Thursday, October 11, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Safeguard sanctity of gurdwaras: Talwandi
Jagdev Singh TalwandiLudhiana, October 10
The SGPC chief Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, has called upon members of the SGPC and the managements of the gurdwaras in the state to take all possible measures to safeguard the sanctity of the gurdwaras and ensure that no sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib Birs is committed.

Panel on ‘Bir’ issue advocated
Gurcharan Singh TohraLudhiana, October 10
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today favoured the constitution of a panel of retired judges for probing the issue related to the burning of “Birs” across the state and the relationship of various leaders belonging to different political parties with the controversial sect leader and the author of Bhavsagar granth, Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara.

‘Acts of sacrilege must not go unpunished’
Ludhiana, October 10
The Bharatiya Janata Party Kisan Morcha, SAD(B) councillors, the Sikh Central Board and scores of other religious and social bodies have strongly condemned the unfortunate incidents of the burning of “Birs” at several places in the state and have urged the state government to deal firmly with the situation




Musharraf has betrayed Islam, say Muslim students
Ludhiana, October 10
Like most of their counterparts across the world, Ludhianvi Muslims also seemed to be faced with a dilemma. 

Praying for peace
Praying for peace: Muslim students at a ‘madarsa’ in Ludhiana. 
— Photo Inderjt Verma

Security beefed up in Punjab
Ludhiana, October 10
High alert has been sounded in Punjab following the US attacks on the Taliban and the earlier terrorist attacks on World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the USA. A highly-placed source in the state administration said here today: “We have been on high alert since Black Tuesday.

Mona Lisa’s turn to sell shoes!
Leonardo di Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’
Ludhiana, October 10
Attracting customers to a particular brand through obscene and vulgar advertisements is common practice. These days advertisers have developed a new concept. They have started relating their products with masterpieces. A shoe company has used Leonardo di Vinci’s Mona Lisa to promote its brand.



Big response to recruitment rally
Ludhiana, October 10
About 1,000 candidates were shorlisted on the first day of the recruitment rally of the Territorial Army here today. Candidates between the age of 20 and 25 years had come here from Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pardesh.
Physical check-up in progress
Physical check-up in progress during the recruitment rally of the Territorial Army in Ludhiana on Wednesday. 
— Photo Rajesh Bhambhi

Tohra loyalists join SAD (B)
Ludhiana, October 10
More than one dozen activists of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, led by former SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra, have quit their party to join the ruling SAD-(B). 

Bank employees decry amendments
Ludhiana, October 10
Bank employees will oppose the government’s proposed amendments in the Trade Union Act, which have been introduced in Parliament. The amendments aimed to deprive workers of their rights concerning wages, service conditions, superannuations benefits, and job security.

Bhiku makes candy of different shapes to attract children in Ludhiana.
Bhiku makes candy of different shapes to attract children in Ludhiana. 

Leads a bitter life, sells sweet candies  
Ludhiana, October 10
“I am running high temperature and still have trudged about 20 km carrying this 8-kg candy machine on my head. The day has been singularly unlucky. 

Over 1,200 phones out of order
Ludhiana, October 10
Over 1,200 telephones under the Dholewal Exchange became non-functional due to theft of cable in Jugiana Sub-Exchange.

Check sought on gas pilferage
Ludhiana, October 10
The Ludhiana Gas Consumers Association has urged the government to direct gas companies to put a foolproof seal on LPG cylinders to keep a check on pilferage of gas by agencies and their employees and to ensure accountability of companies for full weight of the cylinder.

Police official injured
Machhiwara, October 10
In a collision between a Maruti car and a Mahindra Jeep near Neelon bridge on Monday, Mr Kulwinder Singh, an ASI posted at the local police station, was seriously injured.



Two booked for digging pit
Ludhiana, October 10
The Model Town police has booked Hoshiar Singh and Madhru, residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, under Section 133 of the IPC for digging a 16-feet deep and 6-feet wide pit near Dhandra Road in Dugri. Traffic on the Dhandra Road was being adversely affected due to the pit.


‘World economy has been hit’
Ludhiana, October 10
The world economy will be hit hard and there will be a global slowdown of the economy. This impression was given by Mr Gian Chand Dhawan, a leading hosiery exporter and former chairman, Hosiery Exporters Association, after his return from a tour of the USA.



Teachers’ rally on Oct 18
Ludhiana, October 10
The Democratic Teachers’ Front, Punjab, has decided to hold a rally on October 18 in front of the Mini Secretariat to protest against the anti-teacher policies of the Punjab Government.

Board to revise syllabi
Ludhiana, October 10
The Punjab School Education Board has decided to revise the syllabi of Classes V and VI from the next session. This was stated by Mr Jagjit Singh Sidhu, Secretary of the board, at a function organised at Lal Bahadur Shastri School here today.

Students of Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, present gidha
Students of Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, present gidha at a cultural programme held on Wednesday. 

School holds cultural programme
Ludhiana, October 10                                     

A cultural programme was organised at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, here today. The programme began with recital of the hymn, “Deh Shiva bar mohe ehai......” Two skits titled “Vidya Uttam Dhan Hai” and “Anparhta” were also staged.

Lecture on international studies held
Ludhiana, October 10
A lecture on ‘International Studies and Modern Technologies’ was organised by the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Model Town, here today. As many as 200 students from BBA, BCA and MCA classes attended the lecture.


Forum directs Trust to pay interest
Ludhiana, October 10
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Improvement Trust, Ludhiana, to pay interest for deficiency in services at the rate of 12 per cent per annum on Rs 5,000 from September 24, 1987, to May 31, 2001, to Mrs Tejinder Kaur, a resident of Rajouri Garden, New Delhi.



Exhibition at Lakshmi club
Ludhiana, October 10
As the festival season is approaching, it is also time for shopping and the organisers are fast putting up exhibitions and sales at different places in the city to attract the shoppers. One such exhibition is being organised at the Lakshmi Ladies Club here with a wide choice of items ranging from artificial jewellery sets to crockery and handloom items can be bought.


Dr Gurpreet Singh WanderCity cardiologist is API member
Ludhiana, October 10
Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander, Chief Cardiologist, Hero DMC Heart Institute, has been made member of the governing body of the North Zone Association of Physicians of India for a period of three years from 2002-2005.



Pranayvir shines in Sacred Heart win
Ludhiana, October 10
A valuable innings of 40 runs by Pranayvir Singh and useful bowling by Danish Bir, Rohit and Ishwarjot enabled Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, to prevail over SAN Jain Senior Secondary School by two wickets in the Parle-G PCA Inter-School Cricket Tournament here today.

National Games panel meeting
Ludhiana, October 10
A meeting of the ‘ceremonies committee’ of the Organising Committee for National Games for the forthcoming mega event slated to be conducted at different cities of the state next month was held here last night. This information was given by Mr S.L. Lottey, District Sports Officer.


Admn orders closure of Dasehra melas
Ludhiana, October 10
The district administration today ordered the winding up of Dasehra melas at Focal Point with immediate effect. 

Course on human rights for cops
Ludhiana, October 10
A three-day specialised course on international humanitarian laws and prevention of human rights violations for gazetted police officers got under way at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy at Phillaur near here today.

215 learner’s driving licences issued
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 10
With a view to issue on the spot learner’s driving licences, a series of block-level camps will be organised by the District Transport Office in the district. Top

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