Tuesday, August 14, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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PUDA shops — double trouble for buyers
Ludhiana, August 13
The buyers of the 17 shops auctioned by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority in the commercial area, near Old Jail in Field Ganj locality, feel cheated. While the possession of shops sold to them way back on March 2, 2001 has not been handed over to them so far, PUDA authorities have been asking for payment of the second instalment with interest which the buyers feel is unjust and uncalled for.

Three murdered in city
Ludhiana, August 13
Three persons have been murdered in separate incidents in the city and its adjoining areas since last night. According to reports, one man was murdered over reported illicit relations, while another, a watchman, was stabbed to death while returning home. In the third incident, a young farmer was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Doaba Bhiani village near Sahnewal.



Probe ordered into missing answersheets case
Ludhiana, August 13
The mystery over the disappearance of answer-sheets supplied by the Council of Homoeopathic System of Medicine for examinations conducted by the council has taken a new turn, with the council ordering an inquiry against the principal of a local college.

Fervour marks Janmashtami
Ludhiana, August 13
The town was virtually dipped in religious elixir yesterday as people lined outside temples to have a glimpse of the ‘newly-born Krishna’ at midnight to mark the occasion of Janmashtami.

Devotees throng the Tootian Wala Temple in Shivpuri, Ludhiana, on the occasion of Janmashtami on Sunday.

Family hired killers for murder: police
Ludhiana, August 13
The Ludhiana police today claimed to have solved the murder of an aged farmer, Buta Singh, in Bhamian village yesterday. Investigations have revealed that the murder was the handiwork of contract killers engaged by the family to get rid of Buta Singh for the alleged ill-treatment meted out to family members, including his wife and sons.

National Games ‘must be held’
Ludhiana, August 13
Postponing the National Games for the third time has affected the morale of the sportspersons who are going to participate in the games as this has disturbed the schedule of training programmes. These youngsters have been waiting for this mega event for the past one year. But every time they complete their training for the games, the games have been postponed. The games were scheduled to be held in Ludhiana and other cities of the state.

New insect molecular biology lab
Ludhiana, August 13
An insect molecular biology laboratory only of its kind in any agricultural university of the country has been established in the Department of Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. This laboratory is equipped with the latest state-of-art equipment. The mandate of the laboratory is to develop diagnostic tools and molecular kits to identify biotypes and insecticide resistant strains of crop pests.


Remember this martyr?
Ludhiana, August 13
We may be celebrating the Independence Day on the day after tomorrow, but the city has almost forgotten its hero, the defender of the Kashmir valley, Flt Lt Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, the first Param Vir Chakra awardees of the Indian Air Force, whose statue has been lying in a dilapidated condition in a corner at the Mini-Secretariat for the past two years. A resident of Issewal village, about 15 km from here, Sekhon is said to be the only Param Vir Chakra awardee of the Indian Air Force.
  Flt Lt Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon
The statue of Flt Lt Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon and the model aircraft.

Handicap is no handicap for this gutsy girl
  Mohini Batta Ludhiana, August 13
Grit, firm resolution and a strong will power can help a person overcome severe physical handicaps to come out a cropper as in the case of Mohini Batta. Polio struck the delicate frame of Monica when she was just one year old in spite of polio drops having been administered to her. After an extensive treatment, she regained the use of her body torso upwards but the legs below the waist remain lifeless. When this correspondent met her she came on her low-wheel “patra” rolling with the help of her hands. She heaved herself up on the chair. She said her parents have ordered a special wheel chair for her.

Survey to locate stray dogs in villages mooted
Ludhiana, August 13
In order to check the menace of stray dogs in the rural areas, which has already claimed the life of a small baby, the district administration has decided to launch a massive search for these dogs in these areas. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S K Sandhu, has directed the Animal Husbandry Department to complete the survey as early as possible, so that immediate remedial measures could be taken.

Delay in sales tax notification resented
Ludhiana, August 13
The Ludhiana Tractor Parts Manufacturers and Traders Association has lamented the delay in issuing notification regarding sales tax on tractor parts and has called upon the state government to take up the matter immediately.

Feng Shui items charm Ludhianavis
Ludhiana, August 13
An exhibition of various good luck symbols and charms in on at Batra Hotel for those having faith in Feng Shui.

Feng Shui items on display at an exhibition being held in Ludhiana.

Society’s appeal for blood
Ludhiana, August 13
The Punjab Thalassaemics Welfare Society has appealed to the residents of the city to come forward and donate blood for the thalassaemic patients. Mr J.S. Sohal, president of the society, said the society was formed in September 1999.

Residents concerned over rising population
Ludhiana, August 13
The fact that the industrial hub of the state is also the largest populated city of Punjab and with the ever increasing influx of migrant population, the city was already bursting at the seams, was the focus of discussion at a meeting of The Ludhiana Welfare Society held here last evening.

Cong begins spadework for poll
Ludhiana, August 13
These are hectic days for the Congress. With nobody sure as when the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, will recommend elections in the state, the party leaders are not taking any chances lest’ they should be caught unawares. That probably explains the presence of two central observers here for the past one week.

Two die in road mishaps
Doraha, August 13
Two persons have died while five other received injuries in road accidents in the past 20 hours at Doraha. According to sources, Swaran Singh, a resident of Rampur village, died on the spot when the scooter he was driving was hit by a car (PB-11R-8778) coming from Patiala. Ms Palwinder Kaur who was riding pillion with the deceased was injured and admitted to a local hospital.

Cong lashes out at Punjab Govt
Ludhiana, August 13
The leaders of the District Congress Committee today criticised the SAD-BJP government in the state for its alleged corrupt practices and called upon the workers to ensure that this government was shown the door in the forthcoming Assembly elections. They also claimed that only the Congress could provide a corruption-free government in the state.

Frame policy on youth: BJYM
Ludhiana, August 13
The Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha will ask the Union Government to frame a policy for youth. The front organisation of the ruling BJP will also prepare a charter of demands on behalf of the youth and a ‘code of conduct’ for them.


Woman booked for cheating
Ludhiana, August 13
The police of division No. 2 has registered a case of cheating against a woman of Field Ganj. Mr Amarjit Singh, a resident of the same locality, complained to the police that the accused, Asha Rani, took Rs 2 lakh from him on interest under a written agreement.

  • Gamblers held

  • Liquor seized

Eve-teaser beats up cop
Ludhiana, August 13
The city police booked boy for teasing a girl on the Gaushala road near the Shiva temple yesterday and later assaulting a constable when he was stopped from doing so.



Honour for PAU scientists
Ludhiana, August 13
Dr Yog Raj Chanana, Senior Horticulturist, Department of Horticulture, PAU, Ludhiana, visited the University of California, Davis, USA, to participate in the 5th International Peach Symposium which was jointly organised by the Department of Pomology, University of California and the International Society of Horticulture. This international event exclusively on peaches takes place after every four years.

Computer education scheme for schools a non-starter
Ludhiana, August 13
The much publicised scheme to introduce computer education in government schools of the state, in collaboration with the NIIT, seems to have failed to click. While hundreds of students from government high and senior secondary schools of the district have deposited their computer education funds with the school authorities for the past two months, classes are yet to begin here.

Manish is most talented student
Ludhiana, August 13
Class X students of 16 schools of the city participated in a quiz contest organised at GGN Khalsa College, Civil Lines, here yesterday. Preliminary rounds for the quiz started on July 2 with written test of 2500 students in these schools and top three students from each school were screened.

“Jhanda uncha rahe hamara”: These tiny tots of Cherryfield Nursery School seem to convey this while holding aloft the Tricolour at a function held to celebrate Independence Day on Monday. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Tiny tots celebrate Independence Day
Ludhiana, August 13
Tiny tots of Cherryfield Nursery School celebrated Independence Day at a function held here today. Kids wore white dress and held Tricolour flags and danced on patriotic songs, including ‘Ma tujhe salaam’, ‘Nanna munha rahi hun’, ‘Aao bacho tumhein dikhayen’ and ‘Chhodo kal ki batein’.

Seminar on drug abuse
Ludhiana, August 13
Eak Jyot, a de-addiction centre, organised a seminar on drug abuse at Government Senior Secondary Model School, PAU, this morning. Ms Harsimranpreet, director of Eak Jyot, informed the students that drugs were chemical substances, if taken regularly, these become a habit and later an addiction. “Addiction shatters mental and physical equilibrium.


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