Tuesday, October 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Defiant temple authorities resume construction
MC does not know what to do
Ludhiana, October 8
In the aftermath of the demolition of an extended wall of Sri Gauri Shankar Mahadev Mandir, adjoining Durga Mata Mandir, here on September 29, which snowballed into a major controversy and saw the MC Commissioner, Dr S.S. Sandhu, being shifted in an undeserving manner, the temple management has assumed arrogant and aggressive postures.

The disputed structure of the temple, adjoining Durga Mata Mandir, which was demolished by the MC last month, is being reconstructed in Ludhiana. The disputed structure of the temple, adjoining Durga Mata Mandir, which was demolished by the MC last month, is being reconstructed in Ludhiana. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Tragic survival, uncertain future
Ludhiana, October 8
Surviving a high dose of poison could have brought cheers to any person but for the 11-year-old Vaijayanti, the sole living member of the family of Bansi Lal, who administered poison to his whole family yesterday, it appears more painful and horrifying.

11-year-old Vaijayanti in a dejected state at the cremation of her family members on Monday in Ludhiana. — IV

11-year-old Vaijayanti in a dejected state at the cremation of her family members on Monday in Ludhiana.






US-Afghan war: tough times ahead for industry
Ludhiana, October 8
With Americans having at long last retaliated and struck back at Afghanistan, speculations about war have ended and the uncertainty started. Although the non-participation of India in the war has come as a great relief for the common man over here, this has led to apprehensions among the business community which has already been reeling under recession for quite some time due to the overall slump.

Fruit-sellers using banned ripening agent
Ludhiana, October 8
Despite a ban on the use of a commonly used chemical ripening agent, the fruit dealers in the city are using the chemical right under the nose of the health authorities, which do not seem to be bothered about the health of lakhs of people who consume these fruits not knowing the danger lurking inside.

Exploitation of children a common sight
Ludhiana, October 8
Sundays conjure up pictures of family outing, picnics, movies, eating out , thronging market places. Out of all these, thronging market places is the most preferred way of spending a Sunday evening with friends, family or being just on one’s own.

Little boys work for almost 12 hours pushing cycles and motor cars. — Photos Rajesh Bhambi


Divali may see less pollution this year
Ludhiana, October 8
Divali, the festival of lights, can be an environment friendly day this year, if Ludhianvis develop some sensitivity towards environment and buy only those crackers which are eco-friendly and create less noise and air pollution.

One of the many cracker shops set up at Government College for Women in Ludhiana. IV

Amarinder to be honoured
Ludhiana, October 8
This year’s ‘Baba Banda Award’ will be conferred on Capt Amarinder Singh, president of the PPCC, for his meritorious services to the nation and society. The Panjab Bairagi Mahamandal will hold the award ceremony on October 16 at Raj Kamal Palace, Patiala, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bairagi Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

Woman, daughter unsuspecting victims of AIDS
Ludhiana, October 8
Deepinder Kaur (not her real name) and her four year old daughter Beena are unsuspecting victims of the dreaded acquired immuno deficiency syndrome (AIDS). They do not know when they contracted the HIV virus, which causes the AIDS, but they were diagnosed of having the disease about three months ago.

MC employees hold rally
Ludhiana, October 8
Employees of the Municipal Corporation today held a gate rally to focus on the reported highhandedness of the civic administration and the state government. The activists of the sangharsh committee of MC employees threatened to intensify the agitation if the pending demands were not accepted and implemented forthwith.

Lions Club holds installation ceremony
Ludhiana, October 8
The installation ceremony at the Lions Club (Ludhiana Vishal) was held here at a local Hotel under the Chairmanship of Lion Kamalinder Kumar Singla, Past District Governor. Lion Satish Mehendroo, Past District Governor, was co-Chairman of the function.

Victory for developing nations at Geneva: BKU
Ludhiana, October 8
The Bharitya Kisan Union (BKU) has termed the draft of declaration of the ministers at the Geneva meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as a big victory for the developing countries.

NCERT criticised for ‘distorting history’
Ludhiana, October 8
The city unit of the ABVP has criticised the NCERT for distorting history of India in its books and blamed communists in the government body for deliberate distortions.


One booked for sodomy
Jagraon, October 8
Judge Singh (5) of Khangah Mohkam Din Chowk has reportedly been sodomised by Labha of the same locality. The local police has registered a case under Sections 377 and 342 of the IPC against the suspect on the statement by Sarwan Kaur, grandmother of the victim.

Man held for possessing charas
Ludhiana, October 8
The Division Number 6 police yesterday arrested Kewal Kumar from near Cheema Chowk and seized 260 grams of charas from his possession. The arrested man, who originally belongs to Rohtak, has been living on the Radha Soami road for sometime now. The accused has been booked under Sections 20, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.


PAU develops new machine
Ludhiana, October 8
Punjab Agricultural University has developed a new machine for harvesting fodder crops which will be a boon for the dairy farmers. It will harvest, chop and fill the trolley with fodder at the same time.


16 NCC cadets leave for national camp
Ludhiana, October 8
Sixteen cadets of 4 Punjab Air Squadron, Ludhiana, will participate in the All India Vayu Sainik Camp to be held in Bangalore from October 12 to 23. These cadets left for the national camp today.

College function concludes
Ludhiana, October 8
Koshish 2001, an inter-class festival at the Punjab College of Technical Education, concluded here last night in which students of different classes participated in over 30 events.

Youth festival from Nov 6
Ludhiana, October 8
Ten colleges of the district will participate in fine arts, literary and cultural contests to be held at Kamla Lohia Sanatan Dharam College from November 6 to 8.


PSEB penalised for wrong billing
Ludhiana, October 8
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to pay Rs 1,000 to Mr Ramanjit Singh, a resident of Bhagwan Nagar. He was served wrong bills by the PSEB.



Rare eye surgery at DMCH
Ludhiana, October 8
Dr Manish Munjal, Reader in the ENT Department of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, has claimed to have developed a new endoscopic technique for eye surgery. Using this technique an eye surgery can be done through nose. Dr Munjal said it would be helpful in case of individuals who suffered with profuse watering of eyes.

Vision syndrome on the rise: docs
Ludhiana, October 8
The fast trend towards computerisation and the persons getting habitual to using computers is claiming its cost with persons getting afflicted with various diseases related to the eyes. This has also led to a significant change in the pattern of eye diseases.Top

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