Wednesday, August 22, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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MC okays development works worth Rs 10 cr 
Ludhiana, August 21
The Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation has approved various development works for the city like laying of roads, paving of streets, laying of water supply and sewerage schemes, development of parks and provision of street lights, in addition to procurement of stores for Health Department and traffic cell worth over Rs 10 crore.

26 buffaloes killed as shed collapses
Ludhiana, August 21
Twentysix buffaloes were killed when the shed of a private diary farm collapsed and the concrete roof fell on the animals. While 21 of these died instantly, five more died after being taken out of the debris. Three seriously injured buffaloes are under treatment.
Buffaloes lie buried after a shed collapsed at Haibowal in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Buffaloes lie buried after a shed collapsed at Haibowal in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Twentysix buffaloes were killed in the mishap. 
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi



PSEB fined for wrong bills
Ludhiana, August 21
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to pay Rs 2,000 on account of deficiency in service to Mr Kulwant Singh, a resident of Model Gram. The forum further directed the PSEB to pay to the consumer Rs 500 as cost of litigation.

Funds for research work go unutilised
Ludhiana, August 21
Funds to the tune of lakhs of rupees allocated for research in colleges go unutilised as the Punjab Government does not grant the teachers any paid leave for the purpose.

Setting an example for humanity
Ludhiana, August 21
The parents of Nitika Sood, an 11-year-old school going girl, who had met with an accident and later died, recently have set an example by donating her eyes to an eye bank.

Children who received the eyes of Nitika, 11-year-old girl who died in an accident. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Children who received the eyes of Nitika, 11-year-old girl who died in an accident.

BEGGING IN STYLE: A tribal woman from Madhya Pradesh sports a straw sun-hat on a begging round in Ludhiana. 
— Photo D.B. Chopra

Personal enmity ruled out
Ludhiana, August 21
Police investigations into yesterday’s robbery and killing at a petrol station have almost come to the conclusion that personal enmity does not seem to be the motive behind the murder of the two employees.

Municipal Corporation seeks public help for improving amenities
Ludhiana, August 21
The Municipal Corporation has sought cooperation of the public and voluntary organisations in bringing about a qualitative improvement in the civic amenities and providing a responsive civic administration to the city population.

12 hurt as truck, tempo collide
Sahnewal, August 21
A tempo and a truck collided near Tibba village, 3 km from here today, injuring 12 persons. The condition of two of them was reported to be serious. According to sources, the tempo (HR-20-9417) was carrying 40 employees who were to participate in a rally at Chandigarh.


Fed up with a fat power bill, try kundi connection
Ludhiana, August 21
Want free power without paying hefty bills standing in a long queue? Welcome to a slum on the PUDA land adjacent to the HIG/MIG colony at Focal Point. Here, power is free.

Kundis supplying power to a slum area near HIG/MIG colony at Focal Point in Ludhiana. — Photo by writer

Sikh morcha flays Badal’s rating
Ludhiana, August 21
Shri Hemkunt Sikh Morcha, a non-political Sikh organisation, has flayed the survey by a news magazine, which has rated Mr Parkash Singh Badal as the number one Chief Minister Panjab ever had.

A melting pot of different cultures
Ludhiana, August 21
Ludhiana is fast becoming a melting pot of different cultures. People from UP, Bihar and Rajasthan are the most visible non-Punjabis in the city, be it agriculture, craftsmanship or working as labour force in industrial houses ,or plying of rickshaws, their presence and contribution is hard to miss.

SAD (A) against amnesty to guilty cops
Ludhiana, August 21
The controversy generated by the statement of the Union Home Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, about granting amnesty to the cops accused of human rights violation, refuses to die down with the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amristar) strongly opposing any such move.

Waiting for Godot at rly enquiry counter
Ludhiana August 21
Thousands of railway passengers, including daily commuters, face problems regularly at the Ludhiana Railway Station thanks to an indifferent attitude and callousness of the railway officials.

Waiting for Godot: Frustrated passengers crowd around a man-less railway enquiry counter waiting for somebody to show up. IV

Waiting for Godot

Gaushala inaugurated at Focal Point
Ludhiana, August 21
Mr Lajpat Rai, BJP MP, inaugurated a gaushala at LIG Colony in the Focal Point area here. With this the number of gaushalas in the city has risen to three.

PNB staff observe anti-scam day
Ludhiana, August 21
Members of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation observed anti-scam day here yesterday. Mr Naresh Gaur and Mr Ashok Awasthy, secretary and president of the federation, respectively, said that no effective remedial measures had been taken by the authorities in the light of the 1991-92 scam that had rocked the financial sector.


A massive PR exercise was started by the local police after the new SSP took charge. The first thing that the new police chief did was to instruct all cops to address complainants as Shriman ji. Media reports suggested a big overhaul of the police force in the days to come. Then came reports that cops had been told to furnish details of their property assets to ensure that they do not amass wealth beyond their known sources of income.


3 booked under Copyright Act
Jagraon, August 21
Three brothers, Neeru Kumar, Gopal Singh and Deepu Kumar, were arrested by the police for exhibiting unauthorised films at Neeru Video Centre in Jhujhar Market, Gurdip Nagar. The police seized five TV sets, three VCRs and 10 video cassettes from the centre and booked all of them under Sections 51, 52 and 68-A of the Copyright Act, 1957.

2 PSEB employees held on graft charge
Ludhiana, August 21
The Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau has claimed to have caught red-handed two employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) while accepting a graft of Rs 2,000 for not taking action against persons found indulging in power theft.



PAU decision on CBI probe welcomed
Ludhiana, August 21
Two former functionaries of the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers Association (PAUTA) have welcomed the decision of the board of management of the PAU to request the CBI to investigate the land scam in which the university allegedly lost a prime piece of land near Kitchlu Nagar to a private builder. They have hoped that the decision, though belated, shall help the university recover its land after nearly six years.

Agitating students threaten statewide protests
Ludhiana, August 21
After facing a challenge from the ETT qualified teachers, the state minister is now facing a similar challenge from the students of College of Agriculture (COA), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), who are agitating for the last 21 days in support of their demands.

Mom I don’t want to go to school!
Depression among schoolchildren on rise
Ludhiana, August 21
Next time your child refuses to eat or go to play with friends or perhaps even refuses to go for a drive, do not take it as just one of his moods. Your child could be suffering from depression.


Murder accused acquitted
Ludhiana, August 21
Mr J. S. Bhatia, Sessions Judge, Sangrur, has acquitted Manjinder Singh Issi of the charge of murdering Parveen Kumar, a Shiv Sena office-bearer, and three others on January 23, 1991, at Ahmadgarh for want of evidence.



Plan to expand heart centre
Ludhiana, August 21
The management of the Christian Medical College and Hospital has chalked out an expansion programme of the CMC Heart Research Centre to provide better facilities to the patients. The management proposes to spend Rs 7.5 crore on the new building and equipment, says Dr T.M. Jaison, acting Director of the CMC and Hospital.

Workshop on neonatal resuscitation
Ludhiana, August 21
In India, the rate of children who suffer from asphyxia at the time of birth is 26.4 per 1000 persons. The infant mortality rate is 30 per cent and the causes responsible for this are lack of adequate medical facilities, and untrained medical personnel, said Dr Daljit Singh, Professor and Chief, Department of Paediatrics, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, at a day-long workshop at the Dumra Auditorium here.


Balraj Sharma for Asian Swimming Meet
Ludhiana, August 21
Mr Balraj Sharma, an international FINA refree in swimming, has been invited by the Asian Amateur Swimming Federation (AASF) as technical delegate for the first Asian Age-Group Swimming Championship slated to be held in Hong Kong from August 24 to 26.


DC’s directive on development information boards
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 21
Mr Vikas Paratap, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over a monthly meeting to review the progress of ongoing development projects in the district, directed all BDPOs to install development information boards carrying all information regarding the development works, outside the community centres or at the entrance of the village within a period of one month.

Admn to check sale of spurious farm inputs: DC
Ludhiana, August 21
Farmers have been asked not to harvest the paddy before time as it will bring the quality of the paddy down and also affect the yield, besides posing the problem of sale in the grain market. Stating this, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, directed the Chief Agriculture Officer to conduct field visits and educate the farmers about proper harvesting of paddy.


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