Saturday, October 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Mela mafia flexing muscles
Tough time ahead for residents
Ludhiana, October 5
Major encroachment of public land by mela mafia has been under way for the past seven days or so at the site of the Focal Point’s weekly Monday market close to Metro Road.

Hoardings, banners despite HC ban
Ludhiana, October 5
The ban by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on display of banners on roof tops and erecting of hoardings continues to be violated in Ludhiana. Despite the ban all types of advertisements, including banners and boards, on every electric pole, hoardings and glow signs can be frequently seen in the city.

‘Oust ministers with Bhaniara links’
Ludhiana, October 5
Activists of the Khalsa Action Committee observed ‘pashchatap divas’ (penance day) in protest against the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib by followers of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara at various places in the state. Bhog of akhand path was performed at Gurdwara Chet Ram in Field Ganj here today.
Activists of the Khalsa Action Committee burn enrolment forms of Sehajdhari Sikhs in Ludhiana. IV




Net for all BSNL subscribers soon
Ludhiana, October 5
Good news for subscribers of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)! They will soon be provided with a new facility — Internet for All — for those having personal computers and modems.

Attestation fee or blatant fleecing
Ludhiana, October 5
Authorities of several colleges of the city are fleecing students by charging a fee for attesting photocopies of their certificates and testimonials. This practice has become regular and students pay the amount without any resistance.

1 killed in mishap; agitated people hold dharna
Mandi Gobindgarh, October 5
Social, religious and political organisations of the area held a joint dharna on the GT road crossing here yesterday, from 11.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., in protest against the installation of check-posts at busy crossings of the town.

1,600 proclaimed offenders at large
Ludhiana, October 5
Putting a question mark on the efficiency of the Ludhiana district police, a whooping number of over 1,600 proclaimed offenders are at large. The most astonishing part of this ‘police failure’ is that some of these proclaimed offenders are evading arrest as back as 1954.

Don’t slow down: Mayor to officials
Ludhiana, October 5
The Municipal Corporation has begun to combat fears of local residents that the pace of development works may slacken after the shifting of the MC Commissioner, Dr S.S. Sandhu, who was transferred after the demolition of an outer wall of the local Durga Mata Mandir.



Abandoned bridge fascinates people
Ludhiana, October 5
An abandoned bridge over the Sutlej, which during better times was the main connecting link between the Doaba and Malwa belts for over 80 years, has become an excellent excursion spot for residents of Phillaur, especially the Punjab Police Academy located just near the bridge.
This abandoned old bridge over the Sutlej, near Phillaur, is used by people for walks.
This abandoned old bridge over the Sutlej, near Phillaur, is used by people for walks. IV

IHRO condemned on molestation issue
Ludhiana, October 5
The Punjab Agricultural University Teachers Association has condemned the statement of Mr D.S. Gill, chairperson of the International Human Rights Organisation, stating that PAUTA was a house divided on the matter of “the alleged molestation of a PAU girl by a teacher”.

Demonstration against horticulture wing
Ludhiana, October 5
Irregularities in the working of the horticulture wing of the Municipal Corporation came to the fore with a large number of civic employees holding a demonstration in front of the office of the Executive Engineer (Horticulture) at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. 

The eucalyptus tree that is a threat to the life and property of residents of Model Town, Ludhiana. 

No one’s tree, everyone’s trouble     
Ludhiana, October 5
The long, heavy and dry branches of a eucalyptus tree in Model Town here are so weak that these may fall anytime, threatening the safety of residents of the area. Residents are upset at officials of the local Municipal Corporation who are not doing anything about it, in spite of repeated requests.

Pharmacists flay Punjab Govt
Ludhiana, October 5
The Punjab State Pharmacists Association will hold a state level rally in the Lambi constituency of the Chief Minister Punjab on November 1 to protest against the non-implementation of the accepted demands of the pharmacist cadre.

Engineers seek time-bound promotions
Ludhiana, October 5
A mass deputation comprising of 71 faculty members of the Punjab Polytechnic Engineers Association under the leadership of its president, Mr Jasbir Singh Garcha, met the Technical Education Minister, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, here last evening to press for granting complete parity with the engineering faculty i.e, principals working in state polytechnics with their counterparts subdivisional engineers, executive engineers, superintending engineers and chief engineers working in the design offices of the PWD, including three time-bound promotional scales after four, nine and 14 years of service as granted to the field engineers.

Jagannath rath yatra today
Ludhiana, October 5
The Bhagwan Jagannath rath yatra would be taken out tomorrow from the Durga Mata Temple which would culminate at the Haridev Mandir in the evening. The yatra which would cover Chowk Ghanta Ghar, Chaura Bazar and Chowk Division No. 3 en route, is being organised by the ISKCON in collaboration with the Bhagwan Jagannath Rath Yatra Mahotsav Committee, Ludhiana.



Three injured in road accidents
Ludhiana, October 5
The Model Town police has registered a hit and run case under Sections 279,337 and 338 of the IPC against the driver of scooter ( PB-10-AB-1602) who allegedly hit a cyclist near Lajawab Chowk in the Model Town yesterday and fled from the scene of the accident. The cyclist, Mr Sikander Singh, who fractured his leg in the accident, was admitted to a private nursing home in the locality.


Cycle industry seeks cut in steel prices
Ludhiana, October 5
The bicycle industry, which produces material worth about Rs 2000 crore annually here, has urged the Union Minister of Steel, Mr B.K. Tripathi, to take measures to cut the steel prices so that the industry could face the recession in a better manner. 

Textile panel secy calls upon states to avail Central aid
Ludhiana, October 5
The state government should come forward to avail about Rs 20 crore grant, under Critical Infrastructure Building Scheme for the development of infrastructure for the textile industry in the city. 

LSE to elect president today
Ludhiana, October 5
The Board of Directors of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange will elect its office-bearers tomorrow when the board meets for this purpose. Mr Jaspal Singh is likely to be unanimously elected president of the LSE as his group enjoys an overwhelming majority. 

Shopping by the roadside
Ludhiana, October 5
The new air-conditioned markets and sophisticated shopping ‘malls’ are drawing large number of customers these days.
The colourful ‘moodhas’ and cane baskets beckon the travellers on the Ferozpore Road in Ludhiana. RB



Computer centre inaugurated
Ludhiana, October 5
A computer centre for students was inaugurated here yesterday at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University. Addressing students, Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice Chancellor, PAU, said computer awareness had become a necessary part of education. 



Koshish-2001 opens
Ludhiana, October 5
Koshish-2001, an inter-class cultural festival of the PCTE, Ludhiana, was inaugurated today by Mr Sikandar Singh Maluka, Minister for Power, Punjab. Mr Baldev Singh Mann, Administrative Member, PSEB, Patiala, presided over the function.
Students of Punjab College of Technical Education perform at Koshish-2001, which started in Ludhiana on Friday. IV


Polio camp provides hope to many
Ludhiana, October 5
Parents of Rattan, a three- year-old boy from Nakodar, are very happy because their only son, who had developed some deformity in his right leg about two years ago, has been successfully operated upon to cure him of polio. ‘‘He will be kept under observation for about 48 hours and his plaster will be removed after two months.



Hockey championship in PAU
Ludhiana, October 5
After hosting the International Schools Hockey Championship successfully here last year, the Sports Wing of the Punjab Education Department has been planning to organise an International Cricket Tournament. This was disclosed by Mr Tota Singh, Education Minister, Punjab, here today.

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