Tuesday, September 18, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Religious differences boil into violence
Two injured, holy book burnt, colony cordoned off, several persons arrested
Ludhiana, September 17
It was a tense situation in the ‘J’ block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here today as followers of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara of Ropar gathered in protest against the burning of a book of his preachings by a mob of about 300 members of the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta).

(Left) Followers of Baba Piara Singh raise slogans against the attack on one of the fellow members of the sect and burning of a holy book, in Ludhiana on Monday. (Right) Policemen guard Gurdwara Dashmesh Singh Sabha to prevent any untoward incident after a case of assault and burning of a holy book, in Ludhiana on Monday. 
— Photos Rajesh Bhambi

Paddy purchase to commence on Sept 21
Ludhiana, September 17
The purchase of paddy by government agencies in the district will commence from September 21 and all arrangements for this purpose were ready. This was stated by Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, here today.




India should support USA to combat terrorism
Ludhiana, September 17
City residents want India to support the USA to eliminate the terrorist outfits responsible for attack on the World Trade Center and killing thousands of innocent people including many Indians. 

Dead calf is worth a laugh
Ludhiana, September 17
In a comical incident, a team of the district police, along with senior officers, kept guarding a sack for over two hours thinking it to be containing a dead body, where as, the sack actually contained a dead calf only.



It’s tough life for them
Ludhiana, September 17
There is diminishing hope in his innocent eyes. And it may not take a long time for it to vanish completely. For Arun Kumar Chaud-hary is one among thousands of child labourers in Ludhiana who are working at various places like tea stalls, dhabas, restaurants, workshops and factories.

‘BJP stands by backward classes’
Ludhiana, September 17
The BJP general secretary, Mr Sangh Priya Gautam, yesterday claimed that only the BJP could safeguard the interests of the backward classes, the downtrodden and Dalits. He pointed out that it was the BJP which had made Ms Mayawati the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh twice.

AISAD meet held
Ludhiana, September 17
A meeting of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (Scheduled Castes and other backward classes wing) was held here today. While addressing the meeting, the speakers criticised the corruption prevailing in the present government. 

Badal to open Valmiki Bhavan
Ludhiana, September 17
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, will preside over the state-level function to mark Bhagwan Valmiki birthday here on November 1and will formally inaugurate the four-storeyed building of Valmiki Bhavan in the city. 

Twin honour for PAU scientist
Ludhiana, September 17
Dr G.S. Dhaliwal, Professor of Ecology, PAU, Ludhiana, has been nominated for the fellowship of two premier national plant protection societies. The Society of Plant Protection Sciences, New Delhi, has decided to confer fellowship on Dr Dhaliwal at the forthcoming national symposium on plant protection strategies for sustainable agro-horticulture to be held at the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture and Technology, Jammu, from October 12, 2001.

Hawkers’ body dissolves election committee
Ludhiana, September 17
Mr Ved Parkash, the newly-elected president of the Newspapers Suppliers’ Association, in a press note released here today has stated the dissolution of its election committee.

Golden jubilee  of AIIEA
Ludhiana, September 17
A cluster meeting of all local units of the Northern Zone Insurance Employees Association was held in Sham Nagar, Ludhiana, to celebrate the 50th year of the All-India Insurance Employees Association.



Police clueless about murder
Phillaur, September 17
The police here is clueless about the murder of a resident of Ludhiana, Sukhwinder Singh Shinda, whose body was found near Mandey village in Phillaur subdivision on Friday night. A four-year-old daughter of the deceased is also reported missing under mysterious circumstances.


Panic grips LSE after market crash
Ludhiana, September 17
The panic gripped the Ludhiana Stock Exchange today as stock markets crashed in view of the attack of the USA and the allied forces on Afghanistan. The Bombay Stock Exchange closed at 2680 points, the lowest during the past many years. The market at the NSE also fell sharply.

‘Curb wastage of petroleum products’
Chandigarh, September 17
The industrial sector consumes about one-fourth of the total petroleum products. While the demand for the petroleum products and the electrical energy is continously increasing in the industries, the energy resources were becoming scarce and costlier.



Students surprise music maestros
Ludhiana, September 17
Pandit Ronu Majumdar was in the city to weave magic with his flute for school students as part of ‘Virasat-2001’ organised by SPIC MACAY (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Among Youth).

Pandit Ronu Majumdar has a captive audience during his performance in DAV School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, on Monday.

Poor condition of govt schools worries sangh
Ludhiana, September 17
The Ludhiana Sewa Sangh is deeply perturbed over the bad condition of government schools which it thinks is responsible for relegating the state to the 16th place on the literacy rate list in the country.

School declamation contest tomorrow
Ludhiana, September 17
Over 12 schools of the city will participate in an inter-school declamation contest on the plight of girl child to be organised by Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabhanagar, on September 19.

ABVP demands inquiry
Ludhiana, September 17
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has demanded that the charge sheet against Mr V.K. Mehta, principal of Arya College, should not be revoked.



Divya DuttaDivya in search of Punjabi talent
Ludhiana, September 17
‘‘There is so much hidden talent in Punjab, the need is to have an insight to explore this talent. This industrial city has changed a lot for good. People have changed, their thinking has changed. They are no longer orthodox, which is undoubtedly a sign of prosperity,’’ said Divya Dutta, the dusky damsel from Sahnewal (Ludhiana), while talking to Ludhiana Tribune here today. She was in the city to choose and promote young talent for Soft Reach’s Project, Face-n-Figure.


TB screening camp at Focal Point
Ludhiana, September 17
In a series of organising TB screening camps at Focal Point by the Ludhiana TB Eradication Society (regd), fifth screening camp was organised at Omax Bikes Ltd, Focal Point, Ludhiana. The four previous camps which were organised at Aarti Steel Ltd, Focal Point, Mehta Engineering, Sidh Tools Kohara. Farm Parts, Focal Point.



Govt not to press for nursing homes’ registration
Ludhiana, September 17
The Punjab Government will not press for the registration of nursing homes in the state as it was being resisted by the medical community. According to Dr Gursharan Singh, president of the Ludhiana chapter of the Indian Medical Association, the assurance in this regard was given to the Punjab IMA president, Dr O.P.S. Kande, by the Health Minister, Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, at a function in Amritsar today.

Ban on burning of residual straw
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 17
To check the apprehension of a large-scale pollution in the environment and spread of fire in fields, the district administration has enforced a complete ban on the burning of residual paddy straw after harvesting by the farmers in the district. The ban order would remain in force till November 15.Top

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