroyed in the fire.


Petrol station looted
Doraha, July 22
A petrol pump situated at a distance of about 4 km from Doraha was looted last night and its owner among two others were badly injured by the miscreants. According to sources, seven to eight young men, shabbily dressed and armed with weapons including fire arms, rods, daggers and choppers, came on foot at the petrol pump at 3.30 a.m. and injured the petrol pump owner Harinder Singh and two others, Mohinder Singh and Bittu, who were filling air into their vehicle.

  • Valuables snatched

  • Land grabbed



Principal’s suspension demanded
Ludhiana, July 22
The office-bearers and women conveners of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union in their meeting held here under the chairmanship of Prof K.B.S Sodhi, president, PCCTU, demanded the suspension of the Principal of the Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepore, Ms Madhu Prashar, for denying admission to meritorious students of her college.


Rain dance thrills many
Ludhiana, July 22
More than 600 couples were ecstatic getting wet in the rain dance organised by a liquor company here on Saturday night. The dance was organised at a resort around its swimming pool, with DJ Bhanu giving pulsating and foot-tapping music to make the evening a memorable one. Along the entire length of the pool, poles at the height of 20 ft, had sprinklers churning out water in circular motion which looked iridescent in coloured lights.
Youngsters enjoy rain dance at a resort in Ludhiana on Saturday night.
Youngsters enjoy rain dance at a resort in Ludhiana on Saturday night.

Vandana — a young, upcoming singer
 Vandana Vadhera  Ludhiana, July 22
Vandana Vadhera has music in her blood and she started singing at the age of five. Her mother initiated her into singing. She said: "My mother has a sweet voice but my voice is very husky. I have given innumerable performances. I have performed with Strings, Edwin Fernandez, Gursewak Mann and Harbhajan Mann. I am a show starter. After singing a couple of songs, I hand over the mike to the main singer. On July 8, I was in Rajsthan with Aamir Khan doing promotional for his Lagaan. It was a fabulous experience to sing with him aati kya Khandala."


Shooters participate in the 10th Ludhiana District Shooting Championship which began at the Master Tara Singh Memorial College on Friday.

Shooting championship
Ludhiana, July 22
Shooters from Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women and St. Thomas Senior Secondary School shared honours winning five and three events respectively in the 10th Ludhiana District Shooting Championship.

Shooters participate in the 10th Ludhiana District Shooting Championship which began at the Master Tara Singh Memorial College on Friday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma


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