Wednesday, August 8, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


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No check on dirty drafts
Tax evader’s dream come true
Ludhiana, August 7
The misuse of bearer bank drafts for crores of rupees goes unabated in Ludhiana and the other major cities, as the national and state exchequers continue to lose money by way of a massive tax evasion.

Local bodies oppose closure of PAU gate
Ludhiana, August 7
While Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is adamant on keeping gate number 6 of PAU closed, various local organisations are joining hands with the residents of three colonies who are facing inconvenience due to the closure of gate.

College of Agriculture students resume agitation
To seal PAU gates and block traffic today
Ludhiana, August 7
As many as 600 students of the College of Agriculture (COA), Punjab Agricultural University, boycotted their classes and held a dharna in front of the COA in favour of their demands here today.

PAU ex-press manager alleges of being implicated
Ludhiana, August 7
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of some files of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) related to the alleged loss of Rs 3 lakh to the university in the form of ESI contribution has further deepened as a former press manager, charge-sheeted in the case, has claimed his innocence and alleged that he was being falsely implicated in the case.






Industry blames PSEB for pollution
Ludhiana, August 7
Industrialists here have blamed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) as one of the major contributors of pollution in Punjab. They say neither the Punjab State Pollution Control Board nor any other government agency has bothered to check this menace.

Chapters in book scam missing
Ludhiana, August 7
An inquiry by the District Welfare Department has shown the news of the illegal sale of ‘free-supply’ school textbooks by some shopkeepers in the state to be true. The probe showed that some shopkeepers of Pakhowal were indeed selling off the books that the department had supplied to the schools for free distribution among the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students.

Labour unions stage dharnas
Seek better facilities for rural labour
Ludhiana, August 7
The Punjab agriculture and rural labour unions in a massive demonstration held in front of the Mini-Secretariate here today.

Members of agriculture and rural labour unions stage a massive dharna in front of the Mini-Secretariat to press for the acceptance of their demands, in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Members of agriculture and rural labour unions stage a massive dharna in front of the Mini-Secretariat

Government school libraries without librarians, grants
Ludhiana, August 7
Libraries of majority of the government senior secondary schools of the district are in bad shape due to unfilled posts of librarians and non-availability of grants from the Central as well as the state government.


Councillor alleges discrimination in allocation of funds
Ludhiana, August 7
‘The allocation of funds for development works in the city was guided by political considerations rather than other factors like the need for civic amenities and infrastructure and the level of development, alleged Mr Sat Pal Puri, a Congress councillor (ward No 66).

Diners eat up the road every evening
Ludhiana, August 7
Come evening and the traffic on the Malhar Cinema road in Sarabha Nagar here become uncontrollable, thanks to the cigarette and ‘paan’ crazy persons who frequent the place.


Vehicles of roadside diners block the Malhar Cinema road of Ludhiana. — RB

Vehicles of roadside diners block the Malhar Cinema road of Ludhiana.

Bank manager contests bribe charges
Ludhiana, August 7
Mr Kuldeep Singh Grewal, Manager, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Mullanpur Mandi, near here, in a signed statement has contested the allegations by Mr Satish Kumar, a borrower, that he had taken a bribe of Rs 20,000 and a juicer worth Rs 2,667 to release a loan worth Rs 2.91 lakh and a credit limit of Rs 2 lakh in 1998.

DC’s assurance to riot victims
Ludhiana, August 7
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, has sought the details of vacant LIG and MIG houses in Dugri Urban Estate Phase I, II and III from Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) so that these could be allotted to families of riot victims as per the policy decision taken by Punjab government.
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, and other officials discuss the problems of the riot-hit families
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, and other officials discuss the problems of the riot-hit families during their tour of the Urban Estate and Jamalpur areas of Ludhiana on Tuesday. — IV

YC activists to gherao Parliament
Ludhiana, August 7
Activists of the Indian Youth Congress will gherao Parliament on August 13 to protest against the UTI scam and seek resignation of the Union Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha. Besides, the Youth Congress will also press for enhanced procurement prices for the paddy.

Janmashtami celebrations
Ludhiana, August 7
The Shri Durga Mandir Committee, Urban estate, Phase (I), Dugri Road, has drawn out its Janmashtami programme on August 12, according to Mr Sushil Behal, general secretary of the temple body.


Ludhiana has a large number of migrant labourers employed in various industrial houses. As they have a hectic schedule during the week, they find it difficult to go for haircut or shave. These labourers have found a unique way to overcome their problem. They assemble at one particular place and call some barbers. While the average cost for a shave and cutting in an ordinary barber’s shop may cost at least Rs 20, the labourers manage it for an amount less than Rs 10. Such scenes can be seen at a number of centralised place, more so in and around the Industrial Area and the focal point.



3 convicted in dowry death case
Ludhiana, August 7
The Additional Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, Mr G.R. Banyal, has convicted three dowry death case accused — Vijay Kumar alias Kimti Lal (28), mother-in-law Gurbachan Kaur (72) and father-in-law Swaran Singh (78) — all residents of Vishkarma Nagar, Tajpur Road, Ludhiana, on the charges of killing Boby alias Renu Bala by burning her on September 21, 1997.



Drive against tipsy drivers
Ludhiana, August 7
The tipsy as well as under-age drivers will have to be beware. The traffic police equipped with modern machinery has launched a drive to check spirited drivers. It has also started a drive against under-age drivers and challaned a number of school students today.


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