Monday, October 15, 2001,  Chandigarh, India


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Passengers inconvenienced, courtesy traffic police
Ludhiana, October 14
Hundreds of passengers travelling to different places or coming to Ludhiana were literally taken for a ride by overzealous cops. In a late night swoop, the traffic police officials stopped all private vehicles and seized their documents.

One of the private deluxe buses that were stopped by the police
One of the private deluxe buses that were stopped by the police during a midnight raid in Ludhiana and (right) some of the stranded passengers. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Kidney racket: cops’ role to be probed
Ludhiana, October 14
The sensational kidney racket in the city, which reportedly involves some persons in the medical fraternity, Health Department employees and some policemen is getting murkier as even names of some politicians who used their influence to bypass rules and got kidney transplantation of their relatives done, have also sprung up in police investigation.




Badal: one judicial probe in Bir case
Ludhiana, October 14
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has said that there will be only one judicial inquiry into the recent incidents of burning of ‘Birs’ and sacrilege against Guru Grant Sahib in Punjab.

3,000 employees or 3,000 bonded labourers?
Ludhiana, October 14
About 3,000 employees of 141 panchayat samitis in the state are protesting because the Punjab Government has not paid them their salaries for the past two to four months. 

Smog causes respiratory diseases in region
Ludhiana, October 14
Contrary to the claims of the Deputy Commissioner that the smog engulfing the region for the past two days was not a matter of concern, the residents have already started developing symptoms of various ailments due to the smoke.

Learn English, have confidence
Ludhiana, October 14
Everyone has the desire to have a good job, personality and confidence, for which the knowledge of English is a must here. Such desires give business to institutes of English where teachers promise to make students, businessmen and housewives fluent in the language.



ITS FESTIVAL TIME AGAIN: As the festival season arrives, girls of various institutions get all preened to participate in a dance performance. 
— Photo Inderjit Verma

Gambling season picks up in Ludhiana
Ludhiana, October 14
Scene I: Some men are sitting in a small circle in a less frequented part of a city market. Their common interest is centered on a pack of playing cards which is being shuffled by one of them. One of the men places his bet in the form of some crumpled currency notes in front and calls for the ‘queen’, his favourite card, while others wait for their turn.

Phone subscribers seek IT return exemption
Khanna, October 14
The United Welfare Club, Khanna, through its president Girish Kant Mehta, has written to the Ministry of Finance, to exempt telephone subscribers from the mandatory filing of income tax return. 

Add a touch of green to  plush interiors
Ludhiana, October 14
“Potted plants have become an integral part of our life and are used for decorating homes, apartments, hotels, offices and public buildings. Attractive and decorative potted plants can be grown in these locations with adequate knowledge of many interdependent factors affecting plant growth. 



Markets decked up for the coming festive season in Ludhiana. — RB 

Hawkers on the roadside seen in action. — RB

Festive season brings cheer to sellers
Ludhiana, October 14
During the recent season of ‘shradhs’ and one-long month of ‘laund’, considered inauspicious according to religious beliefs, the market was lack lustre. Shopkeepers had sleepless nights and boring days as customers were few and far between, leading to a lot of tension.
They could forsee the huge losses staring them in the face. Mercifully the markets are again looking up. Marriage season is beginning after October 16.

‘Set up department of gold’
Ludhiana, October 14
The Sawarankar Sangh has urged the Union Government to establish a separate department of gold to boost the manufacturing, trade and exports of gold ornaments. In a memorandum submitted to the Central and state governments, the body has urged the government to provide backward castes’ status to the Suniyara community, which had more than one crore population in the country, so that they could also get educational and social benefits.



City gets neuro and trauma centre
Ludhiana, October 14
Sobti Neuro and Trauma Centre, a super speciality hospital, set up by Dr M.K. Sobti, a noted neuro-surgeon and former Head, Department of Neuro-Surgery at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here, was formally opened to patients here today. The opening ceremony was attended by distinguished persons.

Winter school on toxicology at PAU
Ludhiana, October 14
A winter school on ‘Advances in Clinical Toxicology’ with special reference to environmental and industrial toxicants is being organised from October 16 to November 5 by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Punjab Agricultural University here.

Cricket Academy beat Khalsa College
Ludhiana, October 14
A fine allround display by Harry (45 runs and 3 for 22) and useful innings by Amrit Pal (45) and Jasdeep Singh (31) helped the Nursery of Cricket Academy beat GGN Khalsa College by 22 runs in an exhibition cricket match played at the GGN Khalsa College ground here today.

Rural sports council award for three
Ludhiana, October 14
The first “Rashtriya Khed Rattan’ award will be given to Mr Amarjit Singh Grewal and Mr Joginder Singh. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Punjab Rural Sports Council held with the council president, Mr Prithipal Singh Batala, in the chair, here yesterday.

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