Sunday, August 19, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Sap-sucking pest dashes farmers’ hopes
Paddy crop under serious threat

Ludhiana, August 18
Paddy farmers of the district are facing a serious threat from a sap-sucking insect that has attacked a large area under the crop. The farmers are fearing that they may face problems in marketing of their produce as last year.

Farmers showing the drying of paddy plants near roots due to the attack of planthopper.
Farmers showing the drying of paddy plants near roots due to the attack of planthopper. — Photo Inderjit Verma.

Portion of church demolished
Renovation work going on in full swing

Ludhiana, August 18
The prayer hall of an over 170-year-old historic church near Christian Medical College and Hospital is being demolished and a new bigger hall would be constructed in its place.
A view of the portion of the historic church under demolition at Ludhiana.
A view of the portion of the historic church under demolition at Ludhiana.
— Photo Inderjeet Verma




Park in ruins as lobby fights over possession
Raikot (Ludhiana), August 18
The over three decade-old controversy surrounding the ownership of the historical Santa Singh Ramgarhia Park in this town has re-surfaced. While the general house meeting of Municipal Council had, after ignoring the maintenance of the park all these years, passed early this week a plan of Rs 2 lakh to beautify it, the RSS lobby aided by the local BJP leaders have trained guns to block any such move.

Transferred Principals refuse to join schools
Ludhiana, August 18
Alleging tampering of inquiry reports prepared by the district Education Department and interference of political groups, principals of Government Senior Secondary Schools at Lalton Kalan, Kila Raipur, Baddowal and Dehlon, who had received transfer orders last month, have refused to join new schools.

Gold glitters for investors yet again
Ludhiana, August 18
Their trust shaken due to the UTI fiasco, city residents have again resorted to making investments in gold purchases. Apprehensive of investing money in such schemes, the Ludhianvis are fast buying gold as a safer method of investment.

Punjab ministers “in league with drug mafia”
Ludhiana, August 18
Speakers at an “awareness rally”, organised by the district unit of the Urban Development Cell of the Youth Congress at Dasehra ground of Jamalpur Colony charged several ministers in the SAD-BJP Government in Punjab with being in league with the drug mafia and behind the increasing sale of intoxicants in the state.

Bector elected to Sirhind MC
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 18
Mr Sunil Bector (Independent) was declared elected in municipal council elections for Ward No. 2 of Sirhind in the district today on the last day of withdrawls. Nine candidates had filed their nominations for this seat.

Rs 50,000 looted
Samrala, August 18
A milk contractor Satpal Singh of Diwa Ice Factory was robbed on pistol point of Rs 50,000 near State Bank of Patiala today afternoon.

Buddha Nullah breach: water recedes
Ludhiana, August 18
The flood-situation in number of colonies alongside the Buddha Nullah improved as water-level receded “on its own” in the nullah. However, the District Administration and the Municipal Corporation has yet not been able to plug the breach in the drain that had caused floods in most of the colonies.


One of the many sewage-affected streets in Chaudhary Colony of Bassi Pathana town.Residents resent municipal apathy
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 18
Residents of Chaudhary Colony in Bassi Pathana town of the district are living in a terrible situation. The colony lacks even basic civic amenities. The residents had been highlighting their problems at various platforms but to no avail.

One of the many sewage-affected streets in Chaudhary Colony of Bassi Pathana town.

Badal told to rescind all pacts on river waters
Ludhiana, August 18
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) and its political outfit, the Sikh League International (SLI), have called upon Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to rescind as void abnitio all ‘agreements’ on river waters by passing a resolution in the state assembly, to prove his credentials that he was not hand-in-glove with his Haryana counterpart as far as the issue of Punjab river waters was concerned.

Shelterless poor to get plots
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 18
Mr Vikas Partap Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, has informed that the process of providing free plots measuring 5 marlas each to the shelterless poor families out of the panchayat land has been started and the required survey to identify the houseless families in the villages has been completed through the field staff of development department.

Members of the Roopika Ladies Club tie “raakhi” on the wrist of a jawan at the Wagah borderSadbhavna tour to Wagah border
Ludhiana, August 18
Roopika Ladies Club members conducted a “sadbhavna tour” to Amritsar attended by 35 members of the club. The tour aimed at promoting national unity and integrity.

Members of the Roopika Ladies Club tie “raakhi” on the wrist of a jawan at the Wagah border

BSP opposes octroi abolition
Ludhiana, August 18
The Bahujan Samaj Party and its allied units have opposed the proposed abolition of octroi in the state.

Serving humanity their mission
Ludhiana, August 18
The Management of Dukh Niwaran in Field Ganj has been serving humanity in the field of education, medical aid and free community kitchen for devotees.

Take corrective action, plead residents
Ludhiana, August 18
Residents of Urban Estate, Dugri, Phase-I, having houses around vacant plots (no 419 to 424) face a serious threat to their houses from rain water accumulated in the vacant plots as both PUDA and the Municipal Corporation authorities are indifferent and apathetic to their plight.

Gill seeks ticket from Payal
Doraha, August 18
Mr Jagjiwan Pal Singh Gill, state Delegate of SAD, has submitted his claim to the party ticket from the Payal Constituency, arguing that he had worked for the welfare of Akali workers and has strong family ties in the area.


Two looted at gunpoint
Ludhiana, August 18
Two unidentified scooter-borne youths robbed two persons, including a manager of a co-operative bank, at gunpoint near Andlo village here this afternoon. The robbers decamped with cash and jewellery.


Beopar Mandal’s decision endorsed
Ludhiana, August 18
A meeting of the Moti Nagar United Factory Association was held at Moti Nagar under the chairmanship of Mr Bhushan Abhi. Mr Harish Khanna, president Ludhiana Small Scale Manufactruing Association, Mr Balwant Rai, president, North Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also addressed the gathering.



Teej celebrations in city colleges
Ludhiana, August 18
Swings, ‘mehndi’ and ‘giddha’ competitions and stall of games and eatables were organised to mark ‘Teej’ celebrations at Guru Nanak Girls’ College, Model Town, and Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women here today.

Seminar on education

Workshop for Principals ends



Workshop on plastic surgery concludes
Ludhiana, August 18
The two-day workshop on reconstructive plastic surgery organised by the plastic surgery unit of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in association with the Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, concluded here today.


Inderjit, Kulwinder win TT titles
Ludhiana, August 18
Inderjeet Singh and Kulwinder Singh clinched table tennis titles in the junior and senior categories ,respectively, of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle Sports Tournament being held here at the Punjab Agricultural University.


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