Saturday, August 25, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Men lock horns over animals
PAU students want farmers out of their farm

Ludhiana, August 24
The decision of Punjab Agricultural University to train some farmers in dairy management, including artificial insemination, has sparked off a row as students of the College of Veterinary Sciences have lodged a protest against it. 

Farmers receive training in dairy management in Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. IV 

‘We’ve orders not to talk to Press’
Ludhiana, August 24
On top of the day's crime file issued by the local Press Information Centre was an unprecedented case. Hundreds of brawls occur every day in the big city which are more often than not settled after intervention by well-wishers or passers-by. In some cases, the beat cops settle things by lightening the purses of both parties. Rarely are the parties formally booked under the law.


  PAUTA election campaign gains momentum
Ludhiana, August 24
Election fever is catching up on the Punjab Agricultural University campus for the annual elections of the Punjab Agricultural University Teacher’s Association scheduled for August 28. With only four days left, different groups of teachers today started campaigning for the five executive and 10 office-bearer posts.

For a peacock fan. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

MC initiates measures to enforce building bylaws
Ludhiana, August 24
The municipal corporation has initiated several measures to enforce the building bylaws scrupulously and bring transparency in regulation of building activity in the city. As a step towards this direction, the MC Commissioner, Dr S.S. Sandhu, said the building bylaws should be widely publicised among public.

Campaign on driving licences
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 24
A special campaign has been launched in the district to prepare learner’s driving licences on the spot by organising special camps in all villages of the district. Giving details about the camps, Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, said that during sangat darshan programmes, it was a common complaint of the public that it had to face a lot of hardships and problems in getting learner’s driving licences.

Farmers, labourers taken ill due to insecticides
Ludhiana, August 24
The spraying of insecticides to control various pests on paddy is proving to be a bane for the farmers as well as labourers as a large number of them have, complaining of suffocation, nausea and blurred vision, reported in several hospitals and private clinics in rural areas.


Over 900 phones dead
Ludhiana, August 24
Residents of Boparai Kalan and adjoining villages are a harassed lot as a BSNL telephone exchange that caters to more than 900 telephone numbers is lying dead for the past one week. The villagers said that they had complained to the BSNL officials both at the local level as well at the Ludhiana head office but no action had been taken.

Sangat darshan programme
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 24
Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, directed the district officers of all departments to remain present in their offices from 9.00 to 11.00 a.m. daily for redressal of the public grievances and if any of them has to attend some other important assignment, then the next in hierarchy must be present to avoid unnecessary harassment of the people.

Participants in a seminar on "Growth agenda of Punjab - Ludhiana in focus’ in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Participants in a seminar on ‘Growth agenda of Punjab — Ludhiana in focus’ in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Only 10 pc budget for development: Arora
Ludhiana, August 24
The policies of the Punjab government have failed to boost the state economy over the past four years. The decline in agriculture, small- scale and large-scale industrial sector was quite visible and the state government was unable to stop the decline in growth rate. 

Why literature is supreme
NGLISH and various Indian languages complement each other. I recall an observation by Sir Winston Churchill before a class of undergraduates in 1945. He said an Englishman who knew only his mother tongue was an illiterate person and rightly so. Knowledge of an old language or at least one regional language is necessary for a person to understand his or her own language properly. If he or she also knows English, he or she will see new vistas of thought and expression opening up.

Petrol stations sans security
Ludhiana, August 24
Various petrol stations in the city and on the G.T. Road remain as vulnerable to looting bids as ever before even though four days have passed since the double murder took place at a petrol station near the Jalandhar bypass on August 19.

Fighting off bad breath in pets
S the bark of your dog worse than its bite? Does your enthusiasm level fall each time you smell your dog's smile? Bad breath is not only a problem in humans but also in animals. The most common cause of bad breath in pets is excessive calculus and plaque deposits on the teeth. Growth of bacteria, their secretions and deposition of calcium carbonate, form the dental calculi from microbial plaque.

Workshop on energy management by CII
Ludhiana, August 24
Over 50 representatives from 30 companies in the region attended a one-day workshop on energy management today. The workshop was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries.

Sikh morcha changes name
Ludhiana, August 24
The Shri Hemkunt Sikh Morcha, a non-political organisation formed recently, at a meeting here today, decided to change its name for the simple reason that “it does not want to commit any possible misconduct or mistake under the pious name of Shri Hemkunt Sahib.”

Class IV union plans dharna
Amloh, August 24
The union of safai sewaks, municipal council, Amloh, has condemned the proposal of the Punjab Government to abolish octroi. At a meeting held here today, Mr Hari Chand, district president of the Class IV Employees Union, said: ‘‘The government has failed to regularise the services of the part-time employees. Even bonus and dearness allowance instalment have not been paid to them.”


Bid to grab land; 3 booked
Ludhiana, August 24
The Focal Point police has booked three persons, including a woman, on the charge of attempting to forcibly occupy a piece of land and construct a hut on it. According to a copy of the FIR received here today, the incident took place on the evening of August 21, when the complainant, Rakesh Kumar, along with a friend Shiv Charan Sharma had gone to Baba Jeewan Singh Basti to see his land.


Paddy procurement arrangements
Fatehgarh, August 24
As elections to the state assembly are round the corner and the issue of purchase of paddy is likely to affect poll prospects, the government is making all efforts for the smooth procurement of paddy. Senior officials have been asked to review paddy procurement arrangements.


Membership of PU Extension Library falls
Ludhiana, August 24
Lack of reading habit among students and teachers, sufficient stock of books with city colleges and high purchasing power of college students has resulted in a fall in the membership of the Panjab University Extension Library.

Nishant Sethi receives a merit certificate from Lala Lajpat Rai, MP, after his excellent performance in the Class XII examinations. 

Rank and talent, but no money
Ludhiana, August 24
Though Nishant Sethi has cleared the PMT and entrance tests of various MBBS courses, financial constraints are stopping him from realising his dreams. Nishant aspires to join the MBBS course of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education and has cleared the CET for it. However, a Rs 1,60,000 fee, payable at the time of counselling on August 27, is what may stop him in his tracks.

PAU student molested?
Ludhiana, August 24
Can a teacher of a university be allowed to go scot-free if he is being allegedly accused of molesting a student? The answer is yes, going by a recent case at Punjab Agricultural University.


‘Censor board within a year’
Ludhiana, August 24
The Punjab Cultural Promotion Council has urged intellectuals and art lovers of the state to “expose those who are defaming the rich cultural heritage of the state in the name of the promotion of culture”. The council has also supported the proposal of Mr Swarna Ram, Cultural Affairs Minister of the state, on setting up a censor board.

The winners of the Dream Girl competition organised in Ludhiana on Friday Deepa is ‘Dream Girl’
Ludhiana, August 24
Deepa of the Niharika ladies club was declared the winner at the Dream Girl competition, while Neetu from Aar Cee ladies club and Sabina from Geetanjli ladies club were declared first and second runners-up, respectively, here today.

The winners of the Dream Girl competition organised in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Inderjit Verma


Blood donation camp for thalassaemic patients
Ludhiana, August 24
The Punjab Thalassemics Welfare Society in association with the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital organised a two-day blood donation camp, which was inaugurated at the Guru Nanak College for Girls here today.


Punjab throwball championship
Ludhiana, August 24
The Punjab State Throwball Championship for senior boys and girls will be held at Sargodha Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Gurdwara Kalghidhar Road, on August 26, according to a press note issued by Mr Varinder Singh Virdi, President, Punjab Throwball Association.


Bill without power connection
Ludhiana, August 24
Mr S.S. Uppal, a resident of BRS Nagar, has complained to the Chief Engineer, Punjab State Electricity Board, alleging that he was being wrongly charged for using excess load. He has also complained that the Dispute Settlement Committee of the board was not constituted as per rules and his submissions by way of affidavit have been completely ignored.

DM bans use of loudspeakers
Ludhiana, August 24
Following several complaints from the public, the District Magistrate, Mr S. K. Sandhu, has banned the use of loudspeakers in the district at any hour without prior permission.


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