Monday, September 3, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Dancing girls ‘take over’ mela
Oldies resent the ‘hijacking’ of Chhapaar fair
Chhapaar (Ludhiana), September 2
Notwithstanding the widespread criticism of cultural invasion at the very showcase of our heritage, that is the special melas, the dancing girls, a desi version of the MTV and Channel V programmes, have once again stolen the show over the tradition bolian walle, naklan walle as well as gidha and bhangra groups in the annual Chhapaar Mela organised in this village about 30 km from here.

Girls perform ‘zinda dance’ at the Chhapaar Mela.
Girls perform ‘zinda dance’ at the Chhapaar Mela. — Photo Inderjeet Verma



Mini-bus operators seek relief
Ludhiana, September 2
Thousands of mini-bus operators of the state are up in arms against the state government for not accepting their demands. They have urged the state government to announce some relief to them as they have been passing through a difficult period due to increase in input costs and illegal plying of auto-rickshaws in the state.

Educate public on ayurvedic virtues: expert
Ludhiana, September 2
To create health awareness among the general public, the health education cell of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital organised the 27th public health lecture here in the Dumra auditorium.

IMA wants crackdown on ‘unethical’ advts
Ludhiana, September 2
The state unit of the Indian Medical Association has demanded a stern action against doctors and genetic counselling centers offering “by choice son” through various advertisements, under the PNDT Act and the Medical Council of India Act —violation of code of medical ethics.


INA veteran dies unnoticed

Bhaini Arora (Ludhiana) September 2
About 102-year-old Gulzar Singh, an INA veteran, after living an unrecognised life all these years died unsung and unnoticed, this morning in his ancestral village here. His allegations of callous attitude towards the freedom fighters in the state came true when not a single official of the district administration or the state government attended his cremation ceremony. Villagers, however, gave him a befitting farewell. A large number of persons from local and surrounding villages attended the cremation.
Gulzar Singh

316 police trainees pass out
Phillaur, September 2
The passing-out parade of the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, was held today Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Social Welfare Minister, took the salute from 316 trainees of upper intermediate, lower school, buglar, drill instructor and reorientation courses from the Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Andaman-Nikobar and Chandigarh police forces.

Pensioners for hike in medical perk
Ludhiana, September 2
The Punjab Pensioners' Association, in a memorandum to the Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, has urged him to raise the fixed medical allowance from Rs 250 to Rs 300.

Women cell in-charge accused of misbehaviour
Jagraon, September 2
Baljinder Kaur of Burj Hari Singh village has accused the in charge of Women Cell, Moga, Ms Kashmir Kaur, with treating her badly. She alleged that SSP, Moga, had referred the case filed by her against her husband, Joginder Singh, to the Women Cell. She was called there three times.

Morcha to hold scooter rallies
Amloh, September 2
The Bahujan Samaj Morcha will organise scooter rallies in every assembly constituency of Sirhind, Amloh, Khanna and Samrala, to protest against the anti-Dalit policies of the state government and to press upon the government to accept their demands, said Mr Rajwinder Singh Bhalmajra, district general secretary, Fatehgarh Sahib, after party meeting here today.


2-year-old child dies as parents attempt suicide
Ludhiana, September 2
In a shocking case, a two-year-old boy died and his poverty-stricken parents, hailing from Kerala, fell seriously ill after all of them in an attempted suicide consumed some poisonous substance in their one-room apartment in Haqiqat Nagar here late last night.

Illegal detention alleged
Khamano, September 2
Harjit Kaur and her husband, Jawala Singh, of Dialpura village have appealed to the district administration to take the necessary action to set their son, Harpal Singh Pali, free from illegal custody.

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