Monday, August 20, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Police Dept asks cops to declare assets
Puzzled staff resent move
Ludhiana, August 19
In an apparent move to collect firsthand information about the reported wealth amassed, disproportionate to known sources of income, the district police authorities have directed the police officers and other personnel from the rank of the inspector till the constable to submit details about their assets including property and bank accounts in the office of the Senior Superintendent of police here.

Farmers cashing in on Badal’s compulsions
Ludhiana, August 19
Apparently knowing the political compulsions of the ruling SAD-BJP government to keep farmers in good humour due to the forthcoming assembly elections, smart farmers in this district planted the 60-day variety of paddy and have now brought the produce to the grain market, calling the government to purchase their produce.
Farmers of Lalton village harvest the advanced variety of paddy.
Farmers of Lalton village harvest the advanced variety of paddy which they had sown in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. RB



5 more marriage palaces face uncertainty
Ludhiana, August 19
Five marriage palaces along the Ferozepore Road, which had been served demolition notices by the district administration following a Punjab and Haryana High Court decision, face uncertainty as the time period of the stay granted to them by the Supreme Court of India expires tomorrow.

Traders’ ultimatum on octroi abolition
Mandi Gobindgarh, August 19
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, the state level-body of traders today gave an ultimatum to the state government to abolish octroi by September 2 failing which it would launch protest rallies at municipal committee and corporation offices on September 3. Later, if required it would resort to jail bharo agitation. 

Decomposed body found

Ludhiana, August 19
The highly decomposed body of an unidentified woman, suspected to be a migrant labourer, was found under mysterious circumstances on a vacant plot near Cheema Colony on the Pakhowal road here today noon.

Policemen inspecting a heap of clothes in which a highly decomposed body was found .
Policemen inspecting a heap of clothes in which a highly decomposed body was found raped near Cheema colony on Pakhowal road today. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

2 kids hurt following electric shock
Ludhiana, August 19
Two children were seriously injured when they suffered severe electric shocks while playing under high tension electric wires. The incident occurred in street no. 4 of the Santokh Nagar area across the Budha Nullah.



It’s a global village for them
agir Singh Raju, a senior citizen, has observed fast changes. As a keen observer in the waiting room, he is a good judge of movement of trains. He has also gone to international airports many times to bid farewell to his kith and kin as well as to receive them. His sons, daughters and grandchildren are scattered all over the globe.

A friendship worth emulation
Ludhiana, August 19
In these times of cut-throat competition when a person does not think twice before ditching others for self-interest, the four-year-long friendship of Rani, a ‘langoor’, and Gulzari Lal, an ascetic, is a perfect example for others to follow. These inhabitants of the Sabzi Mandi area stand by each other even in the adverse circumstances. The peaceful animal has provided meaning to the life of Gulzari Lal, who earlier used to earn his living by playing ‘bahurupia’. He would entertain people by changing his appearances at various places in Delhi.
Gulzari Lal with his only companion Rani.
Gulzari Lal with his only companion Rani. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi


Urbanites enthusiastically adopt ‘apni mandis’: study
eople in urban areas, by and large, have adopted the ‘apni mandis’ for buying vegetables and fruits etc. And they are satisfied with this arrangement. It has been revealed in a study conducted by Ms Hardeep Kaur, a research scholar of the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana under the guidance of Dr Savita Batish.


Seminar on education
Ludhiana, August 19
A seminar on education was held on the topic ''who is responsible for the deterioration in education system — teachers or government and what are its remedies? What are the new challenges for education?'' This seminar was organised by the Government Teachers Union, Punjab, in Guru Nanak Khalsa Girls High School, Gujjarkhan, Model Town, Ludhiana. Top

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