Sunday, September 30, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Violent protests over demolition of structure
Police resorts to lathi-charge
Ludhiana, September 29
The local Municipal Corporation’s act of demolishing a boundary wall and a room, constructed on an alleged encroached upon land, at Durga Mata Mandir, Jagraon Bridge, at about midnight yesterday sparked off a series of protests in different parts of the city.

MC Chairman, SHO transferred
Ludhiana, September 29
Bowing to the tremendous public pressure, the Punjab Government in a swift action today ordered the transfer of Dr S.S. Sandhu, Commissioner, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. The Station House Officer of the Division No. 5 police station, Mr Mukhwinder Singh, has also been transferred for his alleged high-handededness in dealing with the protesters.

A day of chaos
Ludhiana, September 29
It was a day of total chaos in the city as the protests by the activists of various political parties and religious organisations against the demolition of a part of Durga Mata Mandir threw the life of city residents totally out of gear.






Molestation: IHRO for ouster of teacher
Ludhiana, September 29
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO), which had conducted an inquiry into the alleged molestation of a Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) student, has demanded that the case should be handed over to the police and the services of the teacher accused be terminated from the university.

Case registered against MLA
Khamano, September 29
Dr Charanjeet Singh, in charge, Karam Hospital, Khamano, has alleged in a complaint that a Congress MLA of Sirhind and his secretary came to their hospital with about 15 men, some of whom were armed, and misbehaved with the staff and threatened them.

Netizens unhappy with cyber cafe services
Ludhiana, September 29
Notwithstanding the extensive spread of the Internet, Net surfers in Ludhiana complain that they are not getting services to their satisfaction. The common problem of the netizens is the slow speed at which the Internet is accessed, especially during the evening hours. This is the time when there is maximum rush at the cafes and the Internet traffic gets blocked.


Panthic Morcha against Devi Lal’s memorial
Ludhiana, September 29
Leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic Morcha) yesterday resolved to oust the Akali-BJP government in the state and also urged the people to ensure that the Congress did not come to power, as both these parties had proved to be the enemies of the state.

Punjab Cong gearing up for poll
Ludhiana, September 29
Mr Harnam Das Johar, a former Speaker of the Punjab Assembly and member of All-India Congress Committee, has claimed that the party had initiated various steps to revamp and strengthen its organisational base in Punjab in order to be prepared for the coming elections.

Distinguished Punjabis to be honoured
Ludhiana, September 29
A number of singers , writers, artistes, and folk dancers, including Sant Baba Sucha Singh, folk singer Surinder Kaur, Prof N.S.Tasneem, Dr Sukhchain, Ajmer Aulakh, Bhagwant Maan and Jasbir Jassi, will be honoured at the 23rd Prof Mohan Singh Memorial International Sabhyacharak Mela.

BJP clarifies on octroi abolition
Ludhiana, September 29
The Bharatiya Janata Party today clarified that none of its leaders or activists had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the abolition of the octroi in the state. Reacting to the reports that a BJP councillor from Bathinda had got a stay order against the octroi abolition, the state BJP President, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, said the councillor was no longer with the BJP, “although he was associated with the party earlier”.

‘Interests of non-Sikhs safe under SAD regime’
Ludhiana, September 29
Interests of Hindus and other non-Sikhs communities were safe under the regime of SAD-BJP coalition government and it was only due to an atmosphere of mutual trust and communal amity, created by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal that non-Sikhs had overwhelmingly responded to the call for joining the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal.

From Andhra to sell hammocks
Ludhiana, September 29
At 24, Ramu has travelled all over the country from Srikakolam, a village in Andhra Pradesh, selling multicoloured plastic hammocks he makes. Ludhiana has, however, left this man a little disgusted because he has found very few buyers. He says that he is not even able to recover the cost of the hammocks.

Make your canine squeaky clean
ETS do not need frequent bathing. Their skin is more delicate than human beings. It is much more prone to drying out due to application shampoo or soap. In fact, frequent bath with a strong product may dry out natural oils in the dog’s skin and lead to constant scratching which in turn can lead to bacterial infections. Shampoos for human use are formulated to remove all oils. 

New cycle rickshaw rolls out
Ludhiana, September 29
Now the residents of the city who commute by cycle rickshaw have another alternative as a new type of cycle rickshaw has rolled out in the city. This cycle rickshaw has a seating capacity of four and being light weight it enables the rickshaw-puller to carry more commuters.

INTUC flays govt over privatisation
Ludhiana, September 29
The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) today criticised the privatisation policy of the government. Addressing a state convention here today, the INTUC leaders alleged that the government was playing into the hands of the capitalists.


Minor girl abducted
Jagraon, September 29
Harpreet, a minor girl of 15, has reportedly been abducted from her house at Burj Naklian, 15 km from here. Mr Lakhmi Chand, father of the girl, has charged Sukhpal Singh with having abducted his daughter with the intention to forcibly marry her. 




‘Announce anti-dumping duty on yarn’
Ludhiana, September 29
The Ludhiana garment manufacturers have urged the Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, to announce the anti-dumping duty on acrylic yarn imported from Nepal. The duty has been already recommended by the Ministry of Commerce.



ICAI to adopt new syllabus from Oct 1
Ludhiana, September 29
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), New Delhi, the apex body of chartered accountants in the country, will launch new syllabus from October 1, 2001, for the CA course in accordance with the international accounting systems. It will enable the new entrants in the accounting field to become eligible in the USA, France and Australia by appearing for a few on-line exams.

NCC cadets in full vigour
Ludhiana, September 29
Come October and NCC cadets are all geared up to participate in national camps. The cadets are full of vigour and enthusiasm and try to perform well and get selected to the next higher-level camps, the most prestigious of them being the Republic Day Camp.


Accused in shoot-out case acquitted
Ludhiana, September 29
Five persons, accused of firing shots at the then DSP, Mr Charanjit Singh, an Inspector, Mr Paramjit Singh, and others in 1995 with an intent to kill them, have been acquitted by the Additional Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, Mr G.R. Banyal, as the prosecution failed to produce any convincing evidence in support of their allegations.


‘Jatt Dil Lai Gaya’ released
Ludhiana, September 29
The latest cassette “Jatt Dil Lai Gaya” of Surinder Shinda, a popular Punjabi folk and pop singer, was released at a crowded function held last evening. The function was attended by almost all popular Punjabi singers of Ludhiana. Jasbir-Jassi (of “Dil Le Gayi Kudi Gujarat Di” fame) had come specially to congratulate his fellow singer.
(Left) Jasbir Jassi and (right) Mr Jagjit Singh Garcha, Technical Education Minister, releases the cassette of Surinder Chhinda at a function organised on Friday evening.
Left) Jasbir Jassi and (right) Mr Jagjit Singh Garcha, Technical Education Minister, releases the cassette of Surinder Chhinda at a function organised on Friday evening. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi


Meeting on adolescent reproductive health
Ludhiana, September 29
In view of the increasing sexual and reproductive health problems among youths and adolescents, a meeting of the teachers of a few selected schools and colleges of the city was organised by the Department of Health Education and Family Welfare, CMC, Ludhiana. 

Promote voluntary blood donation: experts
Ludhiana, September 29
As various health organisations gear up to celebrate the World Blood Donation Day on October 1, the number of people dying due to shortage of blood or infections from blood during transfusion is increasing, say medical experts. Dr J.G. Jolly, Professor Emeritus, Transfusion Medicine, PGI, Chandigarh, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune today said there was a need for ensuring the availability of safe blood in the country.


Sachin GuptaCity school excels in sports
Ludhiana, September 29
Students of the local Tagore Public School, Aggar Nagar, have excelled in different sporting disciplines, according to a press note issued by its Principal. They have brought laurels to the school in badminton, boxing and chess meets held in the recent past, said the statement.

Sachin Gupta

TT meet opens at PAU
Ludhiana, September 29
All seeded players had smooth sailing in the third round of the 13th Prithipal Singh Memorial Open Table Tennis Tournament which began at the Prithipal Sports Complex of Punjab Agricultural University, here yesterday. In the cadet girls’ section, Neha Rani of Khanna, Nirdosh of Ludhiana, Gurpreet and Shelja of Sangrur scraped past their opponents to secure berths in the semi finals.


MC building branch to be computerised
Ludhiana, September 29
In a bid to streamline the functioning of a building branch in the Municipal Corporation, the approval of building plans for residential as well as commercial and industrial buildings in the city would be made in a timebound manner and further the working of the department would be computerised to ensure transparency.


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