Thursday, August 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Safeguard hard-earned freedom, minister exhorts people
Ludhiana, August 15
Independence Day was celebrated with traditional fervour in the city. The National flag was hoisted at various places while the main function was held at Government College for Boys.
Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, Agriculture Minister, Punjab, honours a family member of a Kargil martyr at the Independence Day
Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, Agriculture Minister, Punjab, honours a family member of a Kargil martyr at the Independence Day function at Ludhiana on Wednesday

Civic body collections nosedive
Speculation on octroi abolition wreaks havoc
Ludhiana, August 15
The uncertainty created by speculation that the Punjab Government might effect the much-expected decision on abolition of octroi, has already cast its gloomy shadow in the industrial hub of Punjab.



‘Vest Lokpal with judicial powers’
Ludhiana, August 15
The much-awaited Lokpal Bill has been received well by local residents though there has been some scepticism about its effectiveness. They want the Lokpal to be vested with judicial powers to penalise the guilty. The inclusion of the Prime Minster, Union Ministers and MPs under the Bill is appreciated.

36 Shiv Sainiks rounded up
Ludhiana, August 15
Activists of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), who of late have assumed the role as cultural policemen, roughed up Congress workers and several others in the Miller Ganj area here today for what they described as ‘sacrilege’ of the solemn occasions like Independence Day by staging dance shows and such other ‘vulgarities’. The police has rounded up nearly 36 Shiv Sena activists.

2 killed as truck overturns
Ludhiana, August 15
As the town went about celebrating Independence Day in a big way, two young migrant labourers from UP lost their lives in a bizarre accident in the Focal Point area today.


Nostalgic memories of the first Independence Day
Ludhiana, August 15
Independence Day has still so much for the people to celebrate. Many people may not have much interest in it, yet for the people like Mr Vidya Sagar Bhalla, Independence Day means a lot. It takes them back in time and space, when Ludhiana was like any other town with a population less than one lakh.

Ex-servicemen feel neglected, hold rally
Ludhiana, August 15
The Indian Ex-Services League (Punjab and Chandigarh) held a protest rally here today near the statue of the Flt Lt Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, and later organised a protest march from the mini-secretariat to the Maj Bhupinder Singh’s statue at Bharat Nagar chowk.


Members of the Indian Ex-Services League (Punjab and Chandigarh) stand in front of the statue of Fit-Lt Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon to pay homage to the martyr on Independence Day. 

Members of the Indian Ex-Services League (Punjab and Chandigarh) stand in front of the statue of Fit-Lt Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon

Smuggled goods much in demand
Ludhiana, August 15
Despite the presence of a large number of multinational companies in India, the sale of smuggled foreign goods continues as the profit margin is as high as 50 per cent as compared to 10 to 15 per cent on the sale of goods imported through proper channel.

PWD workers to launch stir
Ludhiana, August 15
Concurrent with the beginning of Punjab Vidhan Sabha session on August 21, the PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union, Punjab, would put up a permanent ‘morcha’ at the ‘matka’ chowk at Chandigarh in support of its demands.

Senior citizens  submit memo
Ludhiana, August 15
Members of the All-India Senior Citizens Organisation celebrated Independence Day at Kamla Lohtia SD College, here. Mr D.R. Ahuja, president of the organisation, welcomed the chief guest, Lala Lajpat Rai, MP, who unfurled the National Flag.

Joyrides losing charm
Ludhiana, August 15
The Janmashtami and Independence Day celebrations bring a good business opportunity for the owners of ‘mini fun fairs’. These people set up joyrides for the children and eagerly look forward to these festivals as they are able to save some money for their 'kitty'.


Minor raped, suspect at large
Ludhiana, August 15
The Sadar police of the city is on the lookout for Toti, a young boy of Bazigar basti at Karabara village near the city, who fled the scene after raping a 13-year-old girl of the same colony on August 13.


New technique of paddy transplantation
Ludhiana, August 15
To cope with the WTO challenges and the declining profits in the wheat-paddy rotation, the Department of Agriculture along with Punjab Agricultural University has developed a new technique of paddy depositing. While PAU trials are in an experimental stage, the department has claimed success in the experiments. It has developed more than 20 acres for this new technique near Ladowal.


Schools celebrate Independence Day
Ludhiana, August 15
Flag hoisting, parade, speeches, exhibitions and cultural programme marked the Independence Day celebrations in various schools of the city.

Students of Gupta Model High School present a choreographed item as part of Independence Day celebrations in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Students of Gupta Model High School present a choreography as a part of Independence Day

Nidhi wins Vedic lecture contest
Ludhiana, August 15
Nidhi Sharma, who spoke on ‘Om, the best name of God’, was adjudged the best speaker at the Vedic lecture contest organised by the Ved Parchar Mandal at USPC Jain Senior Secondary School, here yesterday.


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