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Students take charge for a day to entertain teachers
Ludhiana, September 5
Honouring of teachers, cultural programmes, seminars and debate contests marked the Teachers’ Day celebrations in various schools and colleges here today. In Bharatiya Vidya Mandir of Udham Singh Nagar here, over 10 schoolteachers were honoured.
Students of Gupta Model High School present a choreography item at a Teachers’ Day function in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Students of Gupta Model High School present a choreography item at a Teachers’ Day function in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo Inderjit Verma



Cops beat up villagers on thikari pheraRaja Ram and Buta Masih
Ladian Khurd (Ludhiana), September 5
In an incident of utter high-handedness by the police, four residents of Pak Dil Colony in Ladian Khurd village, about 20 km from here, were mercilessly beaten up by two policemen last night when they were performing thikari phera. The cops were allegedly drunk and were out of their senses when they bashed up the residents who were patrolling the area.

From left to right: Raja Ram showing swelling on his arm after he was mercilessly bashed up by cops; Buta Masih showing his leg on which swelling was visilble witht the naked eye and the agitated residents of Pak Colony in the Ladian Khurd Village. 
— Photos by Rajesh Bhambi

Police role under question
Ludhiana, September 5
The role of police in a property dispute has come under question after going through various documents and visiting the site. It was more than 30 years ago when Mr Ravi Sharma’s father got a shop on rent in Lallu Mal Street. After his death in 1993, Mr Sharma started looking after the business. As mutual trust prevailed, the shop owners allowed Mr. Sharma to replace the old-fashioned roof with a concrete one in lieu of some money.

Punjab seeks funds for paddy purchase
Ludhiana, September 5
The Punjab Government has sought a cash credit limit of Rs 6,100 crore from Reserve Bank of India to make the purchase of paddy by official agencies of the state government.

Paramjit Kaur recovers after surgery in Hero DMC Heart Institute. The surgery was performed by Dr V.M. Kohli. IV

Timely help by anonymous person
Ludhiana, September 5
The good samaritan has done it again. Paramjit Kaur (27), is alive and recovering well after a heart surgery which she could not financially afford. A Jalandhar-based resident who has remained mysteriously unknown has once again came forward to foot her bill of Rs 40,000. The same person had earlier paid for the double heart valve replacement of Amar Singh last month without his identity being revealed.

‘Astrology-based courses have a future’
Ludhiana, September 5
A large number of Indians believe in ‘jyotish vigyan’. At sometime or the other in a lifetime, almost everyone consults an astrologer for some reason or the other. The worries may be regarding studies, business, marriage or many other reasons. In spite of astrology being an integral part of our society, there are some who oppose the teaching of astrology at the university level.


Kill us or give us jobs, daily wagers plead
Ludhiana, September 5
John Milton, the famous English poet, had said that those who stand and wait also serve God. But thousands of daily wagers standing day after day at different points of the city waiting for someone to employ them do not seem to be serving either God, or their families. Their wait starts from 8.30 in the morning and ends at 5.30 in the evening. Daily wagers stand and wait for someone to hire them.
Daily wagers stand and wait for someone to hire them. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Man ‘jumps’ into Budha Nullah, still untraced
Ludhiana, September 5
A man named Nirmal Singh, who is said to have jumped into Budha Nullah at Shiv Puri in old city past evening, has still not been found. According to eyewitnesses, the man, in an inebriated condition, removed his clothes before jumping into the nullah. They said he had even resisted the efforts of some bystanders who had tried to stop him from jumping.

BJP not to change constituencies of candidates
Ludhiana, September 5
The Bhartiya Janata Party is understood to have made it clear to all sitting legislators, including the ministers, that they will have to contest from the same constituencies they have been currently representing. The decision is said to have been prompted by the reports that some senior ministers of the party were inclined to switch over to safer constituencies.

SAD flays Panthic Morcha, Cong
Ludhiana, September 5
A senior SAD functionary and acting president of the district Akali Jatha (Urban), Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, observed that the Panthic Morcha and the Congress were two sides of the same coin.

BSNL promises better facilities to subscribers
Ludhiana, September 5
The BSNL has announced the holding of a phone adalat and khula darbar every two months to provide better facilities to the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) subscribers. Besides officials will remain in their offices from 10 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. everyday to listen to the public complaints, said Mr V.S. Srivastava, General Manager, Telecom, at a meeting with mediapersons here today.

Protest against power tariff hike
Chhapar (Ludhiana), September 5
The urban development cell of the Indian Youth Congress yesterday organised a protest march against the Akali-BJP government and the Punjab State Electricity Board. Protesters, led by national chairman Pawan Dewan, raised slogans against the government.

PFA rakes up bovine trade issue
Ludhiana, September 5
The local chapter of the PFA (People For Animals) has again taken up the issue of the bovine trade being carried out at Kila Raipur with the Deputy Commissioner urging him to stop the practice.


Man shot dead, Rs 34,000 looted
Mandi Ahmedgarh (Ludhiana), September 5
An employee of Guru Nanak Kanya Mahavidyalaya was shot dead by three unidentified assailants here this afternoon. The victim, identified as Raj Kumar, was returning from the State Bank of Patiala after withdrawing Rs 34,000.

Two travel agents booked for fraud
Jagraon, September 5
The local police has registered a case against two travel agents under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Harminder Singh of Pattil Gill Sudhar. According to the complaint filed by him, he being unemployed wanted to go abroad.


Still no derivatives trading in LSE
Ludhiana, September 5
The Ludhiana Stock Exchange has failed to start trading in derivatives, which had been started on July 2 after the ban on badla system by the Securities and Exchange Board of India. The management has failed to convince the BSE or NSE to provide service through its subsidiary LSE Securities Limited at a concessional rate. On the other hand, its members are not ready to contribute the necessary fees of Rs 1.25 crore to start derivatives trading at the NSE and BSE.



Teachers oppose ‘saffronisation’ of education
Teachers protest against the saffronisation of the education in Ludhiana on Teachers’ Day. Ludhiana, September 5
On the occasion of Teachers’ Day today, hundreds of teachers protested against the alleged saffronisation of education by the Union Government. Teachers staged a dharna in front of the Mini-Secretariat on call of the Government Teachers Union, Punjab, to observe Teachers’ Day as “Adhyapak jago te vidya bachao divas.”

Teachers protest against the saffronisation of the education in Ludhiana on Teachers’ Day. IV

Kiran declared best artist
Ludhiana, September 5
Class XII students of commercial arts at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, participated in a painting competition here today. The students displayed their paintings in oil and water colours. Kiran was given the best artist award by Ms Bably S. Singh, a renowned artist, for her painting, “Peace”.

Students admire the painting ‘Peace’ that was declared the best in a painting competition organised in Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, Ludhiana on Wednesday. IV
Students admire the painting ‘Peace’ that was declared the best in a painting competition.

DMCH students win quiz contest
Ludhiana, September 5
Students of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital won the National Neo-natalogy Forum Post- Graduate Quiz contest organised by the Department of Paediatrics of the DMCH, at the Dumra Auditorium.



Roll of honour and merit certificates
Ludhiana, September 5
The following students of Punjab Agricultural University have been selected for roll of honour and merit certificates for their performance in the field of sports and cultural activities for 2000-2001, according to Mr J.S. Toor, Director, Students Welfare.


Selection panel for ZP posts comes under cloud
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 5
The selection panel constituted to conduct interviews to fill various vacancies of the Zila Parishad in the district has come under a cloud. The panel is headed by the DDPO but the District Welfare Officer and District Sanik Welfare Officer have not been included in the panel to protect the rights of SC candidates and ex-servicemen.

Octroi collections touch Rs 44 crore
Ludhiana, September 5
The uncertainty created by the government move to abolish octroi and reduction in rates on certain items like iron and steel during the past two months notwithstanding, the octroi collections in the city remain unaffected. On the contrary, if the target fixed for the year is revised in proportion with the reduction in rates, the income has far exceeded the projections.

MC men oppose octroi abolition move
Ludhiana, September 4
Upset over the government’s move on the abolition of octroi in the state, civic employees are mobilising their ranks for a statewide stir against “populist measures that are a threat to the financial health of local bodies”.


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