Thursday, September 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Panic grips city as people run for information
Ludhiana, September 12
While the entire world was shaken by the apocalyptic disaster which brought terror to Washington and New York on Tuesday, people in Ludhiana had also their share of shock. As the news started raining in with live reportage of the plane crashing into the World Trade Centre (WTC) Towers, people ran rushing for making frantic calls to Washington and New York to confirm the safety of relatives and friends settled over there or having gone for a visit. 

Pvt college teachers strike work
Ludhiana, September 12
Responding to the strike call of the Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers’ Union in protest against the arrest of 10 teachers, the staff of all private colleges here abstained from teaching today.

Garg murder case: Is fear behind witnesses’ denial?
Ludhiana, September 12
Some of the witnesses, who have turned hostile , in the Garg murder case had, surprisingly, earlier in complaints to the police alleged that they were facing grave threats from the accused Nirdosh Dhand and his relatives but to the utter shock of the police, they now maintain that they don’t even know Nirdosh Dhand.





FCI appeals to farmers to bring dry paddy to mandis
Ludhiana, September 12
Farmers should bring by paddy to the mandis to ensure the early lifting of the crop and remunerative price. It would save them from unnecessary harassment in the mandis and the agency. The agency would ensure minimum support price to all the farmers, who would bring paddy falling within the prescribed specifications, said Mr V.K. Singh, Senior Regional Manager, Food Corporation of India (FCI) here today.

Prediction comes true
Ludhiana, September 12
A city-based astrologer, Mr Vinod Gupta, claims that the major ‘transport accident’ he predicted for the USA in 2001 has come true after four hijacked planes crashed into New York’s World Trade Center, Pentagon in Washington and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. His prediction was published in Ludhiana Tribune and other newspapers on December 23, 2000, with the title ‘Prediction for Bush comes true’.

Control diet, be free from heart diseases
Ludhiana, September 12
Heart diseases remain a major threat to mankind although a lot of developments in the field of their diagnosis, management and prevention have taken place. A heart disease is in fact a condition that begins at an early age with a slow and relentless clogging of arteries which may leads to a heart attack later on.


Wean your child to world of taste

Ludhiana, September 12
Weaning means to accustom a child to food other than mother’s milk or bottle . There should not be a rigid rule with regard to methods of weaning; weaning will depend on the economic condition, abundance of breast milk supply and other factors. Generally speaking, weaning should be gradual and should start around four to six months.

Camouflaged death trap
Ludhiana, September 12
A subway under Dholewal Chowk near Division No. 6 police station seems to have become a virtual death trap, with a number of accidents taking place due to a 5 feet deep ditch half-filled with water, which is not visible to the naked eye at night. Even during the day, it is difficult to notice the ditch from a distance. The commuters spot it, either after falling into it or just a few metres from it.

The 5-foot-deep pit half-filled with water under the Dholewal flyover, near the Division No. 6 police station. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

The 5-foot-deep pit half-filled with water under the Dholewal flyover, near the Division No. 6 police station.

Civic staff threaten peaceful stir
Ludhiana, September 12
The Punjab Municipal Workers Federation (INTUC) has threatened to launch a peaceful agitation if the state government went ahead with its proposal to abolish octroi, without taking the pros and cons of the move and the subsequent effects into consideration.

Agents seek cut in security fees
Ludhiana, September 12
The State Transport Advisory Committee has urged the state government to reconsider the security fees for the registration of transport agents at the regional, district and block-level transport offices. Welcoming the decision of the state government to provide licences to transport agents, it has condemned the high rate of security and other charges.

Bee-keeping good for eco balance: expert
Ludhiana, September 12
Marieke Mustares, a Norwegian citizen and specialist in tropical bee-keeping says, “Bee-keeping can play a key role in the conservation of forest and natural vegetation. By adding an economically interesting crop like honey, non-wood production can be increased to a level which can compete with other land use.

Withdraw cases against cops, demands Shiv Sena
Ludhiana, September 12
The Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), Punjab, has demanded immediate withdrawal of cases against police officers for their alleged excesses during militancy in the state.

Mr Ravinder Arora addresses Shiv Sena workers at a function in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

Mr Ravinder Arora addresses Shiv Sena workers at a function in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Bias against migrant workers alleged
Ludhiana, September 12
The District Youth Congress (DYC) has alleged that the migrant population in the industrial hub of the state was being given a stepmotherly treatment under a well thought out plan, which appeared to be a direct result of communal and fundamentalist policies of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal.


Family suffers double loss
Ludhiana, September 12
In an unfortunate case, a family from Pakhowal has suffered a double loss within a span of few hours. First a woman was robbed of her jewellery by some persons on Sunday night, and on the very next day some children robbed her son of Rs 10,000, allegedly while he had gone to a bank to deposit Rs 20,000.


PAU plans camps for farmers
Ludhiana, September 12
To help the farmers to face the challenges posed by the World Trade Organisation treaty, Punjab Agricultural University has chalked out an ambitious plan of training the farmers in various aspects of agriculture.


Students complain to VC
Ludhiana, September 12
BCA students of Guru Nanak Girls’ College, Model Town, have sent a written complaint to the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University (PTU) complaining about the in adequate infrastructure at the college.

SDM meets Arya College Principal
Ludhiana, September 12
Following several representations to the Deputy Commissioner regarding controversy over the suspension of Mr V.K. Mehta, Principal, Arya College, the administration today started intervention in the matter.

Two schools for child labourers
Ludhiana, September 12
Under a project of the Labour Department, two schools for child labourers would be inaugurated at Ambedkar Colony, Model Town, here tomorrow.


Transport firm fined for negligence
Ludhiana, September 12
The District Consumer Forum has directed M/s North Eastern Carrying Corporation to pay Rs 37,789 as cost of goods to M/s Sanam Textiles, 713, Mali Ganj, Ludhiana. The forum has further directed the transport company to pay interest on account of negligence at the rate of 18 per cent per annum on the said amount from January 3, 2001, till actual payment.

Murder accused acquitted
Ludhiana, September 12
Mr S.S. Arora, Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, has acquitted Gurmail Singh of Burj Hakima village from the charge of committing murder of Walaiti Singh of same village on April 13, 1998.



TB increases risk for HIV infectedR.S. Bhatia
Ludhiana, September 12
A majority of HIV-infected patients in the region die of secondary infection from tuberculosis. This is the finding of Dr R.S. Bhatia of Ludhiana who will present a paper on the subject at the next annual conference of the Association of Physicians of India scheduled to be held in Chennai early next year.

R.S. Bhatia


Distt TT meet from Sept 20
Ludhiana, September 12
The Ludhiana District Table Tennis Association (LDTTA) will conduct a three-day district championship for cadet boys and girls, sub-junior boys and girls, junior boys and girls and senior women and men from September 20 to 22 at the Shastri Table Tennis Hall here, according to a press note issued by Mr Fang Jenn Chiu, honorary general secretary, LDTTA.


Banks not to accept ration cards as proof
Ludhiana, September 12
The Reserve Bank of India has issued a circular to all nationalised and private banks not accept ration cards as a proof of identification at the time of opening of new accounts, including saving, current and fixed deposit accounts since number of irregularities were found in the ration cards.


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