Saturday, September 15, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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School Principal booked for fraud
Ludhiana, September 14
A major fraud has been detected by the management of the Arya Girls Senior Secondary School involving the illegal transfer of land worth crores of rupees to some person. An FIR has been registered against three persons, including two women who are being accused of the fraud.

Arya College Principal goes on leave
Ludhiana, September 14
Following withdrawal of suspension orders by the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha late last evening, Mr V.K. Mehta, Principal, Arya College, proceeded on a month-long leave as the college reopened today after a week.

An evening of music and disappointment
Ludhiana, September 14
Brilliant, pyrotechnics, inky blue sky lightened by brilliant psychedelic lights, 30,000 watts of powerful mind blowing music, artificial smoke billowing out from the stage, all were the ideal backdrop for “Yeh Sham Mastani” organised by an international soap company. The music was loud, the crowd was all enthusiastic and eager to see Mahima Chowdhry. Harbhajan Mann regales the audience at ‘Yeh Shaam Mastani’ programme
Harbhajan Mann regales the audience at ‘Yeh Shaam Mastani’ programme held at South City in Ludhiana on Thursday. 
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi




‘Teach terrorist countries a lesson’
Ludhiana, September 14
Local residents have condemned the attacks in the USA and want military action followed by financial sanctions on the terrorist countries if these do not agree to stop the killing of innocent persons in different part of the world. They want that the countries running terrorist camps and promoting terrorism worldwide should be identified and wiped out.

Full godowns, lax distribution
Ludhiana, September 14
Even as foodgrains continue to rot in godowns of the Food Corporation of India and other state government procurement agencies, thousands of families, especially the migrant labour, in the region are unable to get subsidised foodgrains under the PDS system. The affected families are passing through a difficult phase of life as they have lost jobs to recession and have come below poverty line.

Eight arrested on eve-teasing charge
Ludhiana, September 14
The city police arrested eight persons on the charge of teasing and harassing girls and registered separate cases against them under Sections 294 and 509 of the IPC yesterday.


 Mr Pawan Kumar Passi Clicking his way in life despite disability
Ludhiana, September 14
Though God has been unkind to him, yet he does not complain. He considers himself lucky for what he has in life. He believes in the maxim, “never repent the things which are beyond your reach”. Mr Pawan Kumar Passi, 37, is deaf and dumb by birth but undeterred by this impairment, he is a self-reliant man.

New device to replace crankshaft
Ludhiana, September 14
Mr Rachhpal Singh Gill, a Ludhiana-based inventor, has claimed to have invented ‘‘A device to transfer power from piston to the wheel of an engine in lieu of the crankshaft.’’ He says, ‘‘With the help of his invention fuel consumption in engines can be reduced at least by 50 per cent.’’

Polybag stacks pose danger of fire
Ludhiana, September 14
Discarded polythene bags and broken plastic goods heaped below the fly-over near the bus stand pose a constant threat of a major conflagration that can engulf a jhugi cluster which houses hundreds of persons. This highly inflammable material is, in fact, collected by these very people who collect it for a living.

Heaps of polythene bags lie under the bus stand flyover, (Inset) A rag picker taking away polythene bags in her sack.

‘Cong maligning govt’
Ludhiana, September 14
“In its desperate bid to negate the achievements of the SAD-BJP government, headed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the Congress was pursuing a one-point programme of criticising the government.” This was stated by Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal, the newly nominated adviser of the party in a press statement here today.

Closure of passage resented
Ludhiana, September 14
Residents of the D-Block of Model Town Extension are up in arms against the move of the improvement trust authorities to close a common passage on a vacant piece of land adjoining plot Nos 1346 and 1285. The passage, claim the residents, is in use for the past several years while the original Town Planning Scheme of the locality shows the piece of land as trust property, out of which four plots have been carved and allotted to different persons.

Youth Congress activists burn effigy
Ludhiana, September 14
Hundreds of Youth Congress activists, led by Mr B.S. Thakur, general secretary, District Youth Congress, took out a procession in New Madho Puri, Sunder Nagar in the city yesterday and burnt an effigy of ‘terrorism’ to express their protest against attacks by terrorists in New York and Washington, in which thousands of innocent people had died.

Nothing beautiful about this garden
Ludhiana, September 14
The only public garden in the city is literally turning into a jungle, with wild bushes growing around. The Nehru Rose Garden was supposed to be one of the few places in the city to be free from pollution. Most city residents go there for morning walks.


Kidnap mystery solved, accused arrested
Ludhiana, September 14
The mystery behind the alleged kidnapping of BA II student of Arya College Ludhiana, from main bazar of Brindaban Road here in broad day light (at 4.30 pm) on September 12 has been solved with the arrest of the main accused, a resident of Sant Fateh Singh Nagar, Dugri Road, Ludhiana by the local police. An FIR under Section 364/34 of the IPC has been registered in police station Haibowal.


Govt to help industries combat WTO impact
Ludhiana, September 14
The state government will provide technical and financial assistance to the industries to combat the adverse impact of the WTO regime. This was stated by the Director-cum-Secretary of the Industry and Commercial Department, Punjab, Mr Darbara Singh Guru, on his visit to the city today.



VC for collective festival celebrations
Ludhiana, Sept 14
Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, has suggested that instead of declaring holidays in educational institutions on different religious festivals, these should be celebrated jointly by the students of all communities and religions so that they may learn about the teachings of other religions.

Debates, contests mark Hindi Divas
Ludhiana, September 14
Cultural programmes, debates, poetry recitation, speeches and functions to honour various writers marked the Hindi Divas celebrations in schools and colleges here today. At Arya College, the Punjab Hindi Sahitya Academy organised a function in which it honoured Dr Suresh Chandra Vatsayan, a Hindi poet, with the Sri Virendra Saraswat Award.

PAU magazine released
Ludhiana, September 14
The annual issue of PAU magazine was released by Dr K. S. Aulakh, Vice- Chancellor, PAU, here today. The VC presented mementoes to student editors, Mr Manjinder Singh and Mr Gursangatpal Singh, and staff editors, Prof Sarabjeet Singh and Ms Jagdish Kaur. Dr Jagmohan Singh Bains, its Chief Editor, and Head of the Department of Journalism, Languages and Culture, said the students had contributed their articles for English, Hindi and Punjabi enthusiastically.

School managing panel poll on Sept 16
Ludhiana, September 14
The elections to the managing committee of the A.S. High School Trust and Management Society, which controls A.S. College for Boys, A.S. College for Girls, A.S. Senior Secondary School, A.S. Modern Senior Secondary School and its primary wing will be held on September 16. The management society, comprising 3,825 members, will elect the managing committee.


PSEB fined for deficient service
Ludhiana, September 14
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum had directed the Punjab State Electricity Board to pay Rs 7,000 to Mr Guriqbal Singh, a resident of Rauni village in Payalon tehsil, on account of deficiency in service. The forum has also directed the PSEB to pay Rs 500 as the cost of litigation to the consumer and to release an electricity connection for a tubewell at the earliest.


He bubbles with musical energy
Ludhiana, September 14
Shankar Sawhney Shankar Sawhney, a Punjabi pop sensation, is in the city to entertain his numerous fans and at the same time to promote his new album, ‘Kudiyaan’. The album was launched all over the world simultaneously. Flushed with happiness after successful release of his album in London, Shankar spoke candidly and exclusively to Ludhiana Tribune of his recent trip to London. He said: “I thank the Almighty for tremendous and phenomenal success of my latest album.



Octroi employees suspended
Ludhiana, September 14
The Municipal Corporation has suspended three employees in the Octroi Department for financial irregularities. The suspended employees were charged with shortage of cash at the octroi post at Rajpura Road.

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